A little over a year ago, I purchased the HIC from FP. I didnt know if he would want it back before he moved from the area, so it sat in my basement waiting. Seeing as it seems FP is so busy he cant walk, and didnt express any interest in taking ol' han with him back to the land of rain and mountains, he became what appeared to be a permanent fixture.
Recently, a local mold company and I were discussing how to best make a mold of it. Well it became a challenge for both parties concerned, and low and behold, hes now sitting under his first layer of silicone.
We are trying to determine if we want to do full depth replications, or only 1 inch deep. At the minimum, I intend to make myself a copy, have the electronics boxes all the way around cut from aluminum, and have it cold cast in bronze, instead of the gray/silver.
I know there has been a few attempts to put a run together on these. Which as far as I can tell, have all failed. This one wont, even if its just a run of 1
I think that for a finished piece, were looking at around 300 to 500 _shipped_, and if you want to pick it up, no shipping obviously. This is for one in one of a few different meterials. On the list so far are:
1. Ultralite (think fishing lure material) resin.
2. Skin coat flex (resin, but with flex)
3. Flexible 80 resin (with foam backing)
4. Flexible 80 with no backing (can be rolled up for shipping.
Ill be doing a true cold cast bronze for myself, that will need to be buffed to shine (like the jango helmets).
The 1 inch deep cast is for my home office, to go under the class for my desk. I saw a pic of one around here somewhere that did that, so I figured it would be a good way to go.
Im estimating the mold to cost me $500-$800
Im estimating each piece will be 150 in materials, and im estimating shipping a 1 inch, rolled, or slized (on a ban saw to be re-put together at the end location) $50 and a full size 1 inch deep shipped $100-150
Id prefer to do these in a medium that doesnt break easily for the ones being shipped.
The local modl shop (which is a national mold shop) says they can get me great deals on shipping. We will see how that turns out.
The mold is going to take some serious time to build up. Expect pictures late next week of progress.
Let me know if your interested (I understand pending pics) but lets assume for the fun of it, that it turns out as clean as the rest of my projects and the price stays SHIPPED at 400-450 EDIT: Price ended up being 375 for black and 400 for silver shipped US. Roughly 40 more to europe, 80 to australia