Friday, August 17, 2007

Realizing that I wasn't a good sculptor never stopped me from embarrasing myself


In October it'll be 5 years since I started resin casting as a hobby. I've started a new folder at Flickr Macrocrania called High Def CSF celebrating that anniversary with a couple of pictures of the things I've made over the years. It's mostly resin robots but I want it to be a celebration of my favorite things I've made regardless of the medium. Although I've done little writeups of my work before, I plan to make this Flickr album a good source of decent pictures because you know the world was just begging for a high res shot of the Last Autochode.

8 comments:

Artoo Convoy said...

Do you want a pic of the Zob-Painted Mockey of Life I have? Oh, and what do I have to do to get me a Stepper? ;)

Evil King Macrocranios said...

Yes, I definitely need that picture. Also do you have a CSF-02 Sunstorm? I still haven't made myself one after all these years and I'd like a good picture of that, not only for the photo album but to use as a painting reference.

Evil King Macrocranios said...

Oh, and to get that Stepper you'd have to kill me.

Artoo Convoy said...

I'll get you pics of MoF and Sunstorm. As for killing you, I can't do that to a Father. So, kudos for planning ahead by having a kid. :)

Autobus Prime said...

CS:

If you want a way to get finer detail in sculpts, you might make or buy a "3D pantograph", which would allow you to sculpt the model several times oversize, then mill out a reduced copy. There was a homemade wooden one, which used a Dremel tool as the cutting head, in an old issue of MODEL RAILROADER magazine, and the old industrial machines such as the Deckel are very cheap nowadays...we bought one on Ebay, to use at work, for about $300 complete.

Be advised that:

-the Deckel and other industrial pantographs are about half a ton

-they run on 3-phase 220v motors; I suppose you could put a single-phase replacement in if you could find one to fit.

-some of those on Ebay are incomplete or not working

Still, if you want to make a lot of resin-cast figures it could be a good $300 investment.

Cordially yours:
Autobus Prime
w/minicon Farebox.

Evil King Macrocranios said...

I'm pretty happy with the level of detail in my sculpts. They're very punk and underground in that regard. There's no way I'm going to spend significant amounts of money on this hobby. More detail would be great and all, but who am I trying to impress here? I'm done busting my butt making stuff that just gets shot down in forums by robot nerds with no talent and lots of ideas. I've long since past the stage where I want to impress people I don't know and will never meet.

Autobus Prime said...

C S:

I was mostly hoping I could get you to put a half-ton chunk of machinery in the living room...every house needs one.

(Not picking at the detail of your sculpts, either, they're much better than anything I've done, like that wood transformer I made one time...his name was Hack, and he turned into a Volare. Crude but workable...)

I definitely agree with the sentiment about passing the point of needing approbation...well done. It's good to be happy with your work. Too many people avoid making things, because they're afraid they won't be "good enough".

Cordially yours:
Autobus Prime
w/minicon Farebox.

Weasel said...

::stares at the complete and utter perfection that is Cybertronian Bumblebee::

It's......... beautiful. You are a god among men!

 

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