Welcome at FreeTime Toys

Hello everybody and welcome here. This blog will be dedicated to the few toys projects I will do during my free time. You can expect some toys rehab, some design adaptation and some brand new design.

If you are here you probably know my taste for Jumbo Machinder, so most of my projects are related to those big guys. Hope you will enjoy it.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Some real and some virtual pictures

Today's post is mainly pictures.

After rushing on the mini machinder to be able to bring them with me last week end to Boston, the return home was quite hard, full rush at work and no real time to do something else.

But when I was at the East Coast Chogoking Summit, I had the huge honnor and pleasure to stay at a friend's house, a fellow collector who as one of the biggest and mind blowing Jumbo Machinder collection. Since I had the Mini Machinder with me it sounded like a good plan to take a few pictures with the real Jumbo Vilains. It's not everyday that you're able to see a real Rokuron Q9, well not everyday for me, there's some lucky guy out there of course.

I first wanted to do quick pict and was looking for a nice background, when my friend just poped out a mini photo studio he use to take some pictures for toys he review. Woaw, that was just too perfect. I've jump on the occasion to take some picts of the mini guys only since I don't have all this at home.

As you might already know, it's almost close to impossible to get a real Garada K7 so the Mini Garada was a bit lonely but still stand out on the picts I think.

Here's a few picts

It's pretty cool to be able to get all those together.

Ok, so now there's a little something I was able to finalize quickly. A few weeks ago I've post an image with lots of Garada. Well, this was done with a work in progress model and with not all the little details. So here's the final version of this, now there's the little rivets, the two greens. It looks a bit better now.

I've see a few people use the previous image as desktop image, feel free to use those like a real Garada K7 fan.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mini Garada K7 complete the infernal trio

Yes, finally the 3 mini Machinders are done but this little Garada was hard to finalize.

For the little story, I first send the 3D modeling to Shapeways as I've done the other with them, the resul this time was awfull, don't know why but it seems like the quality control there is really bad, there's probably no quality control.

Anyway, so I had to fight a bit with them for a refund and I've then send the file to Materialise, the guys with who I've done my big projects, they are a bit more expensive but at least they are real pro and they know how to use their printer.

The print came early this week and since then I've spend all my evenings sanding it. On Doublas I had to re-sand it after the first layer of paint as the print layers where still visible. So for Garada I wanted to avoid this and spend enough time on the sanding. It was clean this morning and since I had a full day off, well I decided to paint it. The print layers where still a bit visible even after all this sanding but it was not that bad so I've decide to keep it like this. The first layer turned out great, but then the green was just a mess. I don't know why but I was mixing some colors to get the green but when adding the thinner it started to make some little drop when sprayed. I was thinking that my airbrush was maybe a bit dirty so I've clean it and redo the same mix. But it turned out the same way, again little drops. I've clean everything one more time and this time I've decided to use water instead of the thinner and yes this time it was working.
Since it was a bit painfull with the green, I haven't paint the body with the slightly brighter green, but with the same color to avoid more troubles.

After a few other accident, the Garada was painted and glued. Ok you have to know that I'm doing all those stuff in my basement with a crappy light. And when I went upstairs with this little guy, I've discover that the green, that was looking ok down there, was a bit too funky pop green. Damn, I've build a disco fluo Garada K7. Well it's not that bad but it's slightly off and feel a bit weird. I will have to watch out for this if I do a full size one. I also noticed one thing, the head might be a tiny bit too small when looking at the general proportions.

But at the end I'm quite happy with those three little guys, they look pretty nice together and at least I will be able to display them at home since they don't take much space.

As usual, here's the picts, enjoy!

Next mission: Finish the clear Doublas M2. ARGLLLL even more sanding......:))

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mini Garada K7 work in progress

Today, early in the morning I went to pick up my latest 3D print and the third of the mini Machinders serie. A mini replica of the famous and obscure Garada K7. My original plan with those little guys was to do at least those 3 and maybe an extra one but not in the weeks to come.

So here's a few pictures with the raw print before any post process. I guess I will have to spend some evening to sand it, I'm a bit afraid to loose some details as I've been soft in the modeling like the horizontal lines on the body. You barely see them and I hope that after the cleaning and sanding they will still be there. I might have to redo them once the print will be clean.

I've also work a bit on the design of the boxes so here's a few pictures of the mini Garada and the infernal trio with their boxes.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mini Doublas Painted

A good post to start this month.

The mini Doublas is finally painted, after long long evenings of sanding, airbrush and paintbrush, this little guy is finish. You can see on the picts that I'm probably not as good for details as I used to be in the past. Everything is not perfect, but hey, at one point the originals are not perfect either, so it's more or less consistent with the real one.

Now I have to finalize the boxes for the two mini Machinders and after some big mess from Shapeways regarding the print of little Garada, I had to order a new print in a more reliable company like Materialise. I will post picts of this later but it's interesting to see that everything is not going smoothly all the time.

Anyway, here's a few picts of the little Doublas M2