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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.

Friday, February 8, 2013

This Is SPARTAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!

Finally finish the restoration of my Spartan. Well not completely since I've decide to skip the launcher for the moment. But it's ok for the shield and for the spear.

So let's have lots of pictures just for our pleasure.

These first picture show my restored Spartan next to the one of my friend who was super kind to let me have it for some weeks to cast the shield and check the launcher.
The one on the left is his and the one on the right is mine.

As you can see there's a slight difference in color, but what's kind of funny is that in real, the original looks a bit made of a warmer grey, and here on the picts it's the opposite.
It's really impressive to see two Spartan next to each other. I've search for one a long time and it's a nice reward to see this.

On this next picture it's the back of the shield. As you can see, my reroduced shield is a bit loose compare to the original who stays firmly in place. That's mainly because I had to make the hole big enough to pass it on the fist. I might secure it a bit more with some double face tape but for the moment it display nicely and it's all that matters for the moment.

You can also see the the back surface of mine is slightly more rounded on the edges than the original. That's because I wasn't able to make a mold of the back surface and that's also why it's smoother at the connection. The little round in the middle was the part that I've 3D print and glue on the back of my "master shield" before creating the new mold.

So, here's some other pictures, the first one is the one I've receive from the previous owner, so you can see how it looks without the shield. I'm soo happy that he agreed to sell it to me.
His Spartan found a new life here for sure, and he's ready to join the fight again.

And that's him today, as you can see, the fact that launcher is broken and missing the back part is not a big deal as it can be displayed with the spear in it and it looks pretty good like that.

And to conclude this news and this project, here's an image of a few pieces.
The white shield is my "master shield", the darker grey is a first test to see how the color can look and also to test the metalic powder I needed to add in the resin to have the same metalic look as the original shield. It actually worked really well, but that first test was too dark. Then you have the back and the front of two shields freshly casted. As you can see it's hollow like the original one. Would have been crazy to try to make it plain, too heavy for his arm for sure. And making it hollow doesn't require lots of resin to cast, and that's just great.
And on the side, there's the final spear with the right color formula and the varnish coat to have the perfect look and feel.

I guess that now that one is finish, I will take some rest and go back on the Lenzari project, still a lot of work on that one before it's going to be ready for 3D printing.
Hope you've enjoy this project, more traditionnal and old school in the technique but it's good to go back to the basics from time to time.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Change of plan

After lots and lots of thinking about the mold for the shield, I've decide to go with a wiser solution.

I wanted to save a bit some money on the mold by using the front mold I did from the original shield, and create the bottom part for it. But it was really not safe as I had to remove the shield at some point and put in back in the mold before creating the second part. I've try to put the shield back but there was some tiny gaps and the new silicone might have flow between the first mold and the shield, with a lot of chances to ruin the first mold.

The wiser choice was to prepare a super clean "master piece" with the shield. To do that, I've cast the front part in my first mold, rotating it so that the front part is hollow. I've then create a circle part to put higher in the shield and cover the remaining part with resin so that that master is hollow to save some resin. I've fine tune the back surface and glue the little connection piece that I've 3D print.

Then I've cast a new mold in two piece from that "master shield". Here's the picture of the mold, ready for casting. Can't wait to be tomorrow to test it and see how it goes. Might have to cast a few before getting one perfect but I've learn a lot about the new resin I'm using whil casting the spears.

Hope to be able to show you the final restoration soon. I still have to finalize a new launcher for my Spartan but it's really not my priority for the moment as he's got the front half of the original one and it displays really well like that. Beside, if I want to display it with the spear in the launcher in my display case, it's almost impossible as it's super deep because of the lenght of the spear and the trigger mechanism. But I guess that I will do it in the weeks to come just to have it complete.