Articulated mannequin hands to hold a blaster (PIC heavy)

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by DrMaul, Mar 14, 2002.

  1. DrMaul

    DrMaul Well-Known Member

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    I'm building a mannequin to display my white armor. This semi-anatomically-correct method for making articulated hands which can hold a blaster has been in my mind for a while, and I finally got around to testing it. They are strong enough to hold a blaster in a two-handed pose.
    Not finished yet, but I just thought I'd share some photos.





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  2. Bothan Jedi

    Bothan Jedi Well-Known Member

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    very very cool.

    i attempted something similar a few weeks ago, but not nearly as good as yours. i'm gonna go back and rework it now that i've seen this [​IMG]

    thanks for sharing
     
  3. hydin

    hydin Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    awesomeness dude. i like it.

    chris
     
  4. Jaster

    Jaster New Member

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    Very sweet
     
  5. natty15d

    natty15d Well-Known Member

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    Great idea, thanks for sharing it.
    Ill have to make a set of these for my mannequin. [​IMG]

    Nathan
     
  6. Robert McLain

    Robert McLain Sr Member

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    Thanks for the awesome example. [​IMG] I'll use the idea for my Vader manequin. Those hands look like they could grip a saber pretty well.


    Robert.
     
  7. M-Pire

    M-Pire Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the rest of these guys.

    Thanks for sharing that with us,
    cdw
     
  8. DrMaul

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    wow, thanks for the positive comments guys. I am going to do a bit of work on this over the weekend, and hopefully the fully completed project will look something like what I had in mind. I'll post more pics if it goes according to plan.
     
  9. vaderdarth

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    I was thinking the exact same idea for my vader mannequin......great idea and design.
    Dave
     
  10. Soundwave

    Soundwave Sr Member

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    Very smart!! how long did it take ya?
     
  11. DrMaul

    DrMaul Well-Known Member

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    </SPAN><TABLE BORDER=0 ALIGN=CENTER WIDTH=85%><TR><TD CLASS=$row_color>RodianJedi wrote:<HR></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS=$row_color>...how long did it take ya?</TD></TR><TR><TD><HR></TD></TR></TABLE><SPAN CLASS=$row_color>
    Not long at all. Like I said, the design has been evolving at an abstract level for a while, but once I had it on paper, the cutting/sanding/drilling of the (carefully numbered) finger 'bones' from a length of 16mm dowel took less than a couple of hours for both hands.

    I strung everything together with a single length of 12g tying wire (but would recommend slightly thicker wire) for each finger, and two for the wrist (allows some rotation as well as flexion/extension).

    Then it is a matter of building up the soft-tissue to refine the shape. I used the bubble-wrap and duct-tape method.
     
  12. blaydrunner

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    Thanks for sharing this! It's amazing how simple a solution that is. Why didn't I think of it! Great work!

    Cheers!
    GL
     
  13. Flix4Me

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    Very nice work. I wasn't planning on making mine as nice as yours when I do get around to making them. Now maybe I will! [​IMG]
     
  14. DrMaul

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    I still need to even out the knuckles on the right hand, but this is what I'm talking about (shame about my mediocre gloves. I might try and find some good ones to put over these ones):


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  15. M-Pire

    M-Pire Well-Known Member

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    Sweet! That's perfect [​IMG]
     
  16. Biker Mike

    Biker Mike New Member

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    Those are very cool. Mine are just the wire with foam around it, so while they do hold stuff well, they don't bend correctly. May have to try your method.
     
  17. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    I'm gonna scale this down and use it for my Jawa. I showed it to my dad earlier and he suggested that you could model the tissue on the hand by putting cotton and/or gauze around the fingers and then put a latex glove (for "skin") over top of it, then put the real glove over that.
     
  18. DrMaul

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    </SPAN><TABLE BORDER=0 ALIGN=CENTER WIDTH=85%><TR><TD CLASS=$row_color>Sluis Van Shipyards wrote:<HR></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS=$row_color>...you could model the tissue on the hand by putting cotton and/or gauze around the fingers and then put a latex glove (for "skin") over top of it, then put the real glove over that.</TD></TR><TR><TD><HR></TD></TR></TABLE><SPAN CLASS=$row_color>

    Yep, I suspect that would work well. One advantage I found with the duct tape was that, when applied carefully, it was possible to further restrict movement to anatomical planes.

    Here is a pic of the finished project (well, excuse the fact that the mannequin isn't wearing any 'pants' yet). The upper limbs have all the expected axes of movement as well (3 at the shoulder, 1 at the elbow, and 3 at the wrist/forearm).

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  19. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    That looks great! Really good idea!

    I hadn't thought about that, but the duct tape would probably work better.
     
  20. Jedirick

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    Great Innovation!

    I think I probably enjoy the posts about original,custom and innovative items guys here have done over the exacting replication.

    This took some forethought and you came out with a great gimmick!

    I am sure going to borrow the idea for my mannequins!
     
  21. M-Pire

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    Fantastic...looks "natural"....best looking form I've seen to date!

    cdw
     
  22. hydin

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    maul, im speechless on that.

    it looks terrific!. you did one hell of a job man. it looks like one of the most realistic jobs ive seen. almost like you cast your hands, and then added some joints.

    dude, major kudos to you.
    chris
     
  23. Lightech Industries

    Lightech Industries New Member

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    Unbelievable and truly inspirational!!!
     
  24. DrMaul

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    Thanks guys, your flattery is very motivating.
     
  25. rocketeer25

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    I'm definitely going to use that design for my Jawa and Trooper hands! Got a tutorial for the body as well?

    GREAT STUFF!! [​IMG]
     
  26. Zillion

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    Great job! Nice proportion too. I like the suggestion of adding gauze or even small ace bandages to simulate flesh. I've seen wood, articulated mannequin hands in display catalogs for any non-handy (pardon the pun) modeler. If anyone's interested I can get details.

    -Z
     
  27. rocketeer25

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    Dr Maul,

    Still looks great! [​IMG]

    Any more information on how you did the mannequin?

    I was also curious about the duct tape on the hands. I know you stated that it helped in the forming of the hand, but it seems to me that it would hinder movement and articulation. That it would make it "stiffer". Any more pics would be great too!! [​IMG]
     
  28. DrMaul

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    I was also curious about the duct tape on the hands. I know you stated that it helped in the forming of the hand, but it seems to me that it would hinder movement and articulation. That it would make it "stiffer". Any more pics would be great too!! [​IMG]
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    The trick is to apply the duct tape in the same way you would apply strapping tape if you were taping a live joint in order to protect an injured ligament (which will restrict its movement to within the anatomical normal range, but still allow freedom of function within this).

    This means that there should be no (or at least minimal) circumferential tape around the joints themselves. Instead, it should be applied in line with the plane of movement, (or forming a cross which is bisected by the plane of movement...if you really want to apply medical principles). The tape on the flexor aspect (the palm side) of the fingers/joints should be applied so that it allows full extension, and the tape on the extensor aspect (i.e. the back of the hand) such that it allows full flexion.

    I'll take time to describe articulated arms sometime soon (which is really the only other interesting part of the mannequin), but that is another anatomy lesson in its own right.

    Must have more pics somewhere too...will take a look.

    Dr Maul, MD. [​IMG]

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