Wow, this is the first time I've ever had 2 complete Lawgivers co-located, what an odd feeling
However, the one on the bottom for enterprise0216
was my first foray into airbrush primer and it doesn't pass inspection now the paint has set. The primer is much thinner and even the 600 grit I was using on the frame before priming creates scratches that show faintly through in the right light. I had to put a big light in line with the scratches here so you can see them in this pic, they don't show up nearly this well in person, but they're clearly there. Compare that to the top lawgiver for rolandblais
and you'll see what I mean, so it has to come apart and get refinished, boo. I've messaged with enterprise0216
they've told me they're more than happy with me taking the time to get it right, so back into the forging fires it goes (if you change your mind on that message me before about noon PST tomorrow, it comes apart then). I hope you understand that there's tears in my eyes even posting this, it's sooo friggen close and I'm desperate to be done with this before Christmas, but it is what it is. For the record when I told my wife I was thinking about redoing it she smacked me a good one.
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I've been playing with short form content filmed and edited on my phone since I haven't had any time to film anything. Here's a reel of cutting the metal cocking pin on the lathe. It was 20min of raw footage, cut down to 90 seconds:
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My kids took one look and said "You lost 80% of people in the first 10 seconds dad, boo", so I created a 35 second cut I'll post tomorrow and see what happens. It's a brave new world of twitchy content.
Here's the last part of asavage
's lawgiver, it was suffering from the same issue of not being smooth enough after airbrush primer, fortunately the weather FINALLY let up so I was able to prime and sand it today, this pic is taken about 30 sec before I ran up to do this post so it's still wet:
And finally here's the last parts of the last two of my part of the run, well on their way to final completion:
Just FYI If you're wondering why this takes so long, keep in mind the journey it takes to go from the rough support material and layer line covered plastic mess into something like you see above, it's a huge endeavor. All will be in the videos but I'm estimating even with all the parallel work it's taking me 25~35 hours each to get them out the door, and I'm probably underestimating.
There's no way I know of to scale or speed up creating these without industrializing the process. Think of 3D printing like a 'roughing machine'. It'll get you into the ballpark, some printers closer than others, but the rest is all down to your whittling skills.
The 3D printer's true value isn't speed, it's empowerment. I've always loved inventing and creating new things, but once they're done, it goes on a shelf, or more likely into a box, and is forgotten. With 3D printing, independent creators can share their wacky inventions and models and empower anyone with a 3D printer to make their amazing things, far beyond what they could do with the limited space and money most people have (especially in the last year, eh?) When I look at my favorite 3D printed thing, the Anders PKD (this model is amazing), there's no way I could have done that myself without 3D printing, especially not with all the moving parts and screen accurate detail.
My friend makes props for DC and he won't touch 3D printing with a 10 foot pole. I was hanging around his shop a few months ago while he was making blasters for a gang for a sci-fi show. He basically took some airsoft M4 lowers, some cheap Chinese lightsabers, stuck the lightsaber into where the upper went and glued it in, then shoved a block of wood in the magwell, spayed it all black, and BOOM, ready for set. He doesn't have the time or energy for 3D printing, and to be honest I don't blame him. That kind of work is not who this technology is aimed at.
If you have a love for making props like this and are willing to spend the time to make YOUR Lawgiver, PKD, or Mando blaster, this is the way...
Final note: I upped my time per day from 2.5 hours min to 3.5 hours min on weekdays on this run and I'm starting to keep a daily log on the Props 3D Discord to keep myself pumped. Don't worry about reading it there, I'll post the highlights here with the next post, this one is far too long already.