Help designing dry-fireable bow (as in LOTR, Narnia)

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Icetigris, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. Icetigris

    Icetigris New Member

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    I want to build a bow similar to those used on screen in LOTR. I read here that they were made of injection-molded rubber; I also read somewhere that Susan's bow in Narnia was made of foam with a spring steel core.

    What I want to know is, since I don't have injection molding equipment, is what kind of rubber or foam should I use and should I sculpt my original in the strung or unstrung configuration?

    This is the bow I am trying to make (Louise's from Fire Emblem):
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    If there are any Weta people lurking about who might be able to give some details or insight about the builds of those bows, I would be eternally grateful.
     
  2. marksman321

    marksman321 New Member

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    I would also like to know this. Will be following this thread closely
     
  3. Hoverboots

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    I am immensely interested as well. I will be keeping a close eye on this thread.
     
  4. Icetigris

    Icetigris New Member

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    Just to clarify, I'm looking for technical specs on the rubber or foam I should use. I'd like to know the shore hardness of the rubber and the expansion factor for the foam. I am assuming that the rubber is urethane and that the foam is flexible, self-skinning polyurethane foam. I also would really like to know if I should sculpt the original as strung or unstrung cause I want to start sculpting soon.
     
  5. Icetigris

    Icetigris New Member

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    Weta people do hang around here, right?
     
  6. Icetigris

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    Apologies for necroposting, but I came back to this project and had a small breakthrough around Halloween. I'm going to try to use collapsible fiberglass rods like they use in kites as a core (I'm actually using a rib from one of those Ikea LOVA leaf canopies), and then put a removable self-skinning foam cover over it. I'm working on the Breakers' Bow from Bastion for Katsucon, so I'll try to post progress shots.
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  7. TrentR

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    Not a necropost if it's your own thread. I'd love to see your progress on this build, especially if you're doing the Breaker's Bow.
    What's the product you're using from IKEA? Perhaps a pic of it and how you're using it?

    [Edit] Oh, you're talking about the rib support from this? http://ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/art/60054636/

    Sent from my Nexus 4
     
  8. Dracosfire83

    Dracosfire83 Well-Known Member

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    You could also look up "PVC bow" on YouTube for more ideas.
     
  9. Icetigris

    Icetigris New Member

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    TrentR, yes the rib support from this. I actually used it as my bow prop at work for Halloween just to see how it would go (dressed as BLU Sniper from Team Fortress 2):

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  10. Icetigris

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    Progress render of my model:
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    I warped the artwork such that the bow was in the unstrung position. I still have to model the blades and generate toolpaths.
     

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