Looking to build a high quality pokéball

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Hoverboots, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. Hoverboots

    Hoverboots Member

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    I want to build some very high quality poke ball props, but haven't the slightest clue as to how to begin. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  2. Contec

    Contec Master Member

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    Are you going to make these diffrent balls? Pokballs
    You could make a 3d version and then print it from shapeway or similar place. I would guess that the balls are metallic and hollow.
  3. Hoverboots

    Hoverboots Member

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    I have some modeling experience, but I've never had anything 3D printed. How much do you think a 2.5"-ish sphere would cost?
  4. eatelephants

    eatelephants New Member

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    hey there everyone
    i was looking to make a somewhat simple prop like a pokeball
    thinking of pepping it then resining and bondo what not..
    first build?
    hopefully it turns out okay
    if annyone has suggestions or tips feel free :D
  5. jaybible

    jaybible Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    If you were to make it in shapeways, and had maybe a 3mm wall thickness, it would set you back about $30 for light plastic excluding delivery. I think 3D printing would be the way to go as it is quite a simple prop to model... or you could go metal or ceramic but it would cost quite a bit more!

    These are pretty cool:
    /Pokéball/#346256 - Zerochan
  6. Davlin

    Davlin Well-Known Member

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    I wanted to do that too. I guess that modeling an hollow, half-sphere, having it printed by Shapeways or some other company, then molding it and having two halves done. Something like that. :)
  7. nexnox

    nexnox Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I would look to start with acrylic or steel hemispheres. I think you can get aluminum ones too. Check McMaster. I know they have steel floats that would e a good place to start.
  8. Sirnfet

    Sirnfet New Member

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    I think shapeaways is the way to go with pokeballs. Get it with resin. make two separate parts and have a screw or bolt connecting them at the hinge. that way it could be a working model. and you could paint it. ^^
  9. Jeff C

    Jeff C Active Member

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    Re: pokeball?

    I wouldn't use pep for something like a pokeball. You're adding a lot of work that could be avoided by starting with hemispheres like nexnox suggested.

    Check your local craft stores. If you are lucky they will have those clear plastic balls that snap into two halves.

    NTBBCPD Well-Known Member

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    If you want a static version with some weight, try these.

    They come in 2, and 2-1/4 inch.

    They can be carved with files.


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