My Clone molds -UPDATE 8-7-06

Rodann

Sr Member
Update 8-7-06

I've finally had time and energy to finish what I started. Or is it finish starting what I started?

I cleaned up my shin, calf, and knee molds, and I'm VERY happy with what came out of the oven.


For my custom Mando. I sold my 1960's Alpine motocross boots, so I needed something. And I got to use my old Clone "shoe covers". Hey, Dengar can have TK shins, right? ;)
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1154011978286_Legs_003.jpg[/image][image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1154022305602_Legs_002.jpg[/image]
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1156839412801_Legs_001.jpg[/image]


My Bly shins and knees, too:
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1156537398451_Legs_005.jpg[/image][image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1155082274310_Legs_004.jpg[/image]
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1153525802615_Legs_006.jpg[/image][image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1155986663487_Legs_008.jpg[/image]
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/237950...89_Legs_007.jpg
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/237950...4_Legs_0010.jpg

Details:
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1157005111120_Legs_0012.jpg[/image]
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1153769767610_Legs_0015.jpg[/image]
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1154123117310_Legs_0014.jpg[/image]


Molds and stuff:
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1156210202248_Clonetrooper_molds_001.jpg[/image]
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1154230140217_Clonetrooper_molds_002.jpg[/image]
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/237950...r_molds_006.jpg
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/237950...r_molds_007.jpg
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/237950...r_molds_003.jpg
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/237950...r_molds_004.jpg
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/237950...s_knees_002.jpg
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/237950...r_molds_005.jpg
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/237950...s_knees_001.jpg

I pulled a few sets of each, and made another knee mold so I can pull two at once. Just makes more sense than wearing out the one mold.

I've started these 6 pieces first, as an "upgrade kit". Because for years now, I've had (ahem) "inferior" shins. ;)


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I FINALLY started sculpting my own armor pieces today. After building a vac table in October. :lol

I started with clay, the first of several stages. The pieces I need to focus on for upgrade, are the all leg pieces and the backplate. So far, I've got the mold for the front shin, back calf, and knee mostly done today. It was fun, and I really enjoy working with clay. Crap, I may have the back redone by tomorrow.

Next to some older armor pieces, for comparison:

Shins:
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1149759779035_Thighs_003.jpg[/image]
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1149275760193_Thighs_002.jpg[/image]
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1150023591435_Thighs_001.jpg[/image]

Knees:
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1149293015920_Knees_001.jpg[/image]
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1149773674481_Knees_003.jpg[/image]

When the clay hardens, it will crack and shrink. I'm planning on that, because I have a few things I'm going to try.
 

DarkLordSalvo

Well-Known Member
You might have an undercut with the scallop on the back of the shin. Hard to tell but it looks iffy. Other than that you're off to a great start.
 

Rodann

Sr Member
Yeah, thanks- that's getting taken off, once it sets up some more. Still too wet for government work. I had planned on sanding it, after the plaster copy of the mold.
 

Reactor drone

Well-Known Member
Very nice.I usually work in plasticene so I don't have the drying out problem...then again I can't sand it smooth like you can with clay.

Also since you can't vacform straight over plasticene I've taken alginate moulds off my sculpts and then made Hydrocal positives that I can then vacform.
 

Rodann

Sr Member
Thanks.:)

I cleaned up the edges a bunch, and took down the sharp scallops, since it had gelled some more. One thing you learn as a machinist- it's always easier to remove material, than to add it.;) With the edges down, that heel scallop doesn't look crooked like it does in that pic.

I'm tired. :lol Standing hunkered over my kitchen table most of the day, my back is killing me, my feel hurt, and I have a killer headache. But hey, I can't complain. :p
 

Trooper TK409

Sr Member
RPF PREMIUM MEMBER
Wow awesome Jim. I had no idea clone armor was being sculpted in my own backyard. I'll follow your progress with much interest. :)
 

uscm buzz

Well-Known Member
boy I could sure use some test rear shins for an set of armor I sold a guy.. would love to get him just something to use.. the armor wasnt great quallity.. so he would take whatever. and a but plate too.. , oh and the hand armor.
 

Rodann

Sr Member
Just the legs and back for now.:) I'm still just upgrading, but I may get to the other parts by Dragoncon. Maybe sooner. I wasn't PLANNING on doing all of it originally, but I think I might. And since I opted out of the KAW group, and settled for two chest pieces, I don't need that one for now. If I did sculpt a chest piece, it would have to be a little smaller than his.

Doug, who is Samples? Do I know him? ;)
 

Rodann

Sr Member
Here are my first pulls. Second stage complete.:D I'll give you three guesses where I got the plastic. :lol Don't laugh. I had to modify one of my frames for smaller material, but it worked for what I need. The clay was cracking, so I hurried up on the second stage. The paint on the signs really messes with their ability to melt evenly, and I don't recommend using them for actual PARTS, but for just pre-mold pieces, they're fine. You can see where I rounded the calf scallops, after they set some more.

First Pulls:
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1149968778147_Clone_Armor_My_1st_Pulls_001.jpg[/image]
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1147384911527_Clone_Armor_My_1st_Pulls_002.jpg[/image]
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1147798721104_Clone_Armor_My_1st_Pulls_003.jpg[/image]

Here's my work center. :D I really get a kick out of people who claim that someone can't do molding, forming, or (gasp.) recasting, by saying their "workshop is their kitchen". Where, exactly, WOULD it be? The bedroom?:lol
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1148043821482_Clone_Armor_My_Vac_001.jpg[/image]

And on a slightly unrelated note, here's my old and new Chest Armor:
[image]http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/2379504/1150271548345_Clone_Armor_My_Chests_001.jpg[/image]
Not made by me, though. I'll probably use pieces of the old chest to bulk up the backplate, once I get started making a new one. And those shoulder straps are still good.
 

Boba Frett

Sr Member
Looks like you are off to a nice start, BTW I have done the exact same thing in the past using signs to do test pulls :)
 

Rodann

Sr Member
They suck, don't they? :lol

I can't wait til I get some REAL plastic after I'm done sculpting.

The solid plaster casts of the test pulls are done. Now I'm starting on my thighs. I'm actually going to skip the clay process with these, since I have already heat-formed and altered my old thigh pieces so much. There's none of their original shape left to them, since they were so inaccurate to begin with. But they'll provide the foundation to work with. Once I cast those, I'm going to lengthen and resculpt them some more. Like the poorly made undersized shins next to my shin molds, they will be completely different. Hard to believe these pieces once passed for Clone armor.
 

TKBIG

Well-Known Member
Looking good Jim.
You really need to post pics of that vac-table you made....talking about accessorized. :lol


Hollar if you need any help or more supplies. :)
 

Goldenrod

Sr Member
nice job Jim.
So how ya like that KAW chest?
I got mine along with another fg helmet from James. The chest is nice but to big for me. But would work for bigger clones:)
I'm glad its over with...well atleast for us. I wonder if scott will ever see his refund.
-michael
 
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