Scratch built Terminator T-800 Endoskeleton

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  1. chanfan

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    Hey guys! I'm not really new on this forum but I've never posted anything before so I thought I'd give it a go and show you what I'm working on!

    Apparently I was posting in the hacked site previously, so here I go again!

    I'm currently building the Terminator Endoskeleton from scratch!
    Materials I'm using includes cardboard, wood, papier maché, bondo, whatever I can get my hands on basically! I'm currently using a thai recast endoskull. It's about 10% smaller than the real thing so I'm thinking of modeling one from scratch later on!
    Here are some progress pictures leading up to what I have so far:

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    After applying some papier maché:
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    Here's a shot of the over all progress! I resized the head in photoshop to get the right size!
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    And yeah, this is pretty much how far I have come. I'm working on reinforcing the arms with a wooden frame and I'm building all the joints from wood.
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  2. wrcromu

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    WOW !! You did an amazing job !! A very great start, will follow this thread with attention... Great job, keep the good work !!
     
  3. streetjudge79

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    Unbelievable! I just love the talent on this board.
     
  4. toothboy

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    This is freakin' AWESOME!! Fantastic work, I can't wait to see how this progresses.
     
  5. chanfan

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    Thanks for the positive feedback! :)
    Here are the arms in place with the wooden shoulders. I know the shoulders are missing a lot of details atm but this is just a test to see how it all comes together.
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  6. Darph Bobo

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    Sweet chocolate Jesus! You sir, are a master craftsman!
     
  7. chanfan

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    Hehe thanks! :D
     
  8. Sundowner

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    WOW, Very Cool! Keep up the awesome work!
     
  9. mrbungle

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    i agree, very cool project, best of luck and hope to see alot more.
     
  10. Jedifyfe

    Jedifyfe Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Seriously cool. I love your use of mixed mediums.

    Those that can, do. Those that can't, necropost Off Topic threads.
     
  11. J Scorn

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    really is good, well done!
     
  12. R2Dan

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    that is resourcefulness at it's best! Very nice project :)
     
  13. toothboy

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    I have no experience with paper mache...is this going to be your final surface coat before priming and painting? Can you sand it to get it smooth?
     
  14. chanfan

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    Thanks guys!
    Toothboy, I had no prior experience with papier maché either, before this project but it's really great! It's like a powder that you mix with water and you get like a thick bondo like consistency. Once cured it's rock hard and easy to sand smooth! I'll probably apply a thin layer of body filler or something on top of the papier maché just to be able to do some wet sanding before I prime and paint!
     
  15. allosaur176

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    or you can leave it rough the way it is, paint it dark, and have a T-700
     
  16. chanfan

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    Haha no way! I hate the T-700! :D
     
  17. chanfan

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    Did some work on the shoulders and upper arms today, no pics yet though! Sorry!
    I'll post some tomorrow!
     
  18. comicguy

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    Building a full size Endoskeleton from scratch is really impressive. Keep up the good work.
     
  19. KramStaar

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    Truly one of the most inventive builds I've ever seen.

    Congratulations mate..

    High regards

    MARK
     
  20. Alaneye

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    What a great build! Fantastic skills on disply here. Well done and I can't wait to see more.

    Al
     
  21. krusinclone

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    Great work!!
     
  22. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Never underestimate the power of cardboard.

    Nick
     
  23. NakedMoleRat

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    Who looks at a pile of cardborad boxes and says, "This would make a good Terminator!"

    You have raised the bar on scratch builds, my friend! :thumbsup
     
  24. Apollo

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    :eek Wow! Just Wow!! :eek
     
  25. madmax

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    AMAZING,did you use blueprints/plans?.Another project i'd love to do someday
     
  26. darthwhitey

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    COOL!

    Now I've seen everything! Very creative idea!!

    thanks for sharing the pics!
     
  27. adsfuse

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    Just astonishing work, now each time I walk passed the recycled cardboard bin at work I think of this thread :). I'd also like to know if you used plans or if this is just being eye balled off of your 18' endoskeleton.
     
  28. chanfan

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    Thanks guys! I'm glad you like it! :) Makes me want to work even harder!
    About plans and blueprints, I'm not using anything but the Neca 18 inch endo, pictures of the real deal and some measurements taken by Jaz Creations (big up!) over at the endobuildersclub for reference.
    Also, I kinda look at my own body (but keeping in mind that he's bigger than I am), to make sure the proportions are all right!

    The closest thing you can come to a blueprint is the papercraft endo, but I'm not sure how accurate it really is! After all, I don't think it came out of the Winston studio! :p
     
  29. chanfan

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    This just in!
    I'm going to sculpt the skull from scratch! I just ordered a bunch of super sculpey, the kind of clay that you bake in the oven. Hopefully I'll recieve it before the weekend!
     
  30. PredatrHuntr

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    Cardboard! CARDFREAKINBOARD!!! Holy nice work Batman! I'm watching this thread drip with awesome sauce!
     
  31. WarPig

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    This is amazing on so many levels; it just goes to prove again that true talent and inspiration come from the artist, not the tools they use.

    If you're using your body as a reference guide, remind me never to cross you! If I tried that I'd end up with a T-800 with toothpick arms & legs, and a beer gut! :lol
     
  32. chanfan

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    Thanks guys! :D

    Haha WarPig, don't worry, there's no way that endo would fit in my body! I just compare it to my body and try to imagine how big Arnold is(was), and that gives me a reference of scale! :p
     
  33. chanfan

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    Here I am giving the skull a go!

    Starting off with a wire frame of the skull, made of steel wire.
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    Covering and filling it with tin foil. Thought this would make the base sturdy... oh how wrong I was!
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    Adding some clay, and at this moment, I really thought, *, the basic structure is too weak and I should redo it... but I was in denial...
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    ..so I kept on going.
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    I kinda like where I'm going with it, but I seriously need to make a stronger base structure to apply the clay on! This is sculpey clay, it's going to be baked in the oven so the base has to be made of something that won't catch fire or get burnt! Any ideas?
     
  34. chanfan

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    I should add that the whole basic structure is completely hollow, in case you didn't notice!
     
  35. streetjudge79

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    That skull is just sick. I can't believe what you can achieve with foil and clay..Amazing man.
     
  36. chanfan

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    Thanks! :) I actually stripped the whole thing from clay, starting over! I'm now working on building a complete skull mesh from steel wire, and I can tell you, my fingers are sore! But I think I will gain from that in the long run! I don't want the skull to be flimsy while I'm working on it!
     
  37. chanfan

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    Hey guys!

    Okay I redid the skull mesh, this is a wip shot of it:
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    I added a loop for the eyes and a whole lots of more wire, but I forgot to take a picture before I added the tin foil:
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    And now, I've started to add some clay:
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    The forehead needs to pertrude a bit more, and I need to move the eye sockets out with the forehead.

    good thing about the wire frame is that I can actually adjust the basic shape if I need to! :)
     
  38. jkno

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    A simply awesome project. I like your dedication to one of the coolest villains ever. The Endo will be great when finished.
     
  39. chanfan

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    Thanks! :) I hope so!
     
  40. Alaneye

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    I can't believe you are attempting to sculpt a 1:1 endoskull :eek All those geometrical shapes are gonna drive you nuts when it comes to smoothing. But kudos to you for doing it, you seem to be able to visualize geometry and even from these early pictures it's looking like a winner.

    Al
     
  41. chanfan

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    Haha, yeah I know, I might end up smoothing it after it's baked, with bondo or something, but the face and all of the details are probably easier to sculpt like this! :)
     
  42. Too Much Garlic

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    You should invest in aves apoxie sculpt. A two part self-hardening resin product that works very similar to super sculpey when mixed, but doesn't need to be baked and is easy to sand. Some sculptors use it to make an armature and then sculpting with other mediums on top of that, or you could use it exclusively. Works like a charm.
     
  43. chanfan

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    Thanks for the tip, TMG!
    Some more progress on the skull:
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  44. brazel

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    Judgement Day is upon us. The cardboard T-800 army will take over the world on your command. LOL Amazing job so far can't wait to see the completed project.
     
  45. lambotour

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    You have some serious talent there. Simply amazing. :thumbsup
     
  46. chanfan

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    Thanks guys! :D Haha yeah the cardboard terminators are taking over! Only thing that can stop them is.... water! :p
    Here I did some minor tweaks and added some temporary teeth to get the feel for it!
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  47. chanfan

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    Some more progress:
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  49. Leigh

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    Pure Awesomness (y)thumbsup:thumbsup
     
  50. chanfan

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    Thanks! :)
     

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