Thegreatgalling's Life Size T-850 Terminator 3 Statue

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  1. thegreatgalling

    thegreatgalling Sr Member

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    INTRODUCTION

    I am so glad to report that I have started working on my life size Terminator 3 Arnold statue. Off the bat, I have to thank Steve “streetjudge79” for his immense help, advice, and beyond amazing paint job. I could not have gotten this far without him.

    The statue began as a Fettster cast of a production made T3 casting originating from Stan Winson studios, and purchased from Prop Store. It was awesome of Rich to offer the community a chance to own a copy of this amazing bust.

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    Here is my statue SO FAR. He is still not finished yet:


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  2. thegreatgalling

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    THE BUILD

    FIRST PISTONS

    An initial problem Steve and I faced was that at the time, we were not able to source a set of neck pistons and neck hose (and also the cheek and eye pistons).
    My quick solution was an allen wrench socket extender and the skinniest metal hose I can find.
    Here is what Steve initially had to work with. He did an amazing job considering they did not properly fit:


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    NEW PISTONS

    A little while after, Steve thankfully sourced the right pistons and sent them to me. It took a little to convince myself to undo what was installed, but I think the new pistons really made a huge difference. Special thanks to ONEYE for his advice in this thread:


    http://www.therpf.com/f9/calling-all-terminator-endo-experts-neck-piston-139569/


    Here the work on the pistons:


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    THE BUST


    Here are some more pics of how the head came out before I mounted it:


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    THE ENDO EYE


    Next, I wired a simple switch to the Endo Eye LED. After wiring it, I added a coiled wire protector to make the switch a little neater:


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    THE BODY


    My next work was mounting the bust on the body:
    I purchased my mannequin at NYCdisplay.com and went with one called Tyson.
    NYC Display Male Mannequin Mannequins


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    After a few months, I noticed that duck tape tends to stretch. I had used duck tape to secure some hands on a statue and over time, it pulled loose. (And this was Gorilla’s Tough Duck Tape). Since then, I got into the habit of using hot glue to reinforce the tape.


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    At first, I tried experimenting with Great Stuff foam, but I forgot to shake the can and put too much at one time. As a result, it wouldn’t cure and ended up a slimy mess. Thankfully I cleaned most of it off without ruining the floor and covered the chest up with duck tape to smooth it out.


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    Next came the chest appliance which Steve also painted for me:
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    The technique I used to build up his muscles was to use rolled up paper towel and duck tape to build it out a little at a time.
    Because this was a T3 bust, I used Arnold’s competition measurements and decreased them all around to how I felt he appeared on screen. I also used some anatomy pics which helped in sculpting the muscles.
    I knew he was somewhere in between his hay day:


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    And how he looked when he couldn’t work out due to heart surgery:

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    These pics came in handy:

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    Little by little, I built him up:

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    And added his leg appliance:

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    GLOVED HAND

    Next I worked on his glove hand. This may be a temporary stand in, but I am pretty happy with it. I wanted the right hand to be burned and exposed as well, but I also wanted it to be posable.
    Here was my solution:
    I purchased a wooden display hand:

    Amazon.com: Wooden Hand Manikin- Adult Right Hand: Electronics

    And these costume gloves:

    Amazon.com: Cyborg Gloves Halloween Accessory: Clothing

    Here is what I did:

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    I then took the cyborg glove, and put it on the wooden hand.

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    Then poked holes in a pair of close gloves:

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    And bloodied the glove up a bit:

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    I am aware the fingers aren’t perfect, but I love that I can make him hold things with that hand.

    GETTING CLOSER

    We then move on the jacket!
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  3. Haywire

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    Re: Thegreatgalling's Life Size [Terminator 3] T-850 Statue

    Wow, amazing setup!! I love how it all comes together.
     
  4. Clutch

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    I like it. But would the glasses really still be on after taking that much damage? :)
     
  5. thegreatgalling

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    The guns the Arnie statue has in some of my pics is a Remington 870 slug over his shoulder, and a Heckler & Koch UMP45 in his right hand. The T-850 uses these weapons at different points in the movie.

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    The Remington airsoft I found was all black, so I plan on painting the stock brown.
     
  6. WarPig

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    Joe - that is so cool! Nice work!!

    Leave him by the door like that and you won't need an alarm system! :lol

    And you should really do one in the kitchen with a frying pan in the hand he has, and a shredded apron on him :lol

    "Yah. I smell someding buhning in da kitchen!"
     
  7. YenChih Lin

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    Buddy this is amazing! Though I'm not a T3 fan, it's a great great build!
     
  8. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks guys!!!
     
  9. thegreatgalling

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    Ha, prob not. I def. appreciate the suggestion. The glasses are in fact removable.

    I was going for a little bit of idealism when I saw they made him look a little more cool. :lol

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    For Clutch :lol

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  10. Filandrius

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    This is incredible, incredible work. He looks, well, real. :) What's left to do on it? Some clothing weathering, maybe? Damaging that jacket will be a real pain...:rolleyes
     
  11. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks so much for the kind words. Aside from weathering his clothes, I would like to work on his damage a bit:

    THE DAMAGE

    My biggest problem with this statue was the damage and deciding how much of it to do. I have not begun to weather his clothes aside from what you see, but I think I needs some major changes.

    At the end of T3, the T-850 has been put through the ringer after a fiery helicopter crash.

    This is the Stan Winston puppet that shows the level of damage:

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    And a couple more shots of another puppet:

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    This picture gives a great idea of the kind of punishment his jacket saw:

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    Here is a good comparison of the difference in damage between T2 and T3:

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    (Exposed chest and stomach, left endo arm and left endo leg)

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    (Exposed chest and left knee, and left arm broken in half)

    As you might have already saw, my Statue borrows the T2 damage configuration for the chest and leg (which is why I saw he is a bit more idealized than accurate).

    Ideally, I would like to add a full endo arm on the left and expose his endo ankle and foot.
     
  12. streetjudge79

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    Fantastic build Joe! I'm glad to have been a part of it. You really made a great display piece!

    Steve
     
  13. thegreatgalling

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    Couldn't have done it without you Steve! Means a lot coming from you.
     
  14. gypsycatcha

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    Looks great Joe. Obviously Steve's paint app and the cast is superb but im really liking the score with the endo hand thru the glove. Really was a prize find and works so well.
    will come to life once you beat and stain that jacket :)

    Brilliant post and reference
     
  15. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks man, and I appreciate the jacket!

    It's getting there. I would love to hear from some Terminator fans whether the T2 damage on the T3 bust is blasphemy or whether some license is expected. I would at least want the arm. The leg is MUCH more daunting of a thought.
     
  16. Thibault

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    Awesome thread mate !

    5 stars rated !!!
     
  17. thegreatgalling

    thegreatgalling Sr Member

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    Thanks Thi, very much appreciated!
     
  18. BoozeBeGood

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    Wow, Joe, very detailed thread!

    Great build my friend! :cool:thumbsup
     
  19. dbalschi

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    Looks great Joe!

    Just one question. Why didn't you go with these glasses? :lol

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  20. thegreatgalling

    thegreatgalling Sr Member

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    Thanks guys!

    I did!

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  21. micdavis

    micdavis Master Member

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    Wow, what a great job.

    Terrific work.

    Now stop wasting your time with props, go bump that thread.
     
  22. thegreatgalling

    thegreatgalling Sr Member

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    Ha, thanks mic!
     
  23. Clutch

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    Love it!!! :lol

     
  24. WarPig

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    I still want the apron shot!!!

    Joe - as a Terminator fan, I think this rocks! I will be the first to admit I'm not a purist - but isn't the main goal of this hobby to have stuff that we like? I see no sin in using T2 damage on a T3 model. I'd be willing to bet that if the green screen and cgi technology existed when T2 was made, Arnie would have looked more like he did in T3.

    Nope. This is first class - and it only gets better.
     
  25. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks T, I really appreciate your kind words as always. :)
     
  26. Sym-Cha

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    Wow this loo... (phone rings) hangon I'll be back! :lol

    -Chaim
     
  27. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks Chaim. :)
     
  28. Alan Castillo

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    Joe, I have very few words :eek :eek :eek :eek :eek :eek

    Fantastic !

    And I'm 100% with Tex on wanting an apron & frying pan pic, cooking something on the hob :lol
     
  29. thegreatgalling

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    :lol

    Thanks Alan! That means a lot.
     
  30. Alan Castillo

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    Seriously .... dude .... :cool

    ..... you just CANNOT have such a jaw-dropping life-size figure like THAT, use the kitchen as a back-drop, and NOT post an apron & frying pan pic of him cooking something on the hob :lol
     
  31. WarPig

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    Joe - when you do the apron shot, be sure and take the pic in hi-rez. I plan on blowing it up into a poster! :lol
     
  32. hellz manik

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    Absolutely incredible ! Great work !!!!
     
  33. Alan Castillo

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    I seriously think I will do the same :lol
     
  34. Interceptor6

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    Joe?
    When did you start building props?? I thought you were just here for the Don't Bump page!!
    Arnie looks TOUGH, dude! Fine job so far, and I look forward to seeing him in person one day!!!
    Jeff
     
  35. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks Jeff! You are as wise as you are handsome.
     
  36. Interceptor6

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    It'll be a shame to tear up that leather jacket, though adding the bullet holes might be fun!
     
  37. KaanE

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    This thread is pure gold. Nice T you have there, Joe!
     
  38. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks for everyone's comments. Its always appreciated.

    I feel the same way Jeff. I liked the jacket way more than I thought I was. It'll be hard destroying it so I may wait a bit, ha.
     
  39. Endoskeleton

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    Good stuff, Joe :thumbsup
     
  40. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks ES! Def. appreciate the input from Terminator nuts like myself. :lol
     
  41. Monteburns

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    Looking fantastic so far.:thumbsup

    I really like what you did with the sunglasses but you should track down the actual T3 style glasses used in the movie.

    SAMA T3 Series.
     
  42. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks MB, your advice has always been invaluable to me.

    You are right about accurate glasses. My primary concern is the pain if undergo breaking them. :lol

    I was told about a very close pair but shipping to US is pretty steep. I will def. work on this.
     
  43. CaptainVermont

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    I'm speechless... this looks A-MAZING!
     
  44. thegreatgalling

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    Sorry to bump my own thread, but would you guys cut the zipper sections off both sides of the jacket like so? Or would you leave it and just weather as is?

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    I can mentally reconcile less damage since presumably, Arnie got messed up in stages and this could be an earlier unseen stage. :lol
     
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  46. Interceptor6

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    Joe,
    what is the "end result" you want to see with your Terminator??
    CUT THE JACKET!!

    ..or look for another (cheap) one to butcher!
     
  47. WarPig

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    Hey Joe -
    (where you goin' with that gun in your hand...?)

    He's *your* Terminator. He looks fantastic! Do what you want! Don't strive for complete accuracy, because *someone* is going to come back and say "that tear should have been 1/8" to the right". :lol
     
  48. TazVader

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    Awesome work. Love how you buffed out the mannequin.
    What size pants and jacket did you go with if I might ask?

    Best
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  49. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks guys!

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    Pants were custom tailored. Here were the complete measurements. They were based on a modern day compensation of Arnie's competition weight. I compared pics and did a little photoshop comparison. This is what I came up with:

    Waist: 40"
    Hip: 44.5"
    thigh: 26.5"
    Knee: 22".5
    Calf: 18.5"
    Ankle: 14"
    Outseam: 40.5"
    Inseam: 31.5"
    Rise: 10.5"


    Arnie's competition stats were:

    Waist 34 inches
    Thighes 28.5 inches
    Calves 20 inches

    Pretty sure the jacket is an XL. I'll check for sure.
     
  50. ONEYE

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    Very, very nice! Please tell me you will get some flat black paint an take care of the orange on the weapon. :)

    Oh, I can't believe you had star sunglasses for him! Hmmm, so... you have star glasses???? ;)
     

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