Ultimate Mjolnir

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by BlindSquirrel, May 14, 2006.

  1. BlindSquirrel

    BlindSquirrel Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Since I've knocked out two Uru hammers, I couldn't resist using my new lathe to start making Thor's massive hammer from "THE ULTIMATES".

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    The shaft started as three 40" long 2x4's glued together. With much effort and putty I have made this.

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    Table-leggy in appearance but I guess Brian Hitch knew what he was doing as it really feels good to hold and is very easy to change grips. I did notice that Hitch never drew all the details the same way twice...this design was my best guess compromise.

    More photos will come as I make progress and blog entry when I finish.
     
  2. upandatom

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    You always keep us in suspense. First I couldn't wait to see the Stormbreaker blog, now I'm chomping at the bit to see how you'll accomplish this one. :) The handle looks great, I think I'm going to have to buy a lathe now...
     
  3. brin

    brin Well-Known Member

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    Oh my. :eek
    That's gonna rock so hard they'll hear it in Asgard.
    Good job buddy.
    -Briin
     
  4. blufive

    blufive Sr Member

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    Looks great so far. :thumbsup
     
  5. Darth Detori

    Darth Detori Well-Known Member

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    a great prop from a great character from a great book.

    I can't wait to see this when it's done.
     
  6. Cptnchaos

    Cptnchaos Well-Known Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(BlindSquirrel @ May 15 2006, 05:23 AM) [snapback]1244408[/snapback]</div>

    I guess it varies artist to artist...

    Here is the handle THEWRAPOFCONS is working on for me.

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    Here is the version I am going from:

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    Cant wait to see your hammer blind squirrel... Your work is AWESOME..

    Damian


    PS: Links for the pictures dont seem to be working so here is the LINK TO SEE WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.
     
  7. Smiling Demon

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    You and those damned hammers. :p

    You ARE going to post progress shots on your site, Right?? :love

    Kenny
     
  8. BlindSquirrel

    BlindSquirrel Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I had a productive weekend...

    Here is the hilt ring...a painted shower ring from Kmart turned out to be just the right size and a breeze to attach.

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    I also made the axeblade master out of MDF. I plan to vacuform the 2 sides and fill with foam to keep it light (as will the hammer head). I will insert thin styrene painted with glow-in-the-dark paint into the lightning bolt groove...maybe removable, I don't know yet.

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    The hammer head is about to be lathed and should be finished this weekend.
     
  9. Funky

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    :eek
    Oh...wow.
    I'm dying to see this sucker finished...
     
  10. blufive

    blufive Sr Member

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    Nice blade.

    If you vacuform over it, you'll lose a lot of the lightening bolt detail.

    :)
     
  11. BlindSquirrel

    BlindSquirrel Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    <div class='quotetop'>(blufive @ May 31 2006, 07:21 AM) [snapback]1253654[/snapback]</div>
    Should I mold the blade and do a pull over the negative? I've HEARD of this but not seen it done.
     
  12. Cptnchaos

    Cptnchaos Well-Known Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(BlindSquirrel @ May 31 2006, 03:46 PM) [snapback]1253694[/snapback]</div>
    Should I mold the blade and do a pull over the negative? I've HEARD of this but not seen it done.
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    I havent seen that either... I'll check around.

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  13. upandatom

    upandatom Well-Known Member

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    We need an update, by Odin's beard.. :)
     
  14. Cptnchaos

    Cptnchaos Well-Known Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(upandatom @ Jun 15 2006, 06:51 PM) [snapback]1262223[/snapback]</div>

    * it man. you SO had my hopes up that He finished this..

    Damian
     
  15. BlindSquirrel

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    I'm getting VERY close. I have completed the head of the shaft (where the hammer and axe are attached), the axe blades, and in the final lathing stages of the hammer head.

    Hopefully this weekend I will be casting all the parts to create negative molds for vacuum forming.

    Once I complete the forming machine (wiring the oven now), I will make styrene copies and then fill the inside with expanding foam.

    That's the PLAN, anyway. We'll see how it actually turns out.

    I'll post some pictures this weekend.
     
  16. BlindSquirrel

    BlindSquirrel Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I didn't get to casting but I did finish turing the hammer head. To give this some scale, the part that the axe and striker connect to is 9" tall.

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    This will be a monstrous MF'er....
     
  17. Cptnchaos

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    That is AWESOME...

    I LOVE IT..

    Cant wait to see the final piece.

    Damian
     
  18. Cptnchaos

    Cptnchaos Well-Known Member

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    Update...?


    please...?

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  19. BlindSquirrel

    BlindSquirrel Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Unfortunately I don't have anything dramatic to show off. I've puttied and primered the pieces but not yet cast them.

    I'm toying with the idea of re-lathing the shaft to get it more accurate....maybe this weekend.
     
  20. kalarcana

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    Any updates?


    Rick
     
  21. BlindSquirrel

    BlindSquirrel Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    All the parts are STILL done and ready for casting but I decided to concentrate on getting the vacforming table done. I basically have all the parts built, I just need to slap everything together, wire up the power to the oven and give it a few tests.

    My timeline is to test the oven this weekend and maybe to some test pulls on scrap. If that goes well, I'll start casting forms for the hammer next week and MAYBE start pulling hammer parts the next weekend.

    Maybe that's being optimistic but I'm definitely in the home stretch. No stopping now.
     
  22. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Lookin good BlindSquirrel :thumbsup
     
  23. kalarcana

    kalarcana Well-Known Member

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    Bumpage for some new updates?.?.?.?.?


    Rick
     
  24. BlindSquirrel

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    I finished and successfully tested the vacforming machine (pics on the blog). I have prepared all the parts for casting (hopefully this week or this weekend) and vacforming immediately after that.

    I do plan to re-lathe the shaft. My first attempt really wasn't accurate enough (IMO) but this time I will do it in 3 sections so the molds will fit on the vacuum table.

    I will post pics as soon as I get the first pulls (it will be the axe part.)
     
  25. Cptnchaos

    Cptnchaos Well-Known Member

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    Any updates??

    Damian
     
  26. BlindSquirrel

    BlindSquirrel Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The SAGA of my progress...

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    Here is the new turning for the shaft. I got better at it and the wider top looks better next to the piece that holds the axe and the striker.

    Unfortunately this was as far as I go before the motor on the lathe crapped out. Hopefully it will only be a few weeks for the replacement motor comes in...

    The axe:
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    To preserve detail on the axe I made negative molds to vacuform into...

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    The pulls from each side (.06 styrene)

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    The axe sides trimmed out

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    The sides glued together. Assembled is pretty solid but squishy in the middle. The plan is to fill it with expanding foam...

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    A quicky paint job to see what it would look like. I'm about 70% happy with how it turned out. The edges are a bit rounder than I would like. I may have to go fiberglass on these parts...

    More tests to come as I careen towards retirement :cry
     
  27. Cptnchaos

    Cptnchaos Well-Known Member

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    Retire my *... YOU RULE...

    I cant WAIT to see this thing finished...

    Damian








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  28. BlindSquirrel

    BlindSquirrel Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The project that wouldn't die.....

    My plans for the final production ONCE AGAIN have changed. I have now decided to cold cast all the pieces with an aluminum / resin. In order to make it easier to cast, I needed to make the parts in halves. Of couse that meant RE-MAKING EVERYTHING. :cry

    I bolted together laminated sections of MDF and threw them on the lathe. Much shellac, sanding & primer later, I've got the staff done.

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    Now for all the hard parts...
     
  29. hydin

    hydin Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    *....

    Have you given thought to using sheet metal for the blade?

    Not to sharpen it or anything, but I would imagine a big metallic or even hardwood lightning symbol as a die would form that into the metal with little to no problem....

    That's gonna be one huge, and very awesometastic hammer when it is finished.

    Chris
     
  30. Cptnchaos

    Cptnchaos Well-Known Member

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    Add me to the list... I want one. Your work is simply AMAZING!!

    Keep it up please!

    Damian
     
  31. punky859

    punky859 Active Member

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    wow amazing hammer fantastically awesome job!!

    are you going to be selling a kit of this?? as i really want one and dont have access to a lathe or any of what you have
     
  32. TMP

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    Wow. This is very cool and a nive look to the hammer.
     
  33. Snakeeyez

    Snakeeyez New Member

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    I am in the midst of making an ultimate Thor and was hoping you had finished this so I could see how it turned out.
     

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