WIP - VOLTRON Activation Key

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Kylash, Jan 28, 2006.

  1. Kylash

    Kylash Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This is a prop I wanted to do a loooooooong time ago but im finally getting around to it. It's fairly simple to create a static prop of the key openned or closed or with the key out, but Im attempting to make this functional. The key has 2 positions. Position 1 is open with a "C" shaped piece in the middle when the key is used as a uniform badge, and 2 is the key pushed closed which reveals the key inside when the middle section is removed and the two pieces are pushed together. Here are the reference pictures Im using, I plan to make the display box as well that the keys are found in. So far i just have two resin cast pieces and a makeshift label for reference. More pics as I go.

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  2. allosaur176

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    :thumbsup Thats weird.. Believe it or not, I was just thinking about this item about a month ago and was wondering if it had ever been attempted... Looks great man
     
  3. blufive

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    Cool. Keep us posted.
     
  4. Kylash

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    update, working on the key section now until i can figure out the best way to do the 3d cross on the front. Ive discovered that to make the key stick out as much as it should when the key is closed, but also to cover it up when it is open and not be open too much as to make the middle section huge, the key part actually has to move inside the piece to be covered, as the part that sticks out when its closed is longer than what is covered when it is open, if that makes sense, lol

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  5. Kylash

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    bump
     
  6. Kylash

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    did some fun drilling and cutting and now have the key "functional", still workign on the cross adn bits of the key obviously, but its coming together.

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  7. Neon Sentry

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    Looks fantastic so far. Not a big Voltron nut, but I'm a fan of any hand-held props, especially ones that haven't physically existed yet... there's just something special about someone creating a replica of something that has only existed as a 2-dimensional image
     
  8. Kylash

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    thanks, any compliments on this are grateful, apparently not many people remember good old Voltron :(
     
  9. Studio Stasis

    Studio Stasis Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I miss my old die cast Voltron.

    I had the lion version. Good times.

    Great work on the key
     
  10. DL 44 Blaster

    DL 44 Blaster Sr Member

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    Hey,that's pretty cool...I used to LOVE Voltron..the Lion version :D

    Steve
     
  11. amish

    amish Sr Member

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    That is fantastic.. Brings back some great memories.
     
  12. damon5973

    damon5973 Well-Known Member

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    Very cool, loved voltron.....

    not to take this too far off topic, anyone ever do teh birdrang from battle of the planets????? the one that mark throws?????
     
  13. Zaphod

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    I used to have one. Was short on cash a couple years back and sold it to someone here.

    I loved the Castle of Lions series of Voltron. Hated the one in space though...

    I'd love one of these keys.
     
  14. JonathanEntertainment

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    Awesome work man.
     
  15. Kylash

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    thanks. :) right now im just waiting on a beveled cross necklace pendant to cast and mess with a bit for the 3d cross. was too hard for me to sit and sculpt something 1 inch by 1 inch with that much precision, lost my patience, lol
     
  16. juno

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    I guess because I had the keys that came with the toys, I just always assumed it wasn't 3D -- although I see in the one screengrab it kind of does.

    Nice work (and yes, I want one.)
     
  17. Kylash

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    yeah its how cartoon props go, they look different in every shot adn do things that are impossible, like the way it closes more than it opens etc... but i figured a 3d cross would ad some depth to it instead of just a printed label.
     
  18. Kylash

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    well how about that, got the cross today, and go figure its beveled the wrong way, but i think i can use it to pour resin inand make an outward bevel. It obviously needs the longer side cut down so its more of an "X" but its starting to come together. Put the key on the other side after realizing it was on the wrong side, and flipped the colors on the graphics, not sure why i had them wrong. As far as final castings go, its looking like its gonna be almost impossible for me to cast the pieces to be functional, so it will either be open pin version or closed key version, probably both. More pics, again i apologize for my cameras lack of focus ><

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  19. Kylash

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    wow yeah i need to work on this....Ive since casted the cross and cut it down to the right size. Well right now the plan is to cast a solid static prop, making it functional as a kit is just not gonna work with the parts that need to be hollow etc... so, hopefully i can get at least that mold done soon if ive got enough silicone left.
     
  20. vader2k

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    This looks awesome so far. How's progress coming on it? My wife is a huge Voltron fan and would find this very cool. Too bad you couldn't get it to be functional, that would've been sweet.
     
  21. Kylash

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    hmm, seems some images arent working...well it was partially functional, but the logistics of it from cartoon to reality, there were a few imposibilities. Anyway, yeah i need to get back to working on this, never really finished :p
     
  22. vader2k

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    Cool, I look forward to the progress.
     
  23. Pitbull

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    Hey Kylash327 i know this thread is kinda old but i would be very interested if this project moved foward :thumbsup looks great for what you have so far.

    Cheers,Pitbull
     
  24. Kylash

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    holy dead thread Batman! yeah this is still laying around waiting for me to finish or redo someday, hopefully in the next few months ill be able to get back to my own projects (stuck on commissions right now)
     
  25. Cibernite

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    I loved the Lion Force Voltron. I used to watch it every time it came on. Even the CGI version was cool.
     
  26. Omicron

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    I think the main problem with maing it functional is the incosistancy within the show. The key portion changes color and size within not only the same episode but also the same scene.

    For example
     
  27. Omicron

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    Been thinking about this. Have you tried something along these lines? Having small levers to push the key past the center line could help you make it come out far enough while still being able to have it open and not show the end of the key.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2008
  28. Pitbull

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    Can i buy a F'n voltron key already what's with the hold up :lol j/k but no i really want one :lol
     
  29. Kylash

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    ack, i know >< still havent figured out the cartoon physics, havent gotten back to it in a while obviously.
     
  30. blownhemi

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    This is a fantastic project! :thumbsup
     
  31. ch3zyp00fs

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    Any update on this project? I'd love to see a photo or a way to buy one.
     
  32. Walter

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    It's four years dead, I would be surprised.
     
  33. Kylash

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    ehhhh, ive stil got the prototype mold...didnt get much further than that, static piece.
     
  34. MooCriket

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    Yeaaaah...pretty old. Really a shame, I would have definitely gotten one:(
     
  35. ch3zyp00fs

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    Is there a link to the photo? For some reason they're not showing up on my browser. Seems like a shame it didn't turn out, but at least there's a mold.
     
  36. Kylash

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    id have to dig them up, theyre years old pics that probably why they dont work now.
     
  37. Wakeem

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    I would like to see pics too. The whole transport to the lions and position keys segment is really cool.
     
  38. ajb3art

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    dead or not i still would love to see where you got with this. id still want one.
     

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