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Scratch’ing figurines


Piotr Bein
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Posted – 10/21/2016 :  12:39:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit Piotr Bein's Homepage  Reply with Quote

A plan looks sad w/o people and animals. I spend quite a bit of time hunting for inexpensive figurines at modeller events and in 2nd hand stores. There were decent figurines in the latter couple of years ago, I got lots of animals and some people; now it’s a rarity, if ever.
So I decided to do it myself…. not quite, as I’m no mini-sculptor, engage my grand-daughters :)))
I’ve ordered 🙂 from them so far:
– chickens, sausages and turkey for my rottisserie
– produce, seafood, steaks and other goodies for my farmer’s market
– complete equipment for a station washroom.
The results are good! The girls work in femo which I then put in the oven to harden. No need to paint! The girls select correct colour of femo (I’m colour-blind), mixing and kneading the dough if needed to change femo’s basic colours.
The masterpiece is a cow laying down. I need about ten more — for some reason commercial figurines don’t come in this, nice position.
As my g-daughter has better things to do :((( I’d like to multiply her cow by casting. Could somebody suggest how to do it? The scale is 1:24.
As I need a total of at least 50 cows for my dairy farm, I would also cast the other cows made of plastic.

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Posted – 10/21/2016 :  1:07:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Here is a method from Micro-Mark that is a reusable heat and pour mold material that is quick and easy to use; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUQhrUdgSMc
There are many other better ways of casting, but if you are looking for quick & easy, try this method.
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Posted – 10/21/2016 :  1:29:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Micro-Mark also sells RTV (room temperature vulcanizing) rubber for molds and two different
sets of resin (different set up times). I use them all the time.

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Ray Dunakin

Posted – 10/22/2016 :  12:57:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ray Dunakin's Homepage  Reply with Quote

That heat and pour stuff is interesting. I’ll have to give it a try some time.

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Piotr Bein
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Posted – 10/22/2016 :  04:44:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit Piotr Bein's Homepage  Reply with Quote

RTV is not re-usable? For small quantity one-time casting, heat and pour seems the right choice. Am I correct?
If I made more castings, could we trade?
It’s better to make an animal in non-hardened clay. Then the figurine can be modified for separate molding, so they don’t all look the same.
How do I paint the castings? I am 70, poor eyes. The cow has realistic eyes, my g-daughter made them in femo to scale!
Why not use silicone caulk? I’ve left a damaged tube of silicone unprotected: nice non-sticky rubbery stuff inside.
Bob, I am speechless at your modelling… Why do you make stone walls in styrene when styrofoam is easily sculpted with a dull pencil, and painting is same as for your barn.
I’ve sculpted and am painting (my first attempt):
– several feet of arched railway overpass and two adjoining walls 1.5 storey high under a station,
– stone hut sitting on older stone wall foundation 1 storey high with window openings and stone stairs,
– a blacksmith’s oven.
Covering up joints between styrofoam walls (each wall a separate piece, glued together): I cut out whole stones located along the seam and insert stones cut separately out from the same material.
Louis and Ray: link pls to your photos.
cheers — Piotr

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Posted – 10/22/2016 :  08:00:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote


The stone walls on the barn were not styrene, they were made from balsa foam. I just like it
better than than styrofoam and I had some on hand.
I agree that RTV rubber is not worth it to make one cow, I thought you said 50 cows. However,
whenever I need more than one of a part or model I make a rubber mold. I save them and usually
find use for them later at some other project. They can also be cut up to fill in space in a
future mold.

How about a photo of these cows??



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Piotr Bein
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Posted – 10/22/2016 :  1:22:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit Piotr Bein's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Will balsa foam withstand the outdoors?

The expense on mold and casting goo and on supplies is high for me, while the result half-way: all cows in one posture and painting required.

A while ago, two g-daughters sat down to make cows for me. One went to sculpting right away in femo. The other gave up after a while, took an example cow I gave them to gauge size, and tried, unsuccessfully, to make a femo mold. I’ll ask her to invent something cheaper than Micro Mark :)))
I will try silicone in a simple project: embed a mosaic of beach-polished glass pieces into a “pane” of silicone — for my styro stone structures. I could pour silicone direcly into the mold of window framing, with glass pieces laying on a smooth material and peel off when hardened. But some pouring precision needed, so I will start from making it separate and attach it to the back of the wall behind the window opening, f.ex. with pins and silicone.

Re 50 cows total in barn and meadows…
European commercial farm, total cow freedom, individual milking (contact with farmer and cow health monitoring)… no GMO fodder… standing, lying down straight and on the side, rising, eating from trough, drinking from fountain, pooing, munching in the meadows, calving, moving around, being milked or scratched by a cow scratcher 🙂
More cow fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s794PotiW5A
Who said animals don’t have souls?
I did my research:

It’s to be lift-up-the-roof educational model, if I ever finish it. All dairy farms in the neighbourhood (schol classe excursions), are NWO corporate: GMO fodder only. On milking carousels cows rear-end the milker, pooing GMO diarrhea. They are never let out onto grass acreages surrounding the barns; I drive by often and never see them outside… The only time outside is as calf in little plastic house with 7×7 ft. fenced muddy yard.

I plan to have sand beds and rounded curbs, cow scratchers, free exit to the meadows, automatic fodder mixing from silos, auger feeding, individual milking, veterinary corner and automatic health monitoring, mechanical removal of excrement to underground processing into bio-gas… Calving (more space/cow) and heifers separate (prevention of infections from adult cows)… Ventilation system, controlled window openings…
Adjacent converted old barn:
– the attic: electronics/electrical, solar battery storage and heat exchangers (that floor is finished — from computer circuits, misc. electrical parts, and drink straws)

– ground floor: milking and veterinary, entry from spacious modern barn, entry to lean-on calving room

– 1st floor: cheese factory, milk pumped from ground floor tanks…


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