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    Casting Vintage He-Man Action figures in Aluminum.

    Hey guys.

    I'm still very new to doing backyard casting. Took me a while but I got my foundry working great. It's been a few months but for my next project I'd love to cast some vintage toys, specifically Masters of the Universe.

    The old toys are pretty basic in construction. Head, torso, arms, legs, and waist. I'm looking for guidance on building the molds. I'm planning on casting all the parts separately and attaching them with magnets so they can still be articulated.

    Are they any good tutorial videos you would recommend for this project? What type of material should I use for the mold? Again I'm very new to this so any kind of advice is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Nick

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    Your choices are sand or lost wax. I recommend lost wax and for a tutorial, spend some time watching the many hours of video I stuck up on YT this year. If you can sculpt, you can skip the molding step. If I was recreating that thing, I'd do a silicone mold of him put together and run a wax pattern. Ceramic shell, then I'd pour him in bronze, just to up the potential resale value of it down the road. It's a lot of work, but if you're serious, you'll be hooked!

    Here is part 1 of 4. My editing skills suck, but they get better as you go along. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jagboy69 View Post
    Your choices are sand or lost wax. I recommend lost wax and for a tutorial, spend some time watching the many hours of video I stuck up on YT this year. If you can sculpt, you can skip the molding step. If I was recreating that thing, I'd do a silicone mold of him put together and run a wax pattern. Ceramic shell, then I'd pour him in bronze, just to up the potential resale value of it down the road. It's a lot of work, but if you're serious, you'll be hooked!

    Here is part 1 of 4. My editing skills suck, but they get better as you go along. Enjoy!
    Awesome thanks for the help. Looking forward to checking out the videos. I haven't done bronze from my foundry yet. I've really only done one aluminum casting into a lost wax sculpture I made. This will be a another learning experience for sure.

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    these could be cast is silicon rubber molds if you switch to either zinc or pewter and get multiples from the same mold.
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    Ceramic shell isn't just for bronze. Aluminum works fine for it too. My examples are for single sided molds. Your heeman dude has a back half. Stay up on this link here. You are about to get a bad ass lesson in a 2 part, possibly 3 part mold. http://forums.thehomefoundry.org/ind...ue-zapins.187/ Zap is ALMOST to the part where he will have to make a mold of this complex bird. Actually, the mold making is about the hardest part of this casting thing. Pouring metal is a just the fun part that only lasts a minute or two. If you want a FIRST CLASS lesson in mold making stuff with 4 appendages hanging off an object, look here. Follow the directions to see the entire thread with full size photos. It's a collegiate level lesson in working a tough mold. Sadly. we can't seem to find the creator, Mantrid) :-( Read post #72 http://forums.thehomefoundry.org/ind...ons.168/page-4
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    Quote Originally Posted by jagboy69 View Post
    Sadly. we can't seem to find the creator, Mantrid) :-( Read post #72 http://forums.thehomefoundry.org/ind...ons.168/page-4
    I can't seem to view anything on the spideroak pages... just a twirling "loading" gif.

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    You will need WinZip. On spideroak, click the download button and not the individual files. That will pop up a winzip folder. Save that to your desktop. Open it and unzip it into it's own folder. It works, I just tried it for ya.

    If it doesn't work, dig up an IP spoofer and set it for the US. It might be a thailand thing.
    Last edited by jagboy69; 12-16-2017 at 05:23 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jagboy69 View Post
    You will need WinZip. On spideroak, click the download button and not the individual files. That will pop up a winzip folder. Save that to your desktop. Open it and unzip it into it's own folder. It works, I just tried it for ya.

    If it doesn't work, dig up an IP spoofer and set it for the US. It might be a thailand thing.
    It works well today for some obscure reason...

    Excellent reference threads Jason, thanks.

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    Richard dug those up. We have an APB out on Mantrid.... Totally vanished off the face of the net.
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