Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Three Days. Just Three Days to the Bay Area Maker Faire

Today I patently failed to take enough photos.

Sierra started the day by making progress on the left hand sculpt for the Grey Knight.  While she was doing that, I worked on brushing up some silicone jacket molds:
Silicone Brush Up

They came out okay:
Minigun Body Jacket Molds

Tragedy struck when Roger the Housefly found himself mired in the still sticky silicone.  Despite his valiant struggles, he lost his life that afternoon:
Alas, Roger the Housefly is No More
He was a fly, take him for all in all.  I shall not look upon his like again.

Sierra had to run out in the middle of the day, so I also took off for a bit to make a supply run.  I picked up paint, latex, silicone, casting resin, and all manner of other random bits and pieces.

It cost me three hours all told.

When I got back, my assistant Chuck and her sister Agatha were making slow progress on prepping the Mouser parts for paint.  I neglected to snap any pics of that process.

For my part, I was completely consumed by installing all of the lettering on the right shoulder for the Grey Knight.  The process started by laying out the painted, laser-cut styrene letters:
Right Shoulder Lettering Layout

Removing them from their backing, I taped them in place and made sure I was happy with the layout:
Right Shoulder Lettering Progress 2

Each one was then peeled off, bent to match the curve of the armor, then glued in place after scratching through the paint so the glue could adhere directly to the fiberglass underneath:
Right Shoulder Assembly Finished 1

It was a bit tedious:
Right Shoulder Assembly Finished 2

But the end result is pretty decent:
Right Shoulder Assembly Finished 3

Right Shoulder Assembly Finished 4

Somewhere along the way I managed to almost finish the paintjob for the little heraldry shield that will mount to the Grey Knight's left shoulder:
Left Shoulder Shield Paint Progress

The left hand sculpt still needs a bit of work.  Here it is next to the first cast of the right hand:
Left Hand Sculpt Progress

So progress continues.  I'm starting to think that at least one of these projects might have to wait for later, but I'm still not sure.

For right now, I'm a bit tuckered and my hands ache.  Treatment will consist of applying alcohol to the affected brain.

Stay tuned...

Monday, May 14, 2018

Countdown: FOUR Days to Maker Faire

Today the hours have finally caught up with me.

For those of you just now tuning in, I'm making all of my preparations for this year's Bay Area Maker Faire.

The plan is to bring two new suits: a Grey Knight Terminator from Warhammer 40k, and a T-60 Power Armor from Fallout 4.  I've never made either one of these before.  In case you're not familiar with either, the T-60 is the seven-foot tall monster that looks like so:

The Grey Knight will be an even taller beast that looks like this:

So I've got my work cut out for me.  Still, needing more of a challenge, I also decided to make a Mouser bot from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I don't have a good reason for that, but look at this adorable little guy:

I'll lose consciousness tonight before I cover all of the details, but the T-60 is at this stage:
Freddy Tries on Stilts

The Grey Knight is at this stage:
Shoulder Lettering 3

And the Mouser is right about here:
Madison Mouser

So it's going well.

There's other works in progress too, but for now it's bedtime.

Stay tuned for more progress and explanation tomorrow.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

COUNTDOWN! FIVE Days to Maker Faire

This was a productive day.

For me, it started with fiberglass:
Laying Up Shield Mold

For my friend Sean, it started with masking helmets for detail painting:
Sean Prepping TIE Helmets

For Ian and Danielle, it was mixing and pouring silicone:
Danielle and Ian Mixing and Pouring Silicone

Danielle Pouring Rubber Block Molds

Madison started her day with prepping Grey Knight shoulders for detail paint:
Madi Masking Shoulder

Freddy locked himself in a room with the belt sander and made a bunch of dust:
Freddy in CNC Room

And Sierra got to sculpting the Grey Knight hand:
Sierra Finishing Hand Sculpt

Eventually, I got to testing out the head and neck parts of the Mousers:
Tensioning Mouser Neck

Madison sprayed some gold paint and unmasked the shoulder parts:
Unmasking Gold

Freddy switched to fiberglassing:
Freddy Glassing Shin Flanges

One of the Mousers started chewing on a doorknob:
Mouser Eating Doorknob

Lettering was added to the Grey Knight shins:
Letter Spacing

Ankle Lettering Done

One Shin Lettered

The right hand sculpt was finished:
Right Hand Sculpt Done

I brushed up a silicone mold jacket for it:
Molding Right Hand

Freddy put the finishing touches on his T-60 helmet:
Freddy Prepping Helmet

He's very happy with it:
Freddy Painting Helmet

Ian made mold boxes for some more parts:
Ian Making Mold Box

I trimmed the mold for the Grey Knight's little shoulder shield:
Shield Mold Trimmed

The prototype demolded cleanly:
Prototype De-Molded

Peeling PVA

At some point in the evening, Tiki stopped by the shop:
Tiki Visiting

By then, Madison had finished lettering the shins:
Shins Lettered

Tiki was unimpressed:
Tiki Resting

Freddy's work on the T-60 shins is nearly done:
Shins Glassed

And progress continues:
Gauntlet Lettering Progress

Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

COUNTDOWN! Six Days to Maker Faire!

Things are getting a bit hairy.  But I'm still on track to get it done.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  So here's a little over 27,000 words about the day.

My day started with laying up the final halves of the mothermold for the Mouser head and body:
Mouser Mothermolds Finished

Then demolding the next round of latex knee and elbow parts:
Demolding 2nd Round of Rubber Gaskets

Then pouring the next set:
Rubber Gasket Parts Drying

After a few minutes, the fiberglass mothermold parts had cured and I was ready to drill the flanges:
Drilling Mouser Mothermold Flanges

Once the prototypes had been removed, the molds were bolted together again and Ian set to work casting copies.  Here's the first Mouser body coming out of the mold:
Ian Demolding First Mouser Body

Madison spent the morning assembling Purity Seals for the Grey Knight:
Madison Trying on Purity Seal

They were built with magnets inside so they can be moved or removed around the finished armor:
Purity Seal Closeup

She made a lot of them:
Purity Seal Magnets

Mallory stopped by and did the prep work on a pair of Halo spike grenades:
Mallory Prepping Spike Grenades

It was dusty work:
Dusty Mallory

I got to work buffing out the small shield details for the Grey Knight:
Shawn Buffing Shields

Here's the little shoulder guy mounted and prepped for molding:
Small GK Shoulder Shield

Once that was gelcoated, I started working on installing the louvered vents in the Grey Knight's back:
Vent Frames Cut

They came out okay:
Vents Installed

When Ian wasn't rotocasting Mouser parts, he was molding minigun parts:
Shawn and Ian Boxing Minigun Parts

Ian Molding Minigun Front

Ian Prepping Mold Boxes

Somewhere along the way, my shipment of books came in:
Books Received

Freddy worked out the mounting flanges for the calves on the Fallout armor:
Freddy Building Flanges

Just for gits and shiggles, I went ahead and 3D printed an Eldar plasma grenade from Warhammer 40K:
Eldar Plasma Grenade Print
Which looks a bit...  odd.

Fairly late in the evening, Sierra noticed that a moth had landed in the next layer of freshly poured latex:
Moth in the Latex

Despite knowing it was a lost cause, I tried to pick him out and clean the goo off of him:
Moth Rescue
Sadly, he didn't make it.  So it goes.

To finish off the evening, I decided that Sierra's hand sculpt needed one more major modification.  With power tools.  She may not have been happy about it:
Sierra Unhappy about Modifications

But the end result will be a lot better:
Hand Sculpt Mangled

While I was screwing that up, Sean and Ian got a good start on trimming the Mouser head castings:
Heads in Progress

I'm thinking I may want to cast a new copy of the Grey Knight helmet so I can do a slightly better paintjob:
Helmet Ready
Because I need another thing to do right now.

So madness continues:
Shawn and Hei Hei

Stay tuned...