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    hope that was a good update!
    the next one will be of the new studio space! and after that... the casts.
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    Love the pics. Best custom pieces I have ever seen!
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    I agree! I am HIGHLY looking forward to seeing how the casts turn out!

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    AWESOME pictures. It's very interesting seeing the process - I like that a lot.
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    damn talk about a good update! love the cover that think looks cool

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    WOW Amazing WIP pictures
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    Quote Originally Posted by fball13z View Post
    Love the pics. Best custom pieces I have ever seen!
    ah shucks. thanks man.

    Quote Originally Posted by Replikor View Post
    I agree! I am HIGHLY looking forward to seeing how the casts turn out!
    they will be great!

    Quote Originally Posted by bcrduke View Post
    AWESOME pictures. It's very interesting seeing the process - I like that a lot.
    thanks, we have a lot more pics from the very beginning that are pretty cool to see. once all is said and done I'm sure those will be up here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Sorceress View Post
    damn talk about a good update! love the cover that think looks cool
    thanks! yeah i love the bottom wall piece as well. one of my favorite parts, after the moat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Psychodad View Post
    WOW Amazing WIP pictures
    appreciate it! lots of good things coming in the next month or so...
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    Bishart didn't mention it when he posted the pics, but this is an entirely new mold, made of silicone rubber. We were having trouble with the mother mold on the first one; we didn't design it to break down into enough pieces. And we feared the polyurethane rubber would not survive our production run. This is perhaps the best mold I've ever made, so we are really excited to start casting in it.

    Those days of working in the dirt floor garage were absolute hell. It was totally frigid in there, so the resin wasn't setting up properly, the garage flooded like bishart said, and his completely insane next door neighbor kept cutting our power supply because he was cutting up scrap metal with a huge saw in the driveway. Worst 10 days of my life, LOL!

    The studio build is coming along nicely, we will be casting very soon! Thanks for your support and continued interest, it really makes it worth while for us!

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutForJustice View Post
    Bishart didn't mention it when he posted the pics, but this is an entirely new mold, made of silicone rubber. We were having trouble with the mother mold on the first one; we didn't design it to break down into enough pieces. And we feared the polyurethane rubber would not survive our production run. This is perhaps the best mold I've ever made, so we are really excited to start casting in it.

    Those days of working in the dirt floor garage were absolute hell. It was totally frigid in there, so the resin wasn't setting up properly, the garage flooded like bishart said, and his completely insane next door neighbor kept cutting our power supply because he was cutting up scrap metal with a huge saw in the driveway. Worst 10 days of my life, LOL!

    The studio build is coming along nicely, we will be casting very soon! Thanks for your support and continued interest, it really makes it worth while for us!

    Ben
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    LOL too funny.
    That skintone mold reminds me of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutForJustice View Post
    Bishart didn't mention it when he posted the pics, but this is an entirely new mold, made of silicone rubber. We were having trouble with the mother mold on the first one; we didn't design it to break down into enough pieces. And we feared the polyurethane rubber would not survive our production run. This is perhaps the best mold I've ever made, so we are really excited to start casting in it.
    It's funny, because I have always been decently informed about how the casting process works and lately have been learning a lot more on that new Face Off show on Sci-Fi. Obviously doing prosthetic is a bit different than this, but I'm curious - if they are cast as one pieces, what does the step of breaking down the mother mold into chunks do? Is that to make it easier to remove from the cast mold?

    I'm sure that's a noob question - but I'm actually learning quite a lot watching this. I'm already trying to figure out a nice "stone" base for it.

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    I've been wondering how the hell you could cast such a large piece... Now I know. Craziness man, craziness.
    90 beers... Thats it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by masterenglish View Post
    I've been wondering how the hell you could cast such a large piece... Now I know. Craziness man, craziness.
    90 beers... Thats it?
    I think the 90 was just for breakfast lol.

    sidenote, hey ME you going to power con again this year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by masterenglish View Post
    I've been wondering how the hell you could cast such a large piece... Now I know. Craziness man, craziness.
    90 beers... Thats it?



    haha i have a meme problem.

    but yes. 90. haha maybe we drank more, after 60 or so you lose track. but i think its our most used material in the creation of this piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EtherianChronicles View Post
    I'm curious - if they are cast as one pieces, what does the step of breaking down the mother mold into chunks do? Is that to make it easier to remove from the cast mold?
    Yep, you said it. First of all, if the mother mold were just one piece, you would never be able to get the mold off of the original model. It's because of all the undercuts the sculpture has. Even if you did get it off the original somehow, and were able to start casting into it, once the first cast hardens, it would again be locked right into that single piece mother mold. We made this mother mold in something like 15 or 18 separate pieces that bolt together. So when we finish a cast, we can unbolt the mold and basically take the mold off of the cast, instead of taking the cast out of the mold. Our first mold had a mother mold of only 5 pieces, so it still wanted to lock on to the cast pretty firmly. This one works like a dream!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bishart View Post
    but i think its our most used material in the creation of this piece.
    I'm drunk right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fball13z View Post
    I think the 90 was just for breakfast lol.

    sidenote, hey ME you going to power con again this year?
    I am really hoping to, pretty much yes. I think...

    Quote Originally Posted by bishart View Post
    but i think its our most used material in the creation of this piece.
    Amen to that. I pretty much just break even.

    Quote Originally Posted by OutForJustice View Post
    I'm drunk right now.
    As well you should be. Hows the song go, Its 9am somewhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by masterenglish View Post
    I am really hoping to, pretty much yes. I think...

    !
    Very cool, I need more cool peeps to come out so I can not drink alone lol, i have been trying to get the Bens to commit to coming out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OutForJustice View Post
    I'm drunk right now.
    I'm
    At the dentist right now. Wish I was drunk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bishart View Post
    I'm
    At the dentist right now. Wish I was drunk.
    Can't the dentist give you something that will help that??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eternian Poet View Post
    When can we buy this?
    as the unofficial PR guy, none of that here, take it to PM
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    Quote Originally Posted by fball13z View Post
    as the unofficial PR guy, none of that here, take it to PM

    nothing like an unpaid intern. but yes, as he put it, the mods do not allow talk of sales in these threads. soooooo if there is a question, feel free to send me a message.
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    awesome! so excited and thankful to see these updates! and, like duke, i'm loving the detail of how the process of producing these is taking shape... lots to learn and appreciate about your guys' efforts. KNOW that many of us will be extremely pleased with all your hard work... thank you for doing it!!!
    that said, what's with the teaser of the lower tower cover... ya gotta at least give us a wide full-fortress shot to appreciate how it looks in the big picture!!! lol. (i like it... just cruisin' for MORE!)

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