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    Lifesize Toy/Comic Style Power Sword

    I was going to wait and debut this when it was a little further along, but figured why not go ahead and do it now. The journey is half the fun, right?

    This has been a long time coming for me. I've wanted a good version of the Power Sword since I was about 3 pretty much. I actually started one of these about 10 years ago, while I was in college. Same basic idea, but it was made completely from clay, and was much more freehand. Needless to say, it didn't turn out very well. For this one I wanted to ensure symmetry as much as possible. You can basically divide it in half lengthwise and widthwise, and get four quadrants. I figured I'd make half of it, mold, cast twice, and then joing together to try and at least save some work from one side to other. I cut a profile template out of 1/8" Masonite, screwed that down to backing boards, then glued green floral foam onto that. I made another template out of 1"x 6" that had the curve of the thickness of the sword that I wanted. On the bottom of it, I screwed a piece of the same Masonite to get it raised off the backing board the same amount as the sword, then pass the template over the foam until that lip meets the Masonite under the sword. That should ensure pretty good symmetry on both sides. I'll get a picture of it later and I'm sure it will make a lot more sense. I carved the foam down a little lower than what the template would hit it at, then sealed with some fiberglass resin. I know floral foam isn't really the most ideal kind to use for this, but hey, I had some laying around. I first tried coating it with drywall mud, which worked ok, except I would end up finding some soft spots from where the foam would move under the hardened resin. I didn't use any mat with the resin, to try and keep it as clean as possible, so in some areas it wasn't as solid as it needed to be. I just cut those areas out, re-fiberglassed, and then just started bondoing from there, rather than drywall mud. At first, I was holding the sandpaper on by hand, which just didn't work for long. I then started clamping the sandpaper to it, which also didn't work too well. Then it hit me, adhesive backed sandpaper, DUH. That's sped things up tremendously. It's been through many rounds of mudding and sanding, and still has many more to go. Once this part is done, I'll add the raised area in the middle, side guards, and handle. I left them off for now since it was easier to get to the inside of the curves, and I haven't decided exactly how they'll look yet since there are so many variations. Also, the bottom is going to change a good bit, so pay no attention to it right now.

    It's still very rough right now, but hopefully you guys can see the potential. I'll get more pics up soon if anyone's interested. It will look a lot better when it's in primer so it's one solid color, lol.

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    looks good, keep on it
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    Looks great to me! Can't wait to see the progress to completion.
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    looks good keep taking pics!!! The toy version of the Power Sword is my favorite I made Two out of wood (pics in my albums) for my Halloween Costume This year.

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    I can definitely see the potential. Looks like it will be perfect by the time you are done.

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    Thanks guys!

    Keller, the swords and shield look awesome!

    Here's some pics from when I started. First, the Masonite template:



    Then the floral foam glued on:



    The other template, and how I'm using it:





    And finally a now shot, stuck in mudding and sanding purgatory, . Mud, sand. Mud, sand. Mud, sand. A couple more rounds and all the low spots should be gone:


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    Still here, believe it or not. With the holidays and other stuff, just didn't have a lot of time to mess with it a lot. It's coming along pretty well now, finally starting to look presentable:





    Pay no attention to the split near the bottom. The sides down there will get fattened up and addressed when I add the hand guards, so I'll take care of the split then. Also, the lines from the sides going into the middle aren't finished all the way to the center, but the raised area will cover that up so I'm not worried about it. I planned on wet sanding and polishing it up to 1500 or 2000, but I was stupid and used a piece of MDF as the main board, Also, the Masonite doesn't like water either, so I have to be really careful. It'll mean having to do it twice, but I'll probably just wait and do the super high grits when i get the two sides cast and together. There's still a few tiny things here and there that need fixing, but it's getting there. Now to add the raised part. I may photoshop up some hand guards soon too, just to see which style exactly I'm going to use.

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    any updates to this project??

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    Still just the one from yesterday. I should have some more soon though. Thanks for the reply!
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    Great work. It would be nice, once finished to take your sword for casting by a blacksmith if any exist anymore and have him/her take the cast and fill it with molten steel! AFter a few days, a metal power sword!

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    Any new pics on this project?
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    I've been working more in Photoshop lately than on the sword itself. Trying to decide which direction to go with the crossguard. Here's two ways I'm leaning right now. The one on the left is inspired by the old yellow and black light up sword which is a style that I've always kind of liked. The one on the right is obviously more the original toy, traditional version. Any thoughts?


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    The one on the left is much better!!, very Alcala inspired!!
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    Finally a little more progress. I molded it this weekend. It was a quick and dirty fiberglass mold, but it should be fine for the two pulls I need out of it. I honestly got a bogged down for a little bit. I used foamies to add the raised section in the middle. I figured it would be a quick way to get a uniform thickness, and it would conform to the curves nicely. Yes and no. I kinda had to stretch it a little to make it lay right in some areas, so it ended up being slightly thinner in that area, etc. Then the foam just doesn't like to hold a small amount of bondo on it's edge when trying to sharpen up and finesse things. After many tries and beating my head against the wall for a bit, I figured I'd go ahead and get it molded and cast in a harder form and then just go ahead and clean things up there. Looking back, I've probably made this a lot harder than it had to be, but live and learn I guess. I would probably use different materials if I had it to do again, but I used what I had around for the most part. I hope to get to casts done this week so I can finally see it double-sided.

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    Nice! Keep it up. Looking forward to this one being finished.
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    Thanks a lot!

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    Making excellent progress! I look forward to the end product!

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    One done and out of the mold. The one on the right will come out tomorrow and then time to trim!


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    Out of the mold:



    Rough trimmed:



    Getting there...

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    pretty cool i'm a vote for the right hilt not that I want one but if I did right side for sure early he man is awsome but the sword transends it all.
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    He-man Toy/Comic Style Power Sword - BACK from the drawing board!

    Zombie project, back from the dead just in time for Halloween!

    Well... I said I'd do it differently if I had it to do over again. This project has brought about a lot of old phrases, such as "Be careful what you wish for..."

    I owe you guys an apology. Another phrase that comes to mind is "can't see the forest for the trees." I got caught up in the technique and such, that I was missing the big picture and that the sword's proportions weren't very good. This thing was pretty crappy now that I can finally see it for what it was. Lol, I didn't even see it when looking at the silhouettes. It was WAY too fat and stubby. It did kinda have that toy proportion feel, but I only wanted to translate a little bit of that into the final product, not make it look ridiculous. And the thickness. Man, I was WAY off. That one I kind of saw coming though, but I didn't want to believe it. When working on it, I would think it looked a little thick, but kept thinking it was because it was on the masonite template, it would come together once both halves were together, etc. NOPE! Again, missed the forest for the trees.

    So, I started over. This time, I thought I would try to avoid molding the half and make it all in once piece. Well, that didn't go well either. I won't go into it in detail, but I made a new template that was double sided, meant to run down the cutting edge sides and shape the blade on both sides of the edge. That part worked, but it was virtually impossible to keep the cutting edge straight. Unfortunately this was pretty much a big waste of time.

    I started AGAIN. The original idea DID give me a straight cutting edge on the sides. I had to fight the center line a little bit to keep it straight, using the bodywork trick of taping down the line and bodyworking one side, etc. This time, I figured I'd go all out and split it into quadrants. Hopefully it won't backfire again, but I think this is going to work out really well. I made two quadrants. I can work them laying flat, to get the 'face' of the blade done, as well as work them standing on end, to work the cutting edge. Once I have them both good to go, I'll join them and mold. At least that's the plan, but we all see how the plans have gone already, lol.

    Anyway, here's a few pics. I didn't want to show anything else until I was pretty sure it was going to work.

    Laying flat for the 'face':





    On end for the cutting edge. The gap is pretty much gone once it's clamped:



    It really is laughable how thick the other one was. This one is about half as thick. After looking at the toys, etc., it was kind of obvious my other one was completely wrong.

    Beginning work on the raised area in the middle, still a ways to go:





    Finally, new silhouettes. This may not be an exact comparison, as I don't remember the exact length of the old one offhand. I believe it was coming in at 35-36". The new one will be about 38". I tried to stretch the blade out and thin the proportions down as well. It still has a little of that thick, toy feel when viewed from the side, but I think it works. It's basically just leaner and meaner. (I hope! :blush )



    I'd love to hear any feedback, and sorry again for being so blind before!

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    While I liked the original one just fine, the final version you are working on looks the best. I hope to see this project come to completion. I hope to get one.

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    Thanks a lot, I appreciate it! I love your work as well, so it really means something.

    I really can't wait to see it either!
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    Quote Originally Posted by masterenglish View Post
    While I liked the original one just fine, the final version you are working on looks the best. I hope to see this project come to completion. I hope to get one.
    I agree with the master, the final version looks the best to me too, this thing will kick some major butt, I can't wait to see it.

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    Thanks a lot!

    Small update to give a little better idea of the overall feel of it. The handle is by no means final. I was honestly just ready to start working on it and get out of Photoshop for a little while, lol. I've also started work on the side pieces, just didn't get any pics yet.




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