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Volpin Props | Garuda’s Spine, Final Fantasy 14 (part 2)

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Partially 1, each of the parts had actually been created as well as were waiting for moldmaking. There are numerous huge items to this bow, as well as each needed to be formed as well as cast in a certain means, so I’ll detail them from biggest to least-largest.

After wax as well as gloss, the enormous bow arm or legs were established right into a sheet of insulation foam to work as a separating joint. This assisted maintain the quantity of clay required to make the mold and mildew to a minimum, as accumulating a wall surface of that dimension as well as density would certainly take means a lot more clay than I carried hand.


The arm or legs themselves would certainly be formed as well as cast as one item to assist with strength. I determined to opt for a brush-on mold and mildew, making use of Smooth-On’s Rebound40 This is the thinned print layer, complied with by a thick layer to accumulate mold and mildew product. Do not fail to remember a put spout! I virtually missed out on those in the print layer, however I included some areas of PVC pipeline (top of photo # 2) prior to continuing after observing my error.


For enrollment secrets, I vacuum developed a couple of lengthy trays out of styrene over little strips of timber. By putting silicone in at the very same time as the print layer was used, these prepare to be taken out as well as attached to the mold and mildew surface area in regarding 4-5 hrs. These are “glued” onto the mold and mildew making use of a lot more thick Rebound 40, kept in location with a couple of sewing pins while the silicone remedies.


After the silicone is healed, the boundary side is tidied up with an exacto prior to including the mold and mildew coat.

For a mold and mildew this big, strength is mosting likely to be a problem. I utilized Smooth-On EpoxAmite 102 to make the coat, laminating flooring over glass fiber for toughness. There’s additionally a size of 1 ″ steel channel included to maintain points from bending.

As soon as healed, the mold and mildew was turned over as well as the clay eliminated, after that the 2nd fifty percent was finished likewise. I chose red color in my epoxy this moment for a joyful appearance.



Below’s the ended up beast (over 7 feet high!) broken open.

My initial spreading was done by cleaning Covering Shock right into the mold and mildew to make a hollow covering, after that filling up the indoor tooth cavity with foam. This functioned well, however the resulting spreading considered almost 7lbs, making it much heavier than the wood master form it was suggested to change.

The 2nd examination complied with a comparable procedure, however I utilized EpoxaCoat Red for a thinner covering. Both fifty percents were signed up with while the epoxy was still healing, so they developed a slim hollow tooth cavity. This was full of Foam-It 10 to make a strong, light-weight spreading. The ended up item just evaluates 3lbs!

For the following biggest item, I chose an additional brush on mold and mildew. The top crest is an extremely simple form to mold and mildew; considering that there’s really couple of undercuts as well as a huge open back I can make it a solitary silicone get rid of no joint lines. I utilized Mold and mildew Max 30– not practically a brush-on rubber, however it helped my functions.


After a couple of layers of rubber, the mold and mildew coat was included. Considering that weight had not been a problem I utilized Plasti-Paste for its fast collection time as well as absence of fumes.

Below’s the ended up … uh, manta ray.

For casting the crest I chose brush-on epoxy, which produces really light-weight as well as solid spreadings. A gel layer is used initially– the material utilized right here (EpoxAcoat Red) is enlarged as well as created to hold on to the mold and mildew wall surfaces as well as capture information without merging. This epoxy is used up until the surface area is about 2mm thick in all locations.

A technique I picked up from my pal Frank Ippolito when doing epoxy spreadings: glass fiber fabric does not such as to lay level throughout sharp angles. By including Cost-free Type Air (a light-weight epoxy clay) right into tooth cavities as well as spaces in your mold and mildew, the continuing to be layers of epoxy as well as glass fiber fabric will certainly be a lot easier to use. You can see what I indicate in this image where Free Type has actually been pushed right into all the elevated components of the spreading:

Laminating flooring epoxy as well as glass fiber require to be included while prior to the gel layer as well as Cost-free Type treatment completely. To evaluate this, touch the material with your finger– if any kind of product adheres to your finger, enable even more treatment time so you do not interrupt the surface area of your spreading. If you just leave a sticky finger print in the surface area, it awaits the following layer of product.

I have actually tinted the epoxy blue in this image so I can a lot more conveniently see which locations have actually been dealt with.

Below’s the ended up item drew from the mold and mildew– this enormous component just evaluates 1/2lb!


In an initiative to maintain this blog post from obtaining (a lot more) unbearably long, I’ll proceed as well as claim the reduced crest was formed as well as cast in a virtually the same style. Below’s the high cliff notes:



The wing owners were formed in a somewhat a lot more intricate way: matrix mold and mildews. These required to endure stress from broadening foam utilized throughout the spreading procedure, as well as just a matrix mold and mildew would certainly have the ability to complete this. I have actually blogged about this thoroughly on my write for menstruation Dragon Trophies, so examine that out if you desire the exactly how as well as what of matrix mold and mildews.

Casting these went really in a similar way to the big top crest– a gel layer of EpoxAcoat Red complied with by Cost-free Type Air as well as EpoxAmite 102 with glass fiber fabric was contributed to each side separately.


There’s no put spout on this mold and mildew, so the following action needed to take place really promptly: Foam-It 10 was contributed to one fifty percent of the mold and mildew, after that the 2nd fifty percent was secured over as well as screwed closed. The foam loaded the tooth cavity in between both components, making one total light-weight spreading!



The tiniest item of the bow is the facility treasure– absolutely nothing fancy right here, simply a little hand designed tooling foam as well as a basic one component block mold and mildew.

To offer the component a lot more deepness, I cast the treasure in SmoothCast 326 with eco-friendly color as well as pearlescent eco-friendly spreading powder. I cast numerous of these prior to deciding on one with a striation pattern I actually suched as.

With all the components cast, it was time for clean-up as well as paint. Clean-up was relatively marginal, each component just required boundary sanding as well as some filler along the joint lines. One of the most dull component was smoothing out the inside of the big top crest.

Each plume was still a specific part, as well as gluing them with each other was a quite enormous frustration. I utilized a methacrylate sticky called MA300 to bond each collection of plumes right into one wing, however it would certainly have made my life a whole lot simpler if I would certainly vacuum developed them in 2 areas as opposed to 6. Live as well as discover …


The wing owners as well as plumes required to port with each other after paint, so a collection of brass tubes were installed right into the wing owners that mated to matching pins on the plumes.


Each crest was attached to the bow arm or legs in a different way. The top crest is kept in location with 2 screws concealed behind the big eco-friendly treasure, while the reduced crest rests on a collection of thick PVC dowels. Both were epoxied in position after last paint was ended up.


Last examination simulated up prior to paint. There’s no adhesive in this completely dry fit, just screws as well as pins. The guide utilized is a 2-part acrylic called Mipa: it’s costly as well as the guidelines for usage are given in every language however English. It’s the most effective.

Initially, each component was basecoated white making use of Createx Wicked Color styles. This offers the component a consistent shade for the metal leading layer to lay over. The majority of urethane metal paints aren’t really nontransparent as well as will certainly require a strong skim coat to look constant.


I utilized Home of Kolor’s “Shimrin” line for the gold as well as white on the bow. It’s incredibly smooth things, if a little bit costly. Base finishing was performed in light passes, ensuring to layer undercut or indoor sides initially for a constant layer of paint. Each wing owner as well as both crests obtained 2 layers of base gold as well as were enabled to heal for numerous hrs.


The top crest has an inset white location, which needed to be concealed off prior to using shade. Once again, the location was base covered white prior to using the pearl leading layer. If you’re doing this, invest the additional money as well as obtain good high quality concealing tape! Tamiya makes some fantastic things.


The coating was really quite, however a little level.

Shielding was (nerve-wrackingly) included with an airbrush making use of Createx Wicked Color styles. I primarily focused on recessed locations to highlight darkness– as opposed to making the bow appearance filthy, the function of this weathering was to offer the sculpt a little bit a lot more deepness.

With airbrush job total, the gold components were secured with 2k urethane gloss clearcoat. My recommended brand name for this kind of job is Nason 496-00 place clear. It sprays splendidly with really little droops or orange peel.


The only obstacle to repainting the bow arm or legs were their large dimension. As they would not suit my spray cubicle, these were repainted al fresco while put on hold from my drying out shelf. A base of level white complied with by pearl white was used, after that the rings around the manage were concealed off for gold. This was additionally clearcoated with Nason gloss.


Repainting the plumes was a great deal of enjoyable up until I understood I needed to duplicate the procedure 4 times (both exterior and interior faces.) This began with a collection of airbrush strokes with a collection of sharp masks. This was complied with up by mixing the facility of each plume right into the grey strakes with even more airbrushed slopes.


I underwent numerous examinations of the internal eco-friendly paint prior to deciding on one I suched as. The last variation was finished with a blade brush (normally utilized for pinstripe job) to develop an overlapping collection of triangulars in various colors of eco-friendly. The plumes were do with a level 2k urethane clear from 5 Celebrity Xtreme (ugh that name … why do car paint providers call their business like a 12 years of age that simply left Quick as well as Angry 7?)


Setting up went really promptly after the paint job was done, many thanks in big component to the setting up jig I made. Stands such as this are essential to constructing big difficult props. It’s means excessive trouble to attempt to stabilize points of this range on a workbench.


I have actually attempted to place as much details as feasible right into these 2 short articles, however with a job such as this it’s really tough to record every little thing. If you seek even more details on the task please look into my flickr web page for a heap a lot more details regarding each phase of the develop.

Right Here are a couple of completed shots of the bow– greater resolution images are up in the gallery!



As constantly, many thanks for reviewing! I recognize these have actually been some reeeeeally lengthy blog site access, as well as with my jobs obtaining an increasing number of challenging, it appears like that could be the brand-new criterion over right here.

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