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I made two casts of the base so I would have one to work with and figure out all the bugs and the other for the final project. The nice thing about making a mold is that if I mess both up I can always make another one.
When casting the first base the plexiglass bonded to the base so I am using that for my first go.
Here are a few pics of the finished clear base casted.
This morning I mounted the LEDs to it and here is a quick video of what it looks like lit up. I still need to add a few more LEDs to the base. I used all the ones I currently have so I have to make another order. But at least now I can get started working on it again.
Sorry about the crappy camera work too. :)
So I spent this a day weekend casting up a whole bunch of stuff for ext years Bay Area Open Tournament. And while I was at I worked on the casting for my Menoth battle engine. The purpose of casting up a clear base is to I can light the flames up like the inside of the battle engine and I will just paint over what ever parts I don't want light showing through.
I don't have pics for the first few steps but I can at least describe them. First off it got glued down to the wood and then wrapped some plasticard around it to build it up the dam for the mould. After spraying it down with release the rubber was mixed up and brushed onto the flames to make sure all the cracks were covered. Then I poured the rest in.
Once that had set up (about a day) I poured plaster into the rest of the mold to act as a leveler when it was flipped over.
Here you can see the mold once the plaster had dried.
Once that was all dry here is it after the dam was taken off.
After that the rubber got peeled off.
Next up was pouring the clear resin in. After mixing it in a plastic cup it got degassed in a vacuum chamber then poured some into the flames. This then went into the degasser to get all the air out of the flames.
After that I filled the rest up with clear resin and put a sheet of plexie over the top and let it sit to cure. I used a light to medium amount of hardener to it will take a day or two to cure up. So hopefully by the end of the week I will have something to show.
Well I took it out of the mold and it is stuck to the plexi! So I am going to let it sit a few days and see if it will pop off. I poured another one, used more hardener than last time and put another mold on top of it so it will come off easily this time.
I finnally got some LEDs for my battle engine. My first experiment with cheap xmas LEDs did not work out as planned so I found something even better! Here are 2 quick videos of it. Nevermind the crap in the background, I had to take it into the bathroom for it to be dark enough to see :)
Well I finished up the terrain piece. Got it all primed and sealed so it is ready to get molds made of it. Will make a tutorial of how to make a mold for castings for it.