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Moulding the top of the helmet to the Bunnings SW Planters

PostPosted:Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:07 pm
by cloneone44
Hi All
I'm looking for some advice as I've only recently started to find my back into the Star Wars galaxy after visiting Galaxy's Edge early this year. I was so impressed with the droid displays scattered around Black Spire Outpost, I returned to NZ and immediately made 3 droids; BB8, BB9 and a GNK. Easy enough with what I had lying around the house. At the same time Bunnings Manukau had the SW resin planters on clearance at $5. I purchased many! Lots!!! With the idea of cutting the base out and adding the top of the helmets to Darth, Boba, and the Stormtrooper. Maybe even making a diorama of the Mandalorian and the stormtrooper helmets on stakes.

There's were my plan stalled. :cry: Having never moulded any thing before, and am seeking anyone's advice on a simple method (maybe cheap too?!) to mould the tops. Can any one point me in a direction to research, otherwise I'm guessing fiberglass? :)

Thanks,

Re: Moulding the top of the helmet to the Bunnings SW Planters

PostPosted:Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:10 am
by Blaxmyth
Brilliant scratchbuilding! They look fantastic!
Also - great score on the $5 planters - very envious.
I thought about making a plug out of some plaster, probably a bag of 45 minute gib stopping plaster. Then carving it to shape and making a female mould out of fibreglass, keeping the shell fairly thin and flexible to aid demoulding. Wax the inside of the mould with car polish as a mould release, then lay in some fibreglass , trimming it to size and epoxying it onto the helmet.
But considering I have a shed full of unfinished projects, there is probably a better, faster way...

Re: Moulding the top of the helmet to the Bunnings SW Planters

PostPosted:Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:33 pm
by MattG
Nice droids, and good score on the $5 planters.

As for molding... probably is going to require a female mold as Blaxmyth suggested. Can't think of a quicker/cheaper way that'll give a flexible shell.

This stuff is an option for one off shapes, but you'll still need a master to form it over - https://www.worbla.co.nz/products

Re: Moulding the top of the helmet to the Bunnings SW Planters

PostPosted:Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:03 am
by cloneone44
Thanks for the advice MattG and Blaxmyth. Both seem to be good options. I'll investigate both and let you know how I progress. Coincidentally, I had never heard of Worbla until you mentioned it Matt, then a few days ago, I saw it being used on a Youtube cosplay channel, "KamuiCosplay''. Looks interesting. You're both correct that I'll have to make a mould to begin with so here goes nothing! A project to start over Xmas together with a 1/5 scale of a T-65.
Thanks again.

Re: Moulding the top of the helmet to the Bunnings SW Planters

PostPosted:Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:36 pm
by MattG
Yeah, I hope to be able to use the Christmas break to make some progress on prop projects too.

Keep us apprised of your progress!