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    Star Wars - Grand Moff Tarkin

    Here is my 1/6 custom of Grand Moff Tarkin. This was made by taking the 12" Hasbro head and shrinking it down with Hydrospan 100, then recasting the shrunken head. I think shrinking this head down really brought out the likeness of Peter Cushing. The original obviously suffered from the Hasbro bobble head syndrome. I tried my best to paint it following one of Boot's tutorials but we can't all be that good. I think it turned out pretty well though.

    The rest of the him is:

    - Hasbro 12" Imperial officer uniform. I used two uniforms and took the pant legs from one and made the arm sleeves with them. The original sleeves seemed to short.

    - BBI G1 body
    - BBI G3 hands - his right hand is the sword hand of one of their WW2 Japanese figure, I forget who.









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    Whoa... amazing work! Talk about a huge difference.


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    Amazing work!!!

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    That's inspired work, foolkiller. The sculptor should thank you for putting his headsculpt right. Where do you get this "Hydrospan 100"?

    I envision a Hammer Films' "Dracula" version of Van Helsing...
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    amazing! Tell more about the shrinking process...
    It's good to be the King!

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    That's really cool. A nice--and very resourceful--job!

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    Man nice work i like it.

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    Amazing! Please tell us more about the Hydrospan 100 process. Or just shrink all the starwar heads and sell them!
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    that's outta sight!!! awesome!!

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    WOW! That look's nice. I'm curious, the cast came out skinnier, which fits the actor a lot better, did you achieve that on purpose (by squeezing the mold of the shrunken head) or was it a nice side effect of the Hydrospan shrinking more side to side than top to bottom?

    The reason I ask is I've been debating about trying the Hydrospan on something and I was hoping that it does an "even" shrink without distorting.
    Last edited by Mikegar; 10-03-2004 at 22:16.
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    Hydrospan 100 what?!?! Never heard of it. Please share the details. Your custom came out excellent.

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    OSW's got a Witch Docter

    The new "shruken" head looks awsome.

    WTF is "Hydrospan 100" and how does it work.

    Please explain.

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    that's very impressive, foolkiller !!!

    And yeah, WTF is "Hydrospan 100" ?! AND HOW DOES IT WORK ?!

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    VERY NICE JOB , iS THAT NEW HEAD , RESIN OR SOFT RUBBER ?

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    Thanks for the comments!

    It is actually Hydospan 600. The 100 kind enlarges as seen here:

    http://www.industrialpolymers.com/wa...urethanes.html

    You wont see Hydrospan 600 on their site because it is still in the testing phase. You can email them and ask them about the Hydrospan that shrinks.

    How it works:
    You basically mix the 600 with water, then pour it into the mold. Once it hardens, the water evaporates from the cast (over a weeks time)causing uniform shrinkage. It is really amazing, the evaporation cause no air pockets to form.

    You basically add water as follows. Mix 50% water to 600 and you get 50% shrinkage. Mix 10% water you get 10% shrinkage. I basically just add about 50% water and when it gets to the size that looks right I remold it. Thinner areas will shrink quicker than thicker areas but with head sculpts I haven't had to much problems getting uniform shrinkage even when I remold before the head is completely reduced.

    Mikegar: It will do uniform shrinking. The head might have been squeezed a little in the mold causing the distortion you are seeing. But like I said above you can get uniform if the % of water mixture is accurate to the size you are wanting to reduce.

    lowlight: The head is Resin, but The Hydrospan master (not shown) is a clear soft rubber material.

    I need to shrink a Jango Fett Hasbro Head. I will do a step by step if you guys are interested.

    One thing I will caution you guys on is that I found you really need a pressure casting set up to use Hydrospan 600. I first tried it with out the pressure pot and the material expanded out of the mold. I only tried it once and it was my first time with the material, so it could've been a fluke.

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    Originally posted by foolkiller
    I need to shrink a Jango Fett Hasbro Head. I will do a step by step if you guys are interested.
    i've got a jango fett head already shrunken down to the right scale by quietfart. i'd let you borrow it for a cast of the tarkin head

    maybe you could shrink down the 100th luke or dagobagh luke heads instead. both are good sculpts, just too big like tarkin. i've got extras of these heads you could use if you don't have them.

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    derek:

    I actually have a cast of Quietfart's head, unfortunately the custom I'm doing is using a Marmit Fett Helmet and that head wont fit under it. So I'm going to have to make it a wee bit smaller.

    The only other 12" Star wars head I've reduced is the Tusken Raider. I've made a mold of the Jedi Luke figure head and plan to reduce it at some point. I do have most of the 12" Star wars figures so if you have any other suggestions for reductions let me know.

    If you are interested in a Tarkin head email me at maquetteman@yahoo.com

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    Wow, he looks fantastic!

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    Hey P-A-C
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    Originally posted by foolkiller
    derek:

    I actually have a cast of Quietfart's head, unfortunately the custom I'm doing is using a Marmit Fett Helmet and that head wont fit under it. So I'm going to have to make it a wee bit smaller.
    that's wierd. i just pulled out my marmit fett helmet and quietfart's fett head and it fit perfectly.

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