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3D Printed Space Blasters Wave 1 for use with Star Wars Black 6″ Figures   3 comments

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I’ve got some new items up in the PRHI Shapeways Shop, the first wave of Space Blasters!  The first batch of blasters are all things that I have received multiple requests for from Star Wars collectors.  Two are a set of blasters designed for use with the Star Wars Black 6″ Boba Fett Prototype version, based on photos and video of the early character design.  The other is a pistol for use by your SWB6″ Imperials.  Each is available in two materials on Shapeways, White Strong Flexible Polished, and Black Strong Flexible.  The WSF Polished versions have the best surface finish, and are better for painting (as seen in the promo pic above).  The BSF option is for folks that don’t want to paint their guns and they come dyed black from Shapeways, but are not offered with a polished finish.  Head on over to the PRHI Shapeways Shop to buy some space blasters at the link below:

http://www.shapeways.com/shops/prhi

Lots more pics of each after the fold:

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PRHI Gonk Droids Wave 1 Archive   3 comments

 

 

Here’s all the photos of the 6″ scale Gonk Droids made for the first release.

 

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PRHI 6″ Gonk Droids Coming Saturday, January 17th!   6 comments

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My 3D printed Gonk Droids have been a popular item since I posted the first one in 1/6 scale and sent one to Tested.com as fan mail.  The 1/6 scale ones take a tremendous amount of time to produce, but I still wanted to come up with a way for folks to add a 3D printed, heavily weathered little Gonk to their collection.  A friend of mine suggested I go with 1/12 scale (6″) instead, as has been popularized recently with the Star Wars Black 6″ collection.  I’m a big fan of the scale myself from collecting Marvel and 3A Portable figures, so it was an easy fit.  I had to make a few tweaks to the legs to make the ball joints more durable in the smaller scale, but for the most part I was able to scale my existing model files down by 50% in the printer software without any problem.  After some acetone treatment, Monster Kolor, and a healthy dose of weathering using acrylics, the first batch of 6″ scale Gonk Droids are ready to go.  To celebrate the first sale of 2015, the Gonk Droids will also be the inaugural release on the new PRS Store site on Storenvy!  Head on over to PRSStore.Storenvy.com at 8PM EST on Saturday, January 17th to pick up a Gonk Droid for $50 plus shipping.

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Here’s a shot with 6″ SWB Han Solo for scale…

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… and here’s an action shot! More pics after the break.

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Custom 3D Printed Jeff in Carbonite   Leave a comment

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Brownnoize and I were recently approached by a friend of ours looking to surprise her partner, Jeff, with an awesome Star Wars-related gift for Christmas.  She had recently had the opportunity to have his head 3D scanned and had a great idea for how to incorporate that into a gift he would appreciate.  She asked me if there was any way to make a figure of Jeff frozen in carbonite like Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back.  I knew it could be done, and that it would require me to learn a new piece of 3D modeling software that I did not have an experience with, Blender, so I jumped at the opportunity.  Brownnoize helped with the initial concept and logistics, and then I did the final modeling, printing, and finishing.  Learning to use Blender was very different from the Creo that I’m used to, but thanks to some terrific video tutorials I was up and running much quicker than I expected.  From there, it was just a matter of transplanting Jeff’s head onto the model, and engineering the model for detail and affordability using a combination of high-detail SLA printing from Shapeways and good ol’ FFF printing for the larger, less detailed parts.  The result came together better than I had hoped, and after some paint work based on the original film prop, Jeff in Carbonite was ready to go.  I provided the figure and display stand, and my friend produced a custom backer card in the vintage Kenner style of the original Star Wars line.  By all accounts it was a slam dunk on Christmas day, and I am happy to have helped!

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I also had a really good time with the photo shoot for this project, so read on for many more fun pics!

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3D Printed 1/6 Scale Gonk Droid for Tested.com   6 comments

 

This guy finally made it across the country to the guys at Tested.com so I can show him off.  I’ve been a fan of the Tested crew for years, so I wanted to send them something as a small thanks for all their years of awesome content.  Fortunately they are fans of making stuff, 3D printing, and Star Wars.  All things I can contribute!  Thanks to the Tested guys for the awesome mailbag vid and website shout out.

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This Gonk Droid features a few tweaks over the first green one I did that help with printability, as well as some better detail on the (not printed) leg wires.  I also took the opportunity to try out something I’ve been thinking would work, a 3D printed paint mask!  Testedcles is the old Tested logo, and I really wanted to work him onto the droid for them.  I traced the logo in my modeling software and made it a cutout in a thin slab of plastic that worked perfectly as a spray mask.  After a few different coats of weathering, any remaining sins, and my orange Gonk Droid was good to go!

 

 

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3D Printed Reproduction Mini Blockade Runner for use with Kenner Star Wars diecast Star Destroyer   2 comments

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Most people today only remember the venerable 3 3/4″ Star Wars action figure and vehicle line from Kenner, but one of their cooler non-figure toys was the diecast Star Destroyer.  The seven inch long hunk of Imperial might featured an opening hangar for storing an itty bitty <1″ long Tantine IV Rebel Blockade Runner miniature.  The little Correlian Corvette is often missing, robbing the awesome Star Destroyer of a great play feature.  Thanks to 3D printing, and a vintage sample for reference provided by a fellow collector, Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries is pleased to announce a reproduction ship available through Shapeways, as detailed above.  Before we get into the details, I want to make it clear upfront that the reproduction parts feature a distinguishing mark so as not to be confused with the original items.  I know repro parts can be a tough subject with vintage collectors, and it was important to me not to make collecting more difficult for my fellow vintage-minded peers.  Rather, the PRHI Mini Blockade Runner is meant to provide an affordable alternative to the original part, as well as a few novelty items.

Head on over to the Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries Shapeways Store to purchase your reproduction Blockade Runners today!

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3D Printed Replacement Wing Lever for Hasbro Star Wars X-wing   5 comments

 

 

 

 

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I’ve been collecting a lot of Star Wars toys lately, and one of the things I was most excited to get was the latest version of Hasbro’s big X-wing.  Amazingly enough, the modern X-wing mold’s origin can still be traced back to 1998’s Power of the Jedi 2 Electronic Power F/X X-wing mold.  I remember seeing TV commercials for the Power F/X toy back in the day, but never had one.  The mold has gone through a number of revisions, but the bones are still the same in today’s X-wing toy.  I was thrilled to get a big new X-wing toy, but I was incredible disappointed by the S-foil deployment gimmick when I finally put the toy together.  Out of the box, the wings are saggy, loose, and do not deploy evenly.  I figured the mechanism could not be that complicated, so I cracked open my new X-wing and got to work.  The jist of the mechanism is a lever that depresses a spring-loaded plunger that deploys the wings.  The level slides to the side to lock in place, but when slide to the side the lever does not depress the plunger evenly or far enough, so the wings are uneven and floppy.  I fired up the computer and designed a new piece and printed it on my 3D printer, going through a half dozen iterations in a weekend until I had a new piece that held the plunger all the way down evenly when locked in place.  The ABS plastic part printed on my UP Mini was good enough for me, but not something I was interested in making a number of for others.  Instead, I ordered a couple of test prints from Shapeways and found the best one, which is available now in my new Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries Shapeways Store!  I may use Shapeways to offer some of my own toys in the future, but for now it is the home of my first third-party toy add-on part.  Keep reading after the jump for details on the development, installation, and end result of my X-wing bar.

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Star Wars 1/6 Scale Gonk Droid 3D Printed   5 comments

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I’ve been on a bit of a Star Wars kick lately, sparked in part by realizing how awesome the current 1/6 scale offerings available are.  There’s all sorts of cool clone troopers and bounty hunters and all the great, colorful characters for sale, but droids seem to get a bit of a raw deal.  There’s a couple of protocol droid and astromech molds available, but they are either old cheapie Hasbro toys or outrageously overpriced Medicom toys.  There are so many other great background droid designs that I love, so I decided to take matters into my own hands.  The Gonk Droids, or Power Droids depending on who you ask, are such a classic, simple, goofy design that a Gonk was the obvious starting point.  Read on after the jump to see some behind the scenes of my design process and lots of photos.

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Star Wars Republic Commando Delta Squad Commission   7 comments

Star Wars Republic Commando was a squad-based shooter that came out a few years ago and introduced the idea of ‘wetworks’ Clone Troopers to the SW universe.  Delta Squad was the unit featured in the game, consisting of Boss, the squad leader, Fixer, the squad techie, Scorch, the demolitions guy, and Sev, the scary mean sniper guy.

I received a commission for a pair of Clone Trooper squads repainted in the Republic Commando team scheme from the video game. One set of 4 will be parade clean, and the other will be in action weathered and beat up looking. The customer asked if I would do a WIP blog as I worked through the sets, and I thought this was a neat idea, and something I’ve never done before, so this is gonna be a learning experience for all of us.  (This was posted to another site first, and is re-posted here for posterity.)
I asked the customer for an extra generic trooper figure so I could test techniques and the chemical reactions of all the paints and such… sometimes softer plastic figures react funny to paint, but I’ve gotten some advice on what to use to prevent this, so this first guy will be my test bed figure… a second generic was also provided, and both will be finished up as extra detailed generics for the customer.

First two pics just show my first vic…er volunteer! All that’s happened in this pic is that I used some files and sandpaper to clean up mold seams on the figure, and get to know the sculpt.

The second pair of pics show our hapless trooper after primer and a base coat… there’s a few spots to touch up with a brush, and I need to get more canned air, but this is the base color I whipped up, and made enough for all the figures I received (and maybe more). Right now the base color looks a bit dark and grey, but this allows me to build up the white color a bit and add some depth, and then I can work from there… the tonal value of the figure will change as I work through the weathering and such as well, and since I want to test all of the products I’ll be using, this first guy will get plenty beat up.

Pics 5-14: Alright, Sgt. Test-bed is just about done… the first couple pics show him with the quick and dirty Clone Trooper-esque markings I threw on, and the rest show the figure in its current state… only thing left is a coat or two of Future to seal all the paint (especially on the joints) and seal the paint to the plastic, as I still don’t know if I can trust the chemicals on the soft plastic, and as Future is an acrylic finish, it basically makes a shell over the paint that keeps it in place and prevents any reactions… after that I’ll throw on another matte coat and maybe a few metallic scratches and gloss the visor. Let me know what you guys think, as this is what I’m thinking the RC figs should basically look like… I tried to keep the Lucas-ey palette… troopers and the like have a pretty limited color palette on their armor… it doesn’t rust or streak, but it gets dinged up.

Pics 15- 17:  Alright, proof that this project continues… first shot is Srg. Testbed 100% done, posing with someone else’s gun. Next two are the beginning of the actual commission… two sets of Delta Squad. Second pics shows their current condition, sanded and primed… tomorrow’s supposed to snow alot, so there’ll be plenty of time stuck inside to spray the base color and go from there. Hopefully I’ll get all the gear cleaned up and primed tomorrow as well. What I find amazing is that the testbed figure, which had an action gimmick using the legs, and therefore no hip articulation, still managed to have better posability than the commando squad figs, which I assume were some special limited set? This works out much better for me, as the biggest problem on Srg. Testbed was paint wear on the joints… the only multi-joint like on Testbed is the elbows on the commandos… otherwise, they’re shoulder swivels and hip swivels with no knees or ankles… they do have a nice ab ball joint, but it’s not looking to be a problem for the paint.

Pics 18-32: These shots show the two Delta Squads as they progress.  The individual techniques are the same as for the test trooper (above), along with painting each member’s individual markings.

Pics 33-51: The two Delta Squads completed.  The chipping is a bit overdone on the battle-worn squad, but the customer was happy.

Posted January 26, 2009 by Prometheum5 in Commissions, Star Wars

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