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Posted by Shredder565 (Member # 12594) on November 25, 2007, 10:00:
Hey all,

I'm a big fan of the Ninja Turtles series. It's one of the ons that made me want too go out and create my own stuff, which I am slowly doing.

However, as a kid, I was never happy with the very terribly done 'Technodrome' toy that the company Platmates released. It was very poorly designed, and cheap looking.

With the focus on statues now-adays rather than toys, I've always wanted too build a better looking and more show accurate Technodrome than what we got officially.

Someone once told me there was some kind of foam that you could mold and then carve using some kind of exacto knife, but I forgot what it was called. If there is an easy method of sculpting this out, and then making it hard and durable enough for display, let me know [Smile] .

Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on November 25, 2007, 10:39:
More than likely, if you are going to be working on single custom designs you may want to try the lost wax method.

Google search of the term

I would look to metal casting for the basics. I have seen where some people have created fantastic works from using lost wax and homemade pots. There are also kits for plastics that may be quite useful for you. I am not sure of any suppliers for this, but a google search may work out well for you.
Posted by password (Member # 12442) on November 25, 2007, 12:11:
an alternitive to sculpting would be to buy a 3D printer. that is if you have $5000 (USD) to dish out. its called the Desktop factory and is currently on the market
Posted by Serenak (Member # 2950) on November 25, 2007, 14:45:
I have worked for a fair time in the past with the Wargames and SF Modelling fraternity - I can tell you that most of the professional master makers for "toy soldiers" (the metal ones tabletop players use) employ wire, milliput, an american product called "Green Stuff" apparently originally for plumbers, plasti-card and a variety of bits from whatever they spot as useful (broken clocks, old electronics parts etc etc.) then make moulds from these for casting in what is now called "lead free pewter"
This equally applies to various "scenics", buildings, vehicles and all the other stuff.

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