Sunday, June 29, 2008

Some casting Info

Since I've been asked several times, here's what I use for casting and moulding:
For the moulds I use this here (freaking expensive stuff, but easy to handle and good results):
Two Component Silicone
and for the actual casting:
Cast Resin - light brown

Unfortunately it doesn't have a brand, so I don't know if you can get the same stuff somewhere else cheaper. But on the other hand, this Silicone and Resin is very easy to work with, and with a little exercise you get very good results.
I hope this helps you all :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

ZEUS super heavy (7)

Well, one hour of sanding, and the two turrets look nice and clean.

And you'll also realize, that the second turret is a mirrored one, as it will be placed on the other side of the ZEUS deck.

Here you can see the steps for the gun mount.

Also I had to create another radar dish. And here you can see how small it really is.


Monday, June 23, 2008

ZEUS super heavy (6)

While casting the tracks, I continued with the first Vanquisher turret.

As you can see, the gun is not exactly like the original Vanquisher, but I think it comes close enough :)
Next on the list are some small AA turrets. For this I used two LasGuns from the Sentinels and built them into a small turret. The Turret is equipped with a Radar - looking like the winged skull.

Here it is in the folded down mode:
and here, maximum elevation.
After doing one side, I also have to do the other, so another Vanquisher and another AA turret. Somehow the cutting wasn't so exact, so I had to do quite some puttying.....

And here is a first view of how and where they will be positioned on the ZEUS deck.

Another project will be some twin heavy stubbers that I'm going to add like on the Gorgons. So I built the first pieces:

Well, and another piece needs t be done, the large track wheels for the ZEUS. Each side will require 3 of them.
So it is time to create another master, and prepare it for casting:
As you can see, a large vehicle requires large wheels :)

And the casting itself:
Top are the two pieces for the small wheels, in the middle are the two pieces of the large wheel, and at the bottom the tracks.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

ZEUS super heavy (5)

I completed the second sponson cupola, for right side.

And this is where they will be positioned on the hull sides

Next I worked some more on creating the tracks.
Here's the first try:

Not too bad, a bit WWII Tiger style

But still, not really what I wanted, so here's my second try:

What do you think?
First or second try?