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Old 07-24-2016, 10:03 PM   #1
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Disclaimer: This is my first post on this forum so my apologies if I do anything incorrect.

Anyways, I have recently bought some 3D Printed GSE off Shapeways but they are quite expensive and I do not like Herpa or Gemini GSE. I decided to solve this problem by creating my silicone caulk mould that replicated the GSE I bought off Shapeways. After that I would inject hot glue into the mould and hopefully have an exact replica of the GSE. Nothing went as planned...the shape of the GSE only barely replicated the original and I soon realised it was because the mould's shape was incorrect and due to hot glue's temperatures air bubbles have been forming on the object. This silicone mould was homemade with potato starch and silicone caulk mixed into a non sticky putty that I was able to wrap around my object.

Here are some photos of the unsuccessful outcome :
https://www.flickr.com/photos/144187...57670755478951
The white object is the original GSE and the translucent object is the poorly replicated GSE.
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It's that infamous 404 error with the link. Please fix.

It's okay if you get it wrong. Just try your best.
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Old 07-24-2016, 10:14 PM   #3
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Since the hot glue GSE failed I tried this time with resin and proper plastic casting RTV-2 silicone molds which I bought from a local GFX store.
I haven't yet poured resin into the mold yet but once I do that I will make another post
Here are the moulds:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/144187...posted-public/

The one cut in half are two mold for pushback tugs and the large lump of silicone by itself is a bus mold for only one bus though I made a mistake and certainly could've made two or 3 moulds in one cup (I made the mold in a cup).
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Can I see the original GSE and your hot glue GSE please?
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Old 07-24-2016, 10:18 PM   #5
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Sorry for the inconvenience here are the updated links:
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Old 07-24-2016, 10:20 PM   #6
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Hmm I can't seem to find a way to fix it but can you see my silicone molds? If so I will post a link to the GSE.
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Old 07-24-2016, 10:24 PM   #7
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Tell me if the links don't work,

Pushback tugs:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/144187...7670755478951/


Buses:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/144187...7670755478951/

Mold, tugs and buses:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/144187...7670755478951/
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I need to sign in to Yahoo?
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Old 07-24-2016, 10:29 PM   #9
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I've made the photos public, try now.
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Old 07-25-2016, 02:02 AM   #10
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As promised I would show you guys my resin GSE after I do it and so far I have only produced one bus but I certainly have improved from my hot glue GSE. There are air bubbles here and there but I can fill them in with some sort of putty. Soon I will spray it with a coat of white primer so I can stick decals to them.

Here is a link to a photo of it (I really wish I could get you guys some HD pictures but I don't have a camera on hand):

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Old 07-25-2016, 03:19 AM   #11
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Another photo with a comparison between the original and resin replica:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/144187...posted-public/

Link if above image is just a white square with black outline:

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I like the bus. Looks very good.
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Old 07-25-2016, 11:02 PM   #13
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Update:
I tried to cast some pushback tugs in my other silicone mold and this time it unfortunately did not turn out that great. There were heaps of air bubbles and some areas were not even filled in with resin. Next time I would recreate the mould vertically instead of horizontally because that way the resin would flow freely into the mold and maybe put some air vents.

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It still looks better than what I can do!
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Haha thanks I will recreate my mould later.
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Old 09-05-2016, 02:59 PM   #16
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Good effort ,
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WOW ... its works ... thank you ...
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Thanks currently I am working on waterslide decals to apply windows, a/c units and doors and I bought some paint for the lights and wheels.
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Nice! Keep us updated on the project!
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Old 09-29-2016, 07:04 PM   #20
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Yep I sure will just currently the bus graphics are taking a while but I estimate the next update will be roughly in a week.
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