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Old 26-08-2011, 11:08 AM   #1
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Hi all,

Had this sitting in the cupboard for years - though I'd post it up & see if anyone has seen this one before. I bought this at one of the Cheshunt Collector fairs (anyone remember them?) waaay back, probably 90-91. It was pretty crude, mostly vac formed and sheet styrene. It came polybagged with a colour header and is 13" in diameter. Is this studio scale size??

From what I remember, all the fins & petals had to be cut from a template from what seemed like too thin sheet, and then hand ribbed, so I made a thicker pattern for each from pre-ribbed Evergreen and then started casting up a complete set.

I managed all the petals but only 12 fins at the time before other interests took over. The thing that most put me off finishing this project were the clear domes. These were a very soft, slightly milky plastic and I found it extremely difficult to sand the edges smooth & true after cutting them out.

So that's pretty much how it's stayed in the intervening 20 years. I'd really like to finish it one day - I still have the molds, but just discovered that one half of the fin mold has deformed - possibly as a result of somthing else being on top of it in the box for years, so now it bows into the fin cavity so I'm not sure I could pull the remaining 4 fins from it. Of all the old molds I've got, the only one to suffer damage is the one I might want to reuse :-(

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Rough old dome edges


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Anyone ever seen this before? Think I should persevere with it? And anyone have any good ideas about cleaning up, or replacing the domes?

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Old 26-08-2011, 11:50 AM   #2
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What are the molds made from?
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Old 26-08-2011, 11:56 AM   #3
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What are the molds made from?
RTV Silicone

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Old 15-11-2011, 10:20 AM   #4
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I've never seen that one.

I imagine someone might be able to redo the vacc formed castings for you, but I don't know anyone that does them.

A shame about the edges.

If you can't get that done, then perhaps a company that does laser cutting might be able to clean the edges up for you.

A more rigid plastic would be a better alternative, if available.
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Old 15-11-2011, 02:00 PM   #5
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New to me as well, but this side of the pond "rarely" sees UFO items. It's those damn domes that keep most of us from having one of these! Everything else is cake!
In the language of my locals: GIT ER' DONE!
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Old 16-11-2011, 10:03 PM   #6
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You can use clear PVC for the domes.not too hard,but hard enough not to brake (Im working alot with this stuff).
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