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Recent doll doings IV: vintage computing center, Mattel windups, Acme magnets

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Well, I finished the Spymaster’s vintage/steampunk/old-fashioned computing center with the removal of the CRT on legs and the addition of a Mattel Barbie Magic Moves windup computer [the pink one on the right]. I’ve amassed quite a few Magic Moves windups and Acme magnets recently because, as I’ve stated many times regarding Acme magnets, they’re detailed, well made, and perfectly 1:6 scale. Continue reading Recent doll doings IV: vintage computing center, Mattel windups, Acme magnets

Recent doll doings III: More steampunk stuff!!

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While searching for steampunk stuff to populate the Spymaster’s lab, I discovered that old clock movements are as beautiful and sculpturally fascinating to me as the innards of stereos and record players. I got a cuckoo clock movement for like $20 shipped. It’s about 3.5 x 3.5 x 1 inches, pleasingly harmonious and balanced in its asymmetry. I think I might get some more. They’re just so cool! Continue reading Recent doll doings III: More steampunk stuff!!

Recent doll doings II: The papercraft steampunk laptop

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Inspired by my recent forays into papercraft, I made a steampunk laptop printable of my own, combining images that I rendered [primarily the keyboard] and images from Pixabay, where people can download royalty-free images. I did a test run of the laptop this afternoon.

Miraculously, the laptop possesses correct measurements so that it fits together without any problems. However, it’s about 20 to 25% too big. I need to print it at about 75 or 80% for more of a laptop size. Also I supplied the keyhole, leather handles, hinges, side gauges, and side buttons as separate things to glue on to add some dimensionality to the piece. Only the handles and hinges should be glued on; the other stuff doesn’t need to be.

Anyway, pictures below show the Spymaster modeling and using the clunky device.

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Anatomy of a pile of junk

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Conflict occurs when the chaotically organized Spymaster encounters Alison, an insatiably curious person who pokes at everything.

Alison: “Oooooh, what’s that?”

The Spymaster: “Don’t touch! I have everything organized. Besides, do you know how long it took me to balance all of that?”

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How to entertain a bunch of nerds: snacks and pulps

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More shots of my recently created pulps and Rocket Fuel Foods in action, courtesy of Alison and her extended Dork Fam. Continue reading How to entertain a bunch of nerds: snacks and pulps

Papercraft pulp magazines, books, food packaging, and apothecary cases

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I have been papercrafting a lot recently. This past weekend I folded, cut, scored, and glued a lot of paper. Results below. Continue reading Papercraft pulp magazines, books, food packaging, and apothecary cases

The Spymasssssssster [oooooh]! I finally finished him!

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A project that I have been working on since at least February is finally complete! During this challenge, I vastly improved my skills in making likenesses, as well as painting. Hooray for me. Now I’m just glad it’s over. Continue reading The Spymasssssssster [oooooh]! I finally finished him!

Updated adventures in 3D printing 1:6 scale action figure heads: the Spymaster and Missy!

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It’s been a bit since I last posted about my tests in 3D printing 1:6 scale action figure heads. Here’s the latest on the Spymaster and Missy. Continue reading Updated adventures in 3D printing 1:6 scale action figure heads: the Spymaster and Missy!

3D printing 1:6 scale heads for 12″ action figures IV

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I prepared my third attempt at a digitally sculpted 1:6 scale action figure head for Dhawan Master today. Continue reading 3D printing 1:6 scale heads for 12″ action figures IV

3D printing 1:6 scale heads for 12″ dolls/action figures III

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I’m back on my bullshit, trying to print a decent 1:6 scale head of Sacha Dhawan as the Master. My first attempt was chronicled here. It came out looking like this:
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3D printing 1:6 scale heads for 12″ dolls/action figures II

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Two years after my initial blog post about 3D printing 1:6 scale heads for 12″ dolls and action figures, I’m at it again.

After that entry, I tried preparing heads for printing and sending them to Shapeways, a professional printing service, which offered higher resolution and finishing quality than could be gotten from the local makerspace. I made the heads hollow, but I couldn’t figure out how to make neck holes. Therefore I tried manually sawing the necks open. The fine plastic of the print did not agree with my hacksaw, and I got so frustrated that I hid the project in my closet for two years.

Now I’m back, highly motivated to improve my 3D printing skills, because I need a 1:6 scale likeness of Sacha Dhawan as the latest [and arguably best!!!] incarnation of the Master on Doctor Who. I made a decent caricatured likeness of him in Daz Studio. Then I followed this approximate process to create a print-worthy Spymaster.
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Thirteen and the Spymaster — together at last!

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EDIT 08/05/2020: This is the only picture I have of them in a comparable state of doneness since I’ve been working for so long on perfecting the Spymaster’s headsculpt. Continue reading Thirteen and the Spymaster — together at last!

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