Replica Movie Props

Saturday, March 27, 2010


I've all but got the shoulders done. The reason they are still open on the sides is that I am going to wrap them in aluminum. I am also going to drill out the holes when I get the legs done so I can do it all at once for a good fit. That's why I am leaving the templates on them.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Styrene Frame Completed

I had the week off from work. So during the day while my wife wife was at work, and my little girl was in day care, I spent some quality me-time and got the frame built. There are a few alignment problems, but all-in-all I am very pleased with the way it turned out.

BTW, I used this non-toxic paint thinner to remove the easy tack spray adhesive residue left on the plastic after peeling away the cutting templates.

It seems to a have a little give when twisted, but I have been told that once the skins are attached it should be a formidable column of sturdiness.Here are some construction pix and a few round about shots of the completed frame. Next step, shoulder hubs, arm carriers, and some resin casting...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Some Styrene Frame Work

I used my new home-made router table today. I got the round parts of the frame cut. The first image makes the edges look rough, but that's just the paper templates ragged at the edge, the rings/disks are smooth edged and perfect as seen in the second picture. I couldn't be happier. My thanks again to Dave Everett for making his styrene droid building plans available!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Small beginnings-styrene frame started

Not a great big start, but I have been gathering a nice little pile of supplies. I finally had to do something with my big roll of styrene before it permanently retained its curved shape. So I unrolled it last night and got to work cutting out the larger sections of the frame for a start. The multi-color printed pages are the rest of the frame cutting templates. I overlaid a colored 1” cutting grid in adobe illustrator to make matching up the 8.5” x 11” printed pages easier.