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    Josh...that would be awesome! Now I have to go listen to some Iron Maiden...
    \"People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution; they don't put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible,\" Jamie Raskin, to Senator Nancy Jacobs.

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    From the Powerslave LP I really like the Eddie Sarcophagus from the back cover. If I did the front cover the nerd in me would insist that I have to sculpt the parade of tiny figures filing up into the Eddie pyramid!

    One dark secret on the sometimes "crappy" look of figures I learned from the toy studio. No matter how amazing the original is once it goes to the manufacturing plant it is always resculpted with a machine from the original model sent. Thus dulling and even obliterating detail in some pieces. One problem is that those Mcfarlane Eddie heads were retooled too small, he looks like zippy the pinEd! The resculpted and retooled articulations are then used to create the steel master molds at the production facility. It's pretty sad when you can hold the actual production sample/boxed retail piece and the original wax and see how much detail is lost in the PVC, ABS injection molding production process action figures go through. The only things which still look just about perfect after manufacturing is the cartoony kind of toys (family guy, garfield, nemo, etc) who's shapes are more definate geometrics with few actual details - i.e. nothing to loose. Resin model kits on the other hand are an exact copy of the original sculpt why they don't do silicone/urethane production on a huge scale is weird. They only seem to do it for collectible statues that you pay out the nose for at shops like Suncoast Video and Tower Records! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

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    My DH builds models...and he's also scratch-built stuff, too. He did an Enterprise that came from a kit...but he scratch-built the finer details and re-shaped the hull and stuff like that.

    Mostly he builds aircraft from kits...he built me a 1/48 scale P-38 Lightning that is just gorgeous.

    Back to the subject..there is a magazine called "Fine Scale Modeler" that we get and one of their main complaints is how such a loss of detail occurs when the item goes from artist's rendition to retail kit. DH buys a lot of resin model "correction" parts for the kits he buys retail! There are lots and lots of people out there, in their garages, making resin molded parts for commercial modeling kits.
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    There's an actual underground industry of resin model kits, magazines like Kitbuilders and Amazing Figure Modeller are pretty much based entirely on charachter models. All of them sculpted molded and cast by hobbyists, many of these guys get picked up by the toy industry to sculpt their master prototypes when they see the "bootleg" kits in the modeling mags and online forums!

    There is also Modelers Resource which ranges from the sci-fi vehicles to kitbashing/customizing and some figure modeling. I like the first two best as Kitbuilders is 100% full color and mostly written by sculpture forum members, it's cool to see their stuff in print. AFM is the same format but partly B/W and not as timely as Kitbuilders. Since I don't do much/any vehicle modeling I haven't read through too many issues of the other mags in the hobby section but I always page through 'em at the newsstand in hopes I'll see a cool tutorial. I've never been brave enough to try sculpting a starship or something from scratch! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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