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vacuforming and you

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:02 am
by kobayashimaru
Hi there;
does anyone have experience in Laminating, Fabriege/Decoupage,
and or, Vacuforming? (300-500GSM embossing vacuforming)
this is moreso "Construction" rather than "Lighting", as it forms the Endoskeleton of the model.

I first became fascinated by this from the local Scrapbooking Club and ArtistSwapCard folks,
later again by 'transparent comicbooks' etc.

I am keen to pick folks brains about embossed vaucform options for clear APEC5, APEC7 and Vellum etc.
what effects/optical illusions can you achieve?
what tips do you have for particular material-sandwiching combos?

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I have been experimenting with this for a while,
and particularly with microPCBs/flexi-PCBs and 'chiral-weld/push-fit snap electronics" / "solderless electronics" in wearables...
power via wifi, and inductor-mat for internal lighting of model kits etc.
I want lighting models to be integral to how a model is made, and easy for folks who might be lighting-averse to try.

You can guess, yes, much was in learning more about the Bork Cube and Bork Unimatrix models. :lol:

Re: vacuforming and you

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:33 am
by LordMudd
One idea I have been slowly developing is a Borg cube out of a milk crate. I am adding needlepoint grid to the inside walls and floor to diffuse light coming through. I want to put a short string of green Xmas lights on the back exterior for effect.


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Re: vacuforming and you

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:47 pm
by Tesral
LordMudd wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:33 am
One idea I have been slowly developing is a Borg cube out of a milk crate. I am adding needlepoint grid to the inside walls and floor to diffuse light coming through. I want to put a short string of green Xmas lights on the back exterior for effect.


CCC.
Interesting idea. I would go doe the smallest lights you can find and bury about half of them in the structure do you get varying light level and locations, layer of sprune for the surface?

With the needle point grid do you need the milk crate?

Re: vacuforming and you

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:48 pm
by LordMudd
Yes, the grid is too light and flexible, it has no structure. I am using a black crate, black grid, and black zip ties so it all blends together. I am now mulling over how I want to structure the walkway around the inside of it. I am looking at a battery powered string of about 20 or so lights. They will be zip tied to the back exterior of the crate. Once the structure is done, the amount of light coming thru should be minimal, won't know until I get to that point. Because I am working in 1/18 scale, I have space for 2 full levels. You could squeeze that much out for the Playmates figures. Any larger figures ad you may need one crate per level.


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Re: vacuforming and you

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:23 pm
by Tesral
I just had a scale shift. I thought you were building this for starships, not figures. so you are doing an interior of a borg cube.

Re: vacuforming and you

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:44 am
by LordMudd
Yes. 4" scale.


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Re: vacuforming and you

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:32 am
by Tesral
LordMudd wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:44 am
Yes. 4" scale.


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My Wife found these at Costco for 12 bucks.
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