Thursday, June 16, 2016

Project Scrab, Part III

My experiment with EPS foam / plastic coated modelling is completed and I'm really happy with the way the Scrab turned out. The nice thing about the plastic coating that I bought (Styrospray 1000) is that it is supposed to work great with paper mache too!

Here he is with a basic paint job, before detailing with the airbrush.

"Husqvarna Orange": it's not just for tractors
 Spar varnish gave added shine and protection.

A peg was added to support the head's weight; wood screws did the rest.

The peg slots into the PVC support

I had a nice name plate made through ebay - quite cheaply.

Airbrushing was a new experience too. I think it really brings out the color of his eyes.

If you see this in the wild, you're dead!

A proud trophy

"Struth! This little beauty is a ripper."

A proud Scrab hunter*

*No scrabs were harmed in the making of this blog entry.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Project Scrab, Part II

Now to put some teeth in this creature. Teeth were formed in the usual way from polymer clay and then oven baked.

Here you can see some of the teeth in place as well as the tongue. The tongue was carved separately then glued it into place.

(Scrab tongues are not just a pointy weapon, they are also a delicacy.)

Here's the head and upper jaw in almost-finished form. This is still raw EPS foam at this point and you can still discern the separate foam sheets. The ridges were formed from paper clay.

The two head parts.

After some detailing of the mouth interior, the head parts were re-joined.

What Odd has joined together let no man put asunder.

This is the real purpose of this whole project: to test the use of Styrospray 1000 on EPS foam. Styrospray is a two-part quick-setting plastic that cures in the presence of moisture. This stuff is pricey but very cool. I just had to try it. It sets, in 30 minutes, into a hard shell which can be sanded, drilled, cut and painted. Several coats have been applied by brush at this point.

(It would be interesting to actually spray this stuff instead of brushing it on - but that's a project for another day.)

The mouth and tongue were coated and allowed to set, then painted. After attaching the jaw (with Styrospray) the mouth was masked off.

A wall-mounted trophy needs a plaque. After designing and cutting out the shape, I gave it a nice stain and sealed it with polyurethane.

This project has been a ton of work, but I think the results will be worth it.

Next: Painting!