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martin goddard

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Mould making
« on: June 10, 2018, 01:17:28 PM »
Been up the workshop making a mould today.
I thought it might be of interest to give some details of time taken.

Firstly I can only make moulds when the workshop is closed, because I need to concentrate and listen to radio 4.
I open the workshop up at 8.30 am. Return to the house with castings at 12.30.  Thus a 4 hour time slot is needed.
1. Check masters are ready for moulding. Make sure bases are clean and no putty detail have fallen off.
2. Warm up mould press . Needs about 45 minutes. change to LBC if Archers already listened to earlier in the week.
3. Prepare mould blanks (6 inch S60s today! ) Add build ups into mould. Catalogue mould (number 777 in CE numbered series) .
4. Various minor techniques/operations  on mould can and rubbers.
5. Cook for 45 mins (150 degrees).
6.Serve up onto my desk. Cut mould feeds etc.
7. Waste 15 minutes finding small bits of green putty in mould
8. Cast mould 15 times on small machine.  half way through this process find that some putty part is still in mould (usually hand, mouth or strap).
Do more casting.  Check castings ready for journey to the big house.

In amongst these tasks maintain machinery, hardware and records. Always time for a wee too.
9. Restore workshop to Mke/Nigel settings.  This includes placing mould boxes, castings, hot pots etc. Every little tool has a place.

Many manufacturers use other techniques. Some  contract mould making out. It is a messy and industrial process not suited for the domestic environment. Ben will have a go at this when working here too!

In summary . A mould needs quiet, focus and lots of hardware. A mould failure is heartbreaking. A successful mould is really satisfying.

Today's "birth" is two healthy packs of Austrian Dragoons; command and troopers.


Next , show the "babies" to the world and hope for positive "Ooohhs".

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Re: Mould making
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2018, 01:24:14 PM »
Martin,

That is really interesting - thanks for posting.

It also may temper out enthusiasm for suggesting lots of shiny new things for you to make, understanding the process a bit better.

Actually, it probably won't stop us, but at least we'll be more aware of the effort involved!

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Re: Mould making
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2018, 03:27:32 PM »
And I do like the sound of Austrian dragoons - it makes the Austro-Hungarian army seem more complete and worth investing in.

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Re: Mould making
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2018, 04:53:14 PM »
As you have had such a successful morning in the workshop I hope tonights film and the accompanying goodies is also upto expectations.

martin goddard

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Re: Mould making
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2018, 05:47:34 PM »
This week there should be a new mould with some new packs in it.  It should include the mystery collectible figure for SB day too.

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Re: Mould making
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2018, 09:18:52 PM »
It should include the mystery collectible figure for SB day too.

Ooh - how exciting!

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Re: Mould making
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2018, 04:55:31 PM »
And the female heads and Turkish bombers.

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Re: Mould making
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2018, 05:42:45 PM »
And the female heads and Turkish bombers.

Very good!

Did anyone mention Montagnards? :)

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Re: Mould making
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2018, 05:52:54 PM »
Outstanding.


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Re: Mould making
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2018, 07:46:41 AM »
Always interesting to hear how our toys get made. Be good to see pics of the process

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Re: Mould making
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2018, 09:47:47 AM »
Excellent! When I was younger I made more simple molds for personal projects, and even that was an adventure in and of itself.

Definitely looking forward to the female heads pack, though not sure what else I could order with them, haha. What's this about Turkish bombers?

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Re: Mould making
« Reply #11 on: Today at 05:34:44 PM »
Well now I have seen them I am very impressed with those Austrian dragoons. They definitely have that Austrian cavalry panache.