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Balthazar Marduk Inactive Member27 Feb 2017 2:36 p.m. PST

Well, I feel the need to sculpt a space ship from scratch… I have a long wad of green stuff drying at the end of a piece of wire that I plan on filing and sanding into the shape I want, but after that I have no idea… So, I suppose this thread is a cry for help…

Any of you guys have helpful hints and tricks for sculpting space ships and/or hard surfaced mechanical objects?

clibinarium27 Feb 2017 3:07 p.m. PST

To be honest I'd not try to do it with putty, and I am fairly experienced with putty at this point. I'd go for 3D design and printing; regular surfaces are just easier to do that way (try something free and easy to use like Sketchup).
If going ahead with putty I would opt for procreate putty or one of the harder curing ones; filing it will be much easier than greenstuff (which tends to flake under filing). Also use plasticard to to the hard work of the flat edges, and other modelling components for regular object like cylinders and spheres, like has been done with these tanks;

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Toaster27 Feb 2017 3:08 p.m. PST

The scratchbuilding and kitbashing forum on SCN would be the place to start link
And my own thread on how I build ships link
I work with sheet plastic more than green stuff but a lot of the ideas do cross over.

Robert

Kropotkin303 Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2017 3:26 p.m. PST

Hi Balthazar,

I've been enjoying sculpting spaceships, but I use milliput in stead of greenstuff. I find it is more brittle, but easier to cut in straight plains if that makes sense.

You can see some of my stuff on the spaceship gaming board.

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IanKHemm Inactive Member27 Feb 2017 3:44 p.m. PST

A better option to Miliput or Greenstuff is to use a 50/50 mix of both (so, in effect, a 4 part putty). It will give you the hardness of miliput with some of the flex of greenstuff so it won't be brittle. Easy to cut and good to file or sand. It will give you the best of both putties without any of the negatives.

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian28 Feb 2017 2:03 a.m. PST

"The scratchbuilding and kitbashing forum on SCN would be the place to start link
And my own thread on how I build ships link
I work with sheet plastic more than green stuff but a lot of the ideas do cross over."

Thanks for the link…..

Tony

Balthazar Marduk Inactive Member28 Feb 2017 8:30 a.m. PST

So, I watched some videos on YouTube about working with styrene and it's looking like the final form of my enjoyment of the hobby. I guess you build the ship out of plastic card and smooth out any lines with putty, then.

Toaster28 Feb 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

Once you've glued your styrene together you can file to shape no putty needed unless your going for really organic shapes.

Robert

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 3:06 a.m. PST

The John Selvia tutorials are definitely awesome:

murraybreen.com/tag/john-selvia

Dan

Balthazar Marduk Inactive Member01 Mar 2017 12:09 p.m. PST

Toaster, that's the most brutally effective piece of advice I have ever received. Thanks for the link, Cacique Caribe… I'll try my best to funnel this knowledge into a plethora of new space ships for the community.

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