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ggelb
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From: Toledo, Ohio
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posted 04-21-2010 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ggelb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I usually just monitor the boards, but when I need an answer the cS community has ALWAYS come through.

I have a Dragon Buck action figure (or as the wife refers to it... The Space Barbie). As most, I am dissatisfied with the base. I am using a product called Sculptamold (paper mache) to make a casting of the original base. I did a test run and it seemed to work pretty well.

My question is what kind of paint and texturing material can I use to finish the paper mache base to make it look real?

Thank you, in advance, for any assistance!

Grant Gelb

history in miniature
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posted 04-21-2010 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Grant, I use a paper clay made from volcanic ash. Once it dries you can paint it then apply a covering of a product that replicates lunar soil, a Lunar Regoilith Simulant.

ORBITEC sells the regolith simulant samples.

Good luck.

ggelb
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posted 04-21-2010 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ggelb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you very much for the input. Do you use the JSC LUNAR-1A SIMULANT?

Thanks!

history in miniature
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posted 04-21-2010 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely correct, you sound like you know the material.

It is very difficult to get it to adhere to a surface without changing the color. Be careful, just apply in small amounts...

Obviousman
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posted 04-22-2010 04:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Obviousman   Click Here to Email Obviousman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you need something that does not need to be quite so exacting and don't have access to NASA simulant, then I found tiling grout to be not too bad. Pick a nice dark colour (between black and dark grey), use a spray adhesive for the base, sprinkle the grout powder on top, shake to remove excess, reapply adhesive / grout as necessary, shake excess off then seal with common hair spray.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 04-22-2010 05:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is my mix... use this:
  • gray cement

  • ...than (not her) but white beach sand

  • a little bit lava stones

And you have this as end result:

Klaatu
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posted 04-22-2010 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Klaatu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm just jealous that you've got the Buck Dragon figure... I hope you sort the base out okay. If you have trouble with it you might want to register on this site, it's great for modelling tips.

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