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#1 SlotDaddy1963

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 07:15 PM

After following Doctor Cranky and C.T. Speedshop in their "Blues Rat" build and after buying the Revell Stacy David '32 roadster, with it's guitar, I decided to try a little styrene carving and after a couple of re-tries...  I'll probably try casting these just before I get to the point of actually stringing them. Several more are planned along with a drum kit.

 

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I was wondering if this stuff would sell cast in resin with photoetched strings and hardware... just a thought



#2 charlie8575

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:52 PM

VERY nice guitar.

 

As to saleability- try it. Perhaps have some other instruments to if people want to depict a band? A drum-set, trumpet, trombone, electronic organ and/or keyboard, different guitars. There are a lot of possibilities here.

 

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 09:07 PM

cool !!

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 02:46 PM

If you decide to cast them sign me up!Someone creative could build the Mercury woodie kit as a mobile studio with speakers on the tailgate jamin out some Dick Dale sufin beach tunes.Any takers??



#5 SlotDaddy1963

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 06:55 PM

    Well, I broke off the headstock of the stratocaster and I think I've devised a different plan of action. I'm laying out the designs in Adobe illustrator and I'll have them rough-cut from 1/8 inch PVC at a local trophy and engraving shop. Then I'll finish shaping them by hand. Hopefull, I'll have the artwork ready by this weekend and they said their turn-around is about a week.

 

    The trophy shop will cut these from the same type of material that those pin-back name tags are engraved from. And the have an adhesive-backed rigid PVC that is less than 1/32 thick so I'll have the fret boards, pick-ups and pick guards done in this material and apply them to the finished guitar bodies before casting. If that works out, then great but if it fails I still have the ready artwork to have the hardware photo-etched from.

 

Thanks for looking...

   Chuck


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 08:57 PM

That's awesome! I want some! I hope a SG, and a les paul is in the works, that would be cool.



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 03:32 AM

Good idea and great concept for execution!  Good luck with the project.  It should produce excellent diorama products.



#8 SlotDaddy1963

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 09:31 PM

Thursday, I took the file to the trophy guy and he called me on Friday morning to clarify a couple of things. $25.00 for materials and set-up... There is a Stratocaster, a Les Paul ( each with a hard case) and an acoustic (hollow, 3-piece body) being cut early this week!

I'm pretty excited about these and already working on the next batch of designs: a Fender Telecaster, a Jazz bass and a Precision bass, a Rickenbacker bass, a Gibson SG, Explorer and an ES-355. Before I get too much time into the, I'll have to see if the laser cut stuff will work okay.

Thanks for looking, and I'll keep y'all posted
Chuck

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 04:23 PM

Let us know!!

 

sounds cool



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 05:53 PM

Chuck, let us know when those Bass Guitars will be available.  I used to own a Fender Jazz Bass and currently have a Fender Precision Bass.  I'm interested.



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:29 PM

Sounds promising, keeping my fingers crossed.



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 08:33 PM

Hi guys,

      Trophy guy called Tuesday morning and I picked up my stuff...  The bodies were cut from 1/8 inch PVC ( The stuff that plastic name tags are made of ) and it's pretty dang thick. so instead of laminating pieces to get to scale thickness, I'm carving down to get there. Which is fine for me but It also means I wasted the cost of having two piece bodies made.

 

 Some of the smaller details were just too dang SMALL. The Marshall logos for my upcoming amps turned out good but the tuning keys for the LP didn't work out at all. I really think photo-etching will be the way to go with these details. Also, the holes I had designed into the bodies for "strings" didn't bore at all...

 

ANYWAY......... I started shaping the Les Paul and the Strat  and THEN I remembered that I wanted to  post pics "Straight out of the bag"

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 08:46 PM

I think you've just become the next coolest resin castin' guy. Unbelievable! Amps too! Can't wait to see more. Great job Slotdaddy!



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 04:06 AM

Thanks, Buzz

    But wait a minute, they ain't in resin yet :D

I'm pleased with how they're going but I have a couple of decisions to make. While I like the look of the detail pieces, I'm not sure if they're really smooth enough to cast in place. As it cut, the laser left a grooved surface on these pieces that I don't really like. I mean it will work fine for me but would the average customer like them? 

 

   I don't know where to turn to have a small run of these photo-etched. While casting these body and case pieces should be easy to do ( I've cast a few things before) I've never had to go "out-of-pocket" to get something etched in batches before. If anyone knows someone who could point me in the right direction on that, I'm all ears!!!

 

    Anyway, enough ranting, and I don't want to get discouraged. I'm gonna build these two, finish the laser artwork for the other instruments (including a drum kit, hopefully! :) )

 

Thanks again for the interest and comments and I'll post more as these progress

 

Chuck



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 05:52 AM

Chuck, this is so cool.  I can't wait to see how everything turns out when all things are completed.  Guitars & Cases, Amps. Drum Set......WOW.  I'd be in for all of it.

 

Let's see... then you'll need keyboards, either a Piano or a Hammond B3 would be cool...  then some Horns, at least a Sax.  Microphones and stands...  Effects pedals...  I think most of us can handle supplying our own wires & "cables"...LOL 

 

I can see a LOT of dioramas coming down the road with this stuff.  One band that I was in way back in the late 70's had a beat up old white van that we used to haul all of our equipment in... we packed that thing and the rear springs were screaming 



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 01:06 PM

Thanks, Buzz

    But wait a minute, they ain't in resin yet :D

I'm pleased with how they're going but I have a couple of decisions to make. While I like the look of the detail pieces, I'm not sure if they're really smooth enough to cast in place. As it cut, the laser left a grooved surface on these pieces that I don't really like. I mean it will work fine for me but would the average customer like them? 

 

   I don't know where to turn to have a small run of these photo-etched. While casting these body and case pieces should be easy to do ( I've cast a few things before) I've never had to go "out-of-pocket" to get something etched in batches before. If anyone knows someone who could point me in the right direction on that, I'm all ears!!!

 

    Anyway, enough ranting, and I don't want to get discouraged. I'm gonna build these two, finish the laser artwork for the other instruments (including a drum kit, hopefully! :) )

 

Thanks again for the interest and comments and I'll post more as these progress

 

Chuck

I saw this posted a while back, and have yet to look into it. Someone asked about the very same thing and the response was check out indy etching.http://www.indymetaletching.com/

 

 Looks like laser engraving and 3D printing is a little different. At the local maker store, they use a acetone "vapor" to smooth out the parts finish after it's cooled. The acetone seems to smooth out the rough lines and gives the part a little more shine.Not sure if this can be done with your parts.

 

Rich, your bands van would make a great dio, hope that year of van is available, as it would be cool to see.



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 06:08 PM

Buzz, I have no idea what year van it was or even what make.  I just remember having to load the Ampeg SVT amp that I had at the time which was VERY heavy, and then our keyboard player always needed "my" help loading and unloading his upright 66 key acoustic piano that was even heavier than my amp.  Those were the days when I could actually lift heavy stuff.  No way could my old bones handle doing that today.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 07:29 PM

Just a quick (yeah, right :) ) update...

 

I'm making progress slowly but surely. I am starting the mold-making process tomorrow morning. I've decided to cast the details in place at first until I can secure cost effective photo-etching.

 

Been laying out the next batch of instruments and so far I've completed a Rickenbacker bass, a Gibson SG, a Fender Telecaster, Jazz Bass, and a full scale piano keyboard... I'll probably do a Roland keyboard and maybe even a baby grand :D

 

Still thinking about amps and which ones to try (Marshall, Peavey and Fender all come to mind)

 Thanks for looking,

             Chuck 

 

I've also been busy laying out a set of decals with different guitar finishes for both the Stratocaster and \the Les Paul. And I'll post pics of the resin as they get demolded  :)



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 03:59 AM

Oh man is this cool. I'm all in on this too. I was a bass player in another life and had heavy equipment as well. Lugged that stuff all over the midwest.



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 04:22 AM

I don't know if this helps but the Monogram Garbage Truck might have some of this stuff in it but in 1/24th scale.