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Re: Building a home-made PVC mannequin....Part 1) the Skeleton...Part 2) bulking/dressing


The thing about store mannequin men and this is based on 2 to 3 years of seeing them over that period, of realistic ones, there's those that have no muscle definition, others with impressive muscle definition but few poses that work well as super heroes.

Way too many have very swish looking faces!

Snow white ones, called abstracts but look realistic, can cost less, skin color ones range from $200 to $450.

NONE have fists or are in action poses ala comic books. ALL have about the same body size: SLENDER even with their beefy chests.

There are no bodybuilder big muscled store (fashion) mannequins. The main pluses are it has hands and a head and is made of fiberglass.

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You could also use hands such as these and attach them to the PVC.
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http://www.dickblick.com/zz216/11/products.asp?param=0&ig_id=2953

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They are articulate and will make a fist. :grumble

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John,

Great thread!! I went to buy the materials yesterday and had a hard time finding the 1/2" male-male adapters. I didn't see them in the parts picture. Can you tell me what they look like? Thanks!

Gregg

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John,
You can get some cool undershelf lighting at Walmart, like I have over my display. Then get your self a remote to turn it on when you go downstairs.
It rocks!
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Brin,that's a good idea. :wink

Gregg,I was afraid of that. The piece should be about an inch and a half long,with a hex-nut looking middle. I know they make these in copper and cast,but I wasn't sure about plastic. I had a piece of 1/2" pipe and just cut 2 small pieces,but was counting on this item being available. The reason being to avoid buying a 5 foot piece of pipe when you only need about 3 inches.
I'll go back and edit that section until I find something more concrete.
Thanks for the heads up. :wink

John :flapbat

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Thanks John! Yeah, I was just going to use some short pieces of 1/2" pipe instead...I stumped the guy at Lowe's with the male-male term.

Something else I wanted to know;the elbows used for the shoulders and hips, they look different than what you describe. They're just regular 90 and 45 degree street elbows, right? I wonder why they look different in the pics? Can't figure this out. Thanks again for your contribution of this topic!!

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I just checked what I wrote and yes,all the small fittings for the joints..shoulders,hips and knees...are street 90s and street 45s. Shoulders and knees are 1/2" and the hips are 3/4".

Make sure you know the difference between a regular 90 or 45,vs. a street 90 or 45...streets are tapped on one end and threaded on the other,or the equivilent for plastic fittings..or female on one end and male on the other. A regular 90 or 45 is tapped on both sides or both female.

So far the only thing mentioned I'm not sure about is the 1/2" male adapter. They have to make something that connects two half inch outlets without having to buy pipe. Again,I'll look into it.
 Everything else on this mannequin skeleton is DEFINITELY available at Lowe's.

John :flapbat

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wow, thats awesome... I'm gonna have build one of those mannequins...

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Thanks John, I see what I'm missing now...focus Gregg!!

Gregg

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Wish i had a suit, then o would do that :rollin
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