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If you decide to cast these... I would be glad to take a few off your hands! :dancespot
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[sign in to see URL] had some problems with one of the molds. I don't know why,but it was just a bowl of slimey mush. The other three are fine and I used the same mixture,etc.,but whatever. I had just enough to do one more.
 Anyway,I'm delayed until tomorrow cause it's molding it again.
 Also,I had problems with the resin. This is why I don't do this crap because it causes endless frustration and the constant loss of [sign in to see URL] I don't have. I mixed it exactally as it said to and used black tint for [sign in to see URL] exact amount it called for. It's supposed to take 15 mins. but it was just a pile of goo,so I waited over an hour and it didn't change. So I didn't use as much tint the second time ands it's gray,plus it's a little soft. It cured ok,but it can bend a [sign in to see URL] don't like that.
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On the plus side,I think the hinge idea should work. I did cast half a rang and messed around a little. HOPEFULLY,it should work. Heres a couple of teaser pics...
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I love the metal on there, that is great!!! Looks good. I don't have any experience with these things, but from what I can tell you are really doing a great job with it all... If you had posted and said "I am the man, and I can do whatever I want with this stuff, and I just didn't mold the other part because my assistant had to go work on a movie shoot..." From the pics, I'da believed you. Looks good to me!!! Again, love the metal!

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That really is looking sweet.
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That looks great. Awesome job. - Jason M

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John -
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Nice work !
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nice work! Tell me, about how thin is the rang unfolded, at its thinnest(and at it's thickest)? Also, what kind of sheet metal are you using for the blade inserts at the tips?

I'm asking because I'm planning on making some rangs for myself out of double-ply birchwood. And sculpting the raised details out of modelbuilder's sheet styrene.

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It is 1/4" thick at it's thinnest and less than 1/2" thick in the joint areas.
once I'm finished I'll have some more detailed shots of how everything was done.

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sounds to me john like the resin is old or the tint has turned

try mixing up enough for one of the small wings and dont add the tint
then you'll know if its the tint or the resin

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OK, technical stuff here.

You using smooth-cast 300? if so, the time frame issue is [sign in to see URL] 300 and the color match variety a [sign in to see URL] like 10 gallon kits worth and NEVER had any problems with it, unlike their flexible foam. :cussing :whack

What are you using to mix with and in? perhaps that caused that problem, don't use wood, always plastic or metal.

The gray issue will probably not be solved unless you switch to 325 colormatch, it's made to tint to black unlike 300 which will only get a deep gray at the best.

let me know when you get it all done, I always liked that 'rang and might be interested in one, ah who am I kidding, I want one.

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 The mold stuff,resin and tint are brand [sign in to see URL] they just got a new shippment the day I bought it. The stuff was brand new in a big box,so I don't think it's that.
I don't know if I shook/mixed the first bottle properly when I did the first mold,which is the one that was slimey. That was probably the problem there.
Anyway,that problem's taken care [sign in to see URL] molds are fine now.

 The resin is Smooth-cast 70D. I don't know what that means. :huh
The resin seems fine until I add tint. I'm going to try to cast all the parts again using no tint,then I'll just paint it. It's a proto-type anyway,so I'll worry about the mechanical end first,then tackle the colored resin.
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Beautiful rang there John! Luv it! :up Can't wait to see the finished product.

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Looking great there John :up

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Looking like it COULD WORK. And compact enough for a belt compartment, too.
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SWEET !! now when exactly is mine gonna be sent ?? emoticon

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considering your avatar, it looks like it comes naturally now. :rollin





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Thanks [sign in to see URL] stranger Lori. :nahnah
Thanks Ed for the info.

I will have pics tonight and it will work. I'm useing a certain glue for a certain part and it takes over 3 hours to cure,so when that's done I'll take pics of the proto type.

I may have used too much mold release because it won't take a coat of primer too well. I washed it pretty well,so I don't know. It's a really nice clean cast though,but it'll probably look crappy in the pics because of the primer.

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 :lol I get that too! :lol

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OK,there won't be any [sign in to see URL] least for a while.
Out of the blue and for no apparent reason my camera doesn't work anymore. It just stopped working. The power comes on,but nothing happens. I don't have access to a camera,no money to fix this one and certainly no cash for a new one. So that's the end of that.

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[sign in to see URL]'s a half hour later and I got it to sort of [sign in to see URL] to take pics,which is it's purpose,so it's good enough for now.

Here it is folded..
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I don't see any rubber pieces or metal hinges. I wonder how it works? :huh
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I'm thinking you probably cut slits, or crevaces into the inside of the side of each part, then glued the rubber strips into them. That's the way I would have done it, anyway. John this rang looks amazing and is really an inspiration to us all. emoticon

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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!
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I DON'T KNOW HOW IT WORKS, BUT I LOVE IT!!! John, this is wonderful... I didn't know it was so wonderful until I just saw those pics, but now I know... YOur new name... Alfred... Congrats... :cheers

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elastic cord embedded in the casting?


70D, never used it, but looks to be pretty similar to some of their other [sign in to see URL] have been one of those freak things.

as for the color and painting issues, the first time I got a black pigment it was in a jar, and appeared to be different from the so-strong type, maybe look into that, it seemed to give a more opaque and better black, I'll dig around and see if I still have it. The painting, well, I do a powder coat now when I cast stuff, been using aluminum powder, seems to paint better afterwards with less scrubbing, plus with some steel wool it gives a really nice fake metal look.

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Thanks Al and thanks for the advice Tom.

Tom,you're sorta,kinda,halfway in a roundabout way on the right [sign in to see URL] the right train anyway. :wink

As I study it I think a thin sheet of rubber on the back for the center two sections would make it look nicer,plus make it more stiff. I also have a couple of ideas to make it click and 'lock',but I guess that's pretty obvious how I'll do that.
I'm gonna tweak this bad boy. :firemad

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