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Old 24 Feb 2009, 04:32   #1 (permalink)
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Well if anybody remembers my last topic, I started casting models in resin, but now i'm trying to cast in Pewter.

Im running into a ton of trouble, but the main problem is making the models edges look clean and sharp, they are coming out dull and round. Not sure what to do, the molds are clean and im using talc as lubricant but still am not getting the results I need to pass these off as usable models.

Any help from experienced casters?
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Old 24 Feb 2009, 08:00   #2 (permalink)
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Asking for Casting tips is not only against forum rules but is also illegal.
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Old 24 Feb 2009, 08:11   #3 (permalink)
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Could you point out where in the rules that was? I don't recall that one ...

Casting for personal use is not illegal in pretty much every location I've heard of Tau members being.
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cant find it at the moment but it has been brought up before. Also you can only cast models for personal use if you have bought the original models (such as clear resin casting stealth suits, you need to have the amount of stealth suits in plastic). As casting of GW models is copyright infringment even for personal use.
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cant find it at the moment but it has been brought up before. Also you can only cast models for personal use if you have bought the original models (such as clear resin casting stealth suits, you need to have the amount of stealth suits in plastic). As casting of GW models is copyright infringment even for personal use.
I agree that the first is a very good rule-of-thumb.

That last part I don't agree with though.
They try to get power they don't legally have, by giving grey blaket statments about affecting their business profits. Technically, anything in the rough shape of a SM (or other things) could potentially be a suing point, even if it's on a completely different scale.

Thankfully, in all the years of modeling in this area, I have never even heard of a story of someone getting in trouble for casting (from any model or gaming system). ;D
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Asking for Casting tips is not only against forum rules but is also illegal.
Giving advice on how to cast GW models is against their IP, but since we don't know what he's casting, I would be inclined to allow this to continue so long.
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Old 24 Feb 2009, 09:23   #7 (permalink)
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I still don't thnk so though. It's much too grey of an area to ever get in trouble for. It's closer to a blow-up balloon cop car inflated near a local speeding zone.

Unless you look hard you'll likely watch your speed around that area. Just like a balloon, GW's policy has no real teeth though for personal items. Like I made clear in the other thread, GW has given tutorials on how to replicate their products in their own magazines! Do you really think a judge would see that evidence and not throw the case out?
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Well if anybody remembers my last topic, I started casting models in resin, but now i'm trying to cast in Pewter.

Im running into a ton of trouble, but the main problem is making the models edges look clean and sharp, they are coming out dull and round. Not sure what to do, the molds are clean and im using talc as lubricant but still am not getting the results I need to pass these off as usable models.

Any help from experienced casters?
im about to go to school but when i get back i will ask someone who knows.

did you look on google? i find a lot of answers there
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Have you tried tapping, or vibrating the mold after you pour the metal? Also do you sufficient air holes so that as your fill the mold the air can escape? Metal doesn't bubble as well so you are likely getting air trapped in the corners of the mold that is unable to escape.

try lightly tapping the mold against the table or something to free the air.

PS be careful. Hot metal sucks.
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Old 24 Feb 2009, 17:50   #10 (permalink)
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cant find it at the moment but it has been brought up before. Also you can only cast models for personal use if you have bought the original models (such as clear resin casting stealth suits, you need to have the amount of stealth suits in plastic). As casting of GW models is copyright infringment even for personal use.
I never heard of that rule so I would love to see where that is written. Also, I never said I was casting GW models, and I am not trying to cast GW models, I had a friend sculpt custom models out of GS that is for a different system, and not even remotely similar to existing models.

To BKZer0: I have tried tapping, actually I have that whole vibrating work table setup going. Though it was weird going to a certain store looking for a high frequency "Back massager" Anywho, tapping really isn't the issue I think.

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