Category Archives: Modeling Techniques

Making Round Shapes and Parts

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For newcomers to scratch-building, it may seem a difficult task to make all the round shapes and parts on a spaceship. In the early days, I remember feeling powerless and inadequately skilled by the thought of actually having to make large round or multi-curved parts from plastic materials. Over the…

Moldmaking And Casting

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Once you have started sci-fi scratch-building, you will always look for more effective ways to produce or re-produce parts and details. Molding and casting is one way to build better and faster models. Imagine that you have worked for several hours to make one particular detail and that this exact…

Scratch-Building

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Scratch-building Star Wars models is no small deal. It takes a great deal of planning and preparation to be able to pull off a project of this complexity. Ambition has been the downfall of many, so don’t start off on a burnout project like large-scale models of the Millennium Falcon…

Vacuum-Forming

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The definition of vacuum-forming is: creating rounded plastic shells by heating plastic sheet materials until they soften and then “vacuum-sucking” them over pre-made plugs with the desired shape. The ability to vacuum-form plastic materials is both a fun and liberating modeling technique. What you will learn here is how to…