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Gonk Droids Available Now on http://prsstore.storenvy.com/

17 January, 2015 - 20:00

Head on over to http://prsstore.storenvy.com/ now to pick up a 6″ scale Gonk Droid!  Each one is 3D printed in ABS plastic, treated with acetone vapor for surface finish and durability, and given a detailed paint and weathering treatment using Monster Kolor and acrylics.  They have ball jointed hips and ankles for a little articulation, and can be yours for $50 plus shipping each!

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PRHI Gonk Droids Wave 1 Archive

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Here’s all the photos of the 6″ scale Gonk Droids made for the first release.

 

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Blue (vintage style)

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Orange

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Yellow

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Rust

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Sand

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Pink

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PRHI 6″ Gonk Droids Coming Saturday, January 17th!

13 January, 2015 - 21:59

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My 3D printed Gonk Droids have been a popular item since I posted the first one in 1/6 scale and sent one to Tested.com as fan mail.  The 1/6 scale ones take a tremendous amount of time to produce, but I still wanted to come up with a way for folks to add a 3D printed, heavily weathered little Gonk to their collection.  A friend of mine suggested I go with 1/12 scale (6″) instead, as has been popularized recently with the Star Wars Black 6″ collection.  I’m a big fan of the scale myself from collecting Marvel and 3A Portable figures, so it was an easy fit.  I had to make a few tweaks to the legs to make the ball joints more durable in the smaller scale, but for the most part I was able to scale my existing model files down by 50% in the printer software without any problem.  After some acetone treatment, Monster Kolor, and a healthy dose of weathering using acrylics, the first batch of 6″ scale Gonk Droids are ready to go.  To celebrate the first sale of 2015, the Gonk Droids will also be the inaugural release on the new PRS Store site on Storenvy!  Head on over to PRSStore.Storenvy.com at 8PM EST on Saturday, January 17th to pick up a Gonk Droid for $50 plus shipping.

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Here’s a shot with 6″ SWB Han Solo for scale…

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… and here’s an action shot! More pics after the break.

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Custom 3D Printed Jeff in Carbonite

31 December, 2014 - 12:57

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Brownnoize and I were recently approached by a friend of ours looking to surprise her partner, Jeff, with an awesome Star Wars-related gift for Christmas.  She had recently had the opportunity to have his head 3D scanned and had a great idea for how to incorporate that into a gift he would appreciate.  She asked me if there was any way to make a figure of Jeff frozen in carbonite like Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back.  I knew it could be done, and that it would require me to learn a new piece of 3D modeling software that I did not have an experience with, Blender, so I jumped at the opportunity.  Brownnoize helped with the initial concept and logistics, and then I did the final modeling, printing, and finishing.  Learning to use Blender was very different from the Creo that I’m used to, but thanks to some terrific video tutorials I was up and running much quicker than I expected.  From there, it was just a matter of transplanting Jeff’s head onto the model, and engineering the model for detail and affordability using a combination of high-detail SLA printing from Shapeways and good ol’ FFF printing for the larger, less detailed parts.  The result came together better than I had hoped, and after some paint work based on the original film prop, Jeff in Carbonite was ready to go.  I provided the figure and display stand, and my friend produced a custom backer card in the vintage Kenner style of the original Star Wars line.  By all accounts it was a slam dunk on Christmas day, and I am happy to have helped!

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I also had a really good time with the photo shoot for this project, so read on for many more fun pics!

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