A full head to toe kit looks like this:
You'll notice that many of the body components of this kit are thermal formed shells that have been designed with missing 'high detail'. The 'high detail' areas are any surfaces that have hard edge ridges, rings, ribbing, piston protrusions, knobs, etc.. These details are separate hand-cast urethane parts. Once assembled, accuracy is completely maintained.
This technique was achieved to assist in the gold chroming process (thermal formed shells are the best substrate for gold chroming processes).
The rundown of the RESIN-CAST components are as follows: Horseshoe head ring, head bolts, head antenna, rear head port, eye grills, eye cups (transluscent), neckring, shoulder rings, both shoulder bells, abdominal ring, chest knobs, hip detail bricks, knee disks (4 total), feet, both hands, and an assortment of detail pieces composing the full piston and actuator sets for the legs and arms.
There are 12 main stages of assembly on this kit.
Attachments (armature assembly, magnetic armatures, wire armatures, etc..)
Building the display base
Optional electronics (lights & sound)
Tools needed for these steps include: Belt sander, bandsaw, power drill, sandpaper of various grits, dremel with various bits, CA glue with spray kicker, bondo, pvc cement, gorilla glue.
Materials needed (not included in the kit): apoxie sculpt (aves supply), rubber sheeting (ace hardware), wiring (radio shack), mdf board (home depot), 1" pvc stock and 1" pvc joints (home depot), sheet metal, wood screws and bolts (home depot), and 3" magnetic disks (available online).
We'll start with the head and work our way down to the feet. Here we go!!!!!!!!
I had previously posted a head buildup tutorial here: www.goldenarmor.com/vacheadtutorial.html so please refer there if you have any questions from this blog.
Let's start by looking at the kit components:
The head kit consists of 2 thermal formed shells comprising the face and back of the head, a horseshoe ring, neckring, 2 neckbolts, an antenna, 2 eye grills, a rear head port, PVC neck, and 2 transluscent eye cups.
Once your horshoe ring is in place, glue the rear headshell in place using superglue and spray
kicker. There may be a few areas that overlap beyond the horsehoe. Trim those areas away with a
dremel. Now fill in the gaps with bondo.