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blade_runner
02-11-2009, 02:47 AM
I went forward with making a 1/7 scale figure armature from home, but thought I'd request information about this kind of thing here too. Has anyone built a structural template for armatures to help maintain scale and proportion?

I'll photograph my version tomorrow and post it here, as it's too late for photography tonight.

Masa
02-11-2009, 04:04 AM
I don't know about 1/7 scale, but for 1/8 scale you can use the WAVE figure frames.

http://www.hlj.com/product/WAVOP-441

I bought a few to try out, but just haven't gotten around to making a 1/8 scale figure yet.

You can see it in action here:

http://infohigh.server.ne.jp/temp/hanaharu/hanaharu.html

And for the newer sculptors out there, there's the WAVE figure frame starter kit that comes with 2 boxes of epoxy putty and 1 box of Mori Mori (poly putty).

http://www.rakuten.co.jp/be-j/522371/464555/704897/

blade_runner
02-11-2009, 10:40 AM
Thanks for the head's up Masa. I tried the Wave frames, but found a couple of glaring weaknesses with them, so I sold some of them off and threw the rest away. It's too bad. I was really excited to get them from HLJ, but the hips are too narrow, and the shoulders can't raise or lower like a human's do.


I think it's time for a full blown visual tutorial about what I used, so I'll get to that soon.

blade_runner
02-12-2009, 01:55 AM
Pictoral of the 1/7th template I used for Yoko2...

Goriyaku
02-12-2009, 11:38 AM
Patricia Rose offers some patterns for free on her website, that you can download and resize as needed for armature making/sculpting. She is a polymer clay doll artist, there are many sculpting tutorials on her sight too. http://www.patriciarosestudio.com/html/pat_6.html

http://www.patriciarosestudio.com/html/patterns.html

Revliss
02-12-2009, 08:07 PM
aren't WAVE figure frames a little too pricey for what it use for ??

Masa
02-12-2009, 08:41 PM
aren't WAVE figure frames a little too pricey for what it use for ??

It depends really - the market that they were designed for is the beginning sculptor who either needs help with proportions, needs help figuring out a pose, or someone who doesn't have the time/capability to make their own armature. You can walk into any Toys R Us store and buy these for $3.50 a pop here. Like everything else, you pay for convenience.

For the experienced sculptors, this item would be redundant.

Revliss
02-12-2009, 11:16 PM
Pictoral of the 1/7th template I used for Yoko2...
ok what up with the wire shooting out the templet ?

Shintocowboy
02-12-2009, 11:33 PM
Those are used as bases to bend the wires around.

blade_runner
02-12-2009, 11:59 PM
At my workplace, we have electrical wiring harness templates that use the same concept. It's the only quick and reliable way to bend the aluminum wire and keep things repeatable.

Shintocowboy
02-13-2009, 12:02 AM
Indeed, I would have never thought of this. It is brillant if I may say so.

Revliss
02-13-2009, 01:58 AM
ok i need to do that too :P, unlest i doing big scale Dragon :P then it all need removeble joint :P

blade_runner
02-14-2009, 04:10 PM
The thing to remember about making your own template is that you need to use wire nails that are strong but small and to then nip the heads off when you're done pounding them in. Otherwise, you'll never get the wire armature off the template.