Now, there has been ages without updates, please forgive me for that. I’ve just bought a new apartment and have very busy moving in and making it nerd and Star Wars-friendly.
With that being said, the lack of updates have not meant that I’ve not been working on C-3PO. The molds for the vacuum formed shorts are almost finished. The front short is already cast in plaster, with some minor tweeking (filling of air bubbles) and sanding left. The back piece is still in clay, however, it may be finished within the next couple of weeks. Then it is vacuum formed with thin styrene and hopefully spray painted chrome using Alclad and yellow/red-combo clear coat. Plan B is to use gold (chrome) foil from 3M.
I have also gotten a new spray chromed head, which is made of a type of flexible resin. Although it is a bit smaller than the ABS head, it is far more comfortable to put on. But the size makes moving the jaw up and down a bit harder..which may affect talking, but this only takes a bit more practice.
I am also thinking about doing some modifications on the shoe shells. As it is now, the feet are just one piece. Last time I tried the shoes on together with the shins, each step I took was rather painful. However, from watching a few pictures from ANH, I stumbled across this one, which shows that the right shoe shell is cut in half for this particular scene:
I am planning to do the same with mine. By cutting the shell in half, and connecting the two parts with elastics will will definitely make walking more comfortable and more natural-looking! No more pain..! I thought costuming was supposed to be fun, right?