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About MacPhisto

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  1. Hello from Northern Virginia

    Glad to see my wife in the 501st as an approved Jawa! Yipeeeee!!!!
  2. Hello all, As promised, I am starting to work on my daughter's ANH Tusken. Here's some backstory: A long time ago, in Virginia, (not a galaxy far away,) I thought about creating my own Tusken Raider. This is long before I was completely cognizant of what the 501st was. I stumbled upon Studio Creations' website and thought, okay, I've never done that before but hey, what could it hurt to try. The pictures below are evidence of how far I got. I built a mold out of clay and did the plaster of paris pull away. I live in a small house and for the economy of space someone junked my plaster of paris pull so I've lost that a long time ago. Now that I'm a TK I thought it would be great to dust off Gary, my tusken mold, to see if I could repurpose him for my 12 year old daughter, Kylie. Alas, it was not meant to be. I attempted to melt some ABS plastic in the oven but lacking a vacuum form table it is simply a mission impossible and not meant to be. I retraced my steps and did more research hopeful that I could find an alternative method. I did find that alternative method and then I did the calculations. The cost to complete the mask using Gary was going to be over $200! Aaaaaaarrrgggh! *tusken* Aaaarrgggh! So, I find myself back to square one, only slightly left of the middle but heading in the right direction: because I went ahead and bought a Studio Creations mask for $26! This is a price tag I can live with. While I wish I could have made this, (made in America!) by hand, I can appreciate not doing so and so does my wallet. My daughter and I are now awaiting the Studio Creations mask to get started in earnest. I also ordered some monks cloth and that other O cloth I can't think of the name of right now. Once I have more to share I definitely will.
  3. Hello from Northern Virginia

    Excellent, thanks for the heads up!
  4. Hi all, I'm a 501st approved TK in Northern Virginia and I'll be working on Tusken Raider for my 12 year old daughter. When I begin in earnest I'll be sure to post a WIP thread on the forum. So far, I have made a hardened clay form for the head/mask. My next step is to melt some ABS and press it onto the form. I don't have a vacuum form table so I'm kind of winging it. I don't expect it to have specs that will match CRLs but I do expect a certain level of authenticity for my daughter. I'll keep you all posted with my progress!