With so many options available for liquid tooling materials (aka resin and mold making rubber) it can be daunting to figure out what to use for your project. Should you use a quick curing resin or a slow cure? Condensation cure or additive cure silicone? Even if you can narrow down your selection to a product series there are often many seemingly similar variations to pick from. The distinctions between products are buried in technical specifications which seem better suited for a chemist than a prop maker.
Managing a prop project is not for the faint of heart. R&D, Production, and customer service all require a great deal of time and effort. It's a three legged stool. If any one of these areas fail then the entire project can crash and burn. In many cases individual prop makers will handle each of these areas single-handedly. Sometimes this can be done by a dedicated prop maker; but, more often than not, there will be a failure in one area causing projects to fall apart.
One of the coolest props of the year is now entering the first stages of development. It just recently arrived in the mail from one of SG1Props' top supporters, and is amazing. One thing that I never get over when looking at a new prop from the set of Stargate is just how much attention to detail was put into the props. These people were/are artists who built truly beautiful pieces.
So what is it? Can't say yet!
Will it be awesome? Absolutely.
2016 was a tremendous year for growth at SG1Props. In the year of our 10 year anniversary we revealed more new Stargate props than in any year prior. Not only did we stir up wonder around the world with the fully functional hero Zat Gun, but we also completed the prototype of the long running Naquadah Generator project, and about half a dozen other props. Stargate is very must alive!
It's the talk of Stargate fans around the world! After waiting just about 20 years, a fan has finally succeeded in doing what was previously only dreamt of: Creating a fully functional Zat Gun prop. Seriously, what Stargate fan hasn't held a solid resin Zat Gun and thought how amazing it would be to actually have a working version? I still remember the first time I saw the Smugglers Armoury attempt at creating the mechanics of the Zat. Perhaps that was the moment that I first imagined it.
I have not been online much, but have been working every single day on recreating the props of Stargate. Incredible progress has been made on all of the props, but these stand out:
Working Zat Gun
As a person who strives to do good work it can be difficult to determine when to stop improving a project and just get it done. This problem is compounded in our hobby of making replica items. Do you continue to stretch out a project until every last bit of accuracy is obtained, or do you deliver it so that fans can enjoy it sooner?
After having my projects drag out for YEARS in the pursuit of making them the most accurate replicas possible I am starting to think that perfection is overrated.
Have been out of the shop for a few days due to travel. Thankfully I remembered to pack a few parts to an intricate project which requires some CNC machining. So I fired up my go-to CAD application and started work on the drawings. I was able to make a good start on the 3D model, and will finish the parts this week. Using 3D drawings for replicas can be useful when you might need to change the design. In my case I have gears which need to mate together perfectly. Depending on their position in the final prop I may need to adjust them.
This week has been a mix of mold-making, casting and millwork on the props. Another piece of the Naquadah Generator was molded, I've made the second part of a 4 part mold on the Super Solder disrupter, lots of GDO parts have been cast, and I've started making the molds for an amazing new project which is still under wraps!