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Sand bags and making of them.
CaptSpeirs
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Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 01:35 PM GMT+7
I once saw a modeler take a box of Chiclets and soak the candy off and then place and form them as desired. Then before they hardened, he used a T-shirt to press a cloth pattern in the Chiclets. He also used an X-acto blade to press the stitching pattern in them.

Now the trick was to put the Chiclets in your mouth (don't chew) and soak the candy off and in turn warms them so they can be contoured easier.
sgtreef
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Posted: Friday, April 28, 2017 - 12:06 AM GMT+7
So in Nam all plastic bags I guess?




Jeff
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Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017 - 01:22 PM GMT+7
If you are going the clay/epoxy route and you want to add fabric texture to the sand bags, organza is excellent. Lightly pressed into an uncured sandbag it's delicate enough to provide a reasonably realistic weave, assuming the type of bag you are replicating had it.
sgtreef
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Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017 - 11:42 AM GMT+7
All good ideas.

Jeff
retiredyank
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Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017 - 10:23 AM GMT+7
[Excepting ComaBlack's technique(of which the use of tissue is inherent)] You should wrap sandbags in a tissue dampened, with glue and water.
Knuckles
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Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017 - 09:55 AM GMT+7
I have used Sculpey (bake it in the oven) with good results before. My GF also tried to "show me up" and made a batch out of red earth potters clay. They turned out not-too-bad. A little soft on detail, maybe.
ComaBlack
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Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017 - 01:07 AM GMT+7
Strips of tissue, wrapped into a tube around a knife handle and one end glued closed. Fill with sand, glue other end closed. Place on model, soak in water/white glue solution. Gently work into place. Takes some practise.
sgtreef
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Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 09:26 PM GMT+7
Well as I am going to be doing a few Nam Dio's I am going to need a bunch of sand bags.
Can I use air dry clay for most and cap with two part epoxy putty ones?
Are there any good places out there on making them?
I have looked but none seem correct.

Thanks


Jeff