Faking cloth accessories for small figures?

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Faking cloth accessories for small figures?

Post by CarlGo » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:01 pm

I have this little Imperial Officer figure that came with my 1/48 Fine Molds TIE, and I got the idea to repaint him as Krennic from Rogue One. Thing is, that means little buddy's gonna need a cape :p
What would be a good material to use on such a small figure? What's the best way to shape it and have it hold its shape? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?

Post by kenlilly106 » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:47 pm

Epoxy putty, Aves is popular for this.

Roll it out thin and let it start to set so it will hold its shape, then drape it over the figure and adjust the "lay" as needed. Once it sets you can remove it and clean up any edges and paint it.
You also make it look like its flowing behind the figure by adjusting the angle of the figure so the cape hangs vertically as it sets.

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Re: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?

Post by phicks » Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:47 am

I once used foil from a stick of butter to make a long coat for a 1/35 soldier. Probably foil from a (good) bottle of wine would work too.

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Post by Andrew Gorman » Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:27 am

Both of those are classic methods, and a lot easier than trying to position glue soaked tissue!

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Post by E-Dub » Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:29 pm

For my recent Legionnaires needing capes I used Future soaked tissue paper.
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Post by Kekker » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:43 pm

Besides foil, the metal in toothpaste-type tubes is good. Not today's toothpaste, they're all plastic now. But that type of tube for oil or water color paint, body putty, even those tubes of Italian stuff (pepper paste, tomato paste, pesto, etc) from the grocery store. I save all my metal tubes for potential model work.

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Re: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?

Post by raser13 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:07 pm

I've used foil out of cigarette packs. They're thin and very malible.(sp?) And it has a small thread type of pattern on it.

The trick would be how to harden once you got it shaped like you want it. It does have a paper backing to it so Elmer's glue thinned down might soak in and do the trick. I use it to cover my seats in my cars, and for cloth in figures. Especially if I want to move joints, or change up the clothes they're in. Really good for making folds and bends in the "cloth" . so I don't know how to make it rigid by itself. Maybe some one else will have an idea.

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Re: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?

Post by Finn » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:29 pm

Also some chocolate bars have very thin foil in their packaging, eat the chocolate, recycle the paper, save the foil. Or if you want some real cloth look to the material, try some of those wipes used to clean glasses and cell phones screens. Let them dry out first, use on a pattern of a cap to get the shape.

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Re: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?

Post by Joseph C. Brown » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:38 am

For my build of the very first Moone flight, I had to dress a WWE fighter in clothes, making him into a Spanish adventurer. I used disposable baby wipes, which I air dried, trimmed to size, and then applied to the figure with CA glue.

Gluing fabric: http://www.starshipmodeler.com/contest/ ... cGlued.jpg

Figure done: http://www.starshipmodeler.com/contest/ ... htSuit.jpg
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Re: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?

Post by Rocketeer » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:28 am

Joseph C. Brown wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:38 am
For my build of the very first Moone flight...
You interest me strangely, friend. Do you have any pictures of the finished model? :)

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Re: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?

Post by Joseph C. Brown » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:00 am

There are a few pics here, just scroll down the page:

http://www.starshipmodeler.com/contest/ ... tch_09.htm
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Re: Faking cloth accessories for small figures?

Post by Rocketeer » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:57 am

Oh, yes, I remember seeing those pics back in the day. Very charming! :)

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