TimK spent three years of his spare time making, what is in my opinion, the most symmetrical and perfectly detailed torso plug yet created. I am very honored that he has allowed me to create a mold for him.
Some differences from past torsos include upper and lower dome profiles that are not constant radius curves but instead follow a more accurate, changing radius. For example the bottom dome drops down almost vertical at first before curving inwards. These profiles contribute greatly in creating an accurate looking torso. Also note that the side vents are slightly wider then previously available torsos in order to duplicate the original, instead of the stunt version. But the most striking improvement is the sharp trim detail which captures the original look. That detail had been lost in other versions, probably due to multiple recasting with excessive drafting. It is plain to see that the huge amount of effort Tim spent reviewing the details and cross checking his work with other expert builders, such as CraigR, has really paid off!
Tim had created dimples for the chest lights as well as for the power pack jacks. However, we decided it would be best to mold a smooth surface and use a template to drill the holes. Note also that no attempt has been made to mold the torso knob and microphone ring flanges because these are best added later to ensure the sharpest detail possible.
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plug before polishing.
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Molding the torso
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Click here for a shot of the left arm socket work.
Click here for a shot of the right arm socket and aft section work.
Click here for a shot of the top dome section work.
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Click here for a shot of the finished bottom dome.
Click here for shots of the strengthening layers and final trim work.
The torso mold has been removed from the plug at last! It's in pretty good shape but will need cleaned and waxed before it is ready for use.
Pulling the first torso from the Mold