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How do you make an action figure or a model with plastic?

http://media.herald-dispatch.com/blog/games/uploaded_images/BaldBullActionFigure-763214.jpgI and many others have ever wondered how to create those beautiful Third dimensional vessels of imagination without get a crumbly, inanimated or/and flaccid modelling clay and sigh at the creations of others or the lack of imagination of some commercial figures.

Why, i in my frustration learned to create Plas-ti-li-ne, clay and paper figures with great detail and now i seek to learn (and im pretty sure im not alone in this) the way to create permanent models just like the one´s we see at toy stores, hobby´s shops and the internet. But some times for one or another reason we are unable to find someone in flesh and bone to teach us as in my case in wich i live in the middle of nowhere.

If i just knew the way to create those models i would had a way to give great gifts, to teach others and see my toughts in form but i cant go at trial and error forever, so i beg you to teach how to create an articulated shape! /@_@/

what is the material to make figures?

what is the secret to turn a piece of ductil and malleable material into hard beautiful soft feeling piece of plastic?

The Pieces of an articulated figure (like a detailed humanoid shape) must be shaped all together and then dismantled ?

the experience of shaping is similar of that of modelage?

I wish i know!!!

DJ Radio8 years ago
I think you have to make molds first.