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PostSubject: Hirst Arts   Tue 28 Oct 2008 - 4:11

Somewhere in a thread nearby, there was a link to the Hirst Arts website. I browsed through it for a couple of hours and am amazed at the possibilities casted blocks offer... Especially the comparatively easy way to make buildings with removable parts so you can quickly change from ruin to undamaged building is really cool.

Now I have two questions:
1. Does anyone have experience with casting block and making buildings out of them? Is it easy, worth the trouble, does it look good, will it be too heavy, or too expensive when you cast a whole town, etc...
2. Does anyone know a Germand retailer for molds and/or casting materials?

Thanks in advance!
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PostSubject: Re: Hirst Arts   Tue 28 Oct 2008 - 4:30

I have had some experience using Hirst Arts molds.

once you find the right mixture with the plaster it starts to get quite easy to cast, building is pretty easy once everything is casted.
When its all done it looks great.
Only thing i have found is that its very time consuming, to make one of the bridges i had to cast the same mold 18 times! took about 30min+ waiting to the plaster to set for each mold. i was originally going to make a whole town(buildings, tiles etc etc) out of these but thought it would take far to long to do.

and im not sure about any German retailers sorry Smile hope that helps in some way.
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PostSubject: Re: Hirst Arts   Tue 28 Oct 2008 - 6:10

Yeah, thanks foot! I can imagine that it'll take quite some time... well, you can always do something else in between. And when I'm thinking of my usual speed of creating scenery, it might not be that slow Very Happy
And as my father is a dentis, he might give me some advice on the plaster thing! (and, of course, free or cheap materials)
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PostSubject: Re: Hirst Arts   Tue 28 Oct 2008 - 6:46

The trick is to cast your molds (for whatever project you are working on) twice a day. Once, first thing in the morning before you leave for work/school, and again at night before bed. If you cast 4-5 molds a day, twice a day for a couple of weeks you'll have enough blocks for a moderate sized project.

They definitely look good, and there is plenty of inspiration that can be found on the hirst arts forum. http://hirstarts.yuku.com/forums/4

Oh, and from the links page of Hirst Arts the German distributor is http://www.crea-center.de/
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PostSubject: Re: Hirst Arts   Tue 28 Oct 2008 - 7:22

Thanks for the links! Unfortunately, the demand for molds has been so low that the online store stopped selling them... They are quite expensive anyway (compared to the $ price), so I suppose I'll have to import them. And now we have the bloody financial crisis and a falling value of the Euro Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Hirst Arts   Tue 28 Oct 2008 - 12:27

Glad to have another convert!

I have made a lot of stuff with these molds and I love em! I was able to get 5 of the molds as a birthday gift so I got lucky. With this many I can cast each one and by the time I am done with the last one the first is dry! So in this way I can keep the production line up with little down time.

As far as working with plaster there are very good tutorials on his site and I absolutely recommend reading them, there's even a few videos. I read them all before my first cast and I had success very early on. I would recommend dental plaster over the cheap stuff. It's expensive but the cheap stuff doesn't hold that well. The glue ends up being stronger than the blocks. I've had to do a few repairs multiple times on my buildings. And the cheap plaster chips and scratches easily, yet more repairs.

I loved playing with legos as a kid and this is even better, make your own legos and build whatever you want out of em! Definetly check out the gallery page, and go have a look at the design derby site. People have made some rediculously awsome stuff there!
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PostSubject: Re: Hirst Arts   Thu 6 Nov 2008 - 4:49

Last time I looked, www.fantasyladen.de sold these in Germany.
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PostSubject: Re: Hirst Arts   Thu 6 Nov 2008 - 4:59

Great, thanks for the link!
Too bad all the molds I'm interested in are currently sold out... seems as if I just have to wait until the shop restocks them.
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PostSubject: Re: Hirst Arts   Thu 6 Nov 2008 - 7:50

I would also like to toss in that the buildings you make, while reasonably solid, are very heavy. So if you transport your pieces around to friends houses, tournaments etc with any regularity (like me) then you may want to keep that in copnsideration.
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