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Is there any model mold kits out there for making people?

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Is there any model mold kits out there for making people?
Posted by anglecock on Sunday, July 17, 2022 11:46 AM

Its strange to see a large toy train city with just a dozen people. I need thousands and would like to model a soccer or baseball stadium with a lot of people in different poses. Problem lots of people are expensive. There has to be a way of pouring epoxy molds to make lots of people

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Posted by Leverettrailfan on Monday, July 18, 2022 8:58 PM

If you want to adjust the poses of people, you can soften a number of plastics using a heat gun or a blow drier, and then you can bend them around before the plastic cools down too much. I haven't done people, but I have used this method to fix some warped/bent plastic parts before.
That will solve the poses, but not the expense of buying figures. I can say with some level of confidence, that creating original tooling for many different miniature figures is a nightmare-ish project in the making. I think it would be very tricky to model a bunch of original designs, and then to create a mold that can churn out a bunch of them- people are fairly complicated shapes!

Maybe you could design figures in CAD and then have them resin printed. I've never really tried something like that out, but I hear that the level of detail you can get with resin printing is very high and the 'print lines' are far less noticable.

Well, that's my My 2 Cents in. Good luck, I can't believe you're the only one with this problem, maybe others have further advice.

-Ellie

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 8:46 AM

It would probably be a lot easier to print out a photo of a stadium crowd after appropriate sizing and installing it in your stadium.  Any modeler seeing the same would understand.  

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Posted by kblester on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 10:20 AM

I once saw a scale size stadium with the stands filled with Q-Tips dipped in various colors. The home team colors favored. The playing field was populated with normal scale players. Very effective scene. Carnegie Science CenterMuseum in Pittsburgh, PA.

Photo 105 on website.

 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 2:26 PM

You know, I should  put some people in the town on my layout but I keep spending money on trains!  The town looks like a neutron bomb went off or that old Discovery Channel show "Life After People!"

At least the trains still run...

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Posted by pennytrains on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 6:49 PM

Mold making kits and casting resins are available in the craft departments of many Walmart stores.  I've often considered trying my hand at it.

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Posted by kblester on Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:30 AM

Sorry, I could not post the photo.

You can see it on their website.

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Posted by mersenne6 on Saturday, July 23, 2022 11:39 AM

There was a firm named Circus Craft who made seated O scale figures made of styrene - both adult and child.  The "kits" consisted of basic torso's with separate heads and arms which allowed you to assemble the figures in a variety of poses. 

  The necks for the kids are thin enough that you can use a small set of smooth jawed pliers to twist the head and change its position. I checked e-bay just now and I see one of their small packages for children is available.  I suspect if you check back from time to time at some point you will find the adult sets offered for sale as well.

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