Got my bake-set clay, liquid plastic and silicon mold-making stuff today, so I decided to replicate the feet for the “Silver Bullet” Olympia SM case and build my first molds.
I’ve built the masters for my Corona 4 feets, tested for perfect fit, correct height and superior desk grip. I’ll likely be doing even more types of feet, but before any of that can happen, I need to source a good Shore A-80-90 rubber compound.
Until then, I do have the liquid plastic, so let’s go ahead and make a couple of silicon molds for things I’ll be casting in plastic. Galaxie carriage release levers, of course – and because it’s always good to have an overflow mold, I decided to cast a 1950’s Smith-Corona poke-through-the-lid nameplate.
Allrighty! with a 6-hour cure time, it’ll be the morning before I see the results, and then I’ll still then have to pour the second half of the molds. I’m also casting about (haha) for other parts to replicate or improve. Also, yes – if I can get good results, I’ll be selling (stock and hot-rodded) parts in a little online shop. Maybe you’d be interested in a re-enforced set of translucent Starlight Blue with embedded glitter stars Carriage Release Levers for your Starlight Blue Galaxie? Maybe a Smith-Corona lid badge in a special color? The current troubles have been unkind to my regular work prospects, and I need to make some moneys! :D
New updates to the Caligraph Age List on the TWDB, as a bunch of new info came in. I’m still working on it, and stuff will likely change as I complete the update. Once a tree gets shook, all kinds of stuff will drop out of it for a surprising amount of time, as other interested collectors bring sources and input. What’s there so far is pretty good, though. Getting some nice detail in there.