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Dollar Tree Sand Mold to Sci-Fi Generator Conversion


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      When scouting the local Dollar Tree this past week, I saw this sand mold of the Sydney Opera House.  It's part of a collection they have along with other world landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Pyramid, and Leaning Tower of Pisa.

 I thought it looked like it might be useful as some sort of Sci-Fi industrial structure, like a large generator, pumping station, or engine of some sort.  

 

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So, after glueing on some bits, and painting this was the outcome:

 

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IF you want to read more about the project, and see some more work in process photos, please see my blog: 

http://onemoregamingproject.blogspot.com/2017/06/dollar-tree-sand-mold-sci-fi-terrain.html

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Since it's a sand mold, I think it pretty much has to be hollow. It seems likely that the edges on the inside are more crisp as well, though that's not necessarily an advantage. Heck, playground sand and PVA should work pretty well as a really cheap casting medium, though heavy.

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32 minutes ago, Heisler said:

Is it hollow? If its hollow then you could just fill with your favorite casting material and make more!

 

22 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:

Since it's a sand mold, I think it pretty much has to be hollow. It seems likely that the edges on the inside are more crisp as well, though that's not necessarily an advantage. Heck, playground sand and PVA should work pretty well as a really cheap casting medium, though heavy.

 

 

Yes, it's hollow.  As Doug surmises, since it's designed to mold sand with on the beach, being hollow is it's main attribute.   Yes, you could easily cast in it using any number of mediums; but the way I see it, for a buck $, it seems cheaper to buy multiples of the mold, than to expend the time and material to make castings.

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