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Mr. Mantis armature

I molded Mr. Mantis' body in two parts, so that he'd have one polycarbonate pelvis for each set of legs. They attach together after casting with a pair of 6-32 lock nuts. I gave him hard elbows and lower knees so they could stay pronounced in various poses through his costume. He also needed a void between his pelvis and ribcage, and carved foam barged on in his upper torso and shoulder area. His extra bug thorax is slush cast urethane, with a vacu-formed top to hide the armature attachment inside of it.

full flat polycarbonate pattern

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polycarbonate pelvises diagram

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finished armature turnaround

Slush cast thorax with vacu-form top

Silicon cast

Final silicon turnaround

Mr. Mantis was cast with a full body paint in of a lighter green and some brown details in his shoulders and fingertips to give his skin some dimension.


Mr. Mantis body molds

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