looking for people to bend some metal.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:24 AM
First post !
I found this place looking for Armand, I didn't see him in years ( since I moved to Japan 10 years ago ).
But main the reason of my post is that I am looking for people who can work metal to make an original tin toys based on the robots I already make as model kits .
I want to make some unique pieces , I don't plan to sell them, I need them as display and for a book project .
Here is the robots I have already made :
the blog in english :
Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:43 PM
Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:05 PM
Thanks for the answer , my plan was to create some new robots designed to be more tin looking than the ones I already produce in model kits still I am not looking for to make a tin toys ,the loss will be too high for me and I am pretty sure I will not sell enough to even cover the production cost ,I don't even break even on the model kits right now but like i said it's more a hobby than a business.
I will dig in the customised robots section , I am looking for an artist or artisan who can work metal fold, bend fin sheet of metal/ aluminum using wood pattern (that I will make from 3D models ) the idea came when I visited an expo last month about the studio who made the special effects for almost all the japanese monsters/sf movies since the 50's, I saw they did many spaceships / planes / cars using wood pattern and metal sheet, I am looking for someone who master this technic to make some robots ( only one ex ) to use for some expo and photos for a book.
I have some plans to produce some die cast style robots using the similar technics than the 1/43 cars (white metal casting ) with some display boxes in the dinky style.
The few robots I already made are the tip of the iceberg I have plenty more coming the modeling/sculpting take time that I must to share with my jobs.
well if people is interested enough I can create a post with the next robots to come.
Posted 24 August 2012 - 04:11 AM
Love the models and robot designs... super cool!
Since no one else has responded I will give you my thoughts. If you look in the archives you might find some threads about the toy factories in Japan. I believe most no longer exist, except for Metal House and Osaka Tin Toy (Maybe you can contact one of them.) Some of these threads will give you an idea of the process. The process involves heavy expensive presses, since bending sheet metal precisely is not easy. Your idea of just bending the metal around a form would not work, since you need male and female molds and use a heavy press to shape the metal. Even with the molds the metal tends to want to crinkle, especially with curves. You will see the crinkling even in the old robots. In any event I did find one thread about a guy in Japan making robots without presses, you'll find the link below. There's also a link about a visit to a toy factory. In that thread there is video of a stamping/cutting machine. I also know there's another really good video of a toy factory somewhere in the archives, but couldn't find it. I think it was of the Horikawa/Metal House factory. Horikawa and Metal House are the same company, with Metal House being the newer incarnation. Anyway, best of luck.
This guy is incredible, but I'm sure he won't be cheap.
Toy factory tour
Edited by Robotopia, 24 August 2012 - 04:11 AM.
Posted 24 August 2012 - 06:27 AM
I'd recommend trying the Armour Archive forum as they have discussions about who's a good armourer and who isn't. Also look for armourers who make armour for the "Battle of the Nations" they tend to be very good pieces of arnmour because of the rigours they go through in that competition.
Posted 24 August 2012 - 07:26 AM
I will be back in Japan from next week and I will start to check what I can or can't do , I will try to make a tin robot with a display stand/ advertising piece for the next Wonder Festival (Japan) this winter.
It's new territory for me (in term of making) and I feel it will be pretty fun to make,I will update with the progress.
Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:14 PM
Here's his link. He also does a lot of posting, so he would be an easy search. He might also know someone who can help with the tin fabrication.
Here's the link to his website.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 05:37 AM