so folks, what are we using for block forms in armatures currently?

I'm making quite a complex, multi-armed piece, using joints from a few different kits. I'm screwing the ball joints into balsa wood blocks but its not really up to the job.

What material is as light but less crumbly, and strong and easy to work with? Some sort of carbon fibre? Resin? Plastic blocks?

suggestions welcomed!

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Maybe a clay instead? Like milliput epoxy putty perhaps. Not sure exactly what you are trying to do.  It self hardens, dries hard as a rock. Not sure that would work, might be too heavy for what you want, not sure. I wouldn't screw into it but build the armature into it, or the clay formed around the areas of the armature you want secured. After it dries, it would be solid.  Rock solid. 

thanks the reply. but, nah. Im looking for some sort of pre-made,hard solid shapes. Just dont know where to look, not sure what the search terms are as i dont know what material would be best or whats out there

Pre made solid blocks? That would be wood then. Balsa is too weak, but pine is ok.

Have you looked at Polymorph? It is a removable plastic that is great for doing shapes and sets pretty firm.

well yes pine but im trying to keep the weight down is all.  Not tried polymorph i'll check it out thanks

im surprised this doesnt come up more though. There must be lots of folk need to make pieces this way..?

various equipment places sell aluminium chest and hip plates

http://www.stopmotec.de/shop.php#kits

http://www.animationtoolkit.co.uk/chest-and-hip-rings/

i've been using pieces of K&S, glued together with epoxy glue, then surrounded by epoxy putty, and then thermoplastics.  this ensures it is pretty damn robust.  i copied the flynn brothers approach, as detailed on their blogs, but they just used epoxy glue and putty. i found this wasn't strong enough for my liking, so added  thermoplastic after that.

http://nathan-flynn.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/

here they seem to have used k&s, epoxy, and then styrofoam to pad out the body areas.

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