Model Making

Model Making

Model makers the world over know that Smooth-On silicone rubbers and liquid plastics as the perfect combination to reproduce their creations and drive production. 

Smooth-On's Mold Max® Silicones have become the industry standard for making molds that capture very fine detail down to a "finger-print". With several to choose from, the Mold Max® line covers most mold making scenarios and offers the model maker tremendous versatility.

Smooth-Cast® plastics and TASK® plastics are then used to cast into these molds to make exact reproductions. SO-Strong® color tints and a variety of fillers can be added to create an infinite number of effects.  Cured plastics are alsoeasily painted , giving the user complete creative control over the modeling outcome.

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Creating a Replacement Car Lens Using Crystal Clear 202

Creating a Replacement Car Lens Using Crystal Clear 202

How you can replicate a tail light lens of any car using optically-clear resin.

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Recreating an Antique Frame using Mold Max™ 29NV No Vacuum Required Silicone

Recreating an Antique Frame using Mold Max™ 29NV No Vacuum Required Silicone

Learn how to use Mold Max 29NV for creating a high-detail silicone mold

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Molding and Casting a Record That Actually Plays

Molding and Casting a Record That Actually Plays

How moldmaking and casting expand horizons for a seminar graduate whose passion is 78 RPM records

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Restoring an Antique Picture Frame Using Equinox™

Restoring an Antique Picture Frame Using Equinox™

In this example, Equinox™ silicone putty is used to mold a section of an antique wooden picture frame.

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Casting Custom Scenery For a Model Railroad

Casting Custom Scenery For a Model Railroad

Mold making and casting gives model railroaders options for creating custom scenic display pieces.

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The Easiest Brushable Urethane To Mix!

The Easiest Brushable Urethane To Mix!

EZ~Mix® 40 is a liquid / liquid system, making it perfect for novice mold makers.

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Making a Block Mold of a Four Legged Animal

Making a Block Mold of a Four Legged Animal

This howto shows where to properly place air vents and also where to make your extraction cut line.

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Adding Color Effects To a 3D Printed Part Using XTC-3D®

Adding Color Effects To a 3D Printed Part Using XTC-3D®

This video demonstrates how to use XTC-3D epoxy coating to smooth and apply color to a 3D printed architectural model.

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Two Piece Silicone Mold of a Knife

Two Piece Silicone Mold of a Knife

We demonstrate using Mold Star 30 silicone, a platinum silicone for mold making...

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What People Have Done With These Materials

Molding an Original Ghostbusters® Prop

Molding an Original Ghostbusters® Prop

Artist Paul Francis shows how he reproduces an original Terror Dog from Ghostbusters®

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Daft Punk Helmet by Volpin Props

Daft Punk Helmet by Volpin Props

This helmet was the fruit of 17 months of work.

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RepRap 3D Printer Parts Made with Smooth-Cast® ONYX™

RepRap 3D Printer Parts Made with Smooth-Cast® ONYX™

3D printer parts made with Smooth-Cast ONYX and Mold Star 15 molds.

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Resin Figure Gallery

Resin Figure Gallery

This gallery of images is a collection of work by various artists casting resins to produce figures.

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Moen Uses Smooth-On To Spark Development

Moen Uses Smooth-On To Spark Development

Moen uses the full spectrum of Smooth-On tin and platinum-based silicone rubbers to develop and refine proposed design

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Model Maker Crafts Award Winning Designs

Model Maker Crafts Award Winning Designs

Shawn Casidy depends on Smooth-On Mold Max® and OOMOO® silicone rubber molds to reproduce amazing detail

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Fossil Hunters Use SORTA-Clear® Silicone

Fossil Hunters Use SORTA-Clear® Silicone

Nelson Maniscalco and Marty Shemella are highly skilled in reproducing detailed fossils and skeletons.

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Casting Intaglio Gems

Casting Intaglio Gems

How the Carlos Museum's lab uses silicone rubber molds to make accurate and reproducible casts from ancient gems.

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Custom Fishing Lures created with Feather Lite®

Custom Fishing Lures created with Feather Lite®

Shawn Rutledge has found success and scored some big fish with his lures.

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Tripping The Light Foam-Tastic

Tripping The Light Foam-Tastic

Prism artisans have perfected a technique for making incredibly detailed food items

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Imaginarium Ventriloquist Dummies Come To Life

Imaginarium Ventriloquist Dummies Come To Life

Albert skillfully sculpts each character in clay then molds them with Mold Max® 30 silicone mold rubber and Featherlite®

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Puppet legacy lives on with Smooth-On Products

Puppet legacy lives on with Smooth-On Products

In 1938 a 15 year old boy created and staged his marionette version of Puss in Boots for children at the Nashville Public Library.

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Heart to Heart With Smooth-On® Silicones

Heart to Heart With Smooth-On® Silicones

Jesse Rios is a researcher working with the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston.

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Reaching for New Heights with Smooth-Cast® 320 Liquid Plastic

Reaching for New Heights with Smooth-Cast® 320 Liquid Plastic

Smooth-On has been a supplier to manufacturers of sports and recreational equipment for years. An example of such products involves Indoor Rock Climbing Gyms.

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Miniature Realism Created By Robert

Miniature Realism Created By Robert

Robert's custom cast resin action figure accessories are well know for their ultimate detail.

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Labor of Love for the Tall Masts

Labor of Love for the Tall Masts

Ken Gardiner started making models 39 years ago as a hobby based on what he learned from his father. About eight years later, Ken decided it might be worthwhile making a living out of it.

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Ultra Miniature Aircraft Accessories By Modern Hobbies LLC

Ultra Miniature Aircraft Accessories By Modern Hobbies LLC

Modern Hobbies LLC® is THE place for "Small Scale" jet modelers looking for rare, hard to find items to outfit their modern military aircraft.

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Puppets Come To Life At Waken Productions

Puppets Come To Life At Waken Productions

Waken Productions, Inc. was spawned from a successful machine design company.

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Captain America Tribute Helmet Made from Smooth-Cast® 45D

Captain America Tribute Helmet Made from Smooth-Cast® 45D

When Jonathan Hunt was searching out materials to create 'Captain America' style helmets for his clients, he was looking for very particular properties.

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