Recasting Johnny West parts and accessories?
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Recasting Johnny West parts and accessories?

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Has anyone ever recast parts for Johnny West figures? I figure you could probably recast the hats, vests and chaps with the tool coating rubber for tool handles. What material would you use to recast the figures part? Same materials as casting regular action figures?

I'm altering some Johnny West parts for new action figures and may want to do the alterations to recasts instead of original parts. I'm thinking about doing a more accurate version of JIm West from the Wild Wild West using Sam Cobra parts and accessories. I would like to add the neck sheath for the throwing knife, the retractable spring loaded sleeve gun, the removable boot heels (for the breakaway derringer), take the belt buckle from the figure and return it to the gun belt, and make the retractable boot knife. I also noticed that the peace maker revolver doesn't have the rattlesnake on the handle. Original features from the show that were not included in the Sam Cobra figure. I've also done sketches for Dr. Loveless and Artemus Gordon figures.

For those that don't know the history. The Sam Cobra bad guy figure and all accessories were originally designed as Jim West from the Wild Wild West. When the deal with CBS fell through, they replaced the head and later used the original Jim West head for the Captain Maddox cavalry figure. I found info that the original prototype did have the removable boot heels.

Thanks
Clif

Posted by Clif52
on Sunday, October 30, 2011
User Comments
Finn Varra -
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Casting is tricky, but rewarding. If you decide to start casting it's well worth the money to get an air compressor and pressure pot so you can cast under pressure. The casts turn out wayyyyy better.
Clif52 -
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
What I'm really interested in is do you use a regular casting resin for action figures or some type of semi flexible casting compound? I've been reading all the tutorials on moulding and casting but I've never tried it.

Thanks
Clif
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