“To rectify past blunders is impossible, but we might profit by the experience of them.”
Like most minimate fans, after I saw pictures of the Minimates Max Sentinel statue, I wanted a fully articulated version. About a year ago I decided to pony up the money and give it a shot. It couldn’t be that hard, right?
I had hoped the statue would be a fully functional minimate that was simply glued together so DST could stay within their contract with Marvel. This was definitely not the case. I belive it was originally created as an articulated minimate, but when the resin cast was created, the joints ceased to exist, and were simply surface detail. My plan was to cut the statue into pieces, and add articulation back in using different methods.
I used my dremel tool to start cutting away at the statue. The first thing I learned is that dremeling through resin is a nasty process, as it is extremely dusty. I had to use a face mask because the air was so thick with dust, and I even had proper ventilation. It was hard to see what and where I was cutting.
The second thing I learned was that the resin was very brittle. While I was cutting apart the elbow joint, the piece broke apart above the joint. I would have to secure this later and patch it with some milliput.
The third and final thing I learned was that there is a metal skeleton underneath the resin that is 1/4″ thick. I busted a few different dremel tips trying to cut through it. I bought a new diamond cutting wheel, and after 15 minutes of hot sparks spraying in my face (always wear goggles kids!) I was able to cut through one part of the skeleton. There were still many more cuts to be made through the metal. This was the largest wheel available for the dremel, and it wouldn’t even reach the metal in some key points on the figure. I tried using a coping saw and a hacksaw, but these would not cut through the metal. I was basically stuck.
So there I was, covered in resin dust, surrounded by broken dremel tips, with a handful of Sentinel pieces. I can’t glue him back together, because so much was lost while cutting him up. I can’t finish him without some seriously expensive tools. So what should I do with him now? I am thinking of making a diorama of a damaged sentinel lying in pieces in some rubble, but still trying to attack. What do you think? Any other ideas?