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What does it mean when someone calls his figure creation a brick?
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Off subject but it's great to see how far Wanlu has come in the last four years. Well Done!
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Thanks Colin Smile

Thanks for reading before posting... Smile
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On 2011-03-07 02:48, Wanlu wrote:
What does it mean when someone calls his figure creation a brick?


I have no idea, I have never heard anyone refer to a figure that way, maybe if I saw the context of how it was written I might be able to guess.
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Kem said when I asked if he made the figure he said...

"Yes one of my very early ones... It was a brick."
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Well, I still don't know exactly what he means, but that doesn't sound good.
My best guess is that he's referring to the weight. A lot of new makers using molded material (myself included on my first couple), make the shell too thick, and consequently much heavier than it needed to be.
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Totally off topic:

Hey, Duane, you look GREAT with the beard!

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On 2011-03-06 23:46, ventriloguy wrote:
(I believe Tom Crowl also owned a version of this model) Beautiful figure. However, the controls strained the muscles in my fingers, the interior of the body was crude, unfinished fiberglass, with many sharp edges. Even the head-stick and control locations were less than desirable. Talk about HEAVY!!


I do own a version of that figure. It was refinished by Bill Nelson and titled "10 O'clock Shadow". I named him K.J. for my shows and had Kem add a spitter, plus purchased an extra body for a clothing change. My impression of Kem's work was positive, same with his customer service. After using the figure, I do agree with Duane, the control locations were tough to manipulate, had some sharp edges and it was heavy. To counteract the weight, I added a leather strap that circled my hand. This way I didn't have to "hold" the head stick with my fingers. The weight was on the hand itself, leaving my fingers free to operate the controls.

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Leather strap. Well THAT'S an interesting notion. Hmmm.

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On 2011-03-07 10:54, tacrowl wrote:
To counteract the weight, I added a leather strap that circled my hand. This way I didn't have to "hold" the head stick with my fingers. The weight was on the hand itself, leaving my fingers free to operate the controls.


That's a cool idea for any figure that might have a little weight, might even be a neat idea for figures where weight isn't an issue. I'll have to try it on one to see how I like it.
Has it affected you're ability to manipulate the head overall? Or was it just a question of learning to do it a little differently?
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On 2011-03-07 10:54, tacrowl wrote:
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On 2011-03-06 23:46, ventriloguy wrote:
(I believe Tom Crowl also owned a version of this model) Beautiful figure. However, the controls strained the muscles in my fingers, the interior of the body was crude, unfinished fiberglass, with many sharp edges. Even the head-stick and control locations were less than desirable. Talk about HEAVY!!


plus purchased an extra body for a clothing change.

Tom




Tom;

Purchasing an extra body for a clothing change; that’s an excellent tip.

I learn something new about ventriloquism from you frequently, you’re a great resource.

Thanks for posting
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For clarification - the strap connects with a single screw at the bottom of the post, arches outward so my hand can slip through and is attached with a single screw into the top of the post. Caution advised when doing this so the screw doesn't affect the mechanics. With this set up, the weight sits on the top of my hand, specifically along the crotch of my thumb and forefinger. I use the hand to support the head and the fingers are free to play. The hardest part of adjusting to this was slipping the hand into place quickly. Other than that, practice. Movement is basically the same but you don't need to hold the post. You can't spin the head with this set up - but I didn't plan on doing that anyway.

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Am I missing something here? How come the head would be so heavy? Doesn't Kem's figures have a ball and socket keck? The ones I have owned certainly did. Granted the weight of the head outside of the body was there but the head rests on the socket in the body so tell me why it is heavy on the hand?
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They do have the ball and socket, and that will hold the downward weight, but if it's exceptionally heavy, it can still wear on you supporting it from flopping sideways or forward and back.
And there are probably some others like myself that don't actually keep the head resting in the socket, rather keeping it raised slightly for more ease and fluidity in movement.

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On 2011-03-07 13:41, tacrowl wrote:
You can't spin the head with this set up - but I didn't plan on doing that anyway.

I never do that either. Supposed to be trying to make the figure look lifelike, and how many people can you see spin their heads?
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You mean including my family?


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Hmmmm, maybe I don't want to know.
Of course I'm talking about someone's head really spinning, not figuratively like my girlfriend often has mine spinning.
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Jimmy said Kem is replacing the figure...

Told you Kem stands behind his work... Smile
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I am not at all surprised that Kem is doing that, and I'm glad to hear that it's worked out for you.
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Thanks Smile

But Im having my money refunded and Jimmy gets the new figure...

Im actually getting the bad end because Im shipping the figure to Kem at my own expense and its a very heavy figure Smile
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