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 Post subject: My Mental Block
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:31 pm 
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Hey everybody,

I just finished my copy of Tony Fisher's Mental Block. I have been working on this on and off for about 2 months now and I am very pleased with the result.

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It was made by extending a skewb with 3mm ABS sheet, cut with scissors. The sheet was glued onto the skewb with hot glue and gaps were filled with black Milliput.

I cannot tell you how many times I filled, then sanded, then painted, the gaps on this puzzle. I estimate about 20 hours total build time, if I had taken my time early in the build it probably would have been around 3 hours.

Puzzle was spray painted with brown primer, then 2 coats of black gloss and a coat of silicone spray.

Stickers were hand cut from Cubesmith Oracal Vinyl and superglued on. This took about 2 hours.

Turning is good, but it is just a little loose and pops a bit, maybe once every 3 solves.

Video soon. Maybe.

Credit goes to Tony for the idea, thank you for the inspiration.

This puzzle build was great practice for what I hope to be a prosperous future in puzzles, it's my new favorite. While my skill is limited, I am getting better (Only my 2nd mod)

I will not be selling this puzzle because it is my baby, and also because it is against Tony's rules. But I wouldn't sell it anyway. :D

Thanks for looking,
Adam

PS. Scrambled pic, its not too hard to solve:
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 Post subject: Re: My Mental Block
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:34 pm 
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looks great! congratulations :)

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 Post subject: Re: My Mental Block
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:37 pm 
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very nice ,i like it

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 Post subject: Re: My Mental Block
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:58 pm 
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Nice.
Best way to cut plastic sheet is with a sharp craft knife and steel rule. Score it 3 or 4 times and then snap it. That way you can get it pretty accurate and virtually no filling is required.

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 Post subject: Re: My Mental Block
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:31 pm 
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Thanks for the nice comments everyone!

And Tony, thanks for the advice! I can use all the advice I can get.

Unfortunoutely my plastic sheeting came in the wrong size (I ordered 1 mm and i got 3 mm) and I found I couldn't cut it with an Xacto knife, so I used kitchen shears :lol:

Needless to say that didn't work very well and it resulted in a very low quality puzzle, which required hours upon hours of cleanup to get to a good quality one.

In the future, I hope to get a lot better at plastic sheet cutting, as my first experience was not so great.

Now I need to get a trusty craft knife too..... like that orange one that is in every single one of Tony's building videos :)

Thanks again,
Adam


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 Post subject: Re: My Mental Block
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:33 pm 
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Not bad at all for one of your first plastic sheet mods. Keep it up.

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 Post subject: Re: My Mental Block
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:54 pm 
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Nice work!


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 Post subject: Re: My Mental Block
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:30 pm 
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i have a question :where did you buy the abs plastic sheets ?

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 Post subject: Re: My Mental Block
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:33 pm 
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it look's nice! good job!

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