Penguin #001 Star Trek Science Officer… Just Because!

Penguin #001 Star Trek TOS Science Officer

I have a friend who loves Star Trek: The Original Series and penguins.. and I like making things for people, so penguins away! 😀  (This little guy actually made in February, I’ve still got a lot of catching up to do!)

This is the first of the resin penguin casts which came from the Silicone Caulk and Cornstarch mold making post. I have to say, I’ve had a lot of fun with him and his Imperial Guard sibling, so I have a feeling he’s the start of a small penguin fandom army. He’s roughly an inch and a half tall and two inches wide and is the perfect size for the large neodymium magnets.

I didn’t do any resculpting on the penguin mold itself, but I did clean up the casting a bit. I probably need to perfect a resin master and recast. *pokes mold* Still, I think he turned out rather nicely for a first attempt! 🙂

As always, click to embiggen!

Not the best fit…

The penguin is a pretty basic black and white, but its pattern is based on the wide variety of cartoon versions. Oddly enough the only real-life version that’s close is the Royal Penguin and this little guy is missing the cool eyebrows. Something to think about for next time.

The Science Officer shirt is a mix of and white gesso. The gold stripes and emblem are . Painting that little tiny emblem took me quite a few tries! (Even with the magnifying glass.) I ended up sealing the blue shirt and then carefully painting the insignia on top. That made it a lot easier to wipe off the mistakes.

Penguin #001 Star Trek TOS Science Officer Tricorder

The tricorder was sculpted out of two-part epoxy and the shoulder strap is a bit of leather from my tack-making bin. I wanted to make it removeable (because overkill, I can haz), but in order to get the strap over his head it had to be a rather unwieldy length.

I tried a couple of things, including folding it up behind the magnet, but eventually realized I needed to make some sort of clasp.

My first idea was to just fold it behind the magnet so the front looked good, but it still came off… so I ended up Frankensteining a closure using velcro dots. Not the best method, but it’s good enough for now.

Onto the next penguin! 😀

Medium: Liquitex White Gesso, FolkArt Acrylics (), Apple Barrel Acrylics (20504 Black), Ceramcoat (02604 Metallic 14k Gold)

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Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!