Stormtrooper Vinyl Model Kit by Screamin': Head
Another problem with this kit was the fact that they made no provision for mounting the helmet. You can see that there is barely a neck..I guess you are supposed to glue the helmet right on the shoulders of the 'Trooper.
I don't think so.
So the helmet would sit correctly, I decided to sculpt a head for it. And if I was going to go to the trouble of sculpting a head, I'd use my own! Here is the roughed out head in Sculpey (an artificial oven baked clay). It has a coat hanger wire inside that fits down a hole in the neck.
These really show how much neck they left off the kit.
This stage shows the completed head. Sculpey is a wonderful material as it sands and carves easily plus you can add clay anytime and it bakes right on!
Sculpey holds detail nicely but those damn ears kept breaking off. Pictured is ear #3!
Since I built a head, I needed to sculpt a neck seal to hold it. Since this would be part of the torso, I used Apoxie putty since I doesn't need to be oven dried. I pretty much glopped it on around the neck (covered in saran wrap) to get a tight fit. Once it dried I removed the head and carved the collar in shape, including the ribbing.
Here is the final head sitting snugly within its collar!
The epoxy putty is so strong I was able to keep the collar walls so thin that parts would show a slight gap!