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Morezmore HPA (Humanly Posable Armature) Parts Description – Part 3

Continued from Part 2.
If you just arrived and landed here, please start with Part 1, which has the detailed description of the parts and tools.

Example 2 (17 joints):

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Abbreviations above each row of the photos:
LP – Left Photo
RP – Right Photo
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Example 2 (17 joints), with more detail:
joint compression plates

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M2 x 10 mm screws

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M2 hex nuts

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ball joint screws

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assembled joints

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arranged on the proportions chart.
There is not much room in the hip joint for the ball head screws, so instead there are 2 threaded balls

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Parts of the armature that too long are cut with wire cutters

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Parts of the armature that are too short get extensions, made out of M2 screws of needed length

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All connected together with brass connectors M2 x 10 mm (or 20 mm, or 5 mm, as needed)

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Assembling:

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Good time to check for symmetry. Legs really need to be the same length.

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Hands

In order to get the right size of the hands (and feet) in 1:6 scale, I set the image size 3 cm (for hands) and 4 cm (for feet). Photoshop and maybe other image editing software allows that.

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round brass tube 5/32″ cut with a tube cutter

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The end of the tube needs straightening after cutting. It can be done with an ice pick.

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The brass connectors can be cut, if necessary.

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LP: Here is the M2 brass connector inside 5/32″ tube.
RP: finger armature wire 32 ga

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pinch the tube here with wire cutters so that the finger wire does not come out.

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pinch the tube here with wire cutters so that the brass connector does not come out.

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cut and file smooth the screw at the wrist joint where the hand will be attached:

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Cut the fingers to length:

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The feet:

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With round nose pliers I made a loop out of a M2 screw
This is to create a tie-down for the feet.

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Snip the heads of the loop screws with wire cutters.

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Drill the holes in the wooden disk, and attach feet with M2 x 10 mm screws
and  M2 hex nuts

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All assembled and all disassembled.

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Sealing the connectors on the rods with magic sculpt epoxy putty
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The shape of magic sculpt layer was wrong (I was making both Example 1 and Example 2 at the same time), so I had to trim the magic sculpt after it cured, with a x-acto knife and a file.
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LP: before and after trimming.
RP: protect your thumb with a leather glove finger.

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Sealing the joints.
thread seal tape (coming soon)
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RP: The head, hands and feet modules can be removed, sculpted, screwed back when they are ready.

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Example 2 is done, I am making Example 3 and will post it later.

To be continued
Thank you for watching 🙂

3 comments on “Morezmore HPA (Humanly Posable Armature) Parts Description – Part 3

    • Once again, thanks for your detailed working notes. I make “dolls” that do not require moving joints once the pose is finalised, so at present I don’t need the fine engineering. However, what your notes have given me are ideas for refining my methods so that getting the final pose right is so much easier. Then I can lock the joints and cover them over with the paperclay I work with. So much better than a plain wire armature.

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