Dr. Jones. Again we see there is nothing you can possess which I cannot spend months obsessively recreating in plastic filament.
This has been an extremely time consuming project. Tried to make this as accurate as possible using predominantly primary source reference. In the process of sanding and finishing it now but figured there's no reason I shouldn't make this available in the mean time. Will update photos as I work. Enjoy.
Update STL at approximately the correct size has now been added - 16 June 2017
Update New cover pic. Nearly finished sanding the model - 19 June 2017
Update New cover pic. Masked the eyes and sprayed gold - 7 July 2017
Update New cover pic. Finished gold leaf - 2 August 2017
Update Uploaded the quartered files for smaller bed sizes and easy printing - 18 September 2018
If you split this model in half down the centre then lay it down; it will print without supports. If you print the single model upright then you will need to turn supports on.
Finished model should be 7 3/4"-8" (190-200mm) in height. Scale accordingly.
I printed my idol in quarters without support
I like Gooooooooold
I experimented with a number of different gold finishes. Plasticote gold spray paint isn't bad, about the same end result as rub'n'buff but easier to apply. I found the closest you can get to the vac-metalised finish of the original is a mirrored faux gold leaf. I applied this over a coat of the spray gold so any gaps in the application weren't so noticeable.
My gold tests. Left to right: Rub'n'buff Antique Gold, Plasticote Gold Spray, Liquid Leaf, Mirror Leaf
I spent a lot of time poly modelling this using photos of the Propstore idol as reference, along with screenshots from the movie. Where the detail was unclear I referred to images of the Gobler idol which I'm lead to believe is a casting of an original.
The biggest challenge was the hair. I tried a number of methods of modelling this but eventually turned to displacement mapping to achieve the required effect.