Wednesday, November 30, 2011

They could have programmed me to love, to forgive; but no...

I started this Robobrain from Fallout 3 months ago. It's totally a scratch build. I'm not sure what the scale is, but it ended up about 11" tall. I started by sculpting the brain, which is in scale to my cat's head. The body is an empty jar of baking soda I used for kicking superglue. The arms are pond hose over a wire armature, so they are poseable. The claws can open and close. The smaller tubes are Lego pneumatic tubes. I'll post a build if I can find the memory card with the pictures on it. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Quick and Dirty Klingon D-4 Build

I picked up a Polar Lights D-7 kit or £2 a while back. I could never endure the tedium of just building it, so I thought I would convert it to the Eaves D-4. Turns out that it would have been easier to start from scratch, but whatever. All the baby blue bits are kit parts, the rest is scratch.

I love this ship , but for the fine details there wasn't consensus between the fx model and the Eaves drawings. I think the whole attraction of building concept stuff is filling in the gaps on an iconic design. My model is by no means accurate, especially the nacelles.

I almost didn't primer it, I sort of like the color scheme.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Concept Dogfight!

This is a quick composite of my McQuarrie concept viper vs. the incredible concept raider built by dbhs over at Resin Illuminati.

Friday, July 29, 2011

1/72 scale A-wing modified for droid

I got this kit as a prize in the light saber contest about six months ago, and I just got around to putting it together. It is a mind blowing kit for the scale, it's less than 10cm long but super detailed. The kit is by rb26 and I can't say enough good things about it. That being said, I don't think I've ever put a kit together without mutilating it in some way.
I always really liked the A-wing, but thought it was weak that there was no pit for an astro-mech droid. Who are you going to talk to? I thought about trying to shoehorn in an X-wing style droid plate, but there was no way, so I kit-bashed it from parts out of an M4 callipoe kit.

I also wanted to give it some hot rod blowers on the hood, no idea why. More parts from the M4 and some careful carving out of the targeting sensor hatches (I think that's what goes there anyway) The droid was mostly parts form a pen I stole from a hotel room in Iceland.

A shot before I glued the canopy down. These pictures do not do justice to the cockpit detail. I liked how he had the pilot looking to the left while flying, super safe. Not that you would be able to see whatever was directly in front of you with that canopy design anyway.

I went a little nuts on the base, I think it is kind of overwhelming for the size of the kit, but it was super fun to build.

Some glamour shots. This thing ended looking filthy like a little pig. Couldn't stop weathering it. That's why I can't have nice things.

I thought about lighting it, I even hollowed out the engines before I realized it would all end in tragedy if I persisted.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Romulan Attack Ship

If you thought I was a nerd before, check this shit out. The RPF (an intertnet forum I spend entirely too much time on) hosted a contest to build a TOS Star Trek ship out of two Polar Lights NCC 1701 kits. Totally bitchin', I know. I read somewhere that In the original draft of Search for Spock the Bird of prey was supposed to be of Romulan origin, and I liked the idea of bridging the TOS Romulan Bird of prey with the Klingon. I tried to keep it looking TOS era with a hint at the direction the design would go. Here are parts laid out in the basic body plan.

This kit is great because you get a ton of spare bits with it. I used that pile of different versions of the warp inter-cooler intakes to the left (thank you Haynes manual) to make the vanes of cooling rods on the back of the ship. I hemmed and hawed about changing the bridge shape, but eventually I just sanded the top flat and called it good.

Version one of the ventral hull. It seemed boring just mirroring the top, but I didn't want the distinctive curve of the enterprise sensor dome on a Romulan ship. I end up completely redoing this later.

The nacelle pylons were by far the jankiest part of this build. I entertained the notion of just using the connection between the primary and secondary hull from the kit (is there a name for that?) but it was not to be. The nacelle pylons were made from the Starfleet logo bases filled in with bits of scrap. I figured out that if I sanded it before the glue was dry it made a much better seam.

Here is the rebuild of the ventral hull. I used the nubbins from the Bussard covers as pointless detail to hide the fact that I was fast running out of parts.

Here is the impulse engines coming together. I'd like to have been able to spend more time on this bit, but I went on a trip to Iceland in the middle of the month and it was pretty great so I can live with it. Initially I had a curve on the end of the dorsal fin, but it felt to cartoony, so I sanded it flat.

The pylons were ugly no matter how much I sanded them, so I hid the seams with the "feathers". I wanted to bring in some of the Trans-Am aesthetic of the original BOP, to still have it look tough, you know? I was pretty stoked about the way the vanes on the back came out.

All primed up. Honestly, I wish it was still this color, but rules are there for a reason. We could only use 4 predetermined colors of paint, and scandalous primer was not among them.

The shuttle-bay door were the easiest panel scribing I have ever done. I didn't screw up even one time. You can see the illicit non kit parts base that I built in the shape of the TOS Romulan Star Empire logo. Way cooler Swiss brutalist design than the buttrock screamin' eagle from TNG.

GREEN!!! It is honestly not this green in person. Really. Look up the color swatch for lawn green on the Montana Gold website. Anyway it is a lot less Christmassy than it could have been.

I had a hard time stopping myself from using more of the red on the ventral side, but I am glad I did.

The copper really breaks up the holly-jolliness of the paint scheme. I love the styling of the TOS ships, so it was good times building this. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Insect Systems

Here is some more old stuff. I really need to get a scanner so I can put up something recent. I did these couple sketches for homework in an entomology course. Sadly they have stopped offering entomology at the University of Washington from lack of interest. It was the schools longest running course, and I loved it.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Elytra Infantry

I found this little guy I kit-bashed together years ago when I was packing to move. His body is a tank turret, and there are some Gundam joints in there. The paint job makes me cringe now, but I like the overall design.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ghetto Blasters

Another quick project I did the day before Burningman. We didn't have any flashlights so I made these so we could see in the porta-potties at night. Mine broke the second night, so I had lots of thrilling adventures.