Sunday, June 25, 2017

PBY: Cockpit exterior done!

  Well, let's be clear, it's ready for paint. Once it's painted, I still need to install all the glass and make two little windshield wipers. THEN it's all done! The next step for this piece is creating the ceiling mechanics, like the throttle and the cables to the engines. I've read that the engine throttle you had to put all your strength into pulling or pushing because the engines were so far away and the cable had to negotiate so many 90 degree angles to get to them. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Animation: Bear Sploot!

  Here's my first attempt to animate something on the newly christened animation disk. I'm not posting this one to Facebook. Maybe when I get a little fancier with this stuff.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Animation Table: Animation Disk finally installed!!!!

  I finally saved enough freelance money to get myself a high quality animation disk for the old table. Will I ever use it? I hope so. It's really nice. In fact, it's literally the nicest one available online. It has a tempered glass center, real brass fittings and everything else is very clean black plexiglass. We bought both sets of pegs, so we can go either standard Disney paper or the other layout. I really do intend to screw around with some light animation. I've been wanting to get back into it for years. 

My god, it really makes this table look good!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

PBY: Wheels!!

  So I've added some of the docking equipment to the PBY. The post by the turret is a retractable docking thing apparently. The white hatch on the side is the door for the anchor! I LOVE this plane!!
I also added the white stripe behind the cockpit because all the photos of PBYs I've seen have shown this plate of metal sticking out from the hull slightly. Reinforcment? Does it help subdue vibration from the propellers? The props are about right there pretty close to the hull, so it must have something to do with that. I've also finally figured out the turret, which will not only be perfectly level, but will also rotate freely!!

   Most importantly, I found the PERFECT sized wheels at Colonial Photo and Hobby. They fit the wheel wells perfectly, have the right style of tire tred and wheel hub and they're real rubber! Only $7 and it saves me from having to sculpt them from scratch!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

1:18 PBY Restarted!!!!!

Well, when last I posted anything about this, it was March of 2015. I had just finished the scratch-built machine guns..... Then I finished my office and spent just about a whole year doing ZBrush stuff. 

At work, one of my coworkers gave me a blank notebook. I decided to write down all my 'To do Projects' lists. Stigymoloch print was first, then the Kazon Ogla Ship and now the PBY. It's great having everything in order. It allows me to knock these out one by one and MOST IMPORTANTLY, not to interrupt what I'm working on with new projects. New projects just get written down at the end of the list. 

So lets talk about the PBY. The first image is me just pulling her out of storage and slapping her together. That's why all the dust. It shocked me how big she is. We measured her wingspan at almost 6 feet (70.75")!!!! I didn't believe it until I pulled the wing off, stood it upright and indeed it was taller than me! 

The second image is the entire hull sanded. This gives me a clean surface with texture so any additions have something to grab on to. It will also help the primer paint go on strong. 

The third image is the hull with the windows, rear turret blisters, and wheel wells cut out. It already looks so much better with windows!! I'm getting more comfortable with this project the more time I spend with it. This seemed really overwhelming at first. That's why I only modified the cockpit and built the turret last year. These were little individual pieces I could put my energy into without having to worry about accurate pontoons or landing gears or rivets or panel lines. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Kazon Raider: Finished!

 All finished! It's nice having a quick project! The Aztecking came out great!! Now I know how to do it if I ever make my own ship design.I was going to weather the panels with pastels, BUT I threw out the decals when I first got the model. Without decals, I just don't care about refining and finishing something that can't ever be really finished. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017


Finally! I can post something about work! They asked me if I can sculpt rock work so I decided to be proactive and do a couple rock work samples for them. It's been a fun challenge and much faster and satisfying than digital sculpting. This cliff face only took me 2.5 hours from start to finish!

Kazon Rainder: Almost Done!

The Kazon ship is going very fast now that the slow painful aztecing is done! Tomorrow I'll paint and glue the last few pieces on and then it's just decals and weathering with pastels. 


Monday, February 27, 2017

Kazon Raider: Aztecing

Here's my best attempt at custom aztecing. I've chosen a color that's a little too red and a second color that's just barely more green/gold than the base color. Blue Artist tape actually works really well for masking everything off. I've simply primered all the pieces with Rust-o-leum gray primer and sprayed a base color. That's it! No other prep needed. Now I'm just blue masking tape everything and cutting shapes out of places!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Star Trek Voyager: Kazon Raider

      You might be asking yourself, "Why the hell is he wasting his time with a Kazon ship?" First of all, it was free. Secondly, I need practice. I haven't built a plastic model kit since I was 18 and I have a stack of good model kits waiting for me. In this stack I have several that I've always wanted to build including (but not limited to) The Defiant, The Millenium Falcon, The Reliant and a Bird of Prey. I want these kits to be decked out with all the custom lighting, aztecing and brass kits I can find for them!!! But I want to use this ship to get a feel for the old hobby all over again. Thirdly, this is going to be a testing board for an aztecing experiment I want to try. Though all my federation ships will be custom decals or vinyl masks, I'd like to try it the super old fashioned way. 
      I'm not keeping this Kazon Raider either. I'm sending it to my nephew so he can blow it up over and over with his favorite ship, Voyager.

As you can see in the photos, I've started putting together the main hull and for the first time ever in my model history, I'm actually filling and sanding all the seams out! My brother did this on his 1:48 B-17 Memphis Belle model. I was so in awe of how it came out. But alas I was always too lazy to fill and sand any of my seams. But now with over 9 years of scenic and prop fabrication under my belt, not getting rid of the seams would seem like a mortal sin!

Another benefit of my age and experience is the knowledge of Cyanoacrylate, a super glue we use at work that cures with a kicker in 10 seconds, and is sandable!!! When I was a kid we had to rely on the orange Testors Glue tubes that cured in about a half hour!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A new decoration for the garage.

  When I was a kid I had a black Porsche 911 matchbox car. It had a gold Porsche emblem on the hood and I pretended it was a police badge so it could be a cop car. That was my favorite matchbox car. I never stopped loving that shape. I love how the headlights have their own pylon that forms the beginning of the line of the entire car. I love that a sports car can be aggressive while at the same time retain all the qualities that make an old VW bug friendly looking. The long swoop of the back, the engine grill below the back window, the wide hips for the huge rear wheels... I love it all.  When I was 16 I got a  1:24 scale die cast car 911 for my birthday. It was a red convertible and I declared it my favorite car ever. (though I've never wanted a convertible). The idea of owning one was part of my fantasy of becoming super successful and rich someday. We all have that vision of the perfect future. I just never thought I'd be able to open my garage door and see part of the fantasy sitting there waiting for me.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Stiggy 3D print!

   I'm sure all 26 of you who follow this blog are tired of Zbrush stuff. Well, I 3D printed Stiggy at 20" long and now i'm cleaning him up and seaming him. Tonight, I'm Apoxie Sculpting all the seams. Tomorrow I'll sand him down and give him a good brushing of Acetone. Then I'll wait a day, wash him with soapy water and give him a few coats of Rustoleum gray primer. Unless the guys at work convince me to buy the expensive Reynolds primer. ....we'll see....

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hammond's Cane: Boom! Done!

It took 11 renderings, modifying and adjusting both sculpt and render each time, but I finally got what I want! Woo!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hammond's Cane:3

  So, here he is in (mostly) the right pose. As you can see from the screenshot, they've added a thick long thing to the head of the cranefly. I'm guessing this is the addition that changes it from cranefly to prehistoric mosquito. I'm going to go ahead and add something that's a little thinner, but just as long and prominent. 

Hammond's Cane

Just the wings left and I can pose this guy! The Thorax is about twice the size it should be. I'll correct that when I pose him. Looking at the film stills, it looks they added a long blood sucking tube to him. Or it's a different, but very similar insect. Once I pose him, I'll show you what I'm talking about.