Sunday, 29 November 2009

Elvis update

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the led count is growing ever bigger, i tore down and rebuilt the headlight assembly because i wasn,t looking cadilac enough,
yesterday i bought some chrome foil from the model shop it looks fantastic i will be covering this in more detail when i apply it.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

ladies and gentlemen Elvis is leaving the building

there is a chapter or two in the Douglas Adams novel mostly harmless, that decribes a space ship parked outside a bar.
it belongs to Elvis, he gives it to Ford.
chapter 22.
i started making a version of this ship not long after i first read the book, fifteen or so years ago.
i made a steering wheel, then forgot about it, well not completley forgot.
i have made drawings and rough models of it for years.
now it time for elvis to finaly leave the building.

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the usual construction methods, milliput sculpted over a wire and tinfoil core with random bits of tat stuck together.
the ship is a couple of cheap clock faces with perspex fins, and sculpted lights.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

space monkey sculpt

epoxy putty and paint

also a bit of progress on ratborg

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Gerry Andersons UFO, a hollywood film in the pipeline

listening to BBC radio 4 just now when my boyhood hero Gerry Anderson pops up talking about how much he hated working with puppets, despite the huge global success of his puppet based shows he absolutely hated puppets because they were a complete nightmare to work with.
for me at least the stars of all his shows were always the fantastic vehicles, the thunderous starship fireball xl5, the sleek and stylish atomic submarine stingray, the huge array of hi tech craft and machinery in thunderbirds,these were what did it for me my eyeballs glued to the television taking in all that glorious inventive detail.

Derek Meddings was the man responsible for bringing these wonderful creations to our screens, he has attained a god like status in the world of special effects and justifiably so, in these days of so so cgi we take it for granted that huge structures can be blown up and set fire to on screen, but this guy did it for real, and with such style, he still remains one of my biggest influences.

in 1970 Gerry was commissioned to make his first tv series with live actors, it was to be called UFO.
its premise was a secret military organization,S.H.A.D.O. defending the earth from alien intrusion, where the ailens were from or what their immediate objective was was unclear from the start, but they were definitely up to no good, grisly abductions stolen body parts and the like, it was a much darker beast than gerrys earlier work and aimed at more mature audience.
i was eight or nine when it was first aired on television i only saw a few, it quite frankly scared the bejeebus out of me i had nightmares regarding one particular episode where as far as i can remember the aliens had abducted some poor guy and effectively drowned him inside an alien space suit.

the music supplied by barry gray was groovy funky and up tempo as it gets, it had a terrific opening sequence to set the scene.

as ever Derek Meddings was in charge of the good stuff, the series boasted a full array, of incredible vehicles and hardware, all blended seamlessly into the action.
the set pieces like the skydiver submarine and the moon base interceptor launch were works of pure telivisual art.

there doesn't seem to be much information out there about the upcoming movie at the moment, i have absoloutley no doubt it will be some sort of cgi fest, so many films are nowadays, lets hope they don't completely bugger this one up like they did with thunderbirds.

ive already had a go at the ufo series. i love the theme tune so much i made this little tribute, and yes i did spell alien wrong in the titles.
there is a high res version of it over on the ufo series home page
plus a whole load more ufo related goodies, and i would like to take this opportunity to thank Marc Martin for his support.

Monday, 8 June 2009

ratborg saucer

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and its all this guys fault, a few weeks ago i had never heard of ed roth, he was little known here in the uk.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

experiment with saucer animation

just a few frames to see what it looks like

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

boggle eye alien and a GT paint job

new pilot sculpted and the whole thing put together for the first time

Sunday, 3 May 2009

leds are in

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i have decided to make this saucer with a self contained power source, the lights will activate when the saucer is picked up via a micro switch in the tail wheel strut.
keeping it simple this time just head and tail lights.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

another new saucer taking shape

mainly constructed from perspex and epoxy putty with brass and aluminium tubes.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

mickey lee lane saw my space monkey video !

yes indeed the man himself saw it and and likes what i did , i love this track its a rip roaring garage classic, i still play it loud and often.
my only regret is the original hi res version of this movie no longer exists, my computer suffered a massive meltdown shortly after its completion.
i still have some of the scenes in unedited form but not all of them.
i may return to the project at a later date, the old youtube compression played havoc with my artwork.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

vespa flies again

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put the motor back in yesterday, fired second kick rides nice.
few little jobs to do like badges and bulbs but otherwise pretty sorted.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

bringing the vespa back to life.

and this is what it looked like before, not one single bit of it wasn't dented.

1966 vespa 150 super, just got round to painting it

Sunday, 22 February 2009

the one eyed astropus

made from acrylic plastic fiberglass brass steel p38 filler and epoxy putty.
working lights front and rear with a strobe exhaust nozzle and cockpit illumination.
2 aa batteries in the base power up the lights.
the eyelashes are plucked from a clothes brush.
the wing mirrors are made from pieces of mini disc and sparkle nicely.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

strobing rocket exhaust

not sure if im gonna go with the fake rocket exhaust but it looks ok from a distance.
i put a strobing led in the tailpipe, the fire effect is made from a mutilated electrical screwdriver handle and some thick red plastic lighting gel cut into strips.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

nearly there

i used to hate fiddling about putting leds into stuff but i cant get enough of em now

Friday, 13 February 2009

astropus rocket ship

work in progress, made from a battery operated roulette wheel p38 filler, a kids snowdome kit and milliuput.

using some of the booty bought from the local pound shop.

Monday, 26 January 2009

done and dusted

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the varnish is drying as i type.
finally finished it, big tidy up now the house is a right mess.

Friday, 23 January 2009

vintage emblem and lighting check

still not finished but heres a few pics of the lights.
the badge on the front is a genuine 1960 ford consul emblem from a car i owned in the late eighties, i had given it to a friend of mine to restore the enamel and forgotten about it, i visited him last week, he gave it back "hey remember this" he said, yay ! perfect saucer material.
i loved that car soooooooo much, and yes it was a convertible.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

tail fins finally done

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i will try to get a pic of them illuminated they look quite groovy, had to spend a couple of hours rebuilding the stand today when a solder joint gave up, i cannibalized a typewriter for miniature bolts to fix the problem and swore a lot.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

saucer details

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its now chock full of leds, when switched on the dome on the bottom flashes the guns have fibre optics, the rear lights light up and the inside of the pilots helmet has a green halo inside.
the landing struts are retractable.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

space zombie in progress

did some more work on space zombie the saucer body is fabricated from sheet steel, i need to cut a few holes and add a few details.
still haven't decided what to do with the landing gear yet.

Saturday, 3 January 2009

space dub sketch

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Thursday, 1 January 2009

still from new project

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what goes on inside the colossal death robot head