Discussion in 'Corner Coffee' started by DiogoJ42, 5th Apr 2018.
Well... wow, pretty impressive!
Wow DiogoJ42. I think I built some IKEA wardrobes once and thought myself handy drilling my own holes for the door handles.
The whole build is very inspiring, however,
a) not sure what I'd build
b) I probably wouldn't be allowed to build it even if I called it the Kinky Claire.
Brilliant. Great theatrical make up there.
I have been involved in the theatre/TV for most of my life. I also had some experience in theatre make up. I used to use Charles Fox in Covent Gardens. I once made a realistic cast of my ex wife's head using alginate and dent stone as well as made a cast of my feet which I made out of latex, all for special effects for my stage show.
I've made most of the Faller fairground models once before, but soon learnt that they are better protected in a display case. Most of mine go ruined due to dust and being delicate. They are great models, very cleaver how they get them to move realistically. Can be very fiddly to make, so plenty of swearing involved. They also need a lot of tweaking to make them work. I've currently just build the Faller mouse ride, I originally made one a few years ago. This time, this one will end up in a display case.
Diary build can be found here, you will need to scroll down
That is amazing, Wow! You must be very proud to show this off. Well done!
Yup, that's the same edition of the mouse that I have. One thing I did do with my Faller models is blast all the bits that are supposed to be metal with some silver spray paint. I also "painted" the cars on my Breakdance with some metallic nail polish Kelpie provided.
I did think when I first got them that it might be possible to dress them up as Rattlesnake, Rodeo and Rameses' Revenge. But I quickly realise that would be far more effort that it would ever be worth! (Am trying to remember what the unbuilt ones I have are. The Octopussy polyp is definitely one of them. Maybe Music Express is the other?
Meh, I used to be a big builder of plastic kits, but I've not touched one in years. Last one I completed was the Revel Victor in tanker configuration. I went to town super detailing the cockpit and undercarriage with scratch built stuff... then realised none of it would ever be visible. I started building the Airfix Vulcan. It's currently sitting in it's box, along with a load of resin and brass detail parts. My "never got round to starting" pile includes a Valiant, TSR2, Nimrod, lord knows how many other cold war icons, and a few airliners.
Much as I used to love a good kit in my younger days, I think now my hands would probably be too shakey to do them justice. Let this be a lesson kids: decades of booze and drugs may not harm your life... but it can hamper your modeling skills!
Too many hobbies, not enough time. Or money.
(That reminds me, I have a euromillions ticket I need to check.....)
Diogo, Sir, you are very talented. Great work. Looks fantastic
Maybe not quite as impressive as previous posts but hey...I made them! And they were good...
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Nomtastic! (Though I'm sure we used to have a baking thread somewhere. Meh, it still counts. )
Mmmmm looks tasty. Can’t believe you didn’t share with the forum tho.
Oh well guess I’ve been saved doing extra steps
Unfortunately I lost most of my photos for this so I will have to make do with what I have and try to set the scene a little.
A few friends and I decided to dress up for a weekend at creamfields. Deciding I wanted see Deadmau5 more than anyone that weekend, I decided to create a Mau5head.
Not thinking it could be done in time my friends set me a forfeit.
So it with the thought of being Alan for the weekend, I raced ahead with a very rough and quick paper mache prototype.
So with lots of newspaper and duct tape firmly held together, I finally had my measurements.
I then had to find a receptacle big enough to house my meatball of a head. After much searching I found a Ferret ball that would do the job nicely. I then cut the holes measured from the prototype version.
Next up was to find the ears. Using my perfectly measured model I set about making the ears. Using some foam I acquired from a friend's sofa I measured and cut the ears shape. Later on I glued some screws into the foam to attach to the ferret ball.
Next up was to create the eyes. I made some cardboard ones first to trace the holes. These were the final cuts and I was really unsure during the cutting if the ball would shatter, especially between the eyes and the mouth.
Luckily everything held. Unfortunately this is where I lost most of my pictures
So the outstanding work was to;
Install the eyes. These were 2 Poundland push lamps with the wiring removed and run down the side. This meant light up eyes.
Install a hard hat inside and screw to the ferret ball. This gave the ball a comfortable fit to stop it rattling around my head.
Outer covering- I chose against painting it, as the ball had dents in it that would look less spherical. Instead I opted to cloth the whole thing. This was particularly hard to do without leaving visible seam lines. Eventually using quite a lot of red felt and spray adhesive I got there, with only a small crease at the back. For the ears I sewed together a little felt pocket and stuffed the foam ears in.
Cover up the mouth hole. This was my visibility so I had to come up with something. I tried hard opaque plastic but it kept steaming up. So I abandoned that for chicken wire cut to the shape of the mouth hole and then attached a piece of net curtain. I did cut this from some curtain from my gran's ottoman and placed it back in, minus a D shape. I believe it's still there and I am yet to tell her what happened to her spare curtain. Sorry Nain.
Random - Inside I had to shore things up for comfort and to stop things from moving. So lots of spare foam was glued in for comfort. To stop everything from moving, everything was duct taped together for support.
Add electrical tape to eyes to imply I was indeed a Deadmau5.
I did have to scrap the idea of adding a USB Mp3 player with a small speaker and sound reactive equalizers in the eyes. Mainly due to time restraints and that my fingers were 80% hot glue at the time.
So the finished product ended up like this.
With light up eyes...
So all finished the night before creamfields 2012. Phew!
Sadly the Sunday was rained off and I never got to see Deadmau5 It did survive the mud and the rain somehow. It also had some terminal damage on the waltzers and duct tape only managed to fix this until Monday, when he was responsible recycled
Nice work sir!
And never underestimate the repair powers of duct / gaffer tape.
Thank you Diogo. Your handiwork on the simulator is insane (the good kind). It's amazing how a labour of love can really push your creativity. Completely true about duct tape. Its great for covering up mistakes too!
I'm debating whether to make an arcade table at some point but apparently finishing the spare room is more important
Loving all work in here so far. I look forward to seeing some more from you all!
Holy sh!t Diogo.
Just a quick update on my sim. I finally got round to fitting controls to the copilot's side. I got them ages ago, but was waiting for the weather to cool off a bit before I started doing DIY.
Typically, after I'd put the whole thing back together and booted it up to test things out, there was ONE single plug I'd forgotten to reconnect. So I had to take the lid off it and ferret around at akward angles to get that working. Got there in the end though.
@Kelpie, meanwhile, has knocked up some lovelly dust covers for the yokes and throttles:
I love them, they are perfectly ugly!
A few more tweaks have been made. Mostly daft things like "secret" audio triggers on some of the spare, unmarked buttons.
And I've managed to find a genuine Beechcraft yoke faceplate on fleabay for a reasonable price, which I plan to stick on the front of the copilot's yoke when it turns up:
At this point, pretty much the only physical thing I can think of that I'd like to add would be a "wet compass" on top of the glareshield. I've only found a single company that makes one, and while it's obviously good quality, the price is a bit steep, even for this project!
Maybe one day...
Decided it was about time I got myself a pilot’s log book for my sim. Luckily, FSX keeps a record of every flight I’ve ever made, so I’ve retroactivly filled in everything since Kinky Kelpie came online.
Took a bit of deduction to work out what was a proper “flight” and what was just “testing something out”, but I got there in the end.
I also dug out my 3822 (Air Cadet log book) to add in the rather pathetic 1.2 hours I managed to clock up flying a real plane in my youth.
Since November last year, I’ve flown about 40 hours. Must try harder.
Spoiler: proof of how sad I am
Just looked through this thread, and wow... some serious dedication right there! Really impressive
That yoke faceplate turned up. Have attached it with doublesided tape. Also cut the heads off some screws to fill those holes.
Coming along nicely @DiogoJ42
Couple more of my recently completed Faller fairground models
SAM_6326 by RoyJess, on Flickr
SAM_6759 by RoyJess, on Flickr
SAM_6757 by RoyJess, on Flickr
Diary builds can be found here
Looks really cool . How tall is it? It's difficult to tell from that perspective.
The models are HO scale and the Ferris Wheel is just over a foot tall (326mm tall according to the Faller web site)
I believe the Faller stuff is HO "scale" (go ask a railway modler what the difference between "scale" and "gauge" is.) Not sure what that works out to for the height of a model, mind.
EDIT: Beaten to it.
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