Saturday, June 25, 2011

HP Blackbird 002 Paper Model

Hey. Guess what? I finished one. I finished a model. I know. Pretty hard for me to believe, too. It's a pretty simple one. But, alas,I made it harder than it had to be. This model was published as an advertisement on the back of one of my Maximum PC magazines. The paper wasn't the strongest, so I figured gluing it to a piece of card stock would shore it up a bit. Well, this was a rather foolish idea.

As I cut out the parts, each one wanted to curl, leading me place the pieces under a heavy book to flatten them out. This added about a week or so to the build time. Good thing I wasn't in a hurry. Also, I applied the adhesive unevenly, resulting in bubbling on the surface, and unsealed edges. Fixing these, of course, added time to the project as well. But, I persevered and the results are not great, but OK.

Fortunately, you are spared the toil of my past mistakes, thanks to a gracious individual who scanned the page into an Adobe PDF file and submitted it for download on Media Fire. Something I really should have thought of. The link has a different case design than mine. Too late now. Sorry for that. I blame the meds.

The model has three main parts; the body, the base and a removable side. If you're looking for a glossy finish like the magazine edition pictured above, I would try printing the template out on photo paper.

Blade Runner's Police Spinner by Daumier Smith

As a fan of this 1982 film, I've seen models of this flying car vehicle before, but this has to be the best one yet! Highly detailed, free download. Thank you, Mr. Smith!

Police Spinner by Daumier Smith.

Friday, June 10, 2011

And Now for Something Completely Different

Found this little gem of a blog this morning. No models here, but brilliantly crafted paperwork.

People as old as me will remember "back in the day" doing Shadow Portraits; you would set up a light by the side of your face to leave a shadow of your profile onto a piece of paper taped to the wall. Someone would trace the outline of the profile and then it could be cut out, pasted to a background, and framed. A famous example of this are the pair of portraits of President's Washington and Lincoln found in many classrooms.

This artist has taken this technique to the next level.

Visit "Paper Cuts" by Olly Moss for wonderful Profile Portraits of many pop culture icons and well known personalities.

Take a look at these two and I think you'll see what I mean:

Monday, June 6, 2011

Back to Work

Health issues have kept me away. For far too long. Longer than I care to think about. But I'm back at it, determined to make up the time I've missed. Here's what's cookin' on my workbench at the moment.
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You may recognize one of them; I started the Ghost House over 2 years ago. There's also an 'N' scale train that I foolishly started about 3 months ago (more on that some other time). And a quick build HP PC Model from the back of Maximum PC Magazine. So I'm trying to catch up on old projects and finish what I started. I've also had some time to catch up on some Blog browsing. There's a lot more of you out there! Showcasing some great work, too. I'll point you to some of the more interesting projects I've seen lately; some are bound to familiar to you, but to me, they're brand new! So once again I ask you to bear with me. I really do have some neat things I'd like to try. So stay tuned!