The train model was delivered to H.R.Giger and Leslie Barany on the 15th of September 2004 at the opening of "the world according to H.R.Giger", a retrospective of his artwork at the Museum Halle St. Pierre in Paris, France.
Leslie Barany - H.R.Giger - Ruben Marcos
The cockpit is now done. It has 2 little men in it, and it's covered by a clear plastic dome. The inside will eventually be black and the people wont be very detailed, so that it doesn't distract from the train it self, the main element.
This is where I've fixed big blobs of body filler, which I then shaped and smoothen them.
The aluminum rods and the white plastic bits, I used as some kind of frame to start building with body filler on top. That way I also had the rods as reference to make sure I have the general shape "under control" and knew where to carve away and keep the piece symmetric.
The base was done by covering it with a layer of PVA glue and pour sand all over it. Once the glue dried I blew the loose sand off the base, I repeated that process 3 times in total. Later I painted it black and sanded the top of the rails to show the shiny metal again, contrasting it nicely with the base. I still need to take that dull black away, by giving it some quick weathering effects to enhance the 3 dimensionality of the ground, with a few paint washers, chalk pastels in powder and some dry brushing...
I went to London to get some 1:50 scale people which I am going to attempt sticking them in the train's cockpit, with the purpose of showing the scale of the train. It's supposedly a very big locomotive, and the little people will show that effect. I'll do the cockpit tonight...
I think that by tomorrow, both the train and its base will be finished, ready to paint. The weather has been pretty good, so I'll paint the model outside.
All I need to do now is finish up the back/top "bubble" which will be the cock pit. And resolve the end (back) of the predominant pipes that run horizontally along the train.