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Went shopping..

Yesterday I went to buy a few things at 4d modelshop in London. I worked there for over a year about 2 years ago. So it was good to see some of my old colleagues there....

This below shows a very rough shot of the little bits that I've acquired at the model shop. Those include various widths of styrene rods and tubes, masking tape and lithographic tape for the paint job later, double sided tape, blades, solvent applicator, plastic weld...

That bottom grid is a sketch and nothing is yet attached to the main shell.


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Side airflow



Here we can see that the left side needs a few touch ups, to reach symmetry. 55DSCF0006.jpg

This photo below shows how I used "sello" tape to seal the surface of the train, to avoid the filler from getting stuck to the train, while retaining the exact shape to fit him on later. The filler was then shaped and became part of the air flow detail pieces that I sculpt individually. I cannot get away with making a mold and cast another one. 55DSCF0005_2.jpg


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Sculpting the sides

I've been shaping the sides, here it goes! But now i have to check with my client...







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Working on the overall shape

Today I feel that I made good progress. Monday or Tuesday I will start shaping the sides. This weekend I will make sure I digest very well all the design possibilities for the sides that I got from my client, Leslie Barany. But I already have a good idea of what Leslie wants.

This little men is trying to show us a sense of scale here. Notice that the shell will be a little higher when the wheels and bogies are fitted, so the train will look a bit higher then. The figure is at 1:25 scale. This is a big sized cargo train. DSCF0009.jpg




I think the 2 pics below attempt to clarify my explanation on my previous post to this one... about shaping a separate piece, then later attaching to become part of the actual shell... and this is a similar approach that I will use to make the sides. 53DSCF0018.jpg 53DSCF0019.jpg

This is my area in the studio, I try to occupy all my wall space with pictures of my current projects, for constant reference while working on them. Downstairs we have a considerably good sized workshop with all the machines required for model making. 53DSCF0003_2.jpg

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Cutting the sides & bottom

At this point forget the unwanted holes all over the model. I had to screw it onto a base to meticulously cut the sides/bottom/top on the milling machine. The holes can easily be filled...

This is a front view showing the symmetric curve on the the middle ridge. I will later attach a separate long block in the middle of that ridge to create the curve that I need to do. A bit like I am going to do on the sides (check below). 52DSCF0003_1.jpg

I have also cut the sides and made the blocks that will fit in the holes I've cut. I will be able to sculpt those blocks separately, cut into them or even add more material. When I finish creating the desired shapes in those blocks, I will glue them and blend them into the shell.

This way I hope to be as flexible as I can in comunicating my ideas, I will only glue the side shapes that I've mentioned above once Leslie is happy with the results. Though, there is a dead line to meet of course. But this way I will make sure that he is satisfied with the side cuts when I permanently glue them. It will be very hard to go back at that stage!




This is a shot showing all the additional work done on the bottom of the shell. I have narrowed the side walls and made quite nice round edged walls on the rear. It might not even be seen, but to me it resembles the same qualities found on the top middle ridge... That's not the best example, but that's what I will have to do throughout the whole model. Find a consistency of visual elements that compliment each other. Just like that curved rear piece and the top middle ridge... 52DSCF0008.jpg

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