Sunday 19 February 2012

Lots O' Little Bits...

Hi, All!

Hmmm... The beginnings of a fleet..? Mwahaha!

It's been a pretty full-on Sunday. A strenuous bushwalk at 7am, a disastrous gunfight in Leadwood with Notorious Greg, a nice bottle of Pinot Noir to accompany chilli and nachos and, of course, lots of bits of plastic, glue and paint.

Pistons, transmission valves, rear-lower-leg piston-support fins, ankle-axles, and feet in the making...

What you see before you are numerous components that have to be made and painted before they can be fixed onto HMSW Gargantua. All of these are parts of the rear leg assemblies.

Port-side rear thigh piston beside flywheel.

It's fiddly stuff, but I can really see light at the end of this particular tunnel. I'm fast running out of materials, so now I've entered the "innovate or spend more cash" phase of the project. And not for the first time! Oh, well. Necessity is the mother of invention, n'est pas? Great things may occur!

The slowly developing feet, in place...

...and the whole walker...

Anyway, it's been a while since I included any comparison shots, so here are a few. My naval-types are raring to get into the fray, albeit in front of a bluescreen tonight, rather than some dramatic and breathtaking panorama of exotic lands far away. It was that or the dining room table...

Hmmm... The British Empire Strikes Back..?

And I used to think this vessel was big!

Funnily enough, the whole reason I started HMSW Gargantua was the positive response my now seemingly small and insignificant two-legged walker received on this blog. Whatever next? Another one?

Actually, I do have plans for a new vehicle - but I'm not saying any more than that! In the meantime, I need a name for the smaller walker pictured here. HMSW...? Anyone got any smart ideas?

Still nameless! Such a neglectful Colonel!

More soon!

All the Best!


  1. Looking good Colonel, you're very nearly there I think?

    Where did you go for the 'bushwalk'?

  2. Thanks, Scott. Funnily enough, once the legs are completed there will still be a lotofstuffto do - but nothing as structural or difficult...

    I went up Mount Hemi Matenga in Waikanae - a favourite. Nice and strenuous!

    Back to me rivets now!

  3. Excellent work!

    The smaller walker should surely be HMSW 'Pantagruel'.

    In Rabelais, Pantagruel is the son of the giant Gargantua.

    Plus it's a cool name!

  4. Nearly there, Colonel! Have a snifter before essaying another session. Looking forward to your ideas for another vehicle.

  5. Arteis! "HMSW Pantagruel"?! Fantastic! Love it!

    AJ - Splendid to hear from you as always, Old Chap. Work continues under full steam... No time for snifters! Very nearly there!