Monday 20 February 2012

Two Feet Deeper In...

Hi, All!

She's finally looking  like she means business!

Well, I feel the construction of HMSW Gargantua has reached a significant milestone today. All of the various bits and pieces I featured in my last post are now in place and the legs are all but finished! I have only to add a few bolts here and there to disguise the pins that hold it all together, and touch up a little paint...

All pistons and hoses are now complete. Shame the underbelly is hidden away, innit?

Of course, there is still a lot of detailing to do - nameplates, flags, steps, railings, window glass, head controls, weaponry, and the back gallery which (as yet) is the only part of the model to remain almost totally untouched. But she's certainly looking (structurally) pretty much done...

Nearly ready to stomp on some demmed troublesome fuzzy wuzzies!

Not that I would dream of fielding her until she's absolutely perfect...

The rear feet... Hmmm. Identical to the front feet! This is insanity!

In order to get the lower pistons behind the rear legs, I had to construct support fins - the reversed design of the legs meant that mirroring the front ones would bring the piston in front of the 'shin' and anchor it to the top of the foot, rather than the heel. A bit of head scratching ensued...

Rear piston support-fins in place. Sorry about the poor focus! Note the suspicious grey and white blank bit by the flywheel - this is the back hatch, where the rear gallery will soon be constructed...

Believe it or not, a lot of this stuff is surprisingly quick to do, once you get the hang of it. Rivets, for example, are easy so long as you're listening to some decent music (thank you, Mr Bowie) and the rear feet took far less time than the front ones.

No reason at all to add this shot. I just like looking at all the workings!

Now... The moment you may or may not have been waiting for...

Rivet Count: 3,396!

Still think she looks like a cute little pooch?

And people call me crazy! Hahahahaha!

More soon.

All The Best!


  1. That rivet count alone earns you bragging rights ,not to mention the model!

  2. Brag, Sir? Me, Sir? Surely not, Sir! Good to hear from you, Oh Creeper of Corridors!

  3. Awesome Colonel, the finish line's in sight...

    1. If only! I ran out of plastic rod this evening! No more rivets! Aaaargh!

      A little shocked to realise that I have used over four meters of 1.6mm plastic rod just for the rivets... Where does it all go?!

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    1. And more this evening! Watch this space - I bought more plastic rod! Yay!