|Just look what Santa brought for Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe!|
Well, the Silly Season is almost over and it's time to get on with some serious model making.
|A rough sketch of the 'Core' room. This is about as precise and technical as my drawings get.|
In my last post, I started to tell you about my plans for a giant walker, namely; Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulically Motorvated Sextupedal Land-Traversing Vacational Domicile... and I am happy to announce that construction has begun at last!
|The base for the Core room. Black foam-core and many, many rivets...|
I had intended to start with the engine room of this massive vehicle, but then I discovered the amazing piece of kit you see above. This is the motor from an old electric drill I took apart just to see what lay within... Imagine my nerdy joy when I found this!
|A piece of already-prepared balsa planking gives a beautiful contrast to the machine parts. At this stage, I start to get quite enthusiastic!|
I had already planned to have a technical-looking room which could be viewed from above through a glass dome in the main deck of the vessel. Inspired by my find, I set about designing...
|The Core will need a support. Holes are punched out of plastic board before cutting the main shape out. This helps to prevent splitting the plastic. The holes are sanded smooth after punching.|
This room is actually two decks deep - it will have a gantry running along one side. Note that doors have been constructed halfway up the walls for this purpose. The Core is huge and is suspended well above head-height from the lower deck.
I had to design the end walls so that the machinery could pass through them into the rest of the vehicle. They also had to be strong, but thin enough that I could punch out portholes through which light will spill later on. For this purpose, I chose plastic board. The side walls will be foamcore, as it is far cheaper!
|The forward end wall. Everything is starting to look pretty cool by this point! Note the black slot in the top of the big box. A drive-belt will run down into this.|
Once the end walls were cut, with doors stamped out, it was a matter of adding details such as reinforcing, sockets for conduits (still to be added) and a great many rivets! I also built a heavy iron duct to run the length of the floor, and a large box-type gizmo which sits under the big cog. A drive-belt will feed into this from the shaft above. I added a couple of gauges and will add more conduits, levers and ducts before I am done...
Then the paint started to go on!
|Lord S S-S casts a critical eye over a huge cog. It has been mounted on a selection of washers and studded with twenty-four rivets. But will they be enough?|
I have opted for a very pale grey for most of the vessel, to emulate the feel of a cruise-liner or super-yacht. Machinery will incorprate iron and brass of course, with red and green details. As HMSW Gargantua is mostly green with red highlights, I am reversing this colour scheme here.
|The painted Core. Nice and bright!|
The Core itself was very quick to paint. In fact, I almost left big parts of it as I found thm. In the end, the only thing I did to the various copper bits was to highlight them with copper paint, brightening them up. The brass parts were painted brown, then gold, then washed with chestnut ink.
|The painted parts, glued in place. The second cog has been added. Some detailing is still required before I add the side walls.|
The brightness of this room is deliberate. Once it is built into the walker's body, very little natural light will get to it, so I have compensated by avoiding too many dark colours. It is also worth mentioning that many of the details I have added so far may never be seen again by the time the walker is finished. However, without including them now, should they be wanted later, I would be disappointed. I'm confident it's worth the effort!
Which brings me to the Rivet Count!!!!
(drum roll)... 562!
Bear in mind that HMSW Gargantua had 3,630 rivets when finished. I am up to a sixth of that already and I haven't even finished the first room! I may cry...
So there you are for now. I still have to do the side walls, gantry, ladder, conduits, ducts, LED lanterns, window-glass, levers and other gadgets... But not a bad start to what will be a massive project!
Hope you like!
|The Core in its full glory. I can't wait to see this room finished!|
All the Best and Happy New Year!