|The engine nears completion...|
I am nearing completion of the engine for Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulically Motorvated Sextupedal Land-Traversing Vacational Domicile, having added chimneys and two rather large Pole-Differential Potentialising Galvanetic Capacitors.
|Bits of plastic tube, washers, castors and various bits and bobs will become the chimneys.|
(Don't you just love technobabble?)
|Two chimneys are very quickly thrown together and mounted on a simple box for added height.|
Very soon, it will be time to construct the engine room around this enormous beast of a machine, and the gigantic walker will finally begin to take shape.
|The box is edged with card strips and studded with rivets. And some of the rivets are studded with rivets! (This counts double for the rivet count, folks - my rivets, my rules!)|
The chimneys were very easy to make, and I added a simple box of card for extra height. It is important that the chimneys tower over the finished vehicle, and I wasn't convinced that the engine was quite tall enough. Now, at approximately five storeys high, I'm happy that they'll be seen for miles around!
|The box, painted and glued in place atop the engine.|
|The finished chimneys.|
While working on the chimneys, I was also constructing the Pole-Differential Potentialising Galvanetic Capacitors. I wanted to 'bulk-up' the engine, to make it more than just a simple (if huge) steam engine. This is Victorian Science Fiction, after all... Spinny things, conduits, valves and techno-junk should abound! The capacitors are just the first of such gizmos. Keep watching!
|Lampholders, washers, etc. form the basic shape.|
The capacitors started life as two broken Edison-screw lampholders from the bin at work. I added washers, reels from the inside of a used Twink tape and the butt-end of a black marker to complete the shape. Push-pins and simple strips of plastic board and rod completed the detail. Oh yes, and many rivets!
|Details are added (no rivets yet - be patient!) and the capacitors are mounted on squares of plastic board. Note the greenstuff repair work done to the right capacitor.|
As yet, the capacitors have not been attached to the engine (neither has the furnace). They will have to wait until I have an engine-room floor to glue them to!
|A completed Pole-Differential Potentialising Galvanetic Capacitor, before painting.|
|Left capacitor in place. Guitar-string conduit links it to the engine.|
I have to admit, this engine has turned out even bigger than I had intended! Not that that's a bad thing in this case - I want Lord Smudginton Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulically Motorvated Sextupedal Land-Traversing Vacational Domicile to serve as an entire gaming table, so bigger is better. This is usually not the rule in model-making of course, so I'm finding all this rather liberating!
|Capacitor and chimneys.|
So: now I have to get on with constructing the engine room. This will involve gantries, valves, LED lanterns, ladders, steps, gauges, pipes... you get the picture. All will finally be enclosed with a removable 'glass' roof, based on the work of Joseph Paxton, designer of the Crystal Palace, amongst other things.
Having added a further 298 rivets since my last post, today's Rivet Count is...
Not bad, eh?
|Another shot of the capacitor in place. Coz I can.|
So there you go. That's it for now. I can't hang around blogging all day, by crikey! I've got rivets to apply!
|Big, isn't it?!|
All the Best!