|Hop to it, Lieutenant Boddington!
Being a single father, one has to set aside meaningless trivialities from time to time. There is laundry to be done, a day job, cooking, washing the car, making the bed, feeding the cat (and the kids!) and the list goes on and on. Sometimes it can be hard to prioritise.
Consequently, I have managed to do quite a lot on HMSW Gargantua in the last few days!
First up: Her chinny-chin-chin.
When I last posted, I was still working on rivets, etc. on the underside of the head. Now, 87 rivets and some paint later, it's looking pretty solid!
|Top Left: Detailing nears completion. Top Right and Bottom Left: Green Stuff finishes the piston surrounds. Bottom Right: The finished paint-job.
But the bulk of the work recently has been in finishing that first leg. I.E.; the feet had to be designed, built, painted...
|Top: Caster with and without wheel. Bottom: Bits of cogs and plastic complete the basic shape. I also filled the hollow caster with clay to make it heavy. This will help balance the model.
After a couple of test designs I wasn't happy with (many thanks to my son, Anthony, for pointing out the not-good-enough factors) I finally hit on an idea that suited.
I found some old plastic casters in my bits box. With the wheels pulled out, they were a perfect fit - a really good start to a mechanical foot.
|Left: Foot and unpainted lower-leg. Right: Green Stuff and 90 rivets finish the structure.
After a bit of plasticy-greenstuffy-rivetty-clayey stuff and nonsense, the first foot came out all right!
|The finished and painted foot.
I'll let you be the judge...
|The foot in place. Finally, the ham-string piston was added (Right)
Only three more legs to go!
For those who are keeping count, the first leg has 174 rivets and the foot has 90. That's 264 per leg! This means that on completion of the remaining three legs, I will have added a further 792 rivets... Hmmm. Wish I hadn't just worked that out!
|Foot, Piston, hoses, etc on the whole model. She's surprisingly sturdy!
Anyway, my total rivet count now stands at 2,526. Any predictions for the final figure? The end is getting close!
|Intimidation shot! Scared yet?
All The Best!