|Candlesticks and a great big copper thingummy? This modern technology stuff is truly baffling!|
Since I appear to have come out of retirement, I thought I should dig through my various boxes of accumulated bits and bobs, to see what I could find and get going on a new project.
And blow me down if I didn't find a big coppery magnety transformerish thingumabob.
|A Mark XII thingummy. Obviously.|
"Gadzooks!" I exclaimed, "It's a miniaturised steam-powered stargate! I wondered where that had gone..."
And so began a new build...
For this set-piece, I will be creating the stargate itself, a couple of chimneys, a boiler, a plinth for the gate and a stair and gantry. And a plethora of tubes, pipes, cables and so on.
|The rough layout is mapped out.|
I shall start with the gate and plinth.
The thingummy on its own is a fantastic bit of work, with loads of iron and exposed copper - but the plastic insulation, dirty string and bits of insulated wire had to go. This took half an hour or so. What bits of plastic I couldn't remove were then hidden behind strips of black card.
|Plastic insulation is removed to expose the copper beneath.|
|The plinth begins.|
The plinth is a lid from a clear plastic box, adorned with bits of card and plastic board. This makes it strong enough to take the considerable weight of the gate. I gradually added details such as loops to anchor cables to the gate later on, and cut a stone base from some thick card.
|Stones are cut randomly, freehand.|
|The plinth and base.|
|Loops on the plinth and stargate will be joined by cables later.|
|Panels of black card are added.|
|A plastic frame is quickly constructed.|
|What an exciting pile of discarded rubbish!|
All the Best!