Monday 31 May 2021

Riveting Recollections!

Hi, All!

As followers of this blog know only too well, I have something of a riveting problem. That is to say, my creations tend to have a disturbing number of hand-cut and glued rivets.
So, I thought it might be fun to to take a look back at some of my creations over the years, and list them in order of their rivet counts! 

Therefore, without further ado...

Thomson Tank Engines.
Completed May 2012. Rivet count: 485 (each!)

Bazalgette Light Armoured Perambulatory Contrivance.
Completed June 2012. Rivet count: 505

The Nautilus.
 Completed May 2021. Rivet count: 843
(Commissioned piece.)

Rocket Ship.
Completed June 2015. Rivet count: 881

Professor Shandy Tanglefoot's Over-compensatory Death Ray of Doom.
Completed February 2013. Rivet count: 1,158

Steam-powered Star Gate.
Completed January 2019. Rivet count: 1,389

Completed December 2018. Rivet count: 1,866
(commissioned piece)

HMSW Gargantua.
Completed March 2012. Rivet count: 3,630

Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulically-Motorvated Sextupedal Land-Traversing Vacational Domicile.
Ongoing since December 2012. Rivet count so far: 13,767

I hope you enjoyed this brief trip down memory lane. Please browse the older posts of this blog for more about all of these monstrosities and feel free to ask questions! 

All the Best!

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  1. Do I get a prize for saying that this post was “riveting”? I suspect not!

  2. Riveting stuff! :)
    Sorry I'll go now!

    1. The internet is full of dreadful people. :)
      Total rivet count 25,009! Excellent work and perseverance.
      At 1mm thickness each that is 25 metres of plastic rod! WOW!

    2. Thank you so much for working that out! Umm... that's a lot.

    3. Good lord! That really is a lot when you put it like that! :D

  3. Given the trends and my desire to stay friendly I will say only that your work remains perpetually lovely. Most impressive stuff!

    1. My gratitude, sir, for your diplomacy! And thanks.

    2. You are, of course, welcome. I aspire to build such lovely stories and models one day.

    3. Then keep on aspiring, my good man!

  4. That's a powerful number of rivets! Excellent models, all.

  5. I knew you made occasional works on commission, but I had no idea you sold so many of your creations. I expected you probably had boxes full of them by now, haunting the dark corners of your house.

    It's probably best you keep them separated. Too many in one place might be too much of a temptation for the scheming mind of the nefarious Dr. Nefarious.

    1. Indeed, my friend!

      Admittedly there have been a few models which I have missed after selling them, but in recent years The Nefarious Doctor Nefarious has become increasingly aggressive and unpredictable, so it has been a question of careful de-escalation!

      I am actually considering re-making one or two models as I would like my own versions of them again. And they will make interesting blog posts as a step-by-step thingummyjig.

      Watch this space!