HMSW Gargantua


HMSW Gargantua (Her Majesty's Steam Walker) is my most ambitious single piece to date, and even made the local press recently.

She is 35cm long, 29cm high, and has 3,630 rivets - all individually glued on.

Made mostly from styrene modelling plastic, she took several months to complete. You can view the process through the following posts:

Huge Walker - Construction Begins
Free Wheelin'
Full Steam Ahead
A Rivetting Experience
HMSW Gargantua - Progress So Far
Rivets and Bolts Can Drive You Nuts
Roll Out The Big Guns
An Hour Or Two Fiddlin' With Me Dangly Bits
The Belly of The Beast
A Bit More Leg Work
Some Fancy Footwork
She Got Leeegs
Lots O' Little Bits
Two Feet Deeper In
Behold My Rear Entrance
The Beginning of The End
Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise
I Name This Walker... Gargantua!

HMSW Gargantua was inspired by the River Don Engine at Kelham Island Industrial Museum in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, where I grew up. This is believed to be the world's largest operational steam engine, and it's very impressive indeed. I incorporated the River Don Engine's flywheel and colour scheme into Gargantua.

River Don Engine, Kelham Island, Sheffield

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