29
Jul
14

SNG Daily 7-29-14

Today was spent mostly in town shipping. But we got back not too late in the day and I was able to get another couple of hours in on the Martian. Yes it has lips. And eye lids and this means it will have a lot more expression.
The eyes and lids are just for looks right now. I have to make up some actual eyes for the sculpture before I can finish it off. They need to be present in the sculpture and the mold so that when I make the core for the eventual under skull I will have an exact contour match for the lids themselves. You will see what I mean as we go through the steps. Most of you guys that have done this before know exactly what I mean. ;)
It’s still a rough. We are at what I call stage two out of four stages. The suit the Martian wears is a sort of Steam punk looking rig and have more of a military camo Desert Mars look to it.
More tomorrow.
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28
Jul
14

SNG Weekly Episode 2

28
Jul
14

SNG Daily 7/28/14

We had a long day at SNG today. First we packed up the Enterprise D. It ships tomorrow. Additionally we put the Velcro in the Sixth Finger mask and it will ship tomorrow to. This means a trip into LA to my favorite packer and shipper.
After all that dust settled I cut most of the drains out the Skydiver. Except for adding the small parts she’s nearly ready to start the paint job.
I had a little over an hour left at the end of the day and roughed out by hand our Martians Attack SNG Martian.
This is only an hour’s worth of sculpting to get the rough massing on the way. No tools were used except for that pencil you see. The eyes are in just for looks. Once the sculpture is finished they will be removed for molding.
I know it doesn’t look cannon. I am purposely not looking too closely at the original Top cards at all but rather free forming from my own thoughts. In fact his costume has been redesigned, the props and the head wear. That’s right I’m putting my own spin on it. We are also going to make up some cards that show these changes as though the cards looked like this design back in the 60s. And the cards will be call,” Martians Attack.”
We are now in pre-production as we close on finishing our last client model. We will also be starting in on casting our perks for the backers. Let Martians Attack SNG begin!
Steve

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23
Jul
14

SNG Daily 7-23-14

The Enterprise may not look much different to you from yesterday but there is one small difference. It’s done!
I managed all the other edge windows. 10 Forward is quite evident now. The officer’s lounge was a joke. They made these little round impressions in the deck for them. I carved in my own and made them the right shape. You would think as many times as that classic shot has been seen in the opening credits of TNG they would have got that right. But they didn’t.
She has a nice thick semi gloss clear coat on and the decals look painted on now. Based is finalized. All the phaser banks have been painted titanium gold. And the copper deflector is now copper with some Alclads. Last of the light leaks are fixed. Oh and the nacelles have had another coat of copper on them too.
We will get some beauty pics this week against green screen to play with and off she goes to her home in China Monday. On to the Skydiver!
Steve

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22
Jul
14

SNG Daily 7-22-14

Ok here it goes. I get all the rest of the decals on in record time. I say to myself, “Steve you can clear coat it tomorrow. You’re done.” Then I look at the Christie’s auction photos of the D one last time and it hits me. Where is 10 Forward? In fact where are all the fraking windows that line the saucer leading edge?
I check the model and the L.E. no windows. Not one even scored into the hull. I look at the lower section and it has them. But they are all over the map. Uneven. So I look at endless pictures of the D and get a feel for the windows. I mark them all on the top side L.E. of the saucer with a fine sharpie. I do the same for the lower saucer section.
Then using my special tool I proceed to scratch away the windows so some of them glow. But on the edge all they do is chip the paint and it’s not pretty. I get what I consider to be a less then thrilling job done and move on to the top section. This time there’s no scribes to scratch within. Horrible. Just awful.
What to do, sitting there in the darkened room. I look at the table and the tools there and one of my rat tail files jumps out at me with its sharp edge. I take it to the edge of the saucer and file. Bingo a perfect window and no chipping. In less than an hour the entire top saucer leading edge is done.
So tomorrow I’ll clean up and the lower saucer edge and do the same thing. I also started the few windows on the engineering section. You guessed it, AMT has no windows there either. Me fix.
She looks done in these pictures and she will be tomorrow. Honest.
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21
Jul
14

SANG Daily 7-21-14

I have as of today all the decals on top side on the D. They were a bit brittle after sitting for years but fared well.
Tomorrow I’ll finish off the underside of the d and clear coat her on Wed. I also did a lot of hand paint work on various areas of the model.
Wednesday back to the Skydiver and later this week we start the armature and body fabrication for the Martian.
Steve

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19
Jul
14

SNG Special Edition Make a life mask




My Big Enterprise scratch build

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