Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October UFO Sightings in the Workshop

I've been feeling like I'm not writing nearly enough lately, so it's time to for another round-up of UnFinished Objects currently in progress in the hobby department of the workshop.

First off, in preparation for Star Wars Celebration: Anaheim, I've been making some progress on a set of Sith Acolyte armor from Star Wars: the Old Republic.  Here's a snapshot of the chest prototype:
Sith Acolyte Chest Shiny

And I've been helping my friend Matt put together Death Watch armor from the Clone Wars animated series.  Here's the mold for the collar, chest, and abdomen armor:
Death Watch Armor Chest Mold Cleaned Up

Then there's yet another helmet mold:
Nite Owl Jacket Mold Thickening

I've finally gotten around to making a new Bolt Pistol for another one of my Space Marine builds:
Bolt Pistol Weathering Progress Right

Speaking of 40K stuff, I've pulled out the old prototype for my Space Marines and started modding it into the beginnings of a suit of Grey Knight armor:
Adding the Collar

Speaking of huge stuff, there's still 2nd ED:
2nd ED Legs Progress

Why?  Because I never make just one of anything.

And since I've already detailed the building of ED-209 (click here to read all of that) I suppose the next thing I'll have to do is write up the building of a much smaller robot:
Funbot Face 2

So there's no shortage of interesting things going on in the shop.  Stay tuned for more details as things get wrapped up.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cosplay World.

A while back, I was answered a few interview questions to be published in a book about cosplay.  I didn't really think much of it at the time, but fast forward a few months and Cosplay World is now available for sale:
Cosplay World Cover

The book profiles all sorts of prominent characters in the cosplay hobby.  There are write-ups about the history of cosplay as well as many of the cosplayers, makers, models, and photographers involved in cosplay from all over the world.  Here's a snapshot of my own profile:
Cosplay World Profile

They also included this other spread from MAKE magazine:
Cosplay World Centerfold

I haven't  finished reading the whole thing yet, but I've been enjoying the parts that I've read so far.

You can get yourself a copy HERE.


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Fleet Week With the Crew of the Sea Scout Ship Compass Rose

It's been a while since I've posted anything nautical.  Time to fix that.

If you're a San Francisco Bay Area resident, you're probably aware that Fleet Week has just wrapped up out on the bay.  The Petaluma Sea Scouts were invited to attend the commissioning of the USS AMERICA (LHA-6) on Saturday.  Then on Sunday, the SSS Compass Rose steamed out of the Petaluma River and took station off of Alcatraz Island to watch the airshow over the bay on Sunday featuring the Blue Angels.

The crew had a pretty good time:
Petaluma Sea Scouts Aboard USS AMERICA (LHA-6)

For more photos and details, read on...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ironman Costume Sidetrack: the Mk39 "Gemini" Helmet

A while back I made a pretty nice version of the Mark III Ironman armor.  If you're interested in reading about how it was made, you can check it out HERE.

I had a few things that ended up getting in the way of the build.  Some of them were better than others.  One of them was this:
Mk39 Finished Front Left

This is the Mk39 "Gemini" version of the Ironman helmet.

For details on how it was made and more photos of the finished piece, read on...


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Building My Replica of the M739 Squad Automatic Weapon (aka "SAW") from HALO 4

Every once in a while you find yourself haunted by that age-old question, "what if I can't reach something with scissors but I still want to cut it in half?"

Fortunately for you, there's the SAW!

"SAW" stands for "Squad Automatic Weapon."  When I was bouncing around Afghanistan, I managed to talk one of my Canadian counterparts into letting me burn through a few hundred rounds on his SAW at the firing range:
Shawn Thorsson and the SAW
Those were fun times.  When I'd emptied the entire box of ammo, I tried every way I could to talk him into trading that beauty for my M-16, but alas it was not to be.


Since I can't (legally) have one of those to hang on the wall, the next best thing is this version from HALO 4:

It's still pretty imposing and I had to have it.  Since it's not something I can just buy from someone, I had to make it.

Here's the finished result:
H4 SAW Finished
For details on how I made it, read on...