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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

November UFO Sightings in the Workshop

 Forgive me readers for I have sinned.  It has been eight weeks since my last blog entry.

A lot has happened in that time.  Most of it in my personal life and world travels.  But that's not what you're here for.  Instead, let me present to you a series of UnFinished Objects that are currently scattered around the shop.  
I've been on a bit of a Star Wars kick lately.  As a result, there's a lot of that in this post.

First up, there's my version of Captain Enoch:
Test Fitting Front

As soon as this guy popped up on screen, I knew I'd have to make his helmet.  So I got to work on it almost immediately.  Life's been happening pretty heavily since his on-screen debut, but I should have the whole thing ironed out and ready to mold in no time.

Then there's the Paz Vizla Heavy Mandalorian jetpack:

Jetpack casting

This thing is a big chunk of rotocast parts that will all be painted separately, then glued together to make the final piece.  It took me forever to get around to making the mold for the main body, so now that that's come together, I should be able to build and paint myself one of these guys in no time.

Speaking of molds that are taking forever, I'm still making slow progress on my B-2 Super Battle Droid:
First Body Cast

The main body, waist, and pelvis will all be cast in hand-laid fiberglass and I have all of those molds done.  I also have molds for the feet and the right lower leg.  Now it's just a matter of molding the arm parts, the thighs, and the left lower leg and we're off to the races.

I have no idea what I'll do with the finished droid once it's built, but I'll have molds, so I'll probably make more than one.

Speaking of making more than one, here's the current state of my Jedi Temple Guard masks:

These were modeled after the live-action version seen in the Andor series so I should be satisfied to just have them sitting on a shelf on display like in the show.  But since I'm some kind of twisted completionist, it's only a matter of time until I have to build the rest of the costumes to go with them.

Then there's this guy:
Jawa WIP Thumbs Up

This is the early, rough assembly of the first of four or five Jawas I'll be building.  That project has been a lot of fun and should come together pretty damned quick once I get a wild hair and decide to finish it.

In that same vein is the clonetrooper armor:
Untrimmed Clone Parts

I've had two of these kits sitting in storage for years and this year I finally finished one.  The second one isn't finished yet because the guy who made the kits is retiring from building them and has given me permission to pull my own forming bucks off of the untrimmed kit that I still have from him.  At this point I have molds for everything except the parts pictured above.  Once I mold these parts, I can clone myself an entire army!

Finally, there's my next book!  After the success of Make: Props and Costume Armor, the good folks at Make: have asked me to write another book to cover even more materials and techniques.  So in another three or four months when none of the above things are on the "done" list instead of the UFO list, it's because I'm burning the candle at both ends to share even more of my hard-earned knowledge with the world.

So that's all the latest, greatest, not at all finished stuff in the shop.  Stay tuned for more updates as we make progress wrapping up a few other things!