Fradge Isle, a place of delicate sensibilities !
.. a flight of fancy if you will . . . .
A three day build made from things you would throw away and stuff found in the garden as a birthday gift for a neighbour and as a test bed for a few ideas..
some of which didn't work . . . but it has been educational !
Choppa Nutta I am made this as a birthday gift for a neighbour and I gave it to them today
And they loved it which was nice
Glad I took lots of photos though, tempted to make a few more, maybe make a hanging mobile perhaps....
16. May, 17:36
JD Extra bonus points for originality AND generosity!
16. May, 18:08
Choppa Nutta Cheers JD, glad you like it
I must confess though this was something of a test bed for a few things
Greg Baker How did I miss this? That is AWESOME! At first I thought... did Choppa get out a spade, carve out a bit of his back garden and call it a model? It looks very authentic, and I can think of a bunch of things I might try like this. Thanks so much for sharing.
Scott Hastings This is excellent...out of the box to use the cliché. Love the painting backdrop, would humbly suggest finishing the cardboard edge with a small frame or wrap the blue around the edge just to finish it. Truly this is an art piece
18. May, 16:30
Choppa Nutta Cheers Scott, appreciated and I am glad you said that as I totally agree, it really needs framing,
in some way at least ... I thought about it the time but I had a really tight deadline as this was a gift for a neighbours birthday last Saturday but yes, on future builds of this nature that is something I will attend to
One variation on this theme I have been thinking about is to use a clear piece of perspex and paint the backdrop with semi transparent paints and either mount it on a light box or put it in a window so you don't shadows from the tree on the sky which kind of looks weird to me, another one is to make a hanging mobile of a few of them together
18. May, 18:49
Scott Hastings Very cool idea, love your train of thought. OCD and I hang up on something silly like an edge
19. May, 04:41
Choppa Nutta Haha, edges are important for they are what defines the shapes of things and in anything resembling an artistic endeavor nothing could be more important
19. May, 09:36
Choppa Nutta My liked one of the photos so much she wants to print it out and and frame it for her wall so I said let me make a proper poster of it and use photoshop to edit out the background which turned out to be a very fiddly job to do and took all day !!
Sods law she prefers the original photo still... ah well, so I thought I might as well add the poster here
Btw, that's me at 2200 feet above a local flying site in the background, twas a good day
19. May, 10:14
Greg Baker Ok... new suggestion. Build another one, but this time get a magnetic base and really have it free floating. I tried to scrimp on the cost and bought a "all assembly required" kit that I'm still fighting with (we're on a truce), but the concept is sound...
19. May, 11:34
Choppa Nutta haha, well if we're going all in let's go for one of those cryogenicaly cooled super conductive magnets that lock in place in the air !!
I do have a chunky magnet though from a Revell kit of 1/72 of a Fokker Triplane that floated using a magnet inside but it need thin guiding wires and not hugely stable but that might be able to do it if the island was light enough ......
Could always go for the helium balloon version instead ?
Dieter funny you should mention Roger Dean as he was an early inspiration of mine, had a few of his books, It was a cross between his work and Studio Ghibli that I had in the back of my mind when I conceived this model
Greg that is very cool indeed !!!
How is it so stable ?
How do I make one ?
Can I make one that doesn't need plugging in ?
I am going to have to do some research as I need to make one !!
19. May, 18:48
Greg Baker You have to have it plugged in. It uses a sensor array that detects magnetic fields (x,y,z axis) and then sends a current to an electromagnet to compensate. There's a law of magnets that means it's physically impossible to place an object in stasis, but this set up is basically pulling and pushing the magnets too subtly for us to notice, giving the illusion of stability.
You can, apparently, build one yourself (check out instructables.com), but you can order all the parts off eBay for about $25 as a diy Kit. I haven't been able to get mine to work yet, but the battle isn't over. It's just resting on the shelf waiting for me to work up the energy for round two.
Choppa Nutta Greg, gotta say I realllllly want one ........ that works, not sure I can be asked with the kit version though, a lot of faff but if I can get hold of one that works with a few of those discs so I float several models etc.
Spanjaard I've already got one of those big magnets from the Fokker Dr1 version of that kit all I need now is the magnet to go in the plane, I was intending use it on a snow speeder and disguise the magnet as a foot from an ATAT
20. May, 17:07
Spanjaard that will be really cool Choppa. a hard one to pull off, but worth any effort
20. May, 18:10
Choppa Nutta Yeah apparently these Revell Magnetic models are quite tricky to get the line lengths just right as there are three to do but if I can find the a magnet strong enough to put in the Snow Speeder it shouldn't be too bad, there's a fair bit of room in the 1/50th Revell version, might need to scrape off some weight and thin the walls some but not impossible
20. May, 20:32
Kerry COX Now you know the principal of how UFO's work. !