when work slows down at the studio, that's when i start to dig into projects to sharpen my skills, play, explore and now that my kids are older, collaborate.
so when i refer to 'we' i'm not trying to appear to be a big studio, its just that family and work are becoming more and more integrated. but that's another topic.
i picked up this not complete model in a junk shop awhile back and put it on the slow day shelf.
when we started to look into making this model we noticed it had no instructions and was missing the entire front end. so decided to make it into another impractical fantastical machine.
taking inspiration from the almost mythical Salt Flats and land speed mentality of modern contraptions such as the NASA like Bloodhound to the single minded grit of Burt Munro's Special Indian. we started drawing and digging through our junk reserves. we found some old airplane parts and along with the engine of the WLA-45 a machine started to take shape.
we worked on soldering skills, model assembly, painting and adding patina.
fitting the fuselage
we also wanted to design a character that could actually fit inside this machine
adding a dustbin fairing
fitting the engine
next came the paint scheme, endless options and heated discussions.
dressing the set with chipboard, acrylic and baby powder.
one day we both hope to head out to Bonneville Salt Flats and witness the trill in realtime, on the side lines.