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Started by lorisarvendu, Oct 17, 2009, 11:56 pm

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lorisarvendu

Oct 17, 2009, 11:56 pm Last Edit: Nov 29, 2010, 04:42 pm by Scarfwearer
Hullo everybody!  

I mentioned in a post about a year ago (or was it two? God, I'm so lazy) that I was thinking of doing my first NST model, and making it a "Bad Wolf variant" from "Turn Left".

Well as always seems to be the case with me, I've suddenly got my act together and started.  Actually I'm quite a way through now.  The depressing cutting out of the four faces and the dreadful purgatory of the window frames is now behind me, and I thought I'd share some pix before I retire for the night.

BadWolf01.JPG

I've just finished the corner posts, with that weird inset bit.  Here's a closeup:

BadWolf02.JPG

I've got to trim some bits down when the glue has dried.  The windows frames on the NST are insanely thin and even though I've gone for a larger scale (the box as it stands now is about 23cm/9" high), I know I've made the frames too wide, but what the heck, my boxes are never 100% perfect and anyway I never liked the NST's frames! ;D

BadWolf03.JPG

I'm quite proud of the material I used for the "glass".  It's cut out from 4 pint plastic milk bottles.

I'm about to run out of card so I'll come grinding to a halt until next Saturday when I can get some more (I use 1.5mm mounting card from my local art shop), but at least it can't be as bad as my first ever build - which I started in 2003 and finished in 2008!

I haven't a clue how I'm going to do the lamp  ???

lorisarvendu

Dec 28, 2009, 06:58 pm #1 Last Edit: Dec 29, 2009, 03:29 pm by scarfwearer
Quote from: magepro board=shellmodels thread=1838 post=22786 time=1260848030You are showing some remarkable flexability coming up with possible solutions. I wish we would have had time to try more things. Most of the stuff we did was from stuff that was mentioned on this board.

THANK YOU!


I think you have to strike a balance between what you think looks acceptable and what you can practically get away with.  After sticking black tape on the lamp I figured I could live with it, so that's the solution I'm sticking (ha ha) with!

Haven't figured out how to do the lamp cap yet, because the NST is a bugger.  I'll probably end up doing the usual round flat top and live with that.

But for now...it's blue paint time!

BadWolf17.jpg

Well I know it looks black, but that's 'cos with the flash it showed up the fact that it was a first coat and it looked horrible.

But just look at that right-hand side.  Doesn't it look gorgeous with that dark gloss sheen on it?  This bit makes it all worthwhile. ;D

Merry Christmas everybody!!! :D :D


lorisarvendu

Feb 01, 2010, 09:41 am #2 Last Edit: Feb 24, 2012, 09:04 am by lorisarvendu
The lamp's now on.

BadWolf39.JPG

And so's the phone panel.  Hang on...something strange has happened to the wording... :o

BadWolf40.JPG

Full build diary accessible here:

http://www.spacewarp.co.uk/who/BadWolfBuild01.htm

lorisarvendu

Because I didn't completely seal off the windows inside, an added bonus is that it looks good with some lighting behind it.

BadWolf41.JPG

lorisarvendu

Oct 19, 2009, 10:36 pm #4 Last Edit: Feb 01, 2010, 11:16 pm by scarfwearer
I've tidied up the top of the posts a bit, and almost finished the signs. This photo taken without flash so you don't get so much whiteout.

BadWolf07.JPG

Up until now I hadn't appreciated quite how fat the NST actually is until I had a 3-dimensional one in front of me!  To be honest, it's sort of growing on me a bit.

Anyway, that's it.  Completely run out of card now until next Saturday.

Piffle.

lorisarvendu

Oct 20, 2009, 10:56 pm #5 Last Edit: Feb 01, 2010, 11:16 pm by scarfwearer
Quote from: doctorwho8 board=build thread=1815 post=22395 time=1256001615Your printout of the plans looks very familiar. ;)  And your model is looking the part. And on your second pic, I see the face of Bubs from Homestar Runner.  Is that him?
Bill Rudloff


Yes I did put the plans there deliberately.  ;D
No, the face is just a sort of generic smiley (grinney?), I drew a couple on the panels because I was bored with just numbers.  Never heard of Bubs, but now I've googled I see what you mean.

lorisarvendu

Oct 24, 2009, 05:36 pm #6 Last Edit: Feb 01, 2010, 11:17 pm by scarfwearer
I was dreading doing the base, but to be honest it wasn't as difficult as I'd imagined.

BadWolf08.JPG

It looks a bit rough in places, but the paint'll hide that and anyway it's a model of a BBC prop (not a Police Box!) so it's bound to get a bit battered in the move between shoots.   ;)

BadWolf09.JPG

EDIT: I've had some thoughts about the lamp.  Since I'm building a relatively large model, I might be able to actually use wire for the framing around the lamp "glass" itself.  Not quite sure how yet, or what I'm going to use for the lamp itself.  A very big transparent pen cap perhaps?


DoctorWho8

Oct 24, 2009, 07:11 pm #7 Last Edit: Feb 01, 2010, 11:17 pm by scarfwearer
What are the rough dimension are you looking for?  You may be able to find small acrylic rods that you can cut down to the height you need.
Bill Rudloff

lorisarvendu

Oct 24, 2009, 07:47 pm #8 Last Edit: Feb 01, 2010, 11:17 pm by scarfwearer
Quote from: doctorwho8 board=build thread=1815 post=22425 time=1256411516What are the rough dimension are you looking for?  You may be able to find small acrylic rods that you can cut down to the height you need.
Bill Rudloff


Well, working from your plans, I'm looking at 3 wire loops of approx 15mm diameter around the lamp (that's the diameter of the loop, not of the wire), 4 vertical rods of the same thickness but 20mm in length, and 4 thicker rods of 20mm on the four corners.  God that sounds quite complicated.

DoctorWho8

Oct 25, 2009, 12:10 am #9 Last Edit: Feb 01, 2010, 11:17 pm by scarfwearer
Quote from: lorisarvendu board=build thread=1815 post=22427 time=1256413626

Well, working from your plans, I'm looking at 3 wire loops of approx 15mm diameter around the lamp (that's the diameter of the loop, not of the wire), 4 vertical rods of the same thickness but 20mm in length, and 4 thicker rods of 20mm on the four corners.  God that sounds quite complicated.


Sorry, I was thinking of the lamp, not the decoration.  You may want to use either paper clips or wire used for craft making, like fake plant arrangements.
Bill Rudloff

lorisarvendu

Oct 26, 2009, 12:18 am #10 Last Edit: Feb 01, 2010, 11:18 pm by scarfwearer
Quote from: doctorwho8 board=build thread=1815 post=22428 time=1256429457
Sorry, I was thinking of the lamp, not the decoration.  You may want to use either paper clips or wire used for craft making, like fake plant arrangements.
Bill Rudloff


Well I'm getting close to the point where I'm going to have to figure it out because I'm nearly done.

BadWolf10.JPG

Just the final bit of the roof and then (to quote Monty Python) "it's lampshade time".

BadWolf12.JPG




lorisarvendu

Dec 11, 2009, 05:52 pm #11 Last Edit: Feb 01, 2010, 11:18 pm by scarfwearer
I've been wracking my brains literally for months to find a way of produding a reasonable-looking NST lamp for this model.  The problem is that it's got a sort of grid-like framework close around the lamp glass, in addition to some struts outside.  How do do that at such a small scale?

My hands aren't steady enough to paint lines round.  I thought about using a permanent marker, but the same problem occurred, plus it's not really permanent on plastic or glass.  It rubs off.  Someone mentioned using thin strips of paper label painted black, but I couldn't figure out a way of fixing it if it peeled off (which it probably would do) once the glass was in situ.

But then this week I had a brainwave.  Put the strips on as suggested...but then seal them with sellotape!  Here's a sort of proof-of-concept attempt. 

BadWolf16.jpg

I don't think I'll use this one because a) I think there are more than 4 vertical strips on the actual box and b) you can see the white of the label backing through the "glass".

At least it seems to be a good solution.  I might try it again with strips of black insulation tape.

...on the other hand I might just think "what the hell" and use this one anyway!  ;D

kiwidoc

Dec 11, 2009, 06:41 pm #12 Last Edit: Feb 01, 2010, 11:19 pm by scarfwearer
Hi, I made an NST model aobut a year ago and had a similar quandry - I actually tried painting a tube up.... ugh, not with my (non)skills!  What I ended up doing was colour printing my lamp grid design onto an overhead transparency using the printer/photocopier at work and then bending it around to form the lamp exterior.   I tried printing a frosted backing but that looked bad so it frost it I put another rolled up piece of plastic printing inside the first and that worked quite well as a diffuser.   That said, your method looks good and will be more effective if you put a light in, doesn't have a join and so forth..  might steal your idea next time I make one!    Just thought I'd share the idea though.

Cheers, Glen
ps:  Did I ever post pics of it finished?  Ah well, here's one - looks like I didn't take any of the roof/lamp area close up.
th_P1020199.jpg   

Quote from: lorisarvendu on Dec 11, 2009, 05:52 pmI've been wracking my brains literally for months to find a way of produding a reasonable-looking NST lamp for this model.  The problem is that it's got a sort of grid-like framework close around the lamp glass, in addition to some struts outside.  How do do that at such a small scale?

lorisarvendu

Dec 11, 2009, 07:49 pm #13 Last Edit: Feb 01, 2010, 11:19 pm by scarfwearer
Quote from: kiwidoc on Dec 11, 2009, 06:41 pmHi, I made an NST model aobut a year ago and had a similar quandry - I actually tried painting a tube up.... ugh, not with my (non)skills!  What I ended up doing was colour printing my lamp grid design onto an overhead transparency using the printer/photocopier at work and then bending it around to form the lamp exterior.   I tried printing a frosted backing but that looked bad so it frost it I put another rolled up piece of plastic printing inside the first and that worked quite well as a diffuser.   That said, your method looks good and will be more effective if you put a light in, doesn't have a join and so forth..  might steal your idea next time I make one!    Just thought I'd share the idea though.

Cheers, Glen
ps:  Did I ever post pics of it finished?  Ah well, here's one - looks like I didn't take any of the roof/lamp area close up.
th_P1020199.jpg   



Oh I like those two! What scale are they?  I thought about painting or drawing a grid flat and then bending it, but never thought of laser acetate, which is silly because that's how I always do the signs!

I didn't go that route though because I wasn't confident of my ability to calculate the exact distance between the vertical gridlines so it would match perfectly the lamp I'm using - which is a cannibalised pen lid!

However I might just try it.  Can you tell me how many vertical lines there are on the lamp?  All the plans I've seen are fairly 2D so don't really show it.

lorisarvendu

Dec 12, 2009, 12:16 am #14 Last Edit: Feb 01, 2010, 11:19 pm by scarfwearer
Quote from: lorisarvendu on Dec 11, 2009, 07:49 pm
However I might just try it.  Can you tell me how many vertical lines there are on the lamp?  All the plans I've seen are fairly 2D so don't really show it.


I've figured it.  It's 8 vertical lines.  Here's my door sign.  I've used Times New Roman and Ariel.

BadWolfSign.jpg