Well, the Dino specs for the body finally came through.
Seems the Dino War Rep had an assassination attempt against him, and he had to park off at home while he grew a new tail.
Then I got tired of balancing everything as I work, so I made myself a rotating table that I can pick up and move around.
What a revelation, it works so frickin’ well that I can kick myself for not doing it ten years before.
Anyway, I’m adding more body armour.
The legs, just playing around with plasticine and various body parts I made for previous projects.
Then I carved a front leg blank and cast them in Delft clay.
Then I carved some delicate feet and I solder then on in situ on my bench.–the powers of a rotating display!
Claws, the Dinos are big on claws and these are some claws made to their specifications out of stainless steel.
I file them to a point and then heat bend them into shape before they get soldered on to the foot
Three on each front foot, no less.
Then the rear feet made using the Delft clay method again.
I had to make a model of the rear claw and show it to the Rep again.
These were duly soldered on.
If you going to solder on stainless steel to brass, forget goldsmithing solders. One must use an industrial flux that is more aggressive…
Then came a big fight.
The Dino’s wanted copper amour plating and I said no, I am not doing it like that.
I nearly lost the contract, but luckily sanity prevailed and I actually received a medal for being such a forth right and honest person. ( Hey, it’s my story, and I can write what I like)
The Dino’s were very chuffed at my new body design, because the rider of the War Machine will sit easier in it’s saddle.
The tail, carved out of Matt carving wax.
Then cut apart and cast in Delft.
And here we are… I had to make some knife blades on the tail but essentially this is the basic exoskeleton of the machine.
But unlike human skeletons, where compassion and empathy can be hung on, this skeleton will only have anger and destruction hanging on it. This is the way of war.
Also, the Dino’s want a lot of snakes on this model.
Check on the shoulder there, is a aluminium snake that I carved for them as a sample and when they saw it they immediately wanted a larger more detailed on, so I am busy with that.
And, because I am in their good books, what with the medal and all, they allowed me to show you all an unique picture on a Dino War Machine stem cell.
This cell was extracted from Dino bone marrow and can grow into anything it wishes.