Archive for April, 2010



24
Apr
10

Mask becomes a bust too

Ed Martinez suggested I add eyes to this sculpture because many collectors prefer a display bust over a mask. I have just started the adding the eyes. It will take some time to dial them in but already I’m liking the the look.

Steve

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23
Apr
10

Hawk gets it’s maiden flight

First flight was perfect as it can get I guess. Lots of power with the 4s stock set up. Straight down the runway. Nice level take off and then after sufficient air speed and nice climb vertical to altitude.

Far too much aileron control even on the recommended low rate settings. Even with 40 % expo so I’ll be cutting that back down some more.

Elevator excellent. Over all excellent control. Half power was still fast enough. She glides easily so the drag on the airframe seems low. Recommended most forward CG I was and 1/8 ahead of and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Timer goes off time to land. The only other guy flying has ditched his P-51 on the side of the runway and crosses to get it. He yells “on the runway.” I say hurry up please. I throttle to about 1/3 power and circle the field. He’s there forever it seems. Finally he clears and at about 200 ft. altitude the ESC oscillates my power as a warning of low batt and then cuts off. Flame out.

I’m way out there but to my surprise she responds well to energy management. I trade altitude for airspeed and glide nose down nearly on the deck for what seems like a long time. I make it side ways to the runway and find I still have enough head speed to turn and line up center on the yellow line and make a perfect slightly flared landing and roll to a stop. A big sigh of relief. If that had not happened I’d never know that she had such a glide ratio and that all the reports of it being a tip stalling meany were over rated IMHO. Great plane!

Steve

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The happy pilot home after his first flight.

23
Apr
10

Mask sculpture video online

Got it pretty smooth. Tomorrow it gets the texture and finished I hope. This weekend the mold will be made and documented here.

Steve

22
Apr
10

More on the Mask

I’ve done a bit more today but mostly ran around getting supplies. The clay is still too wet to really get a good texture n so I’m waiting on that and bit and cleaning up all the rough stuff.

Steve

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22
Apr
10

Now it’s getting there

Now it’s completely roughed out and a bit tightened up. Tomorrow more fine tuning and some orange peel texture. That’s exactly what John Chambers used as I recall. With any luck I’ll finish tomorrow. This has been a real trip down memory lane for me and a lot of fun to boot!

Steve

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21
Apr
10

New mask starts

After an hour this is the rough shape of the mask. More later on tonight.

Steve

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21
Apr
10

Update

The Seaview is finished and ran well but experienced some problems with the water tight cylinder or module which is now on it’s way back to the UK for modification based on my data of two days of tests in my pool. I hope to have the module back in a couple of weeks and get the under water video I failed to shoot this last weekend. I was too busy getting the boat trim to have had time for it.

Today I had to do a little test of a storm at sea for a potential client project. I used Lightwave and after effects.

And tomorrow I start my first in a line of masks soon to be for sale signed and numbered by me of course.

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And here’s the first one. My old time favorite Outer Limits episode, “The Sixth Finger.” It was one of those things that inspired me as a young boy to get into make-up and visual effects.

The nice thing about this make-up, and soon to be a mask, was the fact that I worked with and was a friend of the famous John Chambers. Additionally I was a friend of Fred Phillips who applied the make up. Fred also got me one of my first jobs on, “Star Trek the Motion Picture.” This one is for you guys.

Fred was the head makeup artist for Star Trek and outer limits. John Chambers was famous for his creation of the make-ups in “Planet of the Apes.” Both passed away some years ago and are very missed.

I want to thank Howard Berger for the life mask he made me up to sculpt the mask on!

More tomorrow.
Steve




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