Archive for January, 2012

31
Jan
12

Nautilus gets wet today!

Well I had a little trouble today. My wife was gone so I had to video myself using a tripod and my hands while I tried to drive the boat at the same time. So so. But I did get some footage that proves how well she works. She dives smooth and holds depth well. In fact at one point I went about 8 foot deep. No problems found and if your going to find it it’s at depth.

Towards the end of the run my daughter came home from the studio and I was about to ask her to shoot some video  when bubbles came rushing out of the boat and she began to sink. As it turned out the ESC had blown out and a fire was in the cylinder that created pressure and blew out on of the seals enough to let water in. No fault of the cylinder and as BigDave it’s maker said, ” I guess Ship happens!” LOL!

So off it goes to the BigDave guy who will fix the ESC and send it to Pat the owner. All is well that ends well. This rarely happens but today was my day. Oh and yes the ESC is the Electronic Speed Control for you non-RC folks.

Here’s a short video of the boat she’s a great one,

Steve

27
Jan
12

Back to Work on the TOS movie…

It’s been awhile (with all the work I have had flowing through my shop) since I worked on Fate Protects Fools, the TOS Star Trek movie. I’m now pass the back log and I’m back to it. Matt Boardman just finished up the first two CGI shots of the Neptune station.

The station was built from scratch by Matt. The Enterprise is the Evil Genius, Chris Martins Enterprise that has been modified by the hard work of David Clarke and Tony Bruno. The shuttle (which we will get a better look at later) was built by Chris as well.

I just cut the two shots in and added music and sound effects and I have to say it moved me to see it. I have done over 21 comps now of me on the bridge and all music and sound effects are added. It’s really starting to have that feel!

Soon as I get a few more shots I’ll post make the first trailer to tease you all with. I’ll be starting a new web site for the proposed series. “Star Trek Sirius” I’ll be asking for donations to make the show. It’s my hope to do a full one hour show and if all goes well continue on with more. Your donations will be the only way I can make this happen. And maybe something else.

I want to try and get a license so I can open a store on the same web site and include for sale some high end props, costumes, and more from my friends in this hobby. I have met so many great and talented people from our beloved hobby it would be great to support them and the show both making it a win, win for all who love Star Trek. You know who you are.

If any of you have any ideas or connections that might help me know where to start in getting a license please email or PM me.

Thanks a whole bunch!

Steve

 

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25
Jan
12

Nautilus Finished and ready for Patrol

24
Jan
12

Nautilus almost done

Well another half a day and she’s done. Just have a few small parts tomorrow to add and then in a couple of days after the paint thoroughly dries we can test her in the pool.

Here’s a few pictures. They are soft focus as I didn’t use the flash which washes out the paint job and look worse I think.

Final building video tomorrow.

Steve

 

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22
Jan
12

Unfinished Nautilus Paint job

Here is the paint so far. Lots of windows and light covers to ad still…

 

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22
Jan
12

RC Nautilus Build

Little work getting done on the Star Trek movie while I pay the bills first. That’s my day job. but this will finish in a couple of more days.

Got her painted today and will upload the last video which will cover the paint job, lights and operation in the water.

Here’s the latest video in 2 parts:

13
Jan
12

New Report Up

10
Jan
12

Another little update

BTW I have been working on the bridge a bunch more and have many improvements especially over the turbo lift area lighting that was wrong before.

Here’s a couple of frame grabs to show the difference.

Steve

10
Jan
12

The Latest

The latest. Well this Star Destroyer has been taking a lot of time but I have been keeping up with the star Trek movie equally. I’m about to finish the Star Destroyer and move on to the Nautilus and less time consuming project and another 66 inch Enterprise kit to get out to a customer. So in a couple of more weeks I’ll be able to spend full time on the movie and developing our Star Trek sip off series, “Star Trek Sirius.”

The VFX crew is hard at work on the effects for the film and with any luck in a few more weeks the first trailer will be made.

Here’s a short news report to explain and show you more.

 

Steve

 

04
Jan
12

More on the TOS Movie

Well it’s been a busy first week of the year. Lots of work done on the Star Destroyer. Got all the fiber optics finally. A 1000 ft and so many holes my eyes have gone cross. I’ll be hooking up the actual lighting tomorrow. I’ll be doing another video report the end of this week.

On the film I’m sorry to say that we lost our camera rig that would have helped us get some nice dolly shots of the big model. I guess it wasn’t in the stars. Paul Gentry and I both agreed without proper conditions to shoot the model it would lend itself well or match to the CGI we are doing. So it was scrubbed to a later date on the next TOS 1 hour movie called “Star Trek Sirius” more on that later. It’s a drag because the whole idea behind doing this short movie was to shoot the model I spent 47 videos making. But in “Sirius” she will live in space!

Moving on I’m getting comps of the live action on the bridge done on a daily basis. Here is a frame grab from one of the most recent. We have many different angels and close ups in the film and I’ll post some frame grabs as we go along.

Shortly as soon as I get a few effects shots I will cut a teaser trailer to get you all going.

Steve

 

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