Archive for September, 2019

30
Sep
19

Stuff at the Studio

And I’m starting on my first model kit for release today that I have done in a very long time. The work on the Starship begins. Fitting name really. Here’s some lightwave renders I did of my model.

I’m also working on a series of paintings rocket and space exploration related.

Been building rockets of course too and some rocket boosted RC gliders for the upcoming event “Roctober” Oct. 12-13 at Lucerne dry lake bed.

And I have been building a stick and tissue scale free flight BF-109. Still lots of work to do on her.

23
Sep
19

Maybe a model kit from me…

I’m slowly working a mid power “Bigdaddy” sized Star Ship based on the SpaceX Star Ship. I had thought of converting a Bigdaddy into one but it was too far off for my tastes. Open Rocket would not allow me the flexibility I wanted and being a film industry digital effects artist I decided to build a CGI model of my idea in Lightwave 3D my software of choice now since 1994.

I didn’t just want to make things to proportions with a body tube, fins and a stock nose cone with a paint job for the windows. I want to make the proper shapes and also being a scratch model builder I plan to master the nose cone with the proper canards with the scale filets. In addition to that I also plan to have the scale windshield made from clear vacuum formed PETG.

Likewise with the tail cone I will make the scale fins with the taper and airfoil, landing pods on the tips and the fin filets. I will also have 6 dummy engines with one big engine tube for an E motor.

For the small passenger windows those will mostly likely be decals. Main Body tube will be a 3 inch diameter cardboard tube. Nothing fancy there.

The masters will be molded in silicone. The cast parts from Alumilite hollow cast. I have successfully done this in the past when I made my “Hostile Projectile” kits 10 years ago. I had stopped making kits to take care of my late wife who passed in 2013 from cancer.

Here are some pictures and even a short CGI video test I did to see how the model looks in space.

If it flies well and there is an interest I might make a short run of kits.


14
Sep
19

Don’t forget we…

07
Sep
19

I finished the big girl!

07
Sep
19

The Dream…a short film in

The Dream…a short film in the making

“The Dream” is about a small boy with a dream of space flight and the ending would inspire any young person to reach for the stars and never give up.

I have been building the sets, acquiring set decorations, and of course Patrick. This model was made by Alex Kai and was purchased the CGTrader website. But most of what you see here was made in Lightwave Modeler.

It took some time to create the garage which was built like an actual garage in 3D space using Lightwave which is my 3D software of choice.

This project won’t happen overnight. Between making all the models, lighting, rigging and doing motion capture it will take months to do this 10 minute short film. The beauty of it is it’s all done in my “Studio in a Box”. No crew, no one to compromise with anymore then you would if you creating a painting on canvas. This is art.

Watch for updates here. Here’s a frame grab of Patrick and his garage. It is in in a very raw state needing much set decorations and the Rocket itself is still under construction.




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