The majority of the models seen here originated from nothing more than lunch-time doodles (don’t we all?).  Though working drawings are sometimes done just to establish basic proportions and such, these are usually devoid of much in the way of detail as I find it much more enjoyable to make things up as I go along.  Improvisational model making keeps it challenging and interesting, although admittedly, sometimes progress isn’t necessarily linear! As I progress I generally create a lot of additional sketches as I work through the building phase.  The resultant model can often times look quite different than originally conceived but, for me, that’s what makes this kind of modeling so much fun! As you might suspect, it is a very labor intensive process, utilizing a wide variety of tools, materials, and techniques.  For example, although these are one-of a kind pieces, repetitive details are often produced using RTV rubber molds and urethane casting resins.  Of course, the design will generally dictate what kind of modeling approach to take with my preferred method being vacuforming, which I use quite extensively because it provides a strong, lightweight plastic shell that is easily scribed and glued to.  Patterns for vacuforming are generally made of low density urethane foam or renshape while acrylic sheet (also referred to as Perspex or plexiglas), ABS, styrene and PETG are the primary materials used in construction.  Once the basic shapes are built-up, they are then decorated with additional layers of plastic as well as found objects that might include outdoor lanterns, telephone key caps, model kit parts or components from disassembled medical instruments and cameras.  Before application of paint, the model looks like a patchwork of different colors, owing to the varied sources of materials and components. But that first coat of paint pulls everything together and unifies what is essentially a collage of bits and pieces into a cohesive whole. For select models, I’ve included images documenting the various stages in construction and these are for the benefit of modelers interested in the ‘nuts and bolts’.  I feel these help to de-mystify the process, although it should be noted that the approaches I take may be different than other modelers.  I do however think it’s important for aspiring model makers to see a variety of materials and processes -- the ultimate goal being whatever gets you to the end result in the most efficient way.
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.   Robert H. Goddard
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