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    Museum Stuff

    These are a couple of bits I did end of 2009/beginning of 2010. Both were for a new London visitor centre/exhibition.

    The "Architectual Jigsaw" is a set of buildings that you have to arrange to re-create Christopher Wren's original design.

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    The masters were assembled from laser-cut elevations and cast up in Task 15, which is a really durable high impact resin... so they are actually indestructable

    I also made a model of the interior of a lost Tudor Chapel, based on a historian's sketch. Apologies for poor photography - the model is housed behind glass in a dark alcove

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    This one was pretty much an exercise in laser-cutting. The deadline was pretty tight and I was off on holiday as well. It was good though - Once I had it drawn up it pretty much flew together. Also it's bolted together rather than glued, so it's completely disassemble-able (I've done historical stuff before - there's always a bit of tinkering to do when you ask the historians to sign it off )

    There's a bit of a hoo-har about posting stuff online atm, so no wips right now - these pictures were taken whilst wearing my "joe public" hat

    Thoughts welcome
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    Historical miniatures well done are very cool! As is this one. Amazing to think that before the advent of movies etc these dioramas would travel around and be a great source of education and entertainment. Nice work Mate.
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    Yeah I thought diorama's were a sort of extinct artform. But glad to see that someone is keeping it up as I find them amazing, checking out each little detail that catches my eye. Cheers
    So, where will your imagination take you today?...
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    Cheers guys, it was a great model to be able to make - a little more time on it would have been nice though

    It's funny you mention the travelling diorama thing - the Jigsaw piece has a portable double that I think they plan on taking round the country to shows and events etc...

    One last pic that I forgot I had - It has my mate Ray in it ( )... but it does give the chapel a bit of scale:
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    Really nice work. Don't you just hate dead-lines? They sap the artistic process, and I have found that most of them are just a way to pressure the artist for some unknown reason,{ I think thats called oppression,} Can't have us creative types just running around unchecked.
    Great job!

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    i would like to say thank you to ray also, for opening the flap so we can see such wonderful work! bravo sir
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mah ' Crub View Post
    Really nice work. Don't you just hate dead-lines? They sap the artistic process, and I have found that most of them are just a way to pressure the artist for some unknown reason,{ I think thats called oppression,} Can't have us creative types just running around unchecked.
    Great job!

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    I dunno - yeah they suck.. but at the same time "running around unchecked" for me involves procrastinating and getting sidetracked. I do all my best work when my life is at stake

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    i would like to say thank you to ray also, for opening the flap so we can see such wonderful work! bravo sir
    I'll pass it on next time I see him, and thanks!
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    I popped down to London again last weekend and this time managed to infiltrate the Museum of London and track down some forgotten relics.

    This one is a touchable (read: Indestructible) life size WW2 children's gas mask. Sculpted in plastiline, moulded in silicone, cast in polyurethane. (I got to measure up an original - which was amazing, it was in near-perfect condition.)

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    I also worked on a children's play-table - based on 1930s-ish London it has pushable resin vehicles that move along slots. The masters for the vehicles were mostly cad/laser jobs, although there are a couple of bits of sculpting and more traditional sand-and-fill in there. I also did the phone box, which was cad and laser (again... it's quick). Duplicates were then cast up in coloured fast cast.

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    The play table also includes other elements - if you press one button a train in a tunnel motors round, and if you press others, little sewer scenes and sounds light up. The men who shovel poo were re-sculpted on 1980s Preiser backpackers and the rat was just dead quick.

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    Hopefully I'll clear some wips at some point, but for now this shaky low-light poo will have to do

    I actually learnt a fair deal from both of these, and they were fun things to work on... Well, the playtable will be the one I remember though - thanks to this bad-boy (*gore) and got me an instant 2 week holiday

    ....So up until that point it was fun.
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    wowo thease are great ! this one > interior of a lost Tudor Chapel < lol i want one in my house !
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    A couple of projects I have worked on have opened to the public, and are beginning to surface on the internets, so I thought I'd start sneakily posting some links.

    One is a museum in Liverpool - the model sits in front of a massive window that overlooks the actual buildings… so no pressure to be accurate (The buildings are me)
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    Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/5499698...57627114221239

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    Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/5499698...57627114221239

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    Source: http://www.myliverpoolforum.org/view...t=7123&p=98636

    Hopefully I'll be able to get some better/my own pictures at some point now the museum is open.
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    Mike....the stuff looks great.....I remember this thread from before, and it's even better now. BUT HEY, that's a pretty nasty cut...how'd you do that....no...don't tell me....you were opening a can of Russian caviar on the deck of your yacht while coming about.???? And there was a tall brunett involved....am I right?


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    Yacht and brunette.. yeah, that was pretty much it

    All healed now, apart from the scar and some sensation - thankfully all the useful stuff was unaffected


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    Wow these are awesome what are your buildings made of ?? and please say you don't hand sculpt the buildings
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