Hi model builders, thanks - let’s hope it gets done this time!
@Tank_1812 Ha! Well Ryan, this will not go that fast - faster than from scratch I suppose, but there are lots of oddball projects that lay in store as this moves along. Hope you enjoy the ride!
@HeavyArty hi Gino, thanks for dropping by and the fact check! Yes, moving ahead, the basic concept will stay the same, but the storyline will change, which I’ll explain below -
@Dioramartin, Hi Tim, the return - let’s hope it’s better than most sequels seem to be! As for the aerial and the billboard - the lighting there still works, as for the picture, it’s somewhere on a remote hard drive. I’m guessing I’ll go back to it eventually, just to see what I did to get this where it is!
Dust? what dust? it’s only been sitting neglect for five years!! So far, a broad artist’s brush seems to work fine for it’s removal - Tell your friend, to give it a go!
@golikell Hi Erwin, thanks! and let’s hope it’s worth watching!
@SF-07-18D HI Nacho, happily the old site was archived! I went back and looked at the project and decided to get after it - on we go -
@Karl187 Hi Karl, thanks!
@Johnnych01 , well Johnny, thinking about your HEMMT… lots of opportunities and choices
@Cheyenne HI Glenn, yeah - the decision of what to make of all of this. I seriously considered a lot of major reconstruction - except, that would likely mess up the feeling of the tight streets, which was a big part of the original idea. My goal is to make a few changes to tell a better version of the story - not to rewrite the script! I’d never finish!
@SSGToms Hi Matt - mind boggling is a good word choice - which could be interpreted as “why on earth did I decide to do this???” There is a lot of work in this and I don’t want to blow it - as the saying goes - “feats don’t fail me now”! So, As i mentioned to Ryan, I don’t think I’ll race through this. I want to finish - and not fumble on the one yard line!
@PolishBrigade12 thanks Steve - fingers crossed - it seems, looking back at this, I left plenty of room for not getting it right At the time I built it I looked at dozens of images - and spent a lot of time just thinking about how it might unfold - which both led to it’s shortcomings, and me getting sick of it! on we go!
Hi Michael - haha! yes, off the shelf of dust and and back to the bench!
Thanks Wayne! let’s keep our fingers crossed that it gets finished!
OK, on to some updates:
First the basics. In the photo on the right, you can see a new base is added! It’s big wood-frame art mat (1" x 2" edges and mid section under a composite wood sheet), which I aggressively dry-wall screwed to the underside of the existing base - It flexes no more!
On the left - you can see all but one car has been pulled off the road surface. The car I left in place is that of our hero - It’s a 1/32 scale McClaren, with a light bar that turned out pretty well. If you look carefully, there is a guy standing next to the driver side - he is indeed, our hero! As for cars removed…well, not a pretty process.
I cleverly used some unusually tacky glue to attach vehicle tires to the road, which is painted cork sheet, so, we now have lots of pot holes - the glaring white dots where the tires and cork came up…perfect what a treat. So, those will get fixed.
This also “allowed me the opportunity” to rebuild several suspension and other car parts destroyed during extraction…nice
I also removed a lot of, but not all of the figures. The basic idea, that our hero, assisted by others, have chased the fugitives into this district, where, due to the narrow and cluttered streets, have crashed and abandoned their car - but, have remained in close proximity.
In the previous version of this, I decided that our hero was chasing a small gang, but that suggested something of a cops and robbers scenario, which is not really/at all what the concept of the film was about - it was about “replicants” seeking longer lives, which would not suggest a group of armed, marauding bad guys. In the ended of the movie, the plot boiled down to the struggle between Deckard and Roy Batty:
In my version, we are chronicling the hypothetical minutes before the inevitable meeting of these two - a chase, an accident, a stare down, and then the final scenes. But, unlike the movie, I won’t even try to represent the final interaction, and focus instead on the Syd Mead inspired urban context! Simple! if not tediously wordy!
So, some additional steps:
Bad/poor decision #325 - the urban MATV personnel carrier, with a very fancy Live Resin CROWS and all sorts of details…perfect. Except - it’s huge! and manages to effectively block most of an entire street - oh, and because it’s so tight, naturally, most of the copious detailing on, or surrounding it, can’t be seen…nice. So, sadly, it’s out.
And well, a change in roles - this:
This was supposed to be the bad guy-mobile, being chased by the MATV. This was the case because I assumed there would be a group of bad guys - well, that doesn’t make much sense. First, why would there be a big group, and if there were, why would they have this highly modified whatever it is ???
This will now be used by Deckard’s back-up force. I think this is ok for a few reasons. First, it is certainly not a stock vehicle - with a unique and believable shape/form, it has front and rear steering, looks appropriately weird, has a CROWS, and while somewhat ominous, is not giant, so you (the viewer) can pretty easily see around it, and what is around it.
Finally - the new (old) bad-guy mobie:
A fast yellow sports car! This was parked on the street before. It occurred to me, our fugitive might be alone, or with another person or two, and as they are not “from here” they would more likely steal a car than a sassy armored personnel carrier!
In it’s new role, under the knife it tediously went - I cut the driver’s door opened - which required making up a door card, and filling several really big ugly gaps. No, I didn’t strip and repaint etc - Instead, tore it apart and took out the various hobby versions of a Sawzall (my trusty X-Acto #11) to get it this way. I also folded in the front wheel/tire, and smashed the front valance. The plot being, it crashed into a barrier and the driver/friends are at safe distance…
On we go - thanks for having a look