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C-3PO Life Sized Bust (The Empire Strikes Back)

As a kid I always thought the scene in 'The Empire Strikes Back' where C-3PO gets blown to bits was great.

He's still chatting away, mostly just a torso and it was easy for my five year old mind to believe he was a real robot.
So thirty years on I decided to make one.

The outer body sections were pre-cast to be as film accurate as feasible and then undercoated. A wooden support frame
was then built for the inside to attach the head to and provide strength for wall mounting. His spine and insides were
chosen to hopefully not be instantly recognisable as coming from anything specific and a multi-point mounting frame
was made for the shoulders and torso to attach all his bits to.

Once painted and given the blaster scorched look he was hoisted onto the wall.

His eyes light up and he says a few phrases from the film including "Stormtroopers... oh my I've been shot!"

 
C-3PO Life Size Bust Funny C-3PO Life Size Bust Referene Picture C-3PO Life Size Bust Construction Cast Pieces C-3PO Life Size Bust Shoulder Bells C-3PO Life Size Bust Inner Frame and Wall Mount
C-3PO Life Size Bust Inner Support C-3PO Life Size Bust Exposed Spine C-3PO Life Size Bust Construction Chest C-3PO Life Size Bust Construction 8 C-3PO Life Size Bust Torso Wires
  C-3PO Life Size Bust Complete C-3PO Life Size Bust Complete 2 C-3PO Life Size Bust Complete 3  
 
 
 

Radio Controlled Davros (Doctor Who)

Chief scientist on Skaro, creator of the Daleks and winner of the 'shriek like a broken Hitler doll' award Davros
has always been one of my favourite baddies. He's the most threatening one handed, clinically blind, chair bound man
I can think of.

The shell for his base was taken from a damaged RC Dalek, the needed console pieces were cut from plastic then the
LEDS added. The pieces were assembled, the joins filled and the console painted. The receiver board was modified
so that that the rear four lights flash only when he's moving and the console lights always stay on. His Dalek bumps
were repainted chrome as was the bottom skirt of the chair. His body is a basic foam shape over a wire armature and
his chair back is aluminium. His hand and head were made from Super Sculpy by my brother Ben and once done I made
the support frame around the head.

That's about it! He trundles around fine and you can see him go in the clip below. 

 
Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch with Dalek Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Chair Pieces Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Chair Construction Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Chair LEDs Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Construction 5
Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Dalek Bumps Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control 12 Inch Chair Lights Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Lights Test Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Modified Electronics Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Foam Body Inner
Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Construction 12 Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Chair Back Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Construction 13 Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Head Sculpt Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Head Details
  Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Finished 2 Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Finished 5 Doctor Who Genesis Davros Remote Control RC 12 Inch Finished 6  
 

Stream demonstration here

download video file of radio controlled davros made by Avon Fox

 
 
 

IG-88 Life Sized Animatronic Bust
IG-88 Assassin Droid Reference Image Empire Strikes Back
Okay, okay he was only on screen for a few seconds and barely moved however for me IG-88 is one
f the coolest looking characters in the Star Wars story.

The head is a cast of a Derwent Flame Tube (the thing IG-88's head was originally made from) and
revived an old, custom chest section.

I dug out an old motor and made a cam and mount for it and a base for IG-88 to sit on. It's pretty
basic but once covered in black felt it came up okay.
The movement is almost silent so I'm very happy with that.

After a few trials I made a heap of light tubes out of PVC that hold four white ultra-bright LEDs,
a wad of light diffusing poly-fill which are then capped with a red Perspex filter. Using the filter
means that the eyes will still look light red even when the LEDs not powered.

The inside of the head was very uneven so I sunk circular recesses into it for the light tubes to mount into.

I wanted to avoid that 'lamp with a light bulb inside' look. This way of the red eyes are the same brightness
from any angle.

Other details, neck, shoulders, inner neck were formed or cast from aluminium flashing, epoxy, PVC and car putty.

DISASTER! I knew something wasn't right but just couldn't nail it down. His chest section was
too narrow. Thankfully it was just the centre section so it was removed and replaced with a shaped piece of Perspex.

The head was painted with a number of glazes and peppered with mica dust to give it a weathered, textured appearance.

Lights in, head on and presto! The stuff of nightmares atop a bookcase!
I should add that the 'eye's are actually the proper red as they are in the film but the camera isn't picking it up properly.

I've also left off his neck wire as it was pulling too much on the head when it turned; I'll work it out later.

 
IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Head Derwent Flame Tube Cast ESB Fan Motor Mount for IG-88 Assassin Droid 1 Fan Motor Mount for IG-88 Assassin Droid 2 IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Bust Cast ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Inside Head 1 ESB
IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Inside Head 2 ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Head Motor Arm ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Inside Head Sensor Eye Holes ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Sensor Eye Lights ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Sensor Eye Lights ESB 2
IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Head Details ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Neck ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Shoulder End Casts ESB IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Inside Neck Details IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Pre Paint and Final Changes
IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Head Texture Detail IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Animatronic Complete IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Animatronic Darker IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Nightmare Fuel IG-88 Assassin Droid Life Size Animatronic Funny
 

Stream head turn test here

download video file of radio controlled davros made by Avon Fox

 
 
 

HAL9000 Life Sized Replica

2001 A Space Odyssey broke my mind when I was permitted to watch it waaay too young and HAL's miserable and
drawnout demise certainly affected me more than it should have.

Many years on I decided to make my own HAL 9000 terminal so I can stare at it... and it can stare back. : )

I picked up a HAL cast online but it was so bad that I ended up recasting all bar the inner eye piece and slicing a section
of Christmas decoration off for the eye dome. The painting could have gone better as the silver reacted with something
in the plastic but ah well, it was a quick project to do while avoiding my other projects.

 
HAL 9000 Cast HAL 9000 Eye Dome Christmas Decoration HAL 9000 Prop Painting HAL 9000 Speaker Grill HAL 9000 Eye Light Wiring
HAL 9000 Assembly HAL 9000 Complete HAL 9000 Prop Replica HAL 9000 Prop Replica Dark HAL 9000 Prop Replica Side
 
 
 

Bemont Robot Garden Sculpture

Inspired by an edge of page doodle I decided to make a robot sculpture for the garden.

I designed him along the lines of how a disused robot might look like today if the ideas that people inBelmont Garden Robot Sculpture Design Sketch
the early 70's had about what robots would look like came to pass.

I like the idea that he'd look as if he'd been in the back of a garage for many years, probably behind a
disused ping pong table.

Belmont's lower half and hydraulics came from a 70's 'Belmont' dentist chair and the rest of him is made from
old oil pumps, steel supports, scrap metal, projector bits and custom formed plastic.

His eyes have ultra-brights LEDs in them with a little battery which charges from solar cells and a sensor
that turns them on at night.

He can be turned 360 from his 'foot' and his arms have a full range of movement.

At one point I started to make a number of fingers for him, however I'm not sure he needs hand now and we've gotten
used to him as he is.

Note: South Australia had a massive drought and the Government pretty much banned us from watering our gardens;
I took that as an opportunity to let the back yard temporarily go to to Hell!

 
Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 1 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 2 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 3 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 4 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 6
Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 7 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 8 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 9 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 10 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 11
  Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 12 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 13 Belmont Garden Robot Sculpture 14  
 
 
 

R5-D4 Life Sized Replica

What the Hell's an R5 and why am I building one?

R5-D4 is the name of one of the dustbin like robots in the Star Wars films.R5-D4 Droid Life Size Star Wars Reference Image
You see him in Star Wars A New Hope (the original first/good one) when Luke and his killjoy uncle
are buying C-3PO and R2-D2 from the Jawas. R5 is the one they pick first instead of R2 and
trundles forward only to blow his motivator and get swapped out for R2.

So why all the effort for a droid that's only in the film for a few seconds? When I was a kid I had the
toy of him  and thought it was THE BEST!!! I was too young to remember seeing him in the film but
the toy was the shiz!

I just really liked his neck/head design.

Fast forward to recently when I thought, 'screw it, I'll make a big one'!

I have all the bits for a nightmare jigsaw puzzle and six months worth of sanding, sculpting and more sanding...
I hate sanding...

R5 will probably be a static model with only two legs. He's seen in both two and three legged modes in the film but as the
old toy had only two legs I'm going to go with that.

The last pic below is just some of the bigger pieces stacked together. His head needs to come down to rest on the neck
collar, the eyes are just taped on, etc. There's a lot of holes to cut in the body for the vents and other  details and a
support frame inside the legs has to be built to hold all the weight. Where possible pieces that looked metal in the
film have been made out of turned aluminium even though they were probably just spray painted silver for the actual prop.

This project has progressed a bit further... really should take some more photos!

 
R5-D4 Vintage Toy Figure R5-D4 Droid Life Size Head Casting 1 R5-D4 Droid Life Size Head Casting 2 R5-D4 Droid Life Size Head Casting 3 R5-D4 Droid Life Size Head All The Pieces
 
 
 

Beeblebox

My partner started doodling these little box characters so I decided to surprise her with a statue of one.

I used a milk carton, off cut pieces of it and some wire to make a mould that I then filled with spare car repair putty.

Once out of the mould it needed a little sanding to round off the corners and edges at a slightly jaunty angle.

I finished off with a couple of coats of acrylic paint from a roller to give him a nice sealed and textured finish.

 
Milk Carton Mould Milk Carton Mold Inside Car Putty Bog Casting Inside the Milk Carton Beeble Box Finished Cast  
 
 
 
 

Misc 'n' Junk

Projects that will probably never be finished or should never have been started in the first place.

My partner has collectively gathered some of these art pieces into the category, 'horrible things Avon's made' and these
fine items fall well into that group.

 
Expanda Foam Balloon Disaster 
I had some spare expanda-foam, a balloon and
a wooden skewer. I call him Eggy.
Condom Expanda Foam Kiwi 
I made this little kiwi out of what was left
of another can of expanda-foam and a balloon.
 His beak is the injection tube for the can.
hippo head sketch  Horse Head Traditional Pencil Sketch 

If you've never went to old Kalimdor it has no meaning.
For everyone else; 'look, it's Chen's Keg!'
Board Dinosaur
Made from those friggin' pre-election day
 posters they never take down and everyone
gets so sick of looking at. 
Bird Traditional Pencil Sketch  Millitant Mamal Traditional Pencil Sketch 
Hall of Keys 1   Hall of Keys 2
I've somehow collected over three hundred keys
and a while back I started hanging them
  from the corridor ceiling. There's about
seventy up now and they make pleasant
chime sound when lightly struck.
Plastic Cup Candle Horror
This candle holding treat was made from
 a plastic milkshake take-away cup;
 spray painted gold and bottle green with
 tasteful burn holes added for aesthetic value.
Created as visual reference for a friend's RPG character. Pencil sketch to a requested design then computer inked and coloured.  Mozz the Wingless Mosquito Traditional Pencil Sketch 1

H.E.N.R.I. was created as visual reference for
 a friend's RPG character. Pencil sketch to a
 requested design then digitally inked.

The first sketch of Mozz the wingless mosquito;
character concept.
Arinaca Taxidermist Birthday Card with Text Arinaca Taxidermy Birthday Card without Text

Caricature birthday card done for a
taxidermist friend; pencil sketch
 that was then digitally inked.
 
 
 
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