bring me your junk, your plastics, your metals and
I'll make you a... thing
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
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.
painted and given the blaster scorched look he was hoisted onto the
His eyes light up and he says a few phrases from the film
including "Stormtroopers... oh my I've been shot!"
Radio Controlled Davros (Doctor Who)
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
Stream demonstration here
IG-88 Life Sized Animatronic Bust 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Tube (the thing IG-88's head was originally made from) and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
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
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
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
also left off his neck wire as it was pulling too much on the head
when it turned; I'll work it out later.
Stream head turn test here
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
Bemont Robot Garden Sculpture
Inspired by an
edge of page doodle I decided to make a robot sculpture for the
I designed him along the lines of how a disused robot
might look like today if the ideas that people in
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
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!
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.
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
I have all the bits for a nightmare jigsaw puzzle and
six months worth of sanding, sculpting and more sanding... I hate
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.
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
This project has progressed a bit further...
really should take some more photos!
My partner started doodling these
little box characters so I decided to surprise her with a statue of
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.
Misc 'n' Junk
Projects that will probably
never be finished or should never have been started in the first
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.
I had some spare expanda-foam, a balloon and a wooden skewer. I
call him Eggy.
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.
If you've never went to old Kalimdor it has no meaning. For
everyone else; 'look, it's Chen's Keg!'
Made from those friggin' pre-election day posters they never
take down and everyone gets so sick of looking at.
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
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.
H.E.N.R.I. was created as visual reference for a friend's
RPG character. Pencil sketch to a requested design then
The first sketch of Mozz the wingless
mosquito; character concept.
Caricature birthday card done for a taxidermist friend; pencil
sketch that was then digitally inked.