Dear God! A cylinder’s landed on the house, and we are underneath it, in the pit! Part 2……………

Posted: July 3, 2014 in All Quiet On The Martian Front, terrain

So I spent yesterday afternoon working on the cylinder, this involved “skinning” the frame work. At first I was going to use several layers of thin card, but then I changed my mind and used 3mm blue foam. The problem with thin card is it would start to warp with the layers of glue as they were added. With the change to blue foam I scored the back every 3-5mm to allow it to bend round the radius of the frame work.

IMG_2099In all it took 30-40 minutes to skin the frame up and as you can see in the above picture I used a lot of spring clamps to keep the foam around the radius. I also used dress making pins to hold the foam on the the frame work. I put the cylinder to one side and then set about cutting the base from 3mm MDF.

With that done I set about figuring out the texture of the cylinder. The one in the AQOTMF book shows a rough, slightly rippled texture. Once again I hit the internet for some ideas, but I could not find anything that I could do with out having to purchase anything. Then after much head scratching  I remembered some sheets of paper that I found in one of my hard back  books a few months ago. They were bought for card making I think, and their were 2 sheets one off white and one pink  and they had the right texture that I wanted. I left the cylinder for a few hours and then cut away the excess foam to the angle of the frame work and glued it to the base.

IMG_2100I had taken pictures of the steps that lead to the picture above, but when I put them on the computer they had came out blurry. So above is the cylinder mounted on its base, with the textured paper added and the crater made from DAS modelling clay. My wife said to me that it looks too big, when you look at the “official” model it comes up to waist height on a tripod and I see it holding at least 3 tripods.

IMG_2104I added the crater this morning after leaving the paper over night to dry, and made a start on the barn. The barn is going to be the same “style” as the  intact barn that I made, just with a cylinder hanging out the side. I have added a floor to the upper section and may add another floor lower down. I need to add lots of broken timbers and soil inside the barn as well as around the edge of the crater, and I also need to make the “lid” of the cylinder!

“Next morning, a crowd gathered on the Common, hypnotized by the unscrewing of the cylinder.
Two feet of shining screw projected when, suddenly, the lid fell off!”………………………………


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