Just like the other forms of modelmaking, product modelmaking has its own set of challenges,
like encorperating elecronics into a working prototype for instance, or cutting to high tolerances
on digital, or even computer controlled machinery. Even a non-functioning mock-up may have compound
curves, and, like all product models, require a perfect paint finish.
Full size mock-up of virtual reality headgear in Perspex,
modelled by the lovely Nina. College work-2 weeks. Sticking to self
made drawings interpreted from a designers sketch.
'Sculpted' original Batman figure for the famously popular
bedside clock in three days including paint finish and cape. Solid
car body filler over a wire armature due to a rediculous deadline.
Client required no changes. Figure stands 8" tall.
BT Card phone
Primarily 'plastic wood' or UREOL, forms the basis of this
digitally milled piece. Actual size 1:1.
A whale of a moby
Ten times actual size, this giant mobile phone is made of
fibre-glass over carved polyurethane foam. Working TV installed
and illuminated buttons. Two weeks .90% build.
||With props, engineering-like accuracy is needed to bring together
steel and/or Aluminium components, with a basic understanding of electronics
and mechanics thrown in to boot. With just the turn of an Allen key
or two, a prop should be dissassembleable, so that damaged areas can
be replaced without having to rebuild the entire prop. All edges should
be softened so that actors don't cut themselves when handling. Even
swords and axes can be rubber coated to prevent injury.
||As named by Modern Props in Los Angelese, (where I made this).
Originally a defunkt Dental X-Ray machine, it was stripped down, then
giant Aluminium pieces designed, machined and attatched. Has been
seen in Star Trek - The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Batman Forever,
Men in Black and Voyager (that I know of). About 8 weeks work for
||Two weeks without a contract I decided to make this device
to keep me busy. Butchering household objects is a nice time saver.
The base of a smoke alarm and the end of a megaphone are in there
somewhere. Several Red and Yellow L.E.D's flash randomly inside the
plastic Xmas decoration, producing an interesting effect. What it
is, is anybodys guess, It's whatever you want it to be, which increases
the chances of someone hiring it. (7" tall). Due to its inherant
fragility it would be best suited to a desktop or a medical lab, not
to be handled.
||Mainly turned Aluminium, with batteries and circuitry in
the handle, which is from an old beard trimmer. Fibre-optic strands
travel from a light source in the main body of the prop to the tip
and flash faster as the hidden knob is tweaked on the underside. Made
for Modern Props. Could be some sort of scanning device. One week.
||Made at Modern Props, the Handles for these futuristic probes
are aluminium spoons with the tips cut off. The 'Aluminum' cone shapes
were then turned to suit the bowl of the spoons. Frosted perspex tips
light up when the button is pressed, and can be removed for access
to the AA cell inside. Appeared in DEMOLITION MAN briefly and possibly
MEN IN BLACK.
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