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Offline Frank3k

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This complicates things.
« on: January 25, 2023, 09:36:56 AM »
A couple of weeks ago, I saw this funny cartoon in the humor section. The name of the artist and his website had been cropped out, but I did a reverse image search and found it:


"Excavation Surprise" by Ryan Mason

It's a great visual joke and I immediately thought of ways of building the scene. At first, I thought of making it in 1/35, but that would have made for a pretty large diorama. I remembered that I had the Hasegawa 1/72 Aircraft Weapons Loading Set so I started the rather crappy tractor. I modified it with a scratchbuilt dozer blade and some questionable mechanics for the blade mechanism, but close enough:



Some more mods later (moving the headlights, for instance):





The saucer is one of the bulkheads from a Monogram 1/48 B-29. I vacuformed a copy and flipped it upside down for the bottom half. I don't remember where the bubble canopy came from, but it's getting replaced as well - it's just here to get an idea for the layout



The two figures are from another Hasegawa set, suitably modified. The T. Rex came from a skeleton scan by the Smithsonian. I scaled it to roughly 1/72. I'll have to reprint it (it's in ABS) or bite the bullet and warm up my printing area or swap the resin in the printer with one that can print at lower temps. Neither sounds like fun.



I'll cut the styrofoam to allow the skeleton and saucer to fit. The weathering on the tractor will be fixed as well. This is mostly pigments and they're easy to move around.
« Last Edit: January 25, 2023, 09:42:51 AM by Frank3k »

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Re: This complicates things.
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2023, 10:32:17 AM »
Most excellent.   :smiley:  Do continue.

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Re: This complicates things.
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2023, 02:25:30 PM »
That's brilliant!  :smiley: ;D

Man, I have to get a 3D printer.

I've always wanted to do this one:

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Re: This complicates things.
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2023, 04:42:37 PM »
Inspiration is everywhere. :smiley:

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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2023, 09:25:00 PM »
Awesome!

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Re: This complicates things.
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2023, 11:41:19 PM »
Very interesting project and looking good so far.

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Re: This complicates things.
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2023, 01:49:08 AM »
 :smiley:
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: This complicates things.
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2023, 04:43:24 AM »
Way cool, Frank.

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Re: This complicates things.
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2023, 09:15:42 AM »
Thanks, guys. I'm working on the terrain now, using a foam cutter.