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I wasn't planning on making an entry for this session, due to the short submission timeframe. However, my kids were drinking some Gatorade to day and I got an idea from the bottle.
Stategy: Maximize the use of multiple kitchen items where possible.
Here's a list of items I was originally considering. What I ended up using was:
1 Gatorade bottle
1 Lid from the can of wasabi peas
1 Lid from the kid's plastic cup
1 Wine bottle foil (not shown) from a bottle of wine (also in the kitchen). May also use the cork
1 small sheet of aluminum foil
2 small juice box straws
1 large bendy straw
1 old CD (at least I hope no one needs it)
2 lengths of styrene I-beam
2 lengths of styrene tubing
A couple of extra end pieces from some blinds that were recently installed.
Step 1 - Preparation
- Cut the top off the bottle of Gatorade and glued it to the CD
- Shaped the aluminum foil into the base of the tower. This will replicate the ground up around hte base, which will get covered with sand.
- Cut a slot out of two lids, which will make the elevator platform
- Cut two I-beams, which will form part of the elevator platoform
Step 2 - Assembly (with a Deffcopter for scale)
- Took my rivet punch and made a hole for the large red straw.
- Used 3 strips of the wine foil to wrap the two juice box straws (yellow) into a bundle of pipes on the other side
- Glued the cut out lid to a fitted piece of the blinds remnant to make the lift platform
- Used to pieces of extra sprue to connect the platform to the 2 I-beams, which were then glued to the Gatorade bottle
- The two pieces of styrene tubing were glued underneath the platform for strength and this will represent the hydraulic lift.
- The two lids were then glued together with some blinds remnant in between for stabilty
That's all I got through this afternoon.
Like the lift idea!
I have never used tinfoil for basing, I guess you cant use PVA to glue the sand on, some sort of contact adhesive maybe?
Filled in some of the gaps this morning with some spackle and then took the top and bottom outside to give it a good spraying of Rustoleum Camo Deep Forest Green. After than I added painted the rim of the landing platform black, the lift pieces VMC Gunmetal and the pipes Tin Bitz followed by a drybrushing of VMC Gunmetal. The entire piece was then washed with Liquitex Paynes Grey.
I also added the ring of tin foil around the base, glued it in place with Liquid Nails, and then used the blunt end of a chop stick to push it into place and shape it.
Once the wash dried, I used some modeling tape to mask off the areas I wanted yellow and black striping.
Here's how it came out. I used some VMC Dark Green to highlight some of the edges and am in the process of adding sand to the base, which will be stained brown, drybrushed and have grass added.
Here's another view
And a third one with two guants added for scale.
I envision this to be a dual terrain object/objective marker. The CD used as the base is 2 1/2" diameter so it pretty nicely delineates the scoring area.
You bastard! That is so beautiful! I am soooo going to steal this idea!
Yeah... excellent terrain. I will steal the idea as well... Thank you! +rep!
Thanks to all the people showing faith in me
I sometimes feel that everyone will leave me and they will be on their own...
Good work, Iffy! I love bottles and how useful they can be!
I still have to finish some of the highlighting and weathering as well as the base. Will probably add an antenna on the side and am thinking about putting some stuff on the top deck, though am not totally wedded to that idea.
Looks really good.
I only have one suggestion, and it's probably really simple for you.
Add some machinery to the bottom of the pillar, maybe some controls, that sort of thing.
Mysterious Member of the ANZAC Clan
Iffy, I like it.
I may not know art, but I know what I like,
and this...I like.
Love the inventive use for the bottle.
Rome wasn't built in a day, Either should good scenery.