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The Blast Doors Telethon
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jada wrote:
Surprised good gracious me this is a lot of detail! Surprised


Yep! Very Happy After the fact I often bemoan the lack of pics/documentation in a project. Not gonna happen here, baby.
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your very welcome. Perhaps a DragonCon showing sometime would be a good time to have them down Smile


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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sure hope so! That would be cool. It will definitely be done by September.
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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The doldrums (aka top left and right quarterpanel) of this project continue. In a period of several consecutive days I have made a "pocket" for the foam pipes. scrimmed the backs of the quarterpanels, glued in the foam pipes, glued on backing for the pipes, then scrimmed that.

Today was a good day. Working outside improves the drying speed. So today I:

    scrimmed some remaining bits
    Roughed up then glued in the pvc "screws"
    coated each section of foam pipes in super-heavy acrylic medium to give them some protection
    bought gesso
    gessoed the quarterpanels


All before the sun went down! Even snuck in some mother's day fun. Next step is to mask off the foam pipes then start the painting process. I also need to dramatically sand down the top cap, scrim/gesso it, and then the top half will be pretty close to it's final state.

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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, looks like I'm stuck here. Trouble is, I don't know where "here" is...

Tonight was the fitting test of the top half. All but the crown have been scrimmed and gessoed and so were basically in their final structural states. Measuring and planning and such mean nothing if the final pieces don't fit. So with some trepidation I placed the quarterpanels upside down, then dropped the top center piece over the pegs. All of the holes *mostly* lined up, so I pressed down. There was a loud creak or two like old bones in the morning and some tension release as gessoed fabric split a little, then all of the pegs pushed their way through. So I put on the locknuts and set 'er up:



Whew, everything still fits. Needs some sanding here and there, and some judicious pruning of excess edges, but it seems like the top half will work. So I grabbed the other pieces and did some more fitting:



There are 1" gaps here and there that will need some shims. Given that it is 10 feet wide and made of foam I'm okay with that. This is the best likeness to the actual doors I can capture by standing on the couch and holding the camera up to the ceiling:



So according to my son, who stretched his hands out as far apart as he could, I only have *thiiiiiiis* much left to go.
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"thiiiiiiis" not "thiiiiiiiis" Razz Wink Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing.......
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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

File this under.... "How freaking long does it take to paint 8 pieces of foam, anyway?"

The answer is, apparently, months.

Anyway, the top quarterpanels finally have been totally scrimmed, gessoed, masked, and today a layer of metallic paint added. The paint needs some work but it is downhill from this point. Shortly, the top half will be totally done. Then I can start on the bottom half.

Here's a couple pics but for more see the actual gallery:
http://picasaweb.google.com/robsspamtrapper/BlastDoors#






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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just love the texture. It think it is going to look so good in pictures.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! That's why the texture is there, to make the pics better. Because, as Lisa pointed out, the blast doors in TPM are probably smooth. And I agree with her on that point, but I think the pictures would look dead that way. My backup plan if the texture doesn't work out is to sand it down and go over the whole thing with a paint roller to make it much more smooth.
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm excited for two reasons. One is that this is all that stands between me and a completed top half:



This is the keystone, the lynchpin, the crown.... it is basically what holds the top arch together. And soon, it shall be painted.

Speaking of paint, the second bit of fun is that the masking has been removed. This is kinda like taking the bandages off after surgery where you get to see how good a job you did. I feared there might be pools of gesso that leaked through the paper, or some other mishap. But aside from some crappy edges where the paint stuck and some bits of paper here and there, it went okay. So I took some "glamor shots" to roughly simulate the conditions under which this thing will be photographed. The left quarterpanel (the second one pictured below) needs more metallic paint added but in general this is how these things are going to look.
















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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It occurred to me that I had never tested this backdrop with a person in front, which was the whole point of this exercise in the first place: a backdrop for pictures. I did a cold blue base in order to contrast pleasantly with human skin tones. These are taken in crappy light but I think the color base is doing its job. I won't really focus on lighting until the molten metal unit is in place.




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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see you've reached true enlightenment!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob, they look fantastic.....and you crack me up.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uhhh, when you take this thing out for its first troop, I have to be there!!!!

Awesome, awesome, awesome...what more can I say?? Did I say awesome??
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