The Big Think

February 13, 2008

Wonder if This Will Be an Olympic Event

Filed under: Computing,Humor and Fun — jasony @ 12:12 pm

Speedcabling!

Fly, Be Free!

Filed under: Mad Science — jasony @ 1:43 am

An amazing personal helicopter. It’s 2 blades, a small motor, and a tiny tripod… and it lifts a person! I can’t imagine what it’d be like sitting under this thing at a thousand feet.

Miniatures

Filed under: Hobbies — jasony @ 1:27 am

Since completing the RTV mold a few weeks ago, I’ve cast it about 40 times and have a huge pile of blocks. I’ve also made another set of master bricks with detailed floor and cobblestone street pieces and cast that in RTV. I’ve only cast that one a few times. I have to build up a decent supply of those bricks until I can build something.

I have, however, completed the building construction on a pretty basic castle tower. It’s about 10″ tall and 6″ at the base. I’ve given it four coats of paint, including several coats of “dry brushed” paint that makes the castle look very old and weathered. I’ve never had much artistic talent, but I was amazed at how just doing the technique correctly made me look like I knew what I was doing. I still want to create some terrain and paint/decorate it with small shrubs and such. I’ll do that when I return from Sing and when I finish the next Big Woodworking Project (of which I’m in the pre-design phase).

In the meantime I stumbled across Lori Nix’s photography site here today. She’s not only a talented photographer, but she’s an incredible model maker and miniature artist. And what’s more is that most of this stuff looks scratch built. She then takes non-retouched, non-photoshopped pictures of the miniature dioramas that look almost real. It’s amazing work that kind of reminds me of tilt-shift photography (Kat, you’ll like it). Check out a few of her pages. Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

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