We called it "the cat pee room." You can't tell from this "Before" picture, but it was physically difficult to spend more than a few moments in the room, as the carpet was saturated with... well... you know. I'm sure our agent thought we were nuts...
Soon, I'll post some "After" pictures of my workshop—still a work in progress, but a major transformation nonetheless.]]>
One of my goals for this model was to go the extra mile of building a 1:1 prop that is as functional as possible, meaning that not only do the trigger and safety switch articulate, but the ammunition magazine is removable, and the weapon can be field-stripped to its basic components.
To achieve this level of functionality, it was necessary to build with very close tolerances in the parts that intermesh. If I had a milling machine, this would be fairly easy, but my primary tools for this project are limited to a Dremel, a 1" belt sander, and hand-tools. To overcome this limitation, I built the core frame of the model using nesting extruded aluminum purchased from Home Depot. The body of the weapon was then built up from this frame using Magic-Sculp epoxy putty.
Special Thanks go to Mel Williams for turning the barrel on his lathe for me.
This is one of those projects that has spent a long, long time in an incomplete state. Coming home from Wonderfest last year inspired me to finish this and several other models. Of course, here it is, March, and I'm just finishing up the one. Par for the course I guess. I've got another one coming along that sort of goes together with this one, but I'm not sure if it will finish in time for the contest.]]>
Like the M-882, this model was sitting around unfinished for a long time. I just barely finished this piece in time for Wonderfest (driving to Louisville with the windows down and wet paint curing in the back of the car).]]>
Update: The Shooting Star won a Bronze award at Wonderfest 2012!
The Shooting Star is a near-future, orbital, or supra-orbital fighter that I designed with a goal of realism. There are a lot of elements that make this a distinctive design. The first of which is that I've eschewed the primary tropes of Sci-fi space fighters.
There's no canopy, no streamlining, no wings, no "hyperdrive", and very limited armament. The only two concessions to SF convention I chose to make in the design are a small-scale fusion reactor for power, and the very notion of the reasonablility of a small-scale space-fighter in the first place. In fact, as I was designing this craft, the first problem I decided to solve was the logistics of how a fighter would be transported between engagements.]]>
Notable changes include more streamlined surfaces and graceful lines (especially the nose), increased volume in the transverse hull, and the addition of a square locator-pin for the transverse hull connection. I still haven't decided what the nacelles will look like.]]>
I envisioned the Talon class serving the same role in the Romulan fleet that the Klingon Bird of Prey fills in the Klingon navy. The Talon aesthetic is intended to fall somewhere within the TNG and Nemesis eras.
As part of this kit, I also mastered a model base displaying the Romulan Empire logo from Star Trek: Nemesis.
I'll be honest... I've never liked the Daedalus design. I've always found it uninspired, with terribly gross lines. As a precursor to the famous "Starship Enterprise" of Star Trek fame, I think it's a clunker. When the design for the Enterprise from the series of the same name was released, I decided to re-imagine the Daedalus to better match the revised technological and visual canon from this prequel series.]]>
Let me know if you're interested in the skin & bulkhead plans that I drew up for this model.
Didn't win the Contest, but it was fun anyway!
Just up the road from our hotel, the Spouting Horn is a tidal blow-hole in the shore rocks. As the tide comes in, it gets forced through the rock formation and spouts 50 feet into the air.
This was a day-trip while my wife was in a conference. I drove up from Tempe, AZ, and spent the day hiking around Sedona. These pictures include Bell Rock and its environs, and several spots in Red Rock Crossing. I also found the "White Tree of Gondor."
We've all been there. Fill in enough forms online, and you'll eventually hit the textarea that has a character limit. We've seen all the usual treatments: "The Keystroke Countdown," "The Arbitrary Letter Target," and the worst UX sin of all: "The Hard-Limit Hammer."
When I was faced with solving this particular problem recently, I decided that there had to be a better solution. There are two major problems to solve with a length limited input field:
I believe that my textGauge plugin solves these problems.]]>
Below is an image of what these look like on supported browsers. Right now, I've only tested them on Firefox and Webkit.
Last year, at work, the Creative department designed a new style of button to replace our old implementation. It was a fairly graphical button style, and I immediately began wondering if there was a way to avoid images and slicing. The typical solution to this problem is a sliding doors approach.
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