Thursday, May 26, 2016

Further Dragonfly Fighter.



I re worked the fittings where the legs are attached and then I made some boots for them with six arms.


I bent the boots into a sort of jelly fish form, simply because I like the shape.



I also re worked the eyes.

I was going to use a 5 mm gemstone as the iris, but I decided I didn't like it.

So I got my lamp working glass rods out and melted two glass cabochon shapes.

The glass rods come in many colours, and after making cabochons of six or so different colours, I decided that burnt orange was the 'meanest' colour of them all.


Then I re did the titanium background and made two cups that hold the glass eye and screw into the head.

That holds the silver surround and titanium background all together.


And speaking of the head, I started to get to the final assembly of the grub interface antennae.

So first I polish everything and then once it it bright and clean, I stabilize the metal with a sealer.

Then everything is reassembled.


Like this.

Check out the teeth I added.

This is because the Dragonfly Fighter falls into the Odonata order, which is an order of carnivorous insects, encompassing the dragonflies (Anisoptera), and they have teeth on their mandibles.


The Dragonfly Fighter carries with it a set of expendable reconnaissance/attack grubs.

Basically, these are grubs that are attached to the body segments, and when the fighter flies over a war zone, or lands into a hot zone, they can be released to supply intel to the fighter pilot.

As soon a one is released, another starts forming on the tail segment.


The two grubs of the first tail section ready to be installed.


The components of the grubs.

Parts are the eyes, the antennae/fighting spike and the stabilizer screws.


The rough installation of the grubs in the first tail segment.

The first set of grubs can also be used for attack and defense purposes.

The smaller four grubs are used only to gather intel for the pilot.


All three tail segment fitted with recon grubs.



This is the basic tail with the stabilizers not yet finished off.

Now I am going to start on the wings.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

More Dragonfly Fighter.



I get emails from time to time, saying that they don't like me putting guns on my sculptures.


I made two five barreled Gatling guns.

Then I cut out two mounting brackets out of titanium with my piercing saw.



The basic shape.

The bottom part will be filed round and tapped  with a 3 mm tap.


The rough titanium with filed bevels.

I discarded the brass round part.





Then I made the power feed at the back. That is stainless steel wire made into a coil and then copper wire is inserted inside to give it strength.


All I got to do now is polish everything and then heat blue the titanium.


As the picture says.



The finished guns.


Now I wanted to finish the pilot and the cock pit.

So I started on the as yet unfinished pilots chair.

The actual stand , seat base and back are soldered as one piece.

Then all the other components are riveted together after it they are polished.


Finished and riveted.



Then I stared to work seriously on the pilot and cock pit.

I added some extra ribs , made him some upper arm bangles and finger rings and made him much more spiky.


Check out his rings.



Rings on the other hand/claw.


A bangle and upper arm lock pin.


Machine gun firing lever.


Yaw and weave control lever.

The bottom is a free swinging vertical pendulum.


Power and flight control levers.

The engraved symbols are in alien language.



The joy stick close up.



His unfinished head.


The finished head.


Some blued titanium pads for his shoulders.

Still have to seat the collar.


Pilot and cockpit interior finished.

Now for the actual cockpit housing.


All the housing is already made, so that meant I had to take it all apart and polish everything.

It is very delicate when it is apart so the potential for something to go wrong was big.

I made a lot of spiky screwy things.


My workbench as I am assembling everything.


After everything has been polished.

All in all about a hundred components.



The cockpit with the pilot inside.


So now I just have to blue all the spikes and then put it all together.

Next I am starting on the body.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Dragonfly Fighter Furtheration.




Then I made a cover for the joystick.

I took a hex bolt and then formed to copper over it until I got a shape like that.

The feet will still be worked and engraved on further toward finishing time.


And I made the various levers and controls to be able to fly this machine.

There’s more to come.


Starting the middle arms.

I take 4 mm brass rod and carve it with a big ass flame tungsten carbide burr.


Rough carving directly into the metal.



I get tired quickly of what I make.

I got tired of the first head, so I made another.

I carved it out of a thicker piece of brass.


I made a yaw control lever out of titanium.

You can see the tapped mounting hole at the bottom.

Tapping titanium is wonderful.....


I heat blued and installed the yaw lever for one of the middle arms.


And then I also made a vertical indicator.

I hung a temporary piece of turquoise on it.

I will replace that with a dark garnet bead when I find the fuckers. They AWOL.


I made his eyes out of titanium.

They just been stuck in with putty.

Later I'll mark the pupil area and then rivet the titanium with a ball of gold there.

I need an aggressive and intelligent look.


Then I had to add the methane/ hydrogen sulfide vent pipes that the alien pilot needs to operate at 100% efficiency.

The gauge has not been commissioned yet, and needs careful calibration, because the mix of gasses is quite critical.


Here I am.

The pilot with the cockpit open.

I made it so that the entire cockpit is removable so that everyone can see the alien pilot in his full splendor.

I’m going to do the rear feet again.


Cockpit closed.


Other side.


Don’t fuck with Joe.