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Old 09-23-2006, 10:00 AM
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Talking My Avitar - Armored Cyborg Skull

I have been otherwise occupied over the last month with my oldest son in and out of hospital so I have done zero modelling. I did manage to finally pick up my BR52 Locomotive, so I could very well be starting that soon I hope. I thought I would post some shots of my cyborg skull that has appeared as my avatar since I joined PA. Yes I am BORED, can you tell?
This is a sci- fi subject but it is armored and I think that there is a closet following of sc-fi amongst armor modellers.
This weird looking thing started life as a 1:1 scale Revell human skull that could glow in the dark. Well 'bugger that' I thought and in 1994, whilst unemployed, I set about turning this kit into a cyborg. I did some sketches and I was ready to start building.............

I mounted the whole thing on a single throat carburettor and constructed a neck from film canisters.I had to build the head in a number of sub assemblies so that I could construct and paint a mechanical brain.

That eye surround started life as a 1:24 FW 190 COWLING which I reworked with modelling clay. I continued the modelling clay up the head as armor plate and added the mounting screws. The internal eye was created with the internals of an old wristwatch, painted various colors and topped off with a small brass washer.

Once all the pieces were finished for this, I split the top part of the skull open so that the detail could be seen. The internal wiring and gears were really hard as each assembly interlocked with the one below. Some assemblies were in the top half and some in the base. Fitting them together was a nightmare but it all worked out in the end.


It still sits in the corner of my model room , mounted on a tripod forever staring ......at me! He is a good hat stand and these keep the dust out of his brain.

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Old 09-23-2006, 10:17 AM
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Woohhaaa!!! Thats marvellous Ian! Great brains on break project!

Cheers Mikko
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Old 09-23-2006, 10:48 AM
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Thats cool looking. Not my bag of bones (get it) but it is very interesting and one can tell you put alot of work into it. Great job.

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Old 09-23-2006, 10:53 AM
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Very cool -not sure where in the living room you would display it but nice piece for the portfolio

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Old 09-23-2006, 11:07 AM
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I'd put it in my living room for sure! But then again, I'm a little odd.

Amazing work. I've always wished that I have the skill to dream up and actually make stuff like this. But I'm definitely not artistic in any way. So I just have to admire others stuff.

Thanks for sharing Ian.

Oh and I hope your son is Ok?
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Old 09-23-2006, 11:44 AM
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I do hope too that your son is getting better.
And just amazing work with the skull. Just like Stuke, I'd like to create something like that but not a chance. Mean while I just build kits

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Old 09-23-2006, 12:57 PM
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Hey Ian,

Sorry to hear your son is not well. Hope it is not too serious.

As far as the skull...very cool there's so much more to it than I imagined.

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Old 09-23-2006, 01:01 PM
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Hope your son gets well soon.

Great looking skull. I don't have a single creative cell in me and I am always amazed at how people who can come up with cool stuff like this.


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Old 09-23-2006, 05:13 PM
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I have to agree, amazing stuff you have done.

Hope everything will be ok with your son.

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Old 09-23-2006, 07:01 PM
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Scary, but kewl. Not somthing you see every day! BTW hope your son gets home and all well soon!
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