When I received my invitation to the 2016 Sign Invitational it didn’t take very long for me to think up a great idea. Not long at all. I quickly grabbed my sketchbook and over the next hour filled ten or twelve pages with scribbles (to most) of ideas.
I absolutely love a challenge and when this arrived in my inbox I jumped at the chance! Of the twenty invited sign makers there have been twelve of the world’s best respond already. The competition is going to be incredibly intense and fun! Best of all of the entrants will be gathered in Orlando at the International Sign Show for everyone to talk to and perhaps garner some great tips. I look forward to seeing the entries all lined up in a row. MultiCam has stepped up as a sponsor of the display space for the entries. Precision Board (Coastal Enterprises) has also signed on as a sponsor
Two of the models are now in the paint stage and coming along nicely. It won’t be long until they are finished. The little tugboat is sporting all of it’s base colors and is ready for the first of it’s glazes.
Angie and I made good progress on the sunken ship model today in two one hour sculpting sessions. She mixed the epoxy while I sculpted, except what I was called away and she got to do the little crab on the rock beside the ship. In an hour or two at most tomorrow we should have this thing ready for paint. Since its a study model to be used to talk to sponsors of the attraction I didn’t overly fret about detail, instead concentrating on capturing the story and mood. It’s coming together nicely and should paint up pretty nice
The second project study model we are building is a submarine. But it’s not a typical sub. This one is designed to appeal to kids… something they would imagine to explore the deep
I’ve been a vocal advocate for thirty pound foam for a long time. For CNC routing that isn’t about to change. But occasionally we build small study models which require lots of hand work. Thirty pound Precision Board, our material of usual choice, is tough to work by hand – especially at this scale.
When we installed our MultiCam CNC plasma cutter last week we weren’t sure exactly what we would do with it. We just knew the things that are now possible in our shop will be very cool and unlimited in scope. It was the same with the MultiCam CNC router ten years ago. Today Peter designed the brackets for the gutters they will install on their house. The image was drawn by hand and then imported into EnRoute for vector tracing which only took a second
The dinosaur bones were slipped over a bent steel pipe to form the backbone of the velociraptor. I spaced then out and took a look to see how it would work. It needed a little tweaking and twisting to get things looking right. To give the skeleton more life I cut both ends of the pipe and added more bend before welding them back on at a slightly different angle.