When we first saw the custom Precision Board fish tank KDF Reprographics had made, we were awestruck. “That should be on T.V.”, and “I’ve never seen anything like it” were comments heard more than once.
A little background on this amazing project; you may notice that it says: “Institute For The Study of Mechanical Marine Life.” This is because the whole project is the result of a friendly competition started among some renowned sign makers – a project that was born at Indiana Rob’s Sign Camp earlier this year.
According to Stephen Hoey, President, and Brian Hamilton, Business Development Manager: “The story unfolds like this… We have a little fish that is scared to travel – He’s built himself a mechanical fish out of driftwood to tool around the ocean so he can stay safe. The only way you can find this little guy is by using the specially designed periscope that was designed for … you guessed it “The Institute for the Study of Mechanical Marine Life.””
Hoey says, “We decided to go all-out for this competition and showcase all of the resources we could – graphics, metals, sculpture, Precision Board – everything we could think of. There are real fish inside, and it’s actually a functional fish tank. The control panel operates lights, gears, temperature, and opens the mechanical fish.”
They even put together an EXCELLENT video documenting the entire build process:
To see the step-by-step build process with great pictures showing plenty of Precision Board (they used a ton of PBLT-30), as well as everything else that went into this masterpiece, please visit the KDF Custom Graphics Blog.
For more details about the competition, please visit the Oxenham Design Forum.