Building a UFO: Part Three


I finished the engines. Making stuff by cobbling together random parts is always fun for me. They're eventually going to get lights, so I drilled holes through the pieces that needed them so I can run electric cords inside.  Here's their anatomy...


I decided to attach them coming out of two of the ringed foam baseball details I added in Part Two. The saucer seemed to have a nice balance that way. I drilled holes in them so I could simply slip the PVC ends in (and also be able to run light cords through from the back).


At this point, I don't think I'm going to add a third engine as last year's attempt had. I like the clean look the ship has now. A large center fin might be cool, but I'm still debating that.

I couldn't help but quickly spray paint the UFO in a classic silver color to get an idea of what the finished prop might look like. Not sure if I like it this bright. Now I'm thinking it should be more of a gun metal grey.


Much more to do. Next in Part Four I'm cleaning up glue blobs and other imperfections. Then adding a lot more smaller details giving the ship some personality and character. I might start the final painting as well if all goes quickly.

15 comments:

  1. Creative, ingenious, and inspirational as always!

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  2. yay! looks really great! Will be fun to see it up on your roof! (much beter than my old papasan chair idea) Maybe my old chair will become a large yard spider...

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    1. The papasan chair idea is a great one! An instant frame to build off of. I would of used if I had one. I'd ideally love to have a curved shell, but with limited materials it's tough. I was also thing an old plastic kid's pool would be a good base.

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  3. I'm definitely getting the 50s B movie vibe. It also reminds me of Spaceman Spiff's flying saucer.

    I think it'd look good with a fin on the back.

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    1. You're so right about Spaceman Spiff. I'm an old Calvin and Hobbes fan. It must of been in my subconscious, especially when I drew the first sketch.

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  4. I am really enjoying the evolution on this piece, great work!

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  5. Epic! Love it, Dave!! I've been carving stuff out of pink foam and when I first saw the picture I gasped because it looked like you had hand carved everything out of foam!

    Looks fantastic. I sometimes paint everything similar to what you did to help decide what theme I want to go with because all the pieces and colors are distracting! I'm going to have to enroll in the Dave Lowe class of building masterpieces from miscellaneous household objects found around the house! Never fail to impress!

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  6. I vote for "add a fin". Looks amazing!But I agree: it needs a diff finish..this looks like a Jiffy Pop bowl :)

    d5

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  7. Dave, I have always wondered what sort of glue do you use on your work? Great stuff, by the way.

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