Thursday, March 17, 2016

Flying Carpet Car in Disarray

A rather contrasty photo from when we had just taken the roof off the car in a blaze of angle grinders

Monday, February 22, 2016

Flying Carpet - Soft Stripped Car

So I've stripped the plastic and glass out of the frame of the car, ready to start cuttin'!


 All the internal bits piled in the back of the car - off to the dump tomorrow (again!)


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Flying Carpet - The Car...


I took the base car on it's final road-worthy drive back to my house yesterday - here it is, the last photo of it more or less intact.



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Dodger - Fully Watered

On a recent trip to the Breede valley Dodger spent a lot of time in the water; mostly voluntarily - here he is pictured attempting to climb out of the wet  on his mistress' body.



Monday, January 25, 2016

Flying Carpet Tricks - Some Dry Ice Experiments

I bought some dry ice to experiment with a bit for special effects on the carpet car, here you see the classic stage smoke trick in action - essentially what you see is cooled water vapour in the air - literally fog.



Mixing some soap in with the water gives you smoke filled soap bubbles which are kinda fun; here you can see dodger investigating.

As you break the bubbles a little bit of ice cold water vapour pours out...






Monday, January 18, 2016

The Tiny One: Decorated

I made some little bits and pieces to get a better feel for what my flying carpet might look like more 'decorated'.




Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Tiniest Carpet with Mirrors

Have added the 'invisible car' trick to the model using a tin foil baking tray - the actual acrylic mirror I hope to use on the large version has much better optical properties (i.e. is more mirror-like).

The idea is pick up the colour of the ground in the angled mirrors to enhance the illusion of the floating carpet - in these photos I think it is working pretty well.





Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Tiny Carpet - with Carpet!

I used a printer and now have tiny Persian carpet of about the right size for my car;
 in this photo the car would be facing leftwards.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Flying Carpet Starts Here

I'm getting very serious about my Afrika Burns mutant vehicle project for 2016. So I built the car from foam rubber already and have some materials on hand to do the rest :)


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Dodger in the Wild

Our black dog out in the wilderness



Here pictured with his holiday romatic-fling and looking out to where his beloved mistress is doing that dangerous swimming thing.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A wall you can Fall Off

Now I have water proof cushions under my wall - all good to fall on. 



Monday, November 9, 2015

Climbing Wall - Up and At 'em

I got the second heavy piece of wall (the bit with the overhang) up - it mostly fit into it's brackets first time :)

Here it is pictured in place in my exercise alley:

Another gratuitous arty shot of the the two walls

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Climbing Wall - Corner in

Have put the new corner piece - all nicely drilled with attachment bits for grips - to the new frame.



Now I just need to attach it to the wall!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Climbing Wall - Flat but kinky..

I've cut, sealed and attached the lower board - also added 'Pollock'ing in bright colours.


Next the small triangular side boards

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dodger - The Betrayed Look

The Dodger is pretty much full grown now - here he is pictured doing his best impression of a dog who has never been played with.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Climbing Wall - Overhang

Got more of the structure in place - here you see the overhanging bit mostly finished. Next I have to refurbish the  bottom half.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Climbing wall Structure

The second piece of the climbing wall has a 25 degree overhang, my new frames half built and orange!


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Climbing Wall - A Household Addition

Having purchased a second hand climbing wall in pretty bad shape I've been reconditioning it and have recently put it up in the alleyway alongside my house. The more complex parts are still in progress.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Orange Dog - At the burn

Realized that I hadn't ever posted completed orange dog photographs - here they are from the real life burn.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Black Dog on Dog Tongue

A cross over picture with my real black dog lying happily on the tongue of my giant orange dog.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Orange Dog - Lips in Progress


Here the car in pieces and my first lip attached to the edge of the mouth.

In the back you can see the steel gate that is going to be the tongue.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Orange Dog: Down to the metal

Hatchback without the hatchback. Also the backseats and interior fittings are removed. Next to go will be the bumper.



Monday, March 23, 2015

Orange Dog: Eye-Couch

After a build morning this Sunday the orange dog has its eye-couch and a lot more cover.



Sunday, March 15, 2015

Orange Dog: Dog Rear

I've been fitting my new orange fur to the back end of the dog (that is the front end of the car).
After a first fitting...

Added the dogs hunches to change the shape a bit.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Backward Facing Orange Dog

I am going to Afrika burns again this year and have some plans to build a giant orange dog; some conceptual designs courtesy of my building partner:


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Dodger - a Study in Reds

Took a recent shot with dog and his measurement crate,


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pentominoes - The Octagon

I wanted to try this rather unusual Pentomino puzzle - A slightly fat octagon. It proved very difficult for me and I took more than 60 minutes on and off through the day to solve.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dodger in Silvermine

Our dodger enjoying one of his longest mountain walks yet - along the hot exposed side of Silvermine nature reserve.




Friday, October 17, 2014

Pentominoes - Returned from Travel

Another low light pictures of my recently unpacked pentominoes all intact and back in SA.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pentominoes 8x8 Part 3

This time with the corners missing! 12min 12s