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Wonderfest 2012

Well, another Wonderfest has wrapped up. I always struggle to write down how much this weekend with friends means to me, and I always struggle a little bit in finding adequate words. This year was special. Heck, every year is special, but this year was the one where I got to finally meet some long time web friends in the real world, and some new ones simultaneously. We all share a similar passion, and amazingly, we all got along as if we had been hanging out for years. That is a rare and wonderful thing.

The drive down was done solo, since I had made a special rig for the Blade Runner blimp that I was exhibiting (look for the photo gallery on the blimp in the coming days). I always show up on Thursday evening, so that I can get my bearings and hit Friday morning fresh and energized. I also had been tasked with curating the Maschinen Krieger exhibit for the show, which I think was a great success, and helped raise the awareness level of MaK to an audience that either had never heard of it before, or who knew it in passing. I’d like to personally thank the following people for making this past weekend especially memorable: Kirk, for investing time and money in the MaK and Walter products that were sold at his vendors table. Futch, for being a great roomie, and gobs of fun. Bryan, for being exactly how I thought he’d be – cool, humble, and easy going, while simultaneously just killing it with talent. Arno, for diving in with so many wonderful builds, which really added to the scope of the displays. Jay, for the wonderful conversation and stories, and somehow keeping your girl entertained while we talked about nerd stuff. Rob, for being the perfect WF buddy – it would not be the same if I didn’t see him every year. Dr. Tak, for being crazy-generous with all of the fabulous cash and prizes, hehe. Boyd, for the tremendous effort in STILL attending after his car literally died along the way to Kentucky – they bought a new car, and made it in by midnight, and he was all smiles all weekend long – THAT is dedication I am in awe of. George, Clint, and everyone I see every year – you guys are most of the reason I make sure I attend. Quincy, my ‘ol WF buddy and ace sherpa when it comes to where to go in Louisville – you scored TWO bottles of Pappy Van Winkle for me, and acted like it was no trouble at all – thank you again. Rick, for lugging the ANH Star Destroyer to the show, talking shop, and being a cool cucumber in a sea of questions. Joe, for being so generous with the Star Wars stuff, and being so nice, even when we’re all pretty tired at the end…. We ate a lot of BBQ. We ate a lot of steak. We drank a lot of bourbon and beer, and we stood until we ached.

I drove home at the crack-of-ass on Monday, and I’m still recovering – it was ALL worth it.

See you crazy fuckers next year!!

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Blimp – ready for primetime!

Forgot to trim the fiber optics down, so now I can say without a doubt that I’m ready to take the beauty shots… just as soon as I can find the time!

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Countdown to Wonderfest

Only a couple weeks until the big show! The blimp is done, and some of the pressure is off… but of course, I’m trying to finish a couple of other things. Meanwhile, cats!

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Day off!

I took the day off today and here’s some pics.

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Primed and ready! Blade Runner Blimp – a blob of gray!

I wanted to have this monumental build primed and ready for final paint by the end of Sunday… well, I’m a half hour past my self-imposed deadline, but I’m READY FOR PAINT!

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The Blimp gets it’s winkie blinkies!

I received the amazing light/servo package from Lightbenders today, and started back in on the Blade Runner Offworld Blimp with a vengeance!

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Blade Runner Blimp Progress

Here’s a little post showing my progress so far on the Blade Runner Blimp, a 1/2 studio scale project I started three years ago. I have always loved the film, and the technology it presents. Naturally, the blimp was something I always gravitated towards – mysterious, full of lights, and organic in shape. Getting reference on the blimp was always tricky, and the project has been able to happen only because of the generosity of a few key individuals who provided me with the materials that I needed, to make the model as accurate as possible. It will have hundreds of lights, what seems like miles of fiber optics, and two LCD screens showing the original source footage from the film, including the Offworld ad and Geisha B-Roll. I have recreated the “sound” of the blimp, with engine rumble, fog horn, echo filters on the narration, and the vaguely creepy song as heard during the blimp sequence. I’ve also worked with a talented 3D artist, a stellar vac-former, and Dan from Lightbenders – the wizard responsible for the lights and motors in this model. Motors you say? Yes – each of the four spotlights on the bottom of this blimp will have two small servos responsible for moving the LEDs in random sweeping arcs, as seen in the film!!

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Blade Runner Blimp, Red Leader Y-Wing

Work is progressing nicely and is starting to intensify on the Blade Runner Blimp project. I have the bodies built with armatures installed, and am currently sanding and puttying the seams smooth. Also working closely with Lightbenders on an amazing light rig that will feature some killer electronic bells and whistles… a custom searchlight is being created for me – each blimp has four roving searchlights underneath controlled by motors!

I also received the Red Leader Y-Wing, which is the twin to the Blue 1 X-Wing, as it was also the first-built example of this particular ship, in December 1975! It was created by a team of very talented individuals and I am honored to be building the first one, as it will also allow me to generate instructions and produce beauty shots! More to come on both of these monsters, soon!

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Spinner kit from Japan!

Many thanks to Koara for helping me get this AMAZING kit!

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The prop room and new acquisitions

Lisa and I had the pleasure of seeing Sean Sides this past Friday, so what better excuse to clean the house? Prop room got straightened up, and I added a new object of nerdliness – the Tomenosuke Pro Blade Runner gun, which is perhaps the best representation of the blaster yet!!

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