Jason Eaton

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Studio Scale Probe Droid from The Empire Strikes Back

This is a build up from a resin kit of the Probe Droid, as seen in The Empire Strikes Back. I added a light, sound, and servo kit from Hyperdyne Labs so it can rotate it’s head, extend and retract antennas, fire the laser (via red led), and play sounds from the film. It’s a great model involves a nice amount of scratch building and tube cutting, and builds into a studio replica with all five legs articulated! This was a great opportunity to use the laser cutter to design and cut an internal armature as well. Here’s a video of the model in action!

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Almost there!

I’ve redone the back room, at long last – not a lot left to do – you get the idea!

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Art Things (over a decade of bliss)

I want to post about my first real job. The one that took me in as a thirteen year old (hello work permit!) and spit me out as a young adult, at twenty three. It was a job that I cherish to this day, and will always thing of with incredible fondness and pride. No job will ever be Art Things again, as it should be, but I wish I had “cherished” it more when I was there. I started working there in the late Summer of 1987, just before my first year of High School. My family lived on Melvin Avenue in Annapolis MD, and Art Things was a beautiful idyllic 10 minute walk up the street, through the neighborhood and then business district of West Annapolis. Art Things at that time employed around seven women, who acted as additional mothers to me at first. The personnel varied only slightly, and the core group are still there to this day, which is incredibly comforting in a world that always changes around you. Art Things has changed over the years as well, and it’s changes since I left in 1998 are strange to my eyes, as the switch from spiral staircase to “regular” stairs was probably strange for others when the construction happened during my tenure there.

These women helped “train” me to be a good human and man, and we were all encouraged to use and know all of the art supplies that the store sold – it was and is a dizzying array of supplies, and the things I learned there over the years have served me VERY well in my art, hobbies, home repair, and life. They taught me to “always leave a toilet seat down when you leave a bathroom”, and that “adding acrylics over oils will cause a horrible mess that will never dry or cure” – stuff EVERYONE should know. The clientele  were also amazing. We had regulars we both loved and hated to see walk through those doors, and some still shop there – I love to hear about them! I could go on and on and on about these wonderful people and experiences, but I’ll let some pics speak for themselves. A large component of our work days were distilled into doodles and notes – little missives we sent back and forth to each other, and I apparently saved and was given many of them!

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Kopi Luwak – the Civet’s “Gift” to humanity.

Today we went to Zeke’s Coffee down the street and tried Kopi Luwak, which is the coffee made from those beans collected from Civet poop. Yep – Cat Shit Coffee™!

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Sick and sprucing up

Fighting off the cold that every one around me seems to have, and fixing up the house, which I seem to do every January. We got our ceiling damage from two years ago finally repaired, and I took the opportunity to finally paint the trim and add the shoe molding, which I should have done seven years ago when we moved in! We’re also updating the furniture, which is always exciting! Doing half the room, then the other half when I catch my breath again, hah!

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Thanks, 2012!

Another year has passed us by, and I’m glad. It was a year of ups and downs, like any other year. I lost my best friend Simon (be aware that link will destroy you emotionally. You’re welcome), but I experienced more than my fair share of happiness. I decided to put a thirteen year hobby to rest, and stop building Maschinen Krieger for myself, to allow more free time for other subject matter, and though it’s bittersweet in a way, I’m at peace with the decision. Here’s what I’m thankful for, 2012 edition:

• My wife Lisa. I start and end almost every day with the most patient, sexy, kind, and smart woman in my life. Many auditioned for this role (wakka wakka), but all pale in comparison to her. I could be across the Country, living it up with friends in LA, and I still miss her terribly.

• Our cats Coco and Gordon. Losing Simon still brings me to tears if I think about it for longer than this sentencence (whew that was close!), and I feel a little guilty how Coco and Gordon came out of their shells after Simon had died (like Simon was a secret tyrant?), but I really do love our furry kids. Coco has been a challenge (we have a special needs cat on Prozac, how very post-millennial) and Gordon is still a young asshole male cat, but I will smother them with hugs – that is, if I can catch them.

• Friends and family. I started the year with an epic friend-athon in Los Angeles (check January’s archives) and ended the year with Holiday Familyathon (Tom and Jane, you are family now – woo woo!). Fitting and perfect. You collectively know how much of a cock I can be, but here you are, still in my life. Suckers.

• Skills, yo. My freelance is still on an upward trajectory, I’m still learning that it’s OKAY TO SAY NO to business if I have too much on my plate, and I perpetually have too much on my plate. I am thankful – INCREDIBLY thankful that I have a hobby and skillset I both enjoy and grow.

• Food, Bourbon, and Scotch. It sounds horribly first world to say this, but I am thankful for the overabundance of amazing food and drink in my life. I love to cook, and doors have opened, palates have refined, brains have been educated, and habits shifting. I don’t have any soda in the house – save for the club soda I make and drink. And the booze, wow – who knew my natural predilection for collecting and obtaining rare expensive things woudl pertain to booze SAID NO ONE. I am what I am. It was Star Wars toys, then records, then model kits, and now fun hard to get Bourbon and Scotch. At least we can drink the collection away, right? So come over and help. (caveat – not an alcoholic, so don’t think you’re getting a lot in some drink-a-thon, bub.)

• This house. It didn’t suck thousands from us like it did in 2010 and 2011, so we can take a trip to France in a couple of months! YEAAAAH. (Wait – what’s that sound? Did you hear that? That sounds expensive! SHH! The house can HEAR you!).

• My camera! I upgraded to a m43 system, and boy howdy does it rock. Took the pic below!

• Louis CK. We’re leaving to see Louis CK right now, after dinner at the Helmand. Ringing in this new year with good food and laughter. See you all next year!


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The Food Market

Lisa and I are enjoying our week off – we had an amazing evening at The Food Market in Hampden, and are currently basking in the afterglow.

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What did I do In November?

Click the pictures and find out.

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I have been making a concerted effort to right the wrongs in my studio. If you build models, you have them too, and the big one is probably all of those unfinished models that take up space on shelves and in boxes. Well, I made a promise to myself that before I would start yet another NEW project, I would finish the ones that sit neglected and sad. Here is one such model – the homage to the Maschinen Krieger Cerberus that I began in 2007, and that I have not touched for four years. This has the dubious distinction of being shown to Kow Yokoyama, who politely offered a few pointers on what he would do, if this were his model. It’s a rookie fanboy thing to do – throwing your “original” work at the feet of “the master” and asking for feedback. All this is is a riff on something he made in the mid 1980s, so I’m grateful he gave it attention. Maschinen Krieger as a hobby over all is always a little mysterious to the non Japanese, so we take what we can get, and I have been fortunate to have been given a lot over the years. So here is the model as of 2008 – I will update as I begin to work again.

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Apple Scrapple Festival

We went to Bridgeville Delaware today, to attend their annual Apple Scrapple Festival! It was AWESOME.

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