Welcome to DJK's Fantasy World where I'll be building different models for table top role play games and discussing my writing, including my novels based on the very first fantasy character I played. The models are made from recycled materials where possible, although various commercially purchased products will also be used and discussed.
I'll also throw in the occasional book and theatre reviews, you can't beat live performance. Plus my Dr Who tapestry progress.
One of my favourite films from the 1980s has to be "Back To
The Future". Every time I watch it I’m convinced that with Doc Brown hanging
from the cable connected to the clock tower, the time ticking away, the storm
on the horizon and Marty stalling the engine there is no way our time
travelling hero is going to get home.
Imagine my surprise and delight when I heard that Lego had
released a Back to the Future set. Cue music, Da-da-da-daaaa, da-da-da-da-da-Dummmmm.
Off I trod to the local Lego Store and part with my £34.99
to take away a pack that allows you to build the DeLorean time travelling car
in any variation from the three films, as after you have built the vehicle
there are additional customisation options. The pack also comes with two wonderful
Lego Minifigures , Doc Brown and Marty McFly.
On go the CDs
So on went the CDs, and out came the instruction manual and
I set to work building the car of my dreams. (There was this time I took part
in a stage hypnotist show, *cough* but that’s another story)
Three CDs later I had finally built my Lego DeLorean – I’m
sure the original took Doc Brown a lot longer. It also took a lot longer for
the original designers of this set to get it from conception to market. This is
set number 4 in a range of sets from Lego named ‘CUUSOO’.
The CUUSOO project in short - you can design and submit a Lego model you think other people would love to build to the Lego Cuusoo website. Then once it appears on the website if it receives 10,000 supporters it goes up before a review committee. The reviews are now undertaken by Lego on a quarterly period and if it passes the review and is chosen for production you get a small royalty, 1% of the sales.
The designers of the Lego Delorean project are two Japanese
Lego enthusiasts called Togami & Sakuretsu , they are depicted in the
instruction book as two Lego Minifigures. They have also donated their royalty
payment to the Michael j. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. .
Again not a very wordy blog post, just like last time. I
know usually you can’t shut me up when I start. Although the latest building is not quite
ready yet, I couldn’t resist setting out all the buildings for the ghost town
including the latest models when I got the opportunity the other day.
It’s a good feeling when something comes together and turns
out better than you expected. This was really just an experiment with using up
odd pieces of foam board which because of their size and shape controlled what
I could do to some extent. I think the discovery of the extra triangular piece
I found just before doing the roof made the model for me. I also especially like now
it’s finished the slightly irregular shape of the roof – I think it adds
character to piece and keeps it in line with the very rustic nature I’ve been
The doors have been added, by sticking on strips of coffee sticks that have been cut vertically to make thinner boards.
For one I've put a small window in the door and another round the back I stuck extra thin planks across the middle to give the appearance that the door could be half opened.
The gaps have been filled or had pieces stuck over them, the model sanded down to get rid of any glue that might have seeped through.
Anyway the painting has now started and the under coat is on.
I’ll be following the same basic painting strategy of
undercoat black, then black/dark brown 50% mix, dark brown, dark brown/white
50%, dry brush white. In each case the layer that goes on is painted quicker,
more sweeping strokes and so not going back over the same area to ensure that
there is colour bleed through from the earlier layers. The paint layer is
applied thinner but the paint is not watered down.