Today I have begun construction of the chain bridge that will link HMSW Gargantua's head to her body.
|The bridge will hang between the head and body, surrounded by pistons, cables, tubes...|
This is fiddly work.
|Chain and pins bought cheap by the hundred. Such things are invaluable for adding special little details. (see also the hoist on the Hooper's Lumbermill in Leadwood)|
I'm working with cheap jewelery chain, bought from Spotlight (a craft store here in NZ). It's fairly soft and therefore the links are easy to open and close (and break!) but with each link being 2mm long, and my fingers being rather large, I'm finding it something of a challenge - hence my break right now to post this blog.
|Left: four chains cut to length and added to anchor pins. These will form the horizontals. Right: parts laid out as an "exploded" diagram of the bridge construction.|
What you see before you is about two hours' work so far. I imagine painting the bridge, applying the walk-boards and attaching it to the walker itself will be equally frustrating! Anyway, I'll keep you posted.
|Chains and pins are suspended on small knitting needles for support as I'm not wearing my spare arms today. It took an hour to get this far.|
This sort of detailing has to be completed before I start attaching the legs to the model, as otherwise I would risk damaging the whole thing - picking it up and turning it upside down, for example, will be very difficult once the legs are attached.
|All chains and pins finally linked together. This will need to be painted and attached to the walker before further detailing can be applied.|
Oh, well. Better get back to it!
All the Best!