I have not been idle this evening. I spent it in the company of a very nice young couple who I have now glued to their seats and drilled holes in their faces.
I know, there are some out there (especially the ones who read one of the books) thinking “So? He probably does that every evening.” Not so. This is a special occasion.
Here. then, is the progress so far on Smoking Man’s Ride -
The ‘ride’ refers to the car, not the woman. Honestly, you people have filthy minds. The car now has wheels, all that’s left is the bodyshell which might take a couple of days because it has to be sprayed, then there’s a lot of chrome parts.
Here’s a closer look:
It’s not the original Smoking Head. That one would be better suited to a truck or motorbike rather than this car. As it is, I’m glad I decided to make this a rush job because I now know where the difficult parts will be.
Gluing them into the seats before drilling was a bad idea. I can’t get a straight drill at them because parts of the car get in the way. I couldn’t get an accurate purchase on their faces so the drill didn’t hit the mouth perfectly and the woman’s face-hole grew too large (No! Don’t even think it!)
Also, the paintwork gets damaged while drilling and while it can be touched up, skin always looks touched-up. So in future I’ll drill the head before starting.
In this case there’s no point touching it up. I’ll just complete the model and fit the light in the boot. I’ll take much more time over the next one so the paintwork will be a lot better. Eventually I’ll have enough to model a beachfront scene with a whole row of cars full of smokers, VW campers full of hippies passing fibre-optic around, bikes and trucks parked up…
I’m wondering about how I could use an atomiser from an Electrofag to simulate smoke. It would really have nicotine in it too.
The fibre-optic isn’t fixed in place yet. The cigarettes will be shorter than that. If there are any mechanical geniuses reading, how could I make the cigarette gradually pull back towards the face, then spring out again to become a new one?
For a rush job, I think it’s turned out not too terrible so far. Some things should have been filed, some things should have been adjusted, some things should have been done differently but it has worked. A laser lights both fags at once, but this one will get a simple red LED with a resistor and a diode so I don’t blow it by connecting it the wrong way round. I do have two laser diodes I can fit into models and they run on 3V so a couple of AAAs will sort that out.
Anyway, back to normal for a while. I am enjoying all this face-drilling enormously, which might be a cause for some concern. Nah. I’m sure it won’t escalate.
I’m more concerned about Son of Smoking Man’s eyes. What is he staring at?