Stickframe Posted January 29 Share Posted January 29 Hi dio builders, I started this project in mid 2021, a Covid lockdown was being enforced where I live, and work was fairly slow. What better time to build an admittedly weird project? I glued the last figures down last night and took pictures this morning! I have long been a fan of Ian McQue's conceptual art - it brings nautical/industrial imagery to an alternative future - I don't know why this future is, or if there is any intended message to go along. My sense is that it is not violent or apocalyptic (and this project is not a Mad Max zombie, fallout or violent scenario) - but it's clearly not what is going on today. Many of the craft are anti-gravity - that is, they float in air! All of this is conveyed with a distinctive graphic style that I like - it brings a professional tightness - with a whimsical attitude, but not cartoon like - there you go - perfect. As I am more of land based guy, I decided my McQue inspired project would be largely land based, but, not completely - South Station would be the home to 2 McQue designed Wasps - small anti gravity aircraft. The place would be populated with some pilots, mechanics, deck and recovery crews, and a group of others who manage the vast area the Wasps patrol. I'm guessing they would all live nearby, and the station essentially a home base - with communications and shops. It includes a mobile station and a remanent build from whoever was there beofre. I kept a few self imposed rules in place, first being not to let my thinking get too uptight and keep in mind the "spirit" of McQue's work, and - no new kits - all from the stash, or whatever I might have salvaged from other dios before I tossed them. I did allow myself to buy lots of evergreen. Ok, here we go: South Station was pretty remote - there was a mobile base - and long abandoned elevator tower. We took it over because it was in the shadow of the highest ridge in our sector, there was a spring and well, and it was pretty easy to get to. The tracked M1070 could pull anything anywhere! We brought solar panels for the powerpacks, and our microgrid, but it ran mostly on net zero hydrogen fuel cells. We had more power than common sense - this place was remote! The old man ran the place - which was pretty interesting and funny - he was a bit of a nut. Guess he had to be - kept us busy on missions, we had fun out there - lol - odd crew too all sorts on our team - We were always repairing the Wasps - and fixing other rides - and building all sort of stuff - it was non-stop which was pretty funny - this was a small post in the middle of nowhere with a big crew with plenty to do! The Wasps were almost completely silent - which was weird - never knew if they were coming or going - and that flight deck! I know - anti gravity is no big deal blah blah - but man watching the pilots drop them into those bays! Just weird - And the guy with the gun - Chet - we had two sentries. Him and Carol - She was perched on the tower with a .308. I don't recall either of them ever shooting at anything other than to pass the time! There's Carol - with that .308 - That's Val, on the perch - haha - he'd stand up there yelling at the recovery crew - he was always barking off orders! lol And there you have it - A special tip-o-the-Xacto to @Pete in Lincs and @silver911 - Pete and Ron, thanks for sticking with this project! Your keeping the ideas fresh is appreciated! Cheers Nick 36 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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