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I've posted a short slideshow/video of my recent mech speedbuild. Here it is! :
Mech Speedbuild 01 by Spex84
Mech Speedbuild 01
Late last year I decided to take a break from model projects that involved a lot of careful planning and detail, and sat down for an afternoon with a pile of junk parts and a hot glue gun.

I've been collecting junk for ages now, and when I have too much, I get rid of some. This time, it actually turned into something :)

Using hot glue is quick, crude, and a lot of fun because design decisions can be made on the fly without careful cutting or waiting for adhesives to set.

This is my first build of this kind...it was a lot of fun. The final product has a lot of rough edges, but that was the whole point.

I made a couple of sketches first to get a rough idea of what I was going to build, and then I went nuts. I spent 4 hours or so building on the first day, painted it olive drab on the second...didn't like that, and the model sat for months. Then I came back to it, ripped off the original (fat) front legs and replaced them with legs more like the rears (another hour or so) and re-painted it in the scheme you see here (another few hours).

A partial parts list:
-dental floss container
-toothpaste caps
-tictac lid
-spool
-Stealth bomber landing gear
-p-51 fighter parts
-helicopter rotor blades
-plane ailerons and spars
-small chunks from a klingon battlecruiser
-small plastic cylinder collected on the beach
-wooden peg with rounded end
-LED in housing
-large diode (?)
-puzzle toy pieces made of connected spheres (I cut them apart and used individual spheres at joints)
-corvette frame pieces, intake hose
-sheet plastic
-wire
-pipe filters (metal mesh)
-craft eyelets

EDIT: and here's a little slideshow/video that shows some of the work in progress: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBqGlx…
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Was pretty much what I expected from the trailers. Loved it, even if it wasn't quite what I was expecting (not sure what I was expecting).
In a world of car franchises that have lost touch with their automotive roots (cough, Fast and Furious), the characters of Mad Max still worship the mighty V8. And superchargers. Nitro. Necker knobs. Flame-spewing exhaust. Temples erected to the glory of guzzoline.
The film is gleefully insane without lurching too far into cheesiness....I was worried it might bring 80s camp along with some of the 80s visuals, but thankfully, no. Well, maybe a little bit. But in a good way.

 It's a wild ride!
So recently I decided to try resurrecting my faulty Dell XPS 1210 laptop. It worked well for a few years, but got very hot. Eventually it developed an issue where the screen would change colors, almost like it was reverting to 256 color mode or something, kind of a watercolor effect. Then it would switch back to normal, and repeat every 10 minutes or so. Needless to say, it rendered the machine useless for photoshop work, and in 2010 I replaced it. It had been sitting on my shelf ever since.
  I had done some research on baking motherboards in the oven in order to re-flow the solder connections, but decided it was rather a lot of work for a computer I didn't really use. But a few weeks ago I found a recent Gizmodo article about a successful bake on a Dell XPS 120, just like mine. That decided things...I was going to try.
I stripped the computer down to the bare motherboard (and was careful to remove the CPU!), shielded the whole thing with foil except for the GPU (apparently it's the Nvidia GPUs of this time period that overheat and fail, similar to the Xbox 360's red ring of death failure). I removed all the stickers from board first, so they didn't burn in the oven.
I propped the foil-wrapped board up on some foil balls atop a cookie sheet, then baked at 350C for 4 minutes, flipped it over, baked for another 4 minutes, then shut the oven off, opened the door, and let it cool slowly.
After half an hour or so, I pulled the foil off. Or tried to.

Pro tip: if you wrap the whole thing in foil except for the target area, the stickers probably won't burn, so don't bother removing them. If you pull off the stickers (as I did) AND foil wrap it, the foil will STICK to the remaining adhesive on the board. You will then have a godawful time trying to remove shreds of stuck aluminum foil from your motherboard. Arghhhh.

After laboriously scraping off the stuck foil, I re-installed the board and all the other components, and to my surprise, the laptop fired up. I have not run it for very long yet, but the display problem seems to be fixed!!
The whole thing took me a few hours, including disassembly and reassembly.

So if you have a computer that is truly on its last legs, or won't even display anything on the screen...a motherboard bake might be worth the effort!
MadMerc by Spex84
MadMerc
Saw the latest Mad Max:Fury Road trailer recently and was reminded of the "MadVan" sketch I did a while back. Was also looking at the Revell '49 Mercury model kit I have sitting on a shelf, and some extra 4X4 parts, and wondered if maybe it would make a good post-apoc build someday. So here's a concept for it!
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Was pretty much what I expected from the trailers. Loved it, even if it wasn't quite what I was expecting (not sure what I was expecting).
In a world of car franchises that have lost touch with their automotive roots (cough, Fast and Furious), the characters of Mad Max still worship the mighty V8. And superchargers. Nitro. Necker knobs. Flame-spewing exhaust. Temples erected to the glory of guzzoline.
The film is gleefully insane without lurching too far into cheesiness....I was worried it might bring 80s camp along with some of the 80s visuals, but thankfully, no. Well, maybe a little bit. But in a good way.

 It's a wild ride!

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:iconorphydian:
Orphydian Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
spex84.deviantart.com/art/Revo…

 

Hey

 

I would be honored to feature this work in my freshly opened group. Its specialised on high detailed military illustrations and it will host only the finest deviations and will gather some of the most talented artists.

arsmilitaria.deviantart.com/

I sent the request. You have to confirm it.

You are also warmly invited to join.

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catazarch Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
thanks for the visit :3
watched!
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Quigonjinncosplay Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love Your Work, the Style, your themes - all are mine too ! Hot Stuff !
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PapayaPirate Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fave!
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ricehunta Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love your work dude c: 
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CrazyRocherKa92 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow beautiful works!! Clap 
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Deusoverkill Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
awesome gallery man! Watching! I'm on fire! 
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Ryder-Sechrest Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Do you do commissions? cause i am REALLY considering hiring you
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:iconmakkon:
Makkon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Bro.

You should make a gumroad tutorial. I'd buy the crap out of it.

ALSO HAPPY BIRTHDAY
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Spex84 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Thanks so much man!
  I've been trying to figure out what I know that I could make a tutorial out of. It's tough! But I recently did some experimenting with Bandicam and Audacity, and have the ability to make some basic vids now.
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You should make gumroad tuts about those TF2 pieces you've been doing. People friggin love fan art, you'd get rich! lol.
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