Toys and Models

I finally got round to painting one or two models, using a tiny amount of acrylic, two coats.  I don’t supply paint in the kits but they are very cheap, at pound shops and such.  Models are on sale at Basically  Wooden.

 

Paddle Ship
Greek Boat

 

 

Paddle craft, model and toy

A little work to correct some errors and it is ready.

Paddle craft, self-assembly toy, 3mm laser-cut plywood, approx 20cm x 10cm.

 

 

 

 

This is the rear paddle version, which proved easier to design and seems to be well received.  On sale soon.

Plywood model boat No.7

Still toiling over another model/toy boat.  Laser cutting is a great way to make things and the precision available constantly tempts me to make more complex designs.  But complex is not necessarily the way to go, when what I am looking for is play value, simple clean lines and ease of assembly.  paddle drawing for web

This (detail) drawing in Affinity Designer is getting quite complicated, hopefully the final design will reflect the ideas above, rather than any underlying complexity.  I had a trip down memory lane trying to measure the length of an arc. Finding π on the keyboard was not as straightforward as it should be  – Alt 227  won’t work for me, I don’t know why.

Many years ago my father taught me to use a fretsaw and then a treadle fretsaw; I was so proud to make cut-out models and shapes, happy to spend cool evenings in our tiny kitchen sawing, sanding and gluing with a hot, smelly glue pot and a sticky brush. treadle fret Dad made lots of wooden toys – forts, garages, vehicles &c., often working from plans in Hobbies magazine.  He invariably gave them away.  I think he would have loved the laser cutter.

Boats

RoRo Ferry approx 20cm x 10cm

A trip through the rain to Basically Wooden in Devon to collect many laser-cut toy boats, ready for packaging and hopefully for some sales.  Sue and Andrew at Basically Wooden design, laser-cut and assemble fine objects for the gaming world, and some other items.  They have just made a new dice tower, really lovely.  They use quite a lot of fine, detailed engraving, something I have avoided with these toys.

Tugboat, Helicopter,Lifeboat and Trawler all about 20cm x 10 cm

My toy/models have moving doors and a working winch.  They are suitable for children over 3 (small parts), come with visual instructions, glue (not strictly necessary but makes a more permanent toy), and string for the winch.  I am selling on Etse and ebay , £11.95 each including UK postage, add £3 for postage worldwide.  Buy all five for £50, (plus £5 for shipping outside the UK).

 

Art of the Monstrous: Burtynsky and the Anthropocene

This is an article by Michael Welton, mainly about a gallery show in Ottowa,  Anthropocene.  But it also looks at earlier work by Burtynsky, et al.  I just came across this trailer for the recently released film, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch.

coal mine #1, North Rhine, Westphalia, Germany, 2015
image by Edward Burtynsky

 

Helicopter – now on sale

Yours for just £9.95, introductory offer while stocks last.  This press-out version is supplied with pva glue.

3mm plywood, laser-cut and sanded on both sides, approx 20cm x 10cm. Instructions included.  Contains small parts so not suitable for children under 3.  Assembly may need adult assistance.  Free postage in the UK, £3 for the European Union.  

3xA5 plywood sheets

Vectors

Working on a steampunk design for a helicopter, I have struggled the last few days to get a look that will translate to plywood.  The devil really is in the detail.  My plywood laser-cut toys are plain and unadorned but steampunk is not about clean lines.

Circle grid window

I spent a while this morning drawing this window in the style of an old diving helmet, here as a .png file (WordPress won’t allow vector files, if anyone wants a copy let me know and I will send).

Affinity Designer is perfectly adequate for 2D drawing like this.