I performed another lighting test tonight with some of the lighting elements in permanent locations to see whether things are working out as I wanted. With more to go here is how things look for the nighttime showing. Still more to come of course!
As part of the parade float there is a couple of groupings of seagulls, not the Antarctic variety ( yes there is such a bird called the kelp gull) but a more local Herring gull.
They are equipped with servos in their bodies which allow their heads to turn back and forth scanning people on the parade route. I am in the process of making six, but this is the first one.
Longest days of the year roughing it out at the lake, sitting in the evening watching the sunset. Ah the life of an automata maker! What do you mean not everyone does this. I am lucky! I’ll admit it.
I am roughing it out though. That is roughing out my polystyrene car for the Santa Day parade. Here is a photo below. Tomorrow is contour day to hopefully have it take a more attractive shape. It has now gotten to big for my shop, so I’ll work outside under a tent if it rains tomorrow.
There is a grandson, some penguin waddlers, a spare penguin, ( maybe for the tow vehicle) and 1 of three wheels, not turning yet I might add. Lots more to come.
If you follow my blog you may remember that I had posted some pictures and video of some penguins I was making for this years Santa Day Parade in Fenelon Falls. Although it was about 27C degrees today I thought I should do a little more so things don’t get ahead of me, so I have started building my car for they float.
Here is two fenders and a running board under construction. You should be able to gauge the size. I hope to stay on this for a few days. More photos soon.
A couple of weeks ago at Automatacon 2018 among the many people we saw we met Laura and Richard Partington from England. They are both serious enthusiasts and seem to enjoy travelling. Coordinating their trip to go to the convention they planned to spend some time traveling around the northeast US. On hearing Toronto was on the itinerary we discussed them dropping into my shop for a visit.
Today Laura and Richard and spent the afternoon at our place talking automata, and comparing comparing cultural norms. They we were lovely folks and we had a lovely time.
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The latest completed automata project "Snowbirds" now has a page on the website. So read the story of Maude and Bernie and watch the video on the Snowbirds page.
I've also added a page for my grandson's automata project the African Lion Safari, on my webpage. It has been on my YouTube channel but I added it to the website to share the story.
The Snowbirds are finally getting there. On the way down to Automatacon in New Jersey last week I picked up a northeastern map of the USA as a desktop for the piece at a New York Thruway Rest Stop. Now I could say I go to great lengths for authenticity! Well that might be an over statement. Anyway, bad humour aside, here is a peak at my Snowbirds. A little more to do yet.
Yesterday it was a hot steamy day in Southern Ontario. I sat down but the lake chatting with a few close friends and shaped a golf bag and a set of golf clubs for the handle. A little paint last night and it will get attached today.
Here's Ryder the cat. In their haste to leave it seems that someone forgot to latch the cat carrier door, so Ryder is getting a panoramic view of the trip. Fortunately he was never declawed so he can hang on tightly!
So here is the stays of the Snowbirds luggage. Here is a photo of the balloons, the steamer trunk, and a suitcase all in the process of being built. The second photo is a cat carrier in progress along with a cat. I’ll take him to the carving group today. It’s akin to a quilting bee for old guys!
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.