Monday, August 22, 2011

"Hold the Pickles"

The director of the Petersen Museum at the time ...Dick Messer ...was opening a Johnny Rockets Burger inside the museum and asked me to build him something to greet his customers. I came up with "Hold the Pickles". 

A built-up Rat Fink kit was used after being stripped and dissasembled. The arms were removed with an Exacto Micro Saw blade and some sprue cutters. The area around the teeth was removed with the saw too and an inner mouth made with Aves Apoxie Sculpt. The front and back pieces were joined with styrene cement. Strips were cut from .020 sheet plastic and cemented over the openings. Bondo will be applied over the strips and sanded down to smooth everything out.




Superfink arms and feet were scavenged from another build and repositioned as shown.

 


A hamburger patty was cut from plastic foam with scissors, sanded into shape with 80 grit paper, colored with brown and black PrismaColor markers, then sprayed with a Crystal Clear enamel. Two onion rings were made from sheet plastic strips. A slice of cheese was made from sheet plastic then the corners were heated with a hot air gun and bent down to go over the patty. French fries were made from plastic strips.

  

Here are a couple of pictures of the hamburger. It's pretty small ...like 2-5/8" diameter and weighs hardly anything.

 


The bun is made from Styrofoam. A circle was cut out and sanded with a sanding block an 180 grit paper to get the domed shape I wanted. The bottom was cut then sawed a bit thinner for the right look. Elmer’s Glue All was used to liberally coat each piece then toilet tissue was laid down over the glue and pushed in with a damp foam brush. After this was dry, they were painted with an Ivory acrylic craft paint. Next 2 coats of Semi Gloss Polyurethane was brushed over both pieces to kind of level everything out some. Brown, Orange, and Yellow were used to simulate the oven baked bread.


The patty was cut from a piece of plastic foam that was laying around …then colored with Black and Brown PrismaColor pens, sprayed with Crystal Clear, then a couple coats of the Semi Gloss Polyurethane was brushed on.

The lettuce was made from a Green napkin. It was torn in some random shapes and laid in a plastic plate …then Elmer’s Glue All was placed on top on a little water used to spread it around as the napkin soaked it up. Each piece was pushed and wrinkled after this to give the paper “lettuce veins”. When it was dry …Ivory and water was brushed on to give it the variation in color.


The onion rings are strips of .020 plastic, and the cheese was cut from the same sheet, and corners bent down using a hot air gun.

For the tomato ...I cut the rolled edge of a red plastic styrofoam plate into a thin strip ...formed a ring with 2 pieces of 26ga wire twisted together then glued the strip to the edge. I will cut the center from the same plate and it will look just right. This was really fun thinking of ways to do it and what to use and I was real happy the way it is looking too.

Here are a couple of pics of the finished burger assembled and in position. The "bite" was taken out of the burger with an X-acto saw blade and sprue cutters. A brass tube was pushed up through the burger and a plastic coated wire rod was attached to the hand to slip the burger over. Pickles were made from Aves Apoxy Sculpt.

The Teal Green and White floor color came from Johnny Rocket's website.

 

A little color was finally added here:



The completed Johnny Rocket’s Rat Fink project. It’s took quite a few hours to get here …but I’m happy with it and I hope you like it too
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Here’s a re-cap of everything that was done to it:

1.) A built-up Rat Fink kit was used after being stripped and disassembled. The arms were removed with an x-acto Micro Saw blade and some sprue cutters.

2.) The area around the teeth was removed with the saw too and an inner mouth made with Aves Apoxie Sculpt.

3.) The front and back pieces were joined with styrene cement and plastic strips were cut from .020 sheet plastic and cemented over the openings. Bondo was then mixed and applied over the strips and sanded down to smooth everything out.

4.) Arms and feet were scavenged from a built-up Superfink and repositioned as shown.

5.) A hamburger patty was cut from plastic foam with scissors, sanded into shape with 80 grit paper, colored with brown and black PrismaColor markers, then sprayed with a Crystal Clear enamel. Later a coat of a Satin Polycrylic Urethane was applied for the correct sheen.

6.) Two onion rings were made from sheet plastic strips. The slice of cheese was made from sheet plastic then the corners were heated with a hot air gun and bent down to go over the patty. Pickles were made from Aves Apoxy Sculpt.

7.) The bun was made from Styrofoam. A circle was cut out and sanded with a sanding block an 180 grit paper to get the domed shape I wanted. The bottom was cut then sawed a bit thinner for the right look. Elmer’s Glue All was used to liberally coat each piece then toilet tissue was laid down over the glue and pushed in with a damp foam brush. After this was dry, they were painted with an Ivory acrylic craft paint. Next 2 coats of Semi Gloss Polycrylic Urethane was brushed over both pieces to kind of level everything out some. Brown, Orange, and Yellow were used to simulate the oven baked bread.

 
8.) The lettuce was made from a Green napkin. It was torn in some random shapes and laid in a plastic plate …then Elmer’s Glue-All was placed on top and a little water used to spread it around as the napkin soaked it up. Each piece was pushed and wrinkled after this to give the paper “lettuce veins”. When it was dry …Ivory and water was brushed on to give it the variation in color.

 
9.) The tomato was made from the rolled edge of a red plastic Styrofoam plate into a thin strip ...formed a ring with 2 pieces of 26ga wire twisted together then glued the strip to the edge. The center was made from the same plate.

 
10.) The "bite" was taken out of the burger with an X-acto saw blade and sprue cutters. A brass tube was pushed up through the burger and a plastic coated wire rod was attached to the hand to slip the burger over.

11.) The RF was painted with an Empire Gold acrylic paint, then Ivory was added and dry-brushed over that. Rose was used on the gums, lips, ears, and a few other areas as a highlight color. An oil based walnut stain was applied next and wiped off to highlight the low area details. Everything thing received a couple coats of a Matte Varnish. The ”R.F.” letters were then outlined with a Metallic Blue.

12.) The ever present tail bandage was cut from a bandana and stained “nasty”.

13.) The black and silver craft fur was stuff in between the ears and the opening left in the top of his head after removing the molded hair with a saw blade.

14.) The base was made from 1/8” Masonite. The figure is attached to it with two #2 x ½ brass screws.

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Well ...I guess that's it for this one. It was allot of work but it was all fun ...Weldon



Thursday, August 18, 2011

Colored FINK Model Drawings

I don't sleep very well at night and often get up and drag my PRISMACOLOR pens and pencils out and do some coloring to pass the time. Here are a few of my renderings:

   
     
       
   
   

I can't seem to find good picture Outlaw with Robbin Hood Fink to color. If anyone could help me out with it ...it would sure be appreciated ...Weldon