Hi Woodsy, thanks for blogging my Tin Toy Yellow Submarine.
I was recently asked to make a tin toy robot for an ad.
The finished model took four days and wasn't as simple or carefree as I anticipated (when are they ever?).
I was reasonably satisfied with the end result which required two identical robots, a long shot version at 200 mm high and a close up at 300 mm tall.
Matching things like the head spring in different gauge wires took a couple of goes, as did the body shapes that have fairly distinctive facets.
My laser cutter came in handy for cutting out the facial features and hands, whilst I used an ALPS printer to print the decals.
Usually my office laser printer is sufficient, but an ALPS can actually print WHITE ink onto a clear background, so it was better for this job!
Here are some pix of the finished model
The ears and feet are heat-formed from styrene sheet.
The chromed chest details are laser-cut card with chrome paint.
This rear view with the gas tanks shows off the white ink of the ALPS printer
All in all, not a bad result for couple of things made mainly out of cardboard and balsa wood - no, really!
Keep up the Blog work, you are a BIG inspiration!
P.S. I'll have to post you some pix when I start in on my GA inspired puppet film!