You know how you think you really know your spouse, whether you've been married for 5 days, 5 months or 5 years and then they go and do something totally out of the ordinary that throws you for a loop. I don't know why, but even though I feel like I know my husband so incredibly well, he still manages to impress me now and then!!! This is one of those instances!
I know I won't do justice in explaining all that went into this, but I will try. John built this robot from beginning to end. All that he started with was a sketch he drew to guide him, sheets of plastic styrene, tools and a lot of creativity. This robot may look like a kit, you know the sheet of plastic that comes with 100+ pieces that you have to pull off individually and then put together one by one! But it is NOTHING like a kit in that John made all his own pieces from scratch! This new hobby is called "Scratch Building." You can do pretty much anything to this plastic: cut, sand, paint, glue, drill, carve, etc. The styrene is white, so once the robot was built he used many different techniques to get the metalic & rust look. He was able to enter it into an online contest. Apparently there is a whole community of scratch builders out there. I have a feeling this is the first of many projects John will do!! He loves it and says it is a great stress reliever! You can read his ficticious biography of the robot's creation and purpose for existence & also view his robot here: http://www.starshipmodeler.com/contest/scratch_16.htm
To put it in perspective, the robot is appx. 8" tall.
The "Q" stands for "Quinny" and the "14" was my volleyball/soccer # in high school and college. Kinda cool to have a robot named after me!
The Building Process
The Final Coats
The Finishing Details