Can't wait. After all the ups and downs I am still hanging in there and hoping to salvage what little is left of my collection. I am also talking to Sskunky about a set of Cherubs to go on top of this bad boy.No, it's not dead, but I did have to set it aside quite awhile.
I have an update coming pretty quickly as I'm wrapping up the last difficult bit of the build process now.
That looks fantastic Phillip! Can't wait to see the ladies on the top.Have been steady working on the ark lately. Actually getting to the point of attaching legs was more difficult than I imagined but I'm happy with the steps and result.
Bruce is working to prep the lid for primer. Filling and sanding, and lots of it on all the pieces.
It's a good question. I had noticed they were not the same shiny gold as the box itself, but they are still gold colored. The conclusion I took from studying it pretty hard was they were painted with gold paint. It's not anything like a brass or bronze finish. It even looks like extruded plastic pipe was used for the ring, based on the longitudinal lines on the inside. But that's just a guess. In the picture linked below, you can see the collar looks like the gold was brushed on, but not all the way to the ring. Personally, I'll not be replicating that kind of specific detail.Congratulations on following this through. It is a large and difficult replica and you are doing it the correct way. I see the little collars for the pole ring supports were primed, but on the original, they appeared to be the same material as the pole rings, solid bronze or brass, not vacuum metallized. I assume you will be finishing the aluminum rings to looks like bronze/brass, but will you also treat the collars the same way?
My eyes see the collars and the rings as metal. In all my reference photos throughout its history, I have never seen any chips on paint or any surface finish issues on those parts and in person, it appears metal. They were probably made easily by Norank at Elstree. But I understand your preference. Regarding the finish, I do hope you reconsider spray paint. After all this work, the ark needs a proper accurate mirror gold finish. Not many vacuum metallizing chambers can accommodate a item this size, but the Gold Touch Cosmichrome spray metal plating process appears to be an excellent and perhaps more durable option. Though I don't know about its cost. Movie and TV Props
Selling kits of the parts we've made is still the plan. My rough estimate is that there is enough of the huge lid molding run to do 30 of them, though that's not a hard and firm number. And having said that, I'm going to have to hire somebody to run the lid parts as it's a lot of work to run enough for just one lid.Philip, what are your latest thoughts on offering arks for sale? You custom cut a bunch of molding. How many arks would that make? Are you thinking kits or completed props?
It's super exciting to see someone make such a high quality ark. I've only waited my whole adult life to see someone bring this together, which is no different than everybody following the thread though. Still, it's awesome.
Working on it, but now waiting on it to get a bit less wet and cold for primer. My new best friend is a new (to me) 3m Ultra Flexible Sandpaper. Found it at Home Depot. It has a super strong, stretchy, flexible backing that lets you grab a strip of it and sand complex shapes better and more efficiently than any other method I've used. It's fantastic for doing the rail around the top of the lid.Wow that's pretty, I'm dying to see the top of the lid.
In medieval times they used animal hide glues (which are still available) but today most people use either oil based, water based, gelatin glues and a wide variety of spray or fast setting craft products. My wife used Slow-Set by Dux Paints with great success. The primary criteria for her selection was preventing the adhesive from setting too fast due to our locale's high temperatures and low humidity.How are the gold leaf sheets applied? Glue? Any ideas on how the gold leaf holds up over time? Does it flake?
Yep, I was thinking about that after I posted.Thanks, but let's not forget I had lots of help. Vaderdentist sculpted those side panels, Bruce Lee did the 3d work, prepared the top prints, made the top part molds and cast the parts, and sskunky did the Cherubs.
And with any luck, we'll have lifting poles from another party by the time it's revealed in gold.
Yes, we had a 3po head done and it's perfect. For me, this guy is the only place I'd send parts to for Cosmichrome.Great work Phillip! Lovely to see the cherubs where they rightly belong.....
Have you had any test pieces done on the cosmichroming? I only ask because the RO water needs to be absolutely pure when applying it or the surface will get marks.... Just make sure the spray area that it is being done is totally dust free and the RO water tests absolutely pure...... I have seen disasters because of dust and contaminated water......