3.8.17

New Mad Max styled Apocalypse BUG








As yet we are not sure what to call the new Mad Max, at the moment it is just called The Bug.
It is still under construction with a completion date hopefully in September. 
The idea behind it was to produce a hybrid Retrofuturist/Mad Max horror vehicle which could be used at Film and Horror cons and allow people to pose on the vehicle and have photos taken. It was based on a new style VW Beetle but with a few additions. All the boring stuff has gone, windows, doors, bonnet, interior, roof, lights, intact all that was really left of the Bug was the engine and chassis.
There is still a great detail of fine detail to add and as you can see from the photos but the main construction is now complete. Features include a tweaked 2litre engine giving some very good performance given that the car hardly weighs anything. A large on board propane tank provides some specular flame effects(video to follow).

95Spider






Some more photos showing the new styling and details added.




2.8.17

The New 95Spider


Fans and eyes from a spider


Canopies open it looks like the ears of a giant vampire bat.


The original 95Spider took 12 weeks to build. 
In my original plan the vehicle was going to be a hybrid, a combination of a number of ideas.
Influences would include the 1995 Batman Forever Bat mobile and the Arkham Bat mobile, all wrapped up in a Retrofuturist package.
Unfortunately  due to commercial pressures the build had to be rushed through and never quite achieved my original aspirations. 
It was well received from the Comic Con community but I always felt that it was not what I had planned to build.
After a great deal of head scratching I decided to remodel the 95Spider.
After a further couple of weeks the build is now complete and looking like it was ment to from the very beginning. 

I am really pleased with the final product. The aggressive styling is much more in keeping with the Artist H.R.Giger giving it a more sinuous/organic feeling. The front end has spider characteristics with its large silver fangs and eight eyes. Four aggressive looking guns protrude from the front end. The rear of the vehicle now has movable panels which open up looking like a beetle about to take flight. The large center fin has been lowered and can now open much wider.
The vehicle is now much wider at nearly 9ft giving it a much more squat look on the road.
The open canopy area is gone and a new opening canopy cover has been constructed. 
When both canopies are opened they rise up to look like the ears of a Vampire bat. As well as making the interior of the car now weather proof it also adds a more aggressive insect like reflective eye hiding the Steampunk interior.
The engine has had a few modifications producing much more low end power but at the cost of top speed.
Hopefully the new design reflects what I originally intended, something very unique.





8.6.17

Busy with UK events

There has been so much going on at the moment that updating the Blog does not get much time. We attended a great Charity event a few weeks ago where we got the chance to park up both The Steamer and 95Spider together which was great. If you are looking to catch up with us at any events around the UK then please visit our main webpage and check out our calendar of events on the contact page.


                                         


23.3.17

Article in Wiltshire life Magazine April 2017



A big thank you to Wiltshire Life magazine for running a great article on Podpadstudios.

17.3.17

95Spider 2017.






A few more details added to the 95Spider. I guess you never stop tweaking designs.



2.3.17

Lots of new props

It has been a busy last few months ad a few more props have been added to the collection.

Game of Thrones







I have decided to build a limited Game of Thrones collection, limited in that it will only focus on the dragons. The collection  starts with the egg box and three dragons eggs. Stage two will be the three animatronic baby dragons. 

Harry Potter



Baby Hedwig now has a new brother, a grown up Hedwig.


Batman







Full size working Bat signal. To help give the light some scale it can be seen next to the two Bat Mobiles. It is built mainly from wood but coated in an epoxy to allow it to be used outside. The light will pan and tilt and is illuminated by a 600x600mm LED light panel.The bat can also be rotated. To help it be transported it can be dissembled into three sections. Phase two on this build will be to automate the pan and tilt action and give it a Steampunk makeover.