What happened to the summer

The Tumbler project has been going well up until a small pickup last week. Tyres had arrived and I was getting a bit confident about getting the build finished before the deadline in March, however, I needed to test the weather proof nature of the door and windows. The Steamer was left out in the rain and the windows were indeed water proof. The door needed a few modifications but is looking good. Once the rain had stopped I checked out the Steamer and noticed that a couple of the edges seemed a bit soft and the paint looked like it was lifting. On further inspection it was a lot worse. It appears that the 'WATERPROOF wood' filler I used is not water proof. On even closer inspection it appeared were ever I had used the filler the paint was lifting so there was no alternative but to remove all the filler and to do this means removing the paint and starting again. After three days I am nearly there with removing all the filler and old paint. New car body filler has now been applied where needed and rubbed down and I am now repainting and rubbing down.  In a way it was good that the water test failed at this point as I am also redesigning parts of the car especially where water collected. I have also decided to go with a different paint finish. I really like the textured finish but I think it could be even more textured. I am also not going to use varnish as that did not work and the finishes way to glossy. Instead I will apply over the textured paint a full oil based weather satin black finish. If it ever stops raining, which it has now been doing for three days I will get around to re-painting and at last getting this thing weather proof. Once the painting is all done the next task will be to start working on the rest of the external metal work. I have decided to stay with the black and silver/alloy colour as it seems to work well.



The Batmobile project has started. Progress at the end of week one.
A build log will be uploaded weekly to the Blog.

By March 2016 Podpadstudios will have its very own Batmobile. We are currently building a full size Steampunk Batmobile modelled after the Tumber. At 15 x 9ft in size this is one awesome project. Event though the project is not yet complete it is already booked for events in 2016 and a number of event organisers are very excited about this new project.
When the project started I decided to open it up to sponsorship both individual and company. I have already had some great offers which has now allowed the project to start.

What I am offering sponsors is to have their logo or company name displayed on the trailer and Batmobile located on the rear spoilers.
Being the only Steampunk Batmobile in the world it will be traveling around the country to UK events and will be seen by thousands of people and, no doubt, drawing massive crowds.
If you are interested in getting involved with this project and could offer sponsorship then please contact me through the main website.

Over the next few months I will be looking to purchase a Flat Bed Trailer to transport the bat mobile to events, ideally 14ftx 7ft in size. If you would be interested in sponsoring the trailer then we would love to here from you. What you would gain in return for sponsorship would be your company name/graphics and logo displayed across the trailer. Considering the trailer will be very well travelled, moving the Batmobile around the country to events, your company would get some great publicity and exposure.
If you are interested in this opportunity to get involved with this great project please contact us through the website.



Another Dragon

Another dragon, this one is nearly five meter high though, bit larger than the last one. Again it is made out of recycles materials.

A busy month

Loads been going on lately. As well as the large props like the gate and DHD, the smaller but no less important props are still being produced. A new series of film creatures which will be treated to the Podpadstudios Steampunk makeover. All these Steampunk builds will build the foundations of a new website collection on www.steampunkmachines.co.uk. The full size steampunk bat mobile will also be added to the collection in early April 2016. www.steampunkmachines.co.uk by then end of 2015 will have the largest collection of Steampunk machines in the UK.

Two different sizes of wolf Predator masks soon to be Steampunked.

Based on the success of the organic mutant created for the original Dalek caan I have been asked to produce some more mutant based mask.This is just the first experiment. The final mask will have moving animatronic tentacles and a central glowing eye.

The DHD.

To compliment the recently produced StarGate at Warminster Activity centre a DHD was added. This is not just a static prop though. The front symbols are all removable . The DHD features a sliding rear door which house the crystal tray. The crystals are removable. When placed in the crystal holders each crystal in turn lights up, red, green and blue. When all the crystals are in place the DHD outer ring lights up to show it is now active. This state makes the centre button active. When pressed by the player a siren sounds to indicate the gate is now active and open. At the same time the Stargate now lights up, powered from the DHD. 


The StarGate

 The StarGate has now been installed in its new home at Warminster Activity centre. All they need now is the DHD. It was a fun commission producing a prop of this scale in such a great location.



One of my first fully animatronic builds. I thought I would start with something small and cute so I decided on Bubo, the owl from the Clash of the Titans movie.
he was a very quick build only taking a few hours. He is made from cardboard but features full animatronic movement. The servers fitted to his wing, eyes, beak and neck are all controlled from a poll maestro board which in turn is powered via a 6v source. There is a bluetooth sound unit fitted so any sound can be send via a smart phone to Bubo. His eyes have been slightly modified from the original and I have used blue LED,s in the eyes as opposed to red.