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Bēhance

  • Taxi Plane
  • A model inspired by  Enki Bilal's flying vehicle in the illustration novel, La Femme Piège http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Femme_Piège .  It won 1st place and the Editors Choise award at the starshipmodeler.com "yellow" competition in 2007.  Earlier the same year, it got 1st place, Best of Show(Peoples Choice) and Best of Show(Judges Choice), at the Con*cept model competition in Montreal.
  •                         Four pages from the Illustration novel that include the yellow taxi.
  •                        The biggest challenge was interpreting and rendering this design as a phisical
                           model.  The illustrations of the plane are consistent only in “feel” from one panel
                           to the next.  Proportions, shapes and details change constantly in the illustrations.
                           I had to come up with something that would reasonably fit all the different images
                           in the novel and I couldn’t do it with separate models.  
                           The scale I settled with (cheated with maybe) was 1/27.
  •                                                                Building the fuselage volume made with
                                                                   styrine and foam.
     
  • Here are most of the finished original pieces.  Next step is the molding process.
     
  •                                     Some of the originals here all boxed-up and ready to be molded!
  •                                                The green stuff is silicone poured in the boxes!
     
  •                                    The two-piece matrix-mold for the fuselage!
     
  • Some of the multiples here out of polyurethane resin.
     
  • The model all built and painted.
     
  • The pressure switches for the lights are found inside the fuselage and they can be accesed with toothpicks going through the turbine exhausts in the back.
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