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Flynn Fairbanks in Steampunk Adventurer Gear

I've been following various "steampunk" conversations here on the forum while thinking about trying to put together some "steampunk" style figures of my own... without breaking the bank. This is my first attempt.

The jacket, a 21st Century Ultimate Soldier piece, is a recent purchase. The other accessories are pieces I had on hand. Sources include the Hasbro GI Joe Soldiers of the World (circa 2000) figure, Hasbro uniform, a TBLeague rifle, some additional 21st Century pieces (pistol, pith helmet), and some accessories from Pinky Street figures (eye patch and goggles).

Granted, a steampunk figure doesn't look entirely steampunk without Victorian-era chin-whiskers, but I'm not quite ready to invest in reflocking yet. Plus, I don't really have any spare heads to send out for flocking.

Anyway, ol' Flynn here is almost ready for a trek in to Dinosaur Valley!

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He is indeed a fine looking figure and a perfect example of Steampunk. Goggles do seem to be de rigueur!
Well done.
That Dinosaur Valley is going to be looking like Ipanema Beach mid-summer crawling with tourists!
Everybody's going there!


The great thing about steampunking scenes is that you can use just about any old pieces of mechanical/electrical junk and they look just right.

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Great looking steampunk adventurer Dave! Loving his jacket and overall look! I wonder what Bob will make of him???
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Great job, Dave!!!

I think you covered all the bases...goggles, check...pith helmet, check...long coat, check...weapon, check...tall boots, check! You should probably also get points for the eye patch.

But, you do need to get a couple Joe heads for flocking, and if I could make one suggestion; I would add some wires and coils of tubing to that rifle to make it look steam powered. pirat

Great first effort!!!

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I would add some wires and coils of tubing to that rifle to make it look steam powered.

The Winchester rifle is a temporary, but effective, weapon until the ætheric intervalometer induction coils for the Steinmetz-Röntgen pulse carbine are perfected.
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"... until the ætheric intervalometer induction coils for the Steinmetz-Röntgen pulse carbine are perfected."


Easy for you to say.....! lol! lol! lol!

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gibri wrote:
I would add some wires and coils of tubing to that rifle to make it look steam powered.

The Winchester rifle is a temporary, but effective, weapon until the ætheric intervalometer induction coils for the Steinmetz-Röntgen pulse carbine are perfected.
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OH, THE HORROR!

Well, perhaps more embarrassment tinged with disgust than actual horror.  Embarassed  In this post I offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the current state – a state of utter chaos – of South Central Utah Headquarters.

The idea behind this shameful reveal is to inspire myself to clean things up, repair what needs to be repaired, discard what needs to be discarded, and in general get things back to some semblance of not looking like a complete pile of rubbish. Obviously this attempt is doomed to failure, because while I could be cleaning things up this very moment, instead I'm sitting here in front of the computer screen wasting time.

Ah well. Such is my penchant.

My figure hobby shares space in a storage shed with garden and carpentry tools and supplies as well as general household storage. There is usually quite a bit of overlap; that is, a literal, physical overlap, with tools and paint cans and electrical cords and garden hoses piled on top of storage tubs heaped among empty and not-empty cardboard boxes. It's a total mess. Among my summer project plans was to construct another small shed for garden tools, but money, time, and enthusiasm (not to mention ability) have not yet propitiously aligned in a manner for that to happen.

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My most recently constructed set, and currently the least cluttered, consists of two walls and a door. I was going to need a door for a photo-shoot that I was planning, and this was the result. The door frame is already falling apart and the posters are falling off the walls. The Elvis figure is a recent arrival - two dollars on eBay. He is a Hasbro figure, but lacks the articulation of GI Joe / AM releases, and the quality and detail is not as good as the Mattel "Barbie Loves Elvis" figures. The motion picture camera is from the Bratz Movie-Making Set of several years ago.

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This cluttery mess was slapped together for a quick one-off photo three years ago, and I ended up keeping it. It has served as a backdrop for a variety of scenes, including a well-drilling platform (its original purpose), a gallows, and a sailing ship navigation deck. Anything vaguely nautical in nature (meaning, mostly, random bits of string) ends up piled here. A lot of other stuff ends up piled here, too, but I managed to clear most of it away to snap this photo.

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I tried to construct a 1:6 scale biplane a couple of years ago, using random cardboard boxes. There's a top wing around here somewhere, and some extensions for the lower wing to bring it up to a satisfactory width. It really looks like utter rubbish, but I put so much work in to it that I have not been able to bring myself to throw it out... until now. Shortly before I sat down to post these images, I finally tossed this project in to the car with other bags of rubbish and hauled it to the dump. I have seen plans for 1:6 scale airplane models for sale on eBay, or there are 1:6 scale kits available, although they are pricey (US $200+), and apparently do not include various essential parts like propellers or wheels or material for covering the frame. At some point I shall revisit this project. I do not require total realism, but I want an airplane that doesn't look like a bunch of cardboard boxes taped together.

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The broom closet set is sitting in a corner, ignored, but has largely escaped being filled up with unrelated clutter.

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The submarine conning tower, scaled for 3-3/4 inch figures, is all that remains of a larger submarine prop that I disassembled and discarded when I moved to Utah nearly four years ago. Considering the abuse it has gone through it is holding up fairly well. I hope to restore the submarine model at some point.

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I salvaged this interesting piece of styrofoam insulation during my recent bathroom remodeling project. This will be the basis of a "dual scale" steampunk backdrop designed to work with with both 1:6 and 1:3 scale figures.

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The 1:3 scale (Smart Doll size) room set has largely avoided being buried in unrelated clutter, other than now hosting a full-size manual typewriter. But then, the set was built on top of my writing desk, and now I do not have a place to put the typewriter. A new ribbon is on order for the typewriter, by the way. Once the ribbon arrives I hope to clean and lubricate the typewriter and get it back in to working condition. Of course, then I'll have to find a place to put the typewriter that is not in the Smart Doll living room.

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I found this partial Monster High castle toy at a thrift store / charity shop for one dollar. I couldn't pass up a deal like that, now, could I? In itself it isn't much to look at because it is missing so many parts, but it works well for casting shadows and creating mysterious backdrops in atmospherically illuminated close-up photos. I should probably try to disassemble it, since it takes up a lot of space and I do not really need it to be assembled for the manner in which I use it.

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The "hippie bar" room box set in 1:6 scale was originally intended to be a quick single-use backdrop, but it has taken on a life of its own and refuses to go away. Anything "bar" or "restaurant" related ends up being piled in here. This box is presently sitting inside a larger box that houses the "new and improved" tiki bar version. (Those are "lab tables" constructed from cardboard and fast-food burger wrappers balanced on top of the set.)

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Here's a glimpse of the tiki bar as it currently sits behind and beneath the hippie bar backdrop. Notice the random notes about ideas for future photo-stories.

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The 1:6 scale spiral staircase was a challenging project. It could stand a bit of maintenance. I used a low quality styrofoam for the structure which is beginning to soften, sag, and crack. I'm not yet sure whether to attempt a refurbishment or to try to build another one. I actually did build another one, but it doesn't look as good or work as well in photos.

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The second spiral staircase prop can be glimpsed at the left of this image, in the chaotically cluttered "Paris apartment" set. The Bratz dolls and their horse have been sitting there patiently since last Christmas. As we approach the end of August, next Christmas is less than four months away, so there's no point in putting things away now, is there?

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This 1:6 scale room box was originally a dungeon-esque living room or parlor, but it has become my most frequently used "general purpose" room box. Currently it contains the scattered remnants of the "Bob Hope & General Patton" photo-story shoot and a couple of the Pullip Amelia flight crew (see, I really need that airplane).

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This is another 3-3/4 inch scale set, a "surfer bar" for Pinky Street figures that never got finished. My enthusiasm was high when I started, but I lost focus, and this has been sitting here untouched for over two years. I should either finish it or tear everything out and forget about it. Chances are, however, that I won't do either, and it will just keep sitting here.

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The steampunk dynamo room was constructed specifically for a photo-story that has now been "on hiatus" since... hang on a sec, gotta go look it up... ah! Since August 2016! Three years ago this month! That's long enough. I really need to get back to that story.

So there you have it: the current status of SCU_HQ.

"But wait," you say. "Where are all the guys? All the action figures? All I see are a couple of Bratz dollz and ol' General George. And Elvis." Yeah, well, the guys are currently scattered across several storage tubs. The tubs sit below the shelves on which these sets are built. My next order of business is to clear enough floor space by getting rid of empty cardboard boxes and packing plastic and what-not to set up a folding table on which I can start sorting toys and figures. Plus, a new guy arrived yesterday, and there's one more in the mail. Once everybody has arrived and is accounted for I hope to post a "group photo" of my GI Joe and related (Captain Action, 21st Century, and similar) action figures. I don't even know for sure how many "AMMO-type" figures I have.

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PostSubject: Re: SCU-HQ: Like, Whateverz   SCU-HQ: Like, Whateverz - Page 3 Icon_minitimeMon Aug 26, 2019 12:30 am

It's rare for any fan/collector/freak to bare his soul quite so graphically, but thanks for a look behind the scenes at your H.Q.
Now I don't feel quite so bad about my own mess which accumulates from time to time.
I too build "stuff" for a specific purpose, but then find it difficult to dispose of, so there's the ever burgeoning question of where the hell to store all the things.
Maybe I'll never use them again? Or there's the other side when I do actually get round to junking something and throwing it out, about a week later I come up with an idea for which it would have been perfect. Somehow I always manage to dispose of the wrong items!
Great shots of your own particular chaos, .....I think a lot of us may have something very similar.

Not that I'll be concerned but I sometimes wonder where anyone would start in the event of my demise?

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Not that I'll be concerned but I sometimes wonder where anyone would start in the event of my demise?

I sometimes have that same thought. I often look at the belongings of other people... even when driving through small rural towns where yards are cluttered with junk automobiles and rusting appliances (there's a lot of that around where I live)... and I wonder why they are keeping all that junk. But then I look at my own stuff, and realize it looks the same or even worse. And yes, much of what I accumulate is total rubbish, but it's interesting rubbish, of a shape or a material that may prove useful for future projects. And mixed in among the trash are a few treasures. I'm sure that most people think the same about the junk that piles up in their yards and sheds and closets and garages. Some things are financially valuable. Some things hold sentimental value. Some things "might come in handy." And some things... are just junk, but the junk is so thoroughly mixed in with "the good stuff" that even a minor tidy-up can take hours.

I have no doubt that someday, when I'm gone, somebody will gather up everything I own and haul it to the dump, little knowing that, among all the worthless items, a few relatively valuable pieces are hiding. But they won't care, I won't care, and... okay, anyway, I really need to get some of this crap cleared up!

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PostSubject: Re: SCU-HQ: Like, Whateverz   SCU-HQ: Like, Whateverz - Page 3 Icon_minitimeMon Aug 26, 2019 6:25 am

"Interesting rubbish". I subscribe to that idea!
I look at it this way.
Should somebody ever have to go through my possessions to clean up after I've gone, throw up their hands in horror and decide to just haul the lot damn lot off to a charity shop, then SOMEBODY is going to get some really valuable pieces very cheaply, and frankly if they are astute enough to realise just exactly what those things are, then good luck to 'em!
I too have come by some things just that way.

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PostSubject: Re: SCU-HQ: Like, Whateverz   SCU-HQ: Like, Whateverz - Page 3 Icon_minitimeMon Aug 26, 2019 8:14 am

Hey Dave, thanks for the insight in to your work space Very Happy . I cannot tell you how many unfinished projects and ones that have gone wrong live in my shed! lol! I can't seem to bring myself to throw them away! although, they will probably never be finished! It's a strange hobby at at times that we have!
As for ammo figures? I am sue you have more than you realize bounce bounce bounce
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As for ammo figures? I am sue you have more than you realize bounce bounce bounce
I only have male figures, ....(sorry, decided against buying any phicens), but I swear the things have found a way to breed!
Rather like those damned wire coat-hangers that you never buy but somehow manage to proliferate in the darkness of your wardrobe.

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I'd say time well spent, Dave. At least from my perspective. I've really enjoyed seeing your stuff and the different rooms. I might have suggested, er, scaling down to fewer different scales till I had a good hard look in the mirror and realized I do 1/6th, 1/48th (O gauge) and some 1/32nd (G gauge) myself, but 1/6th is far and away the dominant scale.

I like your organising ideas. Sometimes when i get in a mood, or am on a cleaning/organising jag, I will start to gather together the items I find for a specific project.

Love the broom closet. I'm always teasing my wife about being a witch...might make a good prop for a Halloween story.

Love that conning tower!

Love the steampunk foam boards, and the "Tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room..." (repeat)

But, regarding AMMO figures...they're all AMMO figures... Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy



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Here are a couple figures for your Conning Tower. I'm really angry with  myself because I have a couple more crew figures, but don't seem to have taken any pics of them.

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Captain "Lee'mo"
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This is a very limited kit I missed out on:
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German Sub Captain with British Battle Dress acquired after Dunkirk:
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Truly wonderful figures gibri!
That Capt. Lee'mo is a very impressive bloke!
He really deserves a submarine conning tower to stand on!

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Here are a couple figures for your Conning Tower.

Unfortunately, the U-Boat conning tower is scaled for 3-3/4 inch figures. I actually started on a 1:6 scale version once, but the reality of just how big it was going to be quickly scuttled that project.

Do you have a U-Boat or battleship bridge diorama for your figs? (That's another diorama I'd like to build, a WWI-era battleship or heavy cruiser bridge, with old-fashioned cage masts visible in the background.)

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I'd say time well spent, Dave. At least from my perspective. I've really enjoyed seeing your stuff and the different rooms. I might have suggested, er, scaling down to fewer different scales till I had a good hard look in the mirror and realized I do 1/6th, 1/48th (O gauge) and some 1/32nd (G gauge) myself, but 1/6th is far and away the dominant scale.

My original scale of preference was for 4 inch / 10cm figures, or approximately 1:16 - 1:18. And speaking of Tiki tiki tiki, I built an entire bamboo beach house in that scale:

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That was definitely the best diorama I ever constructed. Unfortunately, it was simply too big to bring with me when I moved a few years ago, even in that diminutive scale. I've considered trying to rebuilt it, but I doubt that I could recapture the quaint charm of the original.

I managed to clear out a pretty good sized carload of miscellaneous cardboard boxes, packing material, and other total junk after posting these pics, so it's a start. The junk included an old microwave oven, which I disassembled to salvage the giant ceramic magnets that are inside, and in the process I found the perfect ætheric intervalometer induction coils for the Steinmetz-Röntgen pulse carbine project!
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And speaking of Tiki tiki tiki, I built an entire bamboo beach house in that scale:
Damn, ...I would have loved that model whatever the scale.
What did you end up doing with it?

It is an eventual plan of mine to do a 1/6 tiki bar!


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The junk included an old microwave oven, which I disassembled to salvage the giant ceramic magnets that are inside, and in the process I found the perfect ætheric intervalometer induction coils for the Steinmetz-Röntgen pulse carbine project!
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I'm glad that microwave was old Dave. I am led to believe that they can still pack a serious electrical discharge for quite some time after being disconnected from the power.

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I'm glad that microwave was old Dave. I am led to believe that they can still pack a serious electrical discharge for quite some time after being disconnected from the power.

Yes, most microwaves have a massive capacitor in them that can retain a charge. You can short across the terminals with a screwdriver (with an insulated handle) to discharge it if you think it might still pack jolt. I have not yet encountered one that retained any voltage. The ceramic ring magnets are very strong and well worth the risk.

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Just goes to show, without a frame of reference it's very hard to tell the scale.

The Tiki Room looks fantastic, too bad you had to leave it, and I can understand how you don't want to try to redo it.

Are you sure it is safe to handle those aetheric intervalometer induction coils?  scratch  scratch  scratch

Did this one for a South Pacific story:
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Foxhole:
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This is for my French/Belgian village:
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The untidy truth...
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Airbrush paint booth:
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Nice space and some great builds too!
Loved the South Pacific reprise!

However I am still damned envious of your tank!

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Fantastic post Bri! always love seeing your stuff! cheers
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Just goes to show, without a frame of reference it's very hard to tell the scale.
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The untidy truth...

Oh, boy, what I could do with a space like that! Looks like four times the space of my entire storage shed, and I'm only using about one-third of the shed for hobby stuff!

I definitely see a variety of scales in your photos, though. We do all seem to have trouble with maintaining focus in one particular size range.

Interesting how we all seem to have similar things piled around, though: navy vessels, tanks (my 1:18 tank wasn't pictured in my photos), aircraft... and the camera tripod sitting in the middle of the mess (I had to keep moving my tripod to snap my photos; it usually serves as a coat rack.). If that bathroom scale on the floor under the table in the 6th photo down (the tank pic) is a Salter, I will go so far as to say the parallels are uncanny. (And if you are a bloke here in the states who also owns a Salter bathroom scale that measures in stones, the parallels will be full-on surreal!)

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PostSubject: Re: SCU-HQ: Like, Whateverz   SCU-HQ: Like, Whateverz - Page 3 Icon_minitimeWed Aug 28, 2019 3:14 am

Thanks Barry, Dal and Dave!

Sorry Dave, It's called Health-o-matic and no stone. That would have been Twilight Zone territory.

If you could only see it now... lol!

Whenever the house is tidied up or rearranged, things begin to show up in the basement and the spaces I have cleared off on the work bench or any cleared spaces...lamps, dishes, stuff... We've been trying to clean up my son's bedroom and play room, box after box of toys, books, more toys. I am partly to blame myself as I won't give up any of the old toys, my son is likely to be a worse pack-rat than me and never throw's anything away. My wife is a tolerant sort and won't make us throw anything away we want to keep.

But i end up losing my work/play areas. Seeing these pics almost makes me cry as I haven't seen the floor in the basement for years... Twisted Evil Evil or Very Mad Twisted Evil

My son has dozens of model train cars and locos. I have dozens of figures and lego...lego... I loved building them for my son and he loved building them when he got older, but...they never stayed built... I envision an either Lego heaven or lego hell senario. We've piled hundreds of bricks and a few dozen half dismantled items in a few boxes. It would be the ultimate lego challenge to use all these half built items and loose bricks to rebuild them.

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Just noticed the bi-plane/tri-plane dog fight in progress!
Gotta love The Red Baron! Do you have a 1/6 figure of him?
Great models!

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