Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Star-Lord's Quad-Blaster


I think it's safe to say there's definitely a case of Guardians-fever here in the Terrabyte Workshop!

Following on from my Awesome Mix tutorial, I've begun working on my next GotG themed prop: Star-Lord's Quad-Blaster.


Similar to Rey's blaster pistol, the main bulk of this is made from cardboard (the kind you get from cereal boxes), with things like the barrels being made from various sizes of PVC piping.


I'm almost done with the bodywork now, I just need to add some filler in certain areas before I can move onto the painting.


Alongside this I'm also working on a couple of other props from the Guardians of the Galaxy universe (of which you'll read more about in future posts)


Let me know what you think of the build so far.


Until next time.
     - Terrabyte

Monday, 15 May 2017

How to Make your own Awesome Mix Tape!!

I think most of us here have seen the Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014's unexpected box office hit, and with Vol.2 set to do even better, it's fair to say that Guardians-frenzy has reached a fever pitch. 

And of course, at the heart of both movies are the beautifully put together soundtracks, immortalised in cassette form with Peter Quill's Sony Walkman and the Milano's tape deck. Here I've put together a tutorial for those of you wanting to make your very own Awesome Mix!



What you'll need:
  • a blank cassette tape - 90 minutes long (the original used in the movie is a TDK CDing 2 recordable tape, but I'll be using a close-enough stand in for mine)
  • a stereo cassette player (with built-in CD player)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack CD
  • Awesome Mix Vol.1 or 2 stickers (found on my files page HERE)


Steps:
  • Step 1: Gather your materials: a blank tape and the soundtrack CD

  • Step 2: Insert your blank cassette into your tape player. Before you begin, it's best to rewind the tape back to the beginning, to make sure nothing gets cut off at the end.

  • Step 3: Insert your CD into the player and press down the record button. For most players, this should automatically depress the play button and start playing the CD.

  • Step 4: For the stickers, print out the graphics from the files section, either onto sticker paper or just a plain sheet of paper. You can then either glue the stickers to the cassette or simply stick them into place.

  • Step 5: And in true Blue Peter style, here's one I made earlier!


I hope you find this tutorial helpful (and easy to understand/follow!) Don't forget to post some pictures below of your awesome mixes!
Now don't you have a galaxy to go defend? 


Until next time.
     - Terrabyte

Rey's NN-14 Blaster Part.1

Time to kick this blog off with a bang, methinks. 

I've built many props in the past (almost too many to count) but I think I'll start with something that I'm currently working on (and when things get a little quiet I'll maybe backdate just to keep the updates flowing). 



If the title of today's post hasn't given it away already, I'm currently working on Rey's LPA NN-14 blaster pistol from The Force Awakens


As you can see I've got pretty much 95% of the bodywork done, all it needs now is some smoothing out and a few extra details (such as the handgrips and safety switch)

As you'll soon learn is the case for pretty much all of my builds, the majority of this is made from cardboard, with a cardboard tube being used for the barrel. The handle, however, is made from 4 layers of hardboard, glued together and cut out.


Well, that's all for this post. Join me next time when I'll hopefully have finished this prop (or maybe I'll be showcasing another work-in-progress...you never know.)


Let me know what you think of the blaster below, and how well I'm doing with my first blog.


Until next time.

     - Terrabyte

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Welcome Aboard!

Greetings! 

And welcome to my humble little corner of the internet. What can I get you? Tea? Coffee? Bantha milk? Not thirsty? Never mind then. 

I suppose it's only polite to introduce myself. My name is Terrabyte (although that's not my real name of course) and I'm an amateur prop builder with an obsession for anything nerdy, be that Doctor Who, Star Wars or anything in between. I love to spend my free time replicating various bits and pieces from my favourite TV shows and films, and I'm hoping that with this blog you'll enjoy following me in my misadventures. 


So you may as well grab a biscuit and a comfy seat, because all being well I'll be posting on this blog as often as possible (provided none of you get bored of my incessant rambling, that is 😉)


Until next time. 


     - Terrabyte