viernes, 4 de noviembre de 2016

Captain Nemo's steampunk Nautilus to hit Thames festival

Captain Nemo's steampunk Nautilus to hit Thames festival
Mike Walls gives a tour of his nearly-finished steampunk parade float.
From an unassuming suburban Auckland garage a unique project is about to emerge.
Mike Walls has spent the past eight months tinkering away in a Te Atatu shed, converting an old electric golf cart into something awesome.
He's putting final touches on his steampunk parade float, the Nautilus, complete with moving parts, armaments – and battling a giant squid.

The steampunk Nautilus, still in the workshop.
In character as Captain Nemo, the pensioner will take the craft to Steampunk the Thames in the Coromandel town, from November 11 to 13.
He caught the steampunk bug last year when he went to the inaugural festival "and fell in love with it".
"I've never done anything like this before," the Henderson 69-year-old says.
A bubble machine will give the parade float an under-water feel.

"It's a combination of Victoriana, the industrial age, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mad Max. It kind of makes you feel a bit like a kid dressing up and taking part."
Together with his wife Bonnie Buchan, Walls went through several ideas before they settled on a version of Disney's Nautilus.
It was the submarine's Victorian-like interior and nuclear-power that clinched it.
Mike Walls of Henderson, west Auckland, aka Captain Nemo.

Now, nearly complete, and about four metres long, the submarine has plenty of imaginative parts to wow the crowd.
Bits of an old vacuum cleaner help to make up the main shotgun-styled weaponry, and an re-purposed fan blade will spin as the craft's propeller.
The hardest thing was getting a textured rusted steel look onto the pvc plastic body which is stretched over an aluminium frame, he says.
Walls glued on sawdust for texture, covered it with a special black paint containing iron filings and then sprayed on an oxidiser.
When complete the Nautilus will emit the sound of sonar, have flashing lights and bubbles floating out the top.
The tentacles of a giant squid will wrap around the hull, moving to and fro as the float passes by.
The total cost of materials will work out somewhere between $1500 and $2000, Walls says.
Buchan is helping out on the project and will also parade, punked-up and towing Wired Earp, their sculpture dog about the size of a Jack Russell.
"He's dressed up as a sheriff, toting guns and other weapons of mass destruction," Walls says.
* Steampunk the Thames runs November 11-13 in the Coromandel township of Thames. Walls' Nautilus will be part of the parade down Pahau St on the Saturday, from 10.30am.
- Stuff
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