"Were fire and ice, the dream won't come true" Go Starship!
About this creation
Two cross-section vigs of scientists gathering data in 2 very different environments, yet part of the same fascinating and unique planet. A vulcanologist gathers a fresh lava sample in their collector. I remember as a kid seeing photos in NAtGeo of guys wearing full asbestos suits to do this but it seems the kids these days go clad only in gloves and bandana:
Of course, unbeknownst to the scientist dude, but knowsnt to us, he is standing on the top of an old lave tube, where lava once flowed, covered by a top insulating layer, but has since drained away leaving a hollow tube. Tread lightly mate!
And at the other end of the spectrum, our climatologist is drilling an ice core sample.
The ice deep down gives clues to the state of the atmosphere when it fell as snow, hundreds or thousands of years ago. The colours are a very simplified version of the succesive layers of snow being compacted into ice and then blue ice, which is very old.
Starting to explore my love of cross-sections. Also the return of the infamous crappy stand! This one not only has more SNOT but a crude knob whereby you can turn the vig around. After the other Shannon suggested how cool working gearing would be on my "cool machine", I couldn't afford to let him down again! The actual vigs came together in less than an hour (probably cuz I'd be planning them in my mind for a while now daydreaming at work) but to fit them on the stand tool over 2 hours! Arrgh!
"*Pant pant* why can't we get one of those *pant* motorised drills I saw in that catalog!?"
Gear turning thing. Discovered I've lost all of my technic skills; I sat motionless, staring at this trying to work out how to get it to turn via a handle for ages...
Had to lean the stand back to compensate for the droopage of those heavy vigs (that's an easy one for ya Chris Phipson...)
Well I love the idea of the two sides, the gear turning aspect of it is pure genuis. The actual Vignettes didn't blow my mind as much, sorry. I like the drilling on the ice side, but it's just a square base with different layers, and a cave on the other part. As my Technology teacher would say: "be creative with the shape of the base!". Oh, and I'd seriously consider a stronger axel if I were you. That thing is gonna break.
Fire and "ICE"... is that some kind of crack? (get it, crack... ice... never mind) I know you wanted some kind of joke about the droopage, but I'm not gonna give you the satisfaction. It's just WAY too easy! Later ~ Chris.
I like the way this looks. I like the way it turns. I like the story to go along with it. You have a wonderfully whacky range in your work. I like the why you communicate the thoughts behind your builds. Many on these pages could spill some ink. I might like their work better.
I read a good John McPhee article in the New Yorker, many years ago, about lava flowing out of a volcano in Iceland. Crews would go onto the flow with bulldozers and move the lava so it would not go into the bay. If you stood on the lava for too long your shoes would catch fire but you could ride over it with a bulldozer and force it to go a certain way. An image always stuck in my mind. Lava wranglers, with extra thick soles.
"oooh Fiiire and ice, you come on like a flame then you turn a cold shoouuuulder..." Do you suppose they're listening to Pat Benatar while they work? Cool concept, Shannon (pun intended). Now how's about that four-sided vig?