The following pages are examples of various projects I have worked on in the past. I will continue to update this web page, so please check back as it is a work in progress. If you have any questions or comments, please drop me a line.
Best wishes, Frank
Various models created for different projects.
Millennium Falcon from Empire Strikes Back, A replica of the two foot miniature. I get busy with free lance work, so I'm still working on it, however, it was because of this model I was hired to help with the licensed version produced my MASTER REPLICAS.
Mark I and Mark II Vipers
Studio Scale Vipers from Battlestar Galactica TOS and the Reboot. We created the Reboot Viper as if it had been a filmed model. In reality, it was always computer graphics.
Heavily modified casting of a face hugger for a stasis tube display.
Viper Mark II Lighted cockpit
Viper Mark II
Finished model for a client/friend.
The figures were from a skiff toy, the client did not like the Skiff proportions of the toy, so I scratch built a better one.
Lightsaber Chest in 1/6 Scale
Eventually this will go into a 1/6 diorama for my Sideshow figure.
Jeff's render he made of mouse. It was the only reference I had to make the model.
3 D model created for novelist Jeff Edwards for his book tour, based on his render from one of his Navy thriller Novels. There was only one picture used as reference.
Clive Cussler and MOUSE
Clive Cussler looks over the MOUSE model I made for Jeff Edwards.
Jeff is a novelist, who's work can be found here: http://navythriller.com In one of his stories, MOUSE plays an integral part, and it was a pleasure to be able to bring his 2D drawing to life for him.
Jeff is very good friends with Clive Cussler, one of my favorite authors. He really liked the model, which really made me happy.
Doll House miniature restored and modified for BIG MARTINI Productions.
Lots of fun casting. I still have nightmares from casting and painting 4,312 recharge cylinders and only having two weeks to do it.
Most of these are garage kits. However, it was the garage kits that got us hired to help MASTER REPLICAS with their licensed replicas of various STAR WARS Ships.
One of our studio scale kits, built up by the owner. he did a great job!
Sometimes I get asked to help fix something, or in the case of the glider, to complete it. I had a blast, as my little sister actually worked on the movie and is pictures with 4 of the movie gliders made for the film. I actually own one, and plan to restore it for my own collection.
Another shot of the glider.
Raw Glider Body from SG1 Production
This is how the glider was sent to me. I was tasked to complete it and get it as finished looking as possible.
The Glider now has guns, antenna, and a pilot with detailed cockpit and is painted exactly as the movie gliders.
There is my little sister Mandy.
Actual 8 foto Movie Glider
How sad it is in this poor condition. I plan on restoring it to its former glory. It is a very special prop to me, because of the previous picture.
Restoring SIL II
Im shown here while working at XFX, I was tasked to clean up SIL for an upcoming auction.
Pilot for 8 foot glider
I actually found this unpainted on ebay, years ago. I took the ear ribbons from the Horizon kit which is the same scale.
Restoration of a 2 foot glider
The glider was sent to me, needing repairs. The antenna's were broken, and the guns were all but gone.
Restored 2 foot glider
Here is the glider after restoration.
It looked like it had been shot repeatedly with a BB gun when I got it.
SIL PUTTY is your friend
To restore the damaged castings, I was lucky enough to have access to a hero mask, where I took small impression off of, and used those to "stamp" bondo and polyester resin onto the damaged sections of the mask I was restoring. The results worked better than I could have ever hoped.
Here is my current project, restoring production castings of a Horus from Stargate. The castings were badly damaged, as they had been in storage since production.
Hero Mask- post rastoration
The Hero mask is now finished and has a repaired "ear ribbon".
Here I am with the MASTER REPLICAS production crew.
Crew from Master Replicas
Here we are with the engineering prototype. We were flown in to make some suggestions for final changes. Moe and I (to my right) were hired to "part map" the Falcon. The original model had been laser scanned, which provided the hull dimensions, but little else. We provided all the detail parts, and instructions on where to put everything. Moe and I had been scratch building the model, and sharing info for several years. Many years of research went into finding the individual parts used. I owe my start on the model to Tim Ketzer. I had seen a model made by Tim years earlier and was inspired to build my own.
Here is my artist proof finished Falcon. They did a great job!
Give me a picture, I can make anything.
Battery from T3
Custom electronic circuit. When it charges, it turns green. See next photo.
Robot from that movie....
Shaun the Sheep
Made this for my daughter.
STARGATE 8 foot glider
Glider Eye of Ra
I used the Glider Eye of Ra, to make my necklace. I basically, shrunk it down, and added the bean and outer ring.
I was contacted by the set dresser for a Movie Called FAN BOYS.
Several of my props were used in the film, but the remote really got some screen time.
I sort of fell into the jewelry project. I have to say it has been fun, and I have more items I would like to create. I have always loved the prop from STARGATE. The Ra Pendant plays a critical role in the movie, and like most of the art production of that film, the work is really amazing. My RA pendant started off as a copy of the RA symbol off of the 8 foot glider. I had several friends work on the actual glider for the movie, so having something connected not only to production, but to the friends that are responsible for it, really makes this piece special. I have these on ETSY:: https://www.etsy.com/listing/218821944/stargate-inspired-ra-pendant?
Full Size Prop
Here is my reproduction of the RA pendant from STARGATE.
This would be as close to the real prop as I will ever get to. The symbol was taken from the 8 foot glider. Once cast, it was reduced, and set back to back to a copy of it self. The edge and bali bead were added. The casting was then remolded and cast i n pure silver, and plated gold.
Antiqued vs Clean
I wanted a more antiqued look, so I did a wash with acrylic paint. I can't decide which version I like best.
Another shot of the wash.
The prop is nice, but a little heavy to actually wear. I decided I would make one that was a bit more practical. It is a gift for someone special in my life. Here it my full sized prop, next to the smaller castings i made. You can see, even silver, they are very pretty. However, they need to be gold. I will eventually make one in solid gold when I have the budget for it.
Back from the platers, Im really happy with how they came out.