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One Fast Indian

   by Gerald Posey and self for Build A Dream (2014)

Here are my construction techniques. At first, I tried to cut down the manikin to make him fit the scale. It was a failure on many levels. I abandoned that idea and switched to a clay character. Although I must say that animating a painted clay puppet with twisted wire tie downs is no picnic. I wasn't sure he would hold together till the end. I used a skin graft from Vincent's ear to cover the hands. They have armatures made from aluminum screen. I was forced to go with a smaller scale than I am comfortable with because the box is the forming the walls of the shop.
The bike wheels are turned on a lathe from the manikin base. Only one side needed to be finished. The rolling road was the result of many ideas tried and rejected. I sloped the road up to the horizon to create a forced perspective. The canvas was glued together to form an endless loop I could advance for each frame. The frame for the road is sticks of wood and the cardboard from the small artist's canvas. In the end that failed too. I resorted to a static road and hoped the moving cones would provide the illusion of movement. I painted a backdrop for the road on the box lid.
I sanded down a length of the aluminum wire and polished it to make the spokes of the wheels. The wrenches and tools are varnished wood sprayed with aluminum spray paint. Thanks to your videos on tips I learned to forge the aluminum rod into a wire three feet long. I used that for the motorcycle frame,
The shop walls are the box lid and bottom painted. I used the Masonite board for a sturdy floor and tried to level and texture it with the plaster cloth. I glued a couple layers of cellophane over the window and hit it with a heat gun to shrink it tight. It made a pretty convincing window pane, dirt and all. The window was kind of bland so I threw together a tree out of canvas and sea sponge.
I used silicone molds over clay to form the motorcycle streamliner shell and Burt's shoes. I filled the molds with plaster cloth. The lathe is made from the manikin box and scraps of wood, I made a fan belt for it out of several wraps of the thread. The tools are carved wood. The work bench is cardboard.

Burt Munro's dream is also a dream of mine. I plan to take my bike to Bonneville and I will be 63 years old much like him. Except I only worked on my bike for ten years.

When I first got the box I was so excited. The possibilities seemed endless, but I came up with the idea almost immediately. Then I thought, October is so far away, almost a year. But now here it is; the deadline is around the corner and I'm just now wrapping it up. I'm glad for the long format. It gives creativity a chance to bloom. Thank you for doing this. It's been wonderful.

 


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