GIGER + FOSS = ?!
Three books were huge influences on my early model making mind; Giger's 'Necronomicon', '21st Century Foss', and 'The Book of Alien' by Paul Scanlon and Michael Gross, which featured both artists in some detail.
I loved Giger's dark biomechanical look as much as I did Foss's brightly decorated organic spaceships.
Somehow a discarded turkey breastbone gelled mentally with the Foss pirate ship above, spawning my Frogship. An actual breastbone and a vacuum moulded body, some kit parts and hey presto! c. 1980
In New Zealand you're never more than half an hour from a beach, and it wasn't a huge leap of logic to see this real crab shell and claws sat atop tank tracks. Scratch built from plastic card and tank parts. c. 1980
Scale Models Magazine once ran a contest to scratch-build a new fighter plane. The winner was one based on the body of a wasp. I took a cue from this and made my own de Havilland Tiger Moth. c. 1981
Growing up on a farm it wasn't unusual to come across the odd cow bone now and then. What was unusual was seeing this neck bone as a small scout craft, and with just a few details and a paint job it became my Boneship. c. 1980
'Giger's Necronomicon' book provided direct inspiration for this model made in about 1981.
The figure was sculpted in plasticine, moulded in plaster and cast in car body filler resin. Some of the structure is hand made from plastic card, the rest inevitable model tank parts.
Funny story about the book. I bought it off a friend at art college, who gave me a discount because he said his nephew has scribbled all over the inside cover. Unbeknownst to him the 'scribbles' were in fact a dedication to Giger from Salvador Dali, complete with signature, printed onto the title page!
During school holidays when I was around 18, I worked on an ill-fated sci-fi movie project.
Writer/director Harry Wong gathered a team of us to build this 6-foot long Foss-inspired ship.
I built the conning tower and a lot of the plating over the hull, as well as mucking in with the fibreglass skin.
The build was also memorable for having Hitch-Hiker's Guide on tape on repeat throughout!
Foss's Gillan album cover was a guiding image for Harry's huge studio model...
... as was Atlantis, among other illustrations in '21st Century Foss', the blueprint/bible for the build.
Sadly the project never progressed past the few eeeks we spent building the ship.