ALIEN REBUILD

The Flying Gung Brothers Xenomorph-
         
       This statue has been one of my favorites for a number of years but somehow I knew that dark times were quickly approaching once this impressive statue was returned to my workshop.  Sure enough, one fateful evening as I was lowering the garage door, I heard a crash behind me that did not sound good.  Lying on the floor was the Alien with a number of broken features scattered amongst the carnage.  I was sick to my stomach.

      However, sometimes what appears to be a disaster can bring about an opportunity for improvement. Soooo I bravely gathered up the broken pieces and began making plans on how this creature would rise from the ashes bigger and better.  Here is my story....

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Improving on the original-
         
       Despite the fact that this statue ranks very high on the cool scale there were less desireable aspects of the original sculpt that have never been resolved.  First, the creature is always looking down as if its about to pounce on something.  Unless the statue is mounted high on top of a pedestal or table, you really can't see the front torso or menancing jaws that made this alien so famous.  Realigning the head and removing material from the neck is going to be part of my plan.  Second, the tubes that extend outward from the alien's back are more of an interpretation from the artist and not really true to the original.  Redesigning and then casting new tubes would be quite the undertaking and perhaps too big of an ordeal but there is definitely room for improvement.  Thirdly, there are LOTS of imperfections in the surface details and now is a great opportunity to break out the Evercoat and start filling in as many of these holes and crevices as possible.  



The Wreckage...body parts everywhere!
         
       The statue fell about four feet onto the floor of the workshop breaking both its legs at the shins, severing the head completely from the neck, removing one finger (or digit?) and breaking off three of the four tubes extending from its back.  One of the tubes cannot be found and will have to be reconstructed from scratch.  Our first step is to reattach both feet in order to stand the creature upright.  What a mess.



One tube at a time
         
       Reattaching both legs was completed without any problems.  We are using a combination of two part epoxy and Aves apoxie sculpt throughout this project.  Once our creature is standing, we use the sculpting putty to fill in gaps and reinforce the seams where the initial break occured.  Pictured above, we have begun reattaching the tubes and have fashioned a replacement out of a wooden dowel and several coats of Bondo.  The severed digit was quickly reattached and pieces of the broken fiberglass "skin" were filled with Apoxie.


  Timeslip Models Concept Alien
         
     ​​ This statue was produced in limited quantities about 15 years ago by Timeslip Models formally based in Manchester UK.  The resin kit was quite large standing at about two feet tall and is a reasonably accurate rendition of HR Giger's first concept of the now classic "Alien" made famous in the movie directed by Ridley Scott.  What's interesting to note is that Giger suffered from terrifying nightmares and was directed by his psychiatrist to document  his dreams by sketching them immediately after they occurred.  The drawing on the right is a sample of what he envisioned.

    The statue was recently "discovered" in a large box hidden in the back of a grossly neglected closet and has been uncovered for immediate assembly.  The build is being documented on this website and will hopefully bring this unusual and rare statue to life.  Pictured below are the only known Timeslip statues that currently exist.


     

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