Last modified: Saturday, January 6, 2001 6:20 PM

01/17/99- I dunno if this is recognizable, but yonder lump 'o clay is striving to be Pierce Brosnan, the current silver screen incarnation of agent 007. Although I do think it's in the ballpark, or maybe the same zip code area, something looks "off", and I occasionally see Harrison Ford in it. This is not good, because they're two completely different people who happen to share the same gender classification.

PB is another one of those difficult-to-sculpt-faces because he looks so "normal", and doesn't have obvious distinguishing features (other than his big Brylcreem hair and cocked eyebrow). If everyone looked exactly the same, this wouldn't be a problem at all. Oh well, back to work...

01/20/99- The outfit I envision is something along these lines (yes, that's a 21st Century jacket, which will do for now...)-- an "action" outfit (mebbe an assault vest?) instead of the sophisticated formal suit. That lends itself more readily to him carrying a bag filled with time bombs or something. Besides, I've gotta use the MP5's I have lying around, and suits don't go well with anything larger than a pistol. It's a fashion thang. (nb: It's weird, but painted, the head vaguely resembles Timothy Dalton... how do these things happen?)

Calvin Lim (website) wrote to tell me that Medicom's also got a Pierce Brosnan version of Bond, and was kind enough to attach a photo of his. I was curious about this, since I'd seen sorta crummy photos at J-Axion (I recently found out about this website which sells Medicom stuff). Medicom did a good job of capturing the facial likeness, but their figure is dressed in the formal attire, like the Sean Connery version. Personally, I can see spending the bucks on their Sean Connery because he's the one who started it all. I still think of PB as "Remington Steele", even though he does make a good Bond.

I'm having a ball doing this, especially the required "research" part; watching old James Bond movies to set the mood. I think a lot of modelers work on stuff while "watching" a video, even though they only occasionally glance up from the work.

Accessories are always fun. Because this series stretches over 30 years, you can really run the full gamut; from the old tricked-out attaché case (pic- modified from a vintage GI Joe spy set) to the modern weapons with the military/SWAT overtones.

This is some of the stuff I'd previously made (That's TALCUM POWDER in the plastic baggies!). There are suitcases full of 1:6th scale bombs, drugs, nuclear waste, biotoxins, & stacks of money yet to be made. Heck, I may even make a Bondage & Discipline suitcase. ;^) In the meantime, I'm stymied in my attempt to make a miniature retractable garotte wire device, but I'll eventually think of something (or give up).

The marvelous suitcases (not shown): Kaybee Toys once sold some "Zap CyberCop" figures (articulated out the wazoo, and cheeeeep) which came with nifty heavy-duty suitcases, suitably Joe-sized. The cool thing about suitcases like this is that the figure doesn't wear it, they hold lots of stuff, and the stuff is easily accessible. It doesn't make sense to stuff a 21st Century backpack with anything but paper wads, since you'll never be motivated enough to undo all the little clips to access it. Anything you put in there is, for all practical purposes, imprisoned!

01/22/99- Uncle Bruno and Jimbob owe Dave Plesic a huge debt of gratitude for inspiring this solution to the garotte problem. Somehow, when I read a reference in his e-mail to the figure wearing a shirt or jacket, I suddenly flashed on the idea of threading a guitar wire through the sleeve. I'd been fixated on the idea of making a self-retracting wire on a reel, but the main problem was that the mechanism would be bulky. There were several other problems: finding a suitable wire which would wrap around the reel and still be "springy", plus finding a loose enough spring to auto retract that wire, like a tape measure. Throw that thought away-- sometimes the solutions are much simpler!

I used a .009" ('E' string) electric guitar wire threaded through a short length of wire insulation (to direct the travel), just long enough to pass the elbow joint. The ball end loop of the string forms the handle, and the other end is bent into a loop (to stop the travel when it's pulled out) & globbed over with Zap-a-Gap (to smooth it out so it won't snag on the cloth). The handle end of the insulation tube is secured to an elastic wrist strap, worn like a watch-- the other end can move about freely, helping to lessen the acuteness of the bend that the wire is subjected to. As is, the mechanism isn't auto retractible, but it could be (maybe) if the loop end were connected to elastic string. I'm not going to do that though, because it's easy enough to manually retract, and the tension of elastic would probably make it more difficult to pose the wire as it's shown here.

This simple solution has the benefit of being extremely low profile-- it's undetectable through the jacket sleeve, and the properties of the thin & springy guitar wire don't interfere with the arm's articulation. Cool huh? Thanks, Dave!

(An editorial note:) If you've ever been unfortunate enough to receive one of my rants extolling the virtues of experience, experimentation & problem-solving ;^) , you can take this as an example... This stuff is not rocket science, but requires some good old-fashioned common sense, mixed in with a healthy dose of problem-solving thinking. Experimentation with and exposure to a wide variety of materials will help you in your search for solutions. This is something that you pick up by doing, and you can't shortcut that. I realize that there's a hazy line between providing ideas & inspiration (which is what I try to do) versus providing step-by-step recipes. That's why I don't like to answer "How do I...?" questions (and why my e-mail addie is a little harder to find these days). I like to discuss ideas, but I'm not a customer service rep, and believe that it's up to folks to think on their own... (This concludes the "discipline" portion of the "More Bondage" page...)

01/23/99- More spy stuff... The rifle kit is in the Medicom "Dr. No" attaché case. It's a Cotswold Luger with the modified stock of the vintage Hasbro set. Interesting thing: The attaché case made it's appearance in the second movie, From Russia With Love. Also, Medicom issued their "Dr. No" James Bond with a Baretta: Very early in that movie, JB is forced to turn it in for the Walther PPK. (Yeah, I've been watching the movies...)

The mini computer thing is maybe too mini-- it's about as ergonomically friendly as a Timex-Sinclair computer. But I think it looks pretty cool with the clear Casio crystal (although I've never seen a see-through screen before).

The leather thing is a passport/document holder, and I'm not sure what the other thing is... A detonator? A signal tracker? Pez dispenser?