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Steam Ostrich

Who

Doctor Vellocet, aka SKoT McDonald, reowned electrostolic-gizmologist and devil-may-care adventuring-type-person.

What

Doctor Vellocet's Steam-powered Ostrich. “Your Personal Antarctic Avian” ™. “Steam Ostrich” for short. Or “The Turkey” (read: White Elephant) when Dr V is wondering where all his time and money is going.

Why

Because if you tried to explore the Antarctic wastes with normal Ostrich, it wouldn't survive, silly.

Are you crazy

Probably.

Facilities

  • 2 walker-legs
  • neck-mounted tea-pot head for dispensing reviving Tea even in the more inhospitable environments
  • Side mounted auto-loading chain-fed machine-nerf-run for dispensing bursts of civilizing nerf upon any savages/endangered species/irreplaceable archaeological treasures.
  • Plush velvet seat
  • Missile switch!
  • 4 port exhaust stack (wonky). Construction: cardboard toilet tubes, angle-cut at ends and hot-glued together for welding effect. One has a rain-protection witches' hat.

Trickery

  • Welding effect - thanks to Jenna! - Using “bunched up” lines of hot glue applied to sheets of MDF for the 3D texture, then coating in a solid under layer of black paint, followed by rapid dry brushing of silver and just a hint of gold for a slightly bronzy/brassy look.
  • iron exhaust pipes - toilet rolls. “Pipe kinks” achieved by cutting ends cut on slight diagonals, and hot gluing for bonus welding.
  • Legs moved by virtue of Ostrich ankles tied to actors.

Appearances

  • GSPA Steampunk Ball, July 30th 2011 @ Scitech, Perth
  • GSPA Steampunk Ball, April 2012 @ Cabaret Cave, Yanchep
  • DeVille's pad, 29th Dec 2012
  • Mad Hatter's tea party, March 2012 @ Northbridge Piazza
  • Artifactory Residency @ Northbridge Piazza, April 2012
  • WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD (for steam ostriches) @ Lake Ballard, Oct 2011

More Info

  • Steam Ostrich now has her own Facebook Page, chronicling her adventures: http://www.facebook.com/SteamOstrich
  • Two more Steam Ostriches are under construction - the fleet grows! (Nov 2012)

Photos

OriginalDrawing Hot Glue Welding Soot MDF Days Nerf Upholstry Plush Cabin Legs Painting

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