Photos of Stunning Models

I need to introduce you to a couple of characters today. Here’s the first:


His name is Optimus Prime, and he is very pleased to meet you. Optimus is the one-time leader of the Heroic Autobots, who represent the morally righteous portion of the Transformers. For years, I was convinced his name was Octopus Five. He didn’t seem to mind, so we just went with it.

Now, his introduction was intended to serve as a necessary prologue to other things today. But while we’re here, allow me a moment to reflect on the Transformers. They are (we were assured) a race of robots who somehow crash-landed on Earth long before humankind ever showed up. However, once humankind was up and running, our robotic friends somehow came out of hibernation and started causing all manner of mayhem. You see, half of them (the Evil Decepticons) really, really hate the other half (the aforementioned Heroic Autobots), and have made it their raison d’etre to give them a good hiding.

Still with me? Excellent.

I know what you’re thinking. How on earth does all this inter-robotic argy-bargy carry on right under our noses without anyone noticing? Well, the Transformers happened to be blessed with the ability to (you guessed it) transform into objects one might reasonably expect to see lying around on Earth (tape-recorders, guns, tanks, etc).

All this made for some splendid adventures, marred only by a few logical howlers and blatant commerical pressures. I’ll let you infer them for yourselves, having already gone on for far too long about a subject of interest to very few.

I mentioned that there were two characters to introduce you to today. The second is a chap called Michael Floyd. Let me explain.

The other day, I wrote a post about making balloon animals, and for reasons I cannot fathom, the hit-rate on the Monologues went through the roof, smashing all previous records. The commenters also came out in force, which was nice. One commenter was the Balloon Artist, Mr Michael Floyd.

My own excursion into balloon modelling was no more than a little dabble. This guy, however, has opened my eyes to a whole new world of inflated, latex possibilities. I’ve had a quick word with him over email, and he was more than happy for me to publicise his blog and to steal pictures from it to put on my own. So, if you could all make your way over there, and encourage him in his ballooning ventures, that would be excellent.

Before you do, here’s a taste of what he gets up to. I hope, by now, it will ring a bell.


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4 Comments on “Photos of Stunning Models”

  1. Am I allowed to be the first to comment?

    Thanks for the Post. Glad you like my work. I’m a fan of your blog too.

  2. Doug Says:

    Mais bien sur, Mr Floyd. Thanks for stopping by again – I do hope we will continue to see you! I’ll also be revisiting your blog for a dig around in your instructional videos at some point.

    I’ve been having a go at some of the models in the book that came with the balloons. So far, we’ve cracked the dog and the swan, although I’m having trouble with my monkey.

  3. Pattie Says:

    Whew! I’m glad I took the time to read your whole post (rather than just looking at the pictures like I usually do). At first glance, I thought you had spent the last week doing nothing but trying to figure out how to make a life-sized robot out of little balloons… and succeeded.

    It’s good that you left that to the professionals.

  4. Doug Says:

    Yes – sadly, I’m still trying to make a ‘one-balloon dog’ that doesn’t fall over. Life-sized robots are quite a way off, I’m afraid.

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