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Mickey Mouse Circus

Mickey is automated. As the train runs along, he shovels coal into the engine.

Mickey Mouse Circus

 

A scrap clockwork unit with 4 wheels was used as a base to make this item. I designed off as much reference material as I could get, but also took some creative license here and there. The Mickey and Minnie figures are cast in resin from a latex mold, and the metal work was made up of sheet galvanized iron.

The train sets were built up using 2 scrap Lionel Engine shells, which were later painted up to suit.

The coaches and caboose were handmade after I produced the artwork from reference material. All these items including the Mickey in Tender etc. were also handmade.

Casey Junior Train Layout

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Casey Junior Train Layout

 

 

This layout was a happy accident which came about from my finding a ‘Revel’ plastic kit of the ‘Jolly Roger’, and then some collector ‘Minni kins’ Disney figurines. Having these, I just gradually began to hand make my own additions to this little ‘Mini Disneyland’ layout. The most challenging task of the layout was the brass Casey Jr. circus train engine and tender (N gauge). The Dumbo ride was made by modeling the elephants in clay, and then making a latex mold for multiple resin castings. Shani did all the hand painting for me.

I have really enjoyed making this layout which is still a work in progress.

 

Wooden Puppets and Marionettes

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Wooden Puppets and Marionettes

 

 

Working with wood has been one of my earliest passions. A most treasured recollection is one of a ‘little me’ watching my father carve out a marionette puppet with his pocket knife. I have used wood with great success in making animation puppets, collectors dolls, marionettes and display puppets.

Illustrations and paintings – Rod

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Some of Rod’s illustrative work

 

 

Kunjanimation Festival 2012

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Kunjanimation Festival 2012

 

 

 

 

I had the privilege of being invited to exhibit some of my animation puppets at South Africa’s Kunjanimation Festival in Cape Town 2012. What a fantastic time of creative sharing!

 

Thanks to Kenneth Irvine for putting this amazing YouTube clip together

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Paper Pulp for dolls and hand puppets

Paper Pulp for dolls and hand puppets 

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Paper Pulp dolls are a result of my experimenting with a mulch of paper, glue and plaster. This pulp is then pressed into plaster molds which I have made from a clay sculpture. The process is an exciting and cost effective method for producing surprisingly strong and light weight castings.

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Cape town Toy Fairs

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Cape Town Toy Fairs

 

 

I have exhibited my SM32 layout at several Cape Town Toy Fairs. The exhibit height is at eye level for most young children, and I am most rewarded by the sparkles in their eyes and expressions of wonder.

The Great Mousofsky

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The Great Mousofsky

 

 

These are some early attempts to produce illustrations for a self written story. It was done at a stage in my life where financial resources were very limited; the artwork was produced with home-made airbrushes.