My next guest in the velvet-lined smoking lounge at Manifesto headquarters is Bruce Quillis: builder, connoisseur of fine cannabis and kayaking enthusiast! This colorful micro-scale vignette caught my eye as I scanned the matrix this evening on my never-ending quest to bring you quality distractions. The earth-tone strata look great and even though it’s not my favorite technique the 1×1 trans-rounds for water looks pretty good here. The kayak design is simple but effective (like most quality micro-scale builds) and I really dig the decorative oar Bruce incorporated into the black frame, it really classes up the joint. Kayak oars typically have two paddle-blades so it might have been better to put two oars back to back with a connecting element like a Technic pin. Since I’m complaining anyway, I kind of wish there were some rocks mixed into the water but then the scene would have to be a little bigger to give the rocks scale and that way lies madness; sometimes less is more. What can I say, it’s roasting here in the wasteland and I’d rather be kayaking down some nameless river far from here.
I was not previously familiar with the work of one Mr. Quillis so I took a leisurely stroll through his brief but entertaining catalogue that stretches back about 2 years. One model stood out from all the rest and immediately captured my imagination immediately. Predictably it’s a diorama…a very clever and no doubt accurate diorama that depicts Mr. Quillis’ place of employment. I can’t possibly explain it any better than the builder himself, directly from his Flickr Page:
“Fiberglass Pultrusion Line. I know that probably no one will understand this, but this is my stupid job. Making fiberglass products by pulling fiberglass rovings and mats through resin and then a die that heats and shapes it. Makes me wanna blow my brains”