I spotted this pinned to a fence …

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So I bought this …

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And when I explained what I was going to do with it … the nice man gave me another child’s bike, one without pedals!

So I took them to bits …

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And got the grinder and hacksaw out …

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And the electric glue (aka MIG welder) …

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And things started to come together …

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Until I got a buggy …

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I then got some paint …

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And then wondered how to do the rest …

So I surfed the interwebs and discovered Dan Reeder’s brilliant Paper Mache Dragon videos

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and bought his book …

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And made paper mache for the first time since school … (the teeth are bread dough)

 

As I thought I may, erm, crash, the tail was made from extra soft pipe insulation … and sort of based on Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon

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The night before the big race, the wings just looked like an old bed sheet draped over a piece of plastic pipe. Which, in fact, they were. So James Macfarlane (@RocketEngines on twitter) came to my rescue and made amazing creations from a dust sheet and welding wire. I was then ready to go …

2012 Gravity Race Entry

2012 Gravity Race Entry

I came fourth in the speed trial – but I WON the creative/engineering/entertaining category!

If I get any photos of me in action, (a few were taken) I’ll post them.

Here’s a video taken by Tim Andrew, who won the race with the fastest time (after he learnt how to keep it straight). There’s a few seconds of me and the dragon!

I would like to thank Duncan, Rupert and Jamie and the Pointer Inn for organising and hosting the event, the competitors and spectators for making it so enjoyable, and to James Macfarlane and Airborne Engineering for letting me loose in their workshop!