The Run, Evaluation

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This is Siobhan’s part to the run she made the merry-go-round, she used play dough and black paint to make the animals, also just by using sticks and foil she made the poles. To finish she used hair curls and black paper plates. it did run smoothly and worked well when attached to mine.


This was Sabine’s I’m not completely sure how she made it as we never really had the time to speak about it, when we turned up on the day me Sabine and Siobhan had their part but there was no-show from our other member, because of this we was effected and had to improvise using what me had only three parts of the run. Because of this we had to stick to what we could because we didn’t have time ti make it look good and we didn’t have time to put it together properly.

Because of the no-show from Sam he had the longest part of the run in his hands so we was let down. To be honest I was so let down I thought we was humiliated, the only thing we could hope to do is not get marked down we made it clear that with a missing member playing the same amount of role it was never going to be good enough but we did it anyway.

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This is what our final run looked like, It was very disappointing but the outcome of this of this is that we tried the best we could with what we was given to say the least. We even had to prop it up with boxes, but at the end of it I think my development work was good enough to at least get something from this. Things I would do differently would be to make it more professional and always make sure I have a back up for anything because it was a huge blow.

In the end Sam turned up with his part later on that day but we wasn’t allowed to do it again so it didn’t matter but I thought I should include it on the blog. It does look good and if together with the rest of the run would have been just what we wanted something that went for a while longer and looked much better, here are some examples of his work

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As we decided to do the blog work on each one but for the group just link them together so here are there blog addresses. I don’t have Sams as he hasn’t given it to me but here is the other two.


Research This is another persons video on a Lego marble run it really is good, but I haven’t got the resources of Lego like this person had, mostly the reason for the research is so that I get a better understanding of how the marble will move through the run. This one is more extreme I don’t think I will ever see anything like this in our class but it’s awesome to see there is things like this on the internet. This one is really well made and well built, I really like some of the mechanisms that are involved with this one and the way they get it to move up the stairs is really cool.  One thing I have learnt from this is that wood and metal are the best two runners for marbles. One of the problems everyone faces is getting the marble to run for more than 20 seconds. Some of the problems that we face are getting the marble to run but not to quickly, the marble needs momentum but if it travels with high velocity then the run would be over to fast. Also gravity and friction play a huge part in the speed of the marbles travel in any direction, gravity will only help if the marble goes down.

Tim Burton Is a film and artist, he creates mostly gothic based themes. We decieded to go for Tim as he is a very famous gothic artist, his work includes Beetle Juice, Sweeney Todd. Batman,The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice In Wonderland.

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I really like his style its very gothic, yet very calm and friendly. To say gothic is scaryhe gives the feel to gothic themes a whole new feel, this is one of the reasons why we chose Tim Burton as he doesn’t make things to scary but yet friendly. Almost like casper the ghost.

Constructing My Part

At first we checked out the room with the spear stuff in, this happened to be the room where past year marble runners left their stuff, we found some pretty cool stuff, one of the best and most useful things we found was Lego. As i was struggling to decided what to make my dodgems course out of, I decided to make the course out of Lego this way I could start right away. I started to construct the Lego into a course, this did take a lot of time at first but then once I got at it I finished the construction the day was over so I was to finish it the next day.

The next time I worked on the dodgems the marble didn’t run smooth, after some sorting out I added some xylophones into the construction to make a musicale noise as the marble hit them. After some consideration I then thought to make it more Gothic visual, I then painted all the Lego black. Once I had finished this I put it back together and made sure the marble ran through smoothly, I checked time and time again, the marble did run smoothly so my part was ready to add to the other pieces. As I was the first to finish my part I had to wait for the others but I didn’t mind as it gave me time to focus on the Flights of Fancy brief.

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Here you can see the track I built inside the structure and the Lego all painted black, also you can see the musical instruments. The reason why I had to put the structure on a slant, is because with it been Lego the marble itself couldn’t just run through it alone.

Marble Run

Along side the Flights of Fancy brief we have also been given the marble run. The task of which has been set, We have been placed into groups and given the task of building a marble run, of which the marble is to run for 20 to 30 seconds. Once placed in groups we was briefed on the project, we are to provide evidence of our research, work and development until we reach our final finished marble run. Once we was put into groups our group was brainstorming ideas to come up with something new and brilliant. I came up with this idea that we was to each decided on a part of the run to make, then each go off and construct the part of the run. The reason why we thought this was a good idea was because, when the marking comes we are going to be assessed through our own individual contribution, this way it keeps the contribution of each part to an equal level.

We brainstormed a few ideas to help come up with something good.


This is the evidence to show our brainstorming ideas, this is my copy and the one I took to take notes down, everyone else has their own version. In the end we used the fair ground theme for our marble run and we are going to use the Tim Burton as a style to make it more Gothic and classic styled.

We each decided to build our own part to give each other a fair way to keep the effort the same, as with the team effort score. We decided to have a helter skelter, Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and dodgems. We all decided which part we wanted to build, Sabine chose the Helter slelter, Sam chose the Ferris wheel, Siobhan chose the merry go round and I chose the dodgems. Here is a plane on what the final run could start to look like.


Final Designs and Evaluation

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These are my two final designs which I am going to use for the promotional posters and printing. With the WW2 design I added a little bit of color and changed the hue and saturation to give it an old-time classic camera effect. I think that this gave it a really good look. I do agree without the big logo it looks better. I rearranged the type to give it different looks, and I do agree the posters look better for this. I added a slight glow to the plane to give it an easier look on the eye also with changing the color of a little bit of type they really have come out well.

I am really pleased with my outcomes for this project I think that the designs I have come up with look really good and meet the requirements of the brief. Given the amount of time I feel as though my time management has improved greatly since my last projects on another course. Given the amount of time I am very pleased with the work I have done and I hope that it is enough to get a good grade for this project. I need to improve still with more research next time it might give me more ideas quicker as I had trouble to come up with an idea at the start. I like the fact that it wasn’t a typical fighter plane design I came up with, I also think it will appeal to the client as well as the age range. I really think for the age range the superhero them hit it on the head.


Captain America

As I was starting to develop ideas, I decided to go with Captain America for the character and theme for this plane. As he was my preferred character for this I started to develop some imagery using my chosen plane for the designs.

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This first design was me trying to develop the plane into the Captain America themed design, after a while of experimenting I decided that it wasn’t going the way I first wanted to. I gave the design a second thought and had a go at superimposing textures to the plane. I tried grungy effects to it, after a while I looked into posters and the way he looked. I then thought of armor, this is when I was looking through armor plates. I came across this foot grid texture which was similar to Captain America’s own armor. I started to superimpose the texture to the panels of the plane. I then added the logo using the transformation tool, then distort I altered the logo to look as though it was part of the plane. After this I blended the layers using multiply giving the image the the full look of the plane, allowing the folds and creases to come through the texture. I really like the way the plane turned out in the end, I intend to use this for my designs.

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These two designs were just some experiments I did for the other two characters. I did these two to see what they would start to look like using them as the theme. I tried a few different things with these ones but they didn’t work to well, this is why I decided to go with the Captain America design. I think with more work they could have been successful but as I already had one that looked good for the design so I went with that one.

After I developed the plane with the superimposed imagery i started to put together some poster designs to get a feel of what it would look like when it comes to promoting the plane its self. I started off with some imagery of sky scraper buildings and started to play around with the layout.

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here I got the imagery right to show the plane well and show it as though it would be flying. When i was looking for fonts I wanted something similar to the original, I cam across this font called American Captain. I think that this font suits the poster and theme better than I thought. After a while I thought to look into Captain America and where it was his character originated from. After some research I found that Captain America originally was made in the World War 2 to fight against Hitler and his allies. After this I then looked into how I could incorporate this into my design.

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This was the imagery I came up with for the World War 2 theme I really like the idea and theme behind this, I can’t add any color to it as it is black and white as the photo and imagery from World War 2 would have been. If I am to stick to this theme then I need to stick to the black and white. I really so think the idea behind this is really good so I am going to work with both of these.

After receiving peer reviews and advice I was advised to make it look more like a classic poster. In the end I added an overlay to them both and them multiplied the layers, I am very very pleased with the outcomes.

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Here are the developed posters with the overlays, I really like how they have worked. The effect it gives the posters makes the look more of a real poster effect, the WW2 poster looks older and more found rather than clean and in your face. It gives it a classic look.

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After I got the poster ready I inserted the type, I played around with the layout and composition until I feel I was almost there, I received some feedback for the posters from, I was told to move the logo as it takes up to much space, when I already have the smaller logo on the left. I was also told to alter the type slightly putting more of the attention on important type and changing it around so they don’t all look the same. I also was told that with the logo it almost could look like to someone else random that the name could be Captain America KLUTZ, so this could have been a big risk. So in the end I tidied up the type and changed the logo but also brought put more of the plane.

Research and Experiments

I experimented using different videos and tutorials to make other planes.  This is the link to the video of the plane that I made and used for the designing and promoting I also made an F15 Jet Fighter plane, the problem with the F15 is that it does not function well. The flying capabilities of this plane are really poor, the plane just spirals and then falls straight to the ground. The plane looks really good but the reason why I just decided to go with the other one is because it flies really well and is good looking.




these are the pictures of which i took from the model F15 Fighter Plane. There was a few folds which could have been more correct to the  lines, some of the planes panels wasn’t in line but I think for a first time try, it was a fair one. I’m going to work on the first video plane I used as it really is good at flying. Here is some videos that I followed creating and researching paper planes. This plane is good looking but when I made it, it wasn’t as good as on the video. I still think the other one flies better. With this one I think it is a good flier but I don’t like the look of it. I have also seen other peers using this plane so I don’t want to use the same one as other peers. I haven’t seen anyone do one similar to mine so I am still more decided on that one. Now this video is very strange I didn’t expect that to happen at all. I think a plane like this isn’t the available type. This guy has made a really good plane some of them reached 66ft but they didn’t stay in the air for more than twenty two seconds. his planes do look good as well.