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Aeroplane Hinges

Another aeroplane wing hinge (and a helicopter tail hinge), more modern than yesterday’s selection. Again, wonderful hidden worlds within the wings.

Aeroplane Hinge

Aeroplane Hinge

Helicopter Hinge

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Hinge

An assortment of wing hinges on carrier aeroplanes, (so as to store them closer together and keep lift dimensions from getting too large). From the simple fold above to some single pivot inclined hinges that sweep the wing close to the ground and then to line up alongside the fuselage as a near vertical plane. In each case the folded wing reveals its intricate section.

Aeroplane Hinge

Aeroplane Hinge

Aeroplane Hinge

Aeroplane Hinges

Aeroplane Hinges

Aeroplane Hinges

 

 

 

 

 

Stereo Stereo

I am showing this rather elegant gramaphone from the Musée des Arts et Métiers as a rather weak link to the otherwise unconnected Cabosanroque website

cabosanroque.com

also in the links on the right.  I had an email form Roger Aixut who some of you might remember from London in the late nineties. With his colleagues in the group they build and perform with these inventive instruments. Check them out.

Hippo

Here is the Hippo Group from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. I am afraid I do not have any details of those involved. Usual process for registering the stereoscopic view – if you are having difficulty finding t make it smaller and move your head side to side slightly until the images sit horizontally in your view.

Registration

This plaster bust is part of a didactic display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris explaining the process of translating a clay sculpture into the final material (marble, for instance), with the plaster shown here as an intermediate step.

The graphite registrations reveal moments in the surface that are valued by the sculptor as reference for the finished piece. In Canova’s plasters he inserts small metal pegs to perform the same role. While some of the registrations mark extremities, many are chosen more critically to reveal a particular sensibility of surface.

Registration

Mosquito

A detail of a large scale model of a mosquito at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. It is the only one on show, but I understand it was part of a series showing the insect’s development. The model is beautifully made, with a visceral quality that escapes most architectural models.