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Mechanized Dieselpunk Walking Tank Scale Model that stands 13" tall. Created by former STIKFAS toy designer and TED speaker Michael Sng
Mechanized Dieselpunk Walking Tank Scale Model that stands 13" tall. Created by former STIKFAS toy designer and TED speaker Michael Sng
Mechanized Dieselpunk Walking Tank Scale Model that stands 13" tall. Created by former STIKFAS toy designer and TED speaker Michael Sng
66 backers pledged S$ 30,526 to help bring this project to life.

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Codename Colossus is a series of Mechanized Dieselpunk Walking Tank Scale Models, and the Mk.I Cyclops is the first in the series. Scale models exist to spark the imagination, and I am breathing life into that imagination with simple mechanical movements.

I would like to think I have more to offer than just putting LED lights in someone else’s licensed character. I was very dissatisfied with the toys that were available. Radio controlled vehicles do not have fine details, scale models do not move, mass market toys do not look realistic, robotics kits do not tell a story. I wanted to make something that is big, moves on its own and looks great, and more importantly, can fire up your imagination. So I had to create a whole new category of product. You are witnessing the first of its kind that is being made available in limited numbers.

By being a part of this campaign, you will be helping me create a new story world, written by the craft of painting, modelling and design. Unlike just buying at a toy store, with video streaming and real time photo uploads, you can see your particular model being assembled and weathered.

The way each model looks: each hand painted rust, wear, and damage marks, are seeds that will grow and populate my alternative World War I alternate universe, where the war’s end was interrupted by a natural catastrophe that befell Europe, and giant walking tanks rule the battlefield.

For dimension accuracy, the scale models are made from over 60 polyurethane resin casts instead of the common polyester resin, 3 robotics-grade servos move the legs and a microprocessor send commands to all the electronic parts with a analogue old school wired controller. It runs on 6x AA batteries, so unfortunately, it will not explode. Minimal gluing and no soldering is necessary. The kit is assembled with screws and the electronics just need to be plugged in place. It stands at 13″ tall and 13″ across when fully assembled.

Who am I?

Hi, my name is Michael Sng, the owner of Machination Studio and the creator of the Codename Colossus series of Mechanical Dieselpunk Walking Tank Scale Models.

Three years ago, my desire to fulfill my childhood dream of making a large walking tank model lead me on a journey to learn the 3D modelling, electronics and programming skills I needed to accomplish it. I made a mechanized scale models with over 400 3D printed parts, standing over 20 inches tall, and brought it to New York Comic Con 2015.

My journey caught the attention of many websites, and led to an invitation to share my Dream on the main stage at the TED Conference 2016 in Vancouver. I was the former Chief Product Designer for the cult STIKFAS action figure toy and I am familiar with the process of bringing a toy from an idea to the market. I am harnessing the technology of today to bring Codename Colossus to you.

I have worked on bringing the  Mk.I Cyclops to production since April 2016. Spending all my spare time figuring out the mechanism and designing looks of the Colossus, 3D modelling and prototyping, programming and testing the electronics and experimenting with a variety to 3D printing materials and techniques. 

I have had to make multiple trips to Shenzhen in China to source for resin casting workshops and electronic components, ensure that the workshop has the right parts, check their moulds and casts, their finishing and base paint jobs. I have it documented in my Youtube channel

I am confident with my partner workshop because they do great work, they are one of the manufacturers used by statue and prop company Triforce and they manufactured the Collector's Edition statue for the Batman Arkham Knight videogame among other things.  

The reason why the funding goal is low is because I have already self funded the development and have started funding the production. Resin casts are made with rubber moulds that lasts for 30 casts. It is very suitable for low production runs so I can start the project with low quantities.  The one your see in the video and photographs, are actually from the first production moulds. Not renders, not 3D prints, not prototypes. It is ready to go.

I believe in bearing the risk, so you, the supporters, will bear minimal risk when you pledge to my campaign. I can start delivering on some of the pledges within weeks of the campaign closing.

The production prototype is fully functional and I am not afraid to show in public. It was on show and fully operational for four days at the New York Comic Con 2016 in October. Adam Savage, the host of Mythbusters, got to see it there up close.

Reward Tiers

Please note that this Kickstarter project is based in Singapore and is denominated in Singapore Dollars (SGD). Supporters with their country set to USA will see the pledge converted to US Dollars (USD).

Shipping rates will appear in Singapore Dollars (SGD), please refer to the reward tier description below for the US Dollars (USD) rates.

Note: Supporters outside of the US will see the pledge in Singapore Dollars, and will have to do currency conversion.

Backers are responsible for their own country's taxes, such as import duties, Goods and Services Tax, and Value Added Tax.

Signed Codename Colossus Mk.I Cyclops Posters

Two 12″ x 16″ (31cm x 41cm) artcard posters of the Mk.I Cyclops, and One 16.5″ x 23.4″ (A2 sized 42cm x 59.4cm) paper poster of the HMC Boudicca, signed by me, Michael Sng. 

Add SGD 18 or USD 12.96 to your pledge for each additional set of 3 posters.

These are already included in the Collector and Individual models reward tiers.

The Machination Studio Story

I started this journey not knowing anything about 3D modeling or electronics. Along the way, I got invited to speak on the biggest stage at TED. I still do not know much about crowdfunding, or whether any one even wants my models. But not knowing has never stopped me from doing it.

I will be sharing the story of my journey, my thoughts and my process, with photographs and drawings, printed in a 32 page magazine.

It will also include a 5 page short comic from the Codename Colossus world specially drawn for this Kickstarter campaign by the award winning Canadian graphic novelist Gregory Chomichuk.

The Modeler, Craftsman, Builder, Collector and Individual reward tiers will include one copy of the magazine.

The Dapper

I love T-shirts. I only wear T-shirts. I even wore a T-shirt onto the main stage at TED. Got to have T-shirts. Look smart while showing your support for my campaign by getting a Codename Colossus Mk.I Cyclops T-shirt. Designed by myself, Michael Sng with art by Canadian graphic novelist Gregory Chomichuk. 

Screen printed on Anvil 980 Lightweight Fashion Short Sleeve T-Shirt. Please indicate the size that you want.

Unisex                 S     M    L     XL  2XL 3XL
Length (inches)   27   28   29   30   31   31
Width (inches)     18   20   22   24   26   28

Add SGD 41 or USD 29.52 to your pledge for each additional Codename Colossus Mk.I Cyclops T-shirt.

Utility Walker with Ammunition Loading Arm "The Butler"

This is a painted 4-5" tall small resin cast walker model with a 3 point articulated loading arm.

 

 

 

Photos are renders of the 3D model and FDM 3D printed prototypes. Actual product will be resin cast and painted green.

Note that: Since the Stretch Goal is met, ONE Utility Walker with Ammunition Loading Arm "The Butler" will be included with every every Modeler, Craftsman and Builder kits, and Collector and Individual Models.

The Modeler kit unpainted kit with no electronics

A bare Unfinished, Unpainted and Unassembled resin kit with NO ELECTRONICS. This kit is not mechanized and WILL NOT MOVE. This will be shipped in a carton box with a worldwide shipping rate of SGD 40 or USD 28.80. Limited to 300 kits only. Requires trimming, filing, sanding and filling before painting. Limited to 300 kits only.

Latest 3D printed prototypes of the parts will replace the servos omitted in this kit.

The Craftsman unpainted kit

For those who like to roll up their sleeves. Resin cast and electronics kit comes Unfinished, Unpainted, Unassembled and Unweathered. Comes with a controller, cables, and instructions. 6x AA batteries not included. This will be shipped in a carton box with a worldwide shipping rate of SGD 40 or USD 28.80. Limited to 300 kits only.

Requires trimming, filing, sanding and filling before painting. No soldering required. 

The Builder painted kit

Like to build but do not like to paint? Resin cast and electronics kit comes Fully Primed and Painted but Unassembled and Unweathered.

The first 25 pledges get this at a special price.

Comes with a controller, cables, and instructions. 6x AA batteries not included. This will be shipped in a carton box with a worldwide shipping rate of SGD 40 or USD 28.80. Limited to 300 kits only.

Requires assembly with glue and screws. No soldering required. 

Check out the assembly videos here.

Early Bird Collector assembled model

For those who want the Mk.I Cyclops as envisioned and intended by the creator: Fully assembled, painted and weathered. I will be personally assembling and painting the weathering the first 50 pledges. 

This reward tier is based on a waiting list. Each piece is signed, and has a unique tactical marking and vehicle name, and unique hand weathering by the myself. Assembly and weathering progress is openly shared online with real time photo updates. Limited to 50 pieces only.

6x AA batteries not included. Comes with a controller, cables, and instructions in a shipping drum. Shipping drum graphics will be personalized. This is an oversized shipment with a worldwide shipping of SGD 250 or USD 180

The Individual personalized models

You like walking tanks, and you like them bright pink with your puppy's name on it? Uhh, sure, why not? Get in touch and we can discuss the details before you pledge.

Personalize the colour of the model, and tactical markings and vehicle name, and I will personally paint, assemble and weather it. I will even live stream the process if the timing is right for you.

6x AA batteries not included. Comes with a controller, cables, and instructions in a shipping drum. Shipping drum graphics will be personalized too. This is an oversized shipment with a worldwide shipping of SGD 250 or USD 180.

Add Ons

If you want some of the swag from the other pledge tiers, you can add the values below to your pledge and get them.

Want more Signed Codename Colossus Mk.I Cyclops Posters?

For any of the reward tiers, add SGD 23 or USD 16.56 to your pledge for each additional set of 3 Signed Codename Colossus Mk.I Cyclops Posters. See Signed Codename Colossus Mk.I Cyclops Posters reward tier above for more information. Worldwide shipping is included in this price.

Note: The Collector and Individual reward tiers already include a set of 3 signed posters.

Want more The Machination Studio Story magazines?

For any of the reward tiers, add SGD 25 or 18 to your pledge for each additional The Machination Studio Story magazine. See The Machination Studio Story magazine reward tier above for more information. Worldwide shipping is included in this price.

Note: The Modeler, Craftsman, Builder, Collector and Individual reward tiers will include one copy of the magazine.

Want more Dapper T-shirts?

For any of the reward tiers, add SGD 42 or USD 30.24 to your pledge and get one Codename Colossus Mk.I Cyclops T-shirt. See The Dapper reward tier above for more information. Worldwide shipping is included in this price.

Note: Add SGD 36.38 or USD 26.20 for each additional T-shirt after the first one.

Want more Utility Walkers?

For any reward tiers, add SGD 55 or USD 39.60 to your pledge to get one painted resin Utility Walker model. See Utility Walker with Ammunition Loading Arm "The Butler" reward tier above for more information.

Note: Since the Stretch Goal is met, ONE Utility Walker with Ammunition Loading Arm "The Butler" will be included with every every Modeler, Craftsman and Builder kits, and Collector and Individual Models.

Want more Modeler unpainted kits with no electronics?

For any of the reward tiers, add SGD 420 or USD 302.40 to your pledge for each additional Modeler kit. See The Modeler reward tier above for more information. Worldwide shipping is included in this price.

Want more Craftsman unpainted kits?

For any of the reward tiers, add SGD 520 or USD 374.40 to your pledge for each additional Craftsman kit. See The Craftsman reward tier above for more information. Worldwide shipping is included in this price.

Want more Builder painted kits?

For any of the reward tiers, add SGD 740 or USD 532.80 to your pledge for each additional Builder kit. See The Builder reward tier above for more information. Worldwide shipping is included in this price.

Stretch Goals

When the funding goal hits the following levels, an additional reward is added to selected reward tiers.

Stretch Goal Met - Utility Walker with Ammunition Loading Arm "The Butler"

ONE Utility Walker with Ammunition Loading Arm "The Butler" will be included with every every ModelerCraftsman, Builder, Collector and Individual pledge reward when the funding goal hits SGD 25,000 or USD 18,000. 

This is a 4-5" tall small resin cast walker model with a 3 point articulated loading arm.

They will be in the finished to the same level as the backer's pledge tier. The Modeler and Craftsman kit will get a Utility Walker that is unfinished and unpainted, the Builder kit will get a Utility Walker that is painted, the Collector model will get a Utility Walker that is weathered, and the Individual model will get a Utility Walker in a matching colour.

The image is a rendering. Design is subject to changes.
I got excited about this and went and made an interior. Oh man, I really want this to happen now.

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Contributors

The project would not be possible without the contribution of the following organizations and people.

The management and staff of WFRIC World, especially May Por and Jasper Galvin for helping with laser cutting and 3D printing, Marshall Leong for coordination in China and, Dang Jia Ming and Cheong Kok Soon for 3D modelling help.

David Teo for all his technical advise and help with coding.

Michael Brady, Jenn Anderson and Benjamin Hitmar for helping me out at New York Comic Con.

Rick Treweek of Trobok Toys for introducing me to 3D printing and helping me with my initial 3D print prototypes.

Goi Chin Yee of Lucidity for branding and graphics advise and help.

Jeremy Pang for the help making the Kickstarter campaign video.

Thanks to each and every one of you for your time and support.

Risks and challenges

Development

The development is complete. This project is ready for production. The main variable is whether I can get people to work on some of the electronic components at a low quantity. If not, I would have to solder them myself.

I have also yet to finalize the design of the packaging and the design of the The Machination Studio Story magazine and instruction booklet.

Support

This project was not developed by a team of professional engineers, it was created by myself as a garage maker. Bumbling along experimenting with materials and off-the-shelf components.

Codename Colossus Mk.I Cyclops is a project without warranties. Should the electronic parts arrive not working, that the resin cast parts arrive broken, or that code needs to be flashed onto the hardware again. I would endeavour to help resolve these problems and replace parts out of goodwill.

Collectors of the scale model have to bring out the tinkerer in themselves so we can troubleshoot any issues that might arise together over communication tools like video calls.

Fulfillment

Each reward tier is made and shipped from different locations. The magazine and T-shirts will be shipped by fulfillment companies from the US. The Craftsman and Builder kits will be shipped from China via FedEx, and the assembled Collector and Individual models will be hand finished by myself and shipped from Singapore. Do not be alarmed if different parts of your rewards are delivered at different dates.

The assembled models will be shipped in a shipping drum that counts as an oversized package by the courier companies, incurring higher shipping costs. I have yet to decide on the courier company yet.

Packaging

I have put the assembled model in the shipping drum through check-in luggage across the Pacific ocean twice. Going through Singapore, China (transit) and US airport security. The model arrived without harm, I wouldn't risk your models until I have tried it myself.

I have also specially designed the foam inserts for the unassembled kits myself to have maximum protection while remaining small in size to keep shipping costs at a minimum.

Photos of my shipping drum and foam inserts are on my Instagram.

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    Pledge S$ 20 or more About $14

    Signed Codename Colossus Posters

    Two 12″ x 16″ (31cm x 41cm) artcard posters of the Mk.I Cyclops, and One 16.5″ x 23.4″ (A2 sized 42cm x 59.4cm) paper poster of the HMC Boudicca, signed by me, Michael Sng.

    Comes shipped in a cardboard mailing tube.

    Note: These are already included in the Collector and Individual models reward tiers.

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    • My gratitude and your name in the instructions booklet.
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    Pledge S$ 30 or more About $21

    The Machination Studio Story

    I started this journey not knowing anything about 3D modeling or electronics. Along the way, I got invited to speak on the biggest stage at TED. I still do not know much about crowdfunding, or whether any one even wants my models. But not knowing never stopped me from doing it.

    I will be sharing the story of my journey, my thoughts and my process, with photographs and drawings, printed in a 32 page magazine format.

    It will also include a 5 page short comic from the Codename Colossus world specially drawn for this Kickstarter campaign by the award winning Canadian graphic novelist Gregory Chomichuk.

    Includes:
    • The Machination Studio Story
    • My gratitude and your name in the instructions booklet.
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    Pledge S$ 40 or more About $28

    The Dapper

    I love T-shirts. I only wear T-shirts. I even wore a T-shirt on stage at TED. Got to have T-shirts. Look smart while showing your support for my campaign by getting a Codename Colossus Mk.I Cyclops T-shirt. Designed by myself, Michael Sng with art by Canadian graphic novelist Gregory Chomichuk.

    Includes:
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    • My gratitude and your name in the instructions booklet.
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    Pledge S$ 50 or more About $35

    Utility Walker "The Butler"

    This is a painted 4-5" tall small resin cast walker model with a 3 point articulated loading arm.

    Note: Since the Stretch Goal is met, ONE Utility Walker with Ammunition Loading Arm "The Butler" will be included with every every Modeler, Craftsman and Builder kits, and Collector and Individual Models.

    Includes:
    • Utility Walker with Ammunition Loading Arm "The Butler"
    • My gratitude and your name in the instructions booklet.
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    Pledge S$ 390 or more About $276

    The Modeler kit with no electronics

    A bare Unfinished, Unpainted and Unassembled resin kit with NO ELECTRONICS. This kit is not mechanized and WILL NOT MOVE.

    Requires trimming, filing, sanding, filling and painting.

    Includes:
    • Codename Colossus Mk.I Cyclops Modeller kit.
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    Pledge S$ 490 or more About $346

    The Craftsman unpainted kit

    For those who like to roll up their sleeves. Resin cast and electronics kit comes Unpainted, Unassembled and Unweathered. Comes with a controller, cables, and instructions. 6x AA batteries not included. Requires modelling skills.

    Includes:
    • Codename Colossus Mk.I Cyclops Unpainted Craftsman kit
    • My gratitude and your name in the instructions booklet.
    • The Machination Studio Story
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    Pledge S$ 690 or more About $488

    Early Bird Builder painted kit

    For those who like to put things together. Resin cast and electronics kit comes Fully Painted but Unassembled and Unweathered. Comes with a controller, cables, and instructions. 6x AA batteries not included. Requires assembly with glue and screws.

    Includes:
    • Codename Colossus Mk.I Cyclops Painted Builder kit
    • My gratitude and your name in the instructions booklet.
    • The Machination Studio Story
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    Pledge S$ 1,125 or more About $796

    Early Bird Collector assembled model

    For those who want the Mk.I Cyclops as envisioned and intended by the creator. Fully assembled, painted and weathered like what you see in the video.

    For the first 50 pledges, I will be personally assembling and painting the weathering them. Each piece is finished by hand by the creator with progress openly shared online. Comes with a controller, cables, and instructions in a shipping drum. 6x AA batteries not included.

    Waiting list. Each piece is finished by hand by the creator, progress will be openly shared online.

    Includes:
    • Codename Colossus Mk.I Cyclops Assembled Collector model
    • My gratitude and your name in the instructions booklet.
    • Signed Codename Colossus Posters
    • The Machination Studio Story
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    Pledge S$ 1,650 or more About $1,167

    The Individual personalized model

    You like walking tanks, and you like them bright pink with your puppy's name on it? Uhh, sure, why not? Get in touch and we can discuss the details before you pledge.

    Personalize the colour of the model, and tactical markings, and I will personally paint, assemble and weather it. I will even live-stream the process if the timing is right for you. Comes with a controller, cables, and instructions in a personalized shipping drum. 6x AA batteries not included.

    Waiting list.

    Includes:
    • Codename Colossus Mk.I Cyclops Assembled Individual model
    • My gratitude and your name in the instructions booklet.
    • Signed Codename Colossus Posters
    • The Machination Studio Story
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Funding period

- (30 days)