MK.I CYCLOPS

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My TED Talk is online!

Codename Colossus is a series of Mechanized Dieselpunk Walking Tank Scale Models, and the Mk.I Cyclops is the first in the series that is available for sale. 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. 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: the rust, the wear, the damage, are seeds that will grow and populate my alternative World War I universe, where the war’s end was interrupted by a natural catastrophe that befell Europe, and giant walking tanks rule the battlefield.

The scale models are made from polyurethane resin casts, electronic parts have a wired controller and runs on 6x AA batteries. 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.

  • Mk.1 Cyclops Colossus
  • Mk.1 Cyclops Colossus
  • Mk.1 Cyclops Colossus
  • Mk.1 Cyclops Colossus
  • Mk.1 Cyclops Colossus

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. I have been working on the Mk.I Cyclops since March 2016.

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 technologies of today to bring Codename Colossus to you in a whole different way.

Latest News

14th November 2016

  1. The Kickstarter campaign has been submitted for approval to Kickstarter and should be live in 1 or 2 working days.
  2. The Kickstarter will be in Singapore Dollar denomination, US based customers will see the price in the equivalent US Dollar rate. Other customers will have to break out their calculators.
  3. I have created a Crowdfunding page with all the information of the campaign. See the link above.
  4. I have uploaded photos of the Mk.I Cyclops on to Flickr. Check the link here.
  5. I have uploaded Work in Progress photos of the Mk.I Cyclops on to Flickr. Check the link here.
  6. I will be designing new packaging art based on the art of award winning Canadian graphic novelist Gregory Chomichuk.
  7. I will be making assembly tutorials Yotube video and updating my instruction booklet.

TED Talk video is out!

February this year, I was invited to speak at the TED Conference 2016 in Vancouver. It was a short talk where I told the story of what I went through to make my first two [...]

Examples of the paint job on Mk.I Cyclops The Builder reward tier

Fresh off the painting station of my resin casting workshop are the first painted examples. These will be used in The Builder reward tier, and also as the base colours for The Collector reward tier. [...]

Thanks for a wonderful New York Comic Con 2016

It's great to be back in New York Comic Con again in 2016. I love the city and the crowd has always been great. Being around so many people who hang on to a little [...]

Thanks goes out to the following organisations and individuals without whose help and support Codename: Colossus would not be possible.