Using exactly the same components, technology and design as used for 90% of the puppets in Aardman`s "Shaun The Sheep The Movie", the ALPHA boasts EIGHT rigging points, FOUR tie-down points in the feet, SIXTEEN points of articulation, FOURTEEN heavy duty ball & socket joints, TWO "New" Hybrid Hinge jointed knees, THREE size options (9"/228mm, 12"/300mm & Custom), TWO 6mm ball ended rig arms (long & short), interlocking wrist & neck joints, fully silver brazed throughout with heavy duty 3mm thick mild steel plate -all with a beautifull Powder Coated finish to prevent any form of corrosion!
Each ALPHA is personally designed and built by Julian Clark, armature fabricator for Aardman and supplier of over 2000 armatures worldwide to students, enthusiasts and professional studios.
The NEW Hybrid Hinge Joint
What is a hinge joint?.....a hinge joint creates a more realistic & natural movement, particulary in the knee joint - providing easier, more precise control when performing walk/run animation. Simply put, your knee only bends in one direction - it does not swivel or spin (hopefully).
Hybrid Hinge Technology
Traditional hinge joints can be very difficult to maintain, notoriously "sticking" and "rough" movements, unlike the smooth simplicity of a ball joint. But, a hinge joint offers better control and realistic movement.
So, JulianClarkStudios has developed a "hybrid" of both technologies.
Smooth, precise movement of a ball & socket joint, along with a special encapsulated 6mm steel ball to restrict side to side movement and complete with a built in "stopper" to prevent the lower leg travelling forward past the natural line of the leg.
Multiple Rigging Points
The ALPHA contains EIGHT rigging entry points, utilising the interlocking square tube method with SEVEN 45° and 90° lockoff points!
By using the Square Tube method, the armature can not twist or move when secured, other methods such as "screw in" types can loosen and ruin a shot whilst animating.
TWO custom made re-inforced Rig Arm`s are provided with the ALPHA - a 65mm long Arm with a 50mm insert and a 35mm long Arm with a 20mm insert.
These Rig Arm`s slot into one of the EIGHT entry points, and are secured with an M3 grub screw.
Each Rig Arm consists of three interlocking lengths of square brass tube with a 6mm Ball Stem, all silver brazed together to give a solid & secure connection, especially with more robust puppet designs.
Interlocking Wrist & Neck
The ALPHA once again comes loaded with connectivity features:
Interlocking Neck insert with 90° lock off point and 6mm Joint for easy head replacement.
Interlocking wrist joints with 90° lock off points for interchangable hand techniques.