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The Great Fredini has been bitten by the 3-D printing bug and wants to create a model of 1914 Coney Island—populated with people like you!
Fri Jul 19 2013
Photograph: courtesy Fred Kahl
Models created with the Great Fredini's Scan-A-Rama 3000
We've always said that you're statuesque, and now is your chance to be rendered in 3-D by the Great Fredini (Fred Kahl), an artist, show producer (founder of Burlesque by the Beach, no less), performer, Coney Island stalwart and all-around good guy.
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A 3-D desktop printing enthusiast, Kahl is creating a model of Luna Park as it stood in 1914. But as he started working on the buildings, he realized that something was missing—the people. So Kahl has developed the Scan-A-Rama 3000, a rotating plinth and moving motion sensor (a Microsoft Kinect, basically), to digitally capture people so they can be printed in 3-D to populate his diorama.
Kahl hopes to put the finished product on display in summer 2014; to hit his target he's launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $15,000 by August 8, (it's close to $5K as of July 19). The lowest pledge is $5, but to secure a roughly 1:14 scale model of yourself costs $60. Throw down a Benjie for a group portrait of up to three people (it's very popular with couples, one of whom is heavily pregnant, apparently). Or if you're a really big spender, three large gets you a Scan-A-Rama party, where Kahl will bring the studio to you (as long you're within 90 minutes of NYC) and create 3-D portraits of 30 people.
Watch a video of the scanning process below, then check out the Scan-A-Rama 3000 Kickstarter page.