Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Boddaker, 27 Mar 2007.
My dear boy, truly inspirational! Your work is a pleasure to behold!
Great Uncle Bulgaria.
Outstanding. Great use of the camera as well
You wouldn't mind disclosing your full address, as well as the next time your house will be empty, would you?
Nice video work too....Can't wait to see more
Of course I wouldn't mind. It's: 1234 Boddaker Drive, Bod City NewBodsland, in the good old United States of Abodica. See ya when you get here!
Well, I'm trying to button up the whole front panel this week, so I test fitted the small 2.5" lcd's into their pocket frames.
I needed to figure out what to do with the top to cover the opening. The screens give off some heat, and they have small
flat cables coming out of the top, connecting them to their control boards, so I couldn't just make a lid and cover it all up.
So I decided to make some vent covers out of one of the stock mesh grills that came with the stacker case.
Here are all three cut, with areas cut away for cable clearance.
A close up of one.
Also, the cables were an ugly orange color, so I colored them all black with a sharpie.
Bod fantastic work as always.
Sharpies Cheesecake!! lol I like it bod, using the stacker grills keeps it on theme and no extra expenditure, very nice
Whooooa!! Long time since I last commented anything in this thread - reason: Didn't want to drool too often, but it's inevitable I see. Therefore I just gave up, and returned here
Great idea on the LED's, great handling of the camera (Felt like my patrol out there was done and it was time to return to Galactica) - I just missed some LEDs to give away the position of the sides and the roof of the landing bay - maybe some red and green LEDs to denote right and left sides?
I like the TFTs too, and the hangar bay floor - how did you make THAT? Looks cool enough!
Hey Frido, where've you been? I was thinking about adding navigational lighting. I was going to toy with running fiber optic cable up from the Crucial Ballistix modules into the landing bay for some blinky bling. But I don't really have time to mess with it, plus there isn't much of that on the original Galactica anyways.
For the landing deck, I created a vector image in Illustrator using reference pics, then had it printed on a sheet of adhesive vinyl. Got pics of it a few pages back if you wanna check out the details.
Ok, time for an update! I got some goodies in last week, including my Black Ice X-Flow 360 radiator, so I
could do the last bit of hacking on the case (hopefully). I will be mounting the rad under the floor in the base.
Here is the case upside down, showing how I expanded the existing cutout to match the radiator.
Here's the rad in place.
Now I know what your thinking, that I am mounting a 360 rad where a 240 should go due to the shorter opening.
Well, I have my reasons! I will explain a bit later, and all will be clear as mud.
So, if any of you eagle eyes noticed, the rad is about as thick as the base is tall. And since putting wheels on this thing
(or any style of case feet for that matter) is pretty much out of the question, I need to extend the base somehow
to give the rad ample airflow underneath. So I got some 1" aluminum box tubing and threw it into the scroll saw.
The resulting piece. I'm matching the base's curves for a nice clean extension. This is the front...
And this is the rear, with lines drawn where to cut.
Here are both front and rear in place for a test fit.
If you'll notice, the base comes straight down a bit at the very bottom. This will need to be rectified in order to
continue that angled body line. Before...
For mounting, I was able to pick up a few of the existing threaded holes originally meant for the wheels that
came with the case. So after I marked the hole positions on the bottom, I drilled them out.
And in order to get the screws in, I drilled out oversized holes on the top. one done, three more to go!
Once the extensions were mounted, I moved to the front of the base. I need to do something there as well, otherwise it will look funny. So I made a couple pieces out of angle bar...
...And mounted them in place. Now the body line below the front bezel continues down to the bottom of the extension.
I will be finishing up the base tomorrow, so expect another update real soon!
Nice extension of the case feat, they look very natural.
Very nice, but still no hovering.
Quite true. I am deducting points now. Down from OMG!!! to Bloody AWESOME!!! lol.
Bloody awesome is right. Kick-ass, Bod!
BASE EXTENSION PART 2:
Having finished the extensions yesterday, I was able to skin the whole thing with styrene today, complete
with armor paneling. Here I am gluing down the base layer of styrene. I roughed up the metal
surface with the dremel, using a cut-off wheel, to make the glue stick better.
After the glue set up, I trimmed the excess.
I then removed the base from the case and brought it inside to apply the armor paneling. I did it just as before:
sketching out a random pattern, cutting the panels out almost completely, gluing them down, and cutting away the remainder.
Now I just need to go back and glue all the edges down and this side's done.
With both sides done, I shot it with some primer.
Stuck it back on the case, and threw on the front and side panels for kicks to see how it looks.
Pretty good I'd say. At first glance you'd never know it was extended, which was my goal.
Ok, ok... I didn't want to show this just yet, but you leave me no choice! BSG is hover-capable, after retro-fitting a small nuclear powered flux capacitor into the base (another reason why I needed to extend it!). I'm happy to announce that it works!
Dude, thats a simple mod, but it works to well, it does look natural, I'm looking at my 832 here and I can see exatly how that would work, brilliant work as always.
As for the hovering, glad you've still got a sense of humor
Mate I am restoring your points now, how could we have doubted you lol.
I love the feet and the special loving you gave them. They match perfectly.
Now THAT'S what i'm talking about It doesn't look right without the rocket boosters of course... where are they? hmm?
+points for the armor detailing on the extensions, i can't get enough of that stuff
Awesome work Boddaker
Wait a second!!! is that thing flying or My eyes don't work any more?!!!!
Rest of the work is perfect and details like the guys said. It rockz.
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