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Scratch Build – In Progress Project: Mecha

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Samaya, 4 Feb 2011.

  1. Fuganater

    Fuganater What's a Dremel?

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    Very cool design!
     
  2. Samaya

    Samaya Lion Country

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    Another panel made and fitted both

    I finally had time to work on my mod again. I managed to finish the other half of the top side. And I also found a way to cut these thick sheets with a Jigsaw. Just add oil to the blade and keep it smooth.

    So after all the rough cutting, I started filing the panel. This took very nearly forever
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    I fit both panels and they it looked good. I made the gap 5mm wide.
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    Its starting to come together. I still have to finish and fit the side panels. And then still cut away all the excess on the panels. But sofar I am very happy with the top and bottom

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  3. Samaya

    Samaya Lion Country

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    I think I need to change the name of this project - Mecha sounds to close to some religeous place in the middle east. And of course I have no idea what I want to call it... :duh:
     
  4. kelmannen

    kelmannen What's a Dremel?

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    no you dont, i love the japanese name :) i think the proper english translation would be humanoid robot/ transformer and that's not quite right i my mind, however mecha feels like good industrial design with some robotics (servos) :D

    you can of course change it to whatever you wish, it's your mod :)

    besides, don't they spell it mekka?
     
  5. Samaya

    Samaya Lion Country

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    Well I was thinking Mechanical Animal... After the Marilyn Manson Album
     
  6. KoSoVaR^

    KoSoVaR^ Professional Sleever & Modder

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    Or MechoTech?
     
  7. Samaya

    Samaya Lion Country

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    I did some work this past weekend. I made 2 small brackets to fit the middle panels and also fitted the top and bottom sides.

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    Now I need to do the other side. I'm glad I will be painting this case. ALL those scratches, after I sand them out, will not be seen then.

    Cheers,
     
  8. Samaya

    Samaya Lion Country

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    Finally an update...

    This year has been hectic so far. So bad in fact that that this past weekend was the first time I had some real time to work on the case since october last year...

    I did make a bending break.
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    First test
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    It might not look like much but making the brackets took about an 1 hours to make and there were 4 and some of them broke...:wallbash:
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    This is a test piece but it fit very nicely.
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    I also fitted the other side bars but...
    my last M3 tap broke off in the hole I was tapping and I had to remake a whole bracket to get past the problem...
    I'll take a picture some other day of that little problem.

    At some later stage all the sanding and polishing will happen. I need to make all the parts first :rock:

    Hope you had a great easter :D:D:D
     
  9. Samaya

    Samaya Lion Country

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    I made the front panels for this box today.

    They still need to be fitted and will be done as soon as I have time to drive to the hardware shop to buy a new M3 tap...

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  10. tjay@TJ

    tjay@TJ Minimodder

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    looking really good here. keep up the good work.
     
  11. Samaya

    Samaya Lion Country

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    I had 2 days to just mod... It was awesome. I worked a lot but only made a few pieces. Everything just takes long to make cause I am doing it mostly by hand. I do use the odd power tool but I am not CNC'ing or laser cutting anything. And sawing and filing really does take long...

    Anyway this is finally starting to look like something...

    The panel inserts. I made two of these and compared to the other things I made, freakin easy to do.:eyebrow::eyebrow::wallbash:

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    I then attempted to make the front cover of the box. In this piece of plexi there are 5 faces, all at different angles. It kind of worked but didn't look very nice and I messed it up.
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    I then attempted to make one of the edge inserts but had as much difficulty but the size did make it slightly easier.
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    Anyway I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am :D:D:D
     
  12. Blooddrunken

    Blooddrunken In Flames we Trust

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    Yeah, yeah, I like it. :) :thumb:
     
  13. Samaya

    Samaya Lion Country

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    I got this bit made finally. I first had to make a template and then made the part I wanted. Here is the template. I basically glued 3 pieces together in place and used it to make the proper piece.

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    I installed the button as well to see how it will look. I think I'm happy with it :D
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    Thanks for the guys commenting. I do appreciate it :rock::D
     
  14. Meelobee

    Meelobee What's a Dremel?

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    Great design, love the lines the case has. And alu can be a pain to work, especially the thicker parts. I spend quite some time filing on my case, I can imagine your panels take even longer (how thick are the panels?)
     
  15. Samaya

    Samaya Lion Country

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    There are 3 different thicknesses, 4.5mm, 1.6mm and 0.9mm. I've not done much too the finishing off yet. But you right, it is a pain to work with at least its easier than working with steel... :thumb:
     
  16. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Definitely & stainless steel is even worse. :waah::D

    Nice to see this continue Samaya & good looking progress mate. :):dremel:
     
  17. Samaya

    Samaya Lion Country

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    Bloody hell this mod has some difficult parts...:wallbash::wallbash::wallbash:

    The angled diamond shaped sides are not working out perfectly. I have wasted nearly half a square meter of perspex/plexi on trying to make one piece... and I need 4 pieces:eeek::eeek::waah::duh:

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    But I am a man with a plan. At least I have found a way to make one but in three separate pieces that I will glue and then model the single part from that.

    Pics to follow (when I take them) :thumb: :dremel:
     
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  18. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Reminds me of Stealthlow :hehe: hang in there mate you'll get it right, it might drive you near crazy town but you will get it eventually, I had a bleeper of a window to make & it took I think 14 times to get right & about 12 before I knew exactly what to do, wouldn't quit trying & succeeded eventually. :lol:

    Suggestion :idea: instead of using your nice plexi, use cheap card so you can gauge it better for exactly what you need, bleeping geometry can be a bleepady beeping bleep to do correct though, I feel your pain. :D

    What you said about filling the gaps with sticking acrylic sounds a good idea though since you got it that far for a template. :)

    You learn so much though from challenging parts. :clap:
     
  19. Ulti

    Ulti Poor student

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    Oo, this looks really cool, can't wait to see the final result! Was thinking of Gundam when I saw the word mecha and although it's no Gundam, I'm not disappointed at all.
     
  20. Samaya

    Samaya Lion Country

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    I like Gundam too!!! And it was actually the inspiration for this. There will be some moving parts in this build. I reveal it when I get to it though :dremel:
     

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