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Scratch Build – Complete ⭐ Star Wars X-Wing by RandomDesign

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by random2k4, 13 Mar 2018.

  1. random2k4

    random2k4 Active Member

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    Although the final pictures for the CMWS are already around the internet, I dont want to rush the worklog now [​IMG]

    In some designs, the T-70 X-Wing has another turbine/exhaust part at the back directly in the middle.
    So I wanted to resemble this also. And ofc 5 exhausts look better then just 4.

    I designed a simple part and 3D printed it. After some sanding you could really see the final form.

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    I found this small Cooler Master 60mm fan in a random box. I thought why not put it inside the exhaust.
    Looks OK so far.

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    Then the part was painted in the same style as the other exhaust parts from the turbines.
    Also the fan was glued into place.

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    at the end I made a first test fit on the main body.

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  2. Yury

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    Very good, I want to see this painting finished, congratulations
     
  3. random2k4

    random2k4 Active Member

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    After adding the 5th exhaust, I reworked the other 4 also a little bit.
    You might remember, I installed a normal RGB LED strip in each exhaust.
    This maybe looks nice, but I dont have much controll over the LEDs.

    So, I took some of my left over APA106 LEDs from the WOPR project,
    which are individual addressable.
    I wanted to install 8 LEDs in each exhaust the get a nice and diffused light.
    All had to be connected to 104 nF capacitors first.

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    To make them fit perfectly and ensure an even distribution of light, I printed some spacers
    and soldered the LEDs into place.

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    The animation, I had in mind was something like a starting jet engine.
    So maybe some explosions at start and then a fading effect from red to yellow to blue.
    This indicates, the turbine will go up in speed. When blue, there will be some white light sparks,
    giving the impression the engine is actually running. All is done with an Arduino Nano to save space.

    Here are some pictures of the transition. More in the making-of video later.

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    I couldn't wait and had to install two wings and see the effect.

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  4. Cheapskate

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    Soo satisfying to see this being made. :D
     
  5. Dot_Kappa

    Dot_Kappa 100% Puppet

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    The exhausts' light effect is amazing, I am waiting for the video :jawdrop: :thumb:
     
  6. random2k4

    random2k4 Active Member

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    While working on the electric, I soldered another light effect.
    The 4 "lasers" should also shoot some light, two at each time.
    So the left top and right bottom and vise versa at the same time.
    Therefore, I made this simple circuit using two capacitors and two transistors.
    You will see it later in the video.

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    I also reworked the motorization of the BB8 and switched from a servo to a
    Arduino controlled stepper motor. Also, more in the video ^^

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    Then it was finally time to work on the inside of the X-Wing.
    I started in the front section of the main body and applied some carbon vinyl.
    Here the water tanks will be placed.

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    Ok, I added the water tank and the first fittings right after.

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    On the inner wall, I attached an RGB strip and soldered the controller right at the front.

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    Before working on the cockpit, I needed to spray paint the walls first.

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    To keep the design, I also applied some carbon vinyl to the inside. Also this was the time
    to put the mobo into place.

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    I wanted to make the cockpit look more like an actual space ship cockpit.
    So, I first make some empty panels to see my layout. The panel on the middle has a big hole in it.
    Here I will make a cover later that can be removed to work on the cables.

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    After I decided what I wanted to place on the panels, I drilled in all needed holes.
    Then LEDs and switches were placed.

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    The cover for the middle panel also got the typical symbol from the rebellion.

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  7. Tattysnuc

    Tattysnuc Thinking about which mod to do 1st.

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    stunning work. inspirational stuff....
     
  8. Cheapskate

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    Oh, right. There's a computer. :lol: It says a lot about the size when you can use real switches on the control panel.
     
  9. random2k4

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    Next, the panels for the cockpit were put into place.
    I added two more switches to the mid section. One is starting the water pump and the other
    switches the temperature sensor on and off.

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    It was already visible in the upper pictures, but before I glued the panels in, I bend some acrylic
    tubes for the water cooling and connected the CPU to the loop.

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    I think this is my very first mod where the drain valve is actually the lowest spot in the
    loop. Its right at the front and easily accessible. It will be covered with the nose part later.
    I already made a test, and I get like 99% of the water out of the loop this way.

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    The special Titan X GPU will sit in the back. The opening I planned before, was not big enough.
    I just grabbed my Proxxon and made it a little bigger.

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    The edges were covered with aluminum profiles. This also added a bit more stability.

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    Luckily, my wife loves painting, so I got some help for the weathering. First all detail lines
    were colored in a dark tone, to highlight the separation of the panels.

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    Then multiple layers of grey, brown and black color were dabbed on to achieve a used look.

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    Now that the X-Wing is basically done, I needed a place for it. Its really hard to find
    suitable tables in the right size and height, so I build my own one as a stand for the mod.
    Yes, I build my own table for a case mod ^^

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    To hold the weight of the X-Wing, I constructed a large base from multiple layers of ply wood.
    At one end, I included a steel pole. The top side will bear a smaller base, that will be directly
    attached to the body of the X-Wing with screws.

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  10. delevic

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    it's easy for you when you have help :) This is the one of the most interesting active projects.
     
  11. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Where do you guys find these women that have interests that aren't eating? :worried: -Asking for a friend.
     
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  12. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

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    good one centurion :) (monty python.... look great. you must have your own filament plant now right.:)
     
  13. bionicgeekgrrl

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    Wow. This is one of the best mods I've seen. My fiance would love it as he's a massive star wars fan.
     
  14. random2k4

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    And some final pictures:

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    We also made a video, showing the making-of in more detail:

     
  15. kim

    kim hardware addict

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    Fantastic work, outstanding result :clap:
     
  16. Dot_Kappa

    Dot_Kappa 100% Puppet

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    Congratulations!! I am not a Star-wars' fan but I really appreciate your mod :thumb:
     
  17. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    The real question: Enterprise or Tie Fighter next?
     
  18. Dr. Coin

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    The answer is obvious a B-Wing.

    Fantastic work.
     
  19. random2k4

    random2k4 Active Member

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    I was more thinking about a Klingon Heavy Cruiser or Bird of Prey
     
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  20. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

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    hell no, make yr own, a QUASAR :) earth-2880x2560-above-space-hd-6408.jpg
     
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