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Scratch Build - In Progress ⭐ Starwars X-Wing by RandomDesign

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

  1. random2k4

    random2k4 Member

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    Next up, I was working on the wings.

    Started by sanding down all the flat surfaces.

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    To recreate the sharp edges on the lines, I used a needle file.
    This step was neccessary to make all gaps the same size.

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    Then all parts of the wings were glued together. Again, I used short steel rods to
    make the connection really strong. This will be needed later for the moving
    mechanism, cause I am not trusting glue alone. In addition, I included a ribon cable
    for the LEDs. Better to do it now, cause later would be a bit tricky to get the cable all
    the way through.

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    After I filled some smaller gaps, all 4 wings got one quick wet sanding.
    And then dry before the next step.

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    A layer of spray filler was applied to see were some more spots needs additional attention.

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    Tomorrow, I will wet sand again and work on the turbines. Then the pieces will be connected, so
    stay tuned. More progress to come shortly.
     
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  2. random2k4

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    Now the worklog starts to get a bit more confusing, cause I am building so many
    different parts at the moment. So just be prepared :D
    Besides the X-Wing I also got the opportunity to modify a Viewsonic XG2402 monitor.
    To keep the Star Wars theme, it should look like a cockpit from a space ship that may be fits
    into this specific universe.

    Everything started with a simple sketch.

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    To get a better feeling for the strukture and design, I made a template
    out of cardboard. Here I also tried to include as many details as possible.

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    The cardboard was then transfered onto paper to get all the measurements right.

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    Next, everything was again transfered, this time directly onto the MDF plates.

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    Then the cutting began.
    Outlines were made with a table saw and the cut outs simply with a jig saw.

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    Also all other panels were cut and the holes were made.
    At the end we ended up with a bunch of wood.

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    After the parts were losely put together, for a first quick test fitting, the gluing started.
    And always remember, you cant have enough clamps

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  3. random2k4

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    After gluing the first pieces, I decided to add a drawer for the keyboard
    to the monitor. To figure out the exact position, I used some tape to hold the
    drawer temporarily in place. The inside was covered with black carbon foil.

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    Then the top part was glued together. Clamps are still the way to go.

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    On the top panel, I added small holes fo a bit of ventilation.
    Here I will also install a light effect later.

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    I found this old mouse here in the trash, so I decided
    to maybe use it also for the monitor, cause a keyboard is already added.
    The track ball really gives a nice touch to it.

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    Now the panels for all the buttons are still missing, but
    I already designed them in 3D, and my printer is ready.

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  4. kim

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    Even if I'm used to it from your first thread, I can't avoid mentioning again how your skills and your ideas are really impressive, and it's a real fun and pleasure to follow your threads :clap::clap::clap:
     
  5. random2k4

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    After the printing of the panels was done, I put them into place
    for a short test fitting.

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    To make a glow effect, I installed LED stipes to the bottom side.

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    The main body had to be prepared for the paint job. For that, I covered the
    entire body with two layers of spray filler. Smaller gaps were also closed with some
    filler.

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    Also the panels were primed and painted.
    Cause the entire monitor should lokk a bit used, everything got some layers of weathering.

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    Then the first panels were attached to the also painted body.

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    To control the liall the light effects, I prepared a switch panel.
    Here also an RGB LED will switch from red to blue, when the controlled effect is running.

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    I also found this little LED blinking kit in my electric drawer, so I thought why not try it out.

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    I will add some more details and a running light effect.
    Next up will be final pictures of the monitor, then I will work on the X-Wing again.
     
  6. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    I wish my electronics drawer came with an instruction manual. :(
    Lovely work once again. The monitor casing kicks a**.
     
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  7. random2k4

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    Woulndt need an instruction for that, cause its basically ony two capacitors and two transistors, but always nice to have one just to double check
     
  8. random2k4

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    And here are some final pictures of the monitor.

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    We also made a short video showing the building process and all the functions.



    And now back to the X-Wing itself.
     
  9. _Prometheus_

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    The useful place in screen corners is lost. :grr: The keyboard in a box? :nono:
     
  10. random2k4

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    Its all for the design, not the functionality. Just imagine there is no screen behing the corners, and the keyboard is used while standing in front ;)
     
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  11. _Prometheus_

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    Just imagine...
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  12. random2k4

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    looks ok to me :grin:
     
  13. _Prometheus_

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    :grin:
     
  14. Tattysnuc

    Tattysnuc Thinking about which mod to do 1st.

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    Stunning attention to detail. Subbed.
     
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