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Scratch Build – In Progress The Rocket by RandomDesign

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by random2k4, 18 Mar 2021.

  1. 4LIEN

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    Impressive work on that tyre! :eeek:
     
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  2. random2k4

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    Finally, all four wheels are done.

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    Next I need some rims, so I made a more detailed 3D model.

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    Resin printed again to save some time in the post processing.

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    Little bit of sanding and some spray filler and it was done.

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    Like the wheels, I now will make a mold to cast the rims in resin.
     
  3. censored_Prometheus_

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    Need another set of winter wheels. :cooldude:
     
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  4. random2k4

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    And it was time for the mold for the rim. This time a little different.
    To properly demold it at the end, I needed to split the mold in two halves.
    So I covered the first section with a little but of clay and added some
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    Mixed some silicone and poured it into the first half.

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    After about 6 hours of curing, I flipped the mold over and added vents and
    a filling spout to the model. Then again mixed some silicone and poured the
    second half.

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    Then I could cast all 4 rims in resin. Just need to take care
    of the flashing and then they are good for painting.

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  5. Karrek

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    wow, amazing work - I would be very intimidated to try that. Well done!
     
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  6. Cheapskate

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    That's not silicone! It's Greek yogurt! :(
    Lovely wheels, though. Even if they are made of yogurt.
     
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  7. dan297

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    Wow. Those weels are a piece of art.

    Did you apply some kind of release agent to the silicone mold, before you poured the Smooth-Cast Onyx Slow?

    If so, how? It is a quite narrow gap to do it uniformly...
     
  8. random2k4

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    Normally you dont need a release agent for this kind of resin.
    If i would use it for more than 4 castings, I would use some to extend the life span of the mold.
    I have Ease Release 200 which comes in a spray can. When you use a brush after spraying
    you can get it in almost any spot if necessary.
     
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  9. random2k4

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    Now that all parts are printed and cast, I can start building everything together.

    Started with the base. After filling all the imperfections, I followed it up with a couple
    layers of spray filler.

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    After wet sanding, the base was primed black.

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    Although, there will be only a tiny part visible at the end, I decided
    to paint everything. I dabbed on two layers of silver paint to get
    a little more structure.

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    For a used look and to darken down the silver color, I applied a black wash to the parts.

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  10. Cheapskate

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    :( No more bubble gum.
     
  11. random2k4

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    might add some greek yogurt later ;)
     
  12. Cheapskate

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    I always read before breakfast. -Food on the brain.
     
  13. Defyant Mods

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    You could just stop at the wheels and i'd vote moty :thumb: :rock::rock::rock:
     
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  14. random2k4

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    Next, I already started with the installation of the hardware on the base.
    Although the 3D print is stable, it got really rigid after mounting the
    radiator into place.

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    The pump was mounted at the front. The fittings on top are just for decoration.
    Will see if I keep them after everything is set up.

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    PSU got its position in the back.

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    Cause I cant reach the in between space later on easily, I placed all cables and
    also the tubes for the water cooling already. Unfortunately, I needed the 90° fittings,
    cause otherwise it would collide with the upper section. Also a soft tube would
    bend to much.

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    Then the next section was attached and screwed into place.

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    Then I made a small detail for the site. Filled a tube with some coolant
    and attached it on the under side next to the radiator.

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  15. Cheapskate

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    Love it. :D I'm surprised none of us have built a Mars rover yet... A real one. Maybe this is the wrong gig.
    Also, Holy hell that pump is a fatty.
     
  16. random2k4

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    After ages another update on this one.
    Hardware finally arrived a couple weeks ago and I got time to continue.
    Assembled everything and put it in the right place.

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    Quickly filled the system with a blue liquid.

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    Now, I only miss the paint job for the outer shell and some detail parts.

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  17. random2k4

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    Next, I painted all the parts for the exhaust and bumper in
    a silver like tone.

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    It was a little too shiny, an I already made the decision to give the entire mod
    a more weathered look. So, I applied brown and black washes to add a used look to the parts.

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    Then I already glued the rims into the tires.

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  18. Cheapskate

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    Ah, the 'tenant with a cat' look. :lol:
     
  19. random2k4

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    Next up, I attached the wheels to the main construction.
    Printed a small cover that you cant see the nut anymore.

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    For the lights, I soldered small SMDs and glued them into place.

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    For the lenses itself, I resin printed templates and polished them.

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    Then I could make a silicone mold and cast them in red and off white resin.

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    Looking good so far. Now I just need to paint the last parts.

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  20. random2k4

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    Then it was finally time for painting the outer shell.
    I used my bigger Airbrush to apply the blue tone.
    Took about 5 layers to get an even coverage.

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    Afterwards, I painted the borders of the windows and the detail parts on the roof in black.
    The mounting for the Detail on the hood was painted in a metal color.
    Everything was followed up with a layer of clear coat. It is a little shiny
    at the moment, but after the weathering all will be toned down again with a matte finish.

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    Before I could start the weathering, I needed to glue the bars at the front in place.

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