Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by ASPHIAX, 8 Feb 2011.
No I am not , left my pointed ears at home too!
Here is a layout of the hardware i want to put into the tail.
Room is limited so i will have the psu intake at the bottom blowing to the front of the deflector tunnel.
One thing I changed when typing this is the location of the pump and hdd cage. they will be flipped with the pump below and the drive cage on top (also a little safer)
ps: drivecage will be made of plexiglas.
With pride i can announce my first sponsor!
Brink of Modding (know from the Cubeleon and Brake line fangrill) will be building 2 custom reservoirs for the EURSIKO warp nacelles.
Check his site for some examples of the award winning work this guy does!
Brink of Modding
Here is some graphical work that will be the base for the duo fangrill.
Ok here is a short update !
Fan Layout (92 mm scythe fans) integrated into the lower saucer section
started work on the DCIM's and armour plating
Tricky Business, The deflector tunnel was not properly formed. So I had to cut it up knowing I did not have enough foam left to replace it.
After a extremely helpfull visit to a guy who has been building his model airplanes for 30 years i have descided to take the negative/positive mold approach. So removed the tape and started filling the sides.
Big advantage is that i can rebuild the canope within hours if i screw up!
Total view , in the background the bottom saucer section drying.
So now a week of sanding, filling, sanding, filling, sanding, fill ....
I will not bother you guys with pictures of the sanding and filling process but I have taking a old piece of mesh and cut it up to make more clear the "Dilithium Cooling Intake Manifold" idea.
I will place some fat CCFL's or LEDS behind the mesh.
Was a real task to get all the lining straight. Used a dremel to "sculpt" the filling and every night put on a layer of filling and sanding ...
But i am not quite there yet. The symmetrie is a little off, so out comes the trusted dremel !
As Usual the first weekend update !
Hmm, what are these ?
And a Fitting session
Starting to look like something!
Tomorrow continue the sanding and filling of the pylons clap and brainstorm on how to fit the reservoirs and the 19mm tubing for the watercooling.
This is so amazing I wish I had a percent of your skillz in making so good models I haven't tried yet though so it's yet to see what my skill are though Will soon be starting my own big modding project I will watch this with intrest
Here is update no 2
Before and After a round of sanding
Missed the correct symmetrie a lot of times, used up a lot of foam making mistakes. I really had to sit down to think why I got it wrong all the time and how to get the impuls drives correctly out of the foam.
Finally the right symmetrie !!!!!
Whats wrong with this picture... Can you see it ?
Nicely symmetrical but it had to be mirrored !!!!
And after that everything covered in filling and glued together!
Damn you are already getting ready for 2012 and the aliens attack hahaha
Very good job
Best be prepared right
Man am I glad to see some detail taking shape on the butt of this bad boy! hehe. (was looking like a big cheek swatter lol - just messing with ya ). Graphic work got me perked up too...Sweet! MORE
Yes she was in deperate need of some nip and tuck on the ass section!
Here is part 1 of the overview of this weekend.
I was not looking forward to this job. I knew that if i was to mess up, a couple of weeks of work would go down the drain. Full enthousiasme started this job then...
I dont have to much pictures of the actual Epoxy work as the plastic gloves covered in Epoxy prevented me from using my camera.
So I first used several layers of loosening wax on the model. Let these layers dry and covered the model with a thick layer of epoxy. The placing of the glasfiber cloth on the straight and flat surfaces is not a problem, but then there were the corners.
What a DRAMA !!!
I knew of the difficulties with straight corners with glassfiber but I did not expect it to be that bad. A to straight of a corner (close to 90 degrees) will mean that a bubbel of air gets trapped on top of the corner and a corner with a radius will form in the lower part. The radius is not that bad, you can use a filler to resolve it. The bubbel on top on the other hand is not ok at all.
You cant push it down by hand (tried it, keeps popping up) and when not treated it can cause the paint to pop off when even moderate force is used on the model let alone fly at warp 9 So I had to cut the bubbels out and fill them with epoxy.
For a layman simple forms and shapes are fairly easy. A complex shape like the EURISKO with several adjacent inner and outer corners is tough. Especially when there is a timelimit on the time epoxy can be used before it solidifies. For my next build I will think twice before using the material in this fashion again.
Here is the result!
Seperate the canope from the deflector tunnel
And back to the baseplate
Started to empty the canope. In the end I did not choose to do the positive/nagative mould. The primairy reason is that I do not trust myself enough with the epoxy.
(I can hear you thinking .... Yes changed direction again!!!)
The DCIM's can finally be opened
Layer on layer deeper. Looks kinda like an old roman theater!
Completely hollowed out the canope. Left some foam at strategic area's as the whole became encreasingly flexible and vulnarable. Due to the left foam the model will keep the intented form. I will put another layer of epoxy/glass on the inside making the canope around 2 cm's thick and much stronger.
Canope is completely finished. At least on the inside there is now enough room for the hardware. the outer layer will be covered with filling and I will recreate the straight corners.
So eventually it all came together. Had to do a lot of "On the Fly" adjustments but that is part of the fun for me. Thinking on my feet and adjusting where necessary.
As usual my wife was not so happy with me working on the model.
It epicccz !
Keep on going man!
It does feel like a step backwards in appereance but it is a jump forwards constructionally.
God damn brother that's amazing. Keep up the good work and I'll be watching this one.
Great update man! Nice mess you left there too looks like forward momentum to me. Steady as she goes
Wow not bad. I like so for and the rat as a space shuttle. Can't wait when it's ready.
Sorry my bad english.
Just written out the planning for the build upto the exterior work with depron and maybe even some clay. Next week is going to be about massive jumps forwards as it will be vacation time ! Finally some uninterrupted quality modding time!
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