What pod to choose; that is the question.
I am attempting to help out some fellow modellers by hosting a small get-together where we have an expert coming over to teach us how to solder brass tubes. We will run CNC machines and get tube fish mouthed and quickly as possible. This seemed like a good opportunity to get cracking on another set of brass work for myself.
What pod to choose; that is the question.
Stunning turned aluminium engine bells produced by Mike Reader (check him out on the usual forums / Facebook). My resins are not to shabby really but aluminium is real and feels good.
I model most of my work in CAD before I build it.
With a little work the CAD model of the 44" Eagle Transporter has been scaled to make an 11" Model. This might be a very nice thing to produce; as long as my CAD is good (I think it is; the 44" frame is built from it) the 11" model will be very interesting / accurate.
I have added this in the Shapeways WSF plastic material; much better price. We will see how expensive the spine works out to be in stainless steel!
The passenger pod floor is coming together; the brass work that looked great when raw is etch primed; a couple of soldered pegs locate that to the acrylic perspex plate.
The plate was roughened slightly prior to getting some primer on that just to help key the paint in place.
The kit bashed parts are resin casts; these look fine with no air bubbles or defects (but I had a big pot of those to choose from).
I have been designing a range of Hover Tanks; these are styled on old world war one tanks as a sci-fi hover tanks.
The design is my own; and produced with Autodesk Fusion.
They can be found on Shapeways; buying a set of 4 works out pretty good on price.
Haven't done much model making for a while; life gets in the way sometimes.
I had chance to get the soldering kit out and crack on with the passenger pod floor frame. The jigs were made an age ago; the fish mouthing was done and this task was completed in a few hours over two evenings.
The jig L sections worked great; the frame is fairly big but has remained flat and true; I am very happy with the result and this could have been a challenge without a jig.
Designed some ruins / scatter terrain in 28mm scale. A ruin of an old Star Gate and a Column Base; no real purpose but should look good to dress the table.
A drawing of the Tie Scimitar Assault Bomber. Free Download, enjoy.
Check it out on Shapeways;
Tie Scimitar by Scalestuff
The model looks good to go in the detail material at 6mm 1/270 ish scale. It is about 50mm long overall and the price came out really very good I thought.
Lifting some blue prints / plans from Wookieepedia again. Another unusual Tie variant from the wider Star Wars universe; the Tie Crawler or, The Century Tank.
The weather is getting better; soon I will be back on the big Eagle (it needs paint) but this Star Wars stuff has been a nice distraction this spring. Good fun; it is also helping me to learn Autodesk Fusion 360, also good fun and a change from my usual industry software Solidworks.
My finished CAD file as a short animation. Really happy with the way this worked out and it looks ok with an initial coat of primer. I haven't taken any wet or dry to it yet; just a wash in soapy water.
The Tie Assault Bomber - The Scimitar is progressing in CAD and as a physical model; the landing skid is very fine, the posts are only 1mm diameter and the collection of parts is growing.
3d Print Project in between the larger projects.
Star Wars Tie Scimitar Assault Bomber.
CAD and 3d printing is WIP for sure; still a little bit to do.
Can not make my mind up; to tool the wings or not.
I like the idea of the ship landing on its wings (with the body at an angle) I might look at inventing a landing skid to fit to the underside of the front body section (hex cone shape). I think that would be quite smart and look neat.
The model is 1/72 scale
First resin castings from a few tile tools; a few lumps and bumps and air bubbles but these will be better on the second and third pull and the tools are clean.
20 Star Wars Death Star silicone rubber tile tools are ready to cast resin in to; let production begin!
To help me get this project moving I am offering the STL files for personal use through Kickstarter. If you are interested please check the Kickstarter page out. Funding closes on the 1st Feb 2017.
If you want any extra info or details; give me a shout here or there.
Some time over the holiday saved to do some modelling on the Eagle Transporter; studio scale 44" leg pod / landing foot supporting structure.
Surprisingly not so difficult but I eased the work by going off plan slightly; my central column should be two seperate pieces. I am happy with the outcome and very happy with the ease of soldering.
I have the small strut mount to add; I will also consider the addition of a tube mount on the inside to allow the mechanism to be spring loaded.
Additional tiles for the Death Star 3d wall art. The Primary Weapon, is a 3x3 / 9 tile layout and I will need to make some resin copies of those to make the full set.
The full set built so far is about 35 individual tiles. I will aim to design and build a few more just to cut down on the repetition with the finish piece. I can now start to see how the tiles can be group in sets of 4 (where I have built mirrored tiles) and I can see how the curved tiles can be arranged in a range of layouts for interest.
The shadows from the sunlight today are great and hopefully, the layout when finished in the correct lighting will have the give the same effect.
Next up for design and print is the trench. This I have decided will be inline with the edge of the tile (as per studio). I quite fancied the idea that the tile would be angled on the wall earmarked for the art but it just doesn't look right.
About half of the required master tiles are assembled. Styrene and ABS 50mm squares and 3d Printed Greeblies.
Spot Alpha in there?
The exhaust port is printed but I need to think about the trench; I want this at 45 degrees to the main layout of the tiles - that will be a pain. I will also have a circular edge to the piece, that will also be a pain but all can be achieved.