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Old 12th August 2017, 5:02 AM   #46
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Is it a plane?

Not a fancy superman plane, just a good 'ol flying contraption?
Well everyone has been asking him to make iron man fly. So that is one way to achieve it.
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Old 12th August 2017, 8:10 AM   #47
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A Super Star Destroyer called Bazecutor



and it drives on the road
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Old 12th August 2017, 10:27 AM   #48
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Clue. It is a 1:1 full scale build at around 9 metres.
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Old 12th August 2017, 11:35 AM   #49
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A Tie Fighter/Defender?
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Old 13th August 2017, 12:13 AM   #50
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All I can do at night is measure and mark quietly. Tomorrow the jigsaw gets a workout.

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Old 13th August 2017, 9:31 AM   #51
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Cant wait to see the look on everyones faces once you show them its a Spoiler below, highlight to read:
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Old 13th August 2017, 9:49 AM   #52
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Darn it... you had me highlighting that!
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Old 13th August 2017, 9:50 AM   #53
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Colonial Viper?
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Old 13th August 2017, 1:04 PM   #54
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Colonial Viper?
AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

Congratulations mate! Your burnt slice of toast is in the mail!

I first had this idea years ago, along with a couple of other projects I may move onto after it. With all the iron man stuff, photography, astronomy and knife making going on, it didn't look like I was ever going to do it.

A few years ago, tried a paper model from online and just blowing that up and started a life-size cardboard version, but didn't like the shape of it. After sitting in my shed for nearly a year taking up space, I destroyed it.





Next I grabbed a Mobeius kit and took Vernier caliper measurements from the physical model and multiplied them by the scale factor of about three. I made a concept model three times the size in cardboard and wood, threw some lights in it and worked out how the modular sections will assemble on site for transport and pull-down.

















I only built one side of it so the other side can stay open for future visual planning. I mirrored a couple of photos for fun. (above)

I've been collecting plywood and foam, among other materials for many months. For the last couple of years I've been trying to get shop drawings out of any CAD specialist willing to help, but I understand it's a lot of work for free and it's a big ask to dedicate the time.

Even using verniers and blowing it up three times, brought inaccuracies I can't accept, so I really needed to get dimensions accurate.

Now that I have a CAD expert helping me, I finally have accurate shop drawings and have started on the first two and a bit metres of the nose.

The craft will use a variety of materials to make it, depending on strength/safety and where it is needed. The majority will be plywood frame, some aluminium longerons etc for strength, polystyrene foam fill for sculpting, then skinned with fibreglass.

The cockpit and undercarriage will be constructed in such a way that it is safe to support and adult's weight and then some.

The entire ship tops out at 8.4 metres in length.

I have big plans for the rest of the ship, but I will tell the story as I go, rather than skip to the last chapter.





Since my first thoughts of this years ago, I was dismayed to go online searching for blueprints, not finding any, but finding at least two other full scale Vipers out there. One is in full aluminium and a little further along than mine, the other is a plywood, completed and recently unveiled in Manchester. I think they are both 1978 versions, where as mine is the reimagined 2003 version.

Just goes to show what can happen if you don't act on your dreams right away. Someone else will!

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Next step, the Galactica?
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I've been thinking about it.... really.
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Congratulations mate! Your burnt slice of toast is in the mail!
Lol cool. Was my first thought when you mentioned 9 metres long 1:1 but when I looked it up I thought I was wrong as the pieces you were cutting looked as angular as I remembered rather than the photos I was seeing.

I think the black one was more angular? (EDIT: yeah it was, but it was a new build called a Colonial Blackbird, not a Viper)

I liked the series even though it went off the rails and the ending was a bit meh.

Speaking of sci-fi I've wanted to build a vorlon encounter suit or a eurocorp syndicate suit for a while, might start smaller though.

When you finish this you can do a battlemech or something :P
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Wow... That looks freaking awesome!!! How do you find time to even log on to Teh Interwebs?

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I've been thinking about it.... really.
Well, it needs to be stored somewhere and a garage or shed ain't going to cut it

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I liked the series even though it went off the rails and the ending was a bit meh.
It did, didn't it I still enjoyed it though.

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When you finish this you can do a battlemech or something :P
You could have some fun with that!
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Lol cool. Was my first thought when you mentioned 9 metres long 1:1 but when I looked it up I thought I was wrong as the pieces you were cutting looked as angular as I remembered rather than the photos I was seeing.

I think the black one was more angular? (EDIT: yeah it was, but it was a new build called a Colonial Blackbird, not a Viper)

I liked the series even though it went off the rails and the ending was a bit meh.

Speaking of sci-fi I've wanted to build a vorlon encounter suit or a eurocorp syndicate suit for a while, might start smaller though.

When you finish this you can do a battlemech or something :P
I loved the series from start to finish. I thought the end was brilliant. Any other way would have not left you with that feeling of hope/loss so profound.

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Wow... That looks freaking awesome!!! How do you find time to even log on to Teh Interwebs?

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Erm... yeah, about that..... I can see it out the kitchen window mocking me. I just can't seem to find time to get out there. At the moment I'm home, but sick, so no working outside in the cold.

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Well, it needs to be stored somewhere and a garage or shed ain't going to cut it


It did, didn't it I still enjoyed it though.


You could have some fun with that!
Mmm, not into mechs really, but you never know. Hobbies are like taste buds they change.
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