EDIT: Feb2021 Frequently Asked Questions. I get asked a lot of questions time and time again. I do welcome and encourage questions and am absolutely glad to have you all along for the journey. I realise this build log is very long, so folks often miss the ones that have been answered several times. Here are some FAQs to help save both your time and mine. I'll sticky/pin this to the top of the page. Thanks so much for all your comments. Often your questions are valuable and get me thinking outside the box. They do help! Keep 'em comin'! Q - Why are you building some parts movie-accurate, while other things seem to have a lot of creative licence? A - I've got this question a lot, particularly about the engines. I know I am taking a lot of licence with these engines, but the X-Wing fighter on display at a local shopping centre last year, showed me that some static displays suck. Sure it LOOKED similar to the fighter in the show, but close inspection revealed it to be flat, static, flimsy, rough molded and BORING. My engines will be multi layered, have depth and moving parts. Light, sound and motion. That's the way I want it. Q - What is it made of? A - the frame is steel, but the rest is 8mm plywood to make the formers, giving shape and proportion using scaled spacing. The gaps are filled with recycled polystyrene boxes, shaped and sanded. This will support the fibreglass skin later. The resin to be used is polystyrene friendly. Q - How are you going to get it out of your shed? A - It is built in modules for ease of transport and storage. It all comes apart. The nose in two modules, the cockpit, (On a pallet), the engine block in two modules, the side engines in two modules each and the top engine. The wings and undercarriage also break down to compact. Edit: I now have a dedicated hangar for it, so I will be keeping it as one piece and build a custom trailer for transport. Q - How do you do it? You seem to have so much time on your hands. A - I get this a lot. I have a FULL TIME job. I am currently raising THREE little kids. I actually have very little spare time on my hands. But what is spare time? Spare time is any time that you could use productively, that you are probably not using as best as you could. Playing a PC game? Watching a TV show? Sleeping more than you need to? I wait until everyone else has gone to bed, then go to my shed and create. I do quiet stuff at night and set up in preparation for coming home and smashing in with the grinder, jigsaw, hammer and drill - all the noisy stuff for brief periods. I steal away every five minutes I can get. THAT's how I manage to fit more in my day. I hate laziness and even more, I hate boredom and unproductivity. Q - How do you have so much patience? A - I don't. I actually have very little patience and lose my temper all the time. Last time my wireless router gave me troubles, I took it out on the garden bed and drove an eight foot steel picket through it's heart. I have no time for shit not doing it's job. What I do have is determination and focus. Big difference. Q - Is it going to fly? A - No. You are not original. Give yourself an uppercut. Q - What are you going to skin it with? Won't fibreglass melt the polystyrene? A - I will be using fibreglass mat, but instead of resin I will be using a product called botecote, which is polystyrene friendly. Q - What are you using to power the engines? A - Without giving away too much, I am making the engines and cockpit interactive. The engines have visible moving parts front and rear, vibration, enhancement, sound and light. I have a collection of electronics, lighting, sound systems and motors, but am not yet at the stage where I can devote time to finishing them. Once the ship is at a certain stage, that will come together. Q - Are you planning on displaying it at a convention or specific event? A - Most likely Comicon/Supanova - type events. There may be opportunities at other expos or events. I didn't make this for charities, but if that opportunity presents itself then I will happily oblige. Q - You must have spent a fortune, how are you going to make money off it? Is it worth it? A - Do you have hobbies that cost you money, yet bring you joy? Why must everything be about money? You know the answer before you ask. Q - can you share the plans/blueprints? A - No. I am under a non-disclosure agreement with my CAD operator, as I am with certain people who have given me access to exclusive reference material. I will honour this agreement. If you want to make something similar, you will have to use a 3D model, solidify it, then chop it up to make your replica. There are more, but I can't remember them right now. I will add them as I do. Luv, Baz. EDIT: 13Aug2017: The secret is out! Oculi guessed it! Go to page four for the first pics of the build revealed EDIT-4Aug2017: I will change the name of this thread when I am ready to reveal what I'm up to. I was going to keep it a secret until finished, then reveal the completed project along with the story of how it came to be. However, from my previous builds I have found a lot of people have enjoyed following along as I fail, succeed, learn, experiment and involve everyone. So, rather than talk talk talk about what I'm "gunna" do, I think that once I've got to a certain stage and something to show, I will bring it out and share the work in progress as before. Original post: Hey gang. With Iron Man project all but done, (now just tweaks before getting it into kids hospitals), I am ready to start moving on with a project I've been planning a couple of years. This one is just for fun and once I get going I will reveal it for all those who want to follow along. Before we get to that, I need a little help. I need a *volunteer, skilled CAD 3D operator. EDIT: I have found 2 Volunteers/ The last two 3D CAD designers who volunteered to help me have fallen through after months of planning and waiting. I totally get it that people have lives and that's just the way it goes. However, I can't start this project without accurate cross-sections of a physical scaled model. I have photographs of the model from every angle, to be loaded into a 3D CAD generator, from which vertical cross-section, profile slices can be taken at intervals along the length of the model, then drawings with dimensions of each slice and distance between slices produced. This will help me form the basic shell, (shape) and I will be scratch-building all the details from there. The object is 30cm long, but in order for me to reproduce it to its full scale of nearly nine metres long and keep proportions, I MUST have accurate shop drawings. I appreciate CAD is tedious, skilled and time-consuming so please, if anyone would want to help me, I will return the favour in some way if I can. *Perhaps I can make a knife for you? Up front, I require open and regular communications. Often at night. I can be a pain in the butt and sometimes pushy, but most of you already know that. This will be an epic project that will amaze all. There is no mission this time. It's just for fun and just because I can.