Discussion in 'Other Toys/Hobbies' started by Builds By Baz, May 15, 2017.
You just keep outdoing yourself, StarBaz.
Thanks guys. I finally got the welder going again today.
I got it all in and spinning with 5mm clearance all around. Now to put the motor on it. I put the drill on the shaft and gave it a spin... CRIKEY! It puts out a fair breeze out the back!
It's nearly 2am, so time to go to bed and take this up in the morning.
My one day per fortnight to get shit done.
I spend most of the day re-configuring the shed and moving benches, building shelves and getting rid of rapidly accumulating scrap materials. Enough is enough.
I also solidified a big work bench and put it in the centre of the shed, comfortable work height, some space for projects and tooling and able to walk all around it, while still having access to the lathe and other parts of the shed. The beauty is, with a new flat surface on the top, (removable and replaceable), I can draw and measure stuff on it to get things flat, level, and correct. A nice touch was routing an extension cord over the rafters, to hang down directly over the work bench, so my power tools don't trail cords all over the workshop any more.
Finally, about 2 this afternoon, I got back to the Viper. I finished securing the internal workings of the top engine exhaust turbine and gave it a test spin.
After that, I started assembling one of the two side engine exhausts, but ran out of turkey feathers, so it was back to tracing templates. I'll take them to the bandsaw soon.
Finally, I started plotting the dimensions for the side engine rear turbines, ready to cut the spider vanes. Hopefully I can source another old aluminium sign to make the fans from, like the last one.
Even as it is now it has a whole lot more pop that most static display models. Hell, the real prop probably didn't have that detail!
Just thinking a greasy sponge holder in there will give it that extra dimension on display But need to make sure the whole thing is fire safe
mtma food for thought mate.
Had a big glue-up and got the rest of the main fuselage underside done, plus one full engine nacelle and part of the other. I've run out of glue for now, so next I'll be chiseling in the details into the cannons.
I've had a few wonderful days home alone to work on the Viper. It's strange, I haven't uttered a word. I could get used to this.
Anyways, I went out to my work and spent a night on the bandsaw to cut all the turkey feathers for the other two engines. Much quicker and neater than my jigsaw, plus the belt grinders there have an extraction fan right next to them, so I sanded and shaped them all too. I can do this at home, but with no extraction, the dust is pretty unbearable.
Back at home, I've had a mad glue-up for nearly 24 hours. I had to keep going back to Bunnings for more glue, having underestimated how much I needed to do to finalise all the foam. That's all done now, so I started sanding the whole ship and engines with the orbital sander. Not comfortable under the tarp in temperatures in the high thirties, but I really want to take advantage of the time I have.
You don't need an Iron Man suit mate. You can qualify without it. This is how you spend your XMas break? That is pure dedication
Damn that thing is looking good. I am so looking forward to seeing the finished product.
Coming along nicely mate. Any idea on the weight of it?
Stupid question, but I have a 2400W electric motor i'll never do anything with. Could it be used to run the turbines?
Thank you sir!
Aiming to keep it under 1500kg total.
Thanks mate. I need five motors the same, but that is a bit too powerful. Cheers.
6 January 2019 build update.
Mammoth week. I think I'll take a break now.
Keep it under that weight and go with 5 of those motors and you should be able to get it in the air
Wow, looking amazeballs :O
My thanks to the tireless efforts of a Facebook friend named Mat and his friend Daniel. Mat has been looking out for a harness for the Viper pilot's seat. Arrived home today to find two harnesses waiting for me! Thanks gents!!
Weight reduction on 40x turkey feathers begins. That's 200 holes to drill.
Mounted the top engine exhaust module, then assembled and painted one of the side engine exhaust modules.
Did I miss something, but how will you move it if it is 1.5T?