Discussion in 'Other Toys/Hobbies' started by Builds By Baz, May 15, 2017.
It would save worrying about kids sticking their hands into the fans
I actually started getting the engine circles cut with a CNC plasma cutter yesterday, out of scrap metal sheet, thanks to the kindness of my boss at work.
He's going to cut all the spider vanes for me as well, saving me hours of work.
Sweet Baby Ruth!
Take two. I'm approaching the engine maintenance panels a different way. The plastic barrel idea didn't work. Trying wooden arcs of different diameters, shaped and carved then sandwiched together.
Using pieces of timber of the demolished pergola to make engine forms.
Here's a shot of the production prop, the part I'm trying to replicate from my scraps.
Here's the workflow over the last couple of days.
Working out the location of the cannons.
One completed inspection panel on the port side of the Viper's engine nacelles, made out of scrap ply and some timbers from my demolished pergola. The thing that strikes me humorous is the air filter/water trap that is not only installed upside down, but probably wouldn't work in zero G anyway. Still, it looks cool. I think I've got it pretty close, considering the limited materials and detailed photos I have at my disposal.
If it were at all possible, you'd be the one to make it happen
Just spitballing there, but an air filter in space would have to be either an absorbent medium for the air to pass through, or a centrifuge trap. Shrugs.
You see? Already problem solving
Today's work. Take three on the engine inspection panel. I don't like the angle it is sitting on at the specified height so I've smashed it off. If it was a complete barrel, the top would be outside the nacelle housing. Keeping the details, but changing the sides and base to adjust the angle once installed.
That's looking better. I put a lean-back on it, so now the representation of the whole, by seeing only a part, is more effective and convincing.
Avionics access panel. For lack of detailed dimensions, I'm doing this by eye from photo references. Plotting it all out first, then I'll fabricate in wood and plastic.
Holy shit man this is amazing!
^^^ Thank you.
I came home to find the tarp is getting old and the d-rings are starting to perish and let go. With an impending thunderstorm approaching, it was a good opportunity to re-set the tarp and change the orientation of it to better cover the Viper. I took a shot from the roof while I was up there.
I'm trying to find the origins of the central box and the fan in the picture below. What model was the fan? It is considerably larger and different in appearance than your standard PC cooling fan. Was the box a cast aluminium transformer box, telephone connection box or wifi? Image credit Tony Celliers.
I have a 3D STL file of it, but if I could find the real thing it would save a lot of hassle.
In the mean time, I've started work on other greeblies around the ship, using up all the scrap wood in my shed.
I found all the info I needed on the bits on the aft panels. Looks like Galactiguise has been updated since last I looked there. Looks like a lot of people who have been digging for answers for me also found the same links. Thanks everyone!
In the meantime, it's been interesting trying to find all the useful bits of scrap wood and coming up with a way to use it all to make the avionics details.
I've made a good start, using PVC pipe, some bolts and blocks of wood.
Delta made a 3 blade fan series EFB
I'm guessing some other manufacturer's did/do 3 bladers but Delta is the one that springs to mind.
As for the cast box, it's probably going to one of those CATV amplifier boxes. Just retrieve one off from the derelict Telstra HFC network .
Problem is that once the die cast dies need to be remade they typically do changes to them, so you'd need to find one from that age, or live with one that looks similar.
Thanks mate. Yeah, I found it all on the Gaqlactiguise website, (link in the post above.)
All of the details that make up the aft engine access panels are off-the-shelf products, many of which are still available today in your average hardware store. The rest, is easily reproduced using wood and some imagination. Below are some photographs from internet image searches, of the original prop uses for the series.
Starboard engine access panel fuel lines complete. I'll tidy up the ends and re-paint. One of the props had an extra pipe so I put it in.
Continuing with the main fuselage avionics panel details.
Today, I cut an L shaped piece out of a 9mm x 600mm x 900mm piece of MDF, using power tools.
I also, using a 60 grit flappy wheel on a drill, spent a few minutes finish sanding the inside of 5 circular holes in some 3mm MDF, the larger 3 being 140mm diameter, and the other 2 being 120mm diameter.
Additionally, I did some chips in the oven, fried a few pieces of prime lamb steak in a frypan, and spooned some coleslaw and tabouli onto 3 plates. Someone else did the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen..
I took 2 wheelie bins out to the nature strip, as it's bin night.
That summarises my day. I've done literally nothing else apart from sit on my fat arse at the PC, eat and sleep. I'm pleased with the amount of work I've done today, and I don't even have a job. I'm actually quite tuckered out !!
Your work ethic is fucking incredible. I noted the other day, you spent a night in the observatory as well. In addition, you continue to work on your knives to help finance your current project, and hold down a full time job.
Your work day must be about 40 hrs, when many others whine about having to work that many hours in a week, and then, at some point, I assume you also find some time to sleep and spend time with your wife and kids (you do have kids don't you?).
All of this (apart from the obvious gratification from your many achievements) in the name of raising money for charity ultimately.
You are, or at least should be, an inspiration to all of those who know you, read about you, meet you or in any way have anything to do with you.
I can think of no person in my life that I have ever seen as a better potential role model. You are an incredible human being, and someone all should aspire to emulate (although that's an enormously high bar to set). I doff my hat to you. You are, in all seriousness, my personal hero.
On a lighter, and less effusive note, you are also arguably nuts !!
Looks fantastic Baz, is there anything you can do to take away the wood grain showing through? kinda looks like it doesn't belong imho
Mate, I don't know what to say....
I always worry that I am posting too much and perhaps people might be getting tired of me. It is nice in the extreme, to hear such a story of positive outcome and influence.
I have a lot of faults too I'm afraid. I don't have the healthiest work/hobby/.family balance. Sometimes it's hard to juggle and one or all three can suffer. I am tired, cranky and lose my temper a lot. Yep, I have four kids, three still at home and only young 'uns.
I totally agree with your last statement....
God bless ya mate.
Yep. I talked it over with the Mrs for a second opinion and she and I are inclined to agree with you. I've only spray-painted the engine bits with a cheap can from Bunnings, hence it is thin and reveals the grain. I will go over them with a brush and a big can of self-priming black paint. Two or three coats should cover it.
Thanks for the suggestion.
It still looks amazing, i reckon its so much better than the production versions used in the tv show as its made with love and not just to make money.
I was just wondering what options there was to hide the wood grain showing through , i know nothing about building things and am just in awe at what you are able to do. Secretly jealous too haha
Everything you make is amazing and you do alot even with your family life and work.
I only have 1 child with another on the way and i cannot imagine being able to even put a plastic model together lol
Keep up the good work, i love seeing your updates.
Another option to hide the woodgrain might be a couple of coats of high build primer/filler. You wouldn't even need to sand it, its not like its a car or something. Just grab some Supercheap Auto rattle packs, easy. Spray a couple of coats, letting each coat dry well, and then on with your sprayed top coat.