Discussion in 'Other Toys/Hobbies' started by ASIGN_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.