[PROJECT] Builds By Baz - Full Scale MK II Colonial Viper

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  1. OP
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    Demolitions on my pergola over the Viper are complete. I have to clean up the rubble now and have it taken away, then I can roll the central fuselage away to the other driveway, so it's out of the way for the two new rooms. As soon as that's done, i can build my bigger, better shed/workshop/hangar.

    Moving the Viper to the other driveway is the challenge.

    Bunnings sells really flimsy dolly trolleys, so I made my own the same dimensions of the feet. I'm in the middle of replacing all the plywood cladding around the feet with steel, including 8mm thick steel baseplate under each foot. I will drill holes in the edge of the baseplate, so I can bolt the dolly trolleys under them for ease of moving around. I'd hate to be pushing the Viper along and have it come off a trolley.


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    If all the dollies are like that they will fight each other when you try to turn, you either need all swivel wheels or swivels on the front leg/s and fixed on the back.
     
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    I am putting fixed wheels on the back dollys. Yes, I see what you mean. I'll put all swivels on the front dolly. I'll swap them over in the morning. Thanks mate.

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    Viper now on wheels And moved back out of the way. Demolitions done, cleanup and removal of material next.

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    Looking forward to a five day prospecting trip to get away from all this.

    I made a massive mess today and yesterday and for the last couple of weeks, but I'm in the process of cleaning it all up. It cost me over $7k in bloody ACT approvals to get an extra couple of rooms extended on one end of my house, where the Viper currently sits. That's without spending money on even one brick!

    At the other end of the house, I've cut down the carport and demolished the shittiest shed you have ever seen in your life! I mean, did the builder even have a loose plan or did he just make it up as he went along? I had to get through bolts, screws, rivets and welds, not to mention every joint filled with nomore gaps, silastic and paint! Still going filling a 10m3 skip bin with rubble, but at least I had local utes, vans and trailers lining up for all the materials I stacked up neatly on the curb.

    As a knockdown-rebuild, at least the new shed will neat and tidy, not to mention comes with compliant structural engineering certificate. It should arrive mid-month, then I'll have a hangar for the Viper and lots of space for machinery and work benches.

    Bring on the serenity of a remote creek...

    Carport down.

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    New side fence up.

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    shed to burn down. (I wish it was that easy)

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    Shed gone. Crappy brick retaining wall to bust up. (Massive tree stump and leader roots pushing it in from behind.)

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    Viper weather proofed until the new shed is up at the other end of the house.

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    Ah I've missed your updates. Looking forward to seeing the improvements. :thumbup:
     
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    "Hi, I'd like to add something to my insurance policy"
    "Sure, what would you like to insure?"
    "A Mark II Colonial Viper"
    "Is that a car?"
    "It's a spacecraft"
    "... I'm sorry but could you repeat that?"
    "I'd like to insure my spacecraft ..."
    "Could you please hold for one moment, I just have to check some details"
     
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    Awesome read! Nice one.
     
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    Cheers mate. :D

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    Visits with my tailor have been few and far between, but at last we have started putting the flight suit together! He's the expert in fabrics, sewing etc etc, I am the gruntwork and consultant. While I was cutting, gluing and covering the back scales, he started on zips and pockets. Trying very hard to be screen accurate, but there are so many versions of the suit from the hero suit, to what you see on a lot of the background pilots, fan-made work, etc etc. Some suits varied from season to season too, by the looks of it. We have drained the internet of all reference material, discerning what is genuine and what is not.

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    Scales covered, ready for top-stitching. (That's what he said anyway. :p )

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    Slowly, slowly wins the race. Getting my tailor's busy life to fit mine is a real challenge!

    Finally started sewing the thing together on Monday night. It's exciting to see it build up in layers. I'm a bro who doesn't sew, but it was amazing to see just how difficult and skilled it is. Still, even with no sewing experience, I am very much needed as a consultant to position the pieces and make decisions on the fly. That's why none of it can be done without me there.

    Backscale armour on.

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    My legendary boss was also kind enough to use his new laser etching machine to do a little experiment on one of my old clean-skin camping knives. I have some ideas to make an original Baz Viper pilot combat knife. They don't wear one in the show, but the way I see it, if you were to enter atmosphere and survive a crash landing, a pilot might want to have some sort of combat/survival knife. I've drawn up a few drafts, but I'll show everyone when it's done.

    Crappy knife etch test.

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    Viper pilot combat knife under construction. I am using angles, lines, form and colour from the MkII Colonial Viper in the design.

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    A bit more progress tonight on the Viper pilot combat knife. There's still a lot to do to it before I get into finishing the surfaces.

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    Looks perfect so far!
     
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    All that's left now is to put in an edge choil, give it a final polish and etch the artwork onto the blade.

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    Well it's been an interesting season. Record high temperatures, half of Australia on fire, six weeks of breathing smoke, holidays on the coast cancelled, (everything is on fire), back to work, hail stones the size of golf balls, causing $350 million dollars in damages. What a start to the year!

    Fires are still burning, but most are under control now, so finally we can get moving again.

    There's been a lot of hard work preparing the new Viper hangar/workshop, some by backhoe, but most by hand.

    The old shed and carport torn down, the cracked, lifted and broken slab underneath removed, big old tree roots removed and the ground re-levelled. Heavy duty concrete-sleeper retaining walls dug in and concreted, (nearly killed me), new side fence erected and now the slab has been poured.

    Idiot me, got so excited with the concreting yesterday that I totally forgot sunscreen. Burnt to shit and feeling very sorry for myself today. Self inflicted, no sympathy.

    In a few days time after the slab has cured properly, I will start erecting the steel frame and get the workshop up.

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    A graphics mate of mine thought he'd have some fun with the picture of the slab. Pretty close to the right size. The slab is longer than it is wide, so the Viper will be parked nose-towards the back fence. Arse end facing the roller doors on the front.

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    Here's where mine's currently at....

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