So, after looking long and hard look at the secondary hull, i realized that i had missed the most important part of a ship-the keel. my construction design was all wrong.
after progressing a little further on the saucer I realized how heavy it is, and that the structure wouldn't be able to hold it, nor could i run electrical
in its present state....
So I went to the LHS and picked up some model grade plywood, some balsa wood and a tube of zap a gap and started again from scratch.
this is where I am at now-
I have to wait for the electrical components to arrive before I skin it with balsa.
Very well done!! That's the stuff. Perfect.
Couldnt have done it without your help,
All in all, it was a good day's work.
yes, our tree is already up....
This is looking SWEEET!!!. Are you going to skin it in plastic or balsa ?
dude...kit worthy...consider casting it up!
I'll be skinning it in balsa, then giving it a skim coat of whatever Steve recommends (something good for scribing)
with styrene on top for any raised detail.
but I will need to set up the electrical components first, just waiting for it all to arrive in the mail.
Thanks for your interest!
West Systems Epoxy and 1-2 oz. cloth would be good!
Last edited by brandomack; Dec 4, 2010 at 8:56 PM.
This is my early mock-up of the shuttlepod bay, The final piece will have some photo etch metal grate catwalk and railing with fibre optic overhead lights. One bay door will be open to receive an approaching shuttlepod.
Last edited by brandomack; Dec 5, 2010 at 2:55 PM.
This is a pretty remarkable build. I can't wait to see how it turns out.
I very much like the direction this scratch build is heading.... very nice work sir! I look forward to viewing more!
I like that you're taking this on. You've got a great start, keep at it! - Q
Looking great Brandon. Always eager to see your progress
Today I decided to work on the deflector array.
I laminated 3 sheets of 1/8" blasa, then used the compass to create rings.
the rings are 1/4" thick around so I have extra room to sand down circular. i sliced the piece off from the strip and then nipped off the corners so its easier to sand into a circle.
once i had a rough circular shape, I cut out the center so I could fit it onto a wooden pencil, then put the pencil into the chuck of my cordless drill. I then spun the drill at a low speed over a sheet of 180-220 grit sandpaper. once I had the right thickness/circumference I applied a reasonable amount of putty while the drill turned and let dry.
Once the ring was dry, I sanded it smooth with 220 and mounted it on a piece of 1/32" balsa
here is where I'm at
almost finished with the fabrication of the deflector array...
What an interesting take on this design.
Question: why balsa and not styrene? I'm doing my first scratch build and picked styrene because having wood and plastic in the same model make me nervous (dissimilar materials, reactions to heat and humidity and all).