That's a funny thing: most of the engineers I've known aren't exactly the types to be able to suspend disbelief, either!
Most of them can't even suspend their socks, never mind a bridge or anything else!
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Thanks for your patience on this one. I appreciate it very much.
Ok, so I have managed to finish the ribbing on the front end and I am really pleased with the result. They are evenly spaced and all follow a uniformed curve line, which will make it easier to layer with papier mache.
I then started construction of the back half of the command module. I took a leaf out of LMFAOSchwarz's book here and used a slightly different approach, as suggested by him earlier in this thread....the lengths I have to go to just to keep people happy! JUST KIDDING Bob!!! i tried it because I liked the concept and it worked a treat. Here's how it looked...
The ribbing then went over this, as per the front half...
So, next was the Papier Mache. When doing this, I always cut my newspaper into strips about 4 or 5 cm long and about 1cm wide. (2"x1" approximately) I use the same PVA wood glue that I use during the rest of the construction, but I add 50% water. I tend to do a small area and then hit it with a hair dryer to dry it out really quickly. Then I can concentrate on the next area without having to worry about disturbing what I have already done.
This is where the thin little strips come into their own. They lie flat, even on a sharp curve that bends both ways..
The result is better than I would have hoped for. Normally, it gets left to the filler to do most of the the work in getting an even surface, but here, its looking reasonably smooth. Some bumps and dips obviously, but on the whole, pretty good.
The next stage was to smack coat of household filler over the dry papier mache and when that dries, rub it down to really start to knock it into shape. Tomorrow's weather permitting, I will get a coat primer on and then a layer of car body filler/bondo on top of that. I made a start on the preliminary filler coat, and I will finish it tomorrow. Here are a couple of pics to finish off this installment with, and to show you how she looks with a nice smooth(ish) white surface. Not sanded yet, obviously.
I hope you enjoyed this update on my Eagle Transporter build progress. I will post again soon!
By the way, total outlay so far =£0/$0 That's my kind of price!
Last edited by Atlanthia; Mar 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM.
Hey, looking pretty good so far! Interesting that you're using such small strips of paper on the exterior: whenever I think in terms of papier mache, I always envision strips like 2 inches wide for some reason! Your approach makes a lot more sense than that..no way you'd get any accuracy of contours with pieces too large!
It looks like this is going to be a long build, which will give me plenty of time to get mine started!
No reason for asking this other than curiosity...but what made you start with the command module? I haven't decided yet, but I'm considering starting with maybe the spine...
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Wow...I am losing my marbles!
Which probably won't improve over time, once I get started on this monster (even tho' it'll only be a 39 inch monster)!
Look out, A: I'm catching up!
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That's going to be ridiculously cool!!! are you starting with the command module, too?
I'm thinking about it, yes. It might be interesting to watch two builds at once. piece by piece, the same piece. Might give some kind of continuity to the thread. What say you?
I say, bring it on! and then we will put it to the vote and the winner gets to smash up the loser's model....oh.....no....that's just me that smashes my own models up, isn't it....
Just kidding Bob. Seriously, the more the merrier. I understand that some people simply do not feel comfortable starting their own thread. So, in the true spirit of The RPF I will gladly share my thread with you all. If anyone else would also like to build an Eagle, whether it be 2 inches long or full size, please also feel free to post on this thread if you would like to! I will change the thread title to "Eagle Transporter Build thread" if enough people join the party. The only thing I would ask is that you share your build techniques etc as well as the pictures. so that we can all benefit from it, discuss it and learn from it. Maybe we could even get it "stickied" like the X-Wing thread at some stage
Last edited by Atlanthia; Mar 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM.
Say, that's right: you did sort of pull an 'Alan Carter' on your Enterprise bridge! Might seem more fitting with an Eagle!
If I started my own thread, I thought I might lose motivation (I'm sometimes prone to doing that), A 'friendly competition' in here might keep us going...not to mention make it more interesting for all!
The only competition is, I think, within ourselves; as you say, competing with our own will to finish a great project. This is going to ROCK! Chrisisall, do you fancy building an Eagle? hehehe!
I've got more blueprints printed. Now I've got to plan, plan, plan! If I'm going to build an interior, I need to work around that to make the exterior. So I'm starting with this. I'll keep you update with every success and failure along the way!
Oh, I have a sheet of foam core from another project which went unused, so I expect to be using that for the build..at least this part of it.
Hey, I just had my dog outside, and I noticed there happens to be a full moon in the sky! Good omen for us, I hope?
(Good omen for us builders, that is: not for me and my dog! lol)
Yeah, as long as it STAYS there!
So Chris, are you in???
Oh, Lords of Kobol, I have Vipers to finish.... an Eagle will have to come later.
How about I send Cylon #6 around to help him decide????
So say we all
SO SAY WE ALL!
I wouldn't trust THOSE two with a COAT HANGER never mind a laser rifle! Get those hair cuts!
Awesome Screen Cap, though....
Last edited by Atlanthia; Mar 7, 2012 at 10:22 PM.
I dunno, Atlanthia...think of it this way: if the moon left orbit and everyone on the base was cut off from Earth, would it not stand to reason that hair trends might just freeze where they are? Imagine man's future offspring out in the universe somewhere, sporting 70's hair for all eternity!