Just hurry up and get that eagle unboxed!
Just hurry up and get that eagle unboxed!
Thanks for that
In truth, I have had to force the scale by nearly a quarter of an inch but I think I got away with it. I just made the doors slightly taller than they should be...
I have been working a little on trying to advance the missing consoles etc in the CM cockpit. I have made a start on the co-pilot's side, although it still needs tidying and finishing. I also have started work on the front wall of the cockpit and I have decided to go with Roberto Baldassari's rendering.
I have made a start by constructing the two raised panel areas below the windows and have installed the screens, ready for lighting, if I decide to do so.
I have also painted the centre section as per the original, or as close as I can get it at this scale.
I then painted it all grey and applied the centre console.
The fitting to the Cockpit is where the time has gone but it payed off in the end.
Obviously, there are more instruments to draw, paint and glue on but at least the main structure is up and running.
There is still a lot of work to do here before this is even close to where I want it to be but it's a darned sight further on than it was this time yesterday.
Last edited by Atlanthia; Sep 30, 2012 at 5:30 AM.
I'm kind of in the mood right now to join in, but sadly my work week has kicked in, and I've just enough time between shifts to sleep, shower, and if I'm lucky, eat! But rest assured it won't be long now!
Nice coffee mug! Wasn't that image from Cap's 100th issue?
No, wait..it was the 200th issue, 1976!
I have no idea, Mate. It came with an Easter egg on it!
Those control panels are awesome. Even though you are having a scaling problem, I think when it's done you will have the closest to screen used as possible to get.
Well, finally, an update for you all and I apologize for the delay.....
I have been doing a little bit of everything these last few days and although no single area has progressed massively, I have quietly made progress, nonetheless.
I have installed the shoulder pod connectors to the forward walkway cage. I will be bracing these, both above and below for extra strength, but I am already happy with the load bearing strength as it stands.
As you can see, I have finally glued the shelves into position and started to build the greeblies. I m trying to make them as accurate as I can considering my budget but I have absolutely no views of the underside of these shelves. Can anyone identify which Eagle they are from and offer some reference pics to help me out of this little fix? In the meantime, here are a couple more pictures to show how it is progressing:
I have made some progress on the front wall of the cockpit and am almost ready to install the lighting. Here is the state of play. Obviously, I will need to finish the front wall and rectify any light bleeds before final fixing etc.
Here's how the front walkway is progressing with lighting. I have put in a comparison picture.
Since taking these photos, I have finished all the tramlines on the units and finished up the white air vents at floor level. I have also temporarily attached the two shoulder pods and I am wondering if I should not attach them permanently, or keep them removable as on the 44" Eagles...The walkway end walls with sliding doors and pockets have also been built and painted, ready for final installation, once the wiring loom has been installed.
I will take some pics and post ASAP. but apart from that, it's all been about running the wires for the lighting loom and working out how to connect/disconnect the loom between modules....
So, as I say, lots of work completed but little to really show for it at this moment in time. Hopefully, in a few days, these bitty jobs will all culminate in a massive jump forward and I will have an update that is actually worth reading!
Well Thanks for looking in and all comments welcome!
I'd say you have a lot to show! It's really beginning to transform into what it's ultimately going to be...if that makes sense.
From what I can see, your pod struts will be load-bearing like mine. I'm hopeful this will take a lot of work off the spine!
Cockpit is looking awesome!
Wowsers to borrow Inspector Gadget's favorite exclamation. It is looking awesome
Thank you, Guys.
I know that once I overcome the phobia about installing the lights, (having never done it before,) that sections can suddenly be finally assembled and finished. Do I run the wiring through cavities and under the floor etc or do I simply run it down the length of the spine and spray it white with the model? How and where do I fit connectors between sections so that the model can be easily broken down into its composite sections? These are some of the issues that have been plaguing this build and have dictated how certain aspects of the build are constructed. In short, lighting this thing up has become a right royal pain in the butt!
As I say, I hope that very soon, it will suddenly make a huge step forward, when all these still un-assembled sections, finally go together.
Thank you for the ongoing support; I really appreciate it, although I do miss my Build Buddy's contributions....I just hope that my eagle isn't too far along by the time Bob gets his build back on track, or he may lose interest....
Last edited by Atlanthia; Oct 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM.
I miss my contributions, too: mainly because I feel less lazy trying to keep up with you! Trust me, though, I will be joining back in very soon. Sooner than you think, 'cause if I get intimidated now by your fine work I'll hate myself until the end of time.
That's the best news I've had in a while!
I look forward to your next update
Looking really good!
Wiring wise - Real world.
There would be trunking, to support and protect the wiring, running down the spine linking the CM to 'Walkway Cage 1' to 'Walkway Cage 2'. Also probably some sort of interconnect brances off to the Main pod when it is in situ.
So you could approximate this idea. You could use 'dolls house' plug and sockets to act as 'scale' connectors between the supply and lights to further 'detail' this unseen on screen effect. The plugs and socketes are 2 pin connectors and are generally listed as 1/24th scale. Hope this helps. But there are 1/12th scale as well.
Or make your own with these -
PS. Not sure where you can legally aquire fissionable material to power all this of course...........
Last edited by F3nri5; Oct 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM.
Excellent stuff, Atlanthia and LMFAOSchwarz Looking forward to more updates.
Those are some great links, mate and I thank you much lay, Sir, as I didn't even know stuff like that existed! Glad that other issue worked out for you.
Ok, I got out all of the assembled components to see where I'm at with this thing.
And then I see Darren's Eagle progress..with lights, no less...and I can't help but feel underwhelmed by my static, architectural build.
I mean, look at the walkway thus far. Kinda creepy in the darkness, no? Looking a bit like Space:1999 meets The Blair Witch Project or something.
Then again, maybe I can use that effect to inject some "mood" into the project...
Seeing how crackerjazz is so effectively combining his model with a background... http://www.therpf.com/f11/cetacean-m...130800/...that I couldn't help but be inspired to flesh out my planet surface idea somewhat.
Remember I mentioned the idea of using planet Piri as a backdrop for the model? I could always illuminate those globe-things, strategically placing them perhaps to highlight the model. In a way it'd be the same idea as lights which shine upon a building at night. Not as brightly, of course, but a soft glow might make it look cool in a lowered-light room environment.
I know my knees shake at the very thought of making small human figures, but I wonder how it might look to have this pose of Alan Carter siting up front? It might be entertaining to have a little slice of a story to add interest to the display. Just an idea!
We're not underwhelmed!
vive le differance as they say in some place!!
Both builds are great. They offer a variety of methods and techniques between them that will be useful to us 'mere mortals'. Keep up the good work and stop worrying!
Possibly...but worry is what keep me aware I'm challenging myself!
Darren what type of LED's are you using? I've got a string of a solar rope light that the cats chewed through, I'm using it for small stuff in the camper. I got 4 of them to light up using a cr2032 watch battery and nothing else just some electrical tape, they dim too badly with 5 lights and I blew 3 of them when I tried 2 2032's.
You might be able to set it up so each section has it's own battery pack of watch batteries with a micro switch instead of various connectors to tie them all into one power supply/battery pack.
Greylocke's suggestion sounds feasible. Remember the days of yore, when one burned out Christmas bulb meant the whole string went dark? You'd end up with Christmas:1999 on your hands!
Have a look at this link. It will design your circuit for you.
As a rule each LED should have a resistor in series. LED's are current driven devices not voltage.
The resistor is chosen to keep the current within the spec of the LED but is calculated against the voltage supply. So you can 'tune' the current to be the minimum required or the max. Keeping the current at the low end will prolong the lifetime of the LED's.
LED's wired in parallel are better than series. Each LED has has a Forward voltage (Vf) This is the minimum voltage needed to make the LED illuminate. LED's in series add this together. (Vf+Vf). If the Vf exceeds the voltage supply the LED's in series wont work.
So if using a battery your LED's in series may well work initially. But as the battery drains and the voltage drops the LED's will stop working once the level goes under their combined Vf.
LED's in parallel will stay illuminated for longer as the voltage level will not dip below the LED's needs for longer than the series setup.
Decide on your supply Voltage, Select the current resitor based on the mA you want to run each LED at, and Robert is your Mothers Brother!
Current limiting Resistor calculator for leds