Another JJprise build log

Odysseus

New Member
Hello all. This will be the first time I’ve attempted a build log. I will be delving into new territories here as far as my experience goes, and am hoping to get some tips on what I am trying to here, as well as constructive criticism. I am a rank amateur when it comes to electronics, so I am hoping to get some questions answered as well. Thanks in advance for any help.

As the subject line states, I will be building the 1/500 Revell JJprise. I’ve seen some really nice builds of this model here, most notably by HughB and PJT Models. This will be my “learning project” for the 1/350 refit. I plan to have the following features for this model:
  • Counter rotating fan blades in the Bussards
  • Full lighting, using the TrekModeler JJprise board
  • ParaGrafix details to be added
  • 4-color iridescent “refit” style paint job, using the Orbital Drydock masks
The Bussards are my first order of business, and I’ve just worked out how that mechanism will go together (post on that to follow soon). I am currently working out how to mount it in the engine.

First question: Has anyone worked with the Trek Modeler boards, and can you recommend a power supply for them? I've reached out a few times, but haven't heard back.

Thanks for looking.

Ben
 

skahtul

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Following for sure, I have this same kit but as of yet, it's sitting unbuilt. The only thing I know for sure is that I will be using the Aztec Dummy paint masks for the Aztec pattern this model usually receives.

Looking forward to your build, especially the lighting, this thing looks amazing light and is pre-drilled (if memory serves) which should really help out.
 

Odysseus

New Member
I found a couple of cheapo RC helicopters and took the gearboxes out to repurpose them for my Bussard spinners. This seemed to do the trick, so far. I added the Paragrafix fan blades. The entire assembly was hooked up to a 6V micro motor. It looks like the desired effect was achieved.

BTW, Trek Modeler did get back to me on a power supply, which should be incoming soon.

Next thing to sort out is completing the assembly along with the Bussard lights and dome. I will be doing this in a way that will tone down the lights quite a bit so that they will appear more like they did in the 2009 movie.
 

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teslabe

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If I could be so forward, if you want to better control the speed of the effect and reduce the noise, look at using stepper motors. I can post more info if you'd like and a video of the effect I got. I don't want to post more then this one picture without your approval....:)
 

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Odysseus

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Thanks so much. Please post to your heart’s content. I created this thread mostly for my own learning. Looking forward to more.
 

teslabe

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Here is the effect using stepper motors controlled by an Arduino and a pair of A4988 stepper motor controllers. At first I drove the motors with two A4988 but found it far simpler to use just one and wire the motors in series. I'm embarrassed to admit, I did this work 8 years ago along with the lighting in the Bussard housing then stopped for some reason, I must have been distracted, "squirrel!!!!"....:whistle: :unsure: :lol:
I hope this gives you some ideas.:)

 

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Odysseus

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I know just a little about Arduino. I know several modelers use it for their projects. I have thought I should just jump in with both feet, as it seems to take a lot of guesswork out of the lighting process. I look forward to seeing how your finished product looks.

What type of LED's did you mount to the dome?
 

teslabe

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I know just a little about Arduino. I know several modelers use it for their projects. I have thought I should just jump in with both feet, as it seems to take a lot of guesswork out of the lighting process. I look forward to seeing how your finished product looks.

What type of LED's did you mount to the dome?
I don't write code, what I do is look for scatches that do something close to what I need and modify it for my project, so far it's worked very well for me. The LEDs are 0603 series, I will also be mounting a Neopixel in the top dome of the clear "Bussard cover", not sure it's name.:unsure:
 

Odysseus

New Member
Very sorry for the delay in entries. I got sidetracked onto another project, plus I have a son trying to get his Eagle Scout project done. Plus, none of the stores in my not-so-little town sells hobby electronic hardware, so that all had to be researched and ordered.

It took me some time, but I finally got my head around how the Trek Modeler board is supposed to be wired. Even got the nacelle motors to run off of it. I'll continue by building the nacelle mechanism into its final form and installing that, as well as beginning the process of wiring the ship. Tips and suggestions very much welcome.

Thinking ahead on paint, I am wondering if any of you out there has used the iridescent paint, then used a satin or other finish on top. If so, did this block out the shimmering effect? The only reason I am considering this is for protection of decals.
 

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Odysseus

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It's probably difficult to see on my video. The inside fan is smaller that the other and pointing another direction. I am using the Paragrafix set. If I had more knowledge of the 3D printer I would consider new blades. These are a bit chunky, at least the larger fans are.
 

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