Building a model - Need HELP please

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by Go Flight, May 27, 2015.

  1. Go Flight

    Go Flight Active Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm currently building a spacecraft model for a local science center here, and I need some help.
    The craft needs a High Gain Antenna that would be 15 inches in diameter and a center depth of 3 inches. This is above my ability.
    If there is anyone that works in a place that has that capability or can do it themselves I'd really appreciate the help.
    The budget they gave me is limited but I would like this done right.

    I know I'm a lurker here, but if anyone could help, please PM me or reach me at kevtk - at - earth link dot net

    Thanks in advance.
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    Kev
     
  2. jake88

    jake88 Sr Member

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    You mean like a dish type radar antenna, right?
     
  3. healvis

    healvis Active Member

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    Have a search for plastic fruitbowls or similar.
     
  4. BiggusDoggus

    BiggusDoggus New Member

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    how about using an old satellite dish as a former ?
     
  5. rbeach84

    rbeach84 Sr Member

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    Got an image of the original you are hoping to model? "High gain antennas" come in different flavors... solid and not solid ('mesh'), for example. Depends on the wavelength...
    R/ Robert
     
  6. Jedi Dade

    Jedi Dade Sr Member

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    I was about to say the same ^^^^ a picture of what you're trying to build would go a LONG way :D

    Jedi Dade
     
  7. RogueTrooper

    RogueTrooper Well-Known Member

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    You want us to help you, but your description is vague, you have provided no photos of anything close to what you need that could help us, help you and......you want us to contact you privately or go to a website to try and track you down so we can help you.

    Good luck with all that:lol:lol
     
  8. Go Flight

    Go Flight Active Member

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    Sorry guys. Never asked for outside help before. This was the craft -
    New_Horizons_spacecraft-NASA-artist-illustration-posted-on-SpaceFlight-Insider.jpg
    Someone stepped up and I'm getting it done. Thanks again to all who looked in.
     
  9. rbeach84

    rbeach84 Sr Member

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    Glad it worked out! Just for grins, what is the spacecraft you're modeling?

    R/ Robert
     
  10. Gungai1138

    Gungai1138 New Member

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    Can you share the solution of the person who helped step up?

    It may be helpful to others...
     
  11. Mike J.

    Mike J. Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    According to the file name, that's New Horizons, the probe that's going to be whipping past the Pluto system in about 45 days.
     
  12. Go Flight

    Go Flight Active Member

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    Yes, It's the New Horizons probe to Pluto.

    The guy thats helping has the ability to vacuform large sized parts. So he'll be vacuforming the 15" antenna out of styrene.
    The good part about it is since this is the largest model I've ever scratchbuilt, the gold "foil" that goes on, does so loosely. so it will happily hide any slip ups. ;)
    Not that I'm planning on making any. LOL
     
  13. rbeach84

    rbeach84 Sr Member

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    Ah, who ever *plans* on a slip-up? ;^P
    Good luck - and post a pix or two when you have it finished. Cheers!
    Regards, Robert
     
  14. Go Flight

    Go Flight Active Member

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    Haha. Yeah right.
    Just being honest, as my "talent" isn't close to what most of you guys do.
    I'll take pics. Thanks.
     
  15. SofaKing01

    SofaKing01 Master Member

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    If you're not looking for accuracy you might be able to use a large plastic plate?
     

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