An offer to anyone who wants to make a LG and has a 3D printer, and maybe some early thoughts on a retrospective:
I finished the first top coat on the video one last night, asavage's replacement for the one that got lost in shipping, and realized I'm hitting 37 hours of footage. And that's not including the fact that I spent days pre-sanding the one for the video so I could skip that part. I will still
have to sand one at the end so I can cut the footage in. So all in, it's probably 40~50 hours to make each one.
On the side of the project itself, I've loved it! Process of developing the model, getting feedback, collaborating with Spidey74
, and iterating until the final build is far beyond what it would have been on my own, has been awesome. And the output of that is a carefully documented project with videos that is, hopefully, easy to follow. So in terms of empowering people to make something cool, this is a total win. Which is how I went into this project to start. But as a run? 50hrs/$600= 12 dollar an hour, and then subtract around 150 in parts for each, not to mention 4 months of evenings, weekends, has turned out not to be something I want to do on a regular basis.
First off, 0 regrets. This was an awesome experience and the repetition helped me streamline my shop, refine processes, and FINALLY get filming up to the point where I feel I'll be able to provide quality content. I've loved all the engagement from the RPF and the people I've talked to along the way. But I really do think this will be my one and only run. AND I really don't want to be offering 'kits' ongoing like I mentioned in a previous post, the parts are all easy to source and we made a detailed shopping list.
I do these builds as both a way to tame my overactive brain and have fun, and so I'll keep releasing models, code (with Spidey74
of course), and hopefully collaborating with BeakZ
again on some awesome builds. And sharing all the outputs and resources with making videos on the Props3D YouTube channel
so you can make your own.
So I'll be soldering up the rest of the electronics into 'complete kits' next month and selling them off for $230, all soldered and ready to go in a caddy. This will also include mag plates, metal bars, screws, resin parts, lens, battery, charger.
I probably have enough for 4~6, just because I ordered the parts and I want to use them up. If you want in, DM me or reply here.
Next project on the list: Mando's IG-94
, fully electronic of course! (and no run)