DY-100 SS Botany Bay scratchbuild

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Couchdivot

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Attached are in progress pics of my build. Project started from paused video measurements, than adapted to fit available PVC/CPVC. Additional details and measurements were pulled from a variety of online blueprints...in short, it doesn't really match the studio model but still looks good. Project started before I found this site....and found the assortment of photos posted on another thread by spockboy...wish I had seen those sooner but too much material and time invested to go back. I'll live with it just looking good.
 

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Couchdivot

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Been working on cleaning up and smoothing/shaping front nose cone. Majority of shaping was done by using power drill as a simple lathe. Attachment are plastic disks secured with carriage bolt, washers, and nylon threaded lock nut. Nose cone itself has layers of narrow triangular wedges, smaller scrap plastic strips, and a combination of Bondo brand plastic metal (for harder areas) and spot and glazing putty (for the smaller gaps and pits).
 

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Couchdivot

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So, while I'm working on the next step, I have a question I'd like to pose: Should I go for "screen accurate" or "functional logic"? Let me explain.

Screen model has five of the 16 cargo containers attached. By the consistent design of the five shown, its easy to assume they all are the same and interchangeable. Hence, they would all attach to the main hull in the same manner. Following that thought, the hull pattern for all 16 slots would also be the same.
 

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Couchdivot

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While I like the details shown on the exposed left and right sides and the "clamps" on the exposed cargo container sides, I don't see how additional containers would attach.

For my model, I'm considering basing the mounting mechanism on the panel pattern shown on the top panels. It's the most repeated pattern visible. Since there's three raised panels, the underside of each cargo container would have to be recessed to clear these panels. If I can get it to work, I'm looking to attach the containers with strong magnets so they are removable and interchangeable.
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Of course, if I glue the containers in place and go for a more screen accurate depiction, it makes all this moot. I'm looking forward to some thoughts and input.
 

Couchdivot

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Coning tower almost complete. From ridges came from a Gatorade lid. Side vent details from a similar lid. Both had backsides sanded to make the pieces thinner and more pliable.
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Current primer of choice is Rust-Oleum self etching primer. It doesn't seems to have the clogging problems I've had with white clean metal primer and the coverage and blending between different materials and surfaces is the best I've found so far.

Also formed the "oil pan" details found on three locations.
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Couchdivot

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Still trying to make sense of the posting tools on here...sorry for my posting out of order and messing up the inserts. Here's the front ridge details I spoke of.
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Couchdivot

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My wife accuses me of over-engineering everything....I'll let you be the judge of that. Tolerance levels on sub-assembly are so tight, I almost don't need any glue to hold them together.

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Cap inside nose cone is 1/2" CPVC, with hole drilled in center to accept 1/4" metal rod for structure and stability. Metal rod and 1/2" CPVC pipe run the entire length of the ship.
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Plastic discs cut by scribing concentric circles with my Lutz proportional divider, one of my favorite hand tools. Love the way it locks in place (for the most part-just watch out for drift)....scribing takes more time to cut but that's the price you pay for accuracy.
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Major hull structures now attached, minus nose cone and rear engine assembly.
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Couchdivot

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Logic prevailed... the removable cargo pod containers is out. The primary reason for wanting to do it was so I could go back and forth from launched version to the screen version. Launch version idea first generated when I saw a Saturn lamp build and thought....how cool to use something like that as a display stand? Why the OBVIOUS flaw of there's about 300 years of space weathering difference between the two versions didn't occur to me sooner!

I will still construct five separate cargo pods- they will just be glued to the hull structure. Since the two exposed side panels of these pods have two raised panels, if they fit together there should be a gap between each pod joint equal to 2xthickness of raised panel.
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Couchdivot

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Still working on this project. Sanding, priming, filling, repeat. I'm almost finished with blending the attached nose cone. Ribbed panels (4) on either side of coning tower manually scribed with dividers from 1mm sheet styrene. Ran into a problem with cargo containers. Seems the base (skinny) side wasn't skinny enough. I had to add two strips of 2mm thick stock, making the containers 4mm taller than I intended, just so they would fit. That may effect how the front of the containers line up...I may have to modify those as well to get the right height/angle...time will tell.
 

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Couchdivot

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Beautiful scratch job. Looks very professional, like a commercial kit.
Thanks for the compliment.... Slow but steady. Want to know my attention to detail? After your comment, I counted the number of ridges on the coning tower panels. BUMMER!.... Studio model has 23, mine has 22. Though, if you think I'm redoing that....well, I'll let someone else judging me take the time to count.
 

Couchdivot

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While I like the details shown on the exposed left and right sides and the "clamps" on the exposed cargo container sides, I don't see how additional containers would attach.

For my model, I'm considering basing the mounting mechanism on the panel pattern shown on the top panels. It's the most repeated pattern visible. Since there's three raised panels, the underside of each cargo container would have to be recessed to clear these panels. If I can get it to work, I'm looking to attach the containers with strong magnets so they are removable and interchangeable.
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Of course, if I glue the containers in place and go for a more screen accurate depiction, it makes all this moot. I'm looking forward to some thoughts and input.
Oh...so that is what "quote" does.
 

Couchdivot

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Thanks for the compliment.... Slow but steady. Want to know my attention to detail? After your comment, I counted the number of ridges on the coning tower panels. BUMMER!.... Studio model has 23, mine has 22. Though, if you think I'm redoing that....well, I'll let someone else judging me take the time to count.
Not to mention....I wasn't even keeping track of "how many parts" there were....makes me wish I had cut double of everything so I could offer it as a one-off reproduction.... NOT! Unless you know someone who wouldn't blink at a 3-4G price tag?
 

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