Yep, since I've built that 2001 Space Station (at 7 feet, respecting Studio Scale) I'm not allowed to go bigger with any model.Yeah, it's often a deal-breaker in relationships, so make sure the bond is stronger than superglue before attempting this. If you are NOT already single, this increases your chances greatly...
Refinement of the new theory, which is purely speculative, but now based on experience:
1.) ILM requests two domes blown at 4" max center height
2.) Fabricator blows the first at a perfect 4 inches, and it shrinks/sags to 3.75" by the time it cools, hardens and "fixes"
3.) Fabricator reasons, "each dome drops by 1/4 inch after blowing"
4.) So he blows the next one at 4.25" figuring it will freeze at 4" even, only to discover that this one hardens/fixes faster at 4.15"
5.) And thus, your uneven porkburger, because ILM neither has time nor budget to waste on manufacturing the already-redesigned Falcon
Thoughts? Seem plausible to you? This is a circumstantial evidence argument; if any of you know more/better accurate info, I'm all ears as to how these two numbers were derived.
I`ll try that with the wife when renovating the house...Honey, it`s not a flaw, it`s a featureI'm pretty sure ILM ordered up 4" tall domes, and just used what they got. The term "close enough" gets used a lot in the film biz.
So many folks think that everything ILM did was figured out to the finest detail, but it wasn't. We messed things up, parts didn't align well, finished models had to be cut up or modified on set to get a particular shot (and then put back together), or whatever. You just "made it work". Sometimes we used to joke "It's not a flaw, it's a feature!"
Custom blown domes always had some variation to them, and you just dealt with it. As prop replicators, we are trying to match "flaws".
Very interesting Andre...thanks for that, it explains a lotThe domes are indeed asymmetrical. One is "saggier" than the other. Further, they are non-spherical, meaning of non-constant radius across the dome form.
(Screen grab from https://static.rapidonline.com/pdf/34-8646m_v1.pdf)
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If anyone is interested, here is a paper on some of the materials science: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1757-899X/48/1/012004/pdf