SS Escape Pod - frustrum approach

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  1. qcfoundry

    qcfoundry Sr Member

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    Here's my approach to creating an escape pod:

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    in its simplest forms, its just six frustrums (plus a little dome). there's plenty of reference material out there to get the shape correct (or pretty close). i'm kinda surprised nobody has attempted to build it this way. its cheap. its easy for anybody to do.

    what i've posted was a rough draft..a first run. all this work was created by hand -- ie, with rough paper templates, traced onto plastic sheet, cut with a cheap harbor freight scroll saw, etc. you will likely see in some of the pictures that the sections don't always lay perfectly flat against each other. the final form will not have these problems since i've figured out how to correct that (due to the trial and error of this first draft).

    i'll be tacking donor kit pieces to this form to double/triple check that the size & proportions are correct, then editing my drawings as necessary. after that i'll get the next/final pieces laser cut for the final version. not only will this cut down on a lot of manual labor i invested, but will further alleviate the fit problems.

    once i've created my final form i'll be releasing the drawings to the general pubic for free. the drawings will basically be instructions. if you've seen my drafting efforts on the AT-ST then you should expect something similar. the drawings will include the cutting templates (that you can give directly to a laser cutter), instructions/hints on how to assemble the pieces, perhaps how to install an inner metal armature to mount to a panavise, perhaps additional templates for the exterior panels, and (what i call) a donor matrix which indicates which donor pieces go where - how many are required, etc (to the best of my knowledge).
     
  2. Scott Graham

    Scott Graham Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Awesome stuff Quincy! You're quite an engineer. Looking forward to this.
     
  3. 3phase

    3phase Well-Known Member

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    Love the escape pod and is something i might try down the road so thanks in advance.
     
  4. ckwanwoo

    ckwanwoo Sr Member

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    OMG QC~

    I've done the most difficult work for Escape pod. :thumbsup

    thanks Eric.
     
  5. qcfoundry

    qcfoundry Sr Member

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    what do you mean by that?
     
  6. MonsieurTox

    MonsieurTox Master Member

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    I think he meant "you did the most diffcult job for the escape pod" ? And it's true getting the right proportions is the most difficult part of this build ! Keep up the good work Q ! :thumbsup
     
  7. ckwanwoo

    ckwanwoo Sr Member

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    Sorry for typo :)
    Right~ Julien~!
    I wanted to said You've done the most difficult work...

    thanks Eric.


     
  8. 3d-builder

    3d-builder Sr Member

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    Looks great Q I'll take two!!:lol
     
  9. joewhite

    joewhite Sr Member

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    I'm diggin this! ;)

    Joe
     
  10. jawsmodels

    jawsmodels Well-Known Member

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    Nice work Quincy.
     
  11. Weezer

    Weezer Well-Known Member

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    Your method is the way I was thinking of building the main structure. I took the same approach with my 1:1 Boba Fett rocket.

    Can't wait to see it finished.
     
  12. qcfoundry

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    really appreciate all the kind words. i'm continuing to work on the drawing to get to the laser cutter. i'm also updating additional drawings to serve as an (large?) instruction manual should anybody else care to try to create an escape pod in this manner.
     
  13. tk1608

    tk1608 Sr Member

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    That looks great, looking forward to more, and those plans you're planning...yes please !!:love

    Cheers

    Phil
     
  14. -... . .- --..

    -... . .- --.. Sr Member

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    Loving this build technique so far...and having fun saying "frustrum" over and over...
     
  15. qcfoundry

    qcfoundry Sr Member

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    Is there a limit on necro-posting?

    Wondering if I should start a new post - but also want to include the "early stages".

    FIVE years later, I'm past the beta model and executing the finished work. I'm using the same exact method, but this time, its all been laser cut by hand and all of the angles and individual frustrums are lining up really tight.

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    I'll be bringing this football to Wonderfest if anyone is up to go long down the main hotel hallway?

    (*Admin: not sure why I'm getting the thumbnails at the bottom of my post. Please delete them?)
     

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  16. marsattack

    marsattack Sr Member

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    Awesome Quincy
    5 years though???
    You serious?
    Finish the * thing will you
     
  17. joewhite

    joewhite Sr Member

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    5 years! *, has it been that long, Q? I remember taking the laser cut pieces to you at the '12 Wonderfest! Too bad they didn't work out but it's cool to see hand cutting worked. v2.0 looks amazing!

    Joe
     
  18. marvin

    marvin Well-Known Member

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    I see scratchbuilding. I see precision. I see craftmanship. I like it. Cant wait to see more Q.
     
  19. joberg

    joberg Master Member

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    Who cares about the Necro, I want to see the next update PDQ;)
     

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