Sorry that I cannot help you on that one...as you said; so many casting have been made/re-used that it's difficult to provide a clear view of it on any screen caps
Joberg . Yeah. Those etch masters have very high estimates. Considering that all 12 design masters and drawing were sold in 2010 for $1100 , that’s a serious increase in value. Are they worth it? . I suppose that depends buyers interest and even though I have a copy of the main ( and most important )pattern ( which I paid a few hundred euro) for a few years ago, I‘ m tempted to bid for one of the sets. My concern is that the drawing need some conservation work because you can see from the images that the chartpak tape which was used to make the original design pattern is lifted and deteriorating.Wow...a bit high for my wallet ".....................
Thank you again Searun. It’s a big project and one, I have to admit, I did not fully comprehend when It developed from doing a half-scale semi-accurate model to where it is now. I‘m taking my time so under no pressure of time or clients screaming for results. One of the reasons why I follow the Millenium Falcon builds so closely is because of their scale and complexity, similar to what my own project is. I understand and empathise with effort,trials and frustrations that you and the other very dedicated Studio Scale model builders go through because as you know, a lot of stuff goes wrong, things break, warp etc.What beautiful work you produce from equally impressive dedicated research. Keep your friends close and the Pyramid closer.
Just found this build thread and some great work and research. Just wondeed if you mind me asking where you got your photo etch done.
God, I thought I answered your question very fairly. And no, I have no mates working in the etching business. As I said the Companies in the UK are very reputable.I can see they do great work with the photo etching and would like to use them for a future project but dont understand the secrecy ( unless it's a mate who doesnt want any more jobs)
Beautiful!Rather than waiting another week while I finish off the master pattern for the roof, I thought I’d give you a look at where I am this morning. This buttress has been fighting me all the way since last summer when I damaged the acrylic box on a tiled floor and had to start again. Rather than go back to have the acrylic cnc’d again straight away, I cut the patterns myself on a table saw and it was easier to do any adjustments/ additions as necessary. (It’s nasty stuff to cut)
This is not how the light box was originally built but my solution to deal with it.
On the table you can see a complete set of drawings for the lighting patterns. 7500 window lights in the left buttress and 6800 in the right.
This is a prototype for the final buttress‘. Final drawings are going out to a company to have the acrylic cnc‘d since I now have the design completed and I know it works. So the etch you see here will be removed and used on a new substructure.
Fibre optics to be added to the top and some pulsing lights to the perimeter edges of the roof later.
I hope to begin casting in 2 or 3 month when weather/temperatures are warmer.
Still a little bit of etch to add to the side, waiting on superglue from Spain and some last model parts for the pattern from the UK.
Note. The buttress lighting looks much, much better at night that what’s indicated in the images( taken at 11.00 am).
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The angle is about 50 degrees. I say “ about “ because we use super accurate tools like CAD abd 3 d modelling. Back in 1981 it was done manually with protractors and the geometry calculated with pen and paper.I am currently going to go through this same Idea of building a Model. I was Curious if you could provide me with a simple dimension?
What did you choose as the angle for the Zuggurat (Pyramid)?
I was not to far off. 47.5 was my estimate!The angle is about 50 degrees. I say “ about “ because we use super accurate tools like CAD abd 3 d modelling. Back in 1981 it was done manually with protractors and the geometry calculated with pen and paper.
Good luck on your project. Just from experience, I will say that 3d files quickly get unwieldy and difficult to work on because the detail is extremely heavy. Trying to build just one buttress with that etch detail is challenging ( and I‘ve done it).
vi683a,I was not to far off. 47.5 was my estimate!
My model base will have to be under 4 sq/ft as the height might become problematic in its final location.
I have a lot of work to do making my own blueprints. But I look forward to the pain and suffering as well as rewards. I will be making my own etchings so that itself will be rewarding.
Very well said, Searun. It’s a project by which we pay homage to the great artists who designed, built and filmed it......................... The subject itself is extremely worthy of replication, the product of genius in my opinion.