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    1 Week Ago  Sep 13, 2018, 5:19 PM - My Ghost from Destiny #1

    So this project of mine is one that has really pushed my abilities, and I am so grateful for it.

    one of my favorite thing to do is to time to time look on Thingiverse for different models I would love to print off, and When I came across the the ghost model from BoldPrintShop I really got inspired. To me their model was so good that I had to make it. So I had the files for ever and didn't do much with it, and once I started to think about it is when the rabbit hole really swallowed me up.

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    In the game the character is much more active, that just having a static model didn't feel right. There was so much movement and positioning that made the character come to life that I wanted to be able to have in my model. At first I told myself that I was just going to make the wings rotate. Which seemed like a huge feat on its own because at the time I had done little to no design work. However once I decided I was going to add that feature. everything else felt like It needed an upgrade. the biggest thing being that of the eye in the middle. Using just a simple LED to light it up, wasn't going to do. So I planned on giving it a brain. OLED screen, Speaker, Battery powered. Browsing Adafruit was not helping.

    I decided that I was going to make the rotation of the wings work like a Rubik's Cube (or at least how I thought one worked.) so I devised a mental plan to use post running in groves, essentially T-tracks designed into the Center sphere.

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    I thought that designing a sphere would be easy enough and was well within my abilities... I was wrong. I was just using 123D Design at the time and had a mess of a project. it sat on the shelf for a while and then I picked it back up. got my own 3D printer so a new found drive on the project had been started. thats when I learned about bringing SVG drawings in from Illustrator, a program I was more that comfortable with. That and starting to use Fusion 360 made it all more real.

    I got to a spot where I had things printed off and I was even going to sand and paint the Wings. Then however a cascade of issues happened. I used the wrong clear coat. A metal part I had printed off from Shapeways broke, and I was biting off more than I could chew with regards to the the brain of the thing.

    Time passed and I had shelved the project again. It was a slow week at work a few weeks back, and I spent the time getting the printer up and running again. The hot end needed to be replaced and just some general touching up. once I got it going, the files for the wings were still on the card so I set one to print. Having printed several off before, I figured I could use that a test print to check that it was working properly.

    That flipped a switch for me and the project was back on. I printed a whole set off and was starting to get the desire to make silicone molds and cast them in resin. But in that down time where the project was on the shelf I had found some resource images that showed more detail that I needed to have in my model. The plan was to always use the wings that I downloaded from Thingiverse. They were just SO good, and I didn't even know where to start with modeling them. But not having that extra detail was killing me. Also I didn't want to spend the time and money on making molds of parts that I was just going to improve upon later...

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    Specifically it was the detail on where the wings attached to the center eye. there were a few other parts on the models I downloaded that were different, but I figured I would have to live with. I spent a few days trying to take the STL files I had into something I could edit, but giving up on that pushed me into figuring out how to make my own.

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    Once I figured the shape out it was this snow ball effect of making everything just how I wanted it. It's just been within the last day, that I feel like the models are almost there. And it has been really exciting to see it come together.

    So whats next, well like I said the models for the wings aren't done. Ironically the part I wanted to add detail to in the first place I haven't touched yet.

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    I'm just not sure how to go about designing it. I want some relief but don't have much room to go in on that bottom edge. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Then next phase after modeling will be working on the Brain, And for this I could REALLY use help. I have a parts list and even a plan for animations of the eye. but getting them all to work, program them and all that, is something I have never ever done. I have been planing for them while designing the center eye keeping board sizes in mind and making sure they will fit. but again making sure they will all work together is something else.

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    Long post, If you are still reading, Thank you. and if you can help me with any of the parts I have to work on moving forward I would greatly appreciate it!
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  2. Mysterio in the making... RPF Premium Member George's Avatar
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    1 Week Ago  Sep 14, 2018, 5:47 AM - Re: My Ghost from Destiny #2

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    1 Week Ago  Sep 14, 2018, 7:40 PM - Re: My Ghost from Destiny #3

    George said: View Post
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    Not sure why that was. The first was a gif and the other two were screen grabs of fusion. I think they are all in the attachments regardless.
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    1 Week Ago  Sep 14, 2018, 8:09 PM - Re: My Ghost from Destiny #4

    What a difference a day makes...

    So I mostly had been ok with where it was at... until I looked closer at the reference images I had... and I saw angles that couldn't be unseen.

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    So I spent the day redesigning the Wing and horns from scratch. Mostly because it seemed easier. I liked the files I had and going back in Fusion 360 I still don't fully understand.

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    it's really subtle, but it also gave me a reason to change little accents on the Wings and Horns that i could have done better last time. But I was to lave to change, because I thought they were "good enough".
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    1 Week Ago  Sep 14, 2018, 9:30 PM - Re: My Ghost from Destiny #5

    Great minds, and all that. I've got a couple of the vinyl Ghosts one can get at GameStop ThinkGeek, Target... The internet... *shrug* Fifteen bucks a pop for some pretty decent starting fodder. Measured the center sphere, measured the horizontal "sandwich" layers' thickness, noted the positions of the detailing on the sphere, measured the eye, cut things up to have a clean, separate piece of each wing and wingtip, using the sandwich layer to create templates...

    I got a twleve-pack of blank plastic Christmas-ornament spheres off Amazon of the right size for the core. One's the main body, with the large and small cutouts being carefully positioned, a couple are sacrificed to cutting all the heels and caps for the sphere, the rest are backups in case I screw up. I've sourced the right size round screen for the eye, and am hunting for a good lens. I have a friend who's going to assist with the programming and such. I'm looking into a levitating globe to cannibalize for the hover bits. Still sorting out wing articulation and such.

    It's a fun project, and I'm looking forward to seeing how yours turns out.
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    1 Week Ago  Sep 14, 2018, 9:49 PM - Re: My Ghost from Destiny #6

    I saw one of those figures at BestBuy last week, before I started doing all my remodeling of the wings and horns. And honestly it knocked the wind out of my sails for a second. I had spent a lot of mental energy on this thing, and there it was sitting in a box for 15$.

    But a few minutes went by and I told myself that my ghost had already been such a fun project to work on that I could give up on it (many other projects have I put in cold storage)

    Mine isnít the exact size of the official ghosts that you can buy though; I think itís a little smaller. I would be interested in getting your measurements.
    Also where did you source a round screen? I doubt Iíll be able to find one that fits the space I have inside my center eye, but maybe.

    I also thought about using clear ornament spheres for the glass in front of the eye. But I knew that you can buy a kinda of watch parts on eBay so Iím going to use a domed round sapphire glass, meant for watches. You can get them in so many different parameters.

    Iíd love to see your progress as well!
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    1 Week Ago  Sep 14, 2018, 11:47 PM - Re: My Ghost from Destiny #7

    I'm flying back home tomorrow. I'll dig up my numbers and sources this weekend.

    And definitely don't let the official beastie knock you off stride. If nothing else, the time youve spent delving into how the thing goes together, the angles and details and movement points...? That's essential information, there, whatever materials you end up working with. You'll be bringing that eye for obsessive detail to it. Trust me, that official Ghost is good, but could use some superdetailing, even if one *wasn't* going to butcher it to go all Six Million Dollar Man on it. For what you and I have planned, it's a very good starting point, and could potentially save you some 3D modeling and printing time and effort. But what you've already done certainly isn't wasted.
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    6 Days Ago  Sep 19, 2018, 9:37 AM - Re: My Ghost from Destiny #8

    So glad I found this thread. I am gearing up to make mine soon as well.

    My plan was to have it on thin, possibly posable, tube on a base to look like it's floating.

    The front horns would be the core frame, and off this would be the rear horns that would rotate and inside the eye would look around on a universal joint.

    My stretch goal is to find a way to make the front horns move in and out like it does for its "facial expressions".

    These would all be controlled by servos in the base with fishing line up to the ghost.

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