Discussion in 'Non-Halo Costumes and Props' started by Sandbagger, Aug 13, 2017.
Just building a little detail in the landing gear cowlings tonight.
Thanks to a new social media friend named Sean, who kindly provided a long off-cut of rubber mat to simulate the texture of the technical drawings. Preliminary fit shows it is easy to cut and trim using a knife, but will need some contact adhesive to lock it down flat.
After contact adhesive. Lovely and flat.
Adding hydraulic lines using plastic coat-hangers. (Still gotta glue down the rubber mat.)
Replacing the catapult linkage. I’ve kicked and broken the plywood/plastic one twice now, so it’s time to replace it with 10mm plate steel and steel tube. Strong enough to sling-shot a Viper out of a launch tube!
Plastic coat hangers as hydraulic lines! Why didn't I think of that. You just solved a problem I've been struggling with. Thanks!
Love your massive build and look forward to see how it come together.
Glad I could help. Here's an update.
OOOoohhh that sleek, sexy shape! A couple of hours of sanding has produced spectacular results.
Also got the template plans for the last set of fuselage formers. Engines next!
Module 5, the last one in the fuselage, bringing it to full length of 8.4 metres. Progress shots.
The last fuselage module, (5) is now assembled, attached and ready for bracing and skinning.
I have a bit of welding to do inside, that I've been putting off.
Some alignment lugs at each opposing end of the modules where they meet.
Feet under the cockpit that come all the way to the skin, so I can rest it on a pallet and frame without breaking it.
Frames at the bottom of the first and last former of each module, so that if they are dropped during assembly, they don't break on the ends.
Finally, some rings welded under the frames that I can slide poles under. through the sides of each module, for manual handling and positioning of the modules during assembly and disassembly of the ship.
This new phone camera is shit.
Photo showing modular sections on end for transport and storage.
Tonight I welded support rails under the chassis frame and raised the fuselage to correct height. Now I can work out the landing gear attachment points. I've been putting this off for a while but it has got to the point now that I have to do it because the build is progressing way faster than I thought it would. Having the fuselage higher will also make it easier to finish skinning the underside.
20 May 2018 OWEEE!! Saturday was a day I had set aside and planned for about three weeks. I had barely got started when BAM! The Viper frame of module two slipped off it's alignment lugs and dropped with full force onto my finger on the saw-horse underneath it. The force mashed the meat of my finger so that it popped out the side and fractured the bone. Five hours of waiting in the Emergency Department of my local hospital and the daylight was gone.
Since then, I've rested a little but started to test what I can do with the remaining fingers while trying to keep the bandaged one out of harm's way.
I've tinkered a little, adjusting an undersized former in module and screwed in a couple of electrical busses to hook all my 12V instruments into for easy connection and fault diagnosis, I've also welded in the guides for the lifting poles for a two-person carry of a module.
Tonight I managed to get module two into position at full height with some creative rope-work and careful chocking. Made a sturdy frame under it that bolts to the saw-horse so it shouldn't drop on my finger again.
More skinning last night with one hand tied behind my back...
Dude.........please be careful!!! No project is worth loosing a digit or 3..........even if it is as kick-ass as this one is.
As my father says: its not your project until you've shed some blood over it.
Hopefully that means no more injuries for this awesome build
Wow! This is amazing. Too bad about your finger.. I've cut myself when working on scale models, and it's so annoying. Blood everywhere. This build is really cool, reminds me of "dream builds" I've wanted to do. Maybe someday!
What fandom is this from?
It's from Battlestar Galactica, the new one I think
That would have been my guess. Or Star Trek. Thanks!
MkII Colonial Viper from the 2003 reimagined series of Battlestar Galactica.
I fixed it in the first post with a quick edit. Cheers.
I spent most of today and well into the night working on skinning the Viper fuselage. Got most of it done too. Polystyrene everywhere! Big job that I've been putting off, but it's been a day well spent.
I also stuck on some layers over an erroneous contour between modules one and two, caused by an undersized former at the end. Not sure how it happened, but I've build it up and will sand it back to correct the line later. Toothpicks proved very handy to hold the layers in place while the glue went tacky.
Today was a big day!! I’ve been waiting to get onto the engines as they are the last of the big stuff and bring it all together.
This morning I got two sets of engine formers printed, stencilled and cut.
Thanks to my friends Patrick for the CAD drawings and David for the packaging ply. I had just enough to get them all done.
I'm really excited! I'm starting to design some of the moving parts in the engines. The only way I can make sense of the intakes is that they are louvres that can change pitch to seal shut in space, but open in atmosphere. It's not a very well thought out design, as from an engineering perspective, there are far better ways to do it.
They look fixed and are off centre, so they certainly can't spin. I wish they could. It would look so much cooler if they did. I am at war with movie accuracy and common sense.
Using the first two formers of the starboard engine, I'm experimenting with some insulation board. I've bent it around and taped it in place, to see if it develops a curve memory overnight. If it does, I can then trim it to fit in between the boards. I'm also trying a heat gun to see if I can help it along.
will the ones on your viper spin?
Up until this morning I was thinking yes, but i'm starting to think no.... so confused.
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