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#121 spacewolf

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Posted 24 December 2017 - 09:33 PM

That is some damn nice modeling, Vaugn.  Cutting that thick sheet is hard core.  Great work.

 

Sincerely,

Mark

 

Thanks Mark, The sheet cuts do wear out the blades quickly I must say... but for a lot of it I just make a couple of passes with the blade, flex/ oil can the plastic and it sheers pretty clean... saves a lot of time and effort.

 

Cheers

 

Vaughn



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Posted 24 December 2017 - 09:40 PM

Happy HO HO everyone !! I hope you all have a great, safe, and happy season !

 

Update time... one step forward, two steps back on this one... Here we go !

 

With the VEN done ( I thought) it was time to start on the engine bodies. My evil friend Donald helped me transport a 4 X 8 foot sheet of .060 and with my trusty vacume cleaner, the stove top element and my home made vacu former we were off ! :unsure:

 

The first pull was pretty good...

 

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A slice down the front allowed the master to drop free..

 

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BUT... I discovered that 4 years ago when I made the master I got the tapered ends wrong... :BANGHEAD2:   so, more work to do !


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Posted 24 December 2017 - 09:45 PM

A center keel was cut and disc's cut for the front and rear faces...

 

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I was much happier with these... one problem with the vacu forming I do is it gives one soft edges.. this way they are crisp.

 

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The forward VEN lines up and looks good !

 

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Posted 24 December 2017 - 09:53 PM

I had planned to just have strips off the keel fit over the inner sheet of the wing... but of course that would be too easy right ?..

 

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Fitted on it looked very good... from the top...

 

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But, looking at the plans it seems those WONDERFUl chaps who made the ship decided for some reason to drop the centerline below that of the wing...

 

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So... with a bit of grumbling and head scratching I glued strips of plastic to the mounts I'd made and lowered the mounting point by 1/8th in.

 

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Looking it over it looked very good... makes the 'Fury look really like it's coming together !

 

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But trouble was brewing... storm clouds gathering... :frantic:


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Posted 24 December 2017 - 10:04 PM

Some thing had been bothering me... and in fitting the rear VEN it came crashing home.... :BANGHEAD2:

 

Somehow I had screwed up....

 

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I had made the widest point on the VEN too small.... easy to miss unless one is looking for it...

 

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It just so happened just as this came to light, one of the guys who worked on the show shared some pics and meshes he had...

 

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So... for my next magic trick, I will attempt to rescue/ rebuild the VEN... once I recover from Christmas !! Thankfully a new friend arrived from smoky California to cheer me on !!

 

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So, Merry HO HO everyone... see you all in the New Year !!

 

Vaughn


Edited by spacewolf, 24 December 2017 - 10:05 PM.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:23 AM

Greetings for the New Year all !!  It's been a while sense I posted on this thread... work, life, the deep freeze most of us are experiencing... but I have not been cuddling Opus and staying warm under the covers ! Hang on... It's UPDATE time !! :evil_laugh:

 

When last we saw our intrepid modeler he was faced with rebuilding a finished part... :BANGHEAD2: ..... so, when it's wrong, it's wrong... nothing for it but to get nasty... :fight:.... cutters, blades and determination.. (stupidity ?)....

 

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and within a few min I was looking at this....

 

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Cleaning up the edges took a few more min, then a ring was made... too big but I didn't realize it at the time...

 

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Glued on.. and planking was restarted..

 

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I was smart though this time... after doing just a bit I sized it on the engine body and realized it was too big, so took off the planking and trimmed the ring down by 50%. Planking redone...

 

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This looks MUCH better !!

 

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Edited by spacewolf, 12 January 2018 - 04:23 AM.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:27 AM

Great recovery, Vaughn! Masterful, in fact.

 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:30 AM

Holes were drilled in the joining faces and bits of sprue were used as aligning pins..

 

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On to the front of the engine... in sanding down the angle I got it to where I wanted it...

 

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But the rings I'd made to support the skin I'd not extended far enough back so gaps showed up... what to do, what to do ?... :frantic:.. scrap wedges were made and glued in..

 

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Sanded down and the forward thruster fitted... looks good !

 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:34 AM

But... we need detail !!... the area of the engine body behind the forward thruster is plated... sooooo... a tube was glued onto the forward face to slide the thruster onto... and then lines drawn...

 

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And angled strips glued on...

 

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Long hours of fiddly detail... but it looks good ! :yahoo:

 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:39 AM

Of COURSE I had to fit it onto the wingtip to see how it looked ... :rolleyes:

 

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It looked good from the top but the weight of the rear thruster caused the part to sag at the rear... so a bit of sprue was glued into the rear of the wingtip..

 

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A hole drilled into the engine body...

 

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And she sits at the right angle !! :yahoo:

 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:48 AM

But wait kids !... we are not done yet !!.. we need those maneuvering thrusters... so out with the masters and vacu former... made a foil wrapped heat box to hold the plastic holder over the electric burner and I was off to the races.

 

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Parts cut out and centerline drawn...

 

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Thankfully I was smart enough to look at the ref drawings... the top thruster is actually NOT at 90 degree's... it's canted outboard by 9 degrees... almost got caught by that.

 

The thruster mount made...

 

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The resin thruster nozzel my friend Bill had gotten made from my master years ago...

 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:54 AM

Placed on the engine it looked good....

 

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BUT.... from the side there was a BIG issue.... the thruster is supposed to be level with the engine centerline... not be angled up ! :BANGHEAD2:

 

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It's a good thing I don't mind getting nasty with plastic... :fight: ... using my razor saw I cut most of the way through the mount..

 

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The line was then widened with an Exacto blade..

 

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Glued down and sanded it looks MUCH better !!

 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:58 AM

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Sitting back I positioned the engine on the wing.... needs a bit more 'tweeking'... but I'm thinking it looks ok...

 

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Thats it for this time. Thanks for sticking with this build and feel free to comment.

 

Vaughn


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:59 AM

Great recovery, Vaughn! Masterful, in fact.

 

Kev

 

Thanks Kev... a lot of frustration and head scratching on this build !!

 

Vaughn



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:45 AM

Dude,

   That is some excellent work.  I didn't realise how big it was until I saw the engine in your hand.

 

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