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On 1/8/2020 at 12:24 AM, The Madhatter said:

Also, finally, I have settled on the base layout and how it's going to be displayed. It'll look pretty wicked if I get it right. BTW, does anyone know of a way to bend brass tube to an angle of 90 degrees whilst still maintaining the structural integrity of the tube itself, as in, not collapse in on itself?


Hi Simon,

Really enjoying following along here!


Incase you are still looking for a way to bend some brass tube….




I do not know anything about this online shop, I just wanted to find a Australien supplier as an example for you, so have a look around. I do have one of the Dubro tube benders left over from my RC days and they work well.

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Just caught up with this - marvelous stuff!


Re bending tube without collapsing - assuming you don’t need the tube to be hollow all the way through, have you tried finding a solid rod of the same or similar material that just fits inside the tube and placing a length of that where the bend is? That way the tube doesn’t collapse at the bend point.



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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I bought a pipe bender the other week which turned up on Monday.  It'll be perfect for the job. The pipes do need to be hollow to run the power wires etc through from the base to the ship. 

I need to do 2 of them so the trick will be getting them both to the same angle.

Fingers crossed I get it right 

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Thanks for the tip Neo - I'll try to remember that when I get to it


So, I have managed to get most of the starboard sidewalls and roof parts detailing done with only 3 left to go. Then it'll be time to blend in the walls to the surface and add some other stuff around - then the last part of the top side surface detailing will be over.
I'm still deciding if I will paint first then add the fiber or vice versa. I'm leaning toward paint first because I just think it'd be too hard to be able to trim off fibers without damaging the paint work but shuddering at the thought of how much time it'll take to do it like that. No pain no gain right?
Anyway, here's some pics of where I am at currently




















That's it for now, but as always, thanks for stopping in and having a look


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Thanks Gazzas

I remember once when I built the Venator, a guy from Canada (I think, it was many years ago & I cant remember exactly where) bought one and upon receipt of it, sent me a rather angry email accusing me basically of deception because it was a lot smaller than he thought. I couldn't help but have a quiet chuckle to myself as I'd put plenty of size reference shots un the thread at the start. 

Neeless to say, I never saw a build thread of it from him. 


Thanks Mark as well. I think it adds so much more depth to a wall. Besides,  the spaces look like they should be a door of sorts, so it feels right to make a machine wall to go behind. 

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