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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2020 10:25 pm 
Holy moly these micro LEDs are spectacular and about 1.2 x 0.5mm. I put a blob of glue close to the end of this one to avoid straining the connections.

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 9:53 pm 
#Sigh# I've been experimenting with the seating safety bars and it looks like I'm going to have to bite the bullet and learn how to solder brass tube - the styrene rod I'm using just isn't doing it for me. At least I can explore threading these tiny LEDs through the tube to get the lighting right.


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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2020 8:19 am 

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Skiffy - I'm confident that you will master the skill of soldering brass tubes.... or at least know enough in order to finish this awesome project! :D


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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 10:44 pm 
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Looking awesome man!

I dig that you're using Blender, have you thought about getting Autodesk inventor? I use both, but find that making machine parts goes a lot faster with it, especially for 3d printing.


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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 11:14 pm 
Dropship Murphy - thanks for the vote of confidence. :) I'm sure I'll get there.

amurdoch - I was a Maya generalist for a long time and have been using Blender for about 15 years now so it's pretty much second nature but I will be getting into some more CAD specific tools for sure.


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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 9:10 pm 
I had a little time to do some modelling today - so I tackled the steering controls for the driver's position.

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Steering 'yokes(?)' fashioned from styrene sheet with thin styrene pieces, greeblie bits and some tube added. They're moveable too - just enough to allow for any variance in the size/position of the driver.

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Here they are with a splash of primer - seen from one of the few camera angles we get for these in the movie.

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..and lastly seen in situ being grabbed by our stand-in Bishop/Frost/Ripley.


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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 9:15 pm 
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Very cool!

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 12:40 am 
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This is looking absolutely superb.


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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 10:19 pm 
Thank you very much retrogarde, Space Jockey. It's only this good because of the quality of the reference. ;)

Tonight was a good night. Got the dashboard greeblied up and threw on a splash of primer.

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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 10:40 pm 
As well as detailing I'm adding a base coat of paint to start to pull all of this together. I've also measured and cut a piece of clear acrylic for the windshield (not shown).

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In the background of the second pic you can see the battery box I'm building for the main headlights.

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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 11:29 pm 

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Amazing! I don't really know what else to say, it's great seeing this built piece by piece. Keep up the good work!


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 12:12 am 
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I will keep praising this build! Hot damn.

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 11:26 pm 
Thank you both! I'm determined to get as much done on this as I can while we're stuck at home. :)

I've been playing with lighting again today - not much to show yet but more pics soon.


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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 4:52 pm 

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This build is amazing. I am so envious of you guys that can so this kind of work. I am all thumbs for this stuff.


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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 10:47 pm 
Thank you so much wtyler3!

It's coming along.

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View from Ripley's seat (just about).

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This piece is doubtless from one of Peter Lamont's aircraft salvage trips (seen above Bishop's head).

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Testing the fit/clearance.

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..and starting to add more ceiling fittings.

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Onward!


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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 11:28 pm 
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That is wild man. You're a wild man!


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 10:23 pm 
Thanks bigbisont - I hope I can do it justice!


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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 5:31 pm 
I thought I'd have a go at something I've not been looking forward to - the compound slope on this upper edge between wall and roof.

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To paraphrase The Mandalorian - "This is not the way."

Well - that didn't work (but I 'was' trying to do it quick n' lazy). I'm now going to do it properly, making bulkhead profile formers to define the shape first, then cement the outer skin to it. I'll also make it part of the wall, not the roof. That way the roof can sit flush in it. It'll be clearer when I make a start on it. :)


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