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Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by DanBKing, May 15, 2012.
Oh, ray shields..!
A quick update, before I go out for the evening.
I had a productive day yesterday and completed most of the construction work on the display case.
I had two old wardrobe doors laying in the attic and I cut out the upper and lower pieces of the case from these. Each piece is 18mm chipboard with melamine facings.
My plan was to cut a 3,2mm wide slot, 5mm deep, around the inner faces of the board, 5mm in from the edge. The edges of the 3mm thick acrylic sheets would then fit into the slots, and thereby holding the whole structure rigid. Gravity would be my glue. (This was done so that I could dismantle the case for easier transportation in the future.)
This plan was rudely thwarted though, when my attempt to buy a 3,2mm slot cutter for my plunge router, failed miserably. I could not buy one anywhere in my town. Nobody had one in stock, and I would have to wait at least a week for one to be ordered.
So, I made another plan.....
I purchased a couple of lengths of wooden 'L' shaped profile that I could use as a pre-made slot for my acrylic. Unfortunately, the slot was 6mm wide, so I had to cut a 2,8mm rebate all around the boards to make sure I got a snug, clearance fit of the acrylic.
The 'L' shaped strips were then cut and mitred on their ends and glued and nailed around the edges of the boards.
Once this was dry, the lower board was laid on the floor with the slots uppermost, and the acrylic sheets were snugged into the slots.
The top board was then placed on this, snugging the acrylic sheets into the upper slots.
I still have to cut and fit the backing board yet, but I miscalculated my quantities for the edging strip. I need to buy another length next week to complete the edging, before I fit the backing board.
The green colour is the protective film, to prevent scratching. This will be removed at the final assembly, when everything else is done.
The construction work was closely inspected by my Martian cat, and approval was given.
I still have to fill and sand the boards, spray them with primer and a final matt black lacquer.
The completed dimensions of the display case are: 150cm (l) x 30cm (w) x 35cm (h) ( 5ft x 1ft x 1ft 2in) (Imperial is rounded up)
I also finalized the wiring attachments for the lighting. The wiring that runs through the spine tube from the connector, were pushed through small holes drilled into the tube. This was then soldered to the fine wire that will run from the model, down to the electrical circuits under the bottom board of the display case. (More on that later!)
I then wrapped a small piece of insulation tape around the tube, to prevent any chance of a short-circuit. The fine wire was then wrapped around the tube a few times and tied off. The paper flange assembly at the ends of the spine sections were then slid on the tube and over the wiring joint, hiding it completely.
I then moved my suspension system (broom handle) from the spare bedroom and hung it in the lounge. I then attached the spine suspension lines to the broom handle.
I then attached the sphere and engine module and the antenna array.
I am waiting for night time to take some better photos, when I can control the lighting a bit more.
But for now, a few crappy pictures taken with my phone camera.
In the first few pics, you can see the suspension lines and wiring lines in action. These will be coloured to match the background picture of the display case at a later stage. Then you will hardly see them at all.
And in this pic, it looks like Discovery is doing a low flyby through my lounge...
I'll be back through the week, as and when I can, with more.
I love it!
I want one!
Apparently your last post triggered my tinnitus again. However rather than a high-pitched whining it sounds more like the beginning of "Also sprach Zarathustra"..!
Hey @Revell-Fan If you play this at the right volume, it should cancel out your tinnitus then .....
Thanks, but Space Cat has already come to the rescue and cured it!
To Hell with the ship, that is the most anatomically correct cat model I have every seen!
Ha! I have been told, that I have an affinity with pussies ........
That is a fantastic build and a real accomplishment. You can take a lot of pride in that!
Well, not now. Because it is NOT finished yet.
(OK, yes, you CAN, and I think I know where the journey is going! )
Thank you both.
And yes. R-F, you are correct and intuitive ; IT AIN'T OVER YET!
Do you really know where this is going?
'cause I don't. ...
OK, you may be correct, but it all depends on train tracks .....................
I will leave you to ponder on that .........
I'm not gonna touch that one with my 12" pole.
Well, your ship is the Cat's Meow!
I have it too. One day, OSHA came into Sikorsky and measured the sound, it was 118 decibels, and that was a relatively quiet day. I kind of have found my Tinnitus to be my life's Talisman. I was laying in the hospital, near death, and I kept thinking the last sound I am going to hear is that sound to Beep Beep Beep go to just one long tone, then I wondered if it would harmonize with my Tinnitus, which happens to be a slightly really off the charts flat "A", on the music scale. Definitely nowhere near B flat though, almost a perfect "A". I was able to figure this out with my Violin. You're not alone, which by the way, the most horrid of feelings. I only discovered that when I suffered Full Global Amnesia, for two days, do to almost suffocating to death in my sleep. Crazy, eh!?!
WOW! I have a high-pitched whining in my left ear and some static like the noise from a distant highway in my right one. In most cases it is triggered by stress. I have learnt to live with it and changed my life after it first appeared (less stress, more time for myself, enough sleep, extended walks etc.). That helped a lot; I barely notice it today.
Like I stated earlier, I came to live with mine, and it is pretty loud. I used to think that if someone put their ear on my head, they might hear it, it seems so loud at times. The sound helps me locate sounds from other places, like in the woods at night. The Tinnitus comes from everywhere, but the odd noise sticks out like a sore thumb.
As we are on the subject, me too! About 15 years I have had it now. It all began when a woman kissed me really hard and loud, right in the earhole! It did a lot of pain at the instant. I was relatively deaf in the ear for about 2 days. I now have a constant very high-pitched singing whine ever since. But, as Zathros also said, I too have very acute hearing, and hear things that a lot of other people don't. Which is handy at times...
Discovery, sits forlornly waiting .............................
The display case sits fragmentarily waiting ................
And yes, I sit frustratedly waiting .............
And, all three of us, are waiting, mainly, on the bloody weather!!!!!!!
And they call this summer???????? It's more like autumn at the moment!
And have we had some weather! On Saturday we had a hell of a storm. Amsterdam was bought to a standstill. No public transport, apart from a very reduced train service. Trees fell on the overhead cables for the trams, so that was end of service for the whole system. No busses. It was chaos, to say the least.
And this one made me wince.... A Porsche Cayenne-S
The display case is the centre of attention at the moment. I have done all the construction, filled everything with 2 part filler, accurately measured out and drilled the holes for the wiring and suspension lines and everything is now waiting for me to get the parts outside and sand and paint them. Weather permitting......
For the backdrop, I chose a hi-res picture from the web and edited it to what I want. The picture below is scale size.
I sent it to the printers on Friday last week.
I went to collect it this afternoon. I was not impressed with the quality at all. Lines on it from the print stroke of the print head every 3cm or so. It looked like striped wallpaper.
So, that killed my plan of attaching it to the backing board tonight .....
And another two days wait for the second attempt........ Ho-hum. Hope they get it right this time!
But, on the bright side, the forecast for the end of the week is looking much better.
But, this is the Netherlands, and that can all change real quick .........
Will keep you posted ....