SR2 Normandy Design and Build - continued

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  1. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

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    If I had one finished I'd be happy to sell it, unfortunately "real life" keeps getting in the way. I've had little time and energy for modelling activities these past few months, I keep my unfinished Normandies out on a shelf where I see them every day so they are always in mind. I can't tell you how many times I've said "I'm going to work on that tonight", only to have something else come up that keeps me from it.

    By way of an update:
    I have begun work building the second engine and discovered flaws in my unfolding that make it harder to build, so I've adjusted the pattern to compensate. The size is pretty good. The model was designed to have a finished length of around 2 feet, and even at that size some of the engine details are quite small.

    I've also gone back and designed in some internal reinforcement for the smaller (outer) engines. The main concern I have at this stage is attaching the wing and engine assembly to the hull. I've only designed it to be a butt joint but really think it should have something more sturdy.

    @ Arbiter Bri - thanks for the nudge. Every time someone asks I get another good nudge towards getting this project finished.

    Steve
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    Nudge, nudge......
  3. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

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    Latest update

    So, in my last update I said I had started the other engine. At that time it looked like this

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    I've been getting some good model time in lately, so without further ado:

    Assembly of the second engine is much the same as the first, so here's the equivalent of a few thousand words.

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    And the finished engine:
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    And last but not least, attached to the rest of the assembly.
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    And with the forward part angled down

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    You may recall this picture from the last post. I mentioned that the two pieces were built up of a total of 5 layers of card stock. On this engine as an experiment I left it simple and just glued the two pattern pieces back to back. The next picture shows the comparison.
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    I took this shot outside for better lighting, so it could be seen more clearly. The engine on the left is the latest with the two pieces just glued back to back. The one on the right is the first one that has 5 layers of card. I think the results speak for themselves. I think I'll be adding a few layers to the pieces for this engine.


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    This marks a major milestone as all parts have now been test built at least once, and many of them twice. I've made a number of improvements to the 3D model as a result. This has forced me to have to redo a lot of the unfolding and pattern arrangement, but that's life. I'll continue on to finish the other wing in between, and at that point I will have a completed prototype.

    Once the pattern layout is completed I'll start working on the instructions in earnest. It's moving along slowly, but it is moving along.

    Regards,

    Steve
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  4. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    It's so good to see that you are still around! Great and remarkable progress, Steve. I can imagine that getting all parts ready is a lot of work. I'm crossing my fingers that no further (MAJOR) changes have to be made. Take your time, we are patient.
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    I wake up to start the day - and this is the best news so far!

    What an excellent way to start the day

    Cant wait to try this out
  6. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    You are doing a FANTASTIC JOB on this project.
    It is coming together BEAUTIFULLY!!!
    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!
  7. imcold

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    I'm glad you're still on this, and I think the same as the other guys: great work!
  8. nstar95

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    I just remembered this project and came to check on it. Is this abandoned?
  9. sjsquirrel

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    It's definitely not abandoned, but life has been very busy lately and I've had very little energy to devote to it. I have been thinking about how I can get this project done though, because I have other developments I want to move on to.

    For the last couple months I've been absorbed in origami. I was asked to do an introductory origami workshop for the local arts council, so I had to figure out what to teach, what to make, practice, and of course I found all kinds of things I just had to try along the way. The workshop ran just this week (very successful), and they are already asking about a more advanced one. And I get paid too!

    Along the way a woman that works at the airport wanted to buy a set of origami Christmas tree ornaments, so I made those too. It's nice when a hobby brings in a few bucks on the side. Not to mention that work has also been very busy for me.

    Anyway, enough excuses. I plan on trying to wrap this up over the winter. At least that's my plan.

    Regards, and I appreciate everyone's patience. This project has dragged on far longer than I'd like.

    Steve
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  10. pferris

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    Any updates for your legion of thread followers :)
  11. sjsquirrel

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    Unfortunately no. I've been distracted by other builds and projects. I still have the Normandy sitting there, asking me when I'm going to pay attention to it again, and looking at me accusingly, but I just haven't been in the mood.

    These little nudges do help though, so if you're wondering, please ask.

    Steve
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    Any updates?
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    I have gotten some more work done on the pattern layout and my test build. Life and work are still very busy for me (and the world is full of shiny things) so it's not often I get the right combination of time and energy to work on this. I'm at a stage where the layout work takes a lot of focus and concentration so it just doesn't happen after a long busy day.

    I've decided that once I have the pattern layout finished I will get one or two test builders to build it, then release it with minimal instructions. I'll post lined and unlined patterns and a pattern with the textures removed so that the fold lines are clearly visible. I'll add some key images for reference and incorporate any feedback from test builders and then get it out there.

    Steve
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  14. zathros

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    I can sympathize with you completely. Life is a trip. ;)
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  15. sjsquirrel

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    At long last the first full test build of this model is complete. Yes. Done! Finished! I have reworked many parts based on the building, and reworked a lot of the layout. I'm still working on the layout and adding fold lines etc. but I'd say it's somewhere around 60% finished. I'm taking a bit of a break to polish off another small project but am still working on this in between. Anyway, enough talk. Let's look at some pictures....

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    sjsquirrel Member

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    The last few pics.

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  17. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

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    So there you have it. I have lots of pics from along the way but I don't have the energy to sort through them and organize them.

    The model pattern is now sitting at 24 pages and about 480 parts. I found it to be a pretty satisfying build, but there's always room for improvement. I probably won't get to all those improvements, but to that end, what I could really use now are a couple test builders.

    If you are interested this is what I'm asking you to do:
    1. Promise not to share the pattern with anyone. Once a couple people test build it and we work out the remaining issues everyone will get the final release.
    2. Do a build thread with as many pictures and comments as you can. These will help others later.
    3. Provide clear feedback about what works well and what needs improvement, what fits well and what doesn't and so on.

    I know I'll have more volunteers than I need, so I will be choosy and pick the ones I think will do the best job, so we get the best end product we can. I hope to work through a final test build myself as well, but I still have the the layout to finish, and instructions to sketch out.

    At this point I have all the pages for the main hull finished and (I think) ready to go. I'm polishing off the last few pages for the wing and engine on one side, then will copy that for the other side.

    So far I have very little in the way of instructions. I have designed the layout so that building proceeds page by page. For the most part you make the stuff on one page, then move on to the next page. Edge coloring is mandatory for a good finished result, so a good black marker, and some good grey ones are must-haves.

    I'm really happy to have finally gotten this build done, and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hope you can too.

    Enjoy the pictures!

    Steve
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    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    This turned out SPECTACULAR!!!
    I am certain that the M.E. fans will be coming out in droves to volunteer for this project!
    GOOD LUCK with it!!!
  19. Revell-Fan

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    This is really GREAT news! I fully agree with RB. Good luck! This is a spectacular model! :)
  20. pferris

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    Woo hoo!!!!!

    Cant wait for it to be officially released