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RichO last won the day on February 18

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  • Birthday 03/07/1956

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    Olympia, washington, USA
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    Retired art director, art, model building, video games,gardening

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  1. I had intended to post more of the build, a day or so after this last posting. I've been away so long, my image host dose not remember me and I'm having a real time trying to get my files to operate properly. I'll post as soon as everything is in order. Thanx All
  2. Hi Manfred, It's taken me some time to get caught up on your build, but well worth it. Your research is as impeccable as ever, and the build is looking great! RichO
  3. Hey Guys, So much to tell. This build is still active. First of all is "Anhedonia". I had to look this condition up in medical terms. This is a condition where a person, all of a sudden, no longer has enjoyment in doing regular loved activities. I didn't even open the model room door for three months. the idea building just went out the window. Zero building at all. The last three months I have been struggling with building an OOB kit, but an hour or two a week. To get me back into building again. I have spent the spring and summer building the new studio and media room. 1200 sq. ft. of rebuilt art loft studio, and man cave media room downstairs. I finally had a breakthrough when, after working on the new space, just this weekend. I have moved the old man cave to the new location. Moving the work station to it's new location has sparked the build demons and this build is now back on track. I have a mess to straighten out to get the new build desk in order to build again, but all the items are still present, and I just have to get the new space "lived in" to get back to work. I'll post again shortly. If anybody else has had an episode of "Anhedonia", please share on how you got out of this condition. Thanks All, RichO
  4. Apparently it takes a Phd to figure that out! just kidding Manfred!! Good details, keep 'em coming.
  5. It's about time for a short posting today. I have been considering the Capsule Housing for this posting. I used some scrap to make a card structure as close to what I thought was a reasonable resemblance to the photo. You can see here that the capsule housing is basically a weather shield to protect the capsule while the staff dose there work. The big white sliders open and close. I thought that this was a good start for this part of the build. Once I got the tower to were I liked it, I set everything into place to check the scale and fit. Remember that for now, this is just sitting in place and adjustments will be made. I have enough materials to build this. I need to get it all just right. It's starting to look like a construction site. I'll be back with some more good fun. Thanks All.
  6. Hey All, More Service Tower construction. I have finished with the frames of the decks inside the service tower. Still much to do. When I built the frame of the service tower, I made sure that I could "plug in" the individual decks. When you look at the photo here, of the tower, the frame beams are "I" beams that are large enough that I could use a smaller "I" beam for the deck frames and make theses just fit into the large beams of the tower, (that made no sense at all, did it?). And in this photo you can get an idea of how these decks plug into the tower. I made a card jig to hold everything, and here you can see the little strips that I used for spacers on each side, as we ascend the tower. Each deck becomes narrower than the one below. That's a lot of new decks.......... It all looks good so far. A bit of clean up and fitting, but ready for hand rails and deck flooring. I still have a ton of thins to take care of with this part of the build. But for now, it's clean up time and off to the paint shop. I'll be back with some new decking and hand rails. Also it's time to consider the Capsule Housing at the top of the tower. Until next time, don't touch that dial. P.S. Todays movie; "Teenagers From Outer Space".
  7. Forget about the slabs and fence. You have your priorities straight! Good job.
  8. Hey Everyone, Slowly getting back on board with this build. I'm currently working on the platforms on the inside of the service tower. Befor I could get to placing the first beams of the individual decks, I noticed that, looking at the photos of the real deal, there seemed to be some sort of unknown objects that blocked light from passing through. I don't have photos close enough to see exactly what's in the way, so I just placed some panels that block the light as per the photo. The card patterns for the light block....... In this photo you can see how the light is blocked, in the central body of the tower, with patterns of openness. (it's blocked with openness). I'm guessing that at the actual site, the light blockage is all sorts of items. Launch control panels, manual pullies and chains, supply closets, coke machines, could be anything really. I'm choosing to use the flat panels for this because I just don't have the room for anything else. I just copied the pattern with V-grove siding styrene, and inset them into the tower. Fresh back from the paint dept. In this photo you can see how the card patterns will fit, along with the deck patterns, to match what looks like the general pattern of blockage. I removed all the card patterns for the decks, and got it all ready for new construction. You can see the pile of deck patterns in this photo. With the fresh painted panels, I mounted these into there proper locations. The white styrene strips in between the new painted panels, are the back support beams for the individual decks that I have yet to build. Each beam is custom cut and sanded to match the angle of the tower. With the light blocked by placing panels at random locations,(apparently), I can now start with the individual deck construction. Up the long ladder. (for you Star Trek fans). I have the first three decks built and placed (temp.). So now just repeat the pattern, all the way up the tower. Only ten more decks to go. I'll be back.
  9. HEY ALL, This was a good build week. Altho it may not look like it, much has been done. The cab is just about finished, but with a bit to go. I finished the interior of the cab........ The outside wall has also been worked on, and is in place........... It looks like it will fit into place, OK Always test fitting........ Still a ways to go, but it looks good so far. I have started considering how the next part of the build will interact with the cabs, but actually building anything for the next section is a long ways off yet. I have the next cab already cut and shaped so the build for the other cab should be a lot quicker. I have been working on a OOB kit with not much improvements, but it still takes time from this build. Altho a nice change of pace feels good sometimes. Until next time, stay tuned.
  10. Hey Guys, Still working on the cab interior. I have only a few more items to be built and installed befor the cab is finished. I built up various small fittings for this space. This is the gauge panel for the dash.... and some wiring under.......the dashboard is simple paper printout of some dials, glued into place. I also built the steering column, E-brake, and such....... test fitting the outside panel. making sure that everything fits inside. No outside panel....... I still have a bit of work to do on this side, befor I start on "the other side". That's about for this week. Until next time. Thanks All.
  11. Hey Altogether A slow start to getting back into this build. I still have outer influences slowing things down, but the build has started again. Altho I realized that over the course of a few years in storage, and a couple of moves, I have lost some models, but I have managed to find all the items related to this build and have collected everything into one cabinet. I'm starting again with a small bit of repair work, and then (mostly) remembering what I was doing. So to start, I worked a bit with one of the finished deck platforms, and went from there. This is an already finished deck from befor the moves and storage. The tower. You can see the card cutout decks in this photo. you can see where the constructed deck lives on the tower. The bottom deck. This is looking up the tower. The already built deck is installed about here. Above this built deck, are my cereal box cut out patterns, for the next decks up the tower. This is it. The first new work on this project in quite some time! The new frame for the next deck. I will continue now with building and fitting these as I go up the tower. Until next time, were I should have a couple of new decks built and installed. Thanks for looking.
  12. Hey, It's been a bit since last posting. Only a little work done, but steady progress. The interior has a lot of items to build and install. These are just a few... The Driver seat...... It lives here with, seat pads later.......... I also worked more on the doors........ and a lot of do-dads for the interior of the driver cab.... It's taken some time, with everything else going on, but the driver cab is just about done. More next posting. That's it. Thanks everyone.
  13. Hey Jeroen, We had a move of about seventy five miles. About as far as London to Peterborough. I hand carried the Frog-7, but that was the only one. The pro movers moved everything else. Not good to let someone else move the fragile items. It's all moved anyway, and ready for settling down permanently.
  14. Thanks Everyone ! A bit of a different posting this time. I didn't do to much this week on the build, but some. I was still unpacking boxes and getting items around the house new homes. I know that I am missing some models, so the search goes on. I set up the model room (for now I guess), and unpacked what I found so far. I discovered that every, already completed project that I packed, needs to be repaired to some extent. Pro movers? I spent some time prioritizing what to do first and before long, a bunch of days past. This is the temporary work station, including problems with my orange and white dinner.... When the permanent work station is ready, this work station will be moved, and another show display will live here. The door to the right is the stash room. The model room......... The entry door on the left. The first book case (the left one) with the small building and water tower is the very first start to a new diorama (War of the Worlds). The diorama on the right is "Coopers Rocket" in the Dio section.. I'll hang posters behind these for some affects. Next is where the Godzilla diorama lives, but not started (Gojira is just taped together). And the stash room..... very lean on the kits at the moment.... and then, the stash of big trucks... the entry door out on the right. I'm sure you guys know about these. The new dentist office is walking distance down the road. A little at a time I worked on the crane deck. I'm starting to think about the interface of the Crane and the Maz and how to get everything secured. The parts........ This all lives about here......... The support walls for the crane bed worked out to be 4mm thick. I had to stack 1mm sheets together for this. I still have a ton of work to do on the cabs, but it's nice to change thing up a bit. So what ever is next is what I'm working on. Until next time...
  15. it's been a while since I've checked in. This all looks great, as usual. Nice job.
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