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  1. Hi everyone, I know it's been almost 11 months since the last update on the T16 skyhopper, but if you want want of your own, read on..... I initially intended to produce a small number of kits myself, but then life got in the way, so I've gotten all the files cleaned up and wrote step-by-step assembly instructions, along with a bill of materials for everything you need to build one of your own if you're interested in having a teeny-tiny mostly-accurate Skyhopper of your own. Everything is posted on my personal website -- https://monster.partyhat.co/article/1-144th-scal
  2. Wow, I've really been slacking -- yes, there are! I *think* these cover the current state, but I have a feeling I've added more streaking since, and I might need to take some more photos.
  3. That's some pretty amazing masking. Beautifully done!
  4. I finished this model ages ago, but it took a long time to get around to taking studio photos of it. The new animated show "Star Wars: Resistance" is a mixed bag, IMO. I love the animation style (I grew up watching Robotech, the US-import version of the Macross Saga, so I love the anime style applied to Star Wars) and some of the ship designs are quite cool, while some of the characters are.....anyway. I fell in love with the main hero ship, the constantly-in-need-of-repair Fireball, which came about from one of Lucasfilm's showrunners wondering what an X-wing designed around the
  5. I wish I had room to build models at that scale. There's a reason I stick to 1/144
  6. That's all there is so far! There's a few more pictures on flickr, but I still need to come up with a pod. That got sidetracked by the arrival of my T-16 parts :).
  7. Yup. I'm really enjoying the CAD-to-hand-assembled-styrene approach.
  8. Yeah, for scratching with styrene it really is. I could never cut those typical Star Wars-y plating notches cleanly by hand. The Cricut Maker with its knife blade attachment cuts them precisely down to 0.5mm, and the cut out bits can then be added back onto the plating for more precise raised detail. Check out these podracer engines I built entirely with machine-cut styrene (and cast greeblies):
  9. Yup, that's the short version The plugin that extracts the designated faces automatically is really what makes it possible.
  10. It's a slightly involved process. * It starts with the Milling Tools extension. That lets you set a "ground plane" for each part that you want to export for cutting. * The extension can then generate new two dimensional faces of every 3D part that you've set a ground plane for it on. * Then I arrange those faces in a minimal arrangement to minimize material waste. I do this in SketchUp, with the camera in parallel projection mode in a top-down view. With the ability to snap vertices to each other, this is pretty easy in SketchUp. * Then I group the faces, adding add
  11. It's done! Painted, decaled, and detailed. I'm going to make a silicone mold of the second set of 3D printed parts, in case I need to make any additional alterations to accomodate molding before ordering the final masters. I've already modified the parts to have a couple of the mounting holes for the steel wire pre-"drilled". After making the mold, II'll be building up a second T-16 with the Shapeways parts, which will be heavily weathered, instead of the clean studio model type finish. Highlighting the value of a decal stash - the black-bordered-yellow-ba
  12. Aight, this is turning out better than I imagined - the physical model basically matches what I modeled in SketchUp almost perfectly. I've assemble all the 3D printed pieces onto the styrene frame. I used music wire to connect the gun to the lower chassis, with .047" music wire running through both the gun body and the lower chassis, with a small length of 3/32" styrene slipped over it for the chassis -> gun connector. The single piece of music wire that holds those together also extends through the bottom of the gun to form the model support, just like the original studio scale model.
  13. Well, look what arrived sooner than expected! I wasn't expecting these until Monday. Two sets of the preliminary greeblie prints from Shapeways. I've already got most of one set mounted to the most recent prototype build - I'll have shots of that up soon. There will be some minor revisions and another round of prints before I cast them (well, I may make a V1 mold of this round anyway, since it's so small).
  14. Just realized I never linked to the finished gallery from here -- just in case anyone comes across this thread later and wonders where the glamour shots are --
  15. The be fair -- that's a completely different manufacturer. Bandai doesn't make a Kylo Ren shuttle kit, and Revell has never produced kits in consistent scales.
  16. Sketchup Make - Pro is the $$$ version. About the only thing Make is missing is CSG operations. https://www.sketchup.com/download/sketchup-make/mac/thank-you or https://www.sketchup.com/download/sketchup-make/windows/thank-you (bypasses the registration page)
  17. You can still download SketchUp 2017 - it's the last desktop version that can be used free for unlimited time. SketchUp 2018 is now limited to 30 days before you have to buy a $500 license (they introduced a free web version - ugh). It takes some work to make things printable, but it's a really intuitive 3D editor. I actually set out to learn Blender over the holidays, and went back to SketchUp after 4 hours :).
  18. As soon as I got home, I ran off a test of the updated pattern. The Cricut machine doesn't currently have enough control to actually get the panel lines engraved along with the cuts, so instead I use one of the pens to have the machine draw them, and then I scribe them by hand with a ruler laid over the lines drawn by the machine. Wiping the ink off results in impromptu panel lining. The pile of tiny parts: Some of the smallest slots and tabs aren't working - they'll need some tweaking so the
  19. Thanks! I actually never intended to go this far with 3D modeling the parts - I was just going to do the rear engine and a bit of the underside, but it's amazing what a week of downtime with the family will motivate you to do
  20. I've done a LOT more 3D modeling in the last couple of days, and having finished modeling the gun about an hour ago I'm pretty much ready to call it done (although I still need to model the sensor vane, or whatever the hell it is, on the main wing). And I've organized the 3D printed parts into a file that I can get printed in one go, laid out all ready to be molded directly once it arrives. Now comes the boring part...where I have to have *patience* while the prints arrive from Shapeways, get fitted, and wait weeks more for any revisions...
  21. Ooh, I'm very much looking forward to seeing this painted! I just ordered mine.
  22. I just put in a Shapeways order for these parts. In theory, they'll drop right into place within the styrene framework. If it works, I'll work on the rest of the greeblies and make silicone molds to cast them in resin.
  23. Since I'm visiting my in-laws for the holidays and away from my models, I'm working on this project virtually for the moment. In order to properly tackle the wing mounting, I thought it would go better in 3D than purely in 2D, so I completely re-drew the 2D pattern in Sketch-Up, entirely out of .020" thick slabs (since that's what it's being cut out of). So, I've gone from a 3D model (made for rendering, not building) to a 2D pattern, to a 3D model of the 2D pattern that I can assemble virtually. It's been a cool process - I found a half dozen small misalignments and inaccuracies
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