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Photon

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  1. Photon

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    Awesome! Did that start as a Sketch-up model as well?
  2. Photon

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    Thanks for the thorough explanation. I recently got a Silhouette brand cutter, but I've yet to put it though it's paces. It looks like it will be a game changer. You're really doing some inspirational stuff with yours. Peter
  3. Photon

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    That looks amazing. Great work! How do you get the Sketch-up files into a form your cutting machine can deal with?
  4. Photon

    Scratch-built Airship

    Thanks fellas, I really appreciate it!
  5. Photon

    Scratch-built Airship

    A few touch ups are needed here and there and maybe a final weathering pass, but I'm going to call this finished. I used Vallejo acrylics for the base colors and weathered with cheap student grade oil paints and odorless thinners. Thanks everybody for following along. I really appreciate all the encouragement.
  6. Photon

    Scratch-built Airship

    Glad to help. Unfortunately, the dial indicator cost more than the printer. I borrow that one from work when I need to level.
  7. Photon

    Scratch-built Airship

    Ah, I didn't realize there was much model specific tweaking that had to be done. Very good to know. Do the transparent resins cure better than the opaque ones (i.e. Better UV transmission)? Also, do you do a post-cure? I know some people use those UV nail drying lamps.
  8. Photon

    Scratch-built Airship

    That's really amazing. It's crazy how nice it prints for so little money. Is the resin very expensive? I think the Anycubic Photon stands alone at the moment. I don't think it really has any competition at that price. I'm pretty sure I'll be getting one. Thanks for posting.
  9. Photon

    Scratch-built Airship

    I really like HIPS. But you're right, not many folks are printing it as a primary material. There's been very little guidance online that I could find to help me through some of the difficulties that I've had. I have a couple of parts on the ship that were printed in resin on a Formlabs printer we have at work. I was able to get the guy who runs it to piggyback my parts in with another job he was doing. Unfortunately, I don't think I can make a habit of that. I may get a DLP printer at some point. I think prices will really start coming down in the next few years.
  10. Photon

    Scratch-built Airship

    Thanks! I guess I could have used ABS, but I thought sticking with the same material throughout the build would be better. The plastic card and tubes are HIPS, as are the model kit parts. (HIPS stands for High Impact Polystyrene). The Tamiya cement that I'm using works amazingly well with the filament and it sands beautifully. Sometimes when you glue materials together that have different coefficients of thermal expansion, gaps and seams will show up at the joints down the road. Granted the CTE mismatch between ABS and HIPS is probably negligible, compared with, say, aluminum and oak. As for combining 3D printed polystyrene with kit-bashing and scratch building, I'm really starting to see the possibilities that it holds. Filament deposition printing can't deliver the detail demanded by scale modellers, but it excels at complex forms that would be very difficult to build in any other way. Kit parts can then be used to add some of that missing detail.
  11. Photon

    Scratch-built Airship

    Hey thanks everybody! I really appreciate it. This is my first scratch build (and really my first model since I was a kid, for that matter). It's something I've wanted to try every since I saw a TV special in the early 80's about special effects that showed the ILM model shop. Prior to this, I did have a false start trying to build the Spice Harvester from the David Lynch Dune movie (something I plan to return to). Tonight I took a few shots of things roughly assembled so you could get an idea of the whole ship. There is still a lot of small things to be done before paint (like learn how to paint, ha ha). I also built a stand, something I probably should have thought about from the beginning. Anyway, here's some photos. All the major pieces are just dry fit or double sticky taped. -Peter
  12. Photon

    Scratch-built Airship

    Some more updates...For the most part I'll let the photos do the talking. Questions welcome. More mechanical detail, this time for the rear of the craft. This was built up from some 1:35 scale tank parts. Here it is in place with some primer The tank-like bit was turned from a styrene rod and topped with an acrylic hemisphere. If you look close, you can see the junction where some filler is needed... Next up are the smaller antenna-like paddles on the rear of the cab. These were made from some styrene tubes and rods and some cut-down helicopter blades from an old Fujimi kit. The paddle ends are a bit bigger than the ones in the drawing because I wanted to preserved some of the detail, but they look a bit bulky, so I may cut them down further. I also built up some detail to suggest a motor of sorts that might control them. I've also been adding more details to the front of the cab and was able to get some primer down to see how things are working Here the stalks are just temporarily stuck on. Top view: Thanks for sticking around through such a picture heavy post. Overall, I'm very pleased with how things are coming along. I really hope to get some paint on here soon and start weathering things.
  13. Photon

    Scratch-built Airship

    I was also able to get some primer on a few of the parts. The rear part of the ship (or abdomen, in insect terms) needed some more detail. I printed out a pile of styrene rings and sanded back some primer on the 'abdomen' to get a good glue bond. once they were glued in place, I blended the transition with some epoxy putty. I also started detailing the rudder-like things, using standard hobby store styrene shapes. thanks for any interest. -Peter
  14. Photon

    Scratch-built Airship

    Thanks for the encouragement! Okay, this is a bit of an odds & sods post...some old work (that I had forgotten about) and some recent developments. One of the first things that I built when I started this model (back in May 2017), was to detail the cockpit, something not really spelled out in the concept sketch. I had an idea of an open framework suspended in the bubble, maybe giving the impression that it uses gyros to always stay level while the ship maneuvers. So with this in mind I starting in on some 1:72 tank parts. I think it could use some finessing, but its close to what I had in mind. Just last week I found these awesome HO scale astronauts! I couldn't believe my luck. Two of them were seated even. The details are a little soft, but who the hell am I to complain?
  15. Absolutely top notch work. Thanks for taking the time to document the process so thoroughly.
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