19
May
19

And the wheel goes…

19
May
19

Read if you dare and enjoy

First story is up.

https://shortstoriesbysteveneill.home.blog/

11
May
19

General report-update

Since I’m working 7 days a week to finish the space station I haven’t been posting here much. Mostly over at Patreon the site that many refuse to go visit and even tell me so. That is where the most up to date progress photos and videos are posted about the model work and space station.

It doesn’t cost anyone a dime if they don’t want to support my studio they don’t have to. All the content there is public so it beats the shit out of me why they don’t.

Facebook. Let me make this perfectly clear. I hate Facebook and won’t take that blue pill. And the followers there refuse to leave FB to visit another site or this blog. They will tell you flat out” I don’t do blogs”. Fine, don’t let the door hit you in the ass. LOL!

So it’s either here or Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/SteveNeill

As you know it’s been all about the space station and I had some terrible setbacks with it. The resin I was using failed to cast large pieces. Gravity distorted and warped the large quarter panel sections over time and I had to start over scratch building from styrene every quarter panel by hand. But its working and I’m back on track.

Meanwhile I have been building an hour each and everyday my model airplanes. It’s my basket weaving. It helps me to unwind and have some ZEN time. Currently I’m working on two models both rubber powered. I have about 10 more kits to go and I buy new ones all the time.

I sneak flying RC gliders for more unwind time at my local dunes on the beach here by my house. With the drones ruining the RC and model airplane hobbies for me I have cease flying with groups of people as many of them won’t register with the AMA, FAA, or place FAA numbers on their planes which is now law and this is leading to raids on the local flying sites people have flown at for years. The parks are kicking people out and even giving out fines from 750-10 thousand dollars if you are caught. It’s just nuts out there. I try to stay out of it I’ve lived this long and really I’m a bit smarter for it.

So back to the studio today and cut more windows and build this big ass space station from the greatest movie ever made.

03
May
19

What a long Haul

Hope I’m not boring you guys with these but it shows how involved this all is. More than I had originally thought.

I tired to get help but in Ventura it’s a quiet sleepy town by the sea. I’m an enigma. People come to the studio like they are visiting a backlot or disneyland. They are fascinated but there’s just no makers here.

I had a few interns for awhile but they caused more trouble than they helped. It took time away from by fast pace so I let them all go.

So it’s just me.

What you are seeing is still very rough parts pushed together. I cut out a few windows in on section to see what it will take to light. I also started the second wheel that’s unfinished and I’m happy with the way it’s coming out. Still there’s a massive amount of work to do.

Engineering it so when it’s standing up is taking some thinking and imagination. The hub and spokes have to take all the load so they have to be strong.

27
Apr
19

We are up to part 14 of the “Big E Story”

27
Apr
19

Molds molds molds

I have been making molds for days now, a slow process of back breaking work for a 67 year old dude. What you are seeing here will be better explained in the video we have been shooting when I can get to it.

What is happening is water based clay laid up against the master and smoothed. Then I build up a styrene box around it and pour the first side of silicone.

Once that sets up the next day I lay up the 1630 two part polyurethane resin and fiberglass cloth for the supporting or mother mold. That sits until the next day.

Then I can remove the styrene and clay and do the second side except this time I use clay for the wall. Pour more silicone and let it sit overnight. Today, Saturday I will do the second half of the supporting mother mold and we have a finished mold.

Tomorrow I’ll take it apart, clean the mold out and make four sections castings in Alumilite for the wheel.

Additionally I have made the hub mold in silicone (sitting next to the section mold) and today I mold the center section connector shaft and spokes to the hub.

Next week I start building the actual model.

25
Apr
19

5 more Big E Story Videos

Feel free to download them. Unlike the sleesy You tube my paid account on Vimeo allows you to download the video. These should never be lost again.




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