Archive for November, 2010

30
Nov
10

A tour of sorts

Better one later. But here’s my office some of you have been asking to see more of.

Steve

30
Nov
10

Plans and stuff today…

Today I had garage shop duty making up my popular Spock-pointed ears. Then a lot of bore time on the PCs sizing, making templates and printing them off to cut the additional hull parts I need. I want to get those indentations sorted out before I sheet the hull. And the forward bevels that the base of the deflector will fit to. It always takes longer than one would think.

Actual building progress again tomorrow. Sometimes you have to be stuck at these darn things before you can do some building and that was today!

Steve

29
Nov
10

Oh my………………

Today I built the other side of the secondary hull and cut the neck out which will later have some simple structure added to it, sheeted, with and thick leading and trailing edge add to it made out of balsa and sanded to shape.
I couldn’t resist propping up the saucer against this structure for a look. This is a bigger model than I have realized up to this point. My goodness. I’m going to go broke making the molds on this model. I figure about 1000 bucks just for the RTV silicone to mold all the parts! Time to starting hunting for deals.

Here’s a picture of a 58 year old big kid and his dream toy! Talk about geek!

Steve

28
Nov
10

My my this is a big model…

OK. Been making profiles and formers all day and was able to get some of them mounted to the profile. What I did is print out the profile with the former locations and 3m 77 glue the profile plan to two pieces of basswood. These were also lightly tacked together so they could be separated after cutting. I then cut the profile and separated the two pieces so I have an exact RT and LT profile.

Next was to cut the formers taking into account the 1/8 profiles thickness. Otherwise you’ll be out of round.

The way I made the formers was to simply use a compass. Measure off the profile the width of each former from its location on the profile and mark with the compass. And yes I accounted for the 3/32 balsa sheeting I’ll be using tomorrow to sheet the right and left hull sections.

Eventually the RT and LT hull sections will be pegged together so I can match sand and check they are true to each other.
I can hear your thoughts now. Why a right and left side? Well it’s easier for one to get the formers straight and sheet. Additionally it will be easier to mold and give and exact parting line to sand to before connecting together since you’ll need to get inside to mount the lighting. Every part of this model and the molds will be right and left sides for this reason. Yes it means seaming and filling and sanding but there’s no other way to access the insides and add the lighting. Not easily anyway.

More tomorrow,

Steve

25
Nov
10

Saucer master almost done…

Lots more done today. All the scribing is done except for adding the two port holes in the front of the dome I over looked.

I opted to use tape for the dome window locator’s or scribing. It was far too difficult to get the scribes positioned correctly. On curves in two directions, it’s a night mare.

So the saucer section except for final preening is done enough to move on to the secondary hull. I’ll go back over all the masters before I make any molds.

Lets build that darn lower hull next!

And I want to thank Doug Drexler and Mike Okuda for their help on this. You guys are a BIG HELP!

Steve

P.S. Here’s a little video. I meant to do this all along for my Youtube account. About time I started.

24
Nov
10

More darn windows…

Finally got to the saucer rim windows today. Same old thing but they came out nice. Just a little clean up. Tomorrow I’ll get the top of the saucer and the dome done.

Here’s some pictures.

Steve

23
Nov
10

No Enterprise today…

But I did test a rather large WW2 submarine. Back to the big girl tomorrow.

Steve

22
Nov
10

Saucer bottom scribing done!!

Well not to bore you much further but here’s the final scribing to the saucers under belly. Most of the panels are not scribed except for the quarter panes and even they are just barely scribe to aid the builder in being able to pencil in the panels as the actual model was.

I scribed in the NAV light locations as well as all the port holes. Now I can finally move on to the saucer top and the rim windows. They shouldn’t take as long now that I’ve redone the bottom scribes about 10 times and that’s no lie. The problem is the surface and the three different densities of material. Epoxy glass, Evercoat putty and finishing putty. But I finally found the careful technique of scribing that works. Basically, take your time and go slow!

What a pain! Arggg!!!! Yada, yada. You know the drill.

Tomorrow I’ll do the top and sides and it’s secondary hull construction.

Steve

20
Nov
10

All things Star Trek today…

Today I worked on the saucer section and got the windows the right size…FINALLY! This is the hard stuff. Scribing. Yuck. I will do lots more this weekend. Maybe, that’s maybe finish the saucer section.

In addition I had to put a set of pointed ears on my wife Gilly and take pictures for the application instructions.

These ears worked out great. Then I had to make the page for the instructions. Welcome To My Website

Scroll way down.

Still have some cleanup work to do. But you’re going to drill holes in these locations and using a file, cut them out.

But tomorrow it’s all the Big E to work on finally after clearing this weeks to do list. Can’t wait to get back to her.

Steve

17
Nov
10

Latest Demo reel

My latest reel. Don’t blink!

Steve




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