Archive for December 11th, 2010

11
Dec
10

Looks like we don’t need the Russians! Good!



Way to go XSpace. We don’t need to be shutting down the shuttle program and sending millions of dollars to Russia to keep the space station in service now. And zero thanks to Washington and our useless administration when it comes to manned space flight. Well done. Bravo Zulu!

Steve

11
Dec
10

More parts made for the hull today…

Another long day on the Big E. First a trip to Kit Craft. What a place. Go check it out on line. Got the half domes I needed for the nacelles and the hanger door. As fate would have it they had exactly the correct size for both. In a perfect world. Huh?

The technique I’m using for the hanger door panels is an old one used on model airplanes to simulate panel lines. Primer the surface first. Cut thin strips of tape. Lay them on until the look perfect. They are easy to readjust. Then primer the hell out of the surface lightly sanding in between ever 4 coats or so until it builds up thick enough. Once you remove the tape it leaves nice deep relief. Lightly sand the sharp edges off and one last light coat of primer. Works every time.

Got that difficult outer sensor array cone built today using PVC sheet for formers and styrene. This came out nearly perfect. I’ll mold this and produce a resin part, point that up and make the final mold. Same with the little structure over the hanger door with the window. I made this out of balsa foam. Neat stuff. Never tried it before.

More tomorrow.

Steve

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