Author Archive for Steve Neill

06
Oct
19

Time to launch

I have a rough prototype. It came out about 11 oz though a bit heavy for my tastes and can be made lighter. Tail cone piece will need to be vacuum formed. That will save a lot and the fins made from plywood. The resin is a bit heavier. Nose cone is OK but could be made lighter but the model needs nose weight to be stable as it is. But it should fly on a E12-6. We will find out next weekend.

01
Oct
19

Two fin version of the Starship will look like this…

01
Oct
19

Starship begins

Good Start to the Starship
Best I could do in the 4 hours I had yesterday. I spent most of that time at the lathe. Love the lathe I don’t need no stinking 3D printer. Actually that’s not true and for some small parts I’d love to have one although I’m still faster. If I had told it to make the nose cone and the tailpiece it would still be printing, 

;)

These are just the the blanks. The balsa will get sealed and then primered. Details will put in and eventually when finished they will get molded in silicon and the final product made out of alumilite.

The recesses worked out perfect and the parts fit just inside the tubes. The fins have yet to have the landing pads added and today I need to make the hinge look filets for the fins to plug into.

30
Sep
19

Stuff at the Studio

And I’m starting on my first model kit for release today that I have done in a very long time. The work on the Starship begins. Fitting name really. Here’s some lightwave renders I did of my model.

I’m also working on a series of paintings rocket and space exploration related.

Been building rockets of course too and some rocket boosted RC gliders for the upcoming event “Roctober” Oct. 12-13 at Lucerne dry lake bed.

And I have been building a stick and tissue scale free flight BF-109. Still lots of work to do on her.

23
Sep
19

Maybe a model kit from me…

I’m slowly working a mid power “Bigdaddy” sized Star Ship based on the SpaceX Star Ship. I had thought of converting a Bigdaddy into one but it was too far off for my tastes. Open Rocket would not allow me the flexibility I wanted and being a film industry digital effects artist I decided to build a CGI model of my idea in Lightwave 3D my software of choice now since 1994.

I didn’t just want to make things to proportions with a body tube, fins and a stock nose cone with a paint job for the windows. I want to make the proper shapes and also being a scratch model builder I plan to master the nose cone with the proper canards with the scale filets. In addition to that I also plan to have the scale windshield made from clear vacuum formed PETG.

Likewise with the tail cone I will make the scale fins with the taper and airfoil, landing pods on the tips and the fin filets. I will also have 6 dummy engines with one big engine tube for an E motor.

For the small passenger windows those will mostly likely be decals. Main Body tube will be a 3 inch diameter cardboard tube. Nothing fancy there.

The masters will be molded in silicone. The cast parts from Alumilite hollow cast. I have successfully done this in the past when I made my “Hostile Projectile” kits 10 years ago. I had stopped making kits to take care of my late wife who passed in 2013 from cancer.

Here are some pictures and even a short CGI video test I did to see how the model looks in space.

If it flies well and there is an interest I might make a short run of kits.


14
Sep
19

Don’t forget we…

07
Sep
19

I finished the big girl!




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