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AdmiralBuck 12-28-2015 12:10 PM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SCI-FI (Post 286513)
w00t!
Updates again- it's a late Christmas present!

How much do you deviate from your concept sketch to the practical model? And what drives the changes? (I'm assuming the answer is "How much of a pain the butt this next scribing would be...")
Best-
:popcorn:

Merry New Year!

On deviation, I'm assuming you're referring to the whole model and not just the scribing pattern. It really depends on how well thought-out my original plans were prepared and the speed I need to make it happen. In this case, I had spent some long hours in developing the Sentinel on paper to where I was satisfied with most of the aspects. Of course, being both designer and builder, I've got free reign to change things as I go to improve areas I wasn't 100% happy with. It really is a challenge to re-create something in three dimensions to conform to something you designed in only two. But deviation can be fun. New details brought about by spontaneity bring a fresh perspective to plan already "set in stone".

In terms of the scribe pattern, I did stay pretty close to the plans but added a few new things for added detail. The rings around the docking ports and where they tie into a horizontal Deck-level panel line echo forward to a TMP look.

AdmiralBuck 12-29-2015 05:53 PM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
Continuing on what seems more of the same boring stuff. Progress Updates Soldier on…

The photon torpedo tubes were drilled and filled with brass tubing on the lower primary "hump".

Originally, the plans called for the photon tubes above and on either side of the main sensor on the secondary hull. This proved to be a little too close for comfort to clearing the primary hull directly in front of it. I may still install tubular shapes in this position as possible tractor beam emitters.

http://vagabonddecals.com/chevereto/...MG_0608.md.jpg

http://vagabonddecals.com/chevereto/...MG_0610.md.jpg

The Big Milestone was the casting of the secondary hull master.

This was begun by surrounding one half of the master in clay and then walled in foam core. The exposed half was then covered in Smooth-On silicone rubber. Once cured, the walls were removed, mold flipped upside down and clay peeled off. Leaving the master in the mold and spritzing the rubber and master in mold release, the wall was reset and filled with more rubber.

http://vagabonddecals.com/chevereto/...MG_0603.md.jpg

http://vagabonddecals.com/chevereto/...MG_0611.md.jpg

After the mold cured completely, the walls were removed again, rubber carefully pried apart and master removed. To cast, a mixture of SmoothCast 300 resin was poured into one half of the mold. The other half was quickly placed over the first and rubber banded together as I rotated the mold by hand in all directions as the resin cured. This resin cures in about 4-6 minutes so you have to work pretty fast. The first casting came out pretty good but the bulk of resin had settled too much towards the top and the skin thickness was too thin along the sides. Adding a little more resin to the second casting and concentrating the rotation to the hull sides insured a much more even Lucky #2 cast.

http://vagabonddecals.com/chevereto/...MG_0612.md.jpg

The main sensor shroud was also cast in resin:

http://vagabonddecals.com/chevereto/...G0A8513.md.jpg

zysurge 12-29-2015 05:58 PM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
Looks like you didn't even have to do that much cleanup on the casting. Very nice.

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The Mad Klingon 12-30-2015 11:03 AM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
Sweet.

SCI-FI 12-30-2015 01:54 PM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
Awesome mold, awesome pics, and most importantly, awesome write-up.

Many thanks for the ongoing education!

Best-
:popcorn:

AdmiralBuck 12-30-2015 03:03 PM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SCI-FI (Post 286542)
Awesome mold, awesome pics, and most importantly, awesome write-up.

Many thanks for the ongoing education!

Best-
:popcorn:

Thanks! I appreciate your interest in the project. It helps motivate me to continue.

Tiberious 12-31-2015 04:11 PM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
Love your progress!

Road Warrior 12-31-2015 04:52 PM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
Fantastic.

AdmiralBuck 12-31-2015 08:07 PM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
Thank you gentlemen!!

AdmiralBuck 01-01-2016 05:59 PM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
The resin cast secondary hull ports were marked and drilled out for the usual method of reframing them in 3/32 x 3/16 rectangular brass tubing. These were cut into 1/8" segments and superglued into position, later filing flush to the surface. Both port and starboard sides took two full days to complete. 44 ports total.

http://vagabonddecals.com/chevereto/...MG_0639.md.jpg

http://vagabonddecals.com/chevereto/...G0A8516.md.jpg

SCI-FI 01-01-2016 07:00 PM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
The amount of work to do all that boggles the mind.
1) How do you ensure they are all parallel?
2) Does this mean that Production Mk 1 is now the "true" master?

Edit: whoops, I asked a version of question 1 back on 29 Nov, answered on 30 Nov. I rescind, unless there is some new technique behind this aspect of the project...

AdmiralBuck 01-01-2016 08:26 PM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SCI-FI (Post 286590)
The amount of work to do all that boggles the mind.
1) How do you ensure they are all parallel?
2) Does this mean that Production Mk 1 is now the "true" master?

Edit: whoops, I asked a version of question 1 back on 29 Nov, answered on 30 Nov. I rescind, unless there is some new technique behind this aspect of the project...

1) Horizontal reference lines are penciled on the hull and a paper window template is traced to both sides.

2) Right, the "Production Mk 1" is now the actual model part as a hollow cast resin hull.

Road Warrior 01-01-2016 09:18 PM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
Very nice- very clean too.

AdmiralBuck 01-03-2016 07:43 PM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
Thank you Mr Warrior!

The production hull components were test fitted along with the armature. Some modifications were needed to allow the armature to fit properly within the hull. It was necessary to revise the aft end of the brass frame.

http://vagabonddecals.com/chevereto/...G0A8519.md.jpg

http://vagabonddecals.com/chevereto/...G0A8520.md.jpg

Kremin 01-04-2016 12:29 AM

Re: 1:350 TOS Light Cruiser
 
so we've seen the moulding process, how did you hollow cast it?


Oh and any news on when you are getting your Nacelles?


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