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Old 09-03-2009, 10:08 PM
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I have a plan for that. The struts will not physicaly pass through the primary hull in this model, but it will look like they do.

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Old 09-04-2009, 12:00 PM
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Preping the Secondary Hull halves
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...lerapplied.jpg

The halves have been sanded and leveled. Spot putty applied to fix small imperfections.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...2Spotputty.jpg

Trench Box details added before the secondary Hull goes together to simplify final assembly. The penciled in arrow depicts "up".
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...dTrenchbox.jpg

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Old 09-04-2009, 07:13 PM
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This is a SWEET Project! I can't wait to view this when completed! You say this will be a 1:350 kit sometime in the future?
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:48 PM
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Thanx for the comments. No sir... I am going to build the Copernicus in 1/350 when the Enterprise kit comes out. This is just a test build to learn my way around the Copernicus. I just got lucky that this 1/650 version turned into a commission.

However, Jame Cawley has OK'ed the authorization to kit the Copernicus. Looks like it will be 1/1000 scale. I can't give out anymore details on that - I'm not envolved with it.

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Thanx for the comments. No sir... I am going to build the Copernicus in 1/350 when the Enterprise kit comes out. This is just a test build to learn my way around the Copernicus. I just got lucky that this 1/650 version turned into a commission.

However, Jame Cawley has OK'ed the authorization to kit the Copernicus. Looks like it will be 1/1000 scale. I can't give out anymore details on that - I'm not envolved with it.

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That is too bad about the 1:350 not becoming a kit. However... your build here has really sparked my interest in this design. Nicely done Tracy!
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Old 09-05-2009, 06:49 PM
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Short update.

Work slows on the weekends for family time. Adding some details to the Secondary Hull before assembly. IF I had the materials and the equiptment I would vacu-form these domes.

http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ingDetails.jpg

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Old 09-09-2009, 10:37 PM
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Here's some new shots of the scratch building progress of the Secondary Hull.

I cut off the ends off of the Enterprise's Seconday Hull halves.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...yhullswipe.jpg

The Hanger Bay Doors are finished.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...erbayDoors.jpg

Here is a shot of the Secondary Hull before working on the hanger bay shroud. I am real happy with how the trench turned out. The tappering really came off well for me.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...gerbayHood.jpg

The Enterprise parts glued into place. Note the pencile markings on them. Quite a bit of material will come off to correctly shape the aft end of Copernicus's Secondary Hull.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...oodInstall.jpg

A piece of Styreen bridges the two kit parts to close the shrouds construction. 3M Blue Acrylic filler is added generously to ensure everything blends smoothly into the secondary Hull.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ayHoodfill.jpg

Starboard Profile shot after sanding...
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ofilecheck.jpg

Here the Shuttle Bay Doors have been added.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...odandDoors.jpg

The Nacel Strut Mounting plates have been glued into place. There is also the addition of the raised detail that brakets the Star Fleet pennant.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...nantdetail.jpg

I'll be starting on the Deflector bulkead, housing, and coils over the next few days. This should be a real hoot to make due to its complex design.

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View entire project here...
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...albumview=grid
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I'll be starting on the Deflector bulkead, housing, and coils over the next few days. This should be a real hoot to make due to its complex design.
Yeah... I was going to ask about that. The rings appear to be elliptical (on the images I have). I can't imagine that would be easy to match.
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That "entire project" link is damn cool. Great snaps!
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They're a little more complex than just being elipticle. The top has more of a curve than the bottom does, which could be seen as two elipses being joined together. I think I have a good plan to work it out. The coils will be base on how the housing comes out. There will be step-by-step photos to see how it's done and how it comes out.

777, you an airline pilot? I am, but currently on furlough till early next year. Hence the time to take on this project.

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777, you an airline pilot? I am, but currently on furlough till early next year. Hence the time to take on this project.
Damn, sorry to hear that. Had to look up Furlough on wikipedia - "A furlough is a temporary leave of absence from employment, duty in the armed services, or from a prison term." It certainly can feel like the last one in this industry! I got 2 weeks unpaid leave coming up end of this month. Crazy thing is, we are doing overtime to offset the number of guys on unpaid leave. Crazy. Anyway, must be great to have some down time to enjoy the hobby
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Old 09-11-2009, 05:10 PM
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I've started the Deflector Housing. I started by using index cards to make templates because they hold their shape well went bent, plus the lines help with allignment and symetry issues while making the template.

Here are the bulkhead and side-panel templates after a LOT of trial-n-error getting them to fit and the proper shape.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...rTemplates.jpg

Remembering the elementary school techique for making symetrical hearts for Valentine's Day helped with making a good bulkhead template.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...adTemplate.jpg

Here the templates have been traced onto sheet styreen and the parts were cut out, trimmed, and shaped.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...usingParts.jpg

Bulkhead glued into place.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...dinstalled.jpg

Side-Panels glued into place.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...5EndPieces.jpg

Here the Deflector Housing is inclosed.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...idgePieces.jpg

Deflector housing cut down to proper depth, then filled at the joints and sand smooth.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...t=7Trimmed.jpg

The odd shaped deflector coils are next. These will pull the whole effect of this interesting design together.

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Old 09-14-2009, 01:01 PM
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Secondary Hull is Complete! Thank the Gods!

Side view.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ryHullSide.jpg

Top view.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...aryHullTop.jpg

Forward Oblique.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...ullfwdOblq.jpg

Forward View.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...aryHullfwd.jpg

Next will be mounting everything at the proper angles to the Primary Hull. Here I've done every measurement. Unlike the Enterprise where the nacels are at a 90 deg spread, the Copernicus's unique design has the nacels at a 60 deg spread.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...nt=5Angles.jpg

Here come the fun part!

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Old 09-15-2009, 09:10 AM
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The secondary hull and the primary hull are NOT done after all. Joel Bellucci, the artist that rendered the CGI Copernicus was kind enough to send me new files from directly aft showing more detail of the shuttle bay area and the impulse engine pack. These details in my other referances were under shadow; therefore, unviewable.

I'll get right to work on these areas!

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Old 09-19-2009, 08:50 PM
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A lot more work was done this week drawing up plans to engineer the attachment of the pylons to the Primary Hull. A solid plan was needed for this interesting design to ensure they allign properly and give the illusion that the pylons run through the Primary Hull instead of being mounted both above and below it.

Measurements double and tripple checked on the ship's graphic files determined the shape of the following components...

Here are the spacer plates for the Elbow section of the pylons that make the bend into or from the secondary hull.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...celSpacers.jpg

Completed Elbow sections.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...lbentParts.jpg

Preping the Pylons.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...trutGuides.jpg

Secondary hull and pylon components.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...Components.jpg

Elbow's Attached.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...PortFwdQtr.jpg

Same from directly Starboard.
http://s676.photobucket.com/albums/v...4Starboard.jpg

Further, the addition of some new files have giving me the first look of the ship from directly aft. I have been working on getting the aft end of the secondary hull from its boxy shape to a more accurate oval shape.

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