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  1. #161

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    Trammel Point Tool

    One of these days I have to invest in a trammel point tool and today was today. Sometimes you need to draw an arc such as today where I needed a 8.1 inch radius arc. You can make an impromptu tool with a strip of styrene and two sharp pencils but the tool is so much quicker.

    anyway:

    https://i.imgur.com/rwNd7eY.jpg


    I need two truncated cones of the bottom of my turrets and the mouth wash cups are ideal for a 3D template to manufacture these.

    https://i.imgur.com/kyWN68d.jpg


    I'm using 0.020 (thousands) inch styrene so its a bit stiff to form into a cone shape so its best to draw the arc segment over the sharp edge of a table applying pressure with your palm to impart a curve to the arc sheet.

    https://i.imgur.com/6f1nBOy.jpg


    Alternately you can wrap the arced pieces tightly and leave for a while secured wit rubber bands to impart an curve.
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  2. #162

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    Just an interim update of the weekend progress. I've decided to detail the corner turrets to practice the viability of my ambitious project.

    https://i.imgur.com/dBjttUB.jpg


    I was of two minds in how to finish the turret rooves, layered shingle vs the ubiquitous skulls and eagle and banners or CoD bitz. I opted for a layered plate armour effect you see; why, because it's cheaper, cooler and harder to do and I'm batsh!t crazy.
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  3. #163

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    Oh My God

    Machine, I've not much to say about this

    https://i.imgur.com/RKeABLR.jpg


    https://i.imgur.com/NgLplqC.jpg


    https://i.imgur.com/TV9EGqk.jpg


    https://i.imgur.com/xQJa0Jc.jpg


    but the square recesses have proven their worth in that I can position the corbels anywhere I like (Within reason...) and the deck looks very promising regarding size and massiveness.

    I can't wait to start detailing this sucker.
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  4. #164

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    A New Way To Do It:

    This puts me in mind of a poem from my youth:

    There was a young lady from Norway
    Who hung by her heels in a doorway
    She call to her lover
    Come quickly my dear
    I think I've discovered one more way.

    https://i.imgur.com/q0VYaqg.jpg


    These lighting panels will revolutionize build large scale models. Right now I am building the gate house structure bastions of which there will be two with the Gate/Portcullis between.

    https://i.imgur.com/WoLboWy.jpg


    To think these ready made panels have been available for decades and I've only just discovered them now.
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  5. #165

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    Garderobe:

    It took the better part of a week to build these turrets. I must be slowing down in my dotage.

    https://i.imgur.com/2OV212R.jpg


    The shingles, try as I might ,still look too crude and the turrets look for all the world like two privy chambers on the corners of the bastion.

    https://i.imgur.com/DKHRWFT.jpg
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  6. #166

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    Main Armament Support Arms:

    Everything about this model is outsized. I am not use to working with such huge dimensions. My work area is too small. It gobbles up material at a tremendous rate. Tubes of glue are expended at an alarming rate. I remember when Testors glue was a dime a tube. Now it is $2.50 and these laminate panels take a lot of gluing even though I am saving money using the honeycomb material.


    https://i.imgur.com/aFn2m35.jpg


    The two rounded ends are the main gun mounts. The cross arm is crudely shaped at present until the front skin is applied.

    Everything will be laminated to save weight or the model would be incredibly top-heavy. This arm when completed will be about two inches thick (52 MM). so we're talking five layers of these. I'll need to make another plastic run for 0.040 inch (1,0 MM) sheeting.

    Each one of the squares is a half an inch (13 MM)so you can get an idea of the dimensions I'm working with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackadder View Post
    The shingles, try as I might ,still look too crude and the turrets look for all the world like two privy chambers on the corners of the bastion.
    Once there's a gun protruding from them and they've had a coat of paint, they'll look fine. You could ditch the conical roof for an AA turret though, I suppose.
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  8. #168

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    Main Gun Mount Yoke:

    Today I finally finished the rough laminate build of the Gun Mount Yoke. This was a major production, tedious in the extreme and the amount of glue required was staggering. Two full tubes of Testors cement dribbled on each and every spine and cross piece with six sheets of 0.030 inch 0,075 MM styrene between the honeycomb sheets. Everyone in the house was high on the fumes with the exception of me strangely enough.

    https://i.imgur.com/ZwfuvZk.jpg


    The Layers look rather crude now but I dressed the upper mount edge and plotted my Inner edge line culminating in a freehand yoke arch which seems satisfactory.

    https://i.imgur.com/rdtke7M.jpg


    Fortunately I have a built in French Curves in my mind's eye so I don't have to resort to using them. One of these days I'll have to learn how to use them. Ha!

    https://i.imgur.com/pIAf5ui.jpg


    Anyway a half hour or so on the belt sander and the job is done. Not too shoddy if I do say so; I'll have to finish sand by hand but I'm about ready to start detailing the yoke.

    https://i.imgur.com/5Jf7Dsh.jpg
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  9. #169

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    Weight May Be a Problem:

    The component I am building is loosely based on a 'Warren Truss' bridge.



    albeit 'enclosed' with the trusses displayed on the exterior for interesting detail. Not being an engineer I don't know the actual nomenclature of the structure. It is 23 inches (59 CM) long between the penciled in guide lines labeled 'Beam' Excluding the roughed in ends.

    This component as of right now masses 1.18 pounds (.505 kilo)

    https://i.imgur.com/0SegaRS.jpg


    Naturally the model does not need such a massive structure but a "real Life" Emperor the span would need to support the Cathedral-like superstructure and the suspended wing arms which I believe would in some configurations be firing projectiles hence a nod must be given to recoil and mass/arm/moment.

    Many of the Emperor/ Battle Titans I have seen do not allow for real life weight and look to spindly especially in the legs and gun support mounts. Regardless on how you configure the details you must make your model believable in that the structure has to withstand the stresses of massive steel/ceramic/ adamantine what-have-you structures. Also a bit of grace must be adopted for aesthetics when possible.
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    The web pattern looks OK to me, and I do have just enough of a drafting background to be dangerous.
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