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Author Topic: From Planet to Planet with my Celestial Sphere! FINISHED PICTURES PAGE 5!  (Read 36786 times)
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« on: September 07, 2008, 11:55:28 pm »

You may have gathered from my comments in the Space Helmet thread that I have been intending to produce a Space Vehicle so I may traverse the Airless Void between the worlds, and thusly have a place to wear my Space Helmet! I've managed to get a few days in my laboratory, so have made a start on a scale model of such a device...

So, without further ado, may I present my Celestial Sphere:


Built around a solar powered garden lamp in the form of a large acrylic sphere,
with sheet styrene buttresses and spring loaded brass landing gear.


Portholes and pressure doors cast in resin from a silicone mould; note the round
control cabin at the top of the sphere, which echoes the top of my Space Helmet.


Engines made from a truly bizarre nest of seven plastic flower vases found in a charity shop!

This is just the bare bones, much detail will be heaped upon it: rivets, pressure tubing, more rivets, bolt heads, etc., etc; the three engines will have fuel pipes running from the domed plates above them, the gantry around the engines needs handrails, the control cabin needs its windows drilling out, and more besides.

Incidentally, when I paint it I'm going to mask off the porthole windows so that they will be illuminated by the already extant LEDs in the garden lamp- to that end, the top of the sphere is removable so the solar cell can recharge the batteries!

PS: I think I have been subconciously influenced by the Aries Ib from '2001: A Space Oddesey', what do you think?
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2008, 12:01:47 am »

For some reason it reminds me more of the vehicles from the Saturn 3 movie starring Kirk Douglas Smiley

And that Doug [troy?] Mclure film "Warlords Of Atlantis"

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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2008, 12:10:18 am »

That must be the Troy McClure version, as the flick with Doug was 'Warlords of Atlantis', and the diving bell in that movie does have more than a slight similarity to my Sphere...

As for 'Saturn 3', it's been a loooong time since I saw that, but now you come to mention it...


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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2008, 12:13:19 am »

That must be the Troy McClure version, as the flick with Doug was 'Warlords of Atlantis', and the diving bell in that movie does have more than a slight similarity to my Sphere...

Now edited  Roll Eyes Embarrassed

As for 'Saturn 3', it's been a loooong time since I saw that, but now you come to mention it...

I saw this not so long ago and it's far more 'adult' than I remembered...Blue Dreamers etc.
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2008, 12:27:48 am »

That must be the Troy McClure version, as the flick with Doug was 'Warlords of Atlantis', and the diving bell in that movie does have more than a slight similarity to my Sphere...

By Jove!  Those scoundrels must have a "Way-Forward" machine that allowed them to come forward in time and nick your plans.
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2008, 12:39:59 am »

Not to mention the awesome looking SSTO designs put forward as viable Space Shuttle alterantives in the 1960s'

See if you can find Edward De Bono's "Frontiers of Space" [pub 1969] for some very Thunderbirds -esque designs that were all genuine  proposals by the likes of Boeing, McDonell-Douglas etc.

http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/sassto.htm
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2008, 12:49:12 am »

Now that you've done the hard part, scaling it up to working size should be relatively trivial...
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2008, 12:54:50 am »

You are utterly mad.  I like that in an inventor.   Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2008, 12:58:42 am »

You, sir, are a true danger to civilized society.  Thank you!
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2008, 01:08:13 am »

If you are of the mind.... I have a shrink ray that needs testing. Perhaps we could work out some arrangement so as to save you time with no need to scale up the prototype.
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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2008, 01:18:27 am »

That really is rather splendid. Looking forward to seeing all the bells and whistles added. You must have a hearty team of stokers to reach escape velocity.
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2008, 08:20:21 am »

Another idea to watch and witness growing into completion Smiley

Will you finish it off as being indeed a scale model, e.g. add a plaque and such, or add some scenery? I hope you understand the difference I see and want to point out Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2008, 04:13:12 pm »

Boy, I really like this. It's almost a shame however to paint over the clear plastic ball. That makes for a great large view area... a gallery of sorts from within. I think it'd look great with that clear as well and adding more internal details if possible. Seats, controls, etc...
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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2008, 09:54:40 pm »

Its a GREAT piece.  Very inspired.  I'm constantly amazed at the calibre of imagination here on the forum!

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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2008, 03:11:35 am »

Your Celestial Sphere is exquisite, and I can't wait to see how it turns out.  Also, I want one.
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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2008, 04:14:19 am »

Could this be more Vernian?! I absolutely adore it my good Döktor, and now I want a house that looks like that Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2008, 05:46:51 am »

I saw this, and thought for a minute it was big enough to get into, and really play around in it.

I am disappointed it is not, for the simple fact, that I would use it as an example to those I call friends to show them that I am NOT the only person who thinks of these things.
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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2008, 09:55:02 am »

From planet to planet, solar system to solar system, from galaxy to galaxy...

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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2008, 06:34:37 pm »

From planet to planet, solar system to solar system, from galaxy to galaxy...

...and to the corner shop for 20 Rothmans.

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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2008, 11:41:52 pm »

Little update: made some steering devices:


And in a possible position:


I need to have a little play around with them to make sure they are just so.

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« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2008, 12:48:43 am »

The little steering devices are ever-so-cute. Kudos, good döktor.

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« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2008, 01:51:28 am »

Quite nifty!
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« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2008, 02:25:16 am »

Another splended creation, Herr Döktor!

You might consider another set of those vernier jets below the midline, just to make it a little, um… Vernier?
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« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2008, 02:58:25 pm »

Once you're done with the prototype, I really think you need to build a full-sized version in your back garden.

Or, better yet, mine.   Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2008, 03:52:49 pm »

Linking to the continuation on spare Goggles:

http://sparegoggles.forumotion.net/tactile-f7/celestial-orb-continued-t133.htm

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