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Author Topic: Three Legs are better than Two  (Read 46853 times)
Herr Döktor
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« Reply #300 on: January 15, 2013, 08:34:43 pm »

Little tiny bit more:



Air intakes for the tri-lobed engine, with mesh inserts:



Also started on some sort of exhaust for both the interior engine/generators, more to follow!

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« Reply #301 on: January 16, 2013, 08:20:08 pm »

Okey dokey, some more detail:

Exhaust for the two engine/generators in the hull:







And the exhaust exits in the cabin:



Cheesy
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« Reply #302 on: January 16, 2013, 10:32:49 pm »

You must be exhausted after all that!
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« Reply #303 on: January 16, 2013, 10:59:44 pm »

If it had wheels, I'd be tired out...
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« Reply #304 on: January 16, 2013, 11:31:54 pm »

It just keeps getting better and better!

(Should that be better, better and better?)
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« Reply #305 on: January 17, 2013, 02:45:35 am »

I showed this thread to an acquaintance  of mine and he asked me "Why does he do this?"
and I said:" Because he can and this is the reason why I'm on here! Cause we all can do something and share it and the history, fantasy, art and creativity is what bonds us."
Bottomline: due to his look and attitude, he will still just stay an acquaintance...
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« Reply #306 on: January 17, 2013, 04:06:14 pm »

You must be nearing the painting and rendering stages now Herr Doktor?
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« Reply #307 on: January 17, 2013, 07:29:23 pm »

Bottomline: due to his look and attitude, he will still just stay an acquaintance...

Herr Döktor: separating the wheat from the chaff since 1869. Wink

You must be nearing the painting and rendering stages now Herr Doktor?

You think so, wouldn't you? But I've still got to make the three sets of controls for the pilots (started today, but nothing to show yet), and think about any interior lighting...

Soon, soon...
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« Reply #308 on: January 18, 2013, 01:55:50 am »

You must be nearing the painting and rendering stages now Herr Doktor?

What? Only thirteen pages in?

Hardly!!

When the Dok embarks on a project of this sort, you can bet the thread will end up like 'War of the Worlds and Peace'.

You can tell a good model when the pictures of it start to look like it's not a model.

As things stand, it's only the incongruous toilet roll that gives it away.

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« Reply #309 on: January 18, 2013, 12:08:22 pm »

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As things stand, it's only the incongruous toilet roll that gives it away

Those three-legged contraptions have to be house-trained evidently!
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« Reply #310 on: January 18, 2013, 03:19:45 pm »

Herr Doktor - are your wonderful creations done to the same scale collectively so that they work as a group?
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« Reply #311 on: January 20, 2013, 09:13:44 am »

Herr Doktor - are your wonderful creations done to the same scale collectively so that they work as a group?

I do hope so.

I am thinking 'steampunk model railway diorama'.

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« Reply #312 on: January 23, 2013, 08:09:28 pm »

This one's coming in at 1/35th scale- mainly because that's the standard scale for military miniatures, and the Martian will match; the Aerial Battleship is 1/350th, a scale popular for models of larger ships; the Celestial Sphere has a pug engine at 1/76th, stairs on the gantry at 1/100th, doors on the ship at 1/50th, so on average, it's 1/75th-ish...

Right, on with the show: controls for the three pilots:



Three consoles in styrene.



Control yolks from brass wire, with handles made from small beads, levers the same, dials etched brass.



In place.

I'll be adding some foot controls on an assembly running down from each console, and adding more details.

(and next time, I'll find a project that doesn't require three of everything. Oh, hang on...)
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« Reply #313 on: January 23, 2013, 08:23:18 pm »

Extraordinarily amazing!

I was going to say "simply amazing", but there is never anything simple about your attention to detail...
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« Reply #314 on: January 23, 2013, 08:30:48 pm »

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This one's coming in at 1/35th scale- mainly because that's the standard scale for military miniatures, and the Martian will match; the Aerial Battleship is 1/350th, a scale popular for models of larger ships; the Celestial Sphere has a pug engine at 1/76th, stairs on the gantry at 1/100th, doors on the ship at 1/50th, so on average, it's 1/75th-ish..

Sooo..if you carefully and correctly position all of them against a background you could get the appropriate perspective.
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« Reply #315 on: January 23, 2013, 08:34:28 pm »

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This one's coming in at 1/35th scale- mainly because that's the standard scale for military miniatures, and the Martian will match; the Aerial Battleship is 1/350th, a scale popular for models of larger ships; the Celestial Sphere has a pug engine at 1/76th, stairs on the gantry at 1/100th, doors on the ship at 1/50th, so on average, it's 1/75th-ish..

Sooo..if you carefully and correctly position all of them against a background you could get the appropriate perspective.

Why yes, yes you would...

(Not that I hadn't thought of that of course...)

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« Reply #316 on: January 23, 2013, 11:10:11 pm »

Ideally you would want each on its own pedestal so when you step back they all align with each other and the backdrop.

Martian attack on the Chatham Space Dock?

Now that's something that might be worth doing for Loncon 3 in 2014.
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« Reply #317 on: January 24, 2013, 12:23:06 pm »

I think I detect a foul plot - by tempting Herr Döktor into making a full perspective diorama, he will have to make more Martian ships and Tripods at 1:50 and 1:75 scale. The stress of doing everything in triplicate again but smaller and smaller will finally tip him over into the pit of insanity he so artistically and elegantly skates around the lip of at present!

Dastardly!

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« Reply #318 on: January 24, 2013, 12:27:23 pm »

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The stress of doing everything in triplicate again but smaller and smaller ...

..will eventually cause him to disappear up his own tripod?
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« Reply #319 on: January 24, 2013, 12:34:19 pm »

Triskaphobia?

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« Reply #320 on: January 24, 2013, 02:15:10 pm »

Triskaphobia?

Geshundheit!
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« Reply #321 on: February 05, 2013, 11:33:15 pm »

Having disentangled myself from my tripod, I've done some more:

Decided to work on the lighting today, so started with a set of those cheap, flickering LED tealights, stripped out the LEDs, and using the gubbins from one of them, fashioned a two cell battery box from a turned-down length of ABS tube:



Batteries go in thusly:



And the hatch closes over them (I have yet to fit a lock, it'll probably involve a nut and bolt:



The inside of the base has the battery box and switch, and to get the power to the LEDs, two brass rods that curve to match the interior:



here they are, up to the centre line:



The deck has two pieces of styrene tube added, with brass tube for 'sockets', and brass rod to the LEDs:



LEDs mounted:



And the deck slid into place:



The power gets through to the LEDs perfectly, and the rod sticking up will go to another set of three LEDs in the main cabin, which will be above each pilot position.

The lighting flickers in a slightly eerie way, and this will be compounded when the main cabin has is also lit, as they will flicker at a different rate; here's a video of the lights as they stand tonight:

Three Legs Lighting Test


More soon! Smiley
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« Reply #322 on: February 06, 2013, 12:34:36 am »

First view and very nice.
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« Reply #323 on: February 06, 2013, 12:41:31 am »

Looking very good indeed, Dok.
Nice effect with the flicker.

Might I suggest the use of self adhesive Copper foil (Like this;- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/COPPER-FOIL-TAPE-FOR-STAINED-GLASS-6mm-x-4m-5-rolls-/290853131015?pt=UK_Art_Glass&hash=item43b8329307) as a means of running power to the l.e.d.s at the upper levels of the cabin. Lays flat against the surface, can be painted over and lets you solder the terminals direct to the conductor.(Though not 'in situ'. Wink)

And maybe a colour wash over one of the lights to give a varying tone.

Just a thought.
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« Reply #324 on: February 08, 2013, 01:32:42 am »

Went for more brass wire, and brass tube sockets:



Only managed to wire one LED in backwards, necessitating some desoldering and resoldering.

Some stills of the lighting in action, through the lower door:



Through one of the pilot hatches:



Looking down through the roof hatch:



And a video of the two layers of LEDs in action:

Three Legged Tank- upper deck light test


Just need to add some styrene brackets to hold the wire in place.
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