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    Quote Originally Posted by geonuc View Post
    COVID-19 project: Jules Verne's Nautilus from Pegasus models. Most of the work is the lighting - assembling the circuit board and then positioning LEDs in key areas. The lighting kit was sold separately and I had to buy more LEDs (colored ones). After this, I have a wooden model of the Pinta to build, then a larger model of the USS Constitution.

    (Note: the work area is not usually this cluttered. I gathered stuff in for the photo.)

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    Good project for a submariner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Coming along.
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    There are 120 individual bits of photoetched steel in place on this half of the station so far, and more to come.

    Grant Hutchison
    Youch, I don’t envy that amount of work, but it looks like the finished model will be impressive. About how big is that model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    Youch, I don’t envy that amount of work, but it looks like the finished model will be impressive. About how big is that model?
    It's quite a good choice of build for the Current Difficulty, I think, both because I have few other demands on my time, and the fine work required gets me into a pleasant flow state in which I think about nothing else.
    It's about eight-and-a-half inches in diameter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    It's quite a good choice of build for the Current Difficulty, I think, both because I have few other demands on my time, and the fine work required gets me into a pleasant flow state in which I think about nothing else.
    It's about eight-and-a-half inches in diameter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    No chance of being called back to work?
    For various reasons that won't happen. But many of my more recently retired colleagues have been.

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    I haven't done any military stuff for a long time now.
    Instead I am running my own model company. Custom laser cutting and etching, 3d Printing and an online shop for railway modellers.

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    Welcome back, glad to see you.
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    Prototype for my latest kit

    Laser cut and engraved acrylic sheet walls and 3d printed resin for the windows, bargeboards, finials and stairs.
    Roof tiles are laser cut self adhesive paper strips.
    Stairs and platform are all one part as are the window panels.
    I print the resin at 20 micron resolution.



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    A kit I am working on for a customer, station building frontage.

    Resin printed window frames, surrounds and entry. Laser engraved and cut brickwork.
    Bricks are cut 'English Bond' that is, 3 rows of 'stretchers' (long sides of the bricks) then a row of 'headers' (short ends of the bricks)

    Parts just loosly put together for a 'progress' photo

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    Horses and riders. 'OO' scale, that is, 4mm to the foot, they figure is 24mm tall

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    Nice.
    Certainly a finer finish than many 3D printed parts I've seen.

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    Most 3d printed parts you see are Fused deposition Modelling (FDM). they work by by heating and extruding thermoplastic filament to form the object. They can be strong but the layers of filament are obvious.

    My printers are Digital Light Processing(DLP) printers use a liquid epoxy resin cured by UV light in very thin layers to build up the print.
    My printers can build layers down to 20 microns thickness, this gives a very fine finish.
    I have 2 printers, Anycubic 'Photons' that work at the same time as a print can take hours. I do put several jobs on to the printer at the same time as the build time is fixed by the thickness of the layer, not the area being printed.
    My printers cost £200 each which is very little when you think about it.

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    Just noticed the card under the signal box isn't flat, it makes it look warped.
    Will have to re-take those
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    Quote Originally Posted by captain swoop View Post
    A kit I am working on for a customer, station building frontage.

    Resin printed window frames, surrounds and entry. Laser engraved and cut brickwork.
    Bricks are cut 'English Bond' that is, 3 rows of 'stretchers' (long sides of the bricks) then a row of 'headers' (short ends of the bricks)

    Parts just loosly put together for a 'progress' photo

    Very nice, the bond looks like quadruple cross english bond to me. (Must get out more! But I can’t)
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    Quote Originally Posted by captain swoop View Post
    Just noticed the card under the signal box isn't flat, it makes it look warped.
    Will have to re-take those
    Any starship minis?

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    What's a 'starship mini'?
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    I expect he is referring to miniatures. Google “starship miniatures” or “spaceship miniatures” for examples. Many are 3-D printed.

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    Right, well if you have the .stl file I can print it.
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    Funny someone should say "Starship mini". I got my hands on a foam cutter and I am trying my hand at making a starship model. It's isn't very mini.

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ID:	25062This is the top view. I am working from a drawing of a deck plan I did in Inkscape.

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ID:	25063This is the bottom. I have no idea how the back of the ship will work, so there are no details.

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ID:	25064This is nose on. I didn't goof I meant for there to be a chin of some sort. Probably sensors and stuff.

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ID:	25065Here is the problematical tail of the ship. I have no idea what kind of details should go here.

    Edit - It has no scale, I am simply trying out a foam cutter to see what I can do. In the first image, you can see some dimension sketched out on the paper. They don't really mean much of anything, simply the size of the drawing in inches compared to the size of the 11" x 11" block of foam I had. I would have cut the ship to the size of the image, but the cutter can only remove so much material. Since the block was already 11" x 11", I had to work with that or trim it down. My hand is very unsteady and I didn't trust myself to make all of those straight lines.
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    Jules Verne's Nautilus, with optional lighting kit. Model by Pegasus.

    A somewhat difficult build. It was fun doing the soldering and such for the lights but some of the plastic pieces were a bit funky. And I hate the etched metal pieces for the railings - so difficult to handle and glue. Also, the sub is supported by three of the squid's arms but there are no attachment points - you just have to settle it into place and see where the sub contacts the arms and try to apply enough glue to hold it.

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    Great result. The lighting is very effective. And the squid turned out well, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by geonuc View Post
    Jules Verne's Nautilus, with optional lighting kit.
    You can also add a giant whale attacking the submarine and the squid while being torpedoed by an Atlantean diving bell about to be eaten by a Megalodon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Great result. The lighting is very effective. And the squid turned out well, too!

    Grant Hutchison
    Thanks! I plan on building a small box to hide the battery and switch (which are behind the model in the photos) and maybe paint the wire bundle that exits the sub on the lower starboard side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geonuc View Post
    Thanks! I plan on building a small box to hide the battery and switch (which are behind the model in the photos) and maybe paint the wire bundle that exits the sub on the lower starboard side.
    I should give you all my models to finish.
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    How about a deck gun for the sub?

    First in a new range of ship and boat fittings.
    3pdr Hotchkiss Quick Firing gun.



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    Quote Originally Posted by captain swoop View Post
    How about a deck gun for the sub?

    First in a new range of ship and boat fittings.
    3pdr Hotchkiss Quick Firing gun.

    What scale is that? What are its dimensions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    What scale is that? What are its dimensions?
    If my inverted reading skills don't fail me, the cutting mat has a scale in inches around the edge. So that's a field of half-inch squares.

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    1/18th scale but it can be printed to any within reason
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    Coming along. By my count, 170 pieces of photoetch steel in place, along with eight sections of brass strip to replace poorly moulded kit parts, and we're about ready to paint. I think I'll keep the two parts separate for painting--it's going to be hard enough even with easy access to both sides of both rings.

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