Author Topic: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul  (Read 7099 times)

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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #30 on: June 25, 2016, 12:41:06 AM »
Incredible, unique, and as a big fan of Retro Sci If I am enamored  :-* :-*
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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2016, 01:50:10 PM »
I got the second print of the "Asteroid of Death" ship. It's slightly larger than the first one, and closer to the cover artwork. Black plastic is hard to photograph at night...:



The printing artifacts are exaggerated and most will disappear with light sanding a coat of primer or both.

The new engine end. Each rocket tube is 1.8mm in diameter. The holes are 0.5mm in diameter:



I made up a basic interior that I can spruce up later. The little pips are printer artifacts, but I think they add interesting surface details, so I'll leave them:



This is the front end, with the control panel shown in the illustration below. The printing is superb.




Here's the hole, in detail. It doesn't quite match the cover, but the cover doesn't match the interior illustration, so I combined the two:



there are three other parts I didn't photograph - the upper floor, an undamaged lower hull (with two 2001-style circular airlocks) and a set of slotted circular disks that appear on the cover. The printer supports were on the inside this time, which means less surface processing, but there are little support pips in the joining surfaces that will have to be dealt with, and some minor warping of the very thin tip of the fins.

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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #32 on: June 29, 2016, 03:30:03 AM »
Looks good.
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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #33 on: June 30, 2016, 10:45:02 AM »
Terrific

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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #34 on: June 30, 2016, 11:01:25 AM »
Great stuff!  :)
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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #35 on: July 01, 2016, 04:28:38 AM »
Wow that looks great, Frank! That's some amazing 3D printing. I had no idea the tech was capable of something so fine. I couldn't agree more about keeping those printing pips. Not only do they add plausible detail, but knowing the origin adds an extra intangible special element I really appreciate.

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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #36 on: June 06, 2017, 04:38:35 PM »
Reviving an old thread but this was too cool not to share on what was probably the same line of inspiration that Frank used.

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http://www.starshipmodeler.net/talk/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=120964

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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #37 on: June 06, 2017, 08:26:02 PM »
You do nice work, Frank.

Reviving an old thread but this was too cool not to share on what was probably the same line of inspiration that Frank used.

Ooh, just saw that - you too, Buzzy.
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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #38 on: June 06, 2017, 08:35:35 PM »
That is awesomely beautiful , buzzbomb!
But the work of Frank3k is fantastic as well, I wish I was half as good in 3D modeling...
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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #39 on: June 07, 2017, 01:28:52 AM »
Yes!  Definitely worth a revisit :)
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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #40 on: June 07, 2017, 10:46:47 PM »
Where's the finished product, Frank? ???
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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #41 on: June 08, 2017, 01:35:32 AM »
I've been working on it - the main craft is painted and the astronaut is almost finished. I'll post some pictures this weekend.

Part of the delay is that I tried to print the astronaut's helmet and torso in ABS on my printer. Two fist fulls of failed prints later, I had a just OK helmet and torso. I said screw it and printed it at Shapeways and that came out great.

The asteroid itself was finished about 10000 years ago...

At least now I have a huge supply of 0.4mm and 0.2mm ABS "stretched sprue" and a pile of ABS that I may dissolve and use as plastic putty.

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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #42 on: June 08, 2017, 11:23:38 AM »
This is far from finished - front view (lower hull is not glued on). My masking isn't the greatest, but I'm going with "asteroid damage". The porthole glass is white glue:



Underside:



Split open:



Interior detail of the lower half:



Here's a detail of the cover artwork, showing the astronaut:



Astronaut and "asteroid" (volcanic rock from Amboy Crater in the Mojave)



The arms and legs and head are from random 1/35 figures, modified to fit the pose. The helmet and torso were printed at Shapeways. The proportions on Paul's cover art are way off for a human...



I don't know if he's upset because his ship blew up or because he just realized that his helmet is open to the vacuum:



The head and right arm came from the Viet Cong figures in the Masterbox "Charlie on the Left" set.

I still need to add his various tools and ropes. I printed the leg braces and it's all I used from my abortive attempt at printing the major parts of this figure. I was hoping I could use Acetone to smooth out the printer artifacts from my Monoprice 3D printer. It did... but the resolution just wasn't there.

I'm also making the floating debris from the ship (including the dead astronauts).

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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #43 on: June 08, 2017, 03:00:58 PM »
Looking good! Has that 1940's/1950's pulp-magazine art vibe. :)
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Re: "Asteroid of Death" spaceship, by Frank R. Paul
« Reply #44 on: June 09, 2017, 01:19:42 AM »
The proportions on Paul's cover art are way off for a human...


Sentient Simians?  :P

I must have missed the part where you were describing forced perspective with the astronaut being larger than the space ship.  That makes this even more interesting now that things are no longer all in the same scale.  A great visual treat!
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