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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2016, 08:13:27 PM »
Klamidians? :)

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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2017, 11:54:47 AM »
PSR stage is done! Yaw hoo!
The white is Perfect Plastic Putty and the red is Bondo.



I found a blinking LED unit from a Christmas decoration. Comes with its own adapter.

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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2017, 03:42:34 PM »
Oo-ooh! :))
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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2017, 09:59:38 PM »
I need to figure out what to do for landing gear. Skinny telescoping legs or just have it sit on the drive unit like the ship from Forbidden Planet.

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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2017, 06:36:24 AM »
It's been too long, perhaps legs that deploy like the ramps on the ship from Forbidden Planet?

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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2017, 08:27:26 AM »
http://img.cinemablend.com/cb/5/3/8/7/6/8/538768e56a0bf9552258c69b5daad45dcad443d5f3f1a6d18013f7f1dde84074.jpg

Looks like it sat on some sort of column and then the ramps came down. I'll consider this option some more.

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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2017, 09:54:30 AM »
Perhaps some fold-down legs equally spaced between the three ramps?  With heavy-duty actuators driving them down?  That would give an appropriate support without that center column.

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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2017, 11:01:52 AM »
Interesting but I need a way to hide the wire for the lights. Hmmm......
The column would hide the wire.

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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2017, 11:50:49 AM »
That it would, most conveniently.  It would be comparatively easy to do, too.

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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #24 on: February 07, 2017, 09:55:17 PM »
I have some chrome plated drain pipe that would look good. This might be the best answer. Plus a base

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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2017, 04:21:18 AM »
If you're powering the lights with 5V or 9V, just use copper tape (used as a snail barrier in gardens) for the V+ and ground and apply them to the lets or to the center column (as long as they're isolated from each other).

The copper strip doesn't have to be very thick - 1/16" - 1/8" should do the trick. Just solder the connections before applying the tape to the plastic! The stuff I bought is sticky on one side, and can be primered/painted. You would use a metal contact in the base to connect the ship to its power supply. If you do a leg and the central column, there's no chance of inverting the polarity. And we know what happens when you invert the polarity on most spaceships!

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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #26 on: February 08, 2017, 06:42:31 AM »
Yep! Everything goes backwards! Its worked perfectly for decades!
Copper tape sounds interesting. I already have aluminum tape but I don't think I could solder it. With proper planning I might not have to.

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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #27 on: February 20, 2017, 07:15:57 AM »
Lights are installed in the "drive unit".



PSR is finished! Yea!!!! I applied some primer to find any defects.





Now to let it dry for a couple of days and sand off a couple of spots. Then the silver and a few black decals for visual interest.

Oh, and a base.

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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2017, 08:16:51 AM »
Yea Ha!! I painted something and it came out right the first time!!!


Krylon really came through on this one. I think the silver says 50's space ship just right.
I wet sanded with 400 grit paper that had been used already so it came out really smooth. I painted as soon as it was dry so it wouldn't get dust on it.



Plus I found some tiny figures in the drawer of doom. N gauge railroad guys but with a little paint they should look like astronuts.


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Re: plates in space!
« Reply #29 on: March 20, 2017, 11:25:44 AM »
Some astronuts....


I glued the tiniest gold colored beads I could find over their heads and painted them a nice 50s silver. They need backpacks yet.

The base so far.


I found some drywall mud in the basement closet that is "filling in" for soil.
The boulders are limestone rocks from a parking lot that had a layer of pyrite deposited on them. Good old "fools gold". It will look good for some interstellar mining.

Next is some shades of gray for soil.