Archive for May, 2011

30
May
11

Two Daedalus Ships in the ship yard…

Got both kits light proofed and tested. Trial fitted some parts of the third kit to see if it still plugs and plays. It does. There’s no glue in the un-primered model. Just a nice tight fit.

All the windows are open on both models. Tomorrow I can start the actual build.

Steve

White primer over the black primer.

This is one star hat warm white LED. This LED has a very wide angle. It’s doing all the lighting alone.

Look Mom no glue.

29
May
11

Daedalus builds underway…

Re: Kit of the USS Daedalus NCC-129?


As it turns out it takes about 5 hours to cut out and file the windows. Not bad at all.

I got mine done and it’s all light proofed. I still need to paint the white inside. Tomorrow I’ll do Doug’s and start the armature.

Steve

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28
May
11

These guys are the best!

27
May
11

Remember!

This is not the unofficial start of Summer. Or the 3 day weekend of fun in the Sun and barbecues. Or an excuse to get falling down drunk, stuff your face and have loud parties. It’s the time remember those that fought to preserve your right to act to do all those things. Got three days off? Then you need to know who to thank. It’s not just about WW2 either but all the servicemen and women who fought and died for what they believed in.

The media is awash of this Memorial Day weekend. What to cook, wear, and and do, but I haven’t heard one of these embryonic amorphous masses ever once mention what the holiday is really all about and to give thanks, memory and honor.

Make it so…

Steve

27
May
11

Lets start building!

It took almost two days of playing around with different approaches to some of the smaller stuff which gave me the most problems with trapped air. But it very minimal now. I think you guys can fill a bubble or two.

I have a bunch of parts in that two days. Enough to build three models with back ups.

Randy of Voodoo FX got me all my lights and boards today for the strobes, NAV lights and all the rest of the lighting. Rob starts on the decal on Monday.

So over the weekend I’m going to get as much built as I can. So check back often.

Steve

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26
May
11

Daedalus parts!

Today I got to open all the cored molds and clean them up for pouring. It all went very well and I didn’t need to drill any relief vents or injection holes. I did a few tests and got good results just pouring and shutting the molds. I did get a few bubbles more than the usual on the engineering hull with all the raised detail but I found the talcum powder worked spectacularly and I didn’t have to use the pressure pot.
Tomorrow I’ll have the rest of the parts I need. I poured up three sets today of the balls and the secondary hulls. One set gets put away for a raining day if the molds every need to be remade.
More tomorrow,

Steve

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24
May
11

Daedalus molds finished

Not much to tell today. Removed the molds from the boards and cleaned them up. Added a barrier of clay and brushed up a thin layer of silicone. The green is a different silicone I used to thicken up the edges and thin corners. I ran out of the other blue silicone.

Once the silicone set up I remove the clay and added clay over the the edges of the Ultracal to aid in venting over low of Alumilite and to relieve surface area. Keys were made with a router bit and drill.

Then I poured up Ultracal 30 to back the silicone. I will let these sit until Wed. when I can open them. Thursday I’ll run three kits. One as a master to put away. One to build for ads, instructions, video and my own pleasure. Another as a gift to Doug Drexler.

More on Wed.

Steve

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