Physical Progress

We're cutting parts this week! I'm going to start by working on the basic skeleton, I'm debating whether to... yeah I will... I was going to be debating whether i should cut the interior area out. I will, but i think i'll model the two separately, so I can make an indoor interior to start playing with the electronics with. That should be great fun. once things get started. plus I can fit the interior section onto the room so i can work on it at 3AM. that'll go over well I'm sure! I bought a regular joystick to start things kinda regularly. i still need a throttle mechanism and I'll watch a couple of teardowns for that. 

We finally got rid of the NordicTrac so i got the V1 foot Pedals from that. I've got slice 16 about 80% modeled. I still need to finish adding the stave areas for the body lines. as well as the "16" designation. but i might as well just write that in in sharpie. I'm still debating whether or not i should make it two pieces. 

Regardless, I've written up the script for the DemoBot for the videogame. more on that when i actually have something to show you.

P.S. Not sure why i didn't publish this on Monday when i wrote it...


I checked out the tubes on Friday Night. They'll be perfect! There's some cheaper schedule 40 Cell/foam core in 10' lengths, so I'll have to see how that goes with the rest of the project. I think I'll get some 2" or 3" and do some test cuts. right.... that's another thing... how do I cut something at a seven foot angle... details for down the road. I may pay the extra $10/tube to save time on finishing later, but we'll see... For now I can add those dimensions to the models. I was toying around with the idea of making foam proton torpedoes, and have them actually fire, using some air cannons or something, but 6" pipe is a lotta air to fill... it would be interesting; But something I'll add down the road. I've begun modeling the exterior and interior skins so that I can realistically structure this sucker. 

Adding the tubes will be interesting, but hopefully not too difficult. I think I'm going to attach them with something similar to These Nitrous Bottle Clamps, but a little larger. All that would do would make things easier to move around. 

I've decided to postpone the purchase of anything until I have at least one CNC machine built. I'd like to build 2, with one geared more towards PCB milling, and light duty, thinner applications. I've begun an entire write up on that process over here. I'm still going to be modeling and musing here, but I will intentionally not be making any major physical progress or acquisitions. 

We'll see you in the next one, Starfighter. 

Project Update #3

Well Who'da thunk? Moar Problems. 

This is... a relatively big one. It's the Proton Torpedo tubes. Specifically, the openings start, oh, about a foot from the proposed forward cutoff point... I really only wanna do two of those cuts, ever, but I should be less fearful of this kinda thing. This is just more of the same old "Plan's changed, bring the crew on Full Alert" that takes me. Let me dig into exactly what that pipe is, and if it's something like PVC, then i'll just build it twice... Be right back!

Radius of 2 13/16" so that's... 5 5/8" ID. That seems small for a... holy shit that's a 6" piece of PVC... well... not quite... it's ~3/8" too big on the ID... So, the issue I have is that I have very technical drawings, so I know it's so minimal, but...

I know it's not right.

Now, because this entire panel will be replaced if/when I build the rest of the ship, I may just run with that, because five feet of tube per side isn't so bad...the tubes are ~$37/10' length so I'm going to go tonight and look at what five feet of 4" looks like in one end of it. It's close enough for this, and... well... it would appear that I need to make a call... Metal Supermarkets has a 6" DOM steel tube with a 0.12" wall, which places the ID @5.76"... Curiouser and Curiouser... Let me see what Metals Depot and Online Metals has for that...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA No. Not paying over $150+ per tube for steel and over $225 for Aluminum. Alright well that makes this decision easy. So yeah, we'll go tonight and see how it looks... This project is going to suck only because I know there are going to be a lot of panels that will have to be build removable in order to make the down the road process easier, but the end result will look so damn good... I still have to run the CAD on the internal structure, But I still can't "see" the project like I need to. Granted, I've never done anything on this scale, but it doesn't help that I can't quite tell what I'm doing... I'm going to mock up the frame in my head this weekend. and maybe buy some 2x4's... I still can't see how the wheels are going to be, and I need those for maneuverability... 

Why is building space ships so hard?!?

One thing I think will be beneficial, is the use of a CNC machine, So I've been designing one as a test of the Revit. Aside of a few "standard" errors it seems to be going along swimmingly. assuming I can get the code running properly, then it seems that this should be fairly straightforward. 

Project Update #2

UPDATE: 05/10/2018


I forgot to finish that thought and now it's gone. Whoops. Anyways, pitched the idea to my brother yesterday, and he has one requirement: He wants a single laser cannon in his garage, wall mountable, of course. So I ran some math today: the overall laser dimensions, in 1:1 scale, are 22.75 feet by not important. The average garage door width, for a 2 car garage, is about 16 feet wide. so, depending on the length of his garage, it'll be way too big. the next idea is to replace his computer desk legs with ones. this will prove to be a bit of an engineering challenge on its own. My brother has a proper butcher block desktop, with (if he hasn't changed them) 3-5 monitors at an average 12 pounds a piece. So in scale, the very tips of the emitters are... 0.22" in diameter... less than a quarter inch. and they're 3" long. that doesn't sound too bad to my current brain set... we'll play with this idea before we get any further with it. I have a sinking feeling that it'll be far too spindly to be effective. we'll have to see...

Anyways. Finding the proper materials listed for the cannons as been a beach and a half for a quarter. I know I said i was only building the cabin, but I got side-tracked... plus the heat sinks are really cool... I will not apologize. 

I got some of the smaller portions 3D modeled, how the'll end up can only be a dream or a myth. My hope is for aluminum, but we'll have to see...

Project Update #1

UPDATE: 04/30/2018

God Bless the internet.

RPF user "Oldman" has created a marvelous set of blueprints for the OT X-Wing. He's gone through 6 or so revisions so far, so it looks like I'll be able to take a lot of overarching dimensions off of this. I'm straight up using his canopy dimensions, but i do want to check some of the other dimensions. One of the things that i need to figure out quick, is the use of 

We'll have to Destroy them Ship to Ship

And that's best done in an X Wing. So that's what we need. I've decided to start with the cockpit, and if I decide to build the rest of it down the road, then we'll do that. 

One of the things I learned during my hours of research, is that the vast majority of the "full-size" X-Wings out there are actually 3/4 scale. There is a very good reason for this, The "original" of these replicas were made in Germany, and were required to fit down the roads on the backs of trailers, so certain parts (wings) couldn't be any larger. or they'd never clear some of the bridges and overpasses. Here in America, we have ways around that. Regardless, I do not have the space or capital required for such an endeavor, so I'll stick with the cockpit. Here's the section I'm going to build: 

According to a mostly accurate AutoCAD sketch, this should put me at just over 10 feet long, give or take "internal" nose greeblies. Conveniently enough, the Flight Computer is at the pilot's feet, just on the other side of the firewall, so there goes one question: "Where do I hide the computer?"

So that's step one, I decided against making the droid compartment attached, as there are already going to be some, albeit minor, body changes with the current design; as the simulator is destined to sit on a couple of wheels right now. 

as you can see, the body of this accurate-enough-for-this-example HotWheels Die Cast Red Five model, the body actually widen's just behind the pilot's head. building this accurately would add unnecessary height to the simulator. I do want to build this right the first time by nature, so I'll compromise by making the IRL skin sections removable, for the off chance that I make the rest of it. 

At this time, there are going to be some unusual design aspects of this build. Because it's more of an "all or nothing" build, I'm inevitably going to have to move it around sometime, so I'm going to make the whole thing somewhat modular. The canopies will both be removable, as will both sides at this time, this only leaves me with the interior at this time. I'll have to do some simulations and calculations, but I'm not sure that I'll need to separate this piece as well. I am working with the Flight Computer designs in an attempt to make it removable with like, one giant plug. 

At this very-early stage of planning, I only really have two questions about this: 

1. Do I black out the canopies at this time? I can buy large sheets of black or white HDPE at the Home Improvement store for relatively little money, ~$30 or so for a 4x8 sheet of 1/8 inch material if I nail some sale prices. Compared to over a hundred for something comparable and clear at the same location. I'm going to look into getting the pieces laser cut, as a friend of mine pointed out the use of Chicago Screws in order to make the panels replaceable, and that will take a lot of holes. I can do it by hand, but I'd rather have ultimate accuracy if I can. 

2. Do I wait to finish this until I get the correct seat? Don't get me wrong, my gut reaction is a resounding "YES. YOU GORRAM IDIOT. OF COURSE!!!" but realistically, That seat is incredibly hard to come by, and I could probably build most of the PC with the money I'd save using a "close enough" seat. I know of a guy in Britain who is slowly building his own Flight Simulator and has the correct seat. I am going to reach out to him and see if I can't get enough reference photos and dimensions to make an EPS replica for it. If this happens, I can make the rest of the cockpit around the right unit, and substitute another until I get the right one.

So yeah. That's about where I'm at right now. I need to properly model this thing so that i can run some estimates on all of the parts. I need to figure out stuff like How much of What Steel do i need for the "door skins" and how much Fiberglass will i need to cover this whole thing?

I'll task a buddy of mine to design the VR rig and we'll see how it goes. I have a feeling he won't be sharing my vision for this. that's fine. all i'll need is for him to understand the design requirements.