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.