Okay, since I didn't know where else to put this...
I did a prototype print for my papercut entry in the model kit section, scaling the ship down to be in scale with all other ships from Okumart's "Where no man has gone before" thread. Well, what shall I say, the parts are totally flimsy (as you can see in the photo above).
So, what shall I do? Keep the scale and go mad building the thing? Or make the ship a little bit bigger but lose the scale ratio of the other ships?
So, I spent the evening with some prototyping. The intended scale is too small for the built I want. When using thicker paper and card, the cuts needed to slide the parts into one another simply criple the design. At the same time, using 80 g/m² standard printer paper is also no solution for the warp nacelles – even though being boxes – stay too wobbly and tend to bend down due to their own weight and the attachment point to the wings being only one layer of paper.
Looks like I have to let go of the originally intended scale. I rescaled all parts up to 169.5 % of the originally intended size (from 4.72 cm to 8 cm), and printed and built a prototype, using regular 80 g/m² paper. Still a little wobbly in certain areas, the ship came out quite well. I'd recommend using cardstock, though, at least 160 to 200 g/m². Here's my result, what do you think?
Remember, this is just the prototype. The flight stand and base are still missing, as is the hull lighting, the ship's name, and its registry.
Furthermore, I decided to put two sizes of the ship into the kit: this game piece and a lager display model. I could do the latter as a 3D cardboard model, which is quite easy with the ship's overall design. However, I'll won't have the time to do so, meaning the display model will be the same 2.5D ship, only larger and with a nice display stand.
The wobbly issues are the joints of the warp nacelles to the wings. There is only one layer of material there, and that is scored to bend up. I had to use superglue to build the prototype, since we ran out of glue yesterday, when my wife kidnapped our last gluestick and took it with her to school (o those teachers). The superglue will stiffen the paper enough so the mini won't be wobbly in the end – I hope.
Anyway, I will build the final models with 200 g/m² cardstock. That should be sturdy enough to prevent any wobbling.
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
Feb 26, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
Feb 8, 2019 13:40:27 GMT -9
cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
Feb 8, 2019 7:48:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
Feb 8, 2019 6:42:32 GMT -9
okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
Feb 5, 2019 19:32:30 GMT -9