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: It looks like you guys are busy, but I would like to point out that the "Ghoul Design Tutorial." which would start to answer bobsomething 's question from Aug 10, is MIA (again)
Aug 13, 2019 6:13:32 GMT -9
squirmydad: I need to reset a primary domain or something.
Aug 12, 2019 12:05:38 GMT -9