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.
Vermin King: That would explain why 'Photos' loaded slower this weekend. It was 'improved'
May 26, 2020 8:07:25 GMT -9
wyvern: It wasn't some fresh Windows "improvement" then... I noticed the icon for the MS image viewer, "Photos", changed a few days back as well. Doesn't seem to have changed the app, as far as I can tell. Yet.
May 26, 2020 4:26:25 GMT -9
lightning: Glad that only a restart was involved. I wouldn't have the energy to much more today :-)
May 26, 2020 3:01:39 GMT -9
Vermin King: I had a scare and a half. Went to open a pdf for the first time today and nothing happened. Checked All Programs and saw that Reader updated on 05/23. Restarting fixed it. Whew
May 25, 2020 10:56:44 GMT -9
Vermin King: His eyes must not be as old as mine
May 21, 2020 11:12:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
May 13, 2020 1:10:51 GMT -9