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1:350 Tamiya Enterprise Hangar.

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1:350 Tamiya Enterprise Hangar.
Posted by bigjimslade on Tuesday, December 09, 2014 1:32 PM

Here is something I made on my 3d printer. It's a hangar for the Tamiya enterprise.

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Posted by navy07 on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 2:23 PM

WOW! I don't know what to say?  How did you do it and how much more of the ship can you do by the 3d printer?

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Posted by bigjimslade on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 3:05 PM

The starting point is 3d solids in Turbocad. I started by making some throwaway test pieces. These were things like solids to fit the doors, and a test deck. Then I made supports to get the height right.

The main limitation is the size of the printer. I made the hangar in four segments to fit the printer. There are 6 supports underneath. I have one that wraps solidly around the bow, one more loose at the stern and one at each door to match the floor to the openings.

Not shown above are structures for the front and back. I still have to make the roof. Need to measure for the steel bars from the kit

The big challenge here was measurement.

I hope to be able to build some full ships. I am working on a 1:192 New Jersey.

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 4:54 PM

Now that's pretty darned cool.

-Greg

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  • From: Phoenix, AZ
Posted by Fly-n-hi on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 5:05 PM

Are you thinking about selling those?  I have one of the 1/350 Tamiya Enterprises and I've been waiting on someone to make an after market hanger deck just like this.

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Posted by warshipguy on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 7:10 PM

I'd buy one!

Bill Morrison

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Posted by bigjimslade on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 8:07 PM

I had not planned to sell them. If there is some interest I might be able to find a why to get them out there.

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Posted by warshipguy on Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:11 PM

Jim,

Please let us know! I would definitely buy one from you.

Bill Morrison

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Posted by Fly-n-hi on Thursday, December 11, 2014 1:32 PM

Can you take more detailed pics please?  Also, are you creating a ceiling as well?

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Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, December 11, 2014 1:48 PM

Man, you really peeked my interest!

That is plastic, correct? And may I ask what brand 3D print you used?

Bruce

 

 

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Posted by bigjimslade on Thursday, December 11, 2014 3:20 PM

It is made of PLA plastic It is very sturdy. I hammer the segments together with a persuader. It's a Makergear M2 printer. I am working on a ceiling. I have to measure around the  steel bars from the kit.

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Friday, December 12, 2014 10:33 AM
Very impressive work! Any plans for making provisions for lighting to show off all that detail once the ship is sealed up?
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Posted by bigjimslade on Friday, December 12, 2014 11:21 AM

I plan to have openings in the ceiling for LEDs. I am still making final adjustments to the walls. I, personally, do not plan to have a lot of detail in the hangar; just the major structures you can see through the doors. For example I left off the fire fighting station as it is not visible. I've seen people reproduce the artwork in the hangar but I just want to show the ship.

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Friday, December 12, 2014 12:57 PM

While searching for F4 stuff, found a blurb for a hanger deck for CV(N)65 on the AM, but can't remember where.   Did not look at it so can't say how much it consisted of or pricing on it to compare.

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Posted by bigjimslade on Friday, December 12, 2014 2:49 PM

This is one

www.tomsmodelworks.com/.../product_info.php

Just the floor and doors though.

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Posted by bigjimslade on Saturday, December 13, 2014 2:24 PM

I'm having trouble getting close up shots to show detail with the camera. I did a series and this is the only picture to come out in focus. (I think it has a problem latching on to the all red). In this picture I am grabbing the stub at the bow end (to allow shimming against the front bulkhead). Even though it is in four segments, I can hold it off the floor from one end. You can also see the balcony detail for the front and back.

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Posted by bigjimslade on Saturday, December 13, 2014 2:37 PM

Due to my failure so far with photos, here are some renders. There are two big differences between the renders and the printed parts. 1) The printed parts have texture from the printing process. They need to be primed and sanded to get smooth; and 2) shrinkage at the floor creates small gaps that need to be filled.

This is an overall view showing the breakdown.

This is the area where the dividing doors go.  The large structure on the wall is an ammo elevator. I am just doing the structures in the large. Any detail has to be added later.

Here is the engine workshop. I will probably add photo etch rails and included ladders.

Here is the corresponding structure at the bow.

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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, December 15, 2014 9:06 AM

Prefer your rendition much better.  Very nicely done.

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Posted by bigjimslade on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 1:37 PM

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Posted by Fly-n-hi on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 7:00 PM

bigjimslade

I'm having trouble getting close up shots to show detail with the camera. I did a series and this is the only picture to come out in focus. (I think it has a problem latching on to the all red). In this picture I am grabbing the stub at the bow end (to allow shimming against the front bulkhead). Even though it is in four segments, I can hold it off the floor from one end. You can also see the balcony detail for the front and back.

Thanks for trying!  This might help:  set a dollar bill or something that the camera can focus with on the base.  Then remove the bill and snap the shot.

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Posted by bigjimslade on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 2:21 PM

Here is my [hopefully] tina version.

The ceiling is very thin (1/32") to fit under  the bars. It is very flexible. The edges are reenforced at 3/32". The rest is very beefy. The walls are 3/32" the floors 1/8" and the supports 1/2". '

Here is a closeup shot:

This gives an idea of the tolerances. It's set in place with only the bars holding it in place. I'd have to glue it down do the deck would be flush with the bottom of the opening.

The 3d printing process inserts supports under the arches. I have knocked those out but not sanded them down flush to the deck.

The ceiling has a grid of slots for lighting.

I had to create a box for the screws on the the forward bar. That extends a little into the hangar.

Since there is some interest in other getting these I am going to try to figure a way to make them available. I am going to see if someone else is willing to make them for folks.I looked at Shapeways but they would cost about $350. A photo etch deck would set you back $55. So I am thinking  I need to find someone who can sell them for around $100.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:08 PM

Design an anomaly in there somewhere. Something subtle but clearly put there by you. like an extra pillar out of sight from the openings, etc.

It'll really help to be able to point to it if someone starts knocking you off.

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Posted by Rob S. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 8:20 PM

VERY high on the cool'o'metre!!

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Posted by DUSTER on Sunday, December 21, 2014 4:39 PM

Da r n ship guys have all the cool tools 

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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Posted by RightIsRay on Friday, August 21, 2015 3:05 PM
I know I'm really late to the party, but I would love to know how this worked out for you in the end. Id also like to know your decision on possible selling these.
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Posted by warshipguy on Monday, August 24, 2015 5:24 PM

Just let us know if you do make them available!  I will buy one from you.

Bill

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Posted by raider-hall on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 7:54 AM

Me too. Hell, I would like a hangar bay for both BigE and J.F.K.

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Posted by warshipguy on Sunday, August 30, 2015 1:06 AM

JFK does come with a nice Hanger Deck, though.  She just doesn't appear to have a lot of detail with the walls and bulkheads.

Bill

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Posted by Straycat1911 on Saturday, September 05, 2015 6:01 PM

Jim, 

  If that product does become available at a reasonable price, I'd be interested too.

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Posted by raider-hall on Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:34 PM
Any word about your hangar deck? I still would like to by one.

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