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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, May 6, 2024 10:35 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Bakster
. I have not been able to get on a few times the last few days. Today, very slow loading. The beat goes on.

 

Yes, I spoke far too soon, lulled by a couple of days of easy access.  Sigh.

 

I won't hold it against you, Capn. Wink

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 10:22 PM

Bakster
I won't hold it against you, Capn.

You'd have to get into the existing line Smile

Oh, this popped up in my YT feed and winds up very topical

The fate of the Planet of the Apes Ship prop:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ5fB5FdrhM

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Friday, May 10, 2024 7:22 PM

CapnMac82
You'd have to get into the existing line

Hehe. 

CapnMac82
Oh, this popped up in my YT feed and winds up very topical The fate of the Planet of the Apes Ship prop:

It was very good. Thanks for posting that.

 

I still wish someone would manufacture a commercially avaliable kit of it. 

Too funny. An add just came on the TV for the latest Apes movie. It's the franchise that never dies. Will I go see it? Nope. Wink

 

 

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Friday, May 10, 2024 9:39 PM

"Planet of the Apes" - 1968.

"Cash Grab of the Planet of the Apes" - 2024

Gary

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, May 11, 2024 8:36 AM

GAF

"Planet of the Apes" - 1968.

"Cash Grab of the Planet of the Apes" - 2024

Gary

 

  Lol.  For sure. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, May 11, 2024 2:01 PM

Bakster
Too funny. An add just came on the TV for the latest Apes movie. It's the franchise that never dies. Will I go see it? Nope.

The thing was panned on the Critical Drinker stream as being far too "meh" all over.  Also, a very long watch for not lettle gain.

Very strange to have FSM bandwidth back.

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 12, 2024 1:30 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Bakster
Too funny. An add just came on the TV for the latest Apes movie. It's the franchise that never dies. Will I go see it? Nope.

 

The thing was panned on the Critical Drinker stream as being far too "meh" all over.  Also, a very long watch for not lettle gain.

Very strange to have FSM bandwidth back.

 

Yeah not surprised. The idea for modern day movies: Give them CGI, explosions, killings, and they shall come. Don't worry about the story. 

I miss the old days of a well written movie. There was a time, many years ago now, that I would go to the theater almost every weekend. They  entertained me with well crafted stories. Today, if I go once a year, I consider it a good year. Heck. And video rental, I rarely do that either for the same reason. Very sad. Feeling nostalgic again.

 

Yeah... bandwidth appears to be back. Let's hope it sticks. 

 

 

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 12, 2024 3:32 PM

So much for the bandwidth. This update errored out a few times.

 

So, life and motivation has kept me from the bench for several weeks now and I finnaly pushed through for some progress. I remade the optics I had to scrap before paint. Overall, an easy deal, just time.

From here I will assign colors and paint the ends like I did with the scanner. The kit dash is a far cry from the real Chariot. So... I will improvise to what looks good to me. After that...probably start work making the engines that drive the optics.

Side note: The craziness life can bring melts away when I am at the bench. It's just me and the model, the world and its problems disappear. It's the peace that keeps me coming back to it. Neither here nor there... just pondering it.

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Posted by Bakster on Thursday, May 16, 2024 9:09 PM

Colored lenses are painted. The strands are not fully seated. I don't want capillary action smearing the base while the paint is wet.

The image does not do it justice. The colors are more vibrant and they pop. I had to underexpose the image so they don't blowout.

I have to say, I am impressed in how painting the showing ends does translate. If I wanted, I could use a plain white led to drive them and I think they would look good. I will test it. Though, I do expect using color matched leds will make the lenses more vibrant and color consistent. It will be interesting to see the outcome.

 

Next up is the mentioned test and construction of the led light drivers.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, May 17, 2024 3:33 PM

Bakster
Next up is the mentioned test and construction of the led light drivers.

That's cool.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, May 17, 2024 7:00 PM

Yeah those LEDs look great Bakster!!! Yes

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, May 18, 2024 3:18 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Bakster
Next up is the mentioned test and construction of the led light drivers.

 

That's cool.

 

Yeah... progress. Thanks for chiming in.

PS: Some nasty weather in Texas. I hope you didn't get hit with it.

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, May 18, 2024 3:22 PM

Gamera

Yeah those LEDs look great Bakster!!! Yes

 

Thanks Gam!

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, May 18, 2024 3:56 PM

Well, light driver work has begun and I am surprised. I tested using a cool white led to drive the fibers and I tell ya, they look great with the paint method I did. I then tried using colored LEDs and wow, it didn't knock my socks off. Hands down cool white won the test. An added bonus is any variations in paint color add to the effect. It kind of gives it an incandescent lightbulb look. Which, for the time, it fits. No images to show you, I need 4 hands to accomplish that. But... here is the evolution of my work today.

Soldering work...


The housings cut from Evergreen tubing. The housings secured to the led using UV curing resin. I at first tried CA and it was not holding well. I still need to get fresh CA. The stuff I have is BAD.




I made three of them figuring I will need that many to cram all the fibers into. Possibly, I will need a fourth, but I will wait to see. Two are cool white and one is a color changing led. I tested the color changing led and it gave a very interesting effect. So, I will select certain fibers to color change and the rest will remain solid.

Next step is to begin arranging and installing the fibers. Maybe tomorrows work.

 

 

 

 

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, May 19, 2024 6:48 AM

Howdy:

       Speaking of C.A. I recently found out that it definitely has a shelf life. So I now just buy the small.05 gram "Gorilla Brand"

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 19, 2024 10:23 AM

Tanker-Builder

Howdy:

       Speaking of C.A. I recently found out that it definitely has a shelf life. So I now just buy the small.05 gram "Gorilla Brand"

 

Howdy back, TB. The issue I have is I usually reach for the thin formula. I use that most. I'd love to buy a smaller container because the larger goes bad before I go through it.

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 19, 2024 4:25 PM

Particularly when you get into larger diameter fiber, it can be difficult to route. That is especially true if you have tight bends, as this does. In this case, the optics must go through the elongated hole in the pan, and then go right angle.

So, I had to add some bends to relieve some pressure to them. I was able to do this by holding the optic above a hot soldering pencil, while bending the piece as it heats up. Once the optic reaches that melt point the tension releases and you can form it. Fortunately, no casualties in this process. I attribute the latter to a stable heat source of the iron. 

 

With that accomplished, I test fit, and then secured each optic from the bottom using UV resin.

And then this is where things went sideways. Guiding the optics through the hole while pressing the floor into place was not an easy task. I managed it, but the floor would not seat flat into the pan. So, I pulled it out, elongated the hole more, and tried it again. It was still a problem. It was here where I pressed on something I shouldn't have. I pushed through one side of my fabricated floor below the dash. Fortunately, I was able to repair it without too much cosmetic damage. And that is one of the pitfalls doing custom work like this. Space issues leading to fit issue.

So... pondering the problem, I noticed a nub in the pan that might be causing the issue. It was a piece of sprue leftover from my makeshift paint handle.  You can see it in the image above just aft of the elongated hole.

I ground down the nub and what do you know... it fell into place swimmingly. So well in fact, I don't need to glue it.




You can see above how it looks from the bottom with the pan installed. There is remaining tension with the optics, but it should be manageable. I did not want to overdue the bends. There is a point where if you bend too much it will teduce light output.

The orange piece is the transmission box and that is where the light drivers and optics will reside. It provides much room to work with. Which is nice.

 

Below: Sideview with the pan installed. And for fun...  notice how the optics light up with color from the bottom end. My workbench light is shining from above, through the painted ends, and down below. This made me decide to try lighting the optics from above using one of my fabricted led engines. I was pretty surprised at how well the light and color transmitted even from that side of things. 

I have learned something with this build and how optics work with paint. Years back I tried this method and the color looked weak and inconsistent. This lead me to believe that paint was not the answer, and that I needed to either use colored LEDs, or a colored film  between the light and the optic. This go around, it is a completely different story.

The only explanation I can think of is this: With this go, I dabbed paint on in a drop. I sort of domed the paint. So, I think this go, there was more paint. I think in the previous case I brushed it on in a thin layer. Anyway, a learning moment, and a learned thing that will simplify things for me in the future.

 

So, from here, it is time to start arranging the optics and of course, cut and polish the ends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 19, 2024 4:47 PM

Delete.  Duplicate post.  Thank you 504 error that almost killed 40 minutes of posting work. Just glad it went through. 

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, May 19, 2024 5:44 PM

Bakster
PS: Some nasty weather in Texas. I hope you didn't get hit with it.

Was in Austin Wednesday & Thursday last week.  Coming back on Thursday hit bad weather between temple and Waco that was particularly awful, as in sheets of rain, visibility to 1/8 mile or less, and very gusty winds.  So, it was slow going on the interstate, perhaps 45 mph in some spots (and not much of the traffic bailed off, either).   Not a lot of fun when a gust would push the ride while the amount of rain on the road was right at the hydroplaning amount.  So, there would be some slipping, then the tires would grab again.  Not fun, and this lasted more than an hour of the three hour drive.  But, I survived.

But, it did make watching the gale force winds in Duluth all the more poignant.

Getting things to glue dow where they ought to is always "a thing."  And, yes, CA have the worst shelf life of all.  In storage or opened.  You can get some extra life out of opened CA by storing it in the fridge, as that's lower humidity.  But, you have glue where you foodstuffs are, and finding that half tube in the crisper drawer later can be disconcerting.

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, May 20, 2024 4:24 PM

CapnMac82
with it. Was in Austin Wednesday & Thursday last week.  Coming back on Thursday hit bad weather between temple and Waco

Yeah the weather has been fairly violent. Two weeks back we had a small tornado near by but in the end the worst part was the hail. Some golf ball size hail, damaged many cars and homes. I lucked out with dime size hail.

 

CapnMac82
But, you have glue where you foodstuffs are, and finding that half tube in the crisper drawer later can be disconcerting.

Laughing. 

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, May 20, 2024 6:06 PM

Bakster
Some golf ball size hail, damaged many cars and homes. I lucked out with dime size hail.

Last week, locations only about an hour's drive NW of here had grapefruit size hail o_O

Couple of weeks ago, we has a short, but intense burst of hail while I was out driving, and I now have a starburst ding i nmy windshield.

We are scheduled for another bout of storms this w/e.  But, it may rain on me heading to Houston on Wednesday.

Tropical forecast has a lot of energy in it, but, it's snapped back into la niña and there's a huge cold current across the Pacific.  There's a correspnding forecast for over-warm air on the north side of the Atlantic Inter Tropical Convergence Zone.  But the steering current suggest against North American landfalls.

This model suggests a stron SW jet stream over the Great Lakes region (also a very strong "Roaring 40s" in the Indian Ocean.

Maybe we all need to Dr Smith the Jupiter II when it lanches in 2024 (per canon).  :)

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Posted by Bakster on Friday, May 24, 2024 6:14 PM

"Last week, locations only about an hour's drive NW of here had grapefruit size hail o_O"

 

I can't imagine it. Truly terrifying. 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, May 24, 2024 8:50 PM

Looks good Bakster, she's coming along well! Yes

 

And grapefruit sized hail!?!?! OMG!!! 

I first read that as golfball sized Captain, which is scarey enough for GRAPEFRUIT!|?!?!?!?

Last hail we had was thankfully about pea sized... 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, May 24, 2024 8:51 PM

Looks good Bakster, she's coming along well! Yes

 

And grapefruit sized hail!?!?! OMG!!! 

I first read that as golfball sized Captain, which is scarey enough but GRAPEFRUIT!|?!?!?!?

Last hail we had was thankfully about pea sized... 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, May 25, 2024 11:56 AM

Gamera
And grapefruit sized hail!?!?! OMG!!!

As in:

Mind, the folk up at Duluth, north of Baxter are a touch nuts, too.

This is a dude jetskiing gale-force breakers in the Canal at a balmy 43°F (video is about 4x speed)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz2nGEUoL4Q

Excellent weather for being in the basement working on a Chariot.

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, May 27, 2024 10:22 AM

That is fun to watch, Capn. Their own personal wave tank.

That hail is crazy.

 

 

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, May 27, 2024 1:03 PM

Bakster
Their own personal wave tank.

Ok, fist response was eaten by a 405 Forbidden Error.  Gee, thanks, Kalmbach.

That canal points near due East.  It's dredged to ten meters, 5.5 fathoms of wather depth.  The side walls are another 6-8 feet above that, to give a measure to how deep those swells are in the fetch off the Lake.

Was enough energy built up that the fetch was still breaking a day later, even without a gale blowing behind it.

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, May 27, 2024 3:54 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Bakster
Their own personal wave tank.

 

Ok, fist response was eaten by a 405 Forbidden Error.  Gee, thanks, Kalmbach.

That canal points near due East.  It's dredged to ten meters, 5.5 fathoms of wather depth.  The side walls are another 6-8 feet above that, to give a measure to how deep those swells are in the fetch off the Lake.

Was enough energy built up that the fetch was still breaking a day later, even without a gale blowing behind it.

 

I will be doing an update shortly. I hope the 405 doesn't come up.

 

Very interesting about that canal!

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, May 27, 2024 4:20 PM

Well, the optics are installed.  Quite the rats nest. I used UV resin to secure the optics into the light engines.

Side note: This project almost bit the big one. I glued the strands in place and one errant strand didn't make it into the light housing. Along with that, tension on one strand was pushing it back up into the terrain scanner housing. So, when I moved the housings around, it unseated the strand. Fortunately, UV resin was not as strong as epoxy would be. I could crack the resin off and start over. Had I used epoxy, this project would be over with. Also fortunate, with all the manhandling I did to break the strands free, I didnt break anything else. It was precarious but the project lives to see another day. Thank you, Lord.

I should note that the camera skews the colors terribly, and it blows out the detail. It skews the intensity as well. It looks far better in person. Also, I was gonna create a GIF showing how the blinking lights look. Well, a recent computer upgrade left me without software. Along with that, my camera is no longer supported by any available software. I could not pull the video file from the camera. Finding a new path for a GIF is a project for another day.

 



From here, I will probably move towards working on the tracks and the transmission assembly.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 11:17 PM

Sorry to hear about the issues Bakster but looks like you've got things under control! 

 

Captain: WOW, now those are hailballs! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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