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designing, Building and painting Infinity terrain, plain and not so simple...

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The next stage & math... Lots of math

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Over the weekend I started to draw, designing the com tower that would fit onto the 4 pre done pillars. I am at the stage where I am going to stop drawing and start making again. I am home sick at the moment but my head is clear enough to finish the drawings that I need.

The design has taken a number of twists along the way.

I had to think about the roots of this project and what I wanted to achieve. Not only the end result I wanted to experiment with better ways to use the tools I have and develop or discover techniques. I have used a lot of old tricks but everything 3D printed here is pretty new to me and merging laser cut MDF and card into the mix is also a new combination to me. I still have not pushed the limits of the laser cutter or the 3D printer.

Time to start pushing those boundaries.

I started with the staircase. I looked at industrial staircases and existing 28mm ones . These were rather basic but easily achievable. Not exactly pushing the design or boundaries. I wanted to break up symmetry of the second section as the first is very symmetrical, this should add visual interest in the object but  in doing so I had some more room to play with.

I decided to scrap the boxy staircase and put something I have not seen done in 28mm before. A modern / industrial spiral staircase. I have been told by lots of people 15 – 20 years ago that this was one of the most complex objects to make and for it to be correct at any scale (including 1:1)… what do they know.

I started drawing and yes it makes your head hurt. Even with modern software to design in 3D, Making the shapes and have it work so you don’t have to crawl up the stairs is a challenge.

I ended up with a 28 degree section for the tread.  Each raiser should be 3 point something mm high, I rounded down to 3 to make my head hurt less. To draw you need to make all the steps and move them 28 degrees around the axis which in my case is a part of an old GW paintbrush. I ended up with 31 steps at 2mm each and 30 1mm spacers.

Even reading the above hurt my head. So I had my staircase. Great… or not. Still too simple. So I decided to make a tread for each step but I wanted to keep the industrial look. Great easy just laser cut some plastic mesh… not so fast. The type of plastic the mesh I was thinking of, will laser cut but it will also likely produce toxic fumes. No thanks. I have ordered some fibreglass mesh which should be much thinner and not produce fumes I cant deal with (still not going to huff it).

Still not enough. what if my little people fall over and die before they get to the top. People will most likely be ARO’ing anyone who runs up the stairs. So I needed a safety rail of course.  So I put balusters on each of the steps these will be paperclips.

That left me with a sore head. I still don’t know how I am going to print the handrail but even drawing it wasn’t pleasant but I did find an easy way after about an hour which was draw 3D curves connecting each of the balusters making the sketch into a pipe and then cutting out the holes that the balusters could fit into.

I then extended and cut the hole in the base to provide a lining.

To the left I will be placing a movable looking bridge over to the landing pad. and the basic shape of the building was set I wanted the edges curved and will be doing this on the laser cutter. but will finish the design later. There will be two ladders going from the first to the second floor.

That left the right section. I was still worries about my models safety. I will be placing boxes etc up there to provide actual cover for models but what if that stuff was not there. I know I needed another handrail. Thankfully this one was much faster.

Congratulations if you just read the ramblings above I am aware that this is quite long here is far too few pictures to balance the text.

The entire drawing as it stands. new colours added to represent actual materials used.The entire drawing as it stands. new colours added to represent actual materials used.
Side view showing the helix that is the stairs.Side view showing the helix that is the stairs.
Front view showing the break in symmetry.Front view showing the break in symmetry.
cornew view showing the intrest point when not viewed from the front. I hope this draws the viewer in.cornew view showing the intrest point when not viewed from the front. I hope this draws the viewer in.
Zommed in on the staircaseZommed in on the staircase

So that’s the design so far. I hope to get some time this weekend to start to build this. I don’t think I will finish it to the same level as the other parts until the building is done. I am going to build it though.

I see lots of swearing in my future.

More to come.

The devils in the detail

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So I didn’t manage to get this done on Sunday. It took a little longer and I am still not quite done but I am done enough to start to design the next section.

I took a look at how this was going to be assembled and I got to the stage where I had to glue the platform for the columns,

Before this was done I needed to weather this as I wouldn’t be able to easily get in.  There still will be a final weathering stage but I need to get the bulk of the work done.

I also liked and disliked how much each part popped and it felt like components stuck together and not a structure.

The final result should be a well maintained and used facility, not abandoned and not entirely safe/ A few bodge jobs done to keep things running. This will be the oldest building of all as I imagine this was built to allow the delivery of building materials for the building of the industrial complex.

The first thing I done was paint the exposed panels.

I put on some thinned oil paints black, brown and orange, rubbed in with a rag and then went in with another rag and removed a lot of that was put on. This had the effect of making the stark white paint muted and giving everything a more uniform tone.

Effect after first weathering pass.Effect after first weathering pass.

I added some streaks using AK interactive streaking rust and streaking grime. I then went in with a brush and neatened this with some thinner. this gives a subtle rained on effect I done this to the columns and on any vertical surface.

Side of the platform. Side of the platform.
columncolumn

I then got the chance to start to add some cables.

First I needed to glue down the platform. This was done with superglue into the peg and holes I created earlier.

These are not “plugged in” in the same manor on each of the robots. some have been connected in serial and parts cut and swapped ports. Generally anything to make them work. I used solid core ethernet cable strands so when these don’t droop naturally as this would have been a nightmare if I used stranded wire. This may need a little touch up before I am done as it required lots of touching. Also the positions I chose should not get bashed.

 

The none finished cable setup for the emergency equipment. This has to have a nozzle made and another hose added. The none finished cable setup for the emergency equipment. This has to have a nozzle made and another hose added.
The vertical hoses were added and threaded through the robot platforms to keep them out the way during suggested movement. The vertical hoses were added and threaded through the robot platforms to keep them out the way during suggested movement.

This is where I go quiet for about a week while I start to design the com tower. I have a few ideas but I have also had more ideas for more buildings which I may start on but cant start yet until I finish this.

I am still very much open to ideas. Specifically what type of doorway I should have from the building to the platform. Should this suggest a kind of draw bridge, an old repurposed airlock from a bigger dock or something else?

More to come.

Landin pad, a new sanding game by soap dodger.

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So I have been sanding… I mean building the landing pad. This was last weekend and this weekend. Turns out making lots of 3d printed and laser cut parts means Sanding if you don’t truly understand the chemistry and tolerances involved. It actually wasn’t that bad a result but it was uneven around the rim where the 3d printed parts met the laser cut.

This was further exacerbated by me printing directly on the printed without supports. meaning the flat sections are a little smaller than the curved which were printed with supports.

I didn’t take any pictures of the unpainted platform which is my bad. to be honest I didn’t see this as a stage I assembled everything by gluing it with superglue into slots. I filled in around the run and got to the point I couldn’t see what needed filling again. So I primed the platform and this also acted as a fine filler and filled again on top again sanding down each layer until I couldn’t be bothered anymore and started to paint.

A tip if I could give any would be to take your time sanding especially if you are using Vallejo plastic putty if you go to fast it tends to bead and roll up under the sand paper and rip it out from deeper sections.

Platform assembled and first fill pass and primed as a filler as well using Poundland spray. Platform assembled and first fill pass and primed as a filler as well using Poundland spray.
More sanding and this was the second fill pass. I gave up at this point it could have done with one more. More sanding and this was the second fill pass. I gave up at this point it could have done with one more.
Basic finish done after undercoating with airbrush primer and grey.Basic finish done after undercoating with airbrush primer and grey.

I turned my attention to the hazard lines around the loading opening. I tried 3 times to 3d print these. It didn’t go well. I tried unsupported each time and my bed while level enough to print off of is not level enough to print something so thin and flat.

I turned back to the laser cutter. I am known for spending hours on hazard lines but I honestly couldn’t face anymore (for the moment). First plan was to make 3D ones. This would have used up most of my hobby time but would have looked cool.

I cut out a jig of sorts as I wanted two one for the bottom and one for the top. This was two pieces of card. One with the hole for the base of the hazard stripes and another for the yellow sections.  these were half stuck with double sided tape. I then primed the two rectangles and slotted them into the jog and sprayed grey then yellow while holding the template down.

The next step was to start to fully paint the planform. I wanted to use more stencils so decided to keep it as flat as I could and didn’t glue down the hazard lines.

I wanted this to be quick. I cut out my mask. I used liquid mask to stick it down on the platform which is my favourite technique. I also wanted multiple colours but only one mask.

I prayed white then masked off the white over the stencil and the follow and again masked over than then went in with black.

The whole idea of this was to add colour and from a functional point of view give something for the automated drone to lock onto to land.

After this some hand painting was required to paint the emergency kit. I am very please the explosive text came out on the large box. This is an explosive foam that would envelope the landing pad in the event of a failure. along with first aid and a manual fulling station/ spares box.

So I am not finished yet but couldn’t resist putting everything together. So happy so far. Last section needs to be designed, everything weathered, pipes put in, more painting to be done, automated truck and aircraft. Lots to do.

Closeup of the container. I will probably need to make one more of these for this model but this is just for the moment.

Progress so far on the landing pad. to big for photo booth. Progress so far on the landing pad. to big for photo booth.
Closeup of the container. I will probably need to make one more of these for this model but this is just for the moment. Closeup of the container. I will probably need to make one more of these for this model but this is just for the moment.

That’s where I am at the moment. I hope to get more done this weekend but drinking is too alluring to keep going. I want to get to the design stage of the control tower next week which involves finishing the painting and adding dressing to the platform.

Much more to come.

1st floor almost fleshed out.

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I continued my progress on the first floor. At this point I have a stair case that needs to be designed and built but this is pretty much it without scatter terrain on the model (which there will be a lot of.

I started by using my laser cutter to cut out stencils I cut this out of thin card and stuck them down on the model with masking fluid. This works great and I got very little bleeding. I also got some blue masking tape to try and oh my god I prefer this stuff to normal masking tape and it's also lower tack so no need to scrape over my trousers to take the tack off of it.I started by using my laser cutter to cut out stencils I cut this out of thin card and stuck them down on the model with masking fluid. This works great and I got very little bleeding. I also got some blue masking tape to try and oh my god I prefer this stuff to normal masking tape and it's also lower tack so no need to scrape over my trousers to take the tack off of it.
I done some more sanding which was just a quick pass over everything. This leaves a white hard to remove in places powder but it didn't seem to matter to the end finish. I done some more sanding which was just a quick pass over everything. This leaves a white hard to remove in places powder but it didn't seem to matter to the end finish.
I primed the robot lifting arms and this brought everything together. I painted these orange in the end but I didn't want to pick out every detail but I used enamel pin wash and sponge and paint to weather them. The rest will be further distressed but only after everything is together. I thought this would be difficult after assembly on the arms.I primed the robot lifting arms and this brought everything together. I painted these orange in the end but I didn't want to pick out every detail but I used enamel pin wash and sponge and paint to weather them. The rest will be further distressed but only after everything is together. I thought this would be difficult after assembly on the arms.
So that's everything almost complete for the first floor. I need to start to draw again. I hoped to do this side by side with building but I was enjoying it to much to stop. So that's everything almost complete for the first floor. I need to start to draw again. I hoped to do this side by side with building but I was enjoying it to much to stop.
detail picture showing this from the front the container is not stuck down and pushed fully into position.detail picture showing this from the front the container is not stuck down and pushed fully into position.
One of the robot arms without anything in the way. One of the robot arms without anything in the way.
Another detail shot of showing the stencil work. Another detail shot of showing the stencil work.

I do have more cables to be suspended from the landing platform and feed the robot arms and the motors. This is getting to the point where I am happy with the progress. Cant wait to finish this but I am enjoying the progress so much I don’t think I want to finish.

More to come.

Drawing got dull

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So in the past couple of days I couldn’t keep drawing. I enjoy it but I prefer building and painting and I was starting to get a mental block of how things should work or look and the overall feel of the model.

So I decided to start to build it since the first floor was done apart from add on parts.

I started to use green clear resin as it’s much faster then the grey. I still have not done the test model on my 3d printer. but the green resin came with it. Spoiler alert I much prefer it to the grey.

I started on the columns I have two types one with a gear inside it and one without. I started with the one with the gear and had my first major print failure. I Went to bed and didn’t top up the resin. Stupid mistake probably a £4 mistake.  Not the worst £4 I have wasted but now I have some bits or my bits box. It takes around 7 hours for 4 columns to print this was done overnight so didn’t mater much about the wasted time.

After the prints come out the are covered in goo I split them up while covered in uncured resin place them in a jar of alcohol and put them into my ultrasonic cleaner.

After they come out they are not tacky they are kind of like a hard gum but easily scratched. I remove the supports which on the bottom surface most of the detail is gone and it sort of balloons I then sand this to flat with wet and dry and keep the dust down  then do this more until flat enough. The parts closest to the fep the film at the bottom have great detail.

I also went onto laser cutting the base and printed and placed the hazard stripes into the board.

This was done with superglue and then going in with Vallejo plastic putty. I also filled in unwanted lines on the board and glued it together with PVA.

At this stage I also laser cut the lifting platforms and started to print the components to the robot arms.

 

The robot arms turned out to be a pain but that was a learning pain of using a 3d printer. I know the tolerance of 3d prints is make things 0.2mm bigger but when you also include the end of the bed this can be more and the orientation of the print matters as well and I cant calculate for this built it is consistent but it may take a bigger brain than mine to work this out.

Parts, resin to resin do not line up as they should but 3d print to laser cut do. I think this is because when the laser cut objects which are crazy accurate it is a 0.02 deviation that I can account for but 3d print to 3d print may be 2x 0.2mm accuracy difference which is. regardless I just make it work in the great old modelling style.

Each robot arm has 16 components and 6 axis of movement making them very posable and complex. I made 4 of them and they do work and roll up and down the column with the rack and pinion and the guide rails. This was a tight fit band stayed in place but now with lots of play are a bit loose. they do need cleared more and then fixed in place but they seem to work well.

Don’t know how I am going to paint these but I know it’s going to be basic.

I also base coated the base board in Poundland spray paint black this showed where I filled and where I didn’t which isn’t a great look.

All current printed and laser cut components together for the first time. All current printed and laser cut components together for the first time.

I couldn’t let the finish on the base stop bothering me. I sprayed over a gloss coat (again Poundland) this made it look great but then when I went over again this came through again.

I carried on regardless and airbrushed a light dusting of black then grey then some blue and silver and some green and bone. All Vallejo primers. this looked good to me as a base concreate I will do more to this finish later.

I then masked off the ramps and sprayed white primer down went in with orange at the top and bottom then went in with yellow and then a stripe of white across the middle.

After this as this was 3D I went in and hand painted the stripes in black.

I need to put some text and details onto this like a robot working area warning on the ground.

This will also have a lot of clutter placed on it  creates and pipe coils and spare parts. and a autonomous vehicle getting a container placed onto it by the robotic arm. Should provide a lot of cover through it . there is also a staircase to go in for the other building but I have not designed that yet.

Building base in it's current state. Building base in it's current state.

I still have my drawing open and am working on the landing pad at the moment. This is supposed to look a little on the used side but not total disrepair. This is one of the first buildings on the site and part from flat materials all comments will fit into a container.

Some panels are missing and there will be hanging cables in places.  plugged into ports on the exposed side panels. The big green building is the control/coms tower which I have not finished the design and this will also somehow link to the landing pad. I am liking linking MDF laser cut to 3d printed parts. I am learning a lot and may have to go add tolerances to all parts or I may just cut and sand them.

Current drawingCurrent drawing
Side detailSide detail

So that’s me so far. Still got a lot to do. A frankly daunting part. I am still excited to get a landing pad that I think would work in real life with an actual reason to be on a platform.

More to come. Hopefully soon.

Next more painting, assembly and drawing. Keep making awesome projects, I place more likes than comments due to time but I still love seeing everyone’s work! Glad I am not the only crazy one.

Back to the drawing board

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So I am back at the drawing stage of a large model. Quite enjoying this one I have laser cutting in mind along with 3d printing and some hand skills as well.

The next project within a project is my landing pad I wanted to do. Always want one of these but never liked how they have been done. The standard is a circle or octagon on stilts.

I like stilts but why would you have them unless you were trying to protect the ground, surly this makes it harder to load cargo and it makes much more sense to have it on the ground…

Unless you have some sort of cargo system to load of offload cargo, this got my ideas flowing. So I decided to start to build my landing pad and have taken far to long and have 1000 components already to start to print and cut. I think I am going to start to print some components soon.

So far I have designed a column 😀 this has taken ages because it pretty much works. All the components have ball joins and material tolerances so they fit together when printed. The robot arms can move up and down etc. I wanted this for possibility. I also have numerous ports on the parts for power and cables (added later). This is going to be the well used first landing pad the enabled the rest of the buildings to be put up.

There will be an automated truck, a cargo container (which I done before) being raised up into the cargo slot of a drone flyer, along with some kind of control tower.  Quite involved and should be fun.

The only point for scale is the white sections. They are sections of  plastic lollipop sticks 4mm diameter.

Here is what I have so far.

Total layout with columnsTotal layout with columns
Close up of one of the robot arms which are going to be lifting a crate. (hopfully)Close up of one of the robot arms which are going to be lifting a crate. (hopfully)
Original design the robot arms didnt need to be each able to 360 around the columns this is partly why it's taking me so long. Original design the robot arms didnt need to be each able to 360 around the columns this is partly why it's taking me so long.

So that’s this so far. Will continue to work and post as I progress. I will be working on the structure holding up the control tower. then will move onto the platform. And possibly start printing the arms and columns.

More to come but possibly just more drawings.

Progress on Boxes and road blocks

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So what have I been up to? Painting boxes mostly badly but still painting. I refuse to have a pile of unpainted grey plastic especially as I can print some. But I am in the planning stage at the moment. By this I mean I have hit a creative road block of my own. I have a big project planned ticking a lot of the boxes bellow. I cant seem to finalise the design of anything. Everything I do is re-done or scrapped.

So I painted. And Painted, oh and painted.

I have now found a new problem. More detail = more painting.

Road blocks done. Happy with the design but not the asthetics but dont know how else to do them. I also think they need some text on them. Road blocks done. Happy with the design but not the asthetics but dont know how else to do them. I also think they need some text on them.
The tower of pain. lots of 20mm boxes. I think I am going to do a simpler design and different shape for veriety. I also included some mis prints but you cant see too much.  The tower of pain. lots of 20mm boxes. I think I am going to do a simpler design and different shape for veriety. I also included some mis prints but you cant see too much.
Close up of BoxClose up of Box
Other side of BoxOther side of Box
Everything so far.Everything so far.

So far so good. Learning lots and more design needed. I don’t want to talk to much about the big project but it will be the Landing pad but with an aircraft, vehicle and lots of window dressing. It will be in a different style from the rest of the buildings due to this being the first building on the site to help build the rest.

I had a moment of clarity last night before I went to sleep and the design was perfect. I was happy with everything I thought of and it was going to be great. This morning I cant remember any of the details. Morel of the story? Don’t sleep.

More to come but I may step into a fuller project rather than scatter terrain fully combining laser, hand and 3d printing. That’s the goal anyway.

Barrels

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No sci-fi setting would be complete without barrels. They have been a staple for years but sadly I only own 1 GW barrel. It’s some of the objects that money does not come out of my wallet for but I have always wanted them.

I decided to try and make a more sci-fi barrel. I don’t think it’s all there yet I may come back to this but there is not much you can do with a barrel unless you are prepared to change the shape to not a barrel.

I done some sketches and just used the tools to make some shapes on the software.  The only design part I wanted, in case I wished to use these or embellish them further. I wanted a way to link the barrels via hoses this could be to mix and output the contents. This was fitted with 0.9 mm holes the same as the gas cylinder so I can use the solid core ethernet cable wires I have to fit in to pretend there are hoses I may also make connector sections for this to really ramp up the detail. I don’t know why I went with 3 possibly one for beet one for gas, connected to a mixing barrel and a tap for a sci-fi beer scene!

3d Design of the barrel3d Design of the barrel
I primed black and done a grey highlight then masked off the lower sections of the barrel. I used a lid to mount this onto with blue tack and a laser cut plug for the top to mask. Undercoated in grey then sprayed yellow/green.  I primed black and done a grey highlight then masked off the lower sections of the barrel. I used a lid to mount this onto with blue tack and a laser cut plug for the top to mask. Undercoated in grey then sprayed yellow/green.
Unmasked and handpainted details then washed (not very happy with the wash but meh!) Done, finished Barrels!Unmasked and handpainted details then washed (not very happy with the wash but meh!) Done, finished Barrels!

So there I have it. Finished barrels to join the ranks of my terrain. The bottle mounting system made this very quick to paint just spinning the lid meant I could paint without stopping due to constant movement.

Very quick project this was done today. Quite happy with this but there may be another barrel resign in the future as I learn more I may revisit this.

Next will be the roadblock but this may be next weekend or a during the week project. I have made these but they need painting and is the first time I have used Laser and resign prints together (even though this is very simple in this case).

More to come!

Large water road blocks / cones

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I will show everything from my working through to completion for the water road block.

I hate my drawings as I am not very good at it unless I spend hours and hours this is not a natural talent but a means to an end in this case so please save your judgements.

I find when using 3D design tools only a lot of time is wasted “thinking” before trying to get the software to do what you envision.

For me not being very proficient in the tools I am using, it’s beneficial to have a plan before I open up the software. I often do very quick sketches I have found these are not normally detailed enough. I have a weird head thing with black on white so sketching on white paper is difficult I lose focus and quite often give up in longer sessions. It’s the same with reading which is why I read on my kindle with white text and black background.

The great thing was I drew a rough plan for this on Friday night. 3d Designed this on Saturday morning and printed and painted in the afternoon.  Quite odd thinking about something, going to sleep and having it in your hand within 24 hours. That’s probably quicker than most delivery services and faster than I can make a decisions on spending money on models.

 

Sketch and finished model. Sketch and finished model.
3D model done in fusion 3603D model done in fusion 360
3D Print removed from sprue/supports and cleaned in alcohol.3D Print removed from sprue/supports and cleaned in alcohol.
Primed, note the texture on the centre section was deliberate and ment to look reflective. Primed, note the texture on the centre section was deliberate and ment to look reflective.
Drybrushed the centre in white so give a reflective texture and basked then spreayed orange. Drybrushed the centre in white so give a reflective texture and basked then spreayed orange.
Hand painted the black and high lighted  and washed with brown leaving the mask on Hand painted the black and high lighted and washed with brown leaving the mask on
Masking removed and then matt varnished. Finished. Masking removed and then matt varnished. Finished.

I don’t think this is ground breaking but this is the workflow I am following with the 3D printer. I am trying not to just print a large amount of unpainted grey.

The model is simple but then so is the object. I think any more detail would be to much hence the removal of the list that I stated MUST HAVE! These will look great on my infinity table and should give a good narrative to why there are no vehicles going down roads mid play. Also not something I have seen you can buy which makes me happy.

More to come next is barrels but not as detailed on the process as this could get dull fast 🙂

More to come.

The start of a street / industial furniture set and plans for the future.

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After the inclusion of a 3d printer and getting used to this. I have decided to do a street furniture pack for my infinity boards. The box and gas cylinder was a good start but I think more is to come and as this is the first post of the project in 2019 I think it’s a good time to set out my plans.

First of all a catch-up on this week.

I have had the resin printer learning curve this week with a fair few failures / issues with prints. This has mostly been trying to get more speed out of the printer and resin combo, I pushed it past the point in which more time was required due to layer height I think I have found the sweet spot/compromise for speed and quality for the grey resin I am using.

I think I am giving up on angling my prints for printing as well due to more supports being required and the marks this places on the surface. I still use supports but this tends to be thick bottom supports and very thin (0.20mm) supports higher up. Seems to work well.

The redesign of the cube has completed. I got out a few ok prints but changed the angle back to vertical and this fixed most issues. Only occasionally I get the odd clogged vent holes on the top of the cube, I have not pointed any yet but have 15 of these made so far.  Still to paint but I think these will be coloured tops and grey bottoms with the colour indicating the contents.

I have made traffic barriers. liquid drums and road blacks so far but I will show these on a separate post.

 

Box top with much larger holes, joined and enlarged handles.Box top with much larger holes, joined and enlarged handles.
Box bottom with thickened and enlarged bottom for easier tacking and strength.Box bottom with thickened and enlarged bottom for easier tacking and strength.

Onto my Plans for 2019 infinity.

I wanted a plan set out so if I go “what should I make next?” I have a list to pick from. I think with this it will finish off this set and give elements for other sets. This may not be an exhaustive list. I want to make the kind of things that are either expensive to buy, I don’t like the ones I have seen or that are very niche and not available.

Things to design / Build in 2019
Gas cylinders – Resin
20mm Box – Resin
Barrels – Resin
Bins – Resin
Large water road blocks / cones – Resin
Road bollards / rails – Resin
More different box / package – Resin
free standing consoles x3 – Resin
US style road blocks – Resin
Smaller gas canisters – Resin
Truck – Resin
Dumpsters – Resin
Gas cylinders container – Resin
Rectangular boxes – Resin
Small Food shops – Resin/Laser
Com Tower Resin/Laser – Resin/Laser
Large Billboard – Resin/Laser
Small Free standing advertising – Resin/Laser
Landing Pad – Resin/Laser
Small shuttle / dropship – Resin
Armoury / Security office – Resin/Laser
fuel / car charging station – Resin/Laser
lamp posts – Resin
Pleasure / suicide booths – Resin/Laser
Fire Hydrant – Resin
Tree / flower planters – Resin/Laser
Road dividers – Resin
Civilian drone / delivery system – Resin/Laser

Underlined objects have been done already.

This is not an exhaustive or binding list I am sure there will be more but this is something to be getting on with.

More to come, Very quickly this time.

20mm box

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Skill 7
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I thought this year was over. Well I will be right in over 6 hours my time. But I spent my Sunday evening designing my next 3d object to try to print. I put it on overnight went to work this morning and then came home to see what I got.

Design for 20mm box.Design for 20mm box.
Printed boxes.Printed boxes.
Zenithed and washed box one side.Zenithed and washed box one side.
Zenithed and washed box other side.Zenithed and washed box other side.
Box with model for scale. Box with model for scale.

So 4 of these printed. Surprisingly with all the designed details visible though I am calling this V1.0

This needs some work:

  • Some supports adhered to the under hangs on the sides and some caused issues and weaknesses on the bottom lip.
  • I messed up just plonking this in my sonic cleaner you can see the basket marks on the model. (not so much when painted)
  • There is absolutely no need to be able to run a scalpel under the handles these could be a part of the main body and fix the support issue.
  • The holes on the top are so fine. I need to exaggerate the detail to make it look better
  • I need to thicken the bottom stackable lip to make this more ridged and make it larger to accommodate paint thickness better. I may make the top detail more pronounced.

Still very pleased with the outcome The finished updated versions will be much better but this will need to wait until the new year.

 

Happy Hogmanay and lets get smashed 😀

Compressed gas bottle

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Skill 7
Idea 6
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So I thought I was done for making sceanery this year… Turns out that’s something I don’t know how to do. I got my 3D printer for Christmas (arrived yesterday) but before it arrived I had a look at what I could print. Turns out I am either very picky or the quality of objects available is quite poor, I think it’s a bit of both.

So I turned to software I have not used before and started to try and learn. I used YouTube tutorials and read. None of it went in but it was a good way to get some sleep. I do have an ambitious aircraft I want to make for a landing may but my skills are not there yet.

I needed to do something simpler. There is a reason when I learned CAD 20 years ago we started by making cubes and pyramids starting with an aircraft was very naïve but I have learned a lot and put this to better use starting with some garnish terrain to go with my existing stuff.

I looked at gas bottles seemed to bit with the theme of the moto-tronica set.  This took a bit of time and I didn’t know how detailed I could make this. There are lots of details that didn’t print clearly due to the scale but there are hints of them which add to the overall aesthetic.

Image of the gas bottle I drawn This is 29mm tall by 7mm in thichness. It's designed to be hollow to save resin. Image of the gas bottle I drawn This is 29mm tall by 7mm in thichness. It's designed to be hollow to save resin.

So I had my model and I got my printer delivered to work yesterday.

I got an Anycubic Photon but along with this I got another ultrasonic cleaner and nail lamp to finish off the curing along with lots of IPA (alcohol).

I added supports and sliced my model. This was angled at 45 degrees to help the print.

I started it off and boom! 4 hours later I had 9 gas bottles. These printed better than my expectations and used next to no resin. The only issue I found is where the supports meet the model. To the naked eye I cant see layer lines but in these photos you can just make them out.

One view of the printed bottleOne view of the printed bottle
Another view of the printed bottle including the hole for the 1mm pipe which surprisingly printed. Another view of the printed bottle including the hole for the 1mm pipe which surprisingly printed.

After cleaning and curing the print I went ahead and undercoated it and zenithed it.

 

Here you can see the layer lines but again these are not visible when just looking at the object.

Primed print. Primed print.

I went ahead and painted as normal. This didn’t seem any different from painting a resin or plastic model.

Model for scale and the simply painted gas bottle Model for scale and the simply painted gas bottle
Bottles in place on a terrain piece. I think a few more of this type of thing will really bring everything to life. Bottles in place on a terrain piece. I think a few more of this type of thing will really bring everything to life.

So that’s it a quick project to finish the year with. Its a good starting point with new software, hardware, material and processes. Good thing is that I can make as many or as few of these as I need. Looking forward to getting deeper into 3D printing, mixing this with laser cutting and hand crafting some more terrain and models. I can really see the potential in this!

More to come!

Automated Factory Completion

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Skill 10
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It has a name and it is Automated Factory! Didn’t do anything midweek on this but did find some time today to finish it up.

The name which was laser cut and then glued with PVA this didn’t go as well as I wanted and I ended up with some slime like residue around some of the letters. I think this was soot from the laser cutter mixed with PVA. I cleaned most of this up but this left some scratches on the paint.

The main additions are the transfers as described on other buildings bellow. After this everything got a satin varnish to protect it.

I cut some masks for the windows and also made some screens for the control screens again by printing this out and using some gloss varnish on them.

I used my airbrush to go around the base of the model and in the corners as well as add soot from the exhausts.

I then airbrushed the lights by going in with white then blue then white again.

Finishing everything of with some weathering powder on limited sections.

 

FrontFront
BackBack
Side entranceSide entrance
 Supplemental power Side Supplemental power Side
Roof with modelsRoof with models

So this was quick, which was planned. It didn’t go on for 3 months or a year in some cases. It was quite fun and will add some height to my table.

It is a pain to photograph as it’s so large. I will need to think about this in the future but I don’t think I will do such a large footprint for a building for this set again.

Overall think it will be a good addition to my Moto-tronica set. I want some kind of communications building this may end up being tall but smaller then all the other buildings.

I think this is it for this year I need to paint some models instead, infinity and others so this may take a back seat at least for a time.

More to come, at some point.

progress on the Unnamed building

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Bit of work done this weekend. at a point where I am happy with. Going to leave the rest for next weekend.

I continued to assemble the Unnamed building this was mostly done with PVA clamps where needed on some parts.

I also used the left over parts to mount the separately painted sections. For the thin yellow sections I mounted these using upturned masking tape.

Then came the priming. I used pound shop spray paint to give everything a zenith. this really shows the detail of the model and helps make painting decisions.

 

I then done the main face over the building this was done in an electric type blue faded up to white in three sections.

I also painted the separate sections after this I went in with the multiple colours and painted them by hand.

I also sprayed black on one side of the window sections.

After everything was sprayed I went in and painted the blacks and greys required.

I used some cables to make up the front section and also printed and glued in the advertisement.

The rest of the components were added with PVA.

So I still don’t have a name for this to add and I need to do some weathering and some transfers. I hope this will add some extra detail without adding much more steps. I also have to do two control panels.

This is a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster of a building combining what’s in all the others.

I don’t mind this but I think for the next building I will do something that’s not of the same architectural style. It may take longer but it should add some variety for the set.

Building with models on it. Building with models on it.

So that’s my progress for this week. Quite a bit if I do say so myself. I think as soon as the extra detail goes on this will make it pop.

More to come but hopefully one last instalment for this section of the project.

Unnamed building

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Do I started on the Medi Centre. And then gave up due to what I wanted. I couldn’t get to look right with the constraints I gave myself. It needed to look Moto-tronica and conform to design rules set out in the starter set. I didn’t achieve this.  So that got ripped up about Wednesday last week.

I took the overall dimensions and the idea of making it a double high building and decided to make a futuristic garage for repairing cars. or even small factory I didn’t want to complicate this and wanted a quick win.  I think I want at least another 2 high buildings and then some incidentals to finish this set off.

One thing I have not came up with is a name. It needs to be a long name but still under the same theme.

e.g. Main Management Module, Power Hub. ???????? HELP! it just needs to be sort of long due to the amount of room I have

It has a small advertisement space probably not for this building and uses design elements from all three original pieces of terrain.

Finished drawing and flats for laser cutting. Finished drawing and flats for laser cutting.

This was done between Wednesday night and finished on Saturday. Today was cutting day!

After some troubleshooting with the design some limited tweaks were made. I had the floor of the lower level cutting across the garage entrance for example.

Everything was cut and I have started the building process. I think this is going to be more along the lines of the power hub paint scheme. than the management module. Again quick wins are the order of the day. I don’t want another 3 month build.

I started to stick everything down with PVA and superglue. Mostly the card to the MDF I used PVA and MDF to MDF I used superglue.

here is where I am up to just now.

The back of the building. The back of the building.
Front of the building. Front of the building.

Two things I need to make decisions on is the name of the building and the main colour to paint it. Feel free to let me know any ideas.

I already have greens, pinks, purples, blues, and greys and yellows. I think I may need to give this more thought.

As for the name I am tempted by Garage Mcgarageface or Factory Mcfactoryface but I don’t think this will fit the theme.

More to come.

Milestone achieved!

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Skill 6
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I started this project late last year and started this project in May. My goal was to make an upgraded Ice Storm Mototronica set I could use on my tables of infinity. I would then branch off and make my own things based on my experience of sort of copying others designs/ Even though they were 2D and were only ever meant for to be 2D. I expected this would take a few months. Through distraction and expansion it had taken about three times that from conception. I am glad the initial phase is done.

I have learned a little (probably a lot) on my way not only am I at now at one with my crap laser cutter. I know what it can and cant do and how to get over the quirks of materials and software. I also learned a lot on assembly for efficacy and cleanness.

These are lessons I can take on in the next step of this project for making more of my own buildings.

I already have a medical centre in mind but I am open to other types of non-residential buildings so if you have a suggestion let me know. The power hubs need to power something and the management modules need to manager things as well.

Enough of the future and the past. Now for the present! I have finished though I have just seen in the photo’s I have missed off some weathering powder. So 99% finished.

All three Main Management Modules.All three Main Management Modules.
The three roofs side by side. The three roofs side by side.
Front side of Main Management Module 3.Front side of Main Management Module 3.
Back side of Main Management Module 3.Back side of Main Management Module 3.
Operation Ice Storm starter sceanery. (too big for my little light box)Operation Ice Storm starter sceanery. (too big for my little light box)

So there I have it. Milestone achieved.  The only thing missing is some resin 3D printed components. I have my fingers crossed for Christmas so this may expand and complicate my building options.

So far for infinity only I have:

  • 11 Containers
  • 3 Power Hubs
  • 3 Management Modules
  • 1 Vending machine
  • 1 Plan Lab

I thought about just moving onto the next starter set. I don’t want to do this. I want to finish a table full of sceanery first then do one more starter set type probably JSA.

Plans I have started:

  • Large billboards
  • Medical centre

Thoughts I have had:

  • Vehicle pad (never seen one of these I like and would include a vehicle)
  • Workshop of some kind
  • Robotics factory

Please feel free to let me know any suggestions which would fit this setting. I am thinking small scale start-up companies and research based additions with scope for levels, glass and visible sections but not interior play. It does need to have a narrative of some sort.

Oh well I hope you have enjoyed this so far, I gave enjoyed looking through it again and this is great for remembering lessons and how I done things.  More to come!

 

Finishing touches and design elements.

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Skill 4
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With the major problems sorted out I started to focus on the details.

I needed to make some transfers, paint the ladder rungs *shiver*, design and print some touch screens.

I will start with the rungs. This was perhaps the worst job in the world. I had to do this two times for the last buildings I didn’t even want to do this one time now.

This time I broke it down into processes. The full painting of the ladders for all three buildings took just over an hour which is fantastic. I cut a template sheet out of 1mm card. I put masking tape over the back leaving sticky square holes for the rungs to slot into.

I mounted everything and undercoated grey then went over in orange. After this I used 10mm tape to mask each one then sprayed grey.

Ladder rungs finished ready for mountingLadder rungs finished ready for mounting

For the transfers I designed in CAD and coloured in photo editing software. This was then printed onto transfer paper, gloss spray varnished and cut and mounted with water.

TransfersTransfers

For the screen this was done as before designed in CAD then moved into photo editing to add effects and colour. This was then printed on photo paper, gloss spray varnished then super glued down to a piece of plastic. To mount I placed double sided tape on the sides. Placed in place and then PVA put all round on the back to hold into position as I don’t always trust double sided tape alone.

While I am on this Image I also laser cut out of 0.5mm card some “M #” text. I mounted these on masking tape primed and sprayed yellow.

I done the hazard lines using some laser cut templates and laser cut 0.5mm card. Similar to before but these were much longer and turned out ok and was fast. I decided not to be to anal about this and decided they did not need to match up all the way.

Finished section showing how the details look when added. Finished section showing how the details look when added.

I decided to show my working here.

This is also a good time to advise how I done the windows. These are not perfect but they were never going to be as they were in two pieces.

On module 4 (test) I just back sprayed the clear acrylic on the back in black and stuck it together.

I do know how to do these perfectly (if you can be bothered). You cut the two joining ends longer than they need to be. You then cut or sand a perfect 45 degree angle down the side about 0.2mm longer than it needs to be and you then sand and polish this back up to clear. You then use a product called Tensol to weld the two sections together and then polish the seam until nearly optically clear and mask and back spray.  The above would take me about 6 – 9  hours of work for the 6 corner windows so I didn’t do it this way.

I masked off the join on the windows and left this clear as it came off of the laser cutter which is glossy but had a little ripple. Then back sprayed and this took about 20 minutes for all 6 instead. I then unmasked and  inserted the windows. I then used PVA to glue this, it was also a nice strong glue-less fit as well, PVA is more for my piece of mind (aka, drunk prevention).

I also didn’t like that you can see in the side of the shutters. I designed then cut a window frame for the inside so you cant see in.

shiowing the back window. shiowing the back window.
showing the side windows, doors and touch screenshowing the side windows, doors and touch screen

I am almost at the last post section for the Ice Storm starter. These details make up the last parts I needed to design/build and assemble. More to come in about 10 minutes.

Progress

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Had some time this weekend to do some work. I decided to build the remaining 3 management modules.

The building in sections worked well. I base coated and zenith’d as before I decided to use PVA to assemble instead. This involved lots of clamps and at times this parked the martial as I didn’t use packing. This doesn’t seem to detract from the final results.

The fades and colour choices are not my best but I think the end result looks good enough. I still prefer the original card model fades but these are done perfectly as only a computer can.

 

All 3 base models ready for components. All 3 base models ready for components.

I decided to do the models one at a time from this point. This means that any mistakes are not necessarily on all models and I can learn each time.

I did however spray the strong main component colours. I have all the parts.

I needed to do the yellow stripe along the middle. this took about 2 hours of masking for one.  I didn’t want any bleed of yellow through. I did do this well but still ended up with one piece of visible overspray.

After this I sprayed grey then the yellow. This worked out a lot better than the first test model.

I unmasked then painted the dark grey in-between the panels.

I assembled the blue components. This was done with PVA I can see sections on the interior I will need to paint blue by hand. this shouldn’t be an issue.

 

 

 

FrontFront
BackBack
Back / sideBack / side

Quite pleased with the results so far. this is far neater than the original. I put in the roof just push fit for the moment. I need to back spray and put in all the windows and start on the dreaded ladder rungs on the side.  Touch up the areas in blue.

I do prefer not having the yellow stripe over the doors and window frames. This makes me feel less tense looking at the object. (don’t know why)

More to come. I hope to have this one finished next weekend.

Overcoming some problems

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Skill 7
Idea 4
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So I had a couple of design issues to resolve. First being the shutters.

I cant believe how much those irritated me. Probably because I loved how they turned out but hated the execution of them.

I made an overly complex jig to help me build them. I don’t want to get into the maths I went through but the jig took about an hour of time my time to think about and plan and build.

The good thing is when the jig was done I made all 4 shutters I need in around 10 minutes which is about how long it took for me to do one wonky one.

First design issue resolved!First design issue resolved!

The issue with the door windows is that they glass didn’t sit flat in the frame. There are 4 layers between the inside of the building and the outside at the window section. 1 MDF and 3 x 1mm card. Dropping in 4 small panes of Perspex was tough.

This presented an issue as I had already cut all the parts required. Not to worry MDF is cheap and I only need to replace one section.

I decided to make the glass one section instead of 4. this should make it easier to fit in and it cant all be at slightly different levels and angles.

Top is the new section bettom is the old Top is the new section bettom is the old
new door from the front. No difference or compromise in the end effect. new door from the front. No difference or compromise in the end effect.
From behind showing how much simpler this is to the other post. From behind showing how much simpler this is to the other post.

So that’s the design issues resolved. I think I will get all 4 buildings constructed now for the main painting stage.

More to come,this may take a while unlike everything else in this project. 🙂

Problems... I dont like it.

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I swithered whether to put this out there as it seemed a bit negative. Criticism and self criticism if the only way to improve at something as subjective as art. It should be part of everyone’s process.

A bit of background to the above statement. The original was art and design. I love the art Marcos Hidalgo done for the original paper building. The design not as much, this is not hate. This is personal taste. A few things do not make design sense to me and break my immersion.

As I now have a 3D version of the building a few things have became apparent to me of my representation of the original work and my decisions in making this 3D.

 

As it stands in a non finishes state - FrontAs it stands in a non finishes state - Front
As it stands in a non finishes state - BackAs it stands in a non finishes state - Back
Rear first aid box - Taking this up to white from a dark plum colour is a nightmare I need to do this off model then attach it.Rear first aid box - Taking this up to white from a dark plum colour is a nightmare I need to do this off model then attach it.
Front door - I do not like the yellow across the door. I have painted a fair few doors and I have no idea why you would put a stripe over the door. I think I will change this to a solid colour. This will also make this easier to paint.Front door - I do not like the yellow across the door. I have painted a fair few doors and I have no idea why you would put a stripe over the door. I think I will change this to a solid colour. This will also make this easier to paint.
The shutters seemed to me like a great idea for them nor all to be straight or uniform. I absolutely hate this. It needs to be straight.The shutters seemed to me like a great idea for them nor all to be straight or uniform. I absolutely hate this. It needs to be straight.
Again with the white I will do these off model then attach.Again with the white I will do these off model then attach.
The door windows are a nightmare. They are not right. Sorry about this picture It was just all black so had to use flash. I cant make them flush the way I designed them. This needs simplified to make the end result uniform, neater and easier. The door windows are a nightmare. They are not right. Sorry about this picture It was just all black so had to use flash. I cant make them flush the way I designed them. This needs simplified to make the end result uniform, neater and easier.

So, Change’s to make this better for me.

  • Remove yellow parts to the window and door frames (sorry Marcos!).
  • Take more time in masking the yellow stripe. This may be aided by the change in the building and painting.
  • May change colour of the main walls just for number 4.
  • Paint the white doors and handle sections before applying them to the model.
  • Straighten the shutters.
  • Redesign the doors.
  • Break out the top floor section so I can reuse it.

So there’s a very positive post, Why positive? Because I will make something I am happier with as an end result by being constructively negative.

The line is drawn under painted version 1.0 Onto the changes!

 

Building and starting to paint the Main Management Module

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This took almost a day to re-draw and then cut out all of the parts. Only a few changes made on the fly and a couple of mistakes of material thickness. I done this yesterday and got one assembled today. This is not a quick process and I may not get anything further done until I get back after the boot camp a week on Monday but we will see.

Everything was stuck with superglue and all of the parts that are separate are stuck with masking tape for the moment to ensure the parts fit.  The build for one took 4 hours non-stop it’s not perfect so I decided to paint this as number 4/ The most important is number 3 as this is the original so I will do this one last.

CAD drawingCAD drawing
Front of the Main Management ModuleFront of the Main Management Module
Back of the Main Management ModuleBack of the Main Management Module

These are some of the details that I like the most so far.

The shutters are only masking taped on but I think this will look great painted.

The small cabinets look cool and fitting felt a bit weird these not being MDF.

I like the acrylic windows these will look good back painted black the challenge will be gluing them prior to you don’t see the gap. I may chicken out and just make them in two pieces.

So came the painting. Done this as usual in a zenith so I would get a good idea of the shape I was dealing with. This was done in Poundland black and primer grey.

I then moved on I thought about just being them all blue with different colour hatches and door. I decided to try and make a similar colour like I done with the Power hub each different for each number.

Zenithed frontZenithed front
Zenithed backZenithed back
Base coat of red on outside and roof test fit backBase coat of red on outside and roof test fit back
Base coat of red on outside and roof test fit frontBase coat of red on outside and roof test fit front

So there we have it, my weekends work so far. Not all of it I have 3 bags full of components for the 3 other hubs. I didn’t like building these they are not symmetrical enough for me and lines that should flow don’t (on the paper model and mine).

Good start on this. Hopeful to finish this up with something I like. May be just over a week before my next update. Time to start putting things aside for the boot camp!

So it begins... Again - Main Management Module.

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I played more infinity at the weekend and realised I have way too little terrain. Luckily enough I have the management module to do. Fired up I loaded up the drawings and started to go through converting my 3D drawing to 2D for laser cutting.

I started to lose motivation just drawing so I decided to do the roof section fully to base coat and leaving only weathering and glow effects. Then go with renewed vigour to get the rest done.

Drawing of roof, components and masks required. Drawing of roof, components and masks required.

I laser cut everything out of the usual 0.5 and 1mm card and 2mm MDF. I also cut some 2mm clear acrylic to use as glass and assembled with superglue (minus the acrylic). I done a basecoat of black with and grey and dusty blue speckle.

Here I tried something awesome. I used dots of liquid mask to stick down masks and used to offcut of the mask to position this on the model. This worked and was accurate to 1mm which is good for this.

I then used a heaver light grey and a blue grey for the main colour leaving the darker M using an airbrush.

On a side note. The full name for this building in infinity is “M3 Main Management Module” I think the M3 is the shorting of main management module I wanted 4 of these so took a liberty to remove the words and change the numbers and colours. Just so you don’t need to point this out 🙂

Mask Mask "glued" with Liquid mask

I removed this mask and then removed the dots with a ball of liquid mask. I then added more masks (one pictured) in the corner and the hazard stripers beside the ladders were done using white through my airbrush and then the masks removed in the same way.

 

 

All 4 roofs with main and second mask completed. All 4 roofs with main and second mask completed.

I blacked out all non raised detail with a brush.

I painted the coloured components and the handles and grey fixings in a very light grey and attached them with superglue.

I also painted some BB’s white for the lights and glued with superglue.

The Acrylic was back sprayed black leaving the protective backing on instead of masking.

 

Base painted roofs. Base painted roofs.
2D card building compaired with 3D part. 2D card building compaired with 3D part.

So there we have it. All done up and ready for the building elevations to be added.

Back to the drawing board for me now. I have a lot of work ahead of me and a few decisions to make.

This felt so much better than just sitting (re)drawing for a week. Feels good to break this up. More to come!

Finishing the service area.

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Fun afternoon finishing this up.

Glad this is done. The project was supposed to be faster than this. but I am now the proud owner of some more infinity terrain.

My aim was to make something used but not in disrepair and failing. I looked at roofs around me. Good thing about living in flats and looked at some of the sheet metal roofs around.

Here is what I done.

I glued and done all the wet painting I wanted to do. I started on the roof by spraying brown from afar just on the top and a very thin dusty coat. I then went back in and used Vallejo streaking grime again from afar. This gave a good base to work from I then dried this with a hair dryer and then sprayed water on the top and then again with streaking grime. I then used an old dry brush to streak the sides. I then used some medium to water down the pink and sprayed around the lettering I lightened this with white and done the same finer this time. I then went in with a drybrush to try and give it that 80’s neon glow effect. Not as good as I have seen, but I like it.I glued and done all the wet painting I wanted to do. I started on the roof by spraying brown from afar just on the top and a very thin dusty coat. I then went back in and used Vallejo streaking grime again from afar. This gave a good base to work from I then dried this with a hair dryer and then sprayed water on the top and then again with streaking grime. I then used an old dry brush to streak the sides. I then used some medium to water down the pink and sprayed around the lettering I lightened this with white and done the same finer this time. I then went in with a drybrush to try and give it that 80’s neon glow effect. Not as good as I have seen, but I like it.
I went on to take some black wash and spray round the base I knew I would be using grey industrial weathering powder and this tends to lighten things so wanted to go in with something dark before this. I went on to take some black wash and spray round the base I knew I would be using grey industrial weathering powder and this tends to lighten things so wanted to go in with something dark before this.

I designed the panel in CAD again. I don’t know why this this is so much faster than trying to create with any other drawing programs I have. Also, I can ensure the scale is correct and it will fit.

I then put this in some photo editing software and coloured it. I wanted to match the neon colour of the sign to make them stand out.

I then prepared as I did for the power hub with gloss varnish then cut to size ready to apply.

Some weathering powder and I am done. I do like this and I tried to think out where to weather. I think the machines would be in good condition, but the housing would just need a deep clean. Most of the muck is on the top as most buildings are.Some weathering powder and I am done. I do like this and I tried to think out where to weather. I think the machines would be in good condition, but the housing would just need a deep clean. Most of the muck is on the top as most buildings are.
The back ddosnt look as plain as I though it would. The white line and the red break this up enough for me not to feel it needs more. The back ddosnt look as plain as I though it would. The white line and the red break this up enough for me not to feel it needs more.
I think the roof looks like the one I can see from my window. You can still see some white but it's dirty where the rain would have pooled and ran.  I think the roof looks like the one I can see from my window. You can still see some white but it's dirty where the rain would have pooled and ran.
I have decided I do not like acrylic streaking effects. I perhaps do not know how to use them but the oil ones I have used in the past are far superior.I have decided I do not like acrylic streaking effects. I perhaps do not know how to use them but the oil ones I have used in the past are far superior.
A hungry Devil Dog looking for food only to be disappointed. His bad day turns out to be an ambush!A hungry Devil Dog looking for food only to be disappointed. His bad day turns out to be an ambush!

And that’s it done. I have a lot of non hobby work coming up (I hope) and the hobby challenge is going to keep me busier still. Thinking about what to do…

This project is not going on hold as I know I will still be doing things even though I am busy. I have a management module to do after all. It may be a little longer between updates.

Hope you think this is as fun as I do. Was good to take a break from reality and make a cat shaped building.

More to come, soon-ish…

Painting the Service Area

Tutoring 11
Skill 11
Idea 11
2 Comments

Been a bit of a week for me in non-hobby land. Still found time to hobby!

Midweek I loved the comments on the Hobby Hangout I got I did see someone advising of a spelling mistake. Please feel free to point this out with other comments. I do this Blog as fun and so that it’s useful (mostly to myself). Spelling and writing is very much not my strongpoint. Any comment to improve the project or the blog is very much appreciated.

Sadly the above made the project move to the top which was unintended and sorry if you clicked on and didn’t see an update. I also learned that titles and single image text do not spellcheck.

I started to get the Service Area painted. I knew I didn’t want to hand paint this it’s too big and I needed to add interest onto this. I decided to do some blends. I wanted to keep the service area itself the same colours roughly as the picture.

I started by painting the Service Area white then masking the model off.

Here are a few tips:

  • You can bend masking tape around curves. The thinner the masking tape the easier this is. You can do this inlayers if you need it to be thicker.
  • Save your good (expensive) tape for edges, use the cheap stuff to fill in or use paper and stick it down.
  • Take some of the stickiness of cheap masking take off so it doesn’t pull the paint off.
  • You can mask then cut round of you have an edge to place your blade against.
  • After masking and cutting go round and ensure all edges are pushed down.
  • If you leave masking tape on for some time use a hairdryer for a few seconds to loosen the adhesive before pulling the tape off.
  • You can place a blade on the asking tape and lift up to cut the tape.
  • if you have parts that fit together you may already have some waste material you can use for a mask.
  • Just before painting check for spots you have not masked. This has saved me more than a few times and it’s difficult to see what you have not masked (including here).
  • The more time you spend masking the better it will be. (the below was as fast as I could go)

I am not the best at masking, I never give it the time it deserves. I just want results, this is terrain and I treat it as such and any problems I can turn into features. If you want a close to perfect finish you can get it but take the time to do it.

I Sprayed white. then done a grey face over the front and the back. Then masked.

Sprayed white then masked the trim then went onto the final colour red I done a darker red at the bottom then went over everything in a light red then unmasked.

I sprayed the base grey and speckled (sprayed from afar) with two shades of blue and black to give some texture. I hand painted the sign in a pink, this will get a glow effect when done.I sprayed the base grey and speckled (sprayed from afar) with two shades of blue and black to give some texture. I hand painted the sign in a pink, this will get a glow effect when done.
I felt that the railings didn’t look like they fitted in. I went back to the laser cutter and made some mounting points for the railing. This detail is in the original photo. Do not know why I didn’t spot this before. I painted this solid red as the side of it was almost the height of the railing. I felt that the railings didn’t look like they fitted in. I went back to the laser cutter and made some mounting points for the railing. This detail is in the original photo. Do not know why I didn’t spot this before. I painted this solid red as the side of it was almost the height of the railing.
I painted the containers without taking pictures. This was simple, I painted the inside white so that you can see the contents (which I decided to leave out?). After this I used the cut-out pieces from the laser cutter as a mask. I push fit everything back together and sprayed white then went in with a two-colour fade from dark at the bottom to light. After this I took off the front and removed the MDF mask. Hand painted the product rails, put in the acrylic and used PVA to mount the glazing so this didn’t fog up. Pushed everything back together and it didn’t need glue so left this (if I wish to fill this later). I painted the containers without taking pictures. This was simple, I painted the inside white so that you can see the contents (which I decided to leave out?). After this I used the cut-out pieces from the laser cutter as a mask. I push fit everything back together and sprayed white then went in with a two-colour fade from dark at the bottom to light. After this I took off the front and removed the MDF mask. Hand painted the product rails, put in the acrylic and used PVA to mount the glazing so this didn’t fog up. Pushed everything back together and it didn’t need glue so left this (if I wish to fill this later).
Had a hiccup. My wedding ring put a dark line on the front and back so had to mix up a colour to fix this. It worked but you can still see this under camera but not in real life. Here is the back. Had a hiccup. My wedding ring put a dark line on the front and back so had to mix up a colour to fix this. It worked but you can still see this under camera but not in real life. Here is the back.
Everything together. I like the contrast of the fun building with a drab paintjob and the boring vending machines and exciting colourful paintjobs. Everything together. I like the contrast of the fun building with a drab paintjob and the boring vending machines and exciting colourful paintjobs.

So that’s me so far. I have a to do list today:

  1. highlight everything I may just do this with thin white to make it pop apart from the red on the building.
  2. Glue everything. Most is push fit assemblies at the moment.
  3. Weather this. This will be very difficult as a white roof you don’t normally see would not be white on any day apart from the day of construction.
  4. Do the sign, give it a glow with an airbrush of pink and then hand highlight it to pop.
  5. Make and fix on the control panels on the vending machines.

Almost done and then I need to get my thinking cap on for the Hobby Challenge. Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this time.

 

Changing up the service area

Tutoring 15
Skill 14
Idea 14
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It’s been a long week I had some work stuff to do but still found time for hobby.

I have progressed the design a bit as you will see below was not happy with the original prototype. This felt as though I didn’t put any effort in.

I have also made the files for these available for people as I don’t think it can tread on anyone’s toes. I would ask that if you know someone that’s wants this, can you direct them here and not send them the link below.

Link to One drive with the Vending Machines and service area

If you decide to make any let me know on the forums or create your own project to see what you do with it! I have made them DXF for comparability and if you wish help on them I can offer limited support via the comments section on this thread. There is also a 3D vending machine in case anyone wants to edit this and create a 3d print.

Now all that nonsense is over with, here’s what I done and why.

  I clad the outside of the service area in 0.5mm card like I have laid out in the drawings. This worked but it could be damaged easily. I placed it on the model marked and then cut to length.  I was not happy with how robust this was and it creased on one of the parts. This also got me thinking about a comment for neon lights, I liked this but had to figure out a way to do this. I also ended up not liking the size and scale of this. it would be pretty massive. I clad the outside of the service area in 0.5mm card like I have laid out in the drawings. This worked but it could be damaged easily. I placed it on the model marked and then cut to length. I was not happy with how robust this was and it creased on one of the parts. This also got me thinking about a comment for neon lights, I liked this but had to figure out a way to do this. I also ended up not liking the size and scale of this. it would be pretty massive.
The redesign. I made this smaller to fit 3 vending machines. I also changed the text from an innie to an outie and split this component in two for ease and detail (more on that next).  I added a border to frame the building this also added detail to the back and I made the bow more 3D to add detail. It looked kind of flat. Not a lot of changes but I feel it has transformed this. I also Added a top section for support. The redesign. I made this smaller to fit 3 vending machines. I also changed the text from an innie to an outie and split this component in two for ease and detail (more on that next). I added a border to frame the building this also added detail to the back and I made the bow more 3D to add detail. It looked kind of flat. Not a lot of changes but I feel it has transformed this. I also Added a top section for support.
The changes to the text were a great idea. Glad I done this based on feedback. I need to explain this picture as it no doubt looks strange. I have 2mm MDF with an offset 0.5mm cut-out behind this. I couldn't photograph this any better to illustrate this.  The 2mm text is cut out completely loose letters. and 0.5 is all attached via a line through it. After laser cutting i placed masking tape over all the letters. Turned this over. Glued only on the letter section leaving the line on the 0.5mm card and then stuck this down before removing the masking tape and removing the backing and the 2mm letters. This worked great and was much easier to glue. It also has the bonus of looking like everything's connected. The changes to the text were a great idea. Glad I done this based on feedback. I need to explain this picture as it no doubt looks strange. I have 2mm MDF with an offset 0.5mm cut-out behind this. I couldn't photograph this any better to illustrate this. The 2mm text is cut out completely loose letters. and 0.5 is all attached via a line through it. After laser cutting i placed masking tape over all the letters. Turned this over. Glued only on the letter section leaving the line on the 0.5mm card and then stuck this down before removing the masking tape and removing the backing and the 2mm letters. This worked great and was much easier to glue. It also has the bonus of looking like everything's connected.

I changed the way I don’t the cladding here. Not that it does not work on the card route I just wanted something more durable. A more even finish could be obtained from using he card.

I cut out a strip of plasticard and used the card for a template to get the right size then cut to length. This was then stuck down with superglue. the tricky part was the curves and I just done these in sections.

Here is the completed build together with the vending machines. To complete this I stuck down the front and back trim with PVA and filled the sides with Plastic Putty and sanded everything as best I could without touching the front of the card. Here is the completed build together with the vending machines. To complete this I stuck down the front and back trim with PVA and filled the sides with Plastic Putty and sanded everything as best I could without touching the front of the card.
I filled in the construction holes on the back with plastic putty and again sanded this. I filled in the construction holes on the back with plastic putty and again sanded this.
I primed this with matt black and hit it with grey from the top and 45 degrees. I couldn't help myself I unmasked the windows on the vending machines but the time when you want glare I didn't get any.I primed this with matt black and hit it with grey from the top and 45 degrees. I couldn't help myself I unmasked the windows on the vending machines but the time when you want glare I didn't get any.
A comparison on new size vs old size., I am much happier with this design.A comparison on new size vs old size., I am much happier with this design.

So, there you have it! All ready for painting. The only thing I have not done that was in the building stage was to put something in them to buy and design the display to go on the left side of the vending machines.  This will come, and I will share a printable PDF that should be the correct size for this.

As always more to come… Anyone know how long a project must be to break the system?

Guess we will find out.

Designing and building Vending machines

Tutoring 12
Skill 15
Idea 16
6 Comments

What’s more Anime / Japanese than vending machines you can get anything in a vending machine in Japan.

I decided to start to try and come up with a cool design for this. I have seen some of the things available from the companies online and this is great chance to try and cut acrylic on my laser which I need to do on my next Ice Storm building (have not done this before).

I wanted this to be as simple as I could but have enough detail to have fun. In fact I wanted this to be a quick fun project to get a few more under my belt before I start something longer and more complex.

If you have read all of this so far, for one congratulations on reading, looking and watching all of this massive project log. for two this probably is not going to be so simple.

 

I designed this in an evening though this is the alpha i decided to remove the 3 pieces on each corner to simplify this.I designed this in an evening though this is the alpha i decided to remove the 3 pieces on each corner to simplify this.
Here is the flats that I made showing all the components. I decided to make 4 due to my A4 material constraints I did make too many of the back pieces as these sometimes distort the way i cut these. Here is the flats that I made showing all the components. I decided to make 4 due to my A4 material constraints I did make too many of the back pieces as these sometimes distort the way i cut these.
All the components cut out and ready for assembly.All the components cut out and ready for assembly.
This is showing the build process. I start from making the box and putting the prduct rails in theen add the sides and then the feet. I have not glued in the clear acylic or removed the protective film. to make painting easier.This is showing the build process. I start from making the box and putting the prduct rails in theen add the sides and then the feet. I have not glued in the clear acylic or removed the protective film. to make painting easier.

At this stage I was set but knowing me, I don’t like to have these kicking around aimlessly. I do like it and I may do this for a few others but do a bit more of a paint job on them.

I needed something more, something more fantastical and imaginative. So I took to the internet for inspiration…

And here it is. A cat shaped vending machine enclosure!And here it is. A cat shaped vending machine enclosure!
Drew this out. It should still be simple but there are a few things to work out. I will come to that at the end. Drew this out. It should still be simple but there are a few things to work out. I will come to that at the end.
Cut out and assembled with the vending machines in situ. I am so happy with this there are a few missing pieces in the lettering they belong to the carpet god.Cut out and assembled with the vending machines in situ. I am so happy with this there are a few missing pieces in the lettering they belong to the carpet god.

This provides line of sight blocking terrain on my tables and I think it’s fun.

What worked well.

  1. The vending machines look great and they don’t need any further work. I just cut and assemble no further work  needing done on the drawings. I usually make ones to start then make changes but I think these will be finals.
  2. almost all the begs turned out so I did not need to mess around to much I did add two missing peg holes from the base.
  3. The vending machines can be removed from this. This means I can use them as scatter terrain or even tip one or two over to break up the terrain.

What I need to work on now…

  1. Find a way to clad the outside to fill in the massive hole on the sides. I want to be cheap. I could use plasticard but would rather use card. I have not stuck this down for this reason.
  2. I need to be able to cut out the text and not lose the bits. I think this is possible but will have to try and just out just the letters from scrap to get the bits.
  3. the back of this is very plain and requires some filling due to construction holes. I may do graffiti? Don’t know yet.
  4. What do I put in them. I want something quick and not have to make 48 28mm Twix and Packets of crisps.

Apart from all of the things to do this has been great fun and very fast, 3 nights work. This is the way to go on a project rather than months. Things are so much faster when you are just drawing and not caring about matching something exactly.

Let me know if you have any ideas for this or future side projects I can do!

Photo base board

Tutoring 9
Skill 8
Idea 9
2 Comments

I am happy with my terrain and miniatures but it doesn’t tell a story. I am limited by my camera as good as my smartphone is so my finished pictures can only be so good. I am also not that creative when it comes to photography. Though I know what looks good.

This is a little side tangent I done in a day (i thought 3 – 4 hours). Don’t worry there will be more to come in terms of terrain but I may take another tangent before I finish up Ice Storm with the Main Management Module.

I started by looking to see what materials I had. I had a A3 3mm MDF board from another finished project. I placed this in my pop up photo booth and this was a good fit as my photo booth bulges at the sides.

I sketched out what I wanted. Namely a place for two buildings and a place for containers and a road to make my bases bake sense as I have had mixed feedback on these.

 

The plan and everything drawn on and in the booth. The plan and everything drawn on and in the booth.
I pushed on and done the kerbs first out of strips of plastic cut. I then filled the joins. I then filled in the pavement area with Milliput let it half dry then went over with the bottom of a tool to put a texture on it and then put in pavement spacers randomly as this is how it is done outside my house. After this I put in filler into the road and texturized this with a cloth and made some parts crack. I pushed on and done the kerbs first out of strips of plastic cut. I then filled the joins. I then filled in the pavement area with Milliput let it half dry then went over with the bottom of a tool to put a texture on it and then put in pavement spacers randomly as this is how it is done outside my house. After this I put in filler into the road and texturized this with a cloth and made some parts crack.
I went ahead and drew this and  laser cut some card on hindsight I should have made the hatch on the back loading bay larger. I went ahead and drew this and laser cut some card on hindsight I should have made the hatch on the back loading bay larger.
I primed everything in matt black and then went over in grey lightly.  After this I used white to ill out all the sections that were to be white / light. I primed everything in matt black and then went over in grey lightly. After this I used white to ill out all the sections that were to be white / light.
After spraying a final colour I masked off a piece, then sprayed the next colour then masked this off and sprayed the next layer. This was a little more time consuming than I wished. After spraying a final colour I masked off a piece, then sprayed the next colour then masked this off and sprayed the next layer. This was a little more time consuming than I wished.
This process continued until I had a nice present waiting to be unwrapped. This process continued until I had a nice present waiting to be unwrapped.
After this was unmasked I added some weathering powders to match the bases and my scenery this looks very much over the top here but in the pictures it looks ok. Also the green screen didnt work out. The green relects on the white sceanery and it looks very off in a picure when you cut out the green. After this was unmasked I added some weathering powders to match the bases and my scenery this looks very much over the top here but in the pictures it looks ok. Also the green screen didnt work out. The green relects on the white sceanery and it looks very off in a picure when you cut out the green.

After all that It was done. Sadly this took all day I wish it had been quicker (a case of should have, would have, could have)

I can however take photo’s that show everything the best it can be This shot is a little side but it gets this idea over.

Khawarij is caught unawares by an Ninja assasin on his way to restart the power hub. Luckily his boadyguard Zhaydan is no slouch.Khawarij is caught unawares by an Ninja assasin on his way to restart the power hub. Luckily his boadyguard Zhaydan is no slouch.

That’s an end to this very short part of the project. I think I may just go onto something of my own creation next before continuing with the management module. this is drawn and below there is a sneak peek. I am in the process of rediscovering how I build it and making it flat to laser cut.

Sneak Peek of the Main Management ModuleSneak Peek of the Main Management Module

Weathering and detailing the Power Hubs.

Tutoring 9
Skill 11
Idea 10
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So it’s been a while (probably not but feels that way) but I have not been idle. I have officially finished all 3 power hubs.  I still think the purple one is my favourite which is strange because I like the original artwork so much.

How did I get here from my last post? Glad you asked

I started by getting the transfers I required down. These were simple however I did use a little trick. I typed out what I needed  POWH-20023, 5 and 7. POWH-20020 is the original art POWH-200231 was my first prototype so the numbers keep counting. The font I was using didn’t look good when i done a 4 so decided to move up in odd numbers. 

I tried to use the same colour as the background making the text blue and purple. I couldn’t get the correct colour.  I brought this into photo editing software and used the eye dropper tool to select the correct colour for both. Handy tip if you cant find the right colour.

I could have taken this a step further and removed the yellow background colour from my selection and when i put the transparency on top it would have looked right. But I didn’t take it this far.

I then printed this off and masked it down while I gloss coated it with my airbrush. I cut these out and checked scale and then applied the waterslide transfers. After this was done I gloss coated again then matt coated the transfers and surrounding area.

Also note that I only used the top part of the printer paper that means I can feed it back through for more transfers and waste less, I also printed spares in case I messed up.

I done this now so that any weathering could go over them and not look out of place.

 

I moved onto making the control panels for the Power Hubs. I didn’t like the look I got last time from trying to photograph the original and pasting it in. The angles were not right and the quality of the print shows in the photo and not on the original buildings.

I though about transfers but I didn’t feel this would add anything plus I wanted them glossy and to pop out of the models as focal points as they may be used as objectives during the games.

I tried to draw them this didn’t work out to well as I couldn’t get this to work the way I wanted. So I done them in CAD as this made my life easier.

I then put this in my photo editing software and filled in the spaces and changed the colours I added a filter to try and break them up and make them pop a little more. I think this worked on the models the do stand out.

I then prepped these the same as the transfers but left them gloss painted the sides black and glued down with PVA at the end so not to get any weathering on them.

I edge highlighted all of the barker faces and the sides but deliberately didn’t do the elevations. I felt the blend had enough of a natural highlight to it. It just needed some details picking out.

I didn’t take any progress shots of the weathering but to explain my actions…

I knew these needed to be weathered but i didn’t want to go down the rust look of the containers. I wanted these to look used but not forgotten. I missed the rust off of these completely.

I mixed up some black ink, matt medium, flow aid and water to make a soot spray. I then used this on all the vents to make these look a little used.

I used weathering power around the bottom to ground the terrain I also used this on the steps and used paint to wear the trends before applying the powder. I liked this simple effect rather than rusting the thing to death. I think this approach is far more realistic than anything else I done. I looked out of my window to look at the roads and buildings around and they were mostly dusty at the bottom and soot stained at the top.

After this i glued in the control panels and done the lighting effects on the sides and top by spraying Prussian blue down followed by white. These looked better with a darker background but how much light do you see in the day 🙂

I was then done at last! (well this part)

Named Side of a blue Power HubNamed Side of a blue Power Hub
Control panel Side of a blue Power HubControl panel Side of a blue Power Hub
Named Side of the purple Power HubNamed Side of the purple Power Hub
Control panel Side of the purple Power HubControl panel Side of the purple Power Hub
Side of the purple Power Hub showing the lighting detailsSide of the purple Power Hub showing the lighting details
Top of the purple Power Hub showing the lighting detailsTop of the purple Power Hub showing the lighting details

So that’s that then. Overall happy with this. It has been a long time coming. Can’t help feel they look very sad sat out there on their own in the pictures…

Despite the ups and downs I am glad I done this and finished it when I gave up a while back and started painting models. This is why you may notice when I am not updating this project I am in my other project painting. It’s whatever floats my boat. If a project gets you down move away but definitely come back.

This was from 2 days ago, what have I been up too since? Glad you asked…

Assembling the Power Hub

Tutoring 11
Skill 13
Idea 9
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Quick update from me, I have assembled everything together. This has been a bitter sweet moment.

I seen that my painting plans worked and assembled all the pieces. I was overjoyed until I went to take these photo’s there is one major mistake that I made that is evident in this picture. I was so careful!

So I need to get over this. It’s not something I can fix at this stage. The instructions are crap! Because there isn’t any, apart from a 3D model. 🙂 which I drew. I only have myself to blame.

The funny thing is the closest to “perfect” is the purple one which I wasn’t going to do.  I also prefer this colour Funny how things turn out.

I decided to use PVA glue to stick everything down to avoid any mistakes and to also make it easier to clean up should any glue come out the sides. The rungs are the exception and i pushed these in then glued with superglue from the inside.

All three Power Hubs together. Here you can see the mistake that I made!All three Power Hubs together. Here you can see the mistake that I made!
Purple Power hub. Power Hub side on. I like this the best. Purple Power hub. Power Hub side on. I like this the best.
Purple Power hub. Control panel side.Purple Power hub. Control panel side.
Blue Power hub. Power Hub side on.Blue Power hub. Power Hub side on.
Blue Power hub. Control panel side.Blue Power hub. Control panel side.

That’s where I am at the moment. I have a few decisions to make.

  1. How to make the control panels. This did not look great before, I may need to draw something or make something?
  2. Should weather these the same way I done the containers and Prototype 1.0 Power Hub?
  3. Should I bother highlighting everything (sort of depends on 2)?
  4. Should I make another 2 and do them right?

I deliberately didn’t point out my major mistake/ If you find it then great. To be on such a high and come down to earth is quite brutal at this stage. There truly is too many parts to these buildings.

Feedback and suggestions are welcome at this stage. (and always)

Painting the Power Hub

Tutoring 11
Skill 12
Idea 12
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It’s been a long weekend but the end is nigh. While watching the Games Expo I have been painting my behind off and making lots of errors along the way.

I started off doing some sub assembly’s and painting. Hazard stripes this time using my laser cut template to help. This sped things along and meant i didn’t need to measure anything. This worked well and I will definitely use this in the future.

I painted the power bricks for the ends. This was done by undercoating with grey primer then spraying white then orange. After this I put them into the waste I laser cut from and masked everything but the stripe and the bottom. this allowed me to spray the  red and grey with only one mask. I then hand painted a grey line for under the struts that come out so they would not have an orange background.

This was assembled stages. I  made an jig to help ensure i stuck these down straight. I had painted some small balls and put these in with the paid of a scalpel with a dot of blue tack on it. Everything was mounted with superglue from a cocktail stick.

I then glued the numbers onto the power bricks using PVA this allowed me to move it on the brick to get the correct alignment. (sorry for the troll couldn’t resist)

This was at the point where i decided to make 2 blue and one purple power hubs. I ripped off the side of a failed one and cut a new elevation and stuck it together.  So i needed a few more parts and done these at this point.

 

 

I went ahead and painted all of the side vents. This was simple spray then hand paint the hinges.

I  also sprayed the 0.5mm card I had left yellow.

This is where I had the first of two nightmares. I painted all the rungs of the ladder. First by priming in grey then painting in white and then orange… I then masked each one of the 54 rungs and sprayed grey.

I made this mistake before, they were supposed to be yellow the same as the one I just sprayed.

Instead of just accepting this and pushing on I binned all the rungs cut new ones and done the same steps but painted yellow. I do not wish to know how much time that wasted but the second set turned out better anyway.

I pushed on with my new found drive I was ready to paint the main body of the power hubs.

I blued in the BB’s in the orders and added on the lights to the sides.

I started by painting the top section this was sprayed grey then went over in different blues and then some parts black wash.

It was at this point I seen my mistake. Not on the one pictured but one the second one i made wile i done the first below. I blued in the roof backwards so the walkway did not line up with the stairs… DOH! I had already painted this and did not want to start this from the start. So I plucked up the courage and attached it with a chisel. I managed to break it apart with only minor damage to the model and paint. I then repainted the broken sections using the same method as above.

I then picked out the handles and future rivets in a lighter grey and the vents in black.

I then masked this off so not to get any paint in there.

I painted the blue ones in a light blue and the purple one in a light purple. (it looks very pink but I assure you it’s purple) This sort of reminds me of an ice-cream sandwich.

After this I went on and done by gradients. This was done in three stages. I took a medium colour and added dark and light grey to  do the top and bottom it and then white at the top.

Unmasked and then went in with hand brushing out all the grey. This made it pop like I wanted adding some needed high contrast to them.

After this I want back to the roof and finished off the grooves in the plates with a darker grey to make them pop out a bit more.

So that’s me up to date with this project again. I now have to assemble everything. I am tired, grumpy and hungry so best not rush ahead even though I want to. All of the components are painted sub assemblies complete and painted not bad for a weekends work.

More to come!

Prepairing to paint the Power Hub

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Thought I would post this has it has taken a few hours to do my prep to paint and if I jumped right into painting it may not make sense.  Most of the initial painting will be done with an airbrush for speed and then go in after and put details in by hand.

As I Advised bellow I am parting out some of the painting to make this faster and easier before the final painted assembly before washing etc.

I made a laser cut template to do my hazard lines to ensure these match up properly no matter which pair I use. this should putting on the masking tape after painting yellow very easy.

I used very poor non sticking masking tape to mount all the thin card pieces I will be painting yellow.

I mounted all the power bricks and aligned them all together. With the hope of being able to run strips of masking tape down to paint the red stripe on them. I don’t think this will work but I will try and if not make a painting Jig. |These include standoffs on the back side.

All the handles have been stuck down I will paint them all orange then one strip of masking under and over the top then spray grey.

The light sections for the power brick are all ready to paint then tick on and then some hand painting then the tiny balls added.

The side vents are ready to be put on  again with small standoffs so that they don’t end up with a large line through them. I still need to add the hinges but that’s future Soap’s problem.

 

Almost ready to start to paint. I hope this will come together quickly so I can go onto a brand new building.

Still wondering if I should paint them both blue or if I should go for another colour on the second one.  This may need to wait to Friday so I can give it the time it deserves.

Building the Power Hub

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So great news, no Boring video of me making these! (still unsure how useful or interesting they are and it was a pain)

I built 2 of v.2’s today I got for how much building was required. I can make 2 – 3 of the containers to 1 power hub and don’t forget the container vids were sped up 4 times. I am going to break this up into sections with photo’s.

  • Parts
  • Initial construction
  • Layers of detail

I will finish this off with explaining why this is not complete at this point if I am ready to paint.

First is parts. I cut these out of the materials I used for the containers at the start. The containers used 0.5 A4 sheet of MDF 1 sheet of 1mm card and a tiny bit of 0.5mm card.

This requires 1.5 A4 sheets of MDF 2 sheets of 1mm card and 0.5 sheets of 0.5mm card. Total cost in materials is under £2. Still great value if you don’t include time and laser cutter etc.

I also found a temperamental issue with my laser cutter, it’s not done it again since I “fixed” it. Thought this was a slipping belt but I am not so sure.

Enough of the nonsense. I Laser cut the  100’s (I went to count them and got bored) of parts required to make one.

Things to note: The grate between the ladders takes ages to cut. This is also not as fun as you would think getting all of the little pegs out of the tiny holes. This could be done by getting a material with this texture and it will save hours of the life of your laser tube.

Next up is the initial build of this. I started by adding all the detail onto the top plate minus the handles of the matches. I Found this is far easier than trying to do it with it glued in position. Also a great way to make sure of prototypes.  This was all glued with superglue.

I then added the detail on the insides of the rectangle. I done this as it’s very thin, this is 0.5mm card and I used PVA glue as due to experience the card loved to stick when it shouldn’t and then you rip it. This also gives you the location of there to attach the floor plate. Without this you would need to measure.

Finally I dropped in the plate, I used superglue again and for the rest of the construction.  I also put a blob under in each corner and a little over the top. I have a habit of putting drinks on top of unused buildings when playing so this needs to take more weight than miniatures.

 

 

Lastly I then added the first second and third layer of detail.  This takes me to the stage where I am ready to paint.

The rest of the components and the fourth layer of detail. Power bricks, vents, ladder handles and lettering etc. are going to be painted and then added after this. This will allow me to paint faster and cleaner than if they were on the model already and make a much better job of it than on v1.0.

So that’s me all ready to apply paint. This has got me thinking if I should paint the two I am making differently. I would like to retain the orange and yellow accents. So possibly a green or a purple to go with this?

Let me know if you have any suggestions. One is definitely going to be the blue.

Time to gear myself up for the next stage.

The design of the Power Hub

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This is what I am currently working on. This was quite advanced in the past but due to me getting bogged down in the detail I didn’t make much progress. Today I changed that!

The concept was again simple. Make the operation ice storm power hub in 3D.

This has many more parts than the containers and more layers of detail. It’s more complex and thus challenging to design, build and as I found paint.

 

Operation Ice Storm ower Hub.Operation Ice Storm ower Hub.

So I started to draw this out. This process took a while and as ever I have been back to the drawing board quite a few times. Thanks to modern tech I don’t need to start from scratch every time.

CAD drawing of the HubCAD drawing of the Hub
Prototype 1.0 Painted. Not much to say about this it has all the elements I am looking for but there are loads of mistakes and improvements that need done. Prototype 1.0 Painted. Not much to say about this it has all the elements I am looking for but there are loads of mistakes and improvements that need done.
Prototype 1.1. All the mistakes are fixed but it still needs those improvements. Prototype 1.1. All the mistakes are fixed but it still needs those improvements.

ow is the time to look in detail what I changed.

The first thing that needed to change was the side vents. These were a nightmare to put together. With no positioning guides I had to measure and that never go’s well during assembly This is why they are all over the place on v1.0 and v1.1

The second thing that needed changes was the LED’s that i used for the lights. These were very expensive LED’s (I have no idea why) the thought of wasting them on this made me uneasy.

The third thing I needed to change was the power bricks on the narrow sides. These were originally in 4 pieces and difficult to paint when attached to the model.

So I decided to change these issues for the better for v1.2 the so far final design.

I added notches to the side vents and increased the size of the hinges. (so much faster and better now!

I got me some balls! These are tiny call bearings from China. Very cheap but took ages to be delivered. these are for added detail in the narrow side. I also got Big plastic BB’s for BB guns I will use these instead of the LED’s.

I changed the design of the power brick to allow for more detail so I didn’t need to paint this in I also made this into a 4 component piece allowing for a faster build.

So that’s me ready to Build.

I have a load of different things I could do to simplify this further but at this stage I just want two completed and painted then I can move over to the management module (which is already drawn but that’s another story) then get out of the ice. (it’s been so cold)

Painting the container.

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I had it all zenith’d  up and ready to go. Under close inspections the paint schemes of the containers are very complex. This is what makes them amazing, so it has to be done!

The first one I done was the Mototronica design. This was is in my eyes the easiest one and great for a prototype.

I Sprayed white and then went in with blue at the bottom then went in and picked out all the details with the final colours.

This looked great but when I was done it was missing something. After getting some feedback from WAYPN, I needed to do the logo. I had already painted the thing but I could not argue with good advice.

I used the laser cutter to make a template mask that could fit onto the model and allow me to spray a white circle as I knew I didn’t want to freehand this and it’s not cheap to get your own transfers made.  I done this also to some of the more complex paint schemes using the waste from laser cutting. These are complex but are a time saver.  This could also be done with masking tape or freehand.

I found this amazing human being on the infinity forms who has recreated all of the logo’s from infinity. https://forum.corvusbelli.com/threads/high-res-logo-vectors.380/

I then scaled these and printed onto transfer paper. I knew I couldn’t place these and just hope they fit so experimented with cutting them into three transfers (this later turned out to be 7).

With some fiddling I manager to get these on and then gloss then matt coated them with varnish and weathered to match the rest.

My homemade transfers are great on flat solid things but on homemade containers, not so much. I had to creatively weather them to hide this and try and turn a problem into a feature. Below should make your skin crawl if you like transfers as much as I do.

for reference if you are thinking about doing this, this is the process:

  1. Get transfer paper suitable for your printer, e.g. laser printer or Ink Jet printer.
  2. Print your design on the shiny side of the paper.
  3. Allow this to dry and don’t touch it or it will smudge.
  4. Gloss coat everything in thin layers letting this dry in-between layers. (i used an airbrush but i think an aerosol would be better.
  5. Cut out then trim to size.
  6. I used Decal fix but you could just use water. I would avoid any kind of topping that will break down the varnish or the ink will  run.

The bellow also takes you on my little production run which is probably why I will make very few of these again in the future.

I also decided in later revisions to leave off the hazard tape marked areas and apply them after. This is a paint to do in an individual basis but is great if you do a bulk of them at once. I would advise to make spares if you are ever doing this.

  1. I stuck everything down on a sheet and reversed my masking tape to be sticky side up.
  2. I then sprayed everything in an undercoat of white then sprayed in yellow.
  3. After this I masked with better quality hobby masking tape as pictured bellow
  4. Then sprayed black.

After this I stuck these on using superglue and was very careful not to use to much to avoid damaging the rest of the paint.

So after making and painting everything as best I could. I washed heavily wiped this off, let dry. Then weathered with orange, brown and black paint with a torn sponge for rust. Last thing was another coat of matt varnish to give everything an even finish.

Here is one of each of the ones I have painted so far.

The prototypesThe prototypes
All of the ones minus the prototypes that I have made so far. All of the ones minus the prototypes that I have made so far.

So there you have it all done and I now have great containers to use in my games and can pass on my card ones to get people into the game!

My journey with containers is not over though. I have many more to do to match each of the sets I have. At least I know what I am in for now.

I now feel the need for some power! Powerhub is up next and is actually current!

Building the container

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So I am at the point of building the thing… AGAIN for the 11th time but for the sake of continuity this could be the first one.

I decided to do a couple of videos, my first time and I cant say I enjoyed the experience. I have sped this up 4x so not to bore you but it still takes it ‘s time. the setup just to record this is crazy i think i may need some equipment if I were to do this again. So excuse the reflections it was rather sunny today and I put a box over the full thing to remove the reflections but… it kept on making the tripod fall. It is what it is.

At least if you have not seen one working this is a chance.

I setup my material in my laser cutter and go!

I am not making anymore videos on watching a laser go around I promise! It’s dull enough when you are in the room and that’s even with the chance of death.

I got all my bits cut and now it was time to assemble. I had calls to sell these and you can see why I would never do this next.  Again this is sped up 4x times and this was the quickest assembly I have done on one.

There you have it! This is what it takes to build. I made lots of mistakes on building this and I kept on hitting my balanced tripod. The one I built here is the soap one from the project banner.

A few things to note:

  • I used thick superglue,  If you use too much it slides around, if you use too little it dries right away. You need to use the just right amount and don’t do what I done for half this video.
  • I have tried PVA but it tends to require about 10 times the time. It is much neater though.
  • Any taking off of parts and fitting them leaves a fur from the inside of the card. It looks terrible unless you make it into rust then it looks great!
  • The steps / hand rails are better if you do what I done with the last 2 in the video and chamfer them with a blade. I couldn’t really be bothered but I done this with all the others.
  • The handrails get harder with the primer on them they are very porous and absorb the paint. I have had no damage to them since making the first one.
  • You can clean the parts before assembly like I showed at the start and then did not take my own advise and ended up with weathered fingers.
  • I used very cheap spray-paint for this I wouldn’t use anything that cost more than £1 it does the job and is mainly only used to seal the MDF and card and provide a uniform finish when painted fully.

Here are a few pictures of the original test

That’s it all ready for painting which will be up next!

Don’t worry I am not going to show how I painted the Pink one.

The design of the container

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I always loved the Ice storm terrain that came in the box, I felt it was great to be able to open build and play. But the narcissist in me felt they should be 3D and I should make them!

So begins my lapse into insanity that is my infinity terrain. I have been on this for a while in the old forums and stopped to paint some models! Now I have the chance to update this along with the extra special soapdodger container. I also get the chance to focus on one thing at a time. Last time I was doing too much at once and burned out.

This started with making one building for the hobby lab challenge. I needed more!

I had been planning to get a 3d printer or a laser cutter to see what I could do. The laser won out and I started to draw.

The Ice Storm Container (mototronica)The Ice Storm Container (mototronica)

The container was the start, I used CAD software to sketch this out, it takes ages to do this measuring and tweaking and it is also strange to convert a 2d drawing to a 3d object. It is fun and there are tutorials online to use the lots of different software available.

CAD drawing of the container.CAD drawing of the container.

I than had to get to grips with my laser cutter, It’s about the cheapest one out there. The K40 no brand model. Even this I had to make several modifications to and to make it safe. Just for your information I never run it unattended and have a fire extinguisher at had should i need it.

Also should you ask if I would recommend this machine the answer would be no. Horrible software (I live on my own workarounds) and requires a  mechanical mind and a lot of space.

I cut my teeth on plywood and 3mm MDF but this required 0.5mm, 1mm and 2mm stock. I got some plastics for use with the laser cutter but the finish was poor.

I now use 2mm MDF, 1mm and 0.5 mm card stock like the kind you get on the back of sketchbooks. This cuts very well and I have my settings dialled in for the material this took a lot of experimentation to get it to where I am now.

Materials used to laser cut and build with. Materials used to laser cut and build with.

The problem you will see is that I have drawn the thing before selecting my materials!! So I had to go back and make tweaks and make allowances for material thickness.

So I was now ready to start the process of cutting and assembling things.

(please note I have created new content to put in here I done all the same steps but I didn’t paint the rest pink and through my alias on them)