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FoxtrotDelta
post Jun 15 2009, 11:18 AM
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The Imperial Landing Craft. Here's a project I've wanted to do for a while, but couldn't figure what to use to support all the weight. So I decided to use revited aluminum brackets (expensive stuff) to hold and support all the weight of a lot of plastic. Here's what I have so far. This thing is HUGE!!

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pbarny
post Jun 15 2009, 11:54 AM
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So this is going to be scale or close to 1/18 I take it? What will the final dimensions be?

PS: You win. No one's broken out metal working yet.


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post Jun 18 2009, 08:25 PM
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Pbarny, it will be at least 3' in length, 2.5' wide and 1.5', that's the approximate dimensions. It should be close to 1/18 scale to fit 3 3/4" figures. Here's a picture of the rotating side wings. I made two of these, one for the left and another for the right. The band on the bottom right was rated for 550 lbs, that will operate as the track that will help the side wings go up and down, I did a mock up test and it actually works (AWESOME)

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post Jun 19 2009, 06:26 PM
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Looks awesome with the metal, should be an amazing project.


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post Jun 19 2009, 08:40 PM
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Here's the Imperial Landing Crafts framework right rear side, the side wings are now attached, if one side of the wing is lowered or lifted the other side will do the same.

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post Jun 23 2009, 10:56 AM
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Are those green cylinders what I think they are???


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post Jun 23 2009, 11:44 AM
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QUOTE (DnJcustoms @ Jun 23 2009, 10:56 AM) *
Are those green cylinders what I think they are???


I don't know. You tell me what you think they are than I'll say if they are what you think they are. dry.gif

The frame definitely is working out. 550lbs on that band? I'm taking that to the gym!!!


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post Jun 23 2009, 06:14 PM
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Pbarney and DnJ,

If you're talking about the green plastic cylinders, Yes you can tell me what they are and may be, you may be right and may be you may be wrong, either way don't worry, those are just the empty plastic tubes, I sawed them in half, it had a screw on lid which made it waterproof, its great for holding maps and keeping them dry, but I hardly use maps now, its all computerized. So it was just sitting around and I thought they would work fine for what I need it to do.
By the way, here's an update. This is the rear engine panels which will be painted white.

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post Jun 23 2009, 06:40 PM
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How did you construct the rear engine pieces? they seem almost vacu-formed.


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post Jun 23 2009, 07:28 PM
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QUOTE (FoxtrotDelta @ Jun 23 2009, 06:14 PM) *
Pbarney and DnJ,

If you're talking about the green plastic cylinders, Yes you can tell me what they are and may be, you may be right and may be you may be wrong,


I'm just playing around like normal (using an old Tommy Chong routine) thumbup.gif

Those engines look like old router casing/alarm clock or something similar.


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post Jun 24 2009, 03:31 PM
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QUOTE (FoxtrotDelta @ Jun 23 2009, 06:14 PM) *
If you're talking about the green plastic cylinders, Yes you can tell me what they are and may be, you may be right and may be you may be wrong, either way don't worry, those are just the empty plastic tubes, I sawed them in half, it had a screw on lid which made it waterproof, its great for holding maps and keeping them dry, but I hardly use maps now, its all computerized. So it was just sitting around and I thought they would work fine for what I need it to do.


They look a lot like the shipping and storage tubes for military-issue pyrotechnics (green star clusters, white star parachutes, etc). I almost had a flashback. LOL.


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post Jun 24 2009, 08:23 PM
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Delaton,

The rear engine panel was constructed from, believe it or not, a desk inbox organizer, it was cut in half, flipped to the side then the exhuast ports were drilled and cut out.
By the way, thanks for the advice on landing struts.

DnJ,

Did not mean to give you some flashbacks there, so how many years did you do and what was your MOS? Send me a PM when you get the chance.

Pbarney,

The band I used is a gutted Nylon Cording, it's rated at 550lbs of tensile strength, also known as 550 cord, which I'm sure DnJ is very familiar with.

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post Jun 27 2009, 01:34 PM
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Again, here's the rear engines, this time with the wings lowered to flight position and with styrene and "desk organizer" painted and installed. Slowly but surely, inch by inch.

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post Jun 27 2009, 05:49 PM
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Will the crew compartment be detailed inside?


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post Jun 28 2009, 10:42 AM
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FoxTrot,

This is a very ambitious project and you look to be doing a wonderful job with it so far. I'm curious to know how much planning out in advance you did to work on the Landing Craft? With the design of the frame, you must have spent some considerable time figuring out where the bracing and joints should be placed. It's obviously a massive vehicle in terms of area covered, how heavy are you expecting it to be? And how do you plan on displaying it?

Looking forward to further updates!

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post Jun 30 2009, 09:01 PM
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Delaton,

Yes there will be a crew compartment as well as the passenger and cargo hold.


CorranHorn,

I did the planning for the frame work a while back, it took about a week for me to figure out how I could use the least amount of frame (because the stuff is expensive) without sacrificing the structures integrity. Then it took another three days cutting, drilling and riveting, but then again, I only spend an hour here and there working on it(got other commitments). This thing will probably weigh at least 7-12 lbs. I plan on displaying it by hanging from the ceiling or just sitting on a metal box I have thats on the floor.

Here's the control panels for the crew compartment area.

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post Jul 3 2009, 08:10 AM
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Looks great so far. thumbup.gif


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post Jul 28 2009, 06:46 PM
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Can't wait to see this completed. Great job so far.
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post Mar 20 2010, 06:18 AM
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Any word on this one yet???


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