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  1. #741

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    Not much time to post this week.

    Some major work and modifications were accomplished.

    https://i.imgur.com/BeQeKvR.jpg






    Now for the big shield
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  2. #742

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    Just Another Energy Cannon;


    Not bloody likely.


    So after all that work I'm covering it with a sheet of Plastic




    https://i.imgur.com/9djtpnR.jpg



    But I'll make it removable for painting and displaying the interior.




    https://i.imgur.com/UEKzy6d.jpg



    I have to admit I really like this design


    https://i.imgur.com/d7EsNbR.jpg



    I believe it's an worthy complement to the Plasma Blaster without being just another energy weapon.
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    Yes the design looks really great. I admire your perseverance on that project. Keep on it

  4. #744

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    Cowl,


    One of the interesting features of this weapon is the cowl.


    I began with just a curved piece of 0.020 inch ( 0,5 mm) styrene and reinforced the underside to lock into place on the rotating breach.


    I then began to reinforce the underlayment seen here with 0.080 inch (2,0 mm) stringers.


    See image below:


    https://i.imgur.com/dXaRULQ.jpg



    This is the fun part because I had to figure out how to build this without gluing it to the underlying structure; sort of in mid-air.


    I need to have this removable so I can paint the thing. Plus I'd like to pop off the cowl to show the underlying work.


    The cowl had to be modified from the original because of the greater diameter of the gun barrels and the greater length.
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  5. #745

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    Project For a Rainy Day


    It's been quite a while since I began this particular weapon; November 14, 2021 to be precise.


    Actually it's quite an involved construction and three months isn't that long.


    Last evening I put the finishing touches on the inner framework and am ready to apply the secondary stringers.


    The hard part is that I want to be able to remove this cowling occasionally so it has to be rigid enough to maintain its shape when standing alone:


    https://i.imgur.com/4vpC3Qb.jpg



    And in place on the barrel assembly:
    https://i.imgur.com/5OvrZWw.jpg



    The front quarter view reveals the modifications necessary to accommodate the larger caliber barrels:


    https://i.imgur.com/KmXQHao.jpg



    Next the mount arm adaptor.
    Last edited by Blackadder; 02-18-2022 at 10:14 AM.
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  6. #746

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    A Cure for a Rainy Day.


    For the first time I've set the main weapons side by side in their relative mount positions on the model and I have to say I'm pleased with the result.


    Both weapons still need a lot of detail work but as far as size and balance they seem to be compatible; neither overpowering nor outsized for the Titan itself.


    https://i.imgur.com/LnXygLD.jpg



    Someone voiced concern that the Gatling Blaster would be out of place and was too big for the model but I believe the scale is proper.


    It does not have the sleekness of the Plasma Cannon but when paired up with the Quake Cannon (to be addressed at a later date) I think it will serve as a proper addition to the arsenal.




    https://i.imgur.com/ixQpY8q.jpg



    I figured I'll take an image before I cover the barrel cowl with sheet styrene but the more I look at it the more I think it a crime to cover all that detail.


    I can't decide....


    Opinions would be greatly welcomed.
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  7. #747

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    Looking great BA, I wouldn't cover anymore of the barrels, than you already have, having the openings looks good.
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  8. #748

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    Thar's GOLD in Them Thar Recyclables:


    I haven't calculated but I'd be willing to bet I'm close to a thousand+ dollars invested in materials on this project.


    So anything I can do to defray costs is a bonus.


    This past winter with its wind storms the local Exxon and Starbuck which are both within a mile of my residence had their advert signage blown away onto my property.


    https://i.imgur.com/oYHUcEj.jpg



    https://i.imgur.com/RM810Vf.jpg





    It fell on me to remove the refuse and as luck would have it the signs were made of 0.020 inch (0.5 millimeter) high grade polystyrene in almost 2/3 of a square yard sheets (~half a square meter.).


    Normally a sheet of this size would run me about $12-15 bucks at the local wholesale plastic distributer.


    https://i.imgur.com/xE0nWGn.jpg



    I rescued about a couple of $100 dollars worth in a few minutes. Enough to reskin the Emperor Titan if I were so inclined.


    Keep an eye out for such windfalls if you're into scratch building projects
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  9. #749

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    The Magazine and Loader Assembly:


    I had to do a lot of redesigning to make the rear stock assembly work with the chosen hanger arm joint.


    https://i.imgur.com/lIcTNaP.jpg
    The Magazine and Loader Assembly:


    https://i.imgur.com/kKuKqxV.jpg



    I had to do a lot of redesigning to make the rear stock assembly work with the chosen hanger arm joint.


    https://i.imgur.com/lIcTNaP.jpg



    The rear assembly will be hollow and filled with sand bags to counterbalance the forward weight.


    I'm going to increase the mount arm robustness because while substantial enough to hold the weapons weight it looks too small compared to the weapon's overall size.


    I toyed with the inspiration to have the ammo belt come out of the main body of the hull removing the necessity of making an ammo drum.


    We'll see how that shakes out after I complete mounting the current arm assembly.


    The rear assembly will be hollow and filled wit sand bags to counterbalance the forward weight.


    I'm going to increase the mount arm robustness because while substantial enough to hold the weapons weight it looks too small compared to the weapon's overall size.


    I toyed with the inspiration to have the ammo belt come out of the main body of the hull removing the necessity of making an ammo drum.


    We'll see how that shakes out after I complete mounting the current arm assembly.
    Last edited by Blackadder; 03-05-2022 at 11:50 AM.
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  10. #750

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    Weapons Mounted;


    Temporarily to be sure but as a dry run it seems they hang admirably.


    https://i.imgur.com/V9eMciC.jpg



    The Gatling is quite a bit heavier that the plasm Blaster but not enough to unbalance the mounting.


    https://i.imgur.com/3S8QYUR.jpg



    A problem revealed itself on this first application; namely there does not seem room for the ammo drum in the gantry. :bleep:


    https://i.imgur.com/6X9GnQq.jpg



    Also my idea for an ammo belt in the lower body of the titan doesn't seem likely at this time without a major revamp of the magazine position.... :violin:


    https://i.imgur.com/D6HdcL3.jpg
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    You've come this far already. I'm sure you'll come up with a solution. Also had to laugh about the generous starbucks donation xD

  12. #752

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    Gatling Gun Rear Subsection


    For those who wish to follow along through each modicum of construction I present the following.


    It may be noted that there is significant relief in the substructure of this section of the construct.


    https://i.imgur.com/p6WFzIP.jpg



    I found that the mounting bracket of the arm was too delicate looking for the mass of the gun so I doubled the thickness of the mounting yoke.
    I used 10/24 countersunk screws and blind nuts to make the universal mountings of the arm.


    This way I can achieve almost a full range of motion for the weapon.


    https://i.imgur.com/FGHOmRV.jpg



    I much prefer the intricacies of the drum style yoke to the bracket style yoke of the original 3D image.


    Adapting the magazine aft section to the increased caliber of the barrels resulted in a few compromises in the overall appearances of the mounting system.


    https://i.imgur.com/zTckkrr.jpg



    I probably could have done without the forward sight but I kept it for its aesthetic value.

    Likewise the bulging midsection of the loader.


    Now that I have fulfilled the need for displaying the inner structure I can proceed with applying the surface sheathing and detail.
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  13. #753

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    Utility or Glitz:


    I've come to a crossroads regarding the magazine.


    Do I go for the more utilitarian magazine belt drawn from the hull if the titan or the ruddy great ammo drum mounted under the recoil/loader aft end of the gun.


    To me the drum offers a small number of rounds compared to the in hull magazine plus it will hang very low on what is already a massive construction compared to the elegant Plasma Blaster and even the multi barreled Quake Cannon.





    Regardless the infeed ports on the sides of the loader needs to be manufactured and positioned.


    The components shown above.





    The layout of the position drawn in which will be aligned with the drum and the hull positions.





    The ports roughed in.





    And the roughed in chambers.
    Last edited by Blackadder; 04-06-2022 at 02:38 PM.
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  14. #754

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    Okay so I opted for the in hull magazine.





    The clincher was that the ammo belt port lines up perfectly with the hull section that I designated for the belt egress, no lie, it lined up perfectly. Ha!





    Seen here directly above the loading port.





    The large blank area is where the belt will be situated.





    A much better use than proposed in the original concept 3D art.





    Cheers!
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    GW released some good quality interior shots of a Titan pilot cabin

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    It might be useful to you

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieusurterre View Post
    GW released some good quality interior shots of a Titan pilot cabin


    It might be useful to you

    Cheers!
    Outstanding! Thanks very much. I presume it's the Princeps chair although I was led to believe the Princeps is immersed in an amniotic serous fluid in the Emperor Class Titans.

    Anyway it's a good study of the cockpit environs.
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  17. #757

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    Ammo Belt:

    After a few bad starts I finally went back to my original plan of how to create this structure.


    Also I decided to commit to an onboard round magazine rather than the drum attached to the weapon.


    https://i.imgur.com/X0SKDLq.jpg

    [img]https://i.imgur.com/X0SKDLql.jpg[/img]



    The reason is twofold.


    1 The Ammo drum is too bulky to attach to the loading housing and would look ludicrous.


    2 Plus the drum would be too small to store a significant number of rounds. The hull would be a better option.


    Maintaining flexibility was also a challenge which necessitated splitting the rounds on the ammo belt strip. Since the belt is merely for show I can make this presumption.


    It took me two weeks to come up with a viable plan and I haven't even applied the details;
    Whew!

    Last edited by Blackadder; 04-25-2022 at 12:00 PM.
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    Every now and then I drop in and check on your wonderful builds. Just wanted to say that the thread detail and talkthrough on what you're doing and why is flipping lovely. Most times I can skip through threads and just look at the pics, but yours is (for me) very engaging - thank you!

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