2001 ASO USSC Discovery One

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by DanBKing, May 15, 2012.

  1. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    More glassware antics......

    It just seems that right from the beginning of this project, my kitchen has been the source of various tools and jigs, that have aided in the building of this model.

    The build of the neck continues....


    The 2mm wide ring is attached..


    Then the next ring...


    When attaching each ring, I used some low tack tape on each quadrant of the ring to line it up. It is then just a case of gluing each quadrant in turn....


    I should be finished with the neck tonight or tomorrow. Just got to join both sections and start the assembly that joins the neck to the spine....


    More soon ....

  2. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    Neck stage complete.

    Joined the two ring assemblies and attached the end cap, to complete the main structural ring section


    Next I made up the 4 escape rocket nozzels..


    And then attached them to the end cap..


    The flange plate assembly was attached to complete the neck.


    I am not really happy with the end result. I will probably build a better version of the neck at a later stage.
    But, this one will do for now...

  3. F131

    F131 Member

    Looks pretty, gosh darn good, to me.
  4. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    A small fix up and a test....

    I was not happy with the spine to reactor flange, that I made earlier in the build, So, I built a new one.


    I did a test build, to see how the layering effect on the main sphere would look. On the studio model, the dark latitudinal bands are recessed in relation to the main panels of the sphere. Using UHU02's original tab design and layout would not allow for this effect. The ring sections that make up the rest of the hull panelling I cut out, making sure all the black cutting lines were removed in the process, and the cut edges coloured to match each individual coloured panel, using water colour pencils. The effect is good, but it needs to be a cleaner build. I also need to use less glue, as I am seeing the shape of the tabs showing through on the upper surfaces, either that, it's less finger and thumb pressure during glueing, or both ....wall1


    More soon...

  5. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    Are you going to raise details?..
    On the pods or rings you do?.

    i think that would make your model a real replica..
  6. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    The idea of raising some details on the sphere has crossed my mind.
    I want to see how things come together with the edge glueing of the parts first. This is a technique that I have not mastered yet.
    Maybe I will save the detailing for the additional sphere with interior and lighting that I am planning to build.....

    We will see.....:cool:

  7. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    Dnalor is right, I agree. It needs to be detailed up a bit........
    In hindsite, I should of started that on the neck........

    I saw this pic on the net, and the idea was sold.


    I think 160gsm stock will be to the correct scale thickness.... Or, maybe 120 gsm ...... :confused:

    This pic of the studio Discovery, shows the raised detail to be a lot more subtle.


    But, it's gonna add a lot of time to the build..... But there again, I started this build back in May, and after next weekend its Christmas. :eek:
    Havent got a lot done, have I?:cry:

    See you soon.

  8. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    it's gonna be tough.
    Maar als je dit nagemaakt krijgt...petje af...

    But, when you can replicate this...that would be great
  9. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    Ik ga mijn best doen. :cool:
  10. mcusanelli

    mcusanelli Member

    Dude, your model is coming along superbly, why worry about how long it takes? I've found that it's really important to enjoy the actual build more than the finished product. And it's no big deal to take a break and work on something else that captures your interest.....You'll come back to each project when you 'feel' it, and the end result will be even better! I look at this hobby as inexpensive therapy :)
  11. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    And I couldn't agree with you more. This hobby has certainly helped me through some stressy times over the last 8 months or so.....

    And to have a stress relieving hobby AND a means of making a 39 yr old dream come true at the same time...... Well, what more can I say ?:mrgreen::mrgreen:

  12. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    Dammit!!! I didnt get the Discovery finished before the end of the world.... ;-) :(
  13. sgoti

    sgoti Member

    I don't think that cookie's gonna crumble. :mrgreen:
  14. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

  15. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    Jingle Balls..!

    First of all, Merry Christmas to all members, moderators and admin of Zealot, and to anybody else that might drop by.. :mrgreen:

    I had a quiet Christmas on my own this year, so I managed to get a bit of modelling done.

    I started construction of the command sphere.

    As mentioned earlier in the thread, I wanted to attempt to have a closer replica of the recessed ring structure of the sphere. The darker latitudinal bands around the sphere are recessed in relation to the main panels. If I used UHU02's tab system, the panels would not be as smooth as edge glueing them. Also, the tabs are not on the correct edges to allow the recessing of the darker bands.
    So, I cut out all the main pieces for the panels out of 200 gsm stock, as the thicker card should help to hold the shape better, and also reduce 'soak marks' from over-zealous glueing! I removed all of the tabs and made sure I removed all traces of the black cutting line. This took some deft work with the nail scissors!!

    I cut all the darker bands from 160 gsm stock, as this is a little more pliable than the thicker card, which should help in assembly later.

    The rings that make up the main panels I edge glued together, with strips of paper glued behind for reinforcement. I decided to only tack glue everything at this stage, as I want to make sure all the joints are good and smooth. By assembling most of the rings, before final glueing, should allow me some measure of adjustment to ensure having a smooth ball!! Once everything is in shape, I'll glue the joints in final position from behind.

    I started with a bit of detailing. I wanted to shape and recess the two small rings on the upper section of the sphere. You can see one of them circled in the pic.


    I formed a dome shape in a spare print, to push out the design.


    This, I then punched out over large. The panel was then punched out and the shaped piece glued in from behind.


    Once this was done, I started to tack assemble the rings.

  16. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    ....Jingle all the way!!!

    Just a couple more pics of the progress...

    Recessed bands going on.... I also noticed that some of my edge colouring bled through.. wall1


    The three main ring sections ready for final assembly


    I layed everything built so far on the former to see how it all looks. It just needs to be smoother, but that is the effect I'm looking for.


    More soon!!

  17. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    Great....almost ready.

    i think when you layer it with the (complete) panels it will be smoother and more round.
  18. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    External Awareness Panels!

    If you look at the front of the Discovery, and imagine it as a face, with the windows as it eyes, it has a 'determined' expression to it. I have seen other builds of this model and noticed that in some builds the window assembly has not been fitted properly. This gave the Discovery a 'suprised' expression, or I've even seen it frowning!
    I decided to fit the window assembly first, before attaching the containing ring to the sphere. I rough cut the ring piece(!) and cut and folded the window anti-glare frame.


    I attached both ends of the anti-glare frame first. This ensured that both ends were accuratly aligned.


    I then made a jig from some beer mats. I cut one piece to fit into the frame and cut out a second piece to match the curve of the sphere. I had to make two of these jigs as the top and bottom of the frame are different lengths.


    I placed the jig in position, and using 26 fingers and thumbs, held everything in place and glued the tabs in position.


    It worked well, I think. Nice and straight and clean.


    Next, on to the window itself......
  19. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    The window is cut out and folded.


    I cut out a stack of beer mats to fit inside the anti-glare frame. They were a perfect thickness to keep the frame parallel while glueing the window in place.


    I am very pleased with the end result.


    More soon...

  20. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Great progress on this. I like how you always find something to help you square up a piece to perfection. Great! :)

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