I have officially gone crazy and it's YOUR FAULT, Gearz!

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by ekuth, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. Gearz

    Gearz Member

    Hey..... that's lookin reeeaaally good ekuth!! = Mr Wizard ! Plenty of gravy for future projects.~ I'd love to try your methods out on a Rodger Young model...

    Posting Hosting N Permission?... yeeeaahhh... I guess I should include some sort of disclaimer with models... I'm pretty... 'relaxed'... about that sort of thing.~ I hereby give permission to hack chop slice vandalise post re-post re-re-post or otherwise do as you like with the model. ( Except Plagiarism and Profit), and YEP I'd be more than happy to post anything related to, or resulting from the original model.

    After all.. this is one aspect of creativity that I love ~ taking one idea and making it better..!!

    fiat lux !!!
  2. Stev0

    Stev0 Active Member

    Ekuth ... I have an awesome idea.

    Find a local DVD retailer who is selling the BSG DVDs and offer to display it. A friend of mine did a similar thing when the Starwars DVD sets first went on sale.

    Imaging a 5' dia Millenium Falcon all lit up hangin overhead.
  3. Toaster

    Toaster New Member

    All I can say is FRAK ME DEAD!!!!!!!!!That is one hellova model.The lights look great.Now to learn how to do papermodelling.My first one (the small ATST)is sitting next to me ready to cut out.
  4. Oh dear, this just might be contageous.
    I'm building this model too at the moment,
    in the original intended scale, yet it just
    seems a bit... small.

    But what a great model it is! *thumbs up*

  5. SAustin16

    SAustin16 Member

    Hi Ekuth,

    That is one great looking model. Love the lighting...very realistic. Hope you're having fun with it.

  6. stagecoach

    stagecoach Member

    Is it going to have a little noise in the engine compartment?
    will it hover?
    will the engine have a nice glow coming out the back?
    The LED's look great.
    Your photography will do nicely.
  7. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    In the cold blackness of space those lights will beacons of hope. They'll look good in the living room at night too.
  8. papertrain

    papertrain Member

    and all i have for 8 hours is a little 1/4' scale caboose drawing:grin:
    the battle star must use about 3 reams of card stock.............BIGGGG card stock...............
  9. rlwhitt

    rlwhitt Active Member


    I've just checked in to this thread for the first time in a while, and man, all I can say is WOW! This is one crazy awesome project! The lights just make it killer!

  10. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Thanks for all the praise guys. Sorry I haven't updated in a bit, but I've been banging my head against that aforementioned engine glow... :-D

    Engine glow? Did somebody say engine glow?

    Our engine with no illumination. This is a modified version of the gridwork that Gearz sent me specifically for this model. I decided to go with a light blue vs black gridwork simply to enhance the overall glow effect.

    View attachment 6210

    Now let's power that engine, shall we? This is with full room illumination. One of my primary goals on this model is to have every last stinking light visible under full room illumination. I hate lighted models that have to be viewed in half-light conditions. Needless to say, this has increased the difficulty factor for me.

    View attachment 6211

    Now, with the room lights off, just for fun. Looks even better, I know.

    View attachment 6212

    Getting the diffused glow look is what was bugging me- short of wiring about 30 blue leds together and clustering them behind the gridwork... but even there the light was too focused from the individual LED's. Then, browsing around the net today, I found a fantastic little tidbit that I didnt know about.

    Turns out if you carefully cut the top off of the LED (the rounded dome portion) it diffuses the light over a greater area. If you then take and frost the plastic surrounding the diode by gently rubbing it with a fine grit sandpaper, it diffuses it even more.

    So, instead of a huge number of blue LED's for each engine section (of which there are four on the Galactica, remember- this is just one shown here) I was able to achieve the effect I was after by only using 5 blue LED's. I wired the LED's into a strip and constructed a support on the back of the engine gridwork that suspends the whole lighting assembly about 1.5 to 2 inches from the actual gridwork. I then took aluminum foil and enclosed the LED support structure to further focus the light toward the grid. Needless to say, this not only solved the problem, but I think it looks great! So, instead of 120 LED's (perhaps) to do the engines, I'll be able to do them with a grand total of 20.

    To further diffuse the light, I covered the back of the gridwork with a layer of clear packing tape, then carefully layered strips of matte finish cellophane tape over that. Not only does it help with the glow, it will protect the gridwork from wear and tear.

    With that problem solved, I will be getting back into the swing of building again and should have more progress shots to show you soon. :-D

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  11. rlc321

    rlc321 Gundam designer wannabe

    :-o :-o :-o OMG i wish i could do things like that i tried a amt ertl star trek enterprise b with fibre optics and decided to leave it as i just couldnt do it mmm that was 8 years ago or so i might get it down and give it another bash who knows but to do this with card WOW:wink: amazing work. keep it up.
  12. stagecoach

    stagecoach Member

    you did it good thing you got that engine tethered off with that wire it could
    really go swinging around the room with that plasma flowing out. WOW
    great effect.:twisted:
    Now how about a tinny humming coil wrapped around a steel core.
    need a engine sound.:-o

  13. Pilot

    Pilot New Member

    The lighting looks fantastic!

    Another quick trick for diffusing LEDs is to make them a cozy little coat of hot-melt glue. It has just enough of a haze to tame the hot spot, but it's still plenty clear enough to where it doesn't completely kill the intensity of the light. That probably wouldn't have been the right solution for the engines - looks like you have it right on the money with what you did there - but it can still be useful in spots. :)
  14. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    ekuth................. just found a thread on LEDs the cycle through RGB all by themselves.................. this could give a flickering effect for your engine.

    also.............is Baltar wearing a mask?:grin:

    Here is the link


  15. Art Decko

    Art Decko Member

    This build is flippin' AMAZING!

  16. Elliott

    Elliott Senior Member

    Hi ekuth!

    Been following your insanely large build with interest. Any progress to report lately? There have increasingly been rumors of heavy Cylon activity in your sector. This may account for your recent silence. Can you confirm any progress being made? If enemy activity precludes response by normal means please respond by intergalactic carrier pigeon.

    Standing by...

    Elliott :twisted:
  17. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

    Any news worth mentioning?
  18. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Waiting on a shipment of LED's before I can continue with the project... if the Ebay seller would get them to me I'd be happy... :mad:
  19. ich

    ich New Member

    Uhm acutally there is glowing paper...that sort you put into light for a few minutes and then still glows a bit in the darkness...same stuff used in clocks and watches...
  20. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

    There's also Lightsheet. It's pretty widespread in watches as the glowing part. There are retailers on the net for it and it's veryuseful for engines as it roduces a nice even glow and it's friendly to paper models as it doesn't get very hot.

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