Think Jays Galactica is lonely, need some help

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by jwhawk04, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Master-Bruce

    Master-Bruce Active Member

    Very nice Nothing, those are some smooth looking parts there. I'm glad SJ went for that approach for unfolding them.

    This one is going to be awesome.

    Happy New Year everyone!!
  2. Jones Brandon

    Jones Brandon Member

    i love what i see man please keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jones
  3. Nothing

    Nothing Longtime Member

    approximate scales for those interested





    if you use this the heavy raider is about 1/72 scale
  4. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Yup, SJ is correct. The TOS Galactica is about 4 1/2' long and due to be pulled out of mothballs and finished soon, now that I have the lighting components.

    Provided I can pull myself away from helping Bazookajo finish the suit of Cylon Armor... LOL.

    I'll re-open a new thread to track my progress once I get her started back up. :mrgreen:
  5. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

    A scale fleet?

    Now I really want to put together a set where they are all to scale sign1.
    Let's see, at 1/200 the galactica would be about 3 meters (10 feet). That could be downstairs in the family room, and the pegasus, with waterproofing could go up on the roof, the cylon basestar I could put up on the garage,.......
  6. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

    Fixed flight pods for now

    Well gang,

    I've been bashing it around in my head for some time now, and I just can't figure a way to make the flight pods retractable. The attached image illustrates the problem. The light blue lines in the top arms show the hull outline where the arms intersect it.

    The top pair of arms are in the fully extended position,
    the middle pair partially retracted,
    and the bottom pair are in the fully retracted position.

    I simply haven't been able to come up with something that works. The space inside the hull is about the same length as the upper arm, so the arms need to slide inside each other, or "telescope" somehow. On an 18 inch model we only have about 3cm (1 1/4 in) in which to build the mechanism, and it needs to collapse to at least half that size.

    So, unless someone has a solution I'm going to design it so the model can be built with pods extended, or pods retracted, but no retractable landing pods.

    Getting close now, but I've been very busy with work and other life stuff lately. Getting back on track now though.



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  7. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

    Sketch please

    I'd prefer a sketch - I'm more visual. You can post it here, or email or PM me.

    All idea's are greatly appreciated - if it can be done I'd sure like to do it.

  8. theo

    theo Member

    Waw sjsquirrel,

    It's going well ith the Galactica, can't wait to see more.
    The retractable landing pods arms are two parts.
    Part a goes in part B and then they go in the hull.
    But I have no idea how the are built it (for real) in the colonies!
    If they are fully extracted there is no overlapping.
    Here is a big picture were you can see it.

    I gues make it simple no retraction, it will make the construction stronger.
    so we can run a round the house :twisted:.

    But 3 feet long, thats 91.44 centimeters, frack me!!!
  9. theo

    theo Member

    Those who work on the Galactica.

    I found the site of Cobywan he is building it also.
    He has a lot of detailed pictures and a Rhino model.
  10. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member



    Thanks for this :wave:. It's exactly what I needed to stimulate the old gray matter. I've done up a quick test in meta and unfolded it, and will start a test build tonight. I'll post pics and stuff as soon as I can. I've still been stupidly busy with work lately, and haven't had much modeling time.

    Thanks again, and stay tuned.


  11. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

    Retractable Arms

    Great news gang,

    Thanks to CJTK1701 and Theo I've worked up a method for retractable landing bays. Instead of folded flaps though I'm using strips of thick card, or layered card.
    The attached image illustrates the method, based on what CJ and Theo illustrated earlier. It turned out to be one of those "couldn't see the forest for the trees" type things. Once I got on the right track it clicked right in.

    The telescoping portion of the arms are roughly square. The diagram below shows a cross section of the arms.

    As piece 1 is pushed in, the red "plate" at its inner end hits the red plate at the end of piece 2, and piece 2 starts moving in, until it hits the end of piece 3. When pulled out again, piece one moves until the red plate hits the blue stoppers inside piece 2, then it starts pulling piece 2 along with it, until the red plate of piece 2 hits the stoppers inside piece 3. Simple, and very effective. The same technique could be used with cylinders to simulate hydraulics, telescopes, telescoping legs, all kinds of good things.

    Last night I built a test piece using blue stopper strips on the outer edges of pieces 1 and 2 (more like CJ's original sketch) instead of the red plate, and it worked like a dream. I came up with the idea of the plates later, since it increases the amount the overall tube shrinks or grows. It might not be as strong, but I'll test this technique as well and find out.

    Happy dreams!


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  12. Master-Bruce

    Master-Bruce Active Member

    Nice solution!! :) I was like you SJ, I knew how to do it but for whatever reason couldn't make sense of it in my head.

    I was wondering, now that we well and truly missed our inyended Christmas release, are we going to be doing any fleet ships in the meantime before all the bugs are worked out for the Big G?
  13. theo

    theo Member

    Good solution, that should work.:thumb:

    When I was looking at it the first time I couldn't understand wy there were 3 parts to make the arm.
    But the third part is in the hull of the Galactica an the outher 2 are on the out sidewall1

    I'm not stupid, I'm just slowsign1
  14. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

    Retracting arms

    Howdy all.

    Haven't had much energy around 3D work lately. I've been more into building. Just got wind of the free model competition and have an idea for an entry too. Good thing I have until June sign1.

    I've fine-tuned the landing bay arms and tested the two different techniques. Using solid strips seems to work better. The "plates" don't support the arms as much, but it may not be significant. As soon as I can I'll send some test builds to nothing and skupilkinson, and we'll see how it shapes up.

    Skupilkinson, good question about other ships. I hadn't really thought about it. I've been focused on the Galactica. I'll take a look-see and if I can make something ready in between I will.

    I was reviewing our progress the other day, and if you count them up, we've put 11 (eleven!) models out already. The big G will make 12. I must say I was actually surprised (and proud) at how many we've done so far. It certainly pays to sit back and think about what we have accomplished every now and then, rather than always thinking about what we still have to left to do.

    Take care all,


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  15. Master-Bruce

    Master-Bruce Active Member

    True buddy, we've got alot done in the past few months I think. Sorry I've not been too great on assisting with the Big G. I guess it's easy to sidetracked and pulled to other things when if you stand still long enough. LOL

    Yeah, I'd be up for working on another fleet ship if you're up for it. Just somthing to offer while people are waiting for the new Big G.

    I can't wait to build it, I've been thinking about it for a long time.
  16. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

    Thanks CJ

    Thanks CJ. The mesh I've got is what we'll be using for now. Too far in to make any serious changes anyway.

    I'm still trying to get a couple of hours at the computer when I actually have the energy for serious work.

    Stay tuned.
  17. Master-Bruce

    Master-Bruce Active Member

    Trekkin'? In this thread we're BSG'ing! LOL
  18. Master-Bruce

    Master-Bruce Active Member

    LOL, just yankin' your chain buddy.
  19. OylPslyk

    OylPslyk Aspiring Usurper

    Here's a Brand-New feast for your Galactic-Eyes!

    300 HI-RES images of the studio BSG! a real treat!

    Resin Illuminati

  20. theo

    theo Member

    So say We All!!

    At least I'll thing I speak for more.
    It's nice to give a link, but wen you have to login for them, no thanks.
    Post them some were were we can see them, thats interesting.

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