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Re: Ninja_Bait's Build Blog

Postby Cakeman » Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:45 pm

Good work with the shaping of the sloped sides. I've seen it in some starwars sets but never figured out how to do it right myself, so always a bit envious when someine does it as well as you do. Working on a ship myself, but my sides are not as sturdy or sloped.
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Postby ninja_bait » Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:48 pm

the pointy end is supposed to be the back
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Re: Ninja_Bait's Build Blog

Postby Tzan » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:52 pm

Ah, I guess that extra cockpit fooled me.
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Re: Ninja_Bait's Build Blog

Postby ninja_bait » Wed May 02, 2018 9:17 am

Cakeman wrote:Good work with the shaping of the sloped sides. I've seen it in some starwars sets but never figured out how to do it right myself, so always a bit envious when someine does it as well as you do. Working on a ship myself, but my sides are not as sturdy or sloped.


That's what my mechanical engineering degree is for, I guess!

I moved the forward guns to the center of the frigate.  What do you guys think?
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Also, some glamour shots alongside the Artemis just to see how we're doing with style cohesion.
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Re: Ninja_Bait's Build Blog

Postby Maraxous » Wed May 02, 2018 11:16 am

How do you make the ships sturdy enough to be moved? I don't know how a 100+ stud length structure wouldn't not flex and break. :???:
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Re: Ninja_Bait's Build Blog

Postby ninja_bait » Wed May 02, 2018 12:34 pm

Maraxous wrote:How do you make the ships sturdy enough to be moved? I don't know how a 100+ stud length structure wouldn't not flex and break. :???:

ninja_bait wrote:That's what my mechanical engineering degree is for, I guess!


The hangar is the core of the structure - the walls are completely solid, 2 studs thick.  There are four Technic beams that span between the front and back walls and are bridged together at the center.  There are two three-brick high keels that run below the hangar and about 25 studs beyond that on either side.  So the whole middle 50% of the ship is extremely sturdy, interlocked construction, and the ends hang off of it.

There are thinner Technic beams going through the rear and fore decks that won't break, but will sag.  If you stepped on either end, you would probably collapse the deck because there isn't much holding the floor to the ceiling.  The front end sags noticeably, about 1 brick lower at the very end, so I cheated and the walls are just built in a way that hides the sagging.

I'll try and get some pictures tonight if you want to see more.
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Re: Ninja_Bait's Build Blog

Postby Maraxous » Mon May 07, 2018 4:57 pm

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Is what you are talking about, with the technic bricks? I do appreciate the explanation. I don't post that often because I have to use internet at my job or the library. So sorry about not answering back quickly.
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