Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Dragon - Update

This came today

Everything looks good (some what hard to tell until i give it a base coat) just cleaning all the gaps now. The barrel was missing a quick call confirmed they forgot to pack it so that should be here tomorrow. I need to reinforce some parts with putty because it looks like they need it to be robust enough for casting. I'm going to spend a few days going over the model give it a base and seal coat before setting up moulds.

exciting eh?

Monday, 29 July 2013

Dragon - Extra barrels

Some of you asked for the extra barrels for the Dragon here they are;

(UAC5 and Gauss)

They slot in the end of the forearm and I'm sure one could add magnets instead of glue to allow 'hot swaps'

Later MWO models have been designed to be more modular. I hope that as much as possible designed into my models if I get the chance to make them. The caveat being there may be a small compromise in fidelity compared to the original MWO model get all the parts to merge with the main bulk.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Dragon - Currently at the printers

I finished up the dragon last weekend and it was accepted by the printers on Monday. Some new features on the joints with this one allowing the arms and hips to be removable from the torso.

Point of glued articulations
Ankles Ball
Knees Barrels
Hips Ball

Free moving
Torso twist

The height is 19.25cm from foot to top of the main bulk and in my opinion sits prefect in the 1/60 scale of mechs.

Below a picture of the upper parts 'packaged' for printing purposes. They quoted me a time of 2weeks but as all things we'll see.

Monday, 15 July 2013

So its been a while

Well its has been a while hasn't it. Sorry to disappear for so long I haven't been idle just couldn't share what was happening and there's only one of me to go around so I had to choose in what order to tackle the tasks that needed doing.

If you sent me an email in the last 8 or 10weeks chances are I haven't replied yet....... sorry that's really poor manners on my part but but there was a mountain ton of emails from you big scale Mech Model fans and I want to write a through reply to everyone and not just a few words. I will get to these I promise (I've replied to 6 so far out of 150!).

Any way its my birthday today spent with family in the sun and consumed far too many sweet things. I thought I'd treat you with what I'm working on next;

"SLACKER!" I hear you cry. I know, I know doesn't look like I've done anything, but that's half the point. You cant take what's in game and just make a model of it (well you can but it'll suck as a physical model). Everything needs checking to make sure it connected to something and its solid. Then one needs to reinforce all the weak points that don't matter in a virtual world so what you end up with isn't going to break into pieces every time you pick it up. Then add proper mechanical joints that aren't there in the game (because parts can clip through each other). Then add in all the tiny details that only exist on the texture maps.

All of the above should look just as it does in the game to everyone but me and the guy who first made it. At this point your almost there (which is where I'm currently at) one needs to decide where to put the intersects on parts and how these parts will be cast (mould flow) then the printers, followed by some Hi-tech mould making and resin casting and you have yourself a mech buddy!