Armaments

Marching Orders and a Mad Dash to the Phoenix Festival

Hi Gang,

Last night was a GREAT evening! The team met up, we’ve got our marching orders and we have a little under 3 weeks until The Alabama Phoenix Festival. It’s a 3 day event in Birmingham, AL.  Here is a rundown of the tasks before the show…

Mike and I will be working the front window and door greeblies, Daniel and I will be welding the swivel seat posts, a simple skin will finally be added, and Jake and Daniel will be addressing ALL the LEDs. Also, some red flashing LEDs will be added to the quad. After that, a nip & tuck here and there and the cockpit is finished.

I am really excited!  But wait… there’s more!

I’m nearly finished working on the files needed for the CNC to cut ALL NEW cockpit panels to include the new center console. Not only will the CNC cut the panel shapes but ALL the holes necessary for the LEDs and the switches. Better yet, to accompany the new panels will be an exterior grade vinyl wrap that we’re looking into that will take place of the paint and pinstriping. The next cockpit will be a superior product all the way around!

LOTS of pics headed your way! Stay tuned! The mad dashes are always fun filled…

UPDATES! Nav Chair, Quad Cannon and “May the 4th Be With You”

Hi Gang

My apologies for the lack of updates… things have been (as always) very hectic!  So… Enjoy!  :)

The nav seats are really coming along!

Philip, a Mind Gear Lab buddy and quasi-team photographer was nice enough to lend his talents… Check these out!

Jessie drew and built this Han Solo “Height Requirement” stand!

Enjoying a little and much deserved down time…

Picked up some new greeblies

Mike then fabricated this awesome greeblie using a PC fan shroud – we’re not quite sure where to put it. : )

May the 4th Be You!  We celebrated May 4th with a return trip to Nashville Science Center!  I didn’t get as many pics as I would have liked.  It was a MADHOUSE in the most positive way!

After some much deserved time off, the Huntsville team is getting back together and we are about to tackle lighting the Cockpit in time for DragonCon!  We only have a few months to pull it off.  Also… during this rush, several of us will be building a second (YES A SECOND) cockpit!  We’re going to take advantage of Mind Gear Labs and build a whole cockpit using the CNC, laser cutter and 3D printers.  Also, we’re looking into having ALL the panels vinyl wrapped – NO MORE paint and pin stripes…

Hang on!  This is where the fun begins!

Quad v2- bits and pieces

Hi, Folks,

 

I finally got a chance to get started on the lighter weight version of the framework (and by get started, I mean cutting a bunch of little pieces and drilling a few holes.

 

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They really don’t look like much right now, but

 

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clean up the edges, drill a few holes in them, (I started out dreading having to drill the holes, whining about this many.  Then I remembered Greg and company working on the cockpit, and suddenly, 40 holes isn’t so many)

 

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tap 8 holes to be 1/4″-20 threaded…

 

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and I have the front and back end of the frames almost ready for me to start welding.  I still need to cut out the 1″ holes in the 1/4″ plate pieces for the piston head to fit through, but this had made a good stopping point for the night.

 

Tomorrow- putting on the peril-sensitive sunglasses and setting up to make a few pieces of aluminum into one big piece, preferably without melting anything.  Fingers are crossed.  Take care.

Scot

 

The Quad v.2 (.5?)

Sorry I haven’t gotten much updated on the quad lately.  I’ve been away from shop space, and have been wrestling with a weighty conundrum- literally.  I did get a sheet metal housing built for around the motor inside the frame, but I am getting VERY concerned with how heavy the structure is getting.  It is currently sitting at 42 pounds, without pistons, motor, the side walls, and any of the PVC body of the guns themselves.  I’m starting to consider using what I have as a prototype and starting over with aluminum, at least for the bulk of what I have already built.

The pros:  lighter, easier to drill holes in

The cons:  more expensive, I’ve never welded aluminum

Ultimately, I think the pros outweigh (sorry for word choice there) the cons.

There’s just the terror factor of the “new” I’m facing.  (Get over it, Scot)

Sheet metal motor housing.  covers the top and bottom faces of the framework

Sheet metal motor housing. covers the top and bottom faces of the framework

 

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To get a sense of where the barrels will sit, and how much of a surface is getting added to the “in between” area

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The first barrel, cut and notched to fit around the frame and pillow block, with the other three ready for the saw.

 

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The four barrel bodies loosely in place.

 

More of the quad v2

Hi, folks

Some more of the pics from building the framework for the “working” quad gun out here in Seattle.

Trying for a little bevel on the the reducer and the 2" PVC "slide" so it's not as obvious its a separate piece

Trying for a little bevel on the the reducer and the 2″ PVC “slide” so it’s not as obvious its a separate piece

Making an end cap for the moving barrel

Making an end cap for the moving barrel

The barrel and end cap attached to the piston.  The 1 1/2" PVC barrel slides in the 2" ABS pipe "slide" supported by the reducer with the "1" on it at the frame end, and the body of the gun at the business end

The barrel and end cap attached to the piston. The 1 1/2″ PVC barrel slides in the 2″ ABS pipe “slide” supported by the reducer with the “1” on it at the frame end, and the body of the gun at the business end

The PVC cement isn't rated for the reciprocating action (found that out the hard way), so I threw a 10-24 bolt through the layers of PVC.  Thinking of ways to make it better, but for now, the nut can turn on the piston shaft, so it works.

The PVC cement isn’t rated for the reciprocating action (found that out the hard way), so I threw a 10-24 bolt through the layers of PVC. Thinking of ways to make it better, but for now, the nut can turn on the piston shaft, so it works.

The over/ under pair with the slide sowing on the lower, to give an idea of how the frame sits.  Default is with the barrels extended

The over/ under pair with the slide showing on the lower, to give an idea of how the frame sits. Default is with the barrels extended

And after the lower barrel has "fired," showing the 8" travel distance

And after the lower barrel has “fired,” showing the 8″ travel distance

A different view

A different view

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A co-worker of mine engraved this for me from a roofing nail.  Thought it was a neat share.

A co-worker of mine engraved this for me from a roofing nail. Thought it was a neat share.

Adding some support for the 6" tube, as well as a location to attach a counterweight frame for behind the pivot.

Adding some support for the 6″ tube, as well as a location to attach a counterweight frame for behind the pivot.

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The gun assembled and hooked up to air to show a friend who is now going to look at control for the solenoids for this thing.  You can see in the foreground the second frame being assembled

The gun assembled and hooked up to air to show a friend who is now going to look at control for the solenoids for this thing. You can see in the foreground the second frame being assembled

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The beginnings of the counterweight frame

The beginnings of the counterweight frame

The holes ill have 3/8" bolts welded in through the frame to attach weights to.

The holes ill have 3/8″ bolts welded in through the frame to attach weights to.

the counterweight frame built.  I later realized I am going to have to go back and fix where the stand-offs attach- the spacing is just a bit too tight vertically with the piston frames

the counterweight frame built. I later realized I am going to have to go back and fix where the stand-offs attach- the spacing is just a bit too tight vertically with the piston frames

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This gives an idea of how it goes together.  The counterwieght frame will bolt on, rather than be welded, an

This gives an idea of how it goes together. The counterwieght frame will bolt on, rather than be welded, an

The shot hammer is there because of the misaligned tabs and sleeves for the counterweight frame.  Also give a bit of color, don’t you think?

 

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The body on the frame.  Notice how the 6" tube doesn't sag now that there's a bit of support under it, compared to when it was hanging off the side of the lighting rack.

The body on the frame. Notice how the 6″ tube doesn’t sag now that there’s a bit of support under it, compared to when it was hanging off the side of the lighting rack.

Welding the two frames in to one piece.

Welding the two frames in to one piece.

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I had to pack everything up for when we loaded out of the theatre.  I’ve already been appropriately chastised for it being piled like this. (head held low)   Hey, at least I used a packing blanket.

Greg and I have been talking about figuring out the Rolls engine piece that forms IG-88’s head, and more importantly, the forward end of the main body of the gun, in order to replace the 6″:4″ – 4″:3″- 3″:2″ reducer sequence.  Greg talked to a guy on theRPF who has a pep file of it.  Printed out on 8 1/2 x 11″ card stock, the thing is HUGE.  But that’s what scaling is for, right?

More to come

Scot

Quad V2- “the reciprocator”

Hi,

Greg and I have been discussing making a “working” (ok, not really working, but actuated) version of his beautiful Quad Gun display model.  Following a lot of back and forth messages, a shopping list, measurements and  some great pictures, I started building a sketchup model of the innards of a skeleton for version 2.  Progress will be in a bunch of bursts, but so far I’m pretty pleased with the results.

There were a couple of false starts, here and there.  The 1/8″ strap I have connecting the two end pieces of the frame didn’t survive a minor fall off the table, and have since been replaced with 1″ x 1″ square tube, but that’s later.

 

The Piston in the 6":4" reducer, just for size comparison

Bringing some parts to work on

 

Welded the two forward verticals together to get the holes lined up

Welded the two forward verticals together to get the holes lined up

mounting hole and the pass through for the piston

mounting hole and the pass through for the piston

The front end of the frame, with arms to support the PVC barrel.  Sorry for the blurry quality.

The front end of the frame, with arms to support the PVC barrel. Sorry for the blurry quality.

A rough fit up of the support for the PVC barrel

A rough fit up of the support for the PVC barrel

The frame with the PVC pieces laid out to show where things would fit as they come together.

The frame with the PVC pieces laid out to show where things would fit as they come together.