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.
They really don’t look like much right now, but
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)
tap 8 holes to be 1/4″-20 threaded…
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.
Just a few more beauty shots of the cockpit…
We haven’t made that much forward progress on the nav chair as I would have liked but any forward progress is good progress!
We’re hoping for a push this week!
Behold… Mike, Jessie and I FINALLY got around to fabricating the Martin Baker Ejection seats that sit behind Han and Chewie. We didn’t get as far as we would have liked – there was limited access to the CNC and then she decided to stop working. But this is where we are!
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First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Jake, and I’m one of the people working on the electronics for the Full Scale Falcon project. I have also dubbed myself the staff rank amateur photographer.
During TEDx Nashville, I set myself up taking pictures of everyone enjoying our hard work. Greg has already posted some of the pictures that I took, but here’s a few more.
Here’s a picture of the console setup and working at TEDx Nashville. They had us set up in a way that you could not miss us, even if you tried.
Here we have Chris and Leah sitting at the console for the first time. It took some time to get them into it, but when they finally sat down there was nothing but smiles.
The gang from MindGear labs. The console would not have gotten as far as it had without them. Thanks, guys!
Here are two of the head people for TEDx Nashville enjoying the console. They told us later that we were the hit of Tedx.
A picture of the Full Scale Falcon crew at TEDx Nashville. It was a long, exhausting day for everyone, but it was well worth it.
I’m still working on pictures; cleaning them up, resizing them, etc.
Now that we’re done with TEDx, its time to get to work on the rest of the cockpit. Stay tuned for more things to come!
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
To get a sense of where the barrels will sit, and how much of a surface is getting added to the “in between” area
The first barrel, cut and notched to fit around the frame and pillow block, with the other three ready for the saw.
The four barrel bodies loosely in place.
Lots of little updates!
I took a few minutes to paint the cockpit chairs to match the original color until we upholster them. I love the way the tan plays against the cockpit greys. If planned, it was a genius move by the original designers.
I came home to this waiting for me by the front door! These are the swing-away arms for the seats. Daniel and I will be welding a mount/bracket
I then chatted with Scott (our newest member) who was able to get his hands on a mini CRT. This will be used for the nav screen for the new upcoming console!
I am SO HAPPY!
More to come this weekend. Stand By!
Philip, a fellow Mind Gear Lab member, is also a photographer. He offered to take a few pics of the cockpit. We didn’t have a lot of time to play, but the one image he managed to take is nothing less than spectacular… I can only imagine what he’s capable of doing with more time!
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