The new matte box is slowly coming together…
More to Follow
It’s been a while since we’ve had any real significant updates… Well… all that is changing. Last week I joined a local Maker’s Club/Lab giving me access to CNC machines, Laser Cutters and 3D Printers. Everything we cut will now be done via the CNC! I am very excited. We have a few more members added to the project. Our newest member, Mike, showed off his talents with his CNCing a new view screen – based on the Mitchell Matte Box
Also, I’ve been adding to our greeblie collection. A local electronics store is going out business and I was able to find some great deals! Even managed to find some actual MF related greeblies!
Dan has been working on a new bevel button pad that will light and have sound. These will ultimately take place of all the mutli-colored rubber bumpers I painted and adhered throughout the cockpit. The idea is to make the cockpit and console as fully interactive as possible. We’re going ALL THE WAY! : )
Finally… Were focusing ALL our efforts on 2 elements of the project. With the addition of the CNC, we’ve decided to rebuild the center console. We’re going to use the new console as a “test bed” for all the lighting and sound that will also eventually be added to the cockpit. Also, the existing console will become a stand alone piece with it’s own platform and seats. Why? Hang On! Oh yeah… and last but not least… we’re going to make the quad barrels reciprocate! ; )
Stay Tuned! 2014 is going to be awesome!
January 14, 2014 in General
We apologize for the lack of updates. The holidays and life in general have taken center stage but we’re slowly regrouping and refocusing. We have a few new team members and they have been working behind the scenes on several MF projects.
As always, stay tuned! 2014 is going to be BIG!
Look what showed up on the front porch today:
We now have a pair of JEGS Performance Products model 70200 Pro High Back Race Seats. They are the closest basic shape to the seats used for the originals.
The cats approve.
A few alterations to get the seatback shape just right, then it’s time for upholstery. We’ll also need to fabricate the swivel bases.
Here are a few more videos from the Mind Gear Labs / Mythbusters’ Show
Full Scale Falcon Cockpit Interior Walkaround
Full Scale Falcon Cockpit Back Walkaround
Full Scale Falcon Cockpit Exterior Walkaround
Full Scale Falcon Quad Gun Walkaround
We wanted to make sure everyone knew that if it weren’t for the efforts of Rob at MindGear Labs in Huntsville, AL, we would never have been able to display the Falcon Project cockpit and quad gun at the Mythbusters Behind the Myths show.
A very special thank you goes out to Rob from every member of the Full Scale Falcon Project!
Project team member Daniel Valdez (creator of the fantastic Steampunk Professor X Wheelchair) set up his iPad mini and captured these great time lapses of the maker area where we had the Falcon cockpit and quad gun set up.
Mythbuster Adam Savage dropped by twice before the show to chat and check out all the cool stuff in the room.
Setting up before the show: (Adam Savage comes in to chat and take pictures from around 00:02 until around 00:16)
During the show (watch for the huge influx during intermission): (Adam Savage drops in again to chat from about 00:10 to about 00:17ish)
And finally, loading out to the trailer:
Oh yeah, and this is what we were dealing with during load-out (yes, that is horizontal rain):
The rain really made it a challenge trying to get the Falcon pieces into the trailer that night (and into the morning). We left the Von Braun Center at around 1:30am. Leah and I got home to Nashville around 3:30am Sunday morning.
We were invited by MindGear Labs and Makers Local 256 to display the cockpit and quad gun in the maker area adjacent to the concert hall. We worked from about 9am until 4pm, when the room was opened to the public and to ticket holders for the night’s show. Here are some pics of the setup process. We had a special visitor, and I’ll talk about that in an upcoming post.
Will you be in the Huntsville area this Saturday December 21? Want to see the Full Scale Falcon Project cockpit and quad gun in person, along with a lot of other awesome maker projects? In conjunction with the MythBusters: Behind the Myths tour, we’ll be joining MindGear Labs and Makers Local 256 in exhibiting our ambitious project.
The show-and-tell begins at 4pm in the Von Braun Center’s Ballet Room, so come on out!
Well… I knew this time would come and I ignored it as long as I could. I didn’t realize how “off” the alignment was until I really began to look at it.
There are several ways to fix this without altering the arch…
I can’t go back and rebuild a new arch – that’s non-optional. The canopy beams, for all intent and purposes, are set in place. Any change to the arch would scrap the entire canopy…
I think I may have figured out a solution – it’ll be UGLY! The problem areas are only on the left and right sides where the arch meets the side panels – the center window channel on the arch is fine for now (they would eventually ALL have to be redone so the black window channel matches all the way around the arch).
Manipulating the horizontal beam(s) might be where the solution is. I have to first remove the top of the horizontal beam so it lays flush with the arch – as seen in the picture below. Then, if I can successfully remove the window channels from the questionable sides of the horizontal beams and reconfigure them (or just add another layer of MDF) they should meet up with the lower side panel window channels – we should be in business. However, ALL the window channels connecting to the arch would have to be modified
I won’t do anything until after the show this Saturday… that would be silly!