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  1. #241
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    Thanks for the replies,

    Second and Third Tier Greave update:

    In no particular order but to present the detail as completely as possible.

    https://i.imgur.com/m1SuWaQ.jpg


    https://i.imgur.com/R0aiUsY.jpg


    https://i.imgur.com/lyZoUKD.jpg


    This represents about a day effort figuring out how to make the ornate facets of the upper tiers

    https://i.imgur.com/N1YogPT.jpg


    https://i.imgur.com/PWUBPiT.jpg


    https://i.imgur.com/DTyVXqv.jpg


    There's much more detail to come on these parts but enough for tonight.

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    And Now For Something Completely Different:

    This past day I've been working on the final basic structure of the greaves and I took a break; just playing around with the spires

    https://i.imgur.com/RZvgTA4.jpg


    but the upper left tiers are basically complete and ready for the detail

    https://i.imgur.com/QmY9E8B.jpg


    The process was relatively painless although there were a lot of precision cutting to do I watched old reruns of the Monty Python series while doing the work and the time went swiftly. I never tire of their skits.

    https://i.imgur.com/4sdHCqy.jpg


    With the upper leg in place it's much better proportioned than I had anticipated.

    https://i.imgur.com/AvJXxB8.jpg


    So here's one leg complete and ready for detail Front view...............

    https://i.imgur.com/7M6bBul.jpg


    And Back View.

    It's going to take me a couple of days to bring the other leg up to this level of completeness.

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    What A Difference A Day Makes:

    24 hours ago I was struggling to finish up the second greave

    https://i.imgur.com/sgyKUx6.jpg


    which is now completed basically....

    https://i.imgur.com/HCSsvdz.jpg


    And in the meantime I also figured out how to make the main weapon mounts so they can rotate and elevate/de-elevate er depress.

    https://i.imgur.com/1YSqFXy.jpg


    Ah; raise and lower..............

    The basic structure is fairly simple but plain as a mud fence. So we'll need to employ some ornate kickshaws, but first we need to build the weapons.

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    Doled Out In Dribs and Drabs:

    Sorry to be doling these updates out in dribs and drabs but I want to show the internal structure of these yokes so those who follow can adapt the construction to their projects.

    The yoke as you can see is a simple basic structure and I use the geometric forms to cut the angles precisely.

    https://i.imgur.com/5hWQGBO.jpg


    Whilst at present the structure looks somewhat crude. A bit of judicious sanding will bring everything into line for a lightweight strong structure that can handle the one kilo weight of each gun...........

    https://i.imgur.com/Q7qL5Sq.jpg


    And give me the range of twisting and elevation movement I require for this installation.

    https://i.imgur.com/6b14ZZj.jpg


    The scale of the Marine encourages me to think I can actually incorporate some catwalks onto these monster weapons à la ''Odin.''

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    I am a simple man. I see belt feeds with rounds bigger than a marine, and I click like.

    Ham and eggs: a day's work for a chicken; a lifetime's commitment for a pig.
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    DAKKA DAKKA DAKKA DAKKA

    Not enuf dakka, need mor.

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    Whoa I made a real mistake posting the picture of the gatling gun. Everyone thinks that I built it. That weapon was built for Odin Warbringer, the two meter tall Warlord scratchbuilt by BulldogUK.







    It is one of the arms I am considering making for my Imperator but I am only starting the build. I posted it because I liked the catwalks though I not too enamored with the ammo belt. Sorry for the confusion.

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    The Gun Mount Yoke:

    Is coming up Roses. Not only is it the right size but when temporarily positioned on the Munitions arm it was the perfect height so it could be arranged without shimming.

    https://i.imgur.com/0h1y3Kz.jpg


    The yokes are pretty much done in their basic configuration

    https://i.imgur.com/02zYFe9.jpg


    So all that needs be done is produce two Emperor sized weapons to go with them


    https://i.imgur.com/ofNLDst.jpg


    I'm kind of leaning toward Plasma weapons first.

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    Annihilator Plasma Weapon:

    The one weapon I have fallen in love with since I first became aware of the 40K Universe was the dual plasma Annihilator. Which was the main weapon of the Stormblade and the Warhound. It was the first scratchbuilt large weapon I built besides the relatively simple Volcano cannon and various main battle cannons for my Baneblades.

    https://i.imgur.com/1HvYioj.jpg


    That said I am going to try to build the fantastic over/under main battle annihilator for my Imperator as my first project. I believe this to be the most difficult of all the Emperor/Warlord weapons, the others being simple barrel shaped projectile and energy types. Oh, and I gotta make a claw.... if only for my own amusement (No snide commentary please.)

    https://i.imgur.com/kEcYyVx.jpg


    So here we have the central frame of the piece 14 inches (36,0 CM) long (subject to change) of a weapon I judge, at the present, will be between 18 and 20 inches long when finished.

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    Side By Side:

    While measuring up the Sunburst Annihilator I compared my two scratchbuilts for size and relative scale. Overall I am pleased that my Lucius Warlord isn't very overshadowed.

    https://i.imgur.com/UQmR37M.jpg


    Not so with my Scratch Lucius or Chaos Warhound. which decidedly toylike in comparison.

    https://i.imgur.com/ZoeSi0h.jpg


    This low angle view looks vaguely distorted and someday I'll take pictures with a more neutral background.

    https://i.imgur.com/Z2KUDk8.jpg


    And finally a group shot with my scratch built Thunderhawk overhead I'm missing only four of my other home made projects.

    https://i.imgur.com/tpms5HH.jpg


    A Lucius Reaver conversion kit and three Baneblade main battle tanks.

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    Sunburst Annihilator plasma cannon:

    So it begins

    https://i.imgur.com/kEcYyVx.jpg



    https://i.imgur.com/1HvYioj.jpg


    Just to bring you up to date the above images are a repeat of a previous posting. But now we are fleshed out and contoured.

    I just finished rough sanding today and I'm not even sure if the contours are symmetrical.

    https://i.imgur.com/dehdx4d.jpg


    An hour with a belt sander has brought me to this point.

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    Pretty Dry Stuff:

    Yeah, I know this is pretty dry stuff, especially when I'm not even sure the D@mned thing will even work out or even if I got the scale right but getting there is half the fun as the saying goes.

    https://i.imgur.com/12hPNTi.jpg


    I know now the length of the coils are more than twice as long as I need per cannon so I may be able to make two of these


    https://i.imgur.com/HJqt5Ye.jpg


    And here I was thinking, "Thank God I only have to make one............."

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    One Down Three To Go:

    I've got four sides to do and each is at a different stage of completion

    https://i.imgur.com/YbPMueD.jpg


    With the four channels done I move to the reinforcing strip

    https://i.imgur.com/BAuqnnk.jpg


    And finally to the curved base for the coils.............

    https://i.imgur.com/c5hKboR.jpg


    Can Imperators have two plasma coil weapons?

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    You Get Two:

    Due to a bit of luck and some overzealousness I made this coil core literally twice as long as it needed to be so I now have the option of building two of these extremely futuristic weapons.

    The problem is; Are they too slick looking for my lumbering Imperator?


    https://i.imgur.com/99NN9FT.jpg


    Also the gun mount I made may be too crude for the Sunburst Plasma Blaster....... Does anyone else think that name is more appropo for a 1960s bubblegum jawbreaker?

    Anyway I've managed to wrap the first strand of coil material around the core and am letting it dry overnight before installing all the almost one hundred strands for these two Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters..whatever

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    Give a Hand:

    Yesterday evening I got tired of waiting for material for the Plasma Blaster so I decided to work on the Claw.

    https://i.imgur.com/AfXn5Uc.jpg


    By this morning I got a fairly good start.

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    Hands, Touching Hands, Reaching Out, Touching Me, Touching You!

    You have to imagine these skeletal fingers cut down to proper diameters but for now we are going for size and flexibility.

    https://i.imgur.com/lZteifU.jpg


    I modeled my own hand for size

    https://i.imgur.com/BnEPqx1.jpg


    The first joint indicated by the axles will be where the finger joins the palm so three joints all together to the fingertips except for the thumb which will have two.

    https://i.imgur.com/UqVfGp0.jpg


    I may make the thumb eventually capable of crossing the palm but not for now.

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    Wink

    Subtlest Difference:

    You can see with this subtle improvement that the grip will be more humanoid and organic (gratuitous remarks at this point are inevitable I suppose)

    https://i.imgur.com/nBCMI0B.jpg


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    A Failed Attempt:

    One of the duties of posting these updates is to show my failures as well as triumphs.

    I've wasted a few days on trying to make the coils on this Plasma Blaster and I am not enthused with the result so before I try a different approach I'll show what did not work out.

    https://i.imgur.com/kIFXXt3.jpg


    I came up with a new idea that I believe will produce a better result and in the long run be much quicker to produce.

    Once I have a good start on the procedure I'll post an update.

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    This Is Definitely the Better Way To Go:

    In the space of one hour I've exceeded the work of several days.

    https://i.imgur.com/EadMMJl.jpg


    Note: The rods are staggered only as a demonstration. When they are glued they will be flush with the edge.

    Of course I shall have to bend these to the shape of the coils.

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    Bend Angle Radius:

    The relationship between the strength of a material and the amount of curve that can be imparted to the the material before the fatigue point where it will crack instead of take the curve.

    In aircraft it applies to aluminum alloys etc and the metal fatigues when too much stress crystallizes the area being bent to a point of material failure.

    https://i.imgur.com/qGaviga.jpg


    plastic is subject to similar restrictions. That is where we are now. How to impart a bend and not fatigue the styrene?

    https://i.imgur.com/9rRdwgv.jpg


    I am soaking the assembly in Tamiya Cement for the test tomorrow to see if I can get the parts to bend without fatiguing.

    A judicious application of heat may be necessary.

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