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    Main Armament Support Arms:

    Everything about this model is outsized. I am not use to working with such huge dimensions. My work area is too small. It gobbles up material at a tremendous rate. Tubes of glue are expended at an alarming rate. I remember when Testors glue was a dime a tube. Now it is $2.50 and these laminate panels take a lot of gluing even though I am saving money using the honeycomb material.


    https://i.imgur.com/aFn2m35.jpg


    The two rounded ends are the main gun mounts. The cross arm is crudely shaped at present until the front skin is applied.

    Everything will be laminated to save weight or the model would be incredibly top-heavy. This arm when completed will be about two inches thick (52 MM). so we're talking five layers of these. I'll need to make another plastic run for 0.040 inch (1,0 MM) sheeting.

    Each one of the squares is a half an inch (13 MM)so you can get an idea of the dimensions I'm working with.

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    Main Gun Mount Yoke:

    Today I finally finished the rough laminate build of the Gun Mount Yoke. This was a major production, tedious in the extreme and the amount of glue required was staggering. Two full tubes of Testors cement dribbled on each and every spine and cross piece with six sheets of 0.030 inch 0,075 MM styrene between the honeycomb sheets. Everyone in the house was high on the fumes with the exception of me strangely enough.

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


    The Layers look rather crude now but I dressed the upper mount edge and plotted my Inner edge line culminating in a freehand yoke arch which seems satisfactory.

    https://i.imgur.com/rdtke7M.jpg


    Fortunately I have a built in French Curves in my mind's eye so I don't have to resort to using them. One of these days I'll have to learn how to use them. Ha!

    https://i.imgur.com/pIAf5ui.jpg


    Anyway a half hour or so on the belt sander and the job is done. Not too shoddy if I do say so; I'll have to finish sand by hand but I'm about ready to start detailing the yoke.

    https://i.imgur.com/5Jf7Dsh.jpg


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    Weight May Be a Problem:

    The component I am building is loosely based on a 'Warren Truss' bridge.



    albeit 'enclosed' with the trusses displayed on the exterior for interesting detail. Not being an engineer I don't know the actual nomenclature of the structure. It is 23 inches (59 CM) long between the penciled in guide lines labeled 'Beam' Excluding the roughed in ends.

    This component as of right now masses 1.18 pounds (.505 kilo)

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


    Naturally the model does not need such a massive structure but a "real Life" Emperor the span would need to support the Cathedral-like superstructure and the suspended wing arms which I believe would in some configurations be firing projectiles hence a nod must be given to recoil and mass/arm/moment.

    Many of the Emperor/ Battle Titans I have seen do not allow for real life weight and look to spindly especially in the legs and gun support mounts. Regardless on how you configure the details you must make your model believable in that the structure has to withstand the stresses of massive steel/ceramic/ adamantine what-have-you structures. Also a bit of grace must be adopted for aesthetics when possible.

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    Main Weapon Yoke:

    This turned out much better than I hoped it could. I'm basing it on the most ephemeral of images and I had only a smidgen of the overall detail.

    https://i.imgur.com/hS1DBXM.jpg


    Tomorrow I hope to have it mounted beneath the superstructure decking.

    https://i.imgur.com/fb9vjPn.jpg


    Once mounted I'll see how it melds with the overall plan but for now it sure looks like it means business.

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    A Quicky:

    Just a quicky before I quit for the night.

    https://i.imgur.com/emV5HLH.jpg


    Damn!

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    Requests Honored:

    I received a few requests for more information and photos so here's a different view of the same stage of the build.

    https://i.imgur.com/jJyiv0g.jpg


    The lollipop shaped appendages jutting from both sides of the model will eventually be the main weapons yoke. It is a torsion box assembly built up layers of styrene 2 ft X 4 ft Florescent light lens $14 bucks a pop at the local HomeDepot. I am using this material extensively throughout this model mainly because it is much cheaper than Hobby Store styrene and is a great weight saving building material.

    https://i.imgur.com/L894Zio.jpg


    I commandeered the Master Bedroom in my home for a Den/Workshop/TV/computer room as it was the second biggest room in the house and all we did was sleep in it; ahem......

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


    Finally it's my work cubical that is constantly being messed up. For some unknown reason I cannot keep it orderly and I hate wasting precious building time cleaning and vacuuming styrene dust. The above rear view shows I've done precious little to the interior decking and have used partially built subassemblies to buttress up the deck to take these images.

    Now with the yoke firmly in place I can address building the interior decks of which I believe there will be five including a railed walk around exterior veranda so Belisarius Cawl can watch the battle from above the fray. These interior decks will be in addition to the Cathedral/fortress superstructure so there will be plenty of room for accommodations of the Officers of the Church.

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    One of my greatest fears was to diminish my Warlord's stature by building an Emperor Titan. In a side by side comparison the Warlord which stands about 28 inches tall will be dwarfed by the 40 inch tall Emperor.

    https://i.imgur.com/eIl2kKx.jpg


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


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


    I suppose that cannot be helped.

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    Unbounded Mania

    My mania is boundless once I fixate on a project. I mistakenly took a shortcut in the initial construction of the chest turrets and have found a better way to reproduce the Gothic windows indicated by the pointer arrow.

    https://i.imgur.com/gv0PiSf.jpg


    I may or may not rebuild the other four penetrations above the wooden turret spheres but I do like the carrying on of the Gothic theme with styrene strip stock

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


    Meanwhile I'll complete the two single window sets and prepare them for installation.

    https://i.imgur.com/ur17IND.jpg

    A couple of skulls and gewgaws and they are ready for installing.


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


    BTW I've found the author of this titan version on Deviant Art; one Boazzz who has produced a fantastic version of a Emperor Titan that I shall be following (with a Few modifications) for the rest of this build.

    https://i.imgur.com/50SkSIl.jpg


    A tip of my hat to Mr Joazzz for his monumental inspiration.

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    I Gotta Learn To Work Faster:

    Wow, two days in the making and I'll wager no one will ever notice them when this thing is complete.

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


    That is until the stained glass windows are lit up.

    https://i.imgur.com/J4WBhAR.jpg


    But seriously I've got to make about forty of these things in various shapes and sizes and I need to get an assembly line going once the basic castle architecture is complete.

    These two were just a test run to get an idea of the feasibility.

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    Gack! I misspelled his sobriquet! It's Joazzz not Boazzz. Take a look at his breathtaking 3D renderings on 'DA' and 'Facepunch'

    Here's two more examples of his work.

    https://i.imgur.com/kiC4SD9.jpg


    I heightened the contrast on the image below to accent the detail.

    https://i.imgur.com/C1iQg0D.jpg


    With these two shots I can pretty much extrapolate what needs be fabricated. They are so much better than that which I have been working from up 'til now.

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    Play Time:

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. I got a hankering to do some detail so finding and modifying an Imperial Eagle I found on google and tracing it on a sheet of styrene is where I am right now. I intend to make half a dozen of these and some into a bas relief but first I'm starting with a sheet of 0,020 styrene for a durable pattern.

    https://i.imgur.com/EQjvwt1.jpg


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    So There's An Eagle Back There?

    Two days of cutting out Eagles and this is the result. Talk about exercise in futility, but at least I'll know that they are there.

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


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


    https://i.imgur.com/8b6Vib0.jpg


    https://i.imgur.com/Kz5zHCV.jpg


    https://i.imgur.com/vyW537G.jpg


    Maybe after they are gilded they'll show up better. Anyway that's how they appear on the 3D model.

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    Clutchin' At Straws:

    I've got this huge space between the deck and the Main Arm Support Yoke that has to be filled with some awesome Titiany stuff. So right now I am experimenting with Cod Bitz to try to com up with a unique techy/churchy facade that covers three floors of the interior behind the head.

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


    This is the first attempt and I'm not too pleased with the huge doors.

    https://i.imgur.com/YCNkW2b.jpg

    It seems to diminish the over all size of the figures compared to the Titan.

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


    Stepping back the effect isn't as bad but I need a rational for the oversized doors and as I type this the Adeptus Mechanicus Tech Priest Dominus' are just the ticket and the Belisarius Cawl can use the double front doors

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


    Ha! Problem is solved.

    I planned to have the two outsized clergy overseeing the battle from the balcony vantage point all along and purely by accident I made the way they can access the balcony. Talk about serendipity.

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    Skinning:

    So it's time to skin the yoke. A straightforward application of 0.040 inch/ 1 MM styrene to cover all the internal structure.

    https://i.imgur.com/YEq238u.jpg


    It takes a lot of styrene glue and a few gluing clamps but other than leaving an excess of styrene for slight variations in the surface, all the gluing takes is a bit of care and patience.

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


    When dried sand off the excess with sanding blocks and files.

    https://i.imgur.com/O5BaWsy.jpg


    Worthy of note, I don't use green stuff, it makes for a sloppy looking interim stage so instead I just use Thin Cement and as I sand, the styrene dust settles in the cracks and the cement dissolves it so when dry the crack/blemish is repaired with the same material as the model.

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


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    I Don't Care:

    I'm posting it anyway. I'm trying to rationalize the second level engineering where I plan to have the reactor and some sort of mumbo jumbo altar to solicit favor from the Machine God.

    https://i.imgur.com/CA55iTn.jpg


    The first level replete with appropriate iconic bells and whistles but the second level were the real work be done has a more utilitarian aspect.

    https://i.imgur.com/bYt6RAX.jpg


    Yeah I know I have to move the hinges and the door at present leads to a ruddy great step down but all that will be addressed.

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


    What is of most significance is that purely by happenstance I managed to get the yoke in precisely the proper position to bisect the side panel perfectly.

    https://i.imgur.com/CA55iTn.jpg


    Too bad I can't manage to apply that precision in real life.

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    Imperial Eagle 2.0

    Some major changes in the works in an attempt to improve on the overall appearance of the facade. There were a few things I was not satisfied with..............

    https://i.imgur.com/Kz5zHCV.jpg


    The Imperial Eagle being one so here we have the 2.0 version which I believe will look better.

    https://i.imgur.com/dDwzPj4.jpg


    Right now just in paper while I adjust the size and space out the flight feathers better......

    Eventually the overall effect will be something like this.......

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


    Which I believe will show up better and have a more practical value as an upper deck support corbel as well as being decorative.

    More to come later but now I have to take my Lithium; Hahaaaaaa!

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    Belisarius Cawl

    While I am rebuilding the various areas of the chest region I broke out the Belisarius Cawl to see how it will look on the command balcony.....

    Assembly hint this model is very delicate and painting it will be a chore especially when completely assembled so I added what the manufacturer should have mainly a stem between the upper body and the lower. Just a piece of sprue about half an inch long carved down to fit in a hole drilled into the upper body.

    The lower body has an irregular shaped hole that needs to be cut larger to receive the piece of sprue.

    Right now I've only painted the skirt and cloak with flat red and grey primed the rest of the metallic parts which I believe I will finish in graphite and gold.

    https://i.imgur.com/Uq1wtDK.jpg


    After the model is painted the two assemblies can be glued together or as I intend just put together dry.

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