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Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Robert Simmons, May 9, 2014.

  1. Robert Simmons

    Robert Simmons Commander Red Shirt

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    Where I get the wood? Lowe’s Oklahoma City South Santa Fe and SW 74th store.
    4x8 3/4 plywood $29 a sheet. Deck
    2x4 8 ft $3.00 each for legs and framing
    4x8 7/16 sheet plywood $32 each for console framing. I wanted 1/2 inch instead but I am not paying $45 a sheet. I’ll use 2x4 reinforced corners to fasten the sides together to compensate for the wood being too thin to drive screws into to frame the console. Plenty ridged and lighter.

    4x8 1/8 inch MDF paneling $7.00 a sheet for skinning consoles.

    If the costs rise above $300 to finish the build I’m under obligation to let him know. Until then I need to focus on assembling what I already have purchased.
     
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  2. Robert Simmons

    Robert Simmons Commander Red Shirt

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    Been thinking about doing something to speed up getting the measurements out there faster for everyone...mainly photograph the models up close from all angles so my measurement notations are more legible to read. When I started this thread I wanted to show the models as proof but Had not given thought about showing them in a way to where my notations would be closer and easier to read. After a few comments over time of people liking to be able to read the writing on the panels it made me wonder to just post better images that are easier to read for everyon here. Been mulling this for about a week now. Just call me slow to clue in on this as a option. By doing it means less waiting to get the overall stage 9 measurements out there in a easier to digest form. That way everyone doesn’t have to wait forever waiting for me to do and publish the drawings. Thoughts?
     
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  3. Fiver

    Fiver Cadet Newbie

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    Considering you are doing this as a labor of love and making it available to anyone for free… as far as I’m concerned you can take all of the time you need. As to posting more detailed, legible photos; that’s always appreciated but most of us understand that you have time constraints and that there are limits to energy and stamina. I’m a little older than you are so I’m well aware of those limits. I only discovered this thread a few days ago and it’s already proven to be the most detailed study of the original sets that I’ve found. I cannot express how valuable this is as a resource. I’ve been trying to model the original bridge set since 1975 and it’s been a long, frustrating journey. The old AMT model kit (recently modified and re-released by R2) is dreadfully inaccurate and following the McMaster blueprints will yield a decent model that will bother you incessantly because it’s just not quite right so if you want the real thing; you have to strike off on your own and the first wall you run into is that no one thought to preserve the construction plans 50 years ago (if there ever actually were any) so you struggle (well, you do if you’re me) with screen grabs and brief insights from modeling boards and the years keep going by…

    I digress (you have to go with your strengths). What I mean to say is that I’ve waited 42 years for this so I can wait a little longer. In fact, given the quality of your work; I can wait as long as it takes. Take your time and enjoy doing it. We are very grateful to you for the effort.

    I’m glad to hear your wife is on the mend. My partner has had a bad year as well but she’s finally starting to turn around. There is nothing more penetrating and distracting than the constant worry over a loved one in pain.

    Take good care and thanks again.

    Fiver.
     
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  4. Robert Simmons

    Robert Simmons Commander Red Shirt

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    Thank you. Humbled.
     
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  5. Bernard Guignard

    Bernard Guignard Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    It's your project and I appreciate the work that you do take your time and any picture and drawing is gratefully welcomed as to the progress that you make.
     
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  6. Cyfa

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    I must say, very impressive workings, calculations and extrapolations in your July 12th post!
     
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  7. Robert Simmons

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    Thanks guys. Priority for now in order...

    1. Wrap up check on deck width measurements.
    2. Physical build
    3. Restoring photos from photo bucket.
    4 posting closer more readable photos of models
     
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  8. Robert Simmons

    Robert Simmons Commander Red Shirt

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    Update. After wrangling with mapping 1/2 bridge in multiple large scales and having small measuring errors pop up that threaten to cause creep when added up over multiple platforms I’ve decided to just do the measurement full scale. Hopefully this next week if it doesn’t rain I’ll be looking for a remote parking lot that is shielded from the wind armed with fresh sharpies, twine, large masking tape to mark the break points for writing the measurements and large rulers. Starting point will be the results of the previous 1/4 scale measuring. Goal: balancing out the platforms widths between the 9 non viewscreen platforms for the centerline half bridge. After that I’m ready to resume building. Hopefully this will be done before New Years.
     
  9. Robert Simmons

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    Update: Save for a few images I am still having to track down...all the images have been transferred and restored here from Photobucket to Imgur. Will keep looking.

    The full scale measuring went well until I got my butt scolded at work about the building owner wanting to come in and lay a second coat of wax. First I heard of it after waiting for her to wax the floors to get permission next door to lay out full scale 1/2 the bridge centerline to get accurate measurements. Didn't quite get there. Had to tear up all the tape marks before I got the fine tuned measurements. Spent a hour before work every day working on it. That’s 7 hours wasted. That was about 2 weeks ago. Had flu after that. Now looking at alternate methods to verify platforms widths before continuing full scale build.
     
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  10. Tallguy

    Tallguy Commodore Commodore

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    The flu this year is plague I wouldn't wish it on Harry Mudd.
    Hope you feel better.