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Designing/Building a model Spaceship. help

  1. Mar 29, 2010 #1
    For a school project, I may need to construct a model of a futuristic spaceship. This might be like something that you would see on "Star Wars". This model would have to open up to reveal the essential components needed for interstellar travel (i.e. engine, hyper drive, etc.)

    How might i go about building this?:
    - what materials should I use?
    - what might the components look like?
    - and so on...
     
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  3. Mar 29, 2010 #2

    DaveC426913

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    I want to go to your school. :!!)
    I have a few spaceships kicking around. I start with a sheet of styrene plastic and build up from there.
    For spindly projections, I use brass tubing from the hobby shop.
    For components, I collect (or cannibalize) all sorts of plastic debris - toothpaste/shampoo caps. Also, kitbash old model car model kits.
    Also, I frequent the local electronics surplus store. You can pick up handfuls of tiny fiddly components that look great stuck on.
    Glue: styrene glue and 5-minute epoxy glue.

    See attached pic. (BTW, all those panels tilt about 60 degrees in any direction on universal joints.)
     

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  4. Mar 29, 2010 #3

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    Thusly.
     

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  5. Apr 9, 2010 #4
    well thank you so much sir
     
  6. Aug 5, 2011 #5

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    Well, you're about a year and a half late, but...
     
  7. Aug 7, 2011 #6

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    Good thing, because otherwise I'd never have seen this way cool spaceship! :smile:
    Pity the OP did not report back with his spaceship.

    However, the parts seem to be improperly named...
    I'd have expected a hyper-drive, quantum-teleporter, matter-converter, holo-simulator, ... :wink:
     
  8. Aug 7, 2011 #7

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    Thanks.

    I am rather proud of it. It's actually the second time I built it. The first one sort of disintegrated over time. So I rebuilt it. (That is no mean feat for someone who has difficulty completing a project the first time let alone the second.)

    Alas, my career just did not go in that direction. Not sure why.
     
  9. Aug 7, 2011 #8

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    Neh, neither did mine.
     
  10. Aug 7, 2011 #9

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    John Dykstra of Star Wars fame was my hero. I think I may have set my goal too high.

    Say, is that a LEGO Escher staircase? Is it yours?
     
  11. Aug 7, 2011 #10

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    Right the first time! :smile:
    But no, I'm sorry to say that it's not mine.
     
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