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Old 04-13-2024, 11:46 AM
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I apologize for the delay, I'm currently doing the page layup and it is CRITICAL that everything is in it's proper place before the dies are made because once that expense is met, these parts aren't changing.


My intent is to have the first, "exemplary die cut card model" and that is going to take, EXACT REGISTRY on both the printing, die making and die cutting, PRECISION die making and cutting is neither cheap or easy so I have, "one shot at it" to "get it right"


Not only all of the lines will be cut but a template will be made for all of the score lines that will simply be "compacted" by a non sharp die, same as scoring with no residual ink loss. (we'll see how this works out)


Nearing the end of page layup now, I'll be lining up die makers on Monday, while the dies are being made I'll be doing all of the 2D graphics , the next prototype I assemble will be the full color, simplified, student version minus the die cutting.
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Old 04-15-2024, 08:10 AM
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Page layup

This is why I've, "been so quiet", page layup, yeah, sure, it looks, "simple" and, "boring" (and it is) but it requires that a lot of thought be put into the placement to allow proper margins for the die cutting.

This process allows me to get all of the parts numbered (in their order of application) and to get a final part count.

To illustrate this, note the parts and numbers in blue, these are, "optional" or, "noncritical" parts put add a great deal to the 3D aesthetics, for example, the winch and fanfare on the fantail fall in to this category and can be sacrificed if necessary to get the part count down.
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Old 04-21-2024, 02:28 PM
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Micro DASH

It's like my Momma always used to tell me when i was a small boy, "we don't like it when you're quiet, it makes us wonder what you are into".

I've got the page layup done for the student version, exactly 100 parts on seven part sheets.

So I'm "rapping up loose ends" on this B/W prototype so I can get it into it's case and to good friends of the Jacksonville Naval Museum as a reward for their patience.

The drone is VERY small, measuring less than one inch long (25mm) and only about 3/16 (4mm) at the widest point, there are ten parts in that VERY SMALL area and includes the torpedo load.

Even the underside of the air-frame is detailed, not that it will ever be seen by anyone other than the builder but my core philosophy is, "it's nice to know that it's there".

My models are meant to be looked at with magnification and you will find that the closer you look, the more you will see.

I have only the 26 foot motor whale boat and six ladders to model and this thing is ready for it's case, the case I speak of is unique, I designed it 40+ years ago and it is PERFECT for paper models as this case is equally light weight and was designed to be handled repeatedly just as you would the model but protected. (stay tuned)
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Old 04-21-2024, 03:43 PM
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I salute your work creating that drone.
You packed a lot of detail into its very small dimensions.
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Old 04-21-2024, 03:48 PM
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Yeah Michael, and it seemed to get smaller as I assembled it!


I will actually enlarge it 10+% for the advanced version.
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Old 04-21-2024, 04:08 PM
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I could have trimmed out the pivot of that top rotor a little more but didn't think of it until it was in place, I think I'll remove that top rotor in place and replace it with a trimmed out one.
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Old 04-22-2024, 03:17 PM
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Rotor

Okay, so I trimmed out that top rotor and it looks MUCH better, note the rectangular column supporting the rotors is noticeably void, on the finished model this would be detailed with the linkage configuration that is also rectangular but now is not the time for that.

Now moving on to the small boat, that shouldn't take long.
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Old 04-22-2024, 03:29 PM
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Remember, my objective is not to see how well I can assemble but rather, how FAST (and easy) I can build them as I'm not a skilled modeler, nothing makes me more proud than when I see someone build one of these and they do a better job of it than I do!
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Old 04-26-2024, 10:38 AM
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Small boat

The last part of this prototype to model is the 26' (7.9248 M) Navy, motorized whaleboat, described as such due to the curvature of the free board, prow and stem.
The museum acquired an authentic representation, seen here as it arrived and after it's restoration.

Quite small, only about 1-5/8" (4.1275cm) long and about 1/2" (12.7mm) wide, like the drone, there is a lot of 3D detail to add there.

As any designer will tell you just as Lou told me a very long time ago,"paper only bends one of two ways", meaning that to achieve a compound curve in a linear strata, there has to be a "relief" to allow the curvature.

Knowing that to create this relief, there would have to be a seam in the hull-skin so, with that in mind, I'm designing it to have this relief right at the water line to be at least obtrusive in the design.

Just as with the larger ship, it all starts out by mapping out all of the outside dimensions in wire-frame.
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I was very fortunate to find a set of navy plans for it, that makes it MUCH easier than scaled images alone and is much more accurate, it's just a matter of how much of those plans I can cram into such a small space.
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