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Old 05-14-2022, 12:13 PM
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First test fit.

When designing the 3D model, it looked like I overkilled the frame structures again. And now that I put it together, I like how it turned out. My model's structural integrity weighs heavy on my mind, especially something this big. Based on data of Yamato 2199 I find, I scale it to 1/350. The complete model will be extended out several more inches with the thruster installed. And looking at it now, I think it is larger than the 1/350 scale.

The temples are printed on 13"x19" paper, and the frame alone took 24 pages because each piece is made of four-layer cement together. I had to cut every piece four times. It is time-consuming, but I prefer to do that than cut thick cardboard, making this my most costly model to build so far. Wonder what is the pages count after everything unfolded.

The completed frame is not as heavy as I thought. But I am still concerned about how the four supporting arms will hold up the ship. I guess the next thing I will have to redesign the support arms again to make them stronger.

Thank you for looking.
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Old 05-14-2022, 12:51 PM
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Great design!, "structurally sound".
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Old 05-14-2022, 04:01 PM
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That's looking really good, Allen!

Will be following with anterest not just because of the subject which is a massive hook for me in its own right but also because I am well-advanced on the 1/500 Bandai Space Battleship Yamato - enjoying building a ship without the nerve-racking fiddly detail like handrails etc...

Just out of curiousity what weight are you printing on pre-lamination? Looks around 200gsm? Sorry not sure of the lb equivalent...
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Old 05-15-2022, 09:16 AM
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SJPONeill , the paper is 44lb(165g/m) 9mil. Epson 13"x19" Presentation Paper Matte.
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