To nestle Upper Handling Room’s floor to the sides I had to do some minor surgery to remove some of the corner glue strips from the walls as shown in these images. The choice was to trim the floor of the wall. I Chose the wall.
The walls now fit nicely.
Printing the hoists is halfway done. It would be “all the way” done, except the slanted one had some fatal print errors that I traced back to fatal drawing errors. When I went about removing some internal faces that were making the part more complicated, I also eliminated some of the external details and didn’t realize this until I tried printing it.
The little lugs that protrude from the door are really, REALLY, tiny! And they printed just about perfectly. I need to be careful in future handling and painting so I don’t remove them.
The slanted hoist wasn’t so lucky. One of the critical side details didn’t print at all because the part in the drawing wasn’t connected to the main surface. Also the entire hoist chamber filled with resin, whereas it did not do this on the vertical one. I did some major internal surgery to attempt to preventing it happening again. I will attempt to print it again tonight.
This is interesting (at least to me). I did a wire pass-through test to see if the wireway in the upper projectile hoist was sufficiently large to pass the two-lead power that will feed the gun house lighting. It worked! BTW: This is the same place that the wiring goes through on the 1:1 mount.
My old friend, Bryant Mitchell, (the fella who’s building the wood base for this and the big gun models, suggested making an electronic “tour guide” of the model showing closeups of those details that won’t be available to the viewer. This idea has immense possibility. Having the model so people can walk around it makes it difficult to get power for the lighting. Having against a wall blocks viewing anything that’s facing rearward. Having a the back plane of the case being a mirror could work, but doubles the viewing distance. When I brought this idea to Ryan he immediately thought of those digital picture frames. I have to find out more about what they need, but making the photoplay wouldn’t be a problem for me. I could caption each frame describing what they’re seeing. The images would only be of the model and maybe some exterior shots of the guns on the New Jersey. It’s great to have more than my mind on this project.