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Bonestell Moonrocket in 1/350 scale
« on: April 09, 2011, 07:13:34 pm »
I had this printed out a while ago, but just now got around to finishing it. The original is from Bonestell & Ley's "The Conquest of Space" and I used Jon Roger's drawings and dimensions (from "The Spaceship Handbook") to make the 3D version in Rhino:

Original Bonestell:


Parts:


An obscene amount of PSR (actually, mostly S&R - I did a good job designing it and didn't need putty) and Mr. Surfacer later:




The figure is a 1/350 sailor from Preiser.

On the plans I used:







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Re: Bonestell Moonrocket in 1/350 scale
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2011, 07:20:53 pm »
Awesome Job,Frank :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Sure you didn't Work for NASA? this is Cool,Well Designed,and Well Built! Thanks for Posting :cheers: Dan

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Re: Bonestell Moonrocket in 1/350 scale
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2011, 08:04:15 pm »
Nicely done.  And a great use of some new technology. 
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Re: Bonestell Moonrocket in 1/350 scale
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2011, 02:01:49 am »
Silly question. Is this made form parts "printed" on a 3D printer ?

If so then it's the first model done this way I think I've ever seen. Excellent work  :bow:

Have to admit I was sceptical of the process but then the only example I've seen was in the Science Museum in Kesington.
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Re: Bonestell Moonrocket in 1/350 scale
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2011, 09:47:27 am »
Silly question. Is this made form parts "printed" on a 3D printer ?

The process starts by scanning in the plans I bought from Jon Rogers (1 sheet) then importing it as a background image into Rhino. I then drew out the components that would eventually become the 3D object. After that was done and the model was scaled to 1/350, I checked that the file was printable and mailed it off to Shapeways in the Netherlands. They printed out the parts.

Here's a screenshot of what it looks like in Rhino:



Ideally I should make a mold of the master printed parts and work on resin copies, but since I have more than one copy, I went ahead and built a master.


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Re: Bonestell Moonrocket in 1/350 scale
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2011, 11:56:46 am »
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All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: Bonestell Moonrocket in 1/350 scale
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2011, 12:00:48 am »
Thanks for the explanation - interesting
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Re: Bonestell Moonrocket in 1/350 scale
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2011, 08:31:54 am »
 Thats gorgeous, Frank. I'm really going to have to take a crack at Rhino one of these days.

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Re: Bonestell Moonrocket in 1/350 scale
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2011, 03:13:03 pm »
Thats gorgeous, Frank. I'm really going to have to take a crack at Rhino one of these days.

Thanks Craig. It's not as hard as it seems and the in-program help is very good. The key is to pick a simple but challenging project and set aside a day (or an afternoon) to get familiar with the program. I picked the C-57. It took me the better part of a Saturday but at the end of the day I had something that looked like a C-57 (without the stairs).

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Re: Bonestell Moonrocket in 1/350 scale
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2011, 01:25:07 pm »
Wow Frank, that's sooo cool it hurts! I know a couple of vintage shops that'd ask a couple of Frankins for something like this.

Printing out your own models?? I am now envy personified.

Outstanding!!!
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