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GROUP BUILDS => The Flying Machines of Unconventional Means GB => Topic started by: strobez on March 01, 2019, 04:08:56 pm

Title: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: strobez on March 01, 2019, 04:08:56 pm
This seems like the perfect opportunity to get another of my planned Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) builds... off the ground. ;)

From one of Miyazaki's earliest projects, the animated television series (circa 1978), Future Boy Conan... I bring you, Dr. Lao's Flying Jar!

(http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/kazumahakase-yattemiru/imgs/4/f/4fc6b4e6.jpg)

and even a bit of the technical specs...

(https://stat.ameba.jp/user_images/20100926/12/kitano7117/ce/09/j/o0640048010768315709.jpg)

Coming soon!
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: Weaver on March 01, 2019, 09:28:26 pm
Nice one - inspired, methinks, by the bottle suit from the Disney/Von Braun concepts of the 1950s:

(https://images.ecosia.org/aHRi_947h8Axf5QOcnRZPrS_E2s=/0x390/smart/http%3A%2F%2Fcyberneticzoo.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Ffile%2Fvon-braun-bottle-suit-bw1.jpg)(https://images.ecosia.org/YnDsZbYQxIyNpxk82xqxv8iOBkU=/0x390/smart/http%3A%2F%2Fcyberneticzoo.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Ffile%2Fbraun-bottle-06.jpg)
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: zenrat on March 02, 2019, 12:33:08 am
And there's a Falco there in the background.
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: strobez on March 05, 2019, 10:58:26 pm
There is indeed a Falco in the background.  I have that kit, but Iím saving it for a rainy day.

As for this build, it seems to have taken on a mind of its own.  I was all set to start, but then I went and got an idea... one which, if it succeeds, will dwarf all the other projects Iíve attempted before.

 Iím still doing a bit of research, but this one will be epic... wether thatís a success or a fail though remains to be seen.
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: zenrat on March 06, 2019, 02:04:10 am
...I went and got an idea...

It doesn't involve magnets does it... ;)
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: strobez on March 06, 2019, 02:18:03 am
Heh... heh... heh...
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: strobez on March 07, 2019, 07:26:13 am
Alrighty... weíre committed now...
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: kerick on March 07, 2019, 07:34:29 am
He found the spare flux capacitor...... :o
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: rickshaw on March 07, 2019, 03:46:49 pm
He found the spare flux capacitor...... :o

I thought I'd hidden the only one in existence....   :banghead:
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: kerick on March 07, 2019, 07:06:56 pm
There must be others.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD8430xJRbM
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: strobez on March 07, 2019, 09:16:34 pm
Alright, so here we go... I've got a used party "popper" cone, some clear plastic tubing, the engine off an Academy 1/72 F-8E, some plastic sheets and a domahicky that I think came in a long-forgotten Gundam kit...
(https://i.postimg.cc/vBNgvJr9/jar-01.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/TLn3dHHY)

Cut the cone to length... oh, yeah, and I've got some Tamiya racing car tires...
(https://i.postimg.cc/w3K1CDbj/jar-02.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/wRVxJRpC)

I need to thicken up the cone, so some CA glue, and some plastic sheets to the rescue.
(https://i.postimg.cc/mZP8GR6v/jar-03.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/4nTz6CGP)

And of course the putty... lots of putty!
(https://i.postimg.cc/nr9sS32W/jar-04.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/n9ZcCY6K)
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: Old Wombat on March 11, 2019, 07:26:45 am
Alrighty... weíre committed now...

Most of us should be ... :wacko:
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: PR19_Kit on March 11, 2019, 07:52:39 am

....and a domahicky that I think came in a long-forgotten Gundam kit...


You just can't get by without a domahicky or two in this game.  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: strobez on March 19, 2019, 08:21:25 am
Ok... let's dump a major update on this GB project...

I was out with the family a couple of weeks ago and ran cross this noise maker things... I see lots of good shapes there, so I instantly scrapped my previous work and started over...

(https://i.postimg.cc/6Q8pKPjf/jar-05.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/yJzHXLzD)

Just a little bit of slicing and then some rearranging...

(https://i.postimg.cc/zXpzgN4k/jar-06.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/YhGK55r4)

Yes. Thatís a MUCH better shape.

(https://i.postimg.cc/jdRq2235/jar-07.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/23XNXkDR)

The top part is added, and now comes more putty. This is shaping up much better now!

(https://i.postimg.cc/wxXT9LVZ/jar-08.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/BtvGg8RB)

Now to make the bottom... hereís what we need.

(https://i.postimg.cc/0j08Z1jP/jar-09.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Fk15sq0B)

A bit of heated plastic and a smash moulding later...

(https://i.postimg.cc/nz7VjDts/jar-10.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/62WxFTqw)

A few more slices and some more reassembling.

(https://i.postimg.cc/QC38pdXf/jar-11.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/TLtvxG5b)

Now weíve got the main parts... and a few extras.

(https://i.postimg.cc/nLNch1Nb/jar-12.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/SX7pZcyD)

Letís try a dry fit...

(https://i.postimg.cc/T3wRjS6v/jar-13.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/qzPV41q1)

It's a good thing I did a dry fit. It seems like I miscalculated and the main body is too long? Uh-oh.  Luckily too long is much more easily fixed than too short.

(https://i.postimg.cc/cLbdFmxg/jar-14.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/rD56m5tM)

Ok... I give up... time for plan C... or...D...  I've tried every possibly way I can think of to heat mould the windscreen.  NOTHING has worked for me.  I tried tubes of varying sizes, I tried plastic sheets and I tried plastic bottles and cups.  They all worked partially, but nothing worked properly.  The plastic expanded when I wanted it to shrink and form... the plastic turned white and cloudy when I needed clear... and the couple of times I thought I might've stretched out the overlaps enough for it to be useable, I couldn't free the plug without damaging the form.  Days of frustration and burned fingers...

(https://i.postimg.cc/pd5R4Fr0/jar-15.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/wtzCs3hJ)

So I finally settled on Plan.. G... get a clear ring from the fashion market.  Seoul has a great wholesale fashion market, every kind of swatch of cloth, buckle, button, clasp and ribbon you can imagine. I had to sift through a great deal of lace and glitter, but I found one that was the right size and shape.  I was hoping to detail out the cockpit, but there's no real point with a clear "canopy" this thick.  Oh, well, it's probably for the best since the magnets arrived and they're bigger than I thought. I may have to do some hiding.

(https://i.postimg.cc/KzXx28gm/jar-16.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/cKcV7Zmz)

Anyway, moving right along, let's unpack and sort some electronics from China.  The instructions are... limited.

(https://i.postimg.cc/MTyxKJyV/jar-17.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/625FYSbp)

After carefully going through the parts list, I think I found everything and soldered them all in the right spots.  Hopefully we'll have an electromagnet at the end of this...

(https://i.postimg.cc/C5S0RrNt/jar-18.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/XGHmh8tc)

This is going to be epic... a success or a fail... one way or another.  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: kerick on March 19, 2019, 12:03:17 pm
Good Lord! Heís built his own flux capacitor!   :wacko:

This will be extremely interesting!
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: zenrat on March 20, 2019, 02:44:58 am
Keen eyes are watching this from North of the border...

Actually, that may not be funny.   :unsure:

 :-X
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: rickshaw on March 20, 2019, 05:18:48 am
Good Lord! Heís built his own flux capacitor!   :wacko:

This will be extremely interesting!

Looks different to mine...  Mine works.  I know, 'cause I know who really killed Lincoln... :mellow:
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: NARSES2 on March 20, 2019, 07:09:33 am
That's mind boggling  :o

You certainly have an eye for shapes that's for sure  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Flying Jar (Future Boy Conan)
Post by: Rick Lowe on May 24, 2019, 03:07:36 am
Strobez, how is this Epic coming along?