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Art Asylum Broken Bow Deluxe Bridge set (Pic Heavy)

Postby Atlanthia » Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:18 am

After having a good scouring of the 'Tintertube' I see that I am not alone in my frustration at the incomplete AA Broken bow Deluxe Bridge set. So, after having already invested in the three available pieces, I have decided to complete the set myself.

I have taken measurements from the available plans online and I have also used the two promotional pictures that AA released, which I have also listed here:

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These two pictures actually help a lot as they contain certain things that are easily measurable, such as the figure, the chair and most importantly, the centre screen console. The chair and centre console are the same as the ones used on Reed's and T'pol's Stations.
As for the base, the flooring is patterned and recurring patterns can also be measured. The surface is a texture of raised dots, in uniform rows, and by measuring their spacings on one of the other set pieces, I found that there are 10 dots per inch, (or 100 dots per square inch.) Thankfully, the AA promotional pics above are of a clear enough resolution that I can count the dots to give me an accurate width and length for the base platform.

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I noticed quite quickly that the AA helm had quite a few inaccuracies: the console slope isn't steep enough, the supporting pillar wasn't accurate at the base etc, so I am also trying to iron out those issues, too. It really comes down to a balance between available images and what is realistically achievable with plastic and glue.

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For the moment, (see picture below,) my Helm is too far to the left. This is simply because it is taped in place to,allow me to take pictures and check alignments etc. when the supporting pedastool is completed, only half of it will be on the base.

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The helm console is now correctly positioned, as the support podium is now pretty much constructed.

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I have been fastidiously studying reference photos and I believe I have recreated it to an acceptable level of screen accuracy.

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There are still a lot of panelling details to add but that will come after I have finished the remaining construction and filled with and sanded the Milliput. Looking good though.

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I also found time to scratch build the helm seat, which involved a few hours heating plastic sheet and rod in hot water. I also scratch built 90% of the slide rail it is mounted on. Hopefully, I will finish the rail off tomorrow.

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The seat does slide, just like the original.

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It also swivels like the original. It's all in the detail!

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Here's a peek under the seat at the mechanism. Simple but effective.

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All in all, I think it is starting to shape up pretty well, and I am looking forward to Milliputting and then sanding this thing into shape!

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After what seems like an eternity of detail sanding the Milliput to give nice crisp edges etc, I managed to finally complete all the panel detailing. I have also been working on other parts, such as the "gear shift", hand rails and details that cannot be made from styrene sheet. I love Milliput! 
Anyway, the parts that have been made by sculpting will also be moulded and cast in plastic resin
and attached at the end.
so, here are a few pictures to let you all see for yourselves how it is looking. Hope you like it!

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I have nearly finished the cutting and applying of all the console buttons. It's not 100% accurate but it's pretty close! I have also resized all the graphics, ready for printing. It's nice to finally start getting a little detail on this piece....
 
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A lot of clean up now required to remove excess glue.
 
I will try to get the graphics printed ASAP to see how they look. 

Okay, the wife laid down the law today so little to no model making. Instead, getting the Christmas decorations from the attic, and top to bottom house work so everything is up to her standards...
 
Oh, I did also get the gear shift assembled and roughly painted up.
 
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Thanks for looking in and I hope you enjoyed my post.
More soon, hopefully!
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Re: Art Asylum Broken Bow Deluxe Bridge set (Pic Heavy)

Postby Moongrim » Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:58 pm

That's an outstanding level of attention to detail. Good Job! :)
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Re: Art Asylum Broken Bow Deluxe Bridge set (Pic Heavy)

Postby hemble » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:54 am

Looking awesome mate, I can't wait to see this complete.

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Postby TrekMD » Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:54 pm

Fantastic! This looks awesome!
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Re: Art Asylum Broken Bow Deluxe Bridge set (Pic Heavy)

Postby Atlanthia » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:41 pm

I cannot thank you enough for your kind words, Gentlemen :) it's very much appreciated! I hope to have an update this evening, all being well.
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Re: Art Asylum Broken Bow Deluxe Bridge set (Pic Heavy)

Postby Atlanthia » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:22 pm

Okay, so I am encountering some significant problems with the Helm Construction, notably, trying to reproduce the flooring texture that appears on all the other pieces. The problem is that every time I cast from the mould the finished resin piece is full of bubbles. They are clinging to all those little holes in the mould no matter how slow I pour. So, until I can resolve the issue I have put it to one side and directed my mind elsewhere. Now, I have stated, I think, quite clearly that it is not my intention to build anything other than the Helm station but if I ever did, it would probably look a lot like this.

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I just can't help myself, can I !!!??? :rolleyes: It was just grating on my nerves that the platforms for T'Pol's and Reeds stations were too narrow front to back so I built a new one to the correct size.....and then I made the floor tracks for the chair to slide in....

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So pretty soon, I had the back walls bashed out and I started on the rear console.

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This is actually T'pols console but She's without a head at the moment so I set it up on the other side of the bridge. Here's a detail shot.

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So, to stop me going down this crazy route, building ANOTHER 3.5 foot wide bridge, can someone please help me to solve my flooring issue???
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Re: Art Asylum Broken Bow Deluxe Bridge set (Pic Heavy)

Postby zookman » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:18 am

what does the original floor part look like .

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Postby Tesral » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:21 pm

Pressure pot. Cast the part under pressure.

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Re: Art Asylum Broken Bow Deluxe Bridge set (Pic Heavy)

Postby Greyryder » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:16 am

Atlanthia wrote:Okay, so I am encountering some significant problems with the Helm Construction, notably, trying to reproduce the flooring texture that appears on all the other pieces. The problem is that every time I cast from the mould the finished resin piece is full of bubbles. They are clinging to all those little holes in the mould no matter how slow I pour.


Dust the molds with baby powder. It helps to pull the resin into the details and crevices. If it's an open face mold, you can pick the bubbles out manually, with a piece of wire.

Could also be the resin you're using. I tried Smooth-On's Smooth-Cast, and I swear the stuff is self carbonating. I've gone back to Polytek's EasyFlo resins.

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Re: Art Asylum Broken Bow Deluxe Bridge set (Pic Heavy)

Postby hemble » Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:17 am

This is looking amazing and I hope you get the molds to work out.

Ron


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