Patrick Giese wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:26 pm
Just the scale of project I was contemplating!
That is a HUGE model. I cannot tell if you are being sarcastic or not. A 1:350 scale model of a Havoc Class Destroyer would be about 42" (108cm) long. Tamiya makes a 1:350 USS Enterprise (CVN-65) which tops out at 38" or so.
I am currently working on, among other projects, a "waterline scale" (1:700) Agamemnon Class BCP model. When it is done it will be 45" (116cm) long. It is about as small as I think I can build this without loosing significant detail. I chose 1:700 scale because I thought it would be cool to build a 1:700 scale Nimitz or Ford Class CVN model and display them together to show exactly how big the ships of the Honorverse actually are. It really says something that the smallest warship of the Honorverse is substantially larger than the largest US Navy Warship.
I am making very heavy use of the BuNine reference images I linked. So far I have produced 3D renderings in Fusion 360 (Enthusiast's License is free for the full version!) I have digital models for the active defense systems (countermissile tubes, and Point defense clusters), gravitics arrays and the Main Radar/Lidar Panels. I still need to build out Electronic Warfare Panels, Topside Heat sink panels and accumulators, and chase armament.
My plan is to build the hull using extruded foam board with a coating of epoxy resin. I considered a traditional plank on frame construction using laser cut framing but thought that resined foam would be more rugged for toting to conventions. I am going to 3D print the fittings with a Formlabs SLA printer using the models I described above. I might try making the radar panels out of CNC cut prototyping circuit board I am not sure if it would fit the scale of the model though.
I am hoping to get our crew working on this together as a sort of group project for the upcoming convention season but It will have to wait until I wrap up a few other projects.
If you like, I could send you some scaled .obj files of the fittings I have made in the appropriate scale. The illustrations I have seen show that Counter Missile tubes and Point Defense clusters are identical between BC's and DD's (BC's just have more!) PM me if interested.