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It's always great to come back and be able to bask in the work of demi-gods such as yourself Blackadder. Superb work, as usual!

Oh also I got to come face to face with some Black Templars aligned Lucius Pattern Warhounds you made where I was living last year. They were excellent and much admired by all!
 

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Oh also I got to come face to face with some Black Templars aligned Lucius Pattern Warhounds you made where I was living last year. They were excellent and much admired by all!
I sent a Lucius Pattern Reaver to AU a few years back but never a Warhound.
 

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I sent a Lucius Pattern Reaver to AU a few years back but never a Warhound.
Oh, I must have misunderstood what I was told. Oh well, whoever did them did a great job!
 

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A Failed Attempt:

One of the duties of posting these updates is to show my failures as well as triumphs.

I've wasted a few days on trying to make the coils on this Plasma Blaster and I am not enthused with the result so before I try a different approach I'll show what did not work out.

https://i.imgur.com/kIFXXt3.jpg


I came up with a new idea that I believe will produce a better result and in the long run be much quicker to produce.

Once I have a good start on the procedure I'll post an update.
 
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This Is Definitely the Better Way To Go:

In the space of one hour I've exceeded the work of several days.

https://i.imgur.com/EadMMJl.jpg


Note: The rods are staggered only as a demonstration. When they are glued they will be flush with the edge.

Of course I shall have to bend these to the shape of the coils.
 
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All success has a foundation of failure. Keep up the stellar work!
All failures began with the anticipation of success. But thank you for the encouragement. I am really putting myself out on a limb with this one. The 1/8 inch rods were the single greatest expense I've incurred thus far on this build but I really want a Plasma Blaster. :D

Thanks for the reply Old Man.
 

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Bend Angle Radius:

The relationship between the strength of a material and the amount of curve that can be imparted to the the material before the fatigue point where it will crack instead of take the curve.

In aircraft it applies to aluminum alloys etc and the metal fatigues when too much stress crystallizes the area being bent to a point of material failure.

https://i.imgur.com/qGaviga.jpg


plastic is subject to similar restrictions. That is where we are now. How to impart a bend and not fatigue the styrene?

https://i.imgur.com/9rRdwgv.jpg


I am soaking the assembly in Tamiya Cement for the test tomorrow to see if I can get the parts to bend without fatiguing.

A judicious application of heat may be necessary.
 
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Win One For The Gripper

Or Fail to do so; it's the moment of truth when we'll see if my makeshift bender will work or not.

https://i.imgur.com/mpEkKz4.jpg


After a hiatus of three days I finally had the time and nerve to see if all my work was for naught.

https://i.imgur.com/GCK6X9J.jpg


I put a lot at stake with this wooden jig which in spite of its crude appearance is actually pretty precise.

All that needed to be done is boil up an quart of water and pour it over the clamped sheet of Styrene.

https://i.imgur.com/0jQKQbQ.jpg


In my moment of mental anguish all my better half could say is, "Couldn't you have done a bit of Hooving?"
 
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Finished!

Two weeks in the making but the coils are finally moulded. All the dire predictions were circumvented

https://i.imgur.com/6F25N1C.jpg


and judging by the on screen scale my estimate of 1/8 inch (3,2 MM ) coil rods was pretty accurate afterall.

https://i.imgur.com/k03OmcZ.jpg


The biggest problem is I overestimated the size of the gun. The onscreen gun is 18 inches (46 CM ) overall

https://i.imgur.com/QF2zA9j.jpg


Whereas my coils could work on a gun upward of 20 inches but I made the coil extra long to allow for selvage. BTW Nature does that on the DNA molecule and is the reason we age.

https://i.imgur.com/sA7NpvV.jpg


Suffice it to say I am pleased with the outcome. :D
 
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Step 2

I'd like to take credit for foresight when I manufactured these coils but it was pure luck that I made them oversized. As it is I made the depth about a half inch too long but it did give me a smoother curve to the coil segments when glued and clamped where they would have been too hard to glue successfully had they been manufactured to a precise size.

(I think that statement makes sense)

https://i.imgur.com/NLriT3c.jpg


In the image above we see the foreground segments cut down albeit crudely to the proper depth and the back ground segments still to be cut.

The image below shows both top and bottom segments cut down and ready to be sanded.

https://i.imgur.com/7qrUAAf.jpg
 
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Have you decided how you will paint up the plasma coils? Will you do it like the computer image or go for a stereotypical glowing coil, like a lot of the plasma weapon images?
 

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Have you decided how you will paint up the plasma coils? Will you do it like the computer image or go for a stereotypical glowing coil, like a lot of the plasma weapon images?
I'm of two minds how to paint the coils. While the Cherenkovian radiation is enticing when done well it detracts from the model when executed poorly. The amber coloured coils while conservative are well within my capacity to render so I'll stick with that.

Afterall Cherenkov radiation is not the tube itself but the medium in which the coils are immersed that glows. Neutrons moving through reactor coolant at a faster speed
than light velocity through that particular coolant is what makes the unworldly glow.
 

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SunFury Channel Details:

The Channels between the coils are first on the agenda today now that I need to replicate the detail.

I reassembled the Imperator to check if the 'SunFury' (Doesn't that sound like an old Plymouth with a roof hatch?) Blaster is of the proper size befitting a weapon of this calibre compared to a Titan of this stature. and it seems like it's a Goldilocks fit. I'll have to whip up a temporary hanger to take a picture.

Meanwhile there are some linear coils in the 12 and 6 o'clock position on the coils that I have to address first

https://i.imgur.com/Sj602ZO.jpg


An old spool of 0.062 60/40 resin solder supplied the coils and the core is 1/8th inch rod

https://i.imgur.com/BFM2FEm.jpg


They nestled in quite well so now onto the 9 and 3 o'clock channel detail.

https://i.imgur.com/jbGqnzB.jpg
 
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Naked Frenzy:

When I get in one of these "Everything's Coming Up Roses" moods I lose track of I'm supposed to be documenting the work process.

https://i.imgur.com/yJ9c5ye.jpg


The image above shows the naked channel with the beginnings of the detail and both of the channel filling detail basic runners completed.

https://i.imgur.com/tIBCwd7.jpg


And this next shot with the basic runner in place.

Well it's not all that big of a deal but it does show how I plan to work around replicating the umpteen castings that constitutes the equivalent FW masterpiece.

Ha! He said, "Naked."
 
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