Blandford Group Build
- Sep 5, 2017
- Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Very nice , Mike! Reading the lot nowThis project takes a bit of a different approach and uses some techniques not generally seen in the hobby. The Admiral and I own a home business making wedding and anniversary gifts. Our investment into this business allowed us to purchase both a CNC machine and a 60 watt laser. I have recently begun to take advantage of these tools within the modeling hobby. I have partnered with two of my long-time modeling friends Dave "Doc" Blake and Don Robinson to scratch build not just 1 but 3 examples of a 17th century battle station based upon Jeff Staudt's plans. The models will be in 1:32 scale and exhibit the following features:
- Use of both CNC and laser for the fabrication of parts. In some cases parts may be fabricated using a combination of both tools.
- Over 200 parts - all architecturally dimensioned for perfect fit including the planking. Very little manual cutting, sanding, or shaping.
- Experimental laser etched details to include properly scaled treenails and the use of laser char to simulate plank caulking.
- Paint-with-wood. Entire model built from various custom milled hardwoods. No paint or stains will be used (we hope). Thanks Dave!
- Hand turned brass cannon and custom fabricated metal work. Thanks Don!
- The use of Google Sheets for real-time collaboration of technical details such as part numbers, dimensions, machine specs, etc.
- Much more ...
Prior to starting this log, we did a bunch of work up-front to include:
- Imported all of Jeff's drawings into CAD software, cleaned them up, made corrections where needed
- Rendered each of the parts for either CNC cutting or laser cutting... or in some cases both
- Test cut prototypes of all 200 parts in poplar and basswood
- Assembled the prototype taking extensive notes and making updates to the design where needed
- Created a spreadsheet of all 200 parts to enable selection of hardwood types, machine method, and grouping
Our next step is for Dave to work on hardwood selection and milling while Don turns the 9 brass cannon required for the project.
Attached are a few pictures of the prototype. We are very excited to share this with you and hope you enjoy the ride.
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Thanks Ted. My build log is out there... I had some health issues and havent yet finished my final build. Doc finished his and it is stunning. Don's is on the shelf as he is over his head with MarisStella. I am just getting back on my feet and working on some future plans... If you listen to Doc, they might be BIG plans... LOL... so to speak... HAHA... Although I have been away from modeling, I have continued to gain knowledge and skill in CAD and machine fabrication as applied to model building. We have some new techniques to try and share on the horizon. Stay tuned.Very nice , Mike! Reading the lot now
Ted - here is the build log of my actual model.. not just the prototype... hope I didn't confuse anyone... There are actually 4 examples of this model:Very nice , Mike! Reading the lot now