Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Battletech Vulcan

After about a month of inactivity, HAL got a light workout yesterday. I banged out a 3dsmax model of a Battletech Vulcan and then printed it out while I was at TRON.

I put a lot of fine detail in that didn't print properly and I screwed up one of the elbow joints...

I'm having a hard time telling if the software update has done anything significant. There seems to be a whole lot less support structure. I would have expected it to do more on the body than it did. Although the update was supposed to keep it from generating supports that overlapped the edges of the parts, it put some pylons in some annoying places on the head and on the upper legs.

Friday, December 10, 2010

My New Shadowhawk is here!

Mr. Postman delivered him while I wuz eatin supper...

He's leaner, meaner and way better articulated (except the hips, the hips could be better). Time to retire the old Shadowhawk...

Yeah. that's about the right size...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Miscellaneous updates

I've been so busy with E-Bay auctions lately that I haven't had a chance to post. Space Odyssey Christmas Ornaments are selling really well so we'll probably have to do a few for next Christmas. The last of our auctions end Sunday evening.

Found a reasonably priced Revoltech Dougram for the collection. It was about $20... plus about $25 shipping... yeah... the $45 that I wasn't gonna pay... oh well... its still cheaper than Swarovski crystal animals.

I'm still trying to find time to paint the FLEA. Don't know if that's gonna happen before Christmas or even New Years. Between auctions and Christmas and getting back to work on The Magellan Affair, I probably won't be doing much building until the new year.

Additionally, I haven't had a chance to print anything lately. However, I DID finally get around to getting the software upgrade for HAL the V-FLASH. 3D Systems was very helpful. A tech logged on to my workstation and did the upgrade for me using GOTOMEETING and VNC. Turns out that HAL is a Windows XP machine at his heart. Funny... I was thinking he'd be Linux. I'm still not sure why the automatic updates aren't working, but if this upgrade works as advertised, I don't know that I'll be all that worried about getting any others...

I feel like I have to post a picture. And since I haven't printed anything new, how about a picture of the Armored Valkyrie that I started building? I'm hoping he'll be about the right size to play as a Battletech Crusader.

Disappointing though, the open missle bays shown on the box aren't part of the model. :-(