Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How far do you want to go?

So far I've been designing extension parts for the CYGNUS that match the body as it currently exists. But I'm considering some further modifications.

Off the top, I'm thinking about redesigning the extension section to have more authentic, open girderwork on the outside and more detailing on the tanks and piping... something like this. Only problem is if I upgrade A and B, then I have to do an upgrade section for the back of the hull as well for section C. Easily duplicated in CAD, but will add to the cost.

I'm thinking about making some detail sections to stick to the front of the mandibles (E).

Also thinking about chopping the antennae bases off (D) and replacing the antennaes with more accurate parts.

Not shown here, I have side panel exztensions for A + B that are working pretty well. Will post those in a bit.

I think what I will do in the end, is I will produce a level one and level two upgrade kit. Level one will be consistent with the current hull and will cost $50. Level two upgrades will be more dramatic and will require a lot more cutting... also slightly more expensive.

Feed back? Tim? Ford?


  1. Ford here: I see your dilemma... once you fix one area you are pretty much going to have to keep going - it's just one of those kits, I guess! The tier plan is a good approach, I think. I'd definitely be in for the hull extension at least with more depending on how much work it saves me ;) Unless you plan on redoing the entire ship though, I'd think you'd need to be careful to ensure that the new parts aren't so much better than the rest of the kit that the whole thing starts to look weird...

  2. Tim here I agree with Ford 100%. So improved antennason underside on my docket.. Mine are broken I have them but look cheezy...so I think small tweaks good but not wanting to redo every thing..then we are in Shapeways world...but I need ideas for a stand....