Archive for February 2nd, 2010

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Tuesday TV questions and comments

February 2, 2010

Does it make him less interesting if you know that LL Cool J’s real name is Todd Smith?

NCIS: What’s up with Agent Fornelle’s beard? (He’s played by Joe Spano. The beard appears in next week’s episode.)

NCIS: Gibbs is getting a new girlfriend (played by Rena Sofer)? She’s not a redhead, and that would break the rule! (Which of Gibb’s rules is that, anyway? At leas, it breaks¬†Rule: #23: Never, ever involve a lawyer.)

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Liquid Glass?

February 2, 2010

This stuff sounds too good to be true. If it is true, it will change many things – for the better.

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Updated scratchbuilding pictures

February 2, 2010

Alien dude and plasma engine nozzles

I got the macro function to work better on the camera so you can now see the castings of the plasma engine nozzles for the Princess Cecile. Along with them is one of the little tripod-aliens that will go in the Apollo 27 diorama.

I did ten castings of the nozzles, and will only need eight. I think I will build a box for the bottom of the ship and attach the nozzles to that…it will give me a flatter surface. Otherwise I would need to recess part of the nozzles or angle them, and I like neither of those options. I have some plastic sheet and can build the box for the bottom pretty easily, I think.

I’m experimenting with a bigger mold for the “thruster cluster” – like the ones on the Apollo Service Module or on the Lunar Module. These are scratched from a small wood bead and four of the resin nozzles left from the construction of the Fantastic Plastic von Braun rocket. (There were extras provided with the kit.)

I put the thruster cluster on top of some cut up pieces of the first mold I made. I poured some rubber around them. Then I poured rubber over it. I will cut the mold apart once it’s cured. Since it’s a small part, I hated to spend all the time doing the two-part thing.

Images of that when I get it done, if it works.

Here’s another alien image:

Green dude

He’s the other one. (She?) More detail will be included later.

Here’s one of the outboard engine pods from the Apollo 27 kit, sprayed with Alclad II Aluminum:

Engine pod

It will still get buffed once the lacquer is cured, then sprayed with Testor’s Metalizer Sealer. I may add some Metalizer weather effects later.

Here’s the cockpit – it’s light on detail, but the clear dome is pretty thick and would distort anything inside anyway:

Cockpit

So the Princess Cecile work continues. I’m just glad that the resin castings worked out so well.