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  1. ADLIB-1, a SHIP of a different kind.

    Thank you @Canute, and @Jasseji for your 'likes'. Much appreciated. ________________________ This is my last update for a while. I need to return to the Wardell Bridge Diorama.
  2. ADLIB-1, a SHIP of a different kind.

    Thank you @mtaylor, @lmagna, and @Canute for your likes. _________________________________ Done some work on the Drive deck and the one above it.
  3. ADLIB-1, a SHIP of a different kind.

    Long time ago I found an old pair of polarized sunglasses. Plan to use them as a window. Having the window become brighter when an observer gets close to have a look inside. It should surprise the observer to see that the ADLIB is just as curious to look back at the observer.
  4. ADLIB-1, a SHIP of a different kind.

    Thank you @Canute, @popeye the sailor, @hexnut, @mtaylor, @VACorsair, @Louie da fly, @John Allen, and @lmagna for your reactions and posts. _______________________ Decided to add a console with swivel chairs in front of the Plasma Drive. To tell you the truth, I am finding plastic is a good medium for model building. It's quite easy (there is no grain to consider) . I was not sure how to go about adding instrumentation to the console; after all, this model has no decals . I experimented with creating my own decals so to speak. Found that photographic paper worked well. Not having a colour printer, I used artist ink, Biro pen, and pencil.
  5. ADLIB-1, a SHIP of a different kind.

    to continue: Thanks Popeye for your considered thoughts on the lighting matter. I may use foil on the inside of the pipe between reflector and fan. This ought to stop light penetrating outer wall. However, I like the light penetrating through the bulkhead. It imparts a sense of high power being used for thrust. The light strip still may need to be dimmed a little more. But I will deal with that near the model's completion when fine tuning takes place (electronically).
  6. ADLIB-1, a SHIP of a different kind.

    Well, @John Allen, that certainly was ad-lib .
  7. ADLIB-1, a SHIP of a different kind.

    Thank you @lmagna, @mtaylor, and @Canute for your 'likes'. _____________________ Added a LED strip between reflector and fan. It was too bright, so I dimmed it down with a 100 ohm 2 watt resistor. Now has a hot-warm glow to it. The light penetrates the bulkhead. Looks good to me. Will use it to the model's advantage. Bottom photo shows how bright it gets without the resistor.
  8. ADLIB-1, a SHIP of a different kind.

    Thank you @mtaylor, and @Canute for your likes. ______________________________ Cutting out the hull for interior views. Adding a Thruster nozzle (PVA glue nozzle) with an Orange LED for a taillight. Made a card cover for wiring of fan motor and LED. Loosely assembling the reflector, fan, and nozzle into the 90 mm PVC pipe. Fan is operating in below photographs.
  9. ADLIB-1, a SHIP of a different kind.

    Thank you @Canute and @mtaylor for your 'likes'. ________________________ Trying to solder the LEDs in a retro space fashion. There are four LEDs on left end of rod. They are Red, Green, Blue, and White. Their control panel labeling, on a rotary switch, is 23%, 50%, 75%, and 100% respectively. There are four LEDs on right side of rod. They are tw Orange, and two Yellow. They are labeled on a toggle switch 'LOW' and 'HIGH' respectively. What that means is up to you.
  10. Come to think of it, I have seen them too in an entomology catalogue book. Great idea. So those who were thinking they may have to buy another vacuum cleaner, they don't. They are called Aspirators.
  11. I would avoid using any further barriers to the negative pressure (suction). The reduction in intake area (small hose) already reduces the suction. I would go for a longer as opposed to a shorter jar. Let gravity assist in this matter.
  12. ADLIB-1, a SHIP of a different kind.

    Thank you @roach101761, @RichardG, @Canute, and @mtaylor for following. _________________ Thanks Phil. I am interested too, to see how it will turn out. But I must warn you, this is a huge build which is competing time with other builds on the workbench. I just hope to live that long to see it finished. ___________________ Playing around with inserting LEDs into the Perspex rod. Just experimenting with Red, Green, Yellow, and Orange LEDs. Searching for the right effect. Made a simple GIF to show what it may look like in arcing/flickering mode.
  13. What you presented looks fine. First of all it is good in the sense that it will only pick up small items (dust, filings, etc) and not larger than a few mm. The disadvantage is that it has no trap for easy retrieval of accidentally sucked up items. That is why I posted a simple and small DIY trap for the workbench. In the RAAF cleanroom, where they repair delicate instruments, the dirt particles were mainly very small, but one of them could easily effect a bearing or a hairspring, for instance. The traps used were also very small, like the size of a baby food jar, and using a hose with about 3 mm inside diameter. The rule was to suck up foreign matter as soon as it was presented. The immediate work area had to be absolutely clean at all times. The point is, a small trap can be used. I figured that a modeller would need something a bit bigger, like a pickle jar, and a hose with about 6 mm (1/4 inch) inside diameter.
  14. ADLIB-1, a SHIP of a different kind.

    Thank you @RichardG, @Canute, and @mtaylor for visiting this build. ______________________ Found some other bits which inspired me to use as some sort of propulsion system. A roadside reflector, PC cooling fan, transformer from old TV, and a large knitting needle. Both reflector and fan body would fit nicely into a piece of 90 mm PVC pipe. So the propulsion system, whatever it will be, will fit in that pipe. The 90 mm pipe will have to fit in the 150 mm main body pipe. To me, it's a start. At least I now know where the fore and aft sections are of the ship's hull.
  15. Thank you all for your responses. Glad that it is of interest to other modellers. Please note that my drawing leaves out a length of hose from under the trap lid to about an inch from the bottom. It can be seen in the photographs. The hose was placed in to ensure deposits would be left on the bottom. If you like, you could add a small fly-screen filter over the intake tube of trap (vacuum cleaner end).

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