brickginger

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  1. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    Mika has to be hospitalized next week so we necessarily take a break. But we decided we will be back in a better condition...!! Before leaving we want to share the actual status with you. Although the third floor section added some stability, it was not enough to gain reproducible results by mounting the front and side walls of hatch and cockpit. It still remained shaky, as already earlier experienced by everyone who built this vehicle. If you push here, it deforms elsewhere. We concluded that # 14419 is not the solution, but part of the problem. We pulled it out. In order to grant the front enough rigidity, we developed a suspension structure. Ugly again (see our first post), but very effective. Before building in real all done and step-edited in Studio, because that saved us a lot of time and money (preventing buying parts for trial, followed by dumping them on error) We made the toppanel of the cockpit an integral part of the upper technic structure. Ofcourse it had to receive a "sunroof" because we wanted to preserve the possibility of looking on the interior. In the following several screenshots. Every mounted unit had to undergo a few modifications, maintaining/improving the looks, but above all "under the hood": stabilizing the construction. Have fun! Schermopname (143) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (146) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (101) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (140) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (151) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname-_153-with-rope by brickginger, on Flickr
  2. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    Problem with LowRes solved. winch with rope HiRes by brickginger, on Flickr
  3. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    Why not take a photo from the real thing? Yeah. I must admit that I at the same time wanted to find a proper way of illustrating wiring in the manual (even if it's not isolated copper but a piece of rope...) Designing all with the parts library from Ldraw - although very neat and suitable for purists - appeared very time consuming. Second is that any other user of the same file would had to manually import the same parts in Studio too. Therefore I choosed a relatively quick and dirty method: import a printscreen in CAD, do what I like and export it as bitmap again. Taking the loss of some resolution for granted; imho the result is still the worth seeing. Schermopname (94) by brickginger, on Flickr
  4. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    In between (while heading to the front parts) time to present the winch. Pulls like a horse! As we did with other parts before: in one segment mounted on the vehicle. Leaves space enough for applying LEDs in the ceiling. Tiny detail is the application of technic bush 1/2 toothed, two interior ridges # 4265b on the axle. Gives on the axle the opportunity to lead the rope through and make a nice knot. The rope can be led through the hole in the ceiling, to tie up the hook. That ceiling part with the hole is easy to loosen upward, so winch-rope-ceilingpart-hook can be preassembled as one. I will make a picture of that later on today. In the following pictures the differences old vs. new. In the last one only the (for illustration purposes made red) parts are maintained from the original build. On one side from above, on the other... you're right Because we use BuWizz, we don't need the open grid as an entrance for IR anymore. Therefore we could apply trans-clear plates as part of the support structure for attaching the motor. All is documented in Studio and step-edited. Schermopname (89) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (81) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (82) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (83) by brickginger, on Flickr
  5. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    As seen in the posts before we prefer as much as possible a segmented way of building. Assembling in units, finally put them together. Also handy if (scheduled!) disassembly is necessary. Therefore the sidewalls are slightly modified. On the sidewalls circumfering the hallway entrances seen at the rim, on front and rear. The sidewalls more on front by 1. adaptation of the hinge on top-front; 2. integrating the hinge low-front makes mounting easier, and 3. substituting the panel in the front rim by three bricks 3x1 improves the stability. To mount the latter walls correctly is not possible in any program I know of (sometimes I wished that bending/torsion of such a panel l - as it does in real - would be possible in the program also). But lucky enough the designing program is hardly forgiving:at the end you don't want to encounter "surprises" by building according plans in real. See pictures, on which the all the walls are mounted. I had to use a trick, by deleting the lower-rear hinges of the sidewalls mentioned above. In real you ofcourse let the hinges in place: the ABS allows the necessary torsion needed to fix these panels with ease. Schermopname (74) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (71) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (72) by brickginger, on Flickr
  6. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    I really thought the cockpit section needed no further attention. But there had to be light at the stairs, Mika rules!. Last but not least, Jawas are little people. That is not a problem, but has his own consequences. One of them is that they have been complaining a lot about the limited view out of the cockpit. Can you find Wa... the Jawa in this picture? Than I do not need to say more. Schermopname (51) by brickginger, on Flickr Some say... ... there is a certain Jawa crewmember using a orange box to stand on when he is on schedule in steering the Sandcrawler.... Schermopname (96) by brickginger, on Flickr As the image clarifies, that's not a very ergonomic solution, And would never comply to safety regulations here on Earth.... So we found it reasonable to redeem the request for a costly adjustment of the cockpit as a whole. We don't want to have more accidents. The outer hull has already paint damage enough. Schermopname (50) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (46) by brickginger, on Flickr
  7. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    The toppanel above the third floor as we made it as one single unit ready for mounting. Schermopname (47) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (66) by brickginger, on Flickr
  8. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    Cruyff, yes, I mean the football player, is also famous of his pronunciations. "You will only see it when you get it". And I am on both feet again! I solved the problem with the friction coupling of the driving units of the hatch door. It works! Smooth closing, while Mika with both hands over the eyes expecting the RUD again, sighed relieved. On opening the door lowers and lowers, touching the ground, bends, bends further, bends even a lot more and... desintegrates. Not an particular example of rudding, more SSD-ing. (solid state drive slow scheduled disassembly). We can live with that! The altered gearing, 8/24 in stead of 12/20 is to compensate for the nominal rpm of the L (390/minute) versus the XL motor (220/minute). The latter had to be replaced. Schermopname (55) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (56) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (57) by brickginger, on Flickr
  9. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    Let me emphasize that the idea of making such a ceiling comes from bricksmarlin!
  10. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    So, the ceiling. It is prepared to guide a towing line from the machinery above (is ready, I will post it later) Schermopname (33) by brickginger, on Flickr The ceiling on it self is led on a rim, for that purpose integrated in the top of third floor unit. In this stage lies freely. If you would turn the sandcrawler upside down ("don't try this at home") than it would fall out. Schermopname (34) by brickginger, on Flickr Well, regarding the ceiling: in the case of you ignored turning the sandcrawlar on it's back I have a solution: "lock her up!". Is done by mounting the upper frame structure. Slightly altered for better alignment of the ceiling to the side walls of the third floor interior. Schermopname (35) by brickginger, on Flickr
  11. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    Well.... I seemed to have proven the rule again: sometimes you loose when you try. You have to know: before uploading a contribution in this thread, I am building a few steps in advance. For every step Mika and I test the ideas to adapt the drawings and to edit the corresponding manual. The hatch door, while fragile, wasn't mounted until yet (except when we followed the MK manual in our first approach) Driving the hatch door appeared to demand much more torque than thought in advance. This leads to that I have to go on my knees begging the community for forgiveness Where the friction clutch does it's job perfectly for the sliding doors and roller shutter in the hallway unit, it does not work under full load of driving the hatch door. I tried a fourth belt on each side, but that gave still a unsatisfactory result. Lacking another idea at this moment, I returned to mounting the gears again - and take the "rattling of death" for granted.... But let's not be sad: the ceiling of the third floor interior is coming!
  12. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    Before adding the third floor, I had to mount the second floor unit, followed by the hallway section: Schermopname (28) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (29) by brickginger, on Flickr Our idea of the third wall section. Most of it inspired by you all and to mention the photos made by bricksmarlin again!! Mika insisted here had to be some gantry crane implemented - above the chute seemed logical. By circumstances we were not able to take a look at the real thing in the galaxy far, far away. Can anyone find Wally... eh, the Jawa? The ceiling is still missing, also the top panel with the familiar and famous huge fans, Will be next. Schermopname (31) by brickginger, on Flickr
  13. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    See pictures of first floor! Ofcourse I couldn't resist to integrate the jail - built by Mika (the one and only brickginger) on his own, and with his own twist, after he meticulously had studied the highly inspiring photos from bricksmarlin earlier in this thread. He even tries his ideas out in LDD by now! The base frame was adapted on front (to mount the first floor unit easier) and rear (reinforcements to mount the rear back and sidepanels on a more stabilized foundation - that's the idea anyway). Furthermore I tried to be thorough by incorporating all earlier recommendations of you all earlier in this thread in making the subframe manufacturable (for example the plates between lower en upper technic bricks on both sides). Partly also by choosing another path. There will be more to follow! Schermopname (23) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (21) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (20) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (25) by brickginger, on Flickr
  14. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    Pfew! All that rendering is very time consuming... therefore a couple of HiRes printscreens to illustrate I wrote. Adagium: "Ein Bild sagt mehr als tausend Worte" Schermopname (11) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (14) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (12) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (10) by brickginger, on Flickr Schermopname (15) by brickginger, on Flickr
  15. brickginger

    (MOC) - Cavegod's UCS Sandcrawler

    conveyor NEW v7.1_2 by brickginger, on Flickr conveyor NEW v7.1 by brickginger, on Flickr