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Cacique Caribe12 Jun 2018 4:22 p.m. PST

Here is the initial idea:

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And this is what the first stage of the project looks like:





More angles here:


Okay, the shape was easy, a flat hollow "pear". Basically, a flatter version of the Tin Man organic spacecraft in Star Trek TNG. The pointy end will be the rear of the ship though:


The hardest thing was settling on a size, but here it is:

Well, I made some cardboard templates, the largest of which is 10.5 inches long by 8.25 inches wide. The height will probably end up being something like 2.5 inches or so. Right now it is about 2 inches thick.

Then, with the templates pinned between sheets of foam*, I used a hot wire cutter to start the shape.

Next part is the sanding. After that, I will hollow out the interior and then glue the layers in the proper place (without the cardboard templates in between). That's going to have to wait until after this week. I have an MRI tomorrow and follow ups later this week.

Thoughts on the progress so far?

* I had a bunch of old "CellFoam 88" sheets that my wife has been bugging me (pardon the pun) to get rid of. Well … she didn't exactly say how to get rid of them, right? :)

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 4:54 p.m. PST

Nice start CC.

Cacique Caribe12 Jun 2018 5:23 p.m. PST


Thanks. It's only the first step though. There's a lot more to come.


War Monkey12 Jun 2018 7:18 p.m. PST

That's starting out great! thumbs up

Gokiburi12 Jun 2018 8:39 p.m. PST

Looking good, I can't wait to see how she turns out.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2018 8:56 a.m. PST

Thanks. It's only the first step though. There's a lot more to come.

Yeah, we got that; some of us need encouragement to even start, or, at least, get past same. ;->=

You, on the other hand, can be counted on to do something awesome. I'm with Gokiburi.


princeman13 Jun 2018 11:46 a.m. PST

Very cool! Looking to see more!

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2018 3:28 p.m. PST

Looks good, so far!

Cacique Caribe14 Jun 2018 4:09 p.m. PST

Ok, I went ahead and used a wire cutting board to hollow out the interior of my Ootheca husk ship:





The human intruder is detected and confronted:


More pictures here:


So this concludes PART ONE. I have some medical appointments in the next few days, so this is a good stopping point.



Legion 416 Jun 2018 5:45 a.m. PST

WOWZA !!!!! huh? thumbs up

Looks just like the ones that land in my backyard ! evil grin

Cacique Caribe16 Jun 2018 10:51 a.m. PST

Ha! Maybe that's what lies beneath each of the fire ant mounds.


Twoball Cane16 Jun 2018 3:48 p.m. PST

Adio mio

War Monkey16 Jun 2018 9:57 p.m. PST

Nice work looks like your moving along quite nicely.

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