The weather has been right and with all the issues I had with the 3d printer recently, I chose to give my printer a rest and do some painting.
Here is the base with one or two coats the paint was really soaking in.
I also managed to sand the skirt and add some coats of the nearest I could find to Army Green.It needs a lot more coats, I think I’m going to need a bigger can of paint.
I started printing rings for the skirt balls. Thinking about it, I also wanted to have a way of mounting the rings. The original Mini-me used nails for some positional stability, and glue.
I thought I would do it differently this time. I created a ring with a floor in it. I will glue the ball into the ring, but for positional stability I am going to use brads, so I made a rectangular opening to allow the brad to go through.
I have to 3D print about 60 of these to cover any issues I might have.
The picture shows the Styrofoam balls that I had cut and painted previously.
The hole in the centre is to allow for mounting to the side of the skirt.
The dome has been split into a total of around 23-26 parts. I am going to wait until all parts are done before trying to physically glue them all together.
To be honest I’m a little nervous that it will not align correctly.
The tip of the dome is already printed.
The bottom ring area of the dome is done. Currently this is consisting of approximately 11 pieces.
Finally I am about to go onto the mid dome area.
Dry fit of the pieces
I have dry fitted the bottom ring parts together and things seem OK, but I will not know fully until all the mid dome parts are done.
I cut out the slats out of foam board. I then sliced through the foam in a U shape. Near the edge of the Slat I only went through the foam board partially.
I then pressed the foam board to get the internal angle and glued it into place.
Once dried I then sliced off the angle at the back I then painted it with white glue and this is what they looked like after all that.
I scaled the plans and discovered one of those faux paint bottles is actually the diameter of the lights on a Dalek just needs cutting to size.
So ironically I bought 2 of these small bottles of paint from the local craft store. $1 for 2. This is the same craft store that was selling the exact same size blank bottle for $1.50 each.
Got home and got rid of the paint out of the bottle, I then started to soak the label in an attempt to remove it and the glue from the bottle.
OK the label did not come off as cleanly as I expected but still a saving of $2.00 here,
I added the curved bit at the end of the eye stalk. I took the dimensions from my current eye stalk and added them into a 3d model and then exported it out of Pepakura. Then printed on to card and cut out and glued.
I want to make this keyed so that it is not all glued together but accessible at a later date.
Not sure how I will do this but it is in the fine details.