Monday, March 28, 2011

Dome Markings

I made a 360° measurement strip to go around the dome circumference to aid in determining where the dome details go. had some great references for showing where all of the dome panels should be placed, all defined by degrees around the dome.

I measured 3/8" up from the bottom of the plastic dome for a baseline and built up from there. I was able to get a majority of the panels drawn on the dome and tomorrow I hope to get the holes marked for the holoprojector eyes, logic surrounds and status lights.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Dome Support

I fabricated some dome support ribs from 1/8" Sintra with a 4-1/2" piece of PVC pipe for the hub.

I plan on putting some curved cross-support pieces in, as well as some pieces on the dome base to aid in alignment.

Once I have all the holo eyes, logic displays and the radar eye in place, I want to reinforce the empty areas with Big Stuff Large Gap expandable foam. The can says that it sticks to anything!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Resin Radar Eye and Logic Displays

After a two-and-one-half-month wait, the resin parts I ordered for the dome have arrived! And they are beautiful. I might have to bring the dome to work to get anything done on it, but first I need to finish those pesky shoulder horseshoes!