Work in Progress: The Dragonfly Pilot.

by hansmeevis on April 16, 2016

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Then I made a cover for the joystick.

I took a hex bolt and then formed to copper over it until I got a shape like that.

The feet will still be worked and engraved on further toward finishing time.

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And I made the various levers and controls to be able to fly this machine.

There’s more levers and things to come.

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Starting the middle arms.

I take 4 mm brass rod and carve it with a big ass flame tungsten carbide burr.

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Rough carving directly into the metal.

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I get tired quickly of what I make.

I got tired of the first head, so I made another.

I carved it out of a thicker piece of brass.

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I made a yaw control lever out of titanium.

You can see the tapped mounting hole at the bottom.

Tapping titanium is wonderful…..

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I heat blued and installed the yaw lever for one of the middle arms.

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And then I also made a vertical indicator.

I hung a temporary piece of turquoise on it.

I will replace that with a dark garnet bead when I find them.  They AWOL.

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I made his eyes out of titanium.

They just been stuck in with putty.

Later I’ll mark the pupil area and then rivet the titanium with a ball of gold there.

I need an aggressive and intelligent look.

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Then I had to add the methane/ hydrogen sulfide vent pipes that the alien pilot needs to operate at 100% efficiency.

The gauge has not been commissioned yet, and needs careful calibration, because the mix of gasses is quite critical.

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Here I am.

The pilot with the cockpit open.

I made it so that the entire cockpit is removable so that everyone can see the alien pilot in his full splendor.

I’m going to do the rear feet again.

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Cockpit closed.

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Other side.

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The Dragonfly Fighter– Making the Alien Pilot.

by hansmeevis on March 27, 2016

 

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Now to make the alien pilot.

I made a temporary body, so that I can get a feel for the size.

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Then I start with the head.

I decided to carve directly into metal, as apposed to wax casting.

So I start with a 10 mm brass rod that i turn and rough out.

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I had to solder it back onto a rod to hold it easier.

You learn, and anyway, now the metal was annealed.

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Frickin’ thing looks like a duck.

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Getting there.

This is the blank.

I will add more detail later in the project like titanium eyes and more attitude.

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I finished the temp body and started working on the arms.

I want the pilot to be flying the Dragonfly Fighter in a banking curve.

At least, that is the display I am eventually going to make.

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Working on the top of the legs.

I carve them in a mirror image simultaneously on one rod of metal.

I am slightly dyslexic, so it takes a bit longer than normal to carve mirror images.

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Looking like a piece of shyte.

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The bottom part of the legs and feet.

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Then the arms and one flight control .

I had to make the flight control at the same time because I want one arm to be holding the joy stick and the other arm controlling the power as the fighter banks.

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Now for the new body.

I carve a blank in wax first.

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Then I sand cast the blank using the Delft Clay method.

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The blank after being cast.

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The pilot in his seat.

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Now I am going to make all the alien instruments for the cockpit that are needed to fly the Dragon Fighter.

 

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And here I am now.

The cockpit opens so that the interior can be seen more easily.

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