I’m probably not the only one weathering a thunderstorm right now…but I just spent a few minutes peering out into the backyard, watching the thunderstrikes. As my eyes adjusted, I noticed that the backyard was aswarm with fireflies…transforming our stunted apple trees and fenceline into a faerie forest for awhile. The cool rain, the flickering pinpoints of light, and the sputtering sky made for far better watching than the fritzing television. Thanks for the show, nature.
Trimmed the cover for the spacer last night, it’s now a much closer fit. The spacer’s nearly done, I just need to glue a couple wooden blocks here and there…maybe sand that cover’s edge a bit, then putty and sand the trailing ends of the styrene to the copper fitting at its apex. (Which is kind of hard to do without it sitting on the motherboard…)
Dad helped me out by cutting the pieces for the ion arm out of a chunk of 2×4. That just needs some gluing and a few holes drilled in it before I can paint it up and add the resistors and stuff. Nearly everything is cut out and sanded now. One or two things need holes drilled/slots dremeled/niches sliced out, but for the most part all I need to handle is assembly and painting. Unless I goof majorly, I think all will be ready for the con.
This shows just what is done/nearly-done. The x’s are completed bits, the circled bits need work or haven’t been started yet.
How do you like this icon? I took the cloud cover off a satellite picture of Earth and superimposed it over a beautiful marble I found on the web.
I had a dream last night about a purple, soft, fluffy kitty.
I’ve graduated from the two-year school I’ve been attending solely to get credits cheaply to transfer to a 4-year university! I was there today talking to a counselor, who found I had completed an Associate of Arts. With that, I can transfer to Wright State University and do 56 hours of English courses and then get my REAL degree AT LAST! Even the D’s I’ve gotten the last quarter transfer, because I got the degree!
Do you realize what that means?!
NO MORE MATH!
Gosh, I’m so relieved… Yet, the time at Wright State is going to be expensive…something on the order of 18,000 bucks per quarter/semester whatever. Owwwwww.
Men and women mesh like cogs! Thus the new icon. Yay for straight people! You know what you like and you stick by it.
Now I need one for us greedy bi people. :KD
And yay for all the not-so-straight people too! Be who you are!
Now I’m going to bed! Three cheers for sleep!
Oops. Using powertools at 2:00 a.m. isn’t wise. I didn’t think my parents would notice, knowing how loudly my Dad snores and how soundly they both sleep… Oh well. I cut out the rest of the gunbox, (barring the bottom, which is a night’s work in itself practically.) Everything fits rather well I’d say, after I taped it up to test it. A little more sanding, some hole drilling, and I’ll be ready to glue that sucker together.
There isn’t much room at all in there… I don’t know if I’ll be able to put in all the electronics I’d hoped to. Perhaps if I put the 9V batteries inside barrel and handle…hmm.
I lined up the gunbody with all the parts I have just itching to be fastened on, so you can see how those vague wooden squares are adding up into a recognizable prop.
I also took a short video, (2.5 megs) of the cyclotron lights cycling if you want to download it and peek.
I’m feeling more optomistic about finishing this in time.
One of the interesting things about the Star Ocean games I’ve played is that you can utterly whore the game. BUT, the game can whore you back.
Sadly Star Ocean’s been distracting me from propping. I’m also missing two tubes of superglue I bought… They might be in my car. Mebbe. *scratches his head* Anyways, the Cyclotron looks fair. As soon as I find that glue, I can finish up the spacer and put the washers on the cyclotron. I’ll try to cut the last pieces of wood tonight, for the EDA box and gun body. (Geez, I almost forgot. I need to get some solid blocks of wood to build the Ion arm and Gun mount… Y’see, those are the bits that are stressed the most. The gun mount because it’ll have a few pounds of electronics, wood, metal, and PVC hanging on it… The ion arm because it’s the part people love to grab and wiggle, according to other ghostbuster costumers.)
Did a lot of work tonight.
This is my HGA, or Hydrogen Gas Accelerator. I vinyl-dyed the cap for it tonight. Tomorrow I’ll JB weld it to the cylinder, then goop the fittings into place, put the screws it, affix the label and washer…then look for wood blocks to goop to the inside of the other end for mounting purposes.
This tube is the ‘N-Filter’, which actually appears to pierce the cyclotron on its lower right rim. Most use a pringles can, but I’m trying to build a little sturdier than that. The seam needs puttied or something, then I can drill holes in it, paint it black, add a red stripe around the top rim, and put something shiny and sparkly along the inside of the holes to make it truly look like some kind of filter.
My spacer. I hate this thing. It seems whatever glue I use, it just won’t hold! Anyways, I measured and arranged and used a candle to heat a styrene strip so I could bend it to the shape it’ll need to hold. Here it is without the top or upper sides so you can see how it’s made.
I got an email tonight saying my mindmap was ready. I don’t even remember entering for one, it was so long ago. o,o Here it is though!
Bruce Campbell is doing a book signing as we speak, about an hour away in Kettering at Books & Company. I kinda want to go, but didn’t want to go by myself…that’s no fun. Sadly, I can’t get in touch with most of the locals, and the ones I could are busy or ignorant of the Groovy fellow. Ah well, hope you sell a lot of books Bruce.