Haydn
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12:32 AM - Aug 08, 2018 #31

Again another fantastic looking project to get into. many thanks Bruce for enlightening us again.
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Hirst moulds held
40, 43, 50, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 62, 63, 65, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 85, 86, 91, 94, 95, 96, 98, 100, 164, 200, 205, 212, 220, 235, 240, 250, 260, 261, 265, 267, 268, 270, 271, 272, 273, 277, 278, 279, 295, 300, 301, 302, 303, 311, 320, 321, 325, 326, 327 701.


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11:01 PM - Aug 29, 2018 #32

I can't wait until these molds are ready! I want to get this and the new Sci-Fi floor molds.
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12:10 PM - Aug 30, 2018 #33

I check this form every single day and I have to restrain myself from begging for more pics.
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8:24 PM - Aug 31, 2018 #34

So far I have two full molds worth of finished pieces. I could show photos but it's difficult to see the details in white plastic. Also, just seeing the single pieces does not give you a sense of how they can be used together. I'm working to fill up the last mold to round out the set. All of the pieces in the previous photos have been reworked and appear slightly different. I've reworked the radar dishes and they look much better. The sketch pieces were not accurate enough to put on a mold but these pieces are nearly perfect.

The larger circular section is finished with details on all sides of the blocks. The inside section of it looks slightly different as well (better). These two blocks took me three days to make. All circular details are done by hand on the lathe and then assembled.

I still have several particular shapes that need to be made to add to the building possibilities. After I finish the molds, I will need to cast the pieces and work out if any more changes need to be made. Usually it ends up being "I really wish I had added this particular shape", but I won't know what that shape should be until I try and build with it.

I'll try to update when I can.
Thanks,
Bruce Hirst
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5:30 PM - Sep 05, 2018 #35

Never realized how badly I wanted this until now!
Molds: 18, 46, 59, 70, 71, 72, 73, 82, 85, 202, 205, 264, 266, 281, 282
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12:56 PM - Sep 24, 2018 #36

I'm just now finishing up the last few pieces for the final mold. At this point, it looks like there will be three molds of the fortress pieces.  I'll spend the rest of the week making the mold masters and then I'll be casting up the pieces when we get back from vacation on October 8th to test them out.

I don't think I'll need to make any changes to the molds but I won't know until I get done with the test builds. I'm really looking forward to building with these things.

Thanks,
Bruce Hirst
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2:32 AM - Sep 29, 2018 #37

The pieces are all finished now. There are a total of 82 blocks split onto three molds.  I'll show photos of these blocks but I won't be able to answer questions on them for a while.





The blue lines you see are actually blue modelling clay. I had to fill every seam on every block. These block represent a gigantic amount of work. There is nothing 3D printed here. All parts are cut on the saw or lathe by hand. Many of these had to have small parts molded, cast, then cut to fit.

My next step will be to work on the arrangement and make test molds. I'll have to wait until after we return from vacation to make duplicate molds and then test them out. They may not be what you were expecting but I see a lot of possibilities here.

Thanks,
Bruce Hirst
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8:17 PM - Sep 29, 2018 #38

Enjoy your vacation...

I fully appreciate the sheer effort that goes into designing and crafting master models like this. I am looking forward to see the final result.
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3:09 PM - Oct 02, 2018 #39

Bruce, this is incredible...
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1:10 PM - Oct 12, 2018 #40

Hello everyone!

The molds and masters are now finished. I'm currently taking photos of the pieces and finding a way to organize them. I almost can't believe what kind of a monster this project is. There are so many possibilities and combinations that organizing and explaining the uses will take some time. I'll post some photos here as I go along. This is actually turning out as good as I hoped it would.

There are three molds, #312, 313 and 314. I haven't thought of names for them yet. I have several copies of the molds made up but it will take several days to get them on the shopping cart. If anyone is interested in them, just send me an e-mail and I can include them on your order.

I'm also considering a 1.5" hex floor tile that can be used in conjunction with these blocks. These would be used for Battletech and other hex based mech games. For regular 1" square foundations, I had already made mold #275 to build the fortresses on. I just noticed the Reaper has a CAV kiickstarter that would work very nicely which this scale and type of mech fortress.

I have lots work to do on the instructions so I better get back to working now.

Thanks,
Bruce Hirst
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