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GI Joe Space Program

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  • #16

    I ended up making the base bigger for stability. Originally it was going to stand up about a foot off the ground and I was going to have three big rocket cones sticking out underneath like on an old Atlas rocket. With the fins increasing the footprint by 10 in on each side, it should be stable, even if a kid decides to climb it! ;-)


    • #17

      More progress in the GI Joe space program.

      Yesterday I cut out my fins. I used 5/8-in plywood, and using a combination of the table saw and jigsaw, i cut out the three fins. In order to make sure they were identical, I screwed together three layers of plywood with deck screws before I started sanding and shaping. I think they came out pretty well. I still need to spackle them to make them smooth before painting (and fill in my screw holes) and then I need to add the hardware to affix them to the rocket ship frame. Will post more pics as I progress.

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      It's nice to start seeing some progress!
      - ATC


      • #18

        Nice going!

        You should consider putting some things in other orientations, like putting pilots on their backs with their feet pointed up, or even have the bridge oriented like it is spinning. See 2001 for what I'm talking about.

        The figures could even be suspended for zero-G action by fishing line, stiff wire traveling up a pants cuff or hidden braces.



        Will there be an airlock for EVA spacesuit action?????


        • #19

          I can't get too creative with my orientation of things because this is a toy for my grandson. Everything has got to be simple enough to be manipulated by a child. I'm going to have a cargo hatch on one side to get the adventure team vehicle in and out. We will have a regular old-school hatch and ladder on one side as well. Naturally, it will have an airlock. The air lock will also be the 1-man transporter. It represents a pre star trek era, so it is a more primitive spaceship. The electronics will be the most difficult part of the project. I'm just so slow completing projects, I hope I get it finished before he graduates from college!
          - ATC


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