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Color me highly impressed!
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Your rig was awesome! I'm really glad I got to see it in person, make sure to take some pictures! [smile]
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Thank you! Im really glad I got it done in time; I was literally putting finishing touches on it up until we loaded it all up.

I have alos been slacking on the in progress pictures, I was too busy finishing it to upload anything. here are the pictures I have been taking while doing the build. As a side note, this required a TON of man hours. I built the whole thing in roughly two months. If I were to do something like this again, I would want to take a year on it.

The weapons console takes shape:
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Comms:
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Science:
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Helm:
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center console:
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(keyboard is not part of the design)

 


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Engineering:
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Armada was the first time we had a chance to actually play on all the consoles, so I dont have any good pictures of the bridge as a whole. Once we get everything set up again I will take more pictures of the setup as well as some more technical pictures of how all the wiring and attachments are handled.
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This is a copy of the questions I was asked in the portability rig, tips and tricks thread. I am putting it here as well so that information can be found more easily if people are looking for it. here is the link:

http://artemis.forumchitchat.com/post/portable-rigs-tips-and-tricks-7374761?pid=1286906782#post1286906782


Primer:
I was using paint to mean primer as well. The consoles have around 3-6 layers of primer then another 3-5 coats of paint and then a a couple layers of clear coat; sanding was done between each layer with fine grit sandpaper. The effort that was taken on the painting is probably why people kept asking what material these were made from.

"you can also use chipboard and glue a layer of laminated plywood on top. lightweight, cheaper and looks like genuine oak or cedar once you varnish it."

The main draw of using MDF was that it left a smooth surface that didn't look like wood when it was painted. A lot of websites suggested used wood glue mixed with water to strengthen the edges. I tried using it, but it was a pain and didn't come out very well, so I just put a lot of paint/primer on it instead. That seemed to work really well.

"Do you think it'd be worth the effort of using paint rollers instead of a spray gun/spray paint?"

I wouldn't think that it would leave a very smooth surface to work with. I went to a lot of effort to get the surface as smooth as possible; every layer of paint was smoothed down with fine sandpaper. I can't imagine I would be happy with a paint roller. Guess you could try it though.

"I really like the slot and shelf idea - did you notice much strain on the slotted portion after Armada?"

I have to say, I am pretty proud of that [smile] No, I didn't notice any issues. The idea was tested out on my Engineering console first, which I used for a good month or more before even starting on the other consoles. Building the Engineering console was also a way to test that MDF was a good material to build with. I didnt have any issues with it, so I went ahead with using it for the rest of the bridge.  I also knew that the comms and weapons consoles would take more stress than the engineering, so I reinforced them with an additional layer of MDF under the top part of the console.

"Were the small footprint bases that are at the base of the columns sufficient to keep the consoles from getting wobbly?"

Yup, plenty. I designed them to provide support directly under the center of balance of the console, but angled to visually make it look like it wasn't. When I was planning out the construction of each console I had intended to put some sort of stabilizing structure on the base. When I actually started to make them I found they were only necessary in the comms/weapons consoles which by design had smaller bases.



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Wow... Great build... Truly an inspiration...

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Wow... Great build... Truly an inspiration... /QUOTE]

Thank you you for the kind words. I am proud of how it came out and the community's reaction to it [smile]



I also wanted to put a post up about what I want to do in the next stage of the build. It was always meant to continually move towards a more immersive experience. I do plan to add DMX lighting and effects eventually, but this will be more about the physical construction.  Now that the consoles are built, its time to start looking at the space (no pun intended) around them. The first thing that I noticed at Armada was how flat the bridge layout was. All the Star Trek bridges that I have been drawing inspiration front have tiered floors and that it something I would like to incorporate as I move forward. As a reference, here is how the bridge is currently laid out:
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The Engineer does have a little trouble seeing over the captain and the captain does  have a little trouble seeing over the Tactical screen on the front console (monitor in between the two front consoles). My solution is to raise the captains seat up a bit (probably about 8") and the engineering console up a little bit more (about 16"). This would also add a little bit of a 3d effect to the floor plan.  The elevated stricture would be able to be broken down and then put together for transport/storage. Here is the layout Im thinking of;
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The lower drawing also shows how I plan to construct the eventual walls and top to the bridge. Again the bridges that I am drawing inspiration from don't have corers, so I want to minimize that as much as possible. The dark area shows the area shows that top area that will be covered (the drawing is mirrored). The current plan is to leave the back open for airflow and accessability, but to have all the parts of the bridge that can be easily seen by the crew enclosed and scifi looking to add to immersion.

I'm still a little burned out from console build, so don't expect any in progress pictures in the near future [wink]


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Well blast, I lost my entire post. I hate when I write something for half and hour and lose it all with one press of the backspace key...

Anyway, to sum up, I'd been thinking about that as well, with Mark Bell's thread on the 12x12 bridge designs. Most of the designs assume a level flooring surface, but some of Gryphon's side views show definite tiering. His Giant Cockpit presumably was designed with tiering in mind, since the rear row is of seats and not stand-up consoles.

The original Star Trek bridge was a tiered design, with a raised ring running around the circular bridge which the outer consoles sat on, and Helm/Navigation recessed in a "pit" well below the outer ring. The Captain's chair was sort of in between. So everyone had a good view of the screen. TNG progressed to a more theater-like design, with the floor sloping downward towards the screen.

I'll note that NASA tends to build in a theater/auditorium format for their Flight Control Rooms as well. Rumor is they studied the Star Trek bridge before deciding. [biggrin]

For your build, you might benefit from raising the two "wing" consoles as well, to the same level as the Captain. I was thinking also, that the convention setup might be able to make use of this arrangement, just by adding a v-shaped dais across the back of a diagonal setup.
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I had thought about bringing the raised areas along the sides to include the side consoles, but will likely not pursue the design for a few reasons. The first is that it would require a lot of work and material compared to just elevating the captain and engineering stations. Those stations also don't really use the mainscreen or have any visibility issues regardless so the cost to benifits is not strong. My weapons officer is also 6'8" and is already ducking the ceiling, so adding a few more inches will make his experience...less pleasant. While I am designing this with general use in mind, my core crew comes first. That being said, stuff changes when you go from a sketch to a real object, so who knows.
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Hello everyone;
Just wanted to post a quick update on my bridge build. Ive been working on a platform for the captain's chair and the engineering console for awhile now and finally have something to show for it.

the bottom is made of three pieces, front, left side and right side, that all interlock. Right now the engineering platform is just sitting on top of the bottom platform, but in the future I will add additional pieces of wood that will keep it locked into place. The captain's chair does have wheels, but I have cut holes in the platform so that it will look more like it is attached to the deck. The platform is 8" tall total, there us a 1.5" recessed area between layers where the LEDs are Placed. I am using some inexpensive RBG LED strips from Amazon. They are not DMX controlled...yet.

keep in mind this is just the "good enough" stage and is still a work in progress. In the future the top will have a thin grey carpet and the sides will have some sort of trim to cover up the gaps. You can obviously see the reflection of the LEDs off of the floor (LEDs are not directly visible.), so in the future I will rig up some sort of diffuser for the lights.

picture taken in a room lit by several florescent lights.

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taken with a few light bulbs turned on in  the room.

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I also revisited my engineering console. I got lucky with an ebay purchase and picked up an MSI E350 mini ITX board with a 1.6ghz dual core processor and 2GB of Ram for $25. it had an integrated video card, but I wasnt too confident in its ability to run artemis. turns out it ran Artemis just fine until I started trying lvl 10+ with a bunch of terraign, but an upgrade to 4GB (which I had already) let me play the game smoothly at any setting (as a console). I had a bunch of PC parts laying around so I put it all together inside the engineering console and now I have a dedicated Engineering PC. Here is what it looks like with the touchscreen taken out:

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Closer look; the PSU is a compact 450 watt. The HDD is from a laptop and the mesh is a wire pencil holder I got from walmart for $3, modded and sprayed with black plastidip. The fans keep everything super cool and glow a pleasant blue color.  [biggrin]

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Nice. It's really coming along.
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Looking AMAZING! Did you put casters on your pedestals to make them easier to move? 
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