Friday, February 2, 2018

Slide of the month - Voskhod

 February 2018

Time to design: 3 hours
Time to print: 4 hours (your times may vary)
Finishing: 3 hour

Original design: Bill Macfarlane

Try it yourself : Voskhod slide

The Voskhod space capsule was a larger modified version of the Vostok capsule large enough for two cosmonauts. Voskhod 1 was designed as an unmanned mission and Voskhod 2, a manned flight, included a inflatable airlock for the first space walk by Alexey Leonov
The mission almost ended tragically as Alexey space suit ballooned to a point he could not reenter the airlock. Luckily he was able to reach a valve to release some of the air out of his suit so he could get back through the airlock.

Based on the Vostok design by nemilya I was able to modify the model to include the airlock and backup retro engine in Tinkercad. To my knowledge this is the only model of the Voskhod ready for printing on a 3D printer. It was printed on the same SeeMeCNC Orion printer I did the Vostok on because I could not seem to get a good print on the Ultimaker 2. The green is spray paint and the top and bottom is silver craft paint. The inflatable airlock is painted with a white paint pen 

Friday, January 12, 2018

...and speaking of stamps- Stamp shadow boxish

January 2018

Time to make: I lost track of time (I was having so much fun)

Original design: Bill Macfarlane

Years ago I saw a wonderful book that had been cut around illustrations in the book and layered together to form a piece of art. I though to myself recently that this same process would make some great slides so I went looking for pictures of Scouting stamps. I enlarged the pictures to the size I wanted the finished slide to be and made several copies of the image. Using an old 1993 Almanac we were throwing away, I pulled out several pages to about a 1/8 inch thickness. I coated the edges these pages with some Mod Podge and left it overnight to dry. The next day I cut out the images of stamps and glued them to the pages. Using a band saw I carefully cut out the images and pages into their shapes.  Once again using Mod Podge, I sealed the outside edges let it dry over night. Now here is the interesting part. With an x-acto knife, I cut away the background of the stamp leaving just the frame and the principle parts. The first stamp above, for example, I cut away everything but the frame, the Explorer Scout (saluting), the Boy Scout, and the Cub Scout.
I did this through all the layers of the paper pages. Once done I coated the inside of the areas I cut with Mod Podge and let it dry over night. Taking another block of the same image, I repeated the process but this time I only left the frame,  Boy Scout and the Cub Scout.
Mod Podge to the inside cut surfaces and set this one aside to dry. The third block left only the frame,  the Cub Scout  and Mod Podge treatment.
The forth block had everything cut away but the frame and more Mod Podge.
I also took this opportunity to  Mod Podge around the part I removed to give me a solid piece to cut out the Scout symbol. I cut half the Scout symbol out and then Mod Podged.
When dry I cut the other side of the symbol and applied Mod Podge to this side.

 The next day, I painted the inside edges of each with some black paint. When the the paint was dry,  I started with the another block that had nothing cut from it and glued the first block to it using the Scouts and frame as my guide to alignment. For the third layer, I glued the second block, the one with only the Boy Scout and the Cub Scout, to the first and bottom block. The forth layer was the Cub Scout block and the final layer was the frame block. When the glue dried I trued up the sides and the painted the sides. To finish the slide I glued a loop to the back and gave the slide a couple of coats of poly.

I enjoyed making the US Boy Scouts Stamps and even the stamp of the first and only Chief Citizen Scout.

***NOTE: Editorial comment ahead ***
Some might notice I have not include the 2010 Scouting stamp.
 I don't consider the stamp to be a representation of the Boy Scouts of America.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Slide(s) of the month - Stamps

January 2018

Time to make: 1 hour

 Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

"Button 'N' Things" May 1959, page 58
Kenneth Damm

"Postage Stamp" July 1987, page 56
Robert Schleicher

"Stamp" May 1978, page 67
Wayne Mason

When I was a Scout, Stamp Collecting Merit Badge was a very popular merit badge to earn during the cold days and nights of winter. Now when you combine two hobbies, (a philatelsideist?), the results can be stunning. 

The first stamp, a 1929 1 cent Ben Franklin, is mounted on a coat button. The loop is a coat hanger which the ends are glued into the holes of the button. But more on this slide later...

 The middle slide is made using wooden knob with  a 3/4 inch eye screw, to form the loop, screwed into the knobb.  The stamp is a 1939 "50th Anniversary of Statehood" for Washington, Montana, North and South Dakota 

The last stamp is mounted on a thin piece of 1/8 inch painted plywood with a wooden loop glued to the back. When is a stamp not a stamp? Well when I was researching this stamp I discovered the Republik Maluku Seltan I have is a private issue stamp with no postal value. Henry Stolow, a stamp dealer in New York, Munich and Berlin, had many stamps of "doubtful validity" created with deliberate printing errors and overprints. In addition he also involved in creating many fake stamps for the Indonesian Maluku Islands as an independent nation.

 Originally, the "Buttons 'N' Things" slide showed a picture of the coat button with macaroni letters spelling out

Pack 3
Den 2

Well, I'm out of macaroni letters but have a couple of other items mentioned in the article which could be mounted on coat buttons. Besides a stamp, a small radio tube and electronic parts were also mentioned as something interesting for a slide. I decided to mount a nixie tube

Thursday, December 14, 2017

December extra - Old Time Sled

December 2017

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"
Dec. 1992, page 65

 Original design: Jeff Springer

A fun little slide with a dual purpose. The directions called for 1/4 " pine to make this but I happened to have some extra thin plywood left over from another slide (yet to be published) and thought I would give it a try. I laid the design for parts out on the plywood and proceeded to cut them out using a pair of scissors. I did a quick look at how the parts would fit together and decided to add an additional support from the bed of the slide to the steering handlebar for strength. I then stained the parts using permanent markers. Next was the assembling the sled with some wood glue. I realized very soon after that I should have use the 1/4 inch wood instead of the 1/16 inch plywood because the plywood did not have the joint strength for the slide. Not to worry, I added some square wooden supports to the inside of the slide which gave me more surface to glue to and additional support.  The bed of the slide is decorated with a poinsettia design printed to white water slide paper and then cut just slightly smaller than the bed of the slide.  Sealed the slide with a couple of coats of poly.

What is the second purpose of this slide you might be wondering...

Friday, December 1, 2017

Slide of the Month - Vostok


Time to design: 2 hours
Time to print: 4 hours (your times may vary)
Finishing: 3 hour
Original designer: nemilya
Try it yourself: Vostok Spacecraft (Gagarin)

On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin aboard Vostok 1 became the first man to enter space and made one orbit around the earth. Gagarin made only one flight into space as he died in a plane crash in 1963. The Vostok (version 3KA) had 6 manned flights including the first woman in space, Vladimirovna Tereshkova.

I got to admit this one had me a bit frustrated because every time I tried to print this on the Ultimaker 2 the print never came out right. No matter how I tried adding supports or other repairs would allow me to print this model. Luckily for me, our library also has a SeeMeCNC Orion printer which printed the Vostok capsule perfectly. The slide was painted with some green spay paint in the center and top and bottom are painted with sliver metallic craft paint. One thing I considered but was the antennas but I thought they would get caught in everything. The capsule has no markings to show it was from Russia just like the original. The only markings were the red CCCP painted on Gagarin's helmet which were applied shortly before launch. One source mentioned that this was done to identify him as a Russian pilot and not an American like Gary Powers.

Monday, November 13, 2017

From old to new - Dragon and Dinosaur

Nov. 2017

Time to make: 2 hours

Original design: Bill Macfarlane

 So back when I was making the Hound Dog slide, I had a few turkey neck bones left that I hung on to for future slides. What struck me is how much one looked like a dinosaur and the other like a dragon. So I went with it!

The dragon is painted with a dark green and has a black wash to bring our the contours of the bone. The eyes are yellow seed beads glued in place with crazy glue. The flames are a red feather I applied glue to and split  the vanes to form the flames. I also added a bit of the black wash to the feather in places. the feather was super glued to the mouth.

The dinosaur was easier still! I super glued a couple of air-soft bbs for the eyes and painted it white with craft paint. This time a gray wash was applied to bring out the contours.

 A couple of coats of Poly to seal them and a leather loop attached to the back to finish the slides off.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Slide of the Month - The "Old Scout" Mystery

November  2017

Time to carve: 3 hours

Finishing: 1.5 hour

Boy's Life - October 1996 page 52

Design: Jeff Springer

Here is an interesting slide but not because of the design (which I like) but because I can no longer find it online. Some years ago, I did find the article and made a copy of it for my notebook but recently when I went online I could not find the article on the Boy's Life "Wayback Machine" or using Google Books. How odd because I have a copy of the page (see below) from Boy's Life and there are outside references including Scouting magazine.

Carved from a scrape piece of Maple flooring, this was a challenging slide to make. First off the wood is very hard which means my knife has to be sharpened often. Secondly I should have been wearing my Kevlar carving glove when starting this slide. A trip to the emergency room and seven stitches later, I found myself using my "third hand" portable carving vice. (I talk about the vice in the blog another time.) Carving, sanding, adjusting, and more sanding to get the look I wanted to achieve. Painting with craft paints and given a couple coats of Poly to seal it off.