The Astroliner

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:00 pm

Well, no pictures or vids on this next one...yet. I'm in the design stage with some R&D thrown in. Since the beginning of this build, I have been picturing a frosted glass divider at the end of my cook top to separate the Galley from the Aft Cabin and to stop splatter from getting on our TV. All the while, I have been thinking of a rectangle piece of frosted quarter inch plate glass. Just a simple thing.

My mind wanders...

Now I am picturing a quarter inch plate glass with a sweeping curve for flair (man I hate right angles) mounted in Birch with blacklit Amber LED's for illumination, with sandetched Mid-Century Atomic graphics that glow when you touch a switch. Following me so far?

If you have skills and experience in this type of thing, specifically the sand etching part, please feel free to comment! I could use a coach!

Oh, I guess I lied. Here's a pic of the Airbrush/Sand-Etcher I purchased and will possibly practice with tomorrow. Until just recently I didn't even know such a thing existed!

I'm crazy, right? Go ahead, you can say it.

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby twisted lines » Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:19 pm

Atomic77 wrote:If you have skills and experience in this type of thing, specifically the sand etching part, please feel free to comment! I could use a coach!

I'm crazy, right? Go ahead, you can say it.


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Ok your Crazy!
Layers Have a very nice possibility, here is the first nice one I found
Custom Engraved Acrylic Signs
Acrylic can be blasted too, And it sure a lot easier to bend :thumbsup:
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:27 am

Yes, something like that! The multiple colors are awesome! I went to the glass shop this morning and kicked around ideas. He said I would love the acrylic for about 6 months before I would begin to hate it. Apparently the more you clean it, the cloudier it becomes. Mine will be something much simpler and the sweeping curve will be cut, rather than bent.

I asked about having a piece like that made. The price... "Astro"nomical! So if it happens, it's going to be because I did it!

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby KCStudly » Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:09 am

You aren't crazy :? , you're just creative! 8)
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:11 am

KCStudly wrote:You aren't crazy :? , you're just creative! 8)
Trust me Brotherman, they are hand in hand!

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby twisted lines » Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:31 pm

I am sure this will be another, out the park project :applause:
sounds /looks like a fun one.
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:50 pm

twisted lines wrote:I am sure this will be another, out the park project :applause:
sounds /looks like a fun one.
I've had the LED part figured out for awhile, and some urethane mounting ideas. I'm still working on the type of glass (apparently the lead in glass is what gives the edges that "green" color) so I'm trying to find glass without lead in order to get a crystal clear appearance, while also transferring the Amber light the best way possible to the edge and the etching.

Unnecessary for a home-built camper? Yep. Absolutely. But if I can, I will.
I mean, why not? I may decide this is well out of my skill-set and range-of-talent!

Now to do some sketches and see what I can come up with. Time for pencil, paper, headphones and some good Retrofuturistic Jazz! I'm thinking "1958 Les Baxter, Space Escapade" on vinyl sounds about right for inspiration!

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby twisted lines » Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:43 pm

Little before my time, Not much though!
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:45 pm

twisted lines wrote:Little before my time, Not much though!
Waaay before my time! But what can I say... my tastes are Classic!

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:24 pm

The retro-futuristic juices were flowing this evening, which felt pretty good! I threw together some rough (ok, very rough) sketches and made a cardboard pattern for the piece. Still kicking around ideas for what I want to add and what I want to leave out. Since the Astro is so close to being finished, I had forgotten how fun the design part is...

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:08 pm

I wanted to practice, but didn't have any scrap glass. So, a Ball jar will have to suffice. A few more trial runs and I think I will go for the real thing!

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby twisted lines » Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:44 pm

What did you use for tape? It's sharp & that little gun work's.
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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:58 pm

twisted lines wrote:What did you use for tape? It's sharp & that little gun work's.
I used vinyl paint mask. The gun works exactly like an air brush. My only wish, (complaint lol) would be that I have more control. There is no adjustments like I'm used to. It is very precise, as it has a very fine tip which is great for detail work. But I will also have thicker lines and a bigger tip or more control of the output would be nice. I think I can do it though...

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Tom&Shelly » Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:42 pm

Atomic77 wrote:
twisted lines wrote:Little before my time, Not much though!
Waaay before my time! But what can I say... my tastes are Classic!

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I won't confess to anything, but my Mom found some silver/gray vinyl fabric and made me one of those space suits for a Halloween costume one year. How is it the men needed full space suits and helmets, while the women could wear body suits? :thinking:

Any way, great stuff! You are a real artist.

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Re: The Astroliner

Postby Atomic77 » Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:44 pm

Tom&Shelly wrote:
Atomic77 wrote:
twisted lines wrote:Little before my time, Not much though!
Waaay before my time! But what can I say... my tastes are Classic!

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I won't confess to anything, but my Mom found some silver/gray vinyl fabric and made me one of those space suits for a Halloween costume one year. How is it the men needed full space suits and helmets, while the women could wear body suits? :thinking:

Any way, great stuff! You are a real artist.

Tom
Great story. Thanks Tom!

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