Tuesday, 27 July 2010

And Now For Something Completely Different!

I've been getting 'model making withdrawal symptoms' lately, but due to financial restrictions, I'm not able to buy any new kits. Therefore, I decided to try an alternative. A few years ago, my parents bought me a fully working PaperCraft model clock. I managed to build about 75% of it before losing patience with it because of having to cut out all the fiddly gear teeth.

Recently, I happened to pay a visit to the Hubble Space Telescope web site. As well as all the spectacular photos the telescope had taken of distant galaxys, nebulae etc, there is a section about building your own model of Hubble. There are 3 different versions to build. The 1st version is a low detail model, made from all sorts of houshold and DIY materials. The 2nd version is a basic papercraft model, designed for beginners and, again with low detail. The 3rd version, the one I decided to have a go at, is a highly detailed 'expert' papercraft version. This comes in two sections; the exterior of the telescope, with the solar panels, antennae etc, and the interior of the telescope, with the mirros and lenses of the telescope itself and the various other instruments which allow Hubble to take such spectacular pictures.

I've downloaded and printed the templates and instructions for the two sections and have began work on the interior section.

These are the two cover sheets for the exterior and interior sections of the model, along with some of the tools I will be using to construct the telescope.

This is the cover sheet for the exterior section.

This is the cover sheet for the interior section.

I will post more pictures and progress reports as the build goes along.

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