Continued from the previous post.
After the plans are in order(I still tweak things as I go) , I see if things will work on the model by creating a 3d model out of my plans.
I did this years ago, whenever I make a 3d model I make it to work out the parts. I don’t bother with graphics and such at this stage. That stuff is easy when compared to the model itself.
I still can’t resist the beauty shots. When making a 3d model it allows me to do some really neat things in the real world.
WARNING: This is where things get interesting.
My first concern with taking on such a project is space.
Space to fabricate parts, space to paint the parts, and lastly space to display the model.
We needed some additional storage and getting tired of paying for a mini storage. Plus my Wife would like me to have a dedicated space to paint things(our last house got a bit messy because of my painting). So I designed and built a shed with a paint booth on the side.
It has an explosive proof fan with controls on the outside. Note the door position, it’s placed almost next to the the interior intake of the fan. So any dust or whatever will hopefully not make it’s way to anything I’m painting in there.
This is the control box, the meter is called a manometer. It tells me when I need to change the filters(besides looking at them). The switches are lights and the dial in upper left corner is the fan control.
These are the exterior intakes, I originally designed it as a set of doors. But that didn’t work so well(I turned them into a wall). I thought anything painted in there should be able to go through a door. Otherwise it’s never going to get in the house.
Here is the interior, it still needs to be painted. Note the ceiling it has hooks and rails for hanging parts. The fan is in the center of the image. The framing is for the filters, and there is 1/2″ screen to keep the filters in place.
Here is a shot of the interior. With my Little E(66″) being primered and you can see the hooks in use(the parts are drying in this pic).
The interior is painted white, with 4 sets of lights two fixtures on top and one on each side. The florescent orange hose is the air line, that’s used for airbrushes, paint guns, and for general clean-up(lol).
This view is toward the front. The filters are behind the paint arrestors(styrofoam grills) they help keep paint overspray out of the filters beyond.
They can get a bit messy.
Imagine the filter beyond if I didn’t have arrestors.
Since the booth relies on outside air, I have to watch the temperatures when painting.
That doesn’t bother me, in Arizona that’s just how things are.
I’ve got plenty to do indoors.
The next place that needed my attention was the garage or my shop(if you like).
Sadly I don’t have any pics of my shop during this time. But then I’m sure most of you can imagine a workspace such as mine, stuff and dust everywhere.
Cleaning it is a chore to be sure, except for the occasional find of treasure. I’m sure I’m not the only one that exclaims, “I didn’t know I had one of those!”.
That’s it for now.
Any questions, comments?