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Starcraft II Massive Thor Like

by: tend2it Follow


Neodymium Magnetic Balls (@4205) - Starcraft II's Massive Thor

This is my most complex and largest build to date ... made with NEOBALLS / ZEN MAGNETS

Note: this creation does support its own main weight ... the arms have lego-platform rests to help balance the arm weight from the shoulders otherwise they would be on the ground along with the shoulders.

It was designed in parts: Cockpit body, then legs, then arms, then rear guns. Then I had to redesign parts when it came time to assemble it together because of incorrect bonding assumptions and misalignment of magnet fields.

Experimented with x-beam coupled bonds to get the maximum lateral strength with reinforcements on the sides. This proved to be very string. Created a X-Beam using similar methods producing a very strong leg structure. It was capable of support the entire weight of the cockpit body w/o a problem. Had to redesign the leg to cockpit body mount point from the earlier concept because the bond was not completely coupled.

Next up were the arm/guns ... the weight was too much for the cockpit body to support so I fashioned a pair of lego-platforms for them to rest on and take the weight off of the central body.

Finally ... the rear guns ... these were a challenge in that their original mount point design had to be reworked also to make them fit correctly into the rear of the cockpit body. I changed the mount points on the guns to fit the space on both sides and added a few support balls to improve the mount point bonds. I was very surprised how they were balanced and supported only by two point sections to the body. The guns stayed in place for a small series of photos.

The design flaw was in the side bonds of the beam to the legs. The coupled field held nicely for a short amount of time and would have held if it didn't have the weight of the rear guns to support. When they were standing upright and straight, all was good. As soon as I attempted to move the platform forward (to take a video), the rear guns tilted slightly backwards and and that was the end of the leg to body support bonds ... and created the dreaded implosion.

The rear gun weight caused the entire central body section to rotate backwards and fall back on the rear guns ... taking the arms in the process. Perhaps I should have created a Lego-support structure for the rear guns to remove the pendulum force backwards ... but that would have created another view blocker like the side Lego-platforms obstructed the view of the legs and feet. Not sure if I can recreate it for a rotational video ... this took over a week (on/off to design and assemble).

Overall ... I was very happy with the result ... hope I captured enough detail to warrant some visual recognition as a Starcraft II Thor reproduction/interpretation.

This was designed and built for the Zen Magnets Contest 26: The Massive Thor
http://www.zenmagnets.com/blog/26-the-massive-thor/

I tried to document the info for this super complex build accompanied by associated pics in this set
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tend2it/sets/72157632920071597/

See Flickr shot descriptions for component details.

Originally uploaded to flickr.com Mar 05, 2013









Nooooo!!!!!! ... it collapsed and imploded b4 I could take a video of it!!!


Cockpit section


Cockpit section


Cockpit section


Cockpit section


Leg / Hip section


Leg / Hip section


Leg / Hip section


Leg / Hip section


Leg / Hip section


Arms - Old top section with parallel bonds


Arms - Old top section with parallel bonds


Arms - Old top section with parallel bonds


Arms - Redone top section replacing parallel bonds


Arms - Redone top section replacing parallel bonds


Arms - Redone top section replacing parallel bonds


Arms - Redone top section replacing parallel bonds


Rear gun panel


Completed rear guns


Completed rear guns


Completed rear guns


Completed rear guns


Completed rear guns


Completed rear guns


Completed rear guns


Redesigned cockpit to leg assembly


Redesigned cockpit to leg assembly


Cockpit added (supporting own weight)


Cockpit added (supporting own weight)


Cockpit added (supporting own weight)


Arms added w/lego-platforms to balance the arm weight


Arm junction detail


Rear gun detail


Rear gun detail


Cockpit detail

Comments

  • poolshark - 4 years ago
    Very nice work!! I've been waiting to see some of these ZenMagnets contest entries thinking they weren't going to be that good but you hit a home run with this one. Great details throughout. Unfortunately I haven't had the time to try to tackle it.
  • tend2it - 4 years ago
    Thanks poolshark ! ... yeah ... I'm interested to see the other interpretations as well ... including yours when you have time ... too bad you didn't have time for the contest ... it is a very challenging shape to capture and manage.
  • Ashley - 4 years ago
    Epic, just epic!
  • GalaxyTraveler - 4 years ago
    I think apart from the awesome figure itself, this also gets the title as longest post on dotpedia ever! ;D
  • tend2it - 4 years ago
    Haha ... the actual build log is a lot longer ... check it out here ... http://www.flickr.com/photos/tend2it/sets/72157632920071597/