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Table Project: Mark III Design
Mark III design:
is the Mark II design. Again, I used the same 12"x18"
vac-table from the Mark I. But this time, I mounted the heating
grill upside down and about 10 inches from the vac-table surface.
Also, I installed an aluminum sheet between the heating element
and the work surface. I hope this will diffuse the heat and make
it more even. Finally, I made a new frame, larger with rounded sides.
I hope this will give me more surface area. Now, the inside area
is the same as the vac surface of the table. No wasted space lost
to the frame dimensions.
a series of test, the aluminum heat deflector did not work so it
this image you can see the whole station. This rig is very portable.
mark II has a simple construction:
board material for the vac-surface
1x6 or what ever you have on hand
1x2 for the stilts and heater frame.
marine weather striping. I am told you really don'e need this
but it seems to help.
screws glue. I used an air gun and an electric drill to assemble
studying the first batch of pulls, I made some minor modifications
to he heating elemet. I removed the perlite/furnace refractory from
under the heating elemet. This did not seem to have any heats reflecting
benefits. I inverted the stock metal heat shield. The built-in thermostat
seems to "cut off" about the time the plastic is ready
to vac. In addition, I've added a magnetic cabinet catches to the
frame to hold the platic in the heating position. This seems to
work very well. Also, final study of the .060 styrene tells me that
it is a little bit too thin. I think I'll try .080 when I run out
of this test material.
on the Molds
far, the moulds made for this stormtroopr project are the following:
knee "power pack"
that can be made with this vac-table are:
left knee "diamond"
belt if cut in 2 halves
parts that might work in this machine but are unsure due to the
size/shape are the buttocks armor, and codpiece.
that will require a larger vac-table rig:
I have a GT/FX armor set, and I know of some of its inaccurate elemets,
I have decided to "base" this project with those modifications
in mind, but using the GT/FX as a scale guide.
project was last update on June 1, 2004.