Progress … Vader is happy

So a lot of progress has been made since I last updated you all on the build. The first thing I needed to do was to build a second frame. This time around it went pretty quickly and one thing I did differently was how I built the guns. To speed things up I built a lego jig to hold the gun assemblies while I filled them with their tiny parts :2013-08-26 11.56.52Once the second frame was done I had to bind them together.

2013-08-26 12.19.19That was done with these little ‘connector’ things:

2013-08-26 12.19.14Here’s a look at the two frames together:

2013-08-26 12.31.40We then build some stand things to hold it up and started on the back engine assemblies. I say we since one of my coworkers joined me on the build. We also took over an office mates desk since he was on vacation this week.

Here’s a shot of the destroyer and stands :

2013-08-26 16.35.06 2013-08-26 16.35.02Once the engines were done then we started work on the ‘wings’. This was tedious and required a lot of steps. Here is the lower starboard wing section mostly complete:

2013-08-27 15.44.54Note the magnets used to attach it to the frame assembly. There are a few of them and when we went to attach to the frame we found that the middle one was not in the right place. After some careful inspection we determined that I had placed the entire center brace section one space too far up. This required some major surgery to the frame. But Once I got it complete, the wing connected in perfectly.

2013-08-27 16.15.35 2013-08-27 16.15.38 2013-08-27 16.15.43Here are some photos of the second wing in place.

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Progress on the topside starboard wing went fairly quickly and it was soon attached as well.

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Check out how nice the gun sections are hidden inside of the wings.

2013-08-29 16.46.50And how there are these cool guns exposed…

2013-08-29 16.46.57All in all I’m pretty happy with this kit so far and my coworker is as well since he’s been doing his share of the building. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

The Build Begins

I had some time at work so I decided to start building the Destroyer. I put in a little time yesterday afternoon and this morning and I got 19 steps done. Interestingly enough I was getting all excited to tell you that I had built the main frame for the thing but when I got to the end of step 19 in the bottom right I saw a nice little “2x” there. Apparently I need to go through and build a second frame to attach to the underside of the one I just built!

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Ok, so here are some photos (in order)…

2013-08-22 14.07.00 Here we are at Step 1

 

2013-08-22 14.19.25And this is the first sub assembly completed

2013-08-22 16.32.39 And here is the frame after the initial Triangle shape was established. It was kind of neat how they did the angles. They used what I call “swing blocks” to make the corners.

 

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And above is the assembly all completed but without the “guns” mounted on the edges. Step 19 required me to build 18 gun assembly modules and then mount them to the triangle main assembly.

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Most of the parts for the gun assembly modules.

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The completed gun assembly modules

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Closeup of the assemblies mounted on the main triangle frame

2013-08-23 10.00.52And a completed triangle. Now I need to build an exact duplicate of it..

 

Inventory Complete

Well I’m finally done the inventory of the Lego Star Destroyer! It only took me a few months of working a little at a time. Out of the 3100 part set, there were only 7 parts missing. I will now have to locate them. Some are not available anymore from Lego so I will have to look on ebay and other places to find them. If I can’t find them then I will need to do some work making up replacement/substitutes.

Here is a look at the fully inventoried kit.

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a movie I want to make

Visual: We start with a totally white screen. After a few seconds we see a tiny change in the whiteness, it’s a blue tint, it’s moving…actually, we are moving. As we move around more in the white, it becomes more and more clear that we are in a cloud as more and more blueish areas are seen and condensation is becoming more clear. We end up finding a raindrop and we track it down out of the cloud. As we head down towards the ground, its obvious that this is the first drop in a rainstorm. We continue following the drop as it accelerates. Finally we are in an overhead position and we see a man standing in front of a building. The building is an office building, but it’s recognizable from its architecture. The drop continues it’s fall to land on the tip of the mans nose. He looks up at the sky (and the camera which is directly above). The rain begins pouring and he goes back to his standing and moves his head back to normal. He walks out of the frame. Credits roll over the sound of the rainstorm and the overhead shot of the street. Others are rushing around to get out of the unexpected storm.

Plot: It turns out the man is the main character of the film.

Visual (about 30 minutes in): The man is talking with some other men, they are all in suits, we are not sure where they are. The film up to this point has been following a very dramatic and predictable arc, the viewer believes the film (although stylized) is just a regular drama. The camera subtly gets away from the back and forth dialog, the voices slowly fade into the background. The man looks to his left, the camera follows his view since by this point it’s on his right profile (it’s been slowly tracking around him). We see that he is looking at the sky. He pauses, turns, and bolts into a full run towards where he was looking. The camera pulls out to reveal we are on the top of a building and the man is running towards the edge. He is totally booking and we can hear his shoes on the rooftop. He gets to the edge and jumps off.

Plot : The movie at this point has totally gotten weird, but we are not going to rip off the viewer, there will be a perfectly cool explanation of what just happened. The story now is Sci Fi/Matrix like. The man (already a very slow, calm, cool, aware man in a very fast paced, clueless, stressed city) has realized something about the sky and the cloud. He had a taste of it when the raindrop hit his nose and he finally figured it out and realized that he could do whatever he wanted. He realized he (as is everyone else) has the ability to create his own reality. He became (at that moment) aware of his ‘graduation’. He, at that moment, became a master, he had the power of god.

Something I was working on about 15 years ago

Hi, my name is Vince Fumo. I’ve been in the video production business for over 7 years, but have been involved with computers and programming since I was a young boy. I’m currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Software Engineering at Drexel University. I have a 3.90 GPA with 10 courses completed. Even though I have no current work experience in software development, I am extremely qualified to work for Sun. I am an extremely fast learner and have a very high aptitude for programming in any language. I am a seriously devout reader of Wired magazine and every time I see an article about future technology, like Jini for example, I get very frustrated. Frustrated because I know I belong in that field doing future technology research and development. Two of my favorite people from Sun include Bill Joy and Bruce Tognazzini.

Below is just something I wrote one day. I feel that sometimes resumes can’t tell you everything about a person. In my case, that seems especially true because of my work experience. But I feel I have to somehow convey my knowledge and aptitude. The short essay below is a start.

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A Few Things I know…and don’t
By Vincent Fumo

I know the significance of 802.3. I know how to create a linked list in Pascal, C and C++. I know how to make a web page. I used to know how to program graphics on a DOS machine, but I know now that the new compilers won’t let me get to the interrupts I need. I know I’ll need DirectX to do it now. I know 3 different ways to translate an ER Diagram to a relational database. I know how to quit when I’m using vi. I know that the Data Link Layer is the coolest part of any network. I know the components of a URL. I know how to work with an Oracle database. I know the port number for email. I know that ATM cells are 53k. I know how to use UML to design a system. I used to know that the web was really fast. I know why it’s not anymore. I know that a good user interface is the key to making the users happy, but it’s hard to do right. I know getty is the first program called in Unix. I know how to program a window with and without MFC. I know what spanning tree routing is. I know the Internet was really cool before it got popular. I also know what I don’t know.

I don’t know a damn thing about Cobol other than the fact that making 200 grand a year with it does sound a tiny bit appealing. I don’t know what’s going to happen Jan 1, 2000, though I plan on being somewhere warm and safe just in case. I don’t know Windows programming as well as I could. I don’t know how to program a Cisco router, but I’d love to learn.