So cut a whole lot of slats out on the top.
Gotta be brutal with your own designs.
Then I cut the glass for the cockpit.
I use 1.2 mm glass taken from a picture frame.
Good source of thin glass sheeting and not expensive either.
Once the are cut to size, then I drill a 3 mm hole through each one and it is then bolted in place with a placer screw.
(placer screw = screw that holds things in place during construction).
There were 18 pieces of glass and they were more that a little bit of work to get them all nicely behaved.
Then I etched a design into the floor pan of the cockpit.
I used the Edinburgh etch system.
It came out OK and then I added a copper surround with bubble rivets for decoration.
Now to make the alien pilot.
I made a temporary body, so that I can get a feel for the size.
Then I start with the head.
I decided to carve directly into metal, as apposed to wax casting.
So I start with a 10 mm brass rod that i turn and rough out.
I had to solder it back onto a rod to hold it easier.
You learn, and anyway, now the metal was annealed.
Frickin' thing looks like a duck.
This is the blank.
I will add more detail later in the project like titanium eyes and more attitude.
I finished the temp body and started working on the arms.
I want the pilot to be flying the Dragonfly Fighter in a banking curve.
At least, that is the display I am eventually going to make.
Working on the top of the legs.
I carve them in a mirror image simultaneously on one rod of metal.
I am slightly dyslexic, so it takes a bit longer than normal to carve mirror images.
Looking like a piece of shyte.
The bottom part of the legs and feet.
Then the arms and one flight control .
I had to make the flight control at the same time because I want one arm to be holding the joy stick and the other arm controlling the power as the fighter banks.
Now for the new body.
I carve a blank in wax first.
Then I sand cast the blank using the Delft Clay method.
The blank after being cast.
The pilot in his seat.
Now I am going to make all the alien instruments for the cockpit that are needed to fly the Dragon Fighter.
And here I am now.
The cockpit opens so that the interior can be seen more easily.