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Offline gregmita

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Hex Solar Panel Terrain Project - 10/1 Added Solar Panel Base
« on: September 28, 2021, 07:01:43 AM »
Inspired by some terrain builds I've seen online, I started making some 3D printed hex solar panel terrain.






For more, please see my blog: https://172minis.blogspot.com/2021/09/in-grim-darkness-of-future-there-is.html
« Last Edit: October 01, 2021, 10:46:36 PM by gregmita »

Offline fred

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Re: Hex Solar Panel Terrain Project
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2021, 11:24:08 AM »
I was initially thinking these were terrain tiles like Hexon. But now after reading a bit more, are they part of a model, with a base? In that case Iím not quite sure what the 3 or 4 larger hexagons represent?

Online Chief Lackey Rich

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Re: Hex Solar Panel Terrain Project
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2021, 11:43:02 AM »
Inspired by the X-Marx solar arrays, by any chance?  Always rather liked those.

https://www.xmarx.com/xmarx-store/Solar-Array-p171452309


Offline gregmita

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Re: Hex Solar Panel Terrain Project
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2021, 06:16:28 PM »
I was initially thinking these were terrain tiles like Hexon. But now after reading a bit more, are they part of a model, with a base? In that case Iím not quite sure what the 3 or 4 larger hexagons represent?
The hexagons are supposed to be solar arrays fixed to the top of a base. Chief Lackey Rich's photo gives an idea of what it'll look like.

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Inspired by the X-Marx solar arrays, by any chance?  Always rather liked those.
Not that specific model, but there are quite a few others like it online. It's the same type of idea. In this forum, in the thread titled "Scratchbuilding Colony 87", uti long smile has a scratchbuild of a similar idea.

https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=132861.135

Offline zrunelord

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Re: Hex Solar Panel Terrain Project
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2021, 11:34:45 AM »
Nice project Gregmita, Looking good.
Thanks for the link , some great stuff there also.

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Offline gregmita

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Re: Hex Solar Panel Terrain Project
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2021, 10:46:07 PM »
I've finished up the base of the solar array.






More on my blog:
https://172minis.blogspot.com/2021/10/more-work-on-solar-panel.html

Offline zrunelord

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Re: Hex Solar Panel Terrain Project - 10/1 Added Solar Panel Base
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2021, 06:30:10 AM »
Look great.
I will try this it in 15mm/18mm ,eventually.
Another item in the queue . ;D

Thanks for the files.
Z

Offline gregmita

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Re: Hex Solar Panel Terrain Project - 10/1 Added Solar Panel Base
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2021, 01:53:38 AM »
It wouldn't take too much to convert to 15/18mm. A couple of pieces might be too thin and need to be strengthened, if the whole thing is scaled down.

Offline Littlearmies

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Re: Hex Solar Panel Terrain Project - 10/1 Added Solar Panel Base
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2021, 07:20:46 AM »
It looks really good. A couple of queries / comments:

Is the base a single part or is it printed as one piece - it strikes me that, while I can see the practical reason for having a chunky base like that, if you look at similar panels today the plinths they stand on are much lighter.

The hexes on the panels themselves - would it be possible to have the small hexes line up with the large panel? Your current arrangement means there are lots of small panels around the edge - I just think that if I was designing these in real life I'd want to be building as few variations of solar cells as possible to make the panel - if they lined up you'd just need full and half hexes...

 

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