Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Quick and Easy Project: Fallout 4 Fusion Core

Every once in a while, in the midst of a huge project when it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, I'll start to feel run down or overwhelmed.  When that happens, it's helpful to focus on some small thing that I can finish in short order so I can get a glimpse of the feeling of accomplishment that will come at the end of a build.

So when I was starting to feel swamped by the T-60 Power armor build, I was thrilled to come across a high resolution, printable 3D model of a fusion core by Daniel Lilygreen at myminifactory:
Fusion Core Model

You can download it for yourself here: www.myminifactory.com/object/fallout-4-fusion-core-17423

Ignoring the original scale of his model, I resized it so it would fit into the port on the back of my armor:
Scaled Fusion Core Model

Then I went ahead and uploaded the files to my Zortrax M200 3D printers.  A few hours later, I had a thing:
Printed fusion core

After a quick pass with 120-grit, then 150-grit sandpaper, the parts all got sprayed with a couple of healthy coats of primer.  Then, without any additional sanding, I went ahead and sprayed the base colors onto each piece:
Fusion Core Body

Fusion Core Cap

Fusion Core Contacts

Once the paint had dried overnight, final assembly took a few quick minutes:
Fusion Core Painted in Hand

Fusion Core Painted 1

One of these days I'll dirty it up a bit and give it some proper wasteland weathering.  But for now, there it is.  A done thing.

Stay tuned for some more Fallout builds.  There's about to be a lot.

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