This replica truly is LIFESIZED. It utlizes a 12" diameter clear tube. Each component is precision-machined and laser cut for accuracy.
Control Box (4 parts): $185 (hollow to allow for electronics)3 Rods: $28.00 (fiberglass)Top Rod Mount (consists of 3 parts - all laser cut MDF): $155.00 Bottom Rod Mount: $45.00 (1/4" laser cut mdf)3 styrene bands to detail: $35.00 (cnc cut for accuracy)6 Rod encaps ($15.00 (resin castings)PVC TOP (windows cut out) $160PVC BOTTOM (measured and cut) $80
The CONTROL BOX by itself is: DIAMETER: 23.5 cm (9.25")
TALL: 15.9 cm (6.25")
HOW IT WAS MADE:
Scratch-building the CONTROL BOX:
Once the shapes were blocked out in styrene, I created CAD drawings of the faceplate and laser cut the layered panels in acrylc. These parts were carefully assembled into position.
Completed control box with switches and connection port.
Creating the Tube and Fittings.
Once I had the clear tube to work with, I went out scaling all the other parts and redesigning the fittings. CAD drawings were drawn up and the parts were machined in acrylic for test fittings.
At first I attempted to hand-cut the windows from the PVC tube at the top, but quickly realized I would have to make a custom CNC jig to do this properly. Here's the results:
I kept having to scale down the clear tube until I was satisfied with the proportions.
Just a little fine-tuning with some styrene and I was ready for the first finished assembly!
Assembling and painting THE FACEHUGGER!!
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