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Update Coming Soon.......ish.   Stupid work getting in the way again.

Hoorah!   I have managed to get rid of my backlog of deadlines, so it looks like I can eventually finish this thing   Thanks for the patience if your still out there.

Okay then, here we go for the next thrilling instalment of my “Z6 – Riot Baton Build” or as I have come to think of it, “What have I started”, especially since once I got to over 150 hours I stopped c

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Lesson for self, never try to model something with moving parts :6:

But that's only where the fun begins! :)


More seriously, moving parts are always a challenge indeed. Especially when you need to keep clearance in mind because real prints are never as accurate in dimensions than their computer alter ego

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Some progress has been made, after a slight rethink.....yay


Some pictures have been taken.....yay


Some idiot left the file at work.....drat


Update tomorrow, I think I might be in the final stretch



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Here we go then, another thrilling instalment of my Z6 Riot Baton Build, or as I have come to think of it "Bitten off more than I can chew" or "What was I thinking ?"


Over the last few weeks I have been struggling to figure out how to get the rotation for the Deflectors to work, especially since I decided to be clever and not only want them to be able to go from closed to open, I also wanted them to rotate at the same speed and by a fixed rotation (180 degrees)......now you know why it's taken weeks, especially since I have mostly been figuring out how to use Sketchup as I go and I am no engineer.


So, on with the pictures of the progress so far.




Here we have the new rotation peg (going to call it that from now on), currently in the Baton closed position, the peg has been modelled with a slight "step out" to match a similar "step in" on the retaining ring, not only will this allow the peg to rotate by only 180 degrees, but the retaining ring will stop it flying apart.


I have decided that I want the Deflectors to try and lie as fitted to the main body as I can manage, however there has to be a balance against how far they need to extend to open and maintain clearance when rotating.




Here we have an internal view of the above, granted you cannot see much at this point.




Similar to the first picture, here we have the rotation peg at its extended position, I am going to figure out a length of the peg that not only gives clearance, but should hopefully keep the Deflectors fitting better on the main body.

Also I will be cutting a similar indentation into the interior rotation peg point in the Deflectors to make sure that the Deflectors will be locked in parallel positions, either open or closed.




And again, we have an internal view of the rotation peg in an extended position.




And now for something to clear up a bit of the internal mechanics, as you can see each half of the rotation peg (yup so good it comes in two parts) has a recessed "cup" that surrounds the smaller part of the rotation peg, I am hoping that this recess will allow the fitting of a spring to aid on the Deflectors popping out to extend.


As you can hopefully see, but probably not make out, the central smaller part of the rotation peg locks into the opposite piece, this should make sure that when it rotates, they will rotate together and at the same speed, I have made sure that each part extends far enough that they lock when open and closed, also they are long enough to be braced through the smaller holes in the interior of the main body.




The above image should make a bit of what I was trying to explain, a bit clearer.




And here's a nice see through image, I do like those :)


Okay so here are a few observations:-


1) The sizes of the spaces inside the rotation peg are pretty small (about 2mm) wide for the space for a spring, this cannot be helped at this stage as the area is pretty small to work in.


2) The lip I have built into the rotation peg and the retaining ring is only 1mm, this I realise is pretty small for an area that could get a bit of wear.


3) Currently I have no clue how to control how to make the Deflectors spring open, I have tried a few pivot ideas, but as I was wasting too much time banging my head against the problem I moved on, hopefully one day I will figure it out, I have included helpful holes in the main body, should I ever get it sorted, I even considered having the rotation peg corkscrew open.


As usual, any and all comments welcome.

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Since it's nearly that time of year for present giving.....just bought myself the voice changer Stormtrooper helmet :)


I thought I would spread a little cheer for those still following this very very long build......it's finished :)


However, being slightly useless, I have left the files on the server at work, so I may have to wait till after the Christmas/New Years break, to share them.







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Okay then, here we go for the next thrilling instalment of my “Z6 – Riot Baton Build” or as I have come to think of it, “What have I started”, especially since once I got to over 150 hours I stopped counting.


The images below are exploded images of the completed Baton in the “Folded” position.










The following images are of the “Connecting Pivot” for the “Deflectors” there are a few things I want to point out at this stage.

1) I have extended a quarter of the “Connecting Pivot” to accommodate a block to allow the “Deflectors” to spin from “Folded” to “Open”, travelling through only 180 degrees, in a direction away from the body.

2) I have also created a small ring that should lock the “Connecting Pivot” in place and stop it from flying out of the “Main Shaft” while keeping it centred.

3) The wider part of the “Connecting Pivot” has a small ident that would hopefully accommodate a spring that in theory will push the “Deflectors” from there “Folded” position (close to the main shaft) to an “Open” position extended to the front.

4) Both of the “Connecting Pivots” have a thinner shaft that has been halved in width, these both lock together and are sunk into the “Main Shaft” when the “Deflectors” are “Folded”, then when the “Deflectors” are “Open” and are extended away from the “Main Shaft” they still stay locked together and due to the build, should remain stable, the halved thinner shafts were made to ensure that both “Deflectors” turn at the same time from “Folded” to “Open”.










The next images are of the assembled “Riot Baton” in the “Folded” position, whilst I would have liked to get the “Deflectors” closer to the “Main Shaft” I had to reach a compromise in their distance from the “Main Shaft” to avoid any clearance issues when the “Deflectors” spin through 180 degrees from “Folded” to “Open”.


















The next set of images are of the assembled “Riot Baton” in the “Open” position after swinging through 180 degrees (away from the body), the position in the images shows the “Deflectors” at their maximum distance away from the centre of the “Main Shaft”, the distance between the “Deflectors” and the “Main Shaft” is variable, in that they could be brought closer together as they will come as close as they were in the “Folded” position, fitting a spring to each “Connecting Pivot” should push each “Deflector” to its maximum distance from the centre of the centre of the “Main Shaft”.


As a personal decision, I decided not to add any indents to the outer rings on the “Deflectors” as I could not find any reliable evidence that they are present on the actual Baton.


I also did not add anything to the end of the Baton as I have left that up to the builder, I did however add a small indent on the interior to make drilling any hole a lot easier.


















I tried while building this to be as accurate as I could be, based on photo's and assorted details online, I have also tried to build the potential for options into the model for people to hopefully improve the Baton.


I am not an engineer and basically had to figure out things as I went, hopefully once I run the individual pieces through Shapeways I will be able to start a new thread with directions and thoughts on the Baton's construction.


As always, any thoughts and comments are welcome.


So, that's it, I finished it, which is as much a surprise to me as it might be to anybody following.

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