Adventure Team Set Four – Cyber Counter Attack

It being a vacation day, (I took the day off) I took some time to concept out an idea for my next Adventure Team gear set.

This is just a thought at this point, but I like where it’s going.


The idea behind this set is counter attacking a major hacker. The set includes several EMP grenades (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) to knock out any cyber-attacker in the area. Each grenade will come with a base it can snap into with a magnet to attach it for a timed EMP bomb. I hope to be clever and use two repelling magnets to make the red thing at the top a push-button you can depress.

Also it has an EMP Cannon, held slung low like one of those large rotary Gattling guns. This is an aimed EMP pulse beam that can knock out electronics from a distance, with a small targeting range.

The VR Imaging Goggles work as an aiming system and general EMP visualizing tool to locate and target a skilled hacker.

The Sat Link is a standard piece of equipment to link to the satellite. It will have collapsable legs that fold up against the radar dish, with a handle for carrying.

Lastly, it will have a heavy-duty hacking console – a green-and-white touch-screen tablet.

So. What do you think?

A Second Snow Day’s Work – A Second Rocket

Not really a snow day. I mean it snowed today, but I had booked the day off anyway.

I spent a lot of it making the next rocket in my fleet.

This is a Fathers Day Card Charlotte gave me some years ago. I kept it because I really loved it, and I am a big fan of retro-styled rocket ships.


Obviously it is stylized, and shows only two fins. This would not work as a real rocket, and if I decided to be literal, it would fall over. So I opted to go with 3 fins, with the windows being in the span between, making for 3 windows, six rows of rivets, and 3 fins.

Here is the 3D model. I have not yet printed any of this. I will post pics when I do.


Well, I test-printed the rocket. It was a bit smaller than I want the final to be, but it’s not bad. Here it is, pictured next to the card that inspired it:


A few minor adjustments to make, including making the insert cuts for the fins a bit deeper, and to scale it up maybe 1.2.

The proportions may look wrong but that’s only because you’re seeing a 2D model become 3D. The contours of the body, the height of the nose cone and the windows, the fin shape, are all modeled against the photo in Maya so they are very accurate. Even the number of rivets going down the body is accurate.

A Snow Day’s Work – 3DAGOGO Rocket Ship

As some of you may know, I entered three design contests at 3DAGOGO in December. Turns out I won all three, and won two reels of filament and a 3D scanner!

But I also won three t-shirts declaring the win. Like a trophy.


I really liked the cool rocket ship and thought, you know what would make a better trophy?


Today New England got socked with yet another snow storm and the weather reports were so bad for later in the day that driving would be dangerous. So my company shut down for the day.

I took the opportunity to watch a movie or two (“Battleship” which is universally panned, but I don’t know why. I rather enjoyed it.)

But during the day while doing various other things, I sat down and modeled the rocket seen on the 3DAGOGO shirt.

Here is the first test-print, which is about 6.5cm tall. It was a proof of concept, printed in my go-to test color, neon yellow (so the photo sucks. This color just does not photograph well.)


Concept proofed, I went to work printing the five-color rocket ship, starting with yellow, which had the most parts, but not before doubling the scale.

Here are all the parts laid out:

Here, I have assembled the main body in orange, the top red body section and yellow nose cone:

Here, I have glued on the bottom red section with the engine cowl in silver:3dagogo-rocket-assembly-2

Then the fin section snaps into the grooves of the engine cowl:

Then the orange engine section snaps onto the remains of the fins:3dagogo-rocket-assembly-4

Not shown well here, the engines themselves (the ring of yellow circles above – a slight embellishment on my part since the T-shirt is very vague on this area) are glued to the bottom section and a strong rubber band is used to clamp the pieces together while the Krazy Glue sets. Meanwhile I glued the blue window “glass” into the yellow window frames:3dagogo-rocket-assembly-5

Then the windows are glued in place and clamped:3dagogo-rocket-assembly-6

The finished model next to the test-print. Believe it or not, the larger one is 2x the size of the smaller one but looks quite bigger:


And here I placed the model rocket on the shirt above the graphical version. I think I nailed it! If you think the fins don’t angle back enough, you may be right, and my next version may address that, but I think it’s mostly due to the angle of the photo. In the shirt graphic, it’s angled back more, and the fins disappear into the perspective cone towards the back. The plastic model doesn’t, not at this angle, but does at others.