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Post by blackninjatom on Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:32 am


I am making a powered parachute for a post apoc vehicle, I have the chasis but I can't figure out how to build or attach the parachute, so any help would greatly appreciated.
Here's a link for what it is supposed to look like. wiki


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Post by CommanderNexu on Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:40 am

That's a good design but why is there a clone in it?
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Post by Clonecommando007 on Sun Aug 30, 2009 3:05 am

Please excuse CommanderNexu, we try to keep him in the closet. Wink

The idea of cloth or fabric comes to mind for the parachute, however I'm not sure if you'd be 'up' for that idea. As for how to attach the frame to the parachute, if you want to take the lego route as opposed to string, I'd use some lego cords with the 1x1 round black studs on each end (commonly used as pirate ship rigging).

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Post by someguy577 on Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:26 am

It is very simple yet I like how similar it is to the reference pic, overall I like it. Is the actual vehicle a WIP or does it just need a parachute? For the parachute, just a warning this will require moding a cloth, take a piece of cloth and a hole puncher, put holes on each corner and take the cord piece CC007 mentioned and attach one to each corner it by putting a 1x1 stud on top. It's simple and I have used it before but still, it's hard to find good cloth, let alone hole punch it.

* Turns around looking at CC007 while sneaking back into my closet.* "It'll be like I never left... oh... wait..."
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Re: ultra light

Post by blackninjatom on Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:41 pm

Oh yeah, I was going to enter this into a contest at flickr, that required non-modded parts, but seeing as that contest ended without warning, I guess I'm free to use fabric now! Surprised

The main problem is suspending the parachute above the vehicle. The cord pieces will work for looks, but aren't stiff, so I still need a way to keep the parachute's shape. As for getting fabric that shouldn't be a problem, but I still would like to build the parachuteout of bricks, like I saw someone do on flickr, thing is I can't find it anymore.
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Re: ultra light

Post by cmdr Vintu on Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:12 pm

Maybe you could use the Ewok hanglider wings from the battle of endor set.
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Post by The Jinja Ninja on Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:46 pm

Get two lengths of that longish pneumatic hosepipe (e.g. off a podracer), attach a load of clips, then join the two with some 1x6 tiles. Getting it to bend might be tricky, but I'm sure a few clips and a pipe/string could sort it.
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Post by Clone Commander Charon on Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:16 am

I whipped up a possible parachute and parachute connection in LDD that could work:
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The connection is kind of crappy but I'm sure you can think of something better. Wink
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Re: ultra light

Post by Captain Tredge on Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:32 pm

It looks very good at the moment.
Maybe you could use this


Available from Bricklink
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Re: ultra light

Post by blackninjatom on Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:10 pm

Thanks for the help guys, I'll see if I can use the pipe pieces. What doesn't help is I haven't left myself a lot of room, so it is gonna be tight.

Thanks again, hopefully you'll be seeing this again soon.
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