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Vaporized Hull




Submitted By:

Pete Storonskij


To simulate hull vaporization by a plasma weapon, drill out lots of irregular holes from the inside surface of the plastic hull. The holes should vary in size with the larger ones closer to the site impact, with small holes blanketing the entire surface. A large bite should be taken out of the model at the center of the damaged region. Using a drill/dremel tool keeps the outer surface perfectly flat, giving it that flash-vaporized appearance.

Fine wire mesh is then glued to the inside surface of the damaged area. Fine mesh with about 12 wires per CM is sufficient for small scales. When the glue dries, break through the mesh from the inside, in the center of most of the holes, pointing the frayed edges slightly upward. Leave lots of mesh visible, using the mesh to hold on bits of hull that have completely separated otherwise.

A sparse collection of structural beams can then be added so that they stick out a bit further than the hull.

This entire process should be done before the final hull assembly, in order to access the inside surface of the parts and to pack the internal space with damaged components.

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