More fun with Shelves: Project 3 - Outdoor Ark

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  1. Alucard77

    Alucard77 Kaon Gladiator Champion

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    So this is project 3 of 3 for my first cabinet. For those who did not see projects 1 and 2, you can go to these links:

    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-toy-discussion/437634-my-little-project-today.html

    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-toy-discussion/442885-my-little-project-today-take-two-decepticon-nemesis-shelf.html

    In those two, I lined my shelves with the Ark Set Panels from inside the Ark for the Autobots, and for the inside of the Nemesis for the Decepticons.

    Today, I finished of this 3 shelf unit with the Outdoor Scene from the Ark. These pictures are just for fun for now. But tomorrow I will move my season 2 bots into this shelf.

    This time around, I used OptimusTimeLord's outdoor ark pictures. He was kind enough to send them to me, and I played around with it to make it work in the shelf.

    THANKS OPTIMUSTIMELORD!!! Without you, I couldn't finish this. Now for the fun:

    Here is the shelf:
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    Autobots Roll Out:
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    Attack Megatron!
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    For those interested, this is how all this shelving unit looks now:

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    Hope you enjoy.
     
  2. Goshjosh95

    Goshjosh95 Decepticon

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    Incredible awesome sauce. :thumb 
     
  3. Shockwave9227

    Shockwave9227 I'm actually 16.

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    If there's a way to look behind the displayed figures, it's what you did there. It looks great!
     
  4. TFao

    TFao Well-Known Member

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    I never thought I could be envious of someone's shelving...

    I loved your first two projects, but I think you have outdone yourself this time...

    Alucard77=WIN
     
  5. Star Saber

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    That is awesome :) 
     
  6. Orodruin

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    That looks fantastic man. I just hope there's enough room for the full cast in there. :thumb 
     
  7. Sammael

    Sammael MightyMegatron from ATT

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    Wow!

    Can we get a tutorial on what you did? I was planning on doing something similar but honestly don't know where to start...
     
  8. Wyvern

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    The Decepticon shelf is my favorite. Nice job.
     
  9. Auto Morph

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    Fair enough, that outdoor shelf actually looks fucking awesome :thumbs2: 
     
  10. OptimusTimelord

    OptimusTimelord Masterpiece Reanimator

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    Aha, very good! :thumbs2:  And quick too!! Did you take it somewhere to get it printed that big? I used an online printer to get it as a giant poster.

    Ark goes great with that scale of figures, I've had mine behind my WST collection and it does make a great display.

    For anyone who's interested;
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  11. Alucard77

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    It depends if you have the source material or not. If your planning to use the source material I posted in the decepticon or autobot area, this will really be cake to do.

    I recommend reading these from beginning to end then trying it. A lot of the stuff here is really easy. However, I did put some stuff on here I had to learn the hard way.

    Step 1: Do you have a shelf backing?
    If yes, go to step 2.
    Materials needed:
    1- Staples large piece of posterboard: $8.99
    2- Penny nails: $.99
    3- Hammer
    4- Measuring tape
    5- Razor blade knife
    6- Straight edge long ruler (

    Process:
    - Measure your cabinet on the out side. Make sure to measure the outside edge.
    - Put measurements to poster board, and trace shape of the cabinet.
    - If the whole cabinet is not big enough, you may want to split it us into 2 panels.
    - Once the lines are drawn, use the large straight edge ruler and line up the line you drew withe your straight edge ruler.
    - hold the ruler down firmly and cut across to cut the poster board with a new blade in you Razor blade knife. The sharper the blade the better.
    - Once you have it in use the penny nails to nail in the poster board to the cabinet.

    Step 2: Choose your source material, measuring and printing:
    Materials you need:
    1- Measuring Tape
    2- Any editing program (Microsoft paint will work, but it is a pain in the ass.)

    Measure, measure and more measure:
    - Begin by measuring the back of your shelf.
    - Measure the either the right or left shelf wall. They should be the same size or you have a funky shelf.
    - Measure the flooring of the shelf.
    - Write down all of the measurements.
    - My shelf in this case had these measurements, so I will use this in my example:
    Floor 11x30
    Back of shelf 13x30
    Right and left walls 13x11
    - Now that you have your measurements, open up Paint or whatever you are using.
    - Let's assume you are using the Nemesis panels. Look at the pixel size of them. In this case 3400 x 2200.
    - the 3400 x 2200 is made perfectly for a 17x11 shelf. This is assuming that you are using 200dpi for every inch you are printing out. so 17 x 200 dpi = 3400. 11 x 200 dpi = 2200. Hope that make sense.
    - Now, the most important and annoying part is knowing what the printer you ware using will print. I go to Costco to do my prints. This link will show you all the sizes you can print at costco:
    Printing photo enlargements at Costco Photo Center | PHOTSY
    - Look at all the sizes and decide what size works best for your wall. So in my case I can:
    Use 11x14 to print my side pieces.
    Use 30x20 to print my floor and back pieces
    - Now we know the sizes we want to print, now lets decide a couple of more things:

    Resizing image: Do you want to keep close to the source material?
    Sometimes the source material won't fit just right. The Panels created here are created for Alternators which are slightly bigger in size then classics. So, what I wanted to do is actually shrink my image to shrink the spacing between lines.
    - For the side walls, what I actually did is take 4 panels for the wall and merged them together in paint by pasting them them one next to another and on top of each other. This left me with an image that was 6800x4400.
    - I then shrunk the image by 50%, which left me back at 3400x2200. The difference was, the line spacing was halved as before. This gave me what I needed, but you can also stay with the larger spacing if you want.
    - I then did the same for the back wall but used more panels.

    Deciding on the size to print:
    - So for my side walls, I have an image that is 3400x2200 (17x11) and the size of the wall is 13x11 (2600x2200). Costco allows me to print a 14x11 (2800x2200). Which is perfect for what I want. All I need to do now is crop my image.
    - What I like to do, is crop my image to match my shelf exactly. It makes it easier to cut later. So I go back into my paint program and crop the image to 2600x2200 (13x11). If I would have resized the image, then the image might have been distorted, so I prefer cropping.
    - The second thing I do is resize the canvas to costco's printing size. So the canvas would be 2800x2200 (14x11).
    - So now I have an image that 2600x2200 (13x11), and a canvas that is 2800x2200 (14x11). What I do to make life easy, is fill in the empty part of the canvas in black so I know where to cut later. so in this case, I filled in the empty 200x2200 with black (1x11 strip at the bottom of the image)
    - Follow these same steps for the floor, the back and the other side wall until you have everything you need.

    Once your all done, go to costco or whatever store you want and print these out. Costco has 1 hour printing. Make sure to do board less printing. Also, I prefer to use Glossy.

    Step 3: Cutting and mounting your pictures.
    Materials you need:
    1- Straight edge ruler
    2- Xacto or razor blade knife
    3- Double sided tape (I prefere the 3/4" width)

    Cutting your pictures:
    - If you followed the directions on top, this should be really easy. Your printed image will already be printed to the size you need. If you filled in the empty canvas with black, you have your cutting lines.
    - Hold down the straight edge ruler on the cutting line, making sure to cover just up to the black, you don't want to cut too much.
    - Use your razor blade and try to do one clean cut. It becomes a pain if you do 3 or 4 or cuts and doesn't lead to a nice straight line.
    - Do the same for your rear wall, the floor and the side walls.
    - Now that everything is cut, do a test fit. Should fit like a glove.
    - If you still need to trim, still use your razor blade and flat edge ruler.

    Preping images for mounting to your cabinet:
    - This is the easy part. Take the image you want and face it upside down.
    - Get the double sided tape.
    - Do one image at a time, don't do all 4 at once.
    - Use the double sided tape on the borders of the pictures. I get as close as possible to the borders.
    - For the smaller side walls, I put a plus in the middle of the picture with the double sided tape for more adhesion.
    - For the larger floor and wall, I put more pieces of tape. Use your own judgement on how much you want to use. The key for me is making sure you got those boarders done right.
    - I personally like to use long pieces of tape that fit the image. No real reason, but worked well so far.

    Mounting the image:
    - Line up the bottom of your image with the bottom of your shelf.
    - Make sure it is lying flat across the botton and the whole piece is matched up correctly.
    - Starting at the bottom, push the image to the wall.
    - Work your way up.
    - If the image seems crocked, you can always peel back away, but you really shouldn't need to do this if the floor is matched up.

    And that's all there is. Hope this worked for you.
     
  12. Napalm

    Napalm Sins Of The Manfish TFW2005 Supporter

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    Cheers man, my lady is gonna hunt you down and fillet you now.
     
  13. Alucard77

    Alucard77 Kaon Gladiator Champion

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    It's ok, my wife almost peed herself laughing when she saw the first shelf I did.

    Luckily she was running late from work that day so I picked up my son, cooked dinner and made his meals for the next day. So as soon as she started in, I was like, well maybe you can cut me a break, you can just put up your feet and do nothing today, cause I did it all.

    She felt bad, and did not say anything.

    Moral of the story, if your gonna do this, do something over the top for your wife to shut her yap.
     
  14. Sammael

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    Thanks for the tutorial! I hope I'll have the time to start working on it soon and I'll post the results :) 
     
  15. whoamidri

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    that's really a cool idea and well executed. I hope you won't be offended if I do something similar one day.
     
  16. TFao

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    This should be included as the last step in your tutorial. :thumbs2: 
     
  17. grandizerGo

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    that truly is awesome ..good job man
     
  18. Alucard77

    Alucard77 Kaon Gladiator Champion

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    Looking forward to what you do as well. Hopefully this makes it easy enough to do.

    Not at all, that's why I posted. Just post some pics!

    Haha, yes, anything with spending money or transformers should involve making the wife happy first. A Happy wife is a happy life.

    Thanks for the kind words.
     
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    Very cool. It looks great.



    :lol  nice!
     

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