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Borg Cube

Postby heiowge » Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:06 am

Ok.  Here's my working guide.  Hopefully if I muck it up, you can see it before you do it.  I take no responsibility for anything daft, painful, dangerous or fatal that you do following me.

Step 1.  Take 1 surplus cube

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b119/heiowge/1RedWhiteGreen.jpg[/IMG]

Step 2.  Peel off the stickers (I used a scalpel)

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b119/heiowge/BorgCubePtII.jpg[/IMG]

Step 3.  Clean all the glue off (I used nail polish remover and cotton buds).

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b119/heiowge/BorgCubePtIII.jpg[/IMG]

If you do it my way, be careful.  The solvent disolves cubes.  Don't use a lot and not much force.  Steer clear of the cracks between cubes.
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Re: Borg Cube

Postby heiowge » Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:14 am

For the next bit, I'm gonna glue on bits of 'plasticard' and plastic tubing.  I'm using 0.02 inch thick Sheet Styrene (from evergreen scale models) as well as their strip styrene 210 and 220 (0.03 and 0.035 inch diameter solid round strips.  I'd have bought the same thickness, but they only had a pack of each.  There are 10 strips in each pack and 3 sheets in the other.

I'm also using precision poly cement (the runny stuff that has a thin pipe to dispense it, not the thick gluey stuff.

If you want it to be like a picture cube, the centres can be anything.  If you want it solved without having to muck about rotating the centres, make sure they are placed correctly and have full rotational symmetry (order 4 - like a square, not a rectangle or rhombus).  I'll post some when I have done some.
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Re: Borg Cube

Postby heiowge » Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:22 am

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b119/heiowge/BorgCubeEquipment.jpg[/IMG]

This shows the equipment for the next bit.
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Re: Borg Cube

Postby heiowge » Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:00 am

The piping was bent by waving the piping briefly over a candle and bending it.  When it made the shape I wanted, I blew on it to cool it.

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b119/heiowge/BorgCubePtIV.jpg[/IMG]

I decided to make it so that it didn't matter about the orientation.  I'll just paint the flat bits in colour when it's finished.  I'm not the best artist, so I just cut out shapes and glue them on.  Symmetry isn't as important as interresting.  When finished, I'll paint it all in dull silvery tones, so don't worry about the white. of the plastic not matching.
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Re: Borg Cube

Postby heiowge » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:15 am

For this bit, I'm gluing some piping round a corner.  First I glued it to the top, then wafted it near a candle to make it more pliable.  No-one smokes here, but if we did, a lighter might be easier.

When it bent, I just decided how long I wanted it and clipped it off.  I then glued it to the squares it touched (again being careful not to get it in the gaps)

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b119/heiowge/BorgCubePtV.jpg[/IMG]

Then when it was a bit drier, I clipped off the bit in the way with a scalpel.

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b119/heiowge/BorgCubePtVI.jpg[/IMG]
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Re: Borg Cube

Postby Embracetoday » Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:20 pm

I'm excited it looks like it's coming along pretty nicely!
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Re: Borg Cube

Postby heiowge » Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:26 pm

Had a PM asking me about the borg cube.  As I have already explained about it, here's the link to the forum where I did it for those who need to know:

http://www.rubiks.com/Home/Forum/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=10439
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Re: Borg Cube

Postby heiowge » Wed Aug 20, 2008 2:17 am

Ok.  Heres the next one.  Gonna let it set for a while before I do more.  I try to put several flat areas on the cube.  I'll paint these in colours later so my cube has a definite finished feel.  You could leave them silver after painting if you want.  To make them, I just went wild on some plasticard with scissors and scalpel and then glued them on.  If there was leftover bits, I see if I can use them elsewhere.

Here's the pic (sorry for low res, wife's got the good camera and she's out.)

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b119/heiowge/BorgCubePtVII.jpg[/IMG]
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Re: Borg Cube

Postby upgrade » Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:26 am

Coming along nicely
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Re: Borg Cube

Postby heiowge » Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:13 am

Got hold of my mate who got the original Borg cube.  I asked him to send me some pics.  Here they are.  Note that my finished cube will also have plates picked out in colour so there is a finished solution.  Purists will leave it looking like the one below though.

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b119/heiowge/BorgCubeoldI.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b119/heiowge/BorgCubeoldII.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b119/heiowge/BorgCubeoldIII.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b119/heiowge/BorgCubeoldIV.jpg[/IMG]
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