It's quite good! I agree that the metal could use some more distressing in spots, but that's a minor detail. What does it say on that cover plate?
If you want to package it up and send it to me I can make sure it gets into the next asset update.
It's a bulky, decorative font (but I seem to like the obtuse style) it just says service. Pretty much a hatch label for when it gets worked on, and just an interesting detail I added in at the last moment. There's the rear output adjuster lug, very similar to the ones seen on both sides on the top of the arc transformer. Without adding company names or linking these devices to any specific person/organization I'm getting a certain kind of technical standard set in stone. I'll be going through some stuff to see what I can finalize but I'll send it to you when ready.
Besides staple features I've added (like the adjustment lug bolts) I'm really trying to keep in that production mindset. Things like...
-No stamped steel, use bulkier iron casts instead.
-No welding. A bit obvious but sometimes easier to overlook. Add bolts or rivets instead. Also makes for easy UV seams that way.
-No membrane or condensed buttons. This is more of an aesthetic feature to realize, but resorting to analog switches and levers instead.
-No easy access for servicing. Nearly all these machines were based from cast iron molds of some kind and were built that way to last. They have access points but lack the ingenuity of quick pull apart panels and instead use bolt in designs (sometimes many bolts).
-Look for ways to pull apart the internals to external locals for a more elaborate design. Makes for a more complex model but also lends to the fact of a breaking age technology, still progressing.
-Keep it dangerous. I really try and think through the functions of how these all work mechanically. But in this world we don't have OSHA or any kinds of organizations concerned for safety.
Therefore stuff is designed for a purpose but is kept in mind to be handled by a trained technician, in order to be handled without killing oneself.
Just thought I'd share that. It's some of the core principals I try and go through when starting a new mesh but what I rely on to work for TDM electrical.
Edited by Epifire, 08 January 2016 - 01:08 PM.