The third and final stage of our final project for the semester (the site model) consisted of its physical construction. I chose to construct the model out of a variety of materials, some of which worked better than others. The base was to be high-density Styrofoam, as my original plan was to use the milling machine located in the fabrication shop to construct it. However, at that point I did not fully understand what the machine could be used for, and learned quickly that the ground for my model was not suitable. This meant it had to be constructed by hand, which was certainly less than desirable as it tends to flake and tear easily, and it will dull your blade extremely quickly (lots of joint compound was used to fill in the cracks). The upper pieces were constructed using a mixture of cold press (a form of high-density task board, which is in itself essentially high-density cardboard) and basswood. Utilizing the laser cutter also located in the fabrication shop allowed for much quicker construction of the model.
The model quickly became a much larger project than I had originally anticipated, mainly due to the absolutely massive quantity of parts (a rough calculation brought it to over 50 parts, each consisting of at least 4-8 pieces of material). These parts not only had to be constructed, but also painted, utilizing the same color scheme from our previous joints. The model was constructed over the course of multiple weeks, but unfortunately I was still unable to finish it in its entirety, although enough of it was completed to properly illustrate the concepts behind it.