Here I will post how to make the Beacon Academy along with its files and how I made it as well.
(Files will be posted near the bottom if you want them quickly)
How it was done
To start, the hardest part of the whole project was finding a way to measure distance on a screen. Its easier said than done because you have to worry about the depth of something. If the two objects are in two different depths, you would have to guess the error. It took me a while to finally find the perfect screen that unlocked the key to find every other distance. With this I can safely say that my model is fairly accurate to the academy. The only error that I can't account for is the animation team not keeping things scaled with each other with each scene, but I think they did a good job, especially now that I had to observe many different pictures of the academy.
Here is the screen that made this all possible
This is the ruler I downloaded to measure things accurately on screen,
I used the length of the road that Weiss is standing on with inches of my screen as its unit, along with the height of Weiss with inches on my screen as its unit, and the given height of Weiss being 5'3'' in heels. With these 3 known values, I used cross multiplication to find the unknown, how wide the walkway was in feet. From there, I was able to get everything else, building off of the bridge that I now know the width of. I had to use many other screens to get all other parts of the model, but you get the idea. It was similar to completing a jigsaw puzzle. You start from the corner, in this case the road, and build off from there.
Also, in case you want to see the math I used to ensure that everything is fairly accurate
That's not even all of it, and some of those were front and back, all the math was mostly just using cross-multiplication with 1 unknown
Here is also scrap work I've had to do in the CAD software, also not all of it as this portion was a lot of experimentation on how to make the arches
I haven't decided if I will post all of the scrap work on future posts, however I thought it was a good idea on my first post to prove that I did it, and that it is accurate to what I'm creating.
Here is what it looks like in the CAD software up close
And here it what it looked like in real life (The engravings in the buildings don't show up here that well due to the camera, but believe me they are there)
Also, according to my calculations, one inch in real life is about 35.5ft in RWBY! This makes the whole courtyard about 533ft x 649ft!
You can compare mine to this picture
The whole project to roughly 50 hours to create, but part of that was me experimenting with the 3D aspect of the software.
How YOU can make one
Here is a list of things you will need to create Beacon Academy
1. Some kind of adhesive (I used a hot glue gun, tape won't work and I don't think normal glue will hold up too well either)
2. Some way to 3D print the parts (I went to my local library, try theirs if you don't have a printer. Also, you may have one at your university if you go to one, as Stony Brook University has one, although the printers may be too small for some of the parts)
3. A green board to put the finished model on
3 1/2. You may need some sort of file as printing something always comes with errors. So if something has a tight fit, just file it a bit until it can fit. No need for a serious file, just something that can grind plastic.
The rest of the materials are more or less bonus
4. blue fabric (the more it looks like water the better)
5. small model trees and/or red paint if you can't find a red model tree
6. I didn't use one, but if you can find a green fabric that looks like grass that would look good, along with some bushes and trees
7. If you courageous enough, you can try to paint the parts that aren't white, but I personally think it looks better all white. If one of you wants to prove me wrong, send me a picture of your painted version!
There may be a lot of small parts, they are mostly just the top to the towers and the surrounding arches. It should be relatively easy to tell which one goes on which as they are all different sizes. The only thing you should know is that all of the tops on the surrounding arches are the same EXCEPT the ones closest to the front of the model, those are a bit taller, and they all go where the arches and a bit thicker. You will see what I mean if you print the parts.
Here are all the files (The first file is not mandatory, if it doesn't work don't worry about it, as they are separated into printable parts later on.)
These files are set so the build will be 15in by roughly 18.27in. If you want it smaller it will require you to resize every part the same amount in the printer. Just beware, if you make it too small, some details won't show up, or be printable at all!
Instructions: (Don't worry if you mess up any of these steps, hot glue can be taken off with your finger nail. Take as many tries as you please, I sure did!)
To put the build together, it will require to cut the green board into a shape that is at least 15in x 18.27in. I made a rectangle, but an oval can work as well as long as two of the sides are flat. Then you will need to measure the middle of one side along the edge. This is where you will glue the larger building. Then glue the other building in front of that one. From here you can glue the larger arches so the end of it is parallel to the bigger building, and connect the other half of the arches.
Once the framework is set, glue all of the walkway together, but not on the board yet. This is because you will need to cut your blue fabric to go under this walkway without it peeking over. Once this is done, glue the fabric to the bottom of the walkway (I used double sided tape as its cleaner, but glue should work fine). Lastly for this step, position the walkway as I have and glue it down.
This can be done anytime, but now you should start gluing the tops to all the towers, along with connecting the 3 towers for the back. You can also glue the tops to the arches as well. Then put the small arches into the floor with the holes in them. If it doesn't want to fit, just file it slightly.
For the last step, glue all the towers into there correct places, along with the smaller arches, and the model trees to there locations and your done!
If you have any questions or remarks, please don't be afraid to write in the comments or email me on an alternate email I made email@example.com
I didn't know anything about 3D printing before this, so don't worry if you have no idea what your doing. If you are using a public 3D printer and they even ask you what settings you want on the 3D printer, assuming you don't own one yourself, just say "No raft" and "Supports". Note that not all of these require supports but if a part doesn't need supports it won't get any even if the setting is on, so it doesn't matter, but I did label the files. Also, if the patterns on the main buildings are not showing up when 3D printed, try to set the printer settings to be more fine and precise. The rest of the parts don't require a fine setting, but it doesn't hurt to do the best you can.
The whole print will take more than 24 hours, especially since there are so many different parts. You can look at my pictures to put it together or try to do it without looking to test your abilities on your knowledge of the building.
If anyone has other ideas of what I or other people can make, please write it in the comments. I would love to create something you guys think up!
Also, some of you may have noticed that I don't have the statue of the hunter and the huntress that has been shown multiple times, which would be placed in front of the main door. The reason for this is because making a human-like structure in the CAD software is extremely difficult, along with the fact that they would be very small to print. If any of YOU can make this, I would love to see it and add it to mine! I will credit you on the next post if you wish.
PS: I have to thank the library I went that 3D printed all the parts, one of them also gave me a friendly note that I still have. Thankyou!