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December 28, 2011, 12:09:10 PM
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thejurasikfrank

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Hi,
Ok, this is it, first time posting a model build log. Other then my charming (and very patient) spouse, you guys will be the first to take a look upon my work. I’m not 6 years old so please fell free to criticise, but not too brutally ; confidence is slow to built…  If I see this through, this will be a DIO of the Millenium Falcon as seen for the first time in New Hope (Star Wars for the purists) in docking bay 94 on Tatoine. However, the ship will be lit like in Empire (flood lights "on").
This is my first build ever and I have to say, the different techniques and all the available tips and info found on this site is fantastic. 
Enough blah blah blah ….
Here we go:
What a piece of Junk  :sick: :sick: I have to be honest, when I opened the box, I was amazed at the detail on the kit… yeah, I know better now. Nevertheless, I think this kit is perfect for someone who wants to try mods.
 


Battle damage : First experience with a dremmel ! This is addictive  :twitch:. Showing here the principal scars on top and lower dish. Following the 1/72 finemolds tutorial by Sleepylafayel, I also added scratches here and there.
 


No effort was made by AMT/ERTL for the cockpit ; it is inexistant. No dashboard, no back or side pannels, ah, actually, there is a clear back panel with a submarine door of some sort… ugly. So I customize my own cockpit. Butchered the original keeping only the floor (which I lowered), pilot and navigator chairs and middle console. I built a first console out of styrene but hated it so made a second one. The picture showing to whole cockpit is with the first console. The second cockpit is also made out of styrene and guitar strings were used to create the controls. Then I made a new back panel with door out of styrene (door is way to big but hey, it’s my first time). Using photoshop I created a « cockpitlike » series of dots to mimic the back wall of the falcon. Printed the whole thing on photo quality paper and sticked it on the back and side walls. Pierce holes all over the place, wired up some fiber optics and voilà ! I now find the final result is poor but I’m progressing a lot through this project so everything I do could be redone better. I want to see the end of it so I have to let some things go.





I pierced holes in the lower dish for flood lights and flight lights. Then tubing were glued on top of these holes so I can place the LEDs and give them a « flood » feel if you will. The flight lights will be fiber optics.
Painted the whole interior in black to avoid light bleed. I pierce holes for fiber optics in the landing gear as well just to get a bit of light from them. I need a few LEDs inside to power my fiber optics.
My thechnique goes as follow : I cut some aluminum tubing according to the diameter of the led to be used. LEDs must fit inside the tubing. The lenght of the tubing goes anywhere between ½ inch to 2 inches depending on the situation. The longer you have, the more control on the orientation of the fiber optics towards the light you have. Then I put a piece of heat shrink tube at the end of the aluminum tube. I leave about ½ inch of heat shrink off the aluminum tubing so that when I heat it, the heat shrink fits tight on the aluminum tube leaving ½ inch free on wich I can fit the LED. Wow, I don’t know if that makes any sense to you guys, hopefully it does…. Ok pictures.




Oh, btw, the engine grill was custom made out of styrene. 6 blue LEDs power it up. The inside of the box is covered in aluminum paper for reflection and a mesh of moskito screen and an industrial neon light diffusors were placed on the inside side of the grill to help diffuse the light and to give it a cool look !
Next, I’m planning to have the acces ramp down so we can take a peep inside. So you can expect some more scratch building in my next post.
Cheers all !
What a piece of junk!

December 28, 2011, 12:11:00 PM
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thejurasikfrank

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The light test pictures I forgot to post:







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December 28, 2011, 03:24:07 PM
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Quite an ambitious first project, with all the fiber optics rigging and such. Looking forward to seeing this work.

The battle damage looks good (though definitely don't add more, or it'll look overdone I think), and the scratchbuilt cockpit looks great too, especially with the lights!

December 28, 2011, 08:54:36 PM
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Thanks,
Yup it's ambitious and maybe a bit more then I can take but I fine that for me, its the best way to progress rapidly.
I've got a few other models waiting on the shelf (I'm clearly addicted now) but I promised myself I would finish this one before starting something else.
Thanks again and Cheers!
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January 08, 2012, 11:52:20 AM
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I got a dremel for 8 bucks and I could not believe it. I went around looking for stuff to dremel. I know someone else recently did a MF with some LED/fiber optic work, so if you need help you could check out his WIP. Can't wait to see the turnout.

January 08, 2012, 10:42:39 PM
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Nice  8)
Love the floodlight/garage look. That will really look sweet on the detail of your dio. Always love to see another SW build. I know how fun they can be.
Good on ya for going in at the deep end. Fortune favors the brave  :D   
PS. A word of caution. Respect the Dremmel. It's possible to ruin a lot with too much damage etc.
It will show you who is boss if you are not careful and get carried away.  ;)
I learned the hard way  ^_^

Cheers man. Good luck. Looks awesome so far.
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January 16, 2012, 10:18:22 AM
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Nice  8)
PS. A word of caution. Respect the Dremmel. It's possible to ruin a lot with too much damage etc.
It will show you who is boss if you are not careful and get carried away.  ;)

... too late LOL.
No, it's a bit much but not not so bad.
Thanks for the support!
Should be posting some progress soon.
Cheers
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January 21, 2012, 02:18:32 PM
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thejurasikfrank

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I know you were all waiting for it, I present to you my first skratchbuil hallway and access ramp. TADAM !





I know, I know, breathtaking isn't it.... :sick: Let's put it this way, I'm not having any beginers luck.
So it's back to the work bench.


Cut some squares out of styrene.




Butchered some plummer's piping (I think it's ABS) to match the shape of the MF's corridor and glued the styrene squares with 2 part epoxy.


Access ramp corridor. Styrene and sprues were used to create the shape. Not perfect. I could have use some putty to fix some mistakes but I have to keep in mind that we won't be able to see much of this once the ship is on the ground.


Primed.



Painted and weathered.


In context, sorry for the quality of the pictures.



Fiber optics.

Close up of my "tube" technique.


Engine grill. Really not satisfied with it with regards with the "cleanlyness". I have to let it go though, it's secured in place with 2 parts epoxy and I got to move on. The lighting effect is pretty cool.

Finally got loose of the 2x 9volts battery and wired up the falcon on an 18 volts AC adapter. One of my led array started flashing... either a loose connection or wrong resistor. I'll just redo that array (4 leds and 1 resistor so no big deal).

Next up, ahhh, I don't know yet.
Probably some nice lit pictures.
Cheers all!




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January 21, 2012, 05:16:53 PM
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You keep being awfully hard on yourself :P

That access ramp interior looks good to me!

January 23, 2012, 05:48:32 PM
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Thanks shark!

Ok, fixed the flashing led array problem: wrong resistor.
I finally have all leds running from my 18v ac adaptor. All I need to complete (electronicwise) before sealing is the gun turret.
Is the "freaking out" process normal before sealing a kit? I'm doing tests after test after tests to make sure everything is working and it is, still the thought of glueing everything together freaks me out ! :twitch: 
Ok enough insecurity, pictures of the lighting test:


Fllod lights and flight lights





Cockpit. Unfortunatly you can't see the flashing leds...




Just noticed that I'm missing the "duck your head" lights above the access ramp. Pine vise, a bit of fiber optic and it's a done thing.




Here you can see the effect of the fiber optics in the landing docks; much more subtle than a direct led.







I can wait for the weathering process  :D 
I did apply a filter (dark mud and a touch of german ochre) to "fine tune" my base coat.
Thanks for watching guys,
Cheers
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January 24, 2012, 02:40:35 AM
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Thats an amazing lighting job you've done, great work!

And I think with lighting on that scale a little "freaking out" before sealing is totally understandable!  :D

Looking forward to seeing the painting stage
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January 24, 2012, 03:09:33 AM
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The lights in the cockpit look awesome, totally adds some life to the kit. All the lights look good actually, I think you're ready to seal it all up :)

January 24, 2012, 06:45:56 AM
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Loving this build! I just got back to Fichtenfoo and the first post I read about is a Millenium Falcon dio with lights! It doesn't get much better :drool:
Your definately very hard on yourself. I was to start with but the guys on this forum settled me down a bit so now I can enjoy modeling a whole lot more, rather than beat myself up after every modeling session. Your doing great work so far and I'll tuned to this wip. Keep up the great work! :yeah:
Scott.

January 25, 2012, 05:21:06 PM
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Yeah dude, you are pretty rough on you. Modeling is good for stress, you gotta go zen.  ^_^
This looks awesome. Like it's parked in a warehouse outside the cantina  :D

Love the hallway and wall detail. The cockpit lights are pretty sweet too, really nice touch.
If you aren't afraid to seal your kit, then you are way too good to be modeling  ^_^  You should always be scared you left something out so you never actually do   :-)
Keep up the wip, it's good.

Cheers man.
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January 27, 2012, 09:11:53 PM
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you do really clean work, amazin

January 28, 2012, 05:30:37 AM
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Wow, very impressive. Love what you did with the interiors and the lightning should really highlight your work!

January 28, 2012, 01:34:40 PM
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Positive comments coming from guys who make such amazing builds feels good to read.
Thanks a lot.

Yesterday I put in the gun turret (scratch built). This is acually the first thing I ever scratchbuilt.



From inside...



This one is from some battle damage I made out of styrene and guitar strings.



Still have one thing to do before sealing: adjusting the top dish fit with the scratch built engine grill...  I got about 4 to 5 mm to fill. Tomorrow!

Thanks again.
As always, Cheers!
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February 06, 2012, 10:28:54 PM
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February 07, 2012, 02:42:16 AM
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I got some sand for you today. After a week long heat wave and then two days of storms, the ground had dried out enough for me to put the sand through a sift. I'll send it in the next couple of days.
Scott.

February 07, 2012, 08:12:18 AM
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Thanks Grail. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

Can't wait to start on that base. Thanks Scott!

Quick question guys: I painted the gun turret canopy and sealed it with FFA. I read the whole article about FFA and besides not thinning the FFA, I did everything as close as possible to the guide lines provided in the article. The FFA coat on the painted part is flawless but, for some reason, the clear part looks blurry now. I've got a bit of the orange-peel problem it seams... Don't know if it's revelent but I used a flattened FFA mix.

1- Any idea why I ended up with that problem ?
2- Any pointer on how to solve that problem (besides stripping everything and starting over  :yucky:) ? 

Cheers!
What a piece of junk!