Author Topic: AMT/ERTL SLAVE 1 (Boba Fett Version)  (Read 8952 times)

April 17, 2012, 03:28:03 PM
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thejurasikfrank

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Hello fellow modellers.
Though I would post a WIP of my entry into my first contest. So here we go:

First off, this is an AMT/ERTL kit.
On this perticular kit, the fit is not very good; lots of seem lines and the two half of the fuselage don't align properly. Nothing that can't be fixed though.
Another thing is the panel lines. On this kit, the panel lines are not recessed, they're like inverted if you will.
The bottom of the ship, the guns and the cockpit are pretty innacurate and lack lot's of details.
Finally, the two sides of the ship are identical. Basically the left side is somewhat accurate but it's repeated on the right side making it completely wrong.
Besides that, the general shape of the ship is pretty good.

All in all, it's exactly my type of built: a real challenge.

The plan (for now):
I'll sand down most of the details on the left side of the fuselage, all the details of the right side of the fuselage and all the panel lines.
Then, scratch build some new details and scribe the panel lines.

Before and after left side


Before and after right side


Skirt sanded and scribed




Top view, bye bye seem lines


Did I mentioned that I'm gonna lit this thing?
yeah, lots of work ahead...

That's is for now.
As usual, comments and suggestions are always welcome

Cheers

What a piece of junk!

April 26, 2012, 04:09:13 PM
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kat69

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Those scribed panel lines are looking fantastic! Much, much better than the original lines. Are you going to pose it in the landed or flying position? The lighting is going to be the icing on the cake for this kit as I have not seen any other Slave 1 kits lit (my apologies to those who have and slipped my radar). I can see that you have completed loads of work already, so I'm looking forward to seeing what else you can do for the kit. Brilliant work so far!

April 27, 2012, 04:44:34 AM
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thejurasikfrank

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Thanks Scott.
The model will be in flight and lit, oooh yeah :D Probably a dio, again, I just never learn  :stupid:
Wow, scribing those panel lines is taking forever!  :twitch:
I did all the straight lines and now, I'm trying to come up with a plan to scribe the curved ones; I got to find something to guide the scriber. I did the straight lines using dymo tape as a guide but this thing won't work for curves. I'm thinking of making myself a template in a thin sheet of styrene and using that but, not sure.... any suggestions anyone.

Updated pictures coming soon, sorry busy busy at work and with family!
Cheers
What a piece of junk!

May 16, 2012, 04:16:49 PM
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Ok, detail reconstruction:






Here's where I'm standing right now:
A few more hours of panel line scribbing ahead and after that I'm attacking the guns... before so I think I'm gonna have to scratchbuilt a more accure base for the guns, never ends :'(
Then, I'll begin assembling the top fuselage to the skirt.
Once that is done, cockpit, then wings (more scratch building there I'm sure).
At some point I'll have to start thinking electronics; planning to light this thing.
As you can see, planning ain't my forte LOL   ;D ;D ;D

Thanks for watching guys, and of course comments and constructive criticism are always welcomed.
Cheers!
What a piece of junk!

May 17, 2012, 02:33:46 AM
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I got this kit yesterday and am a really big fan of the design. Cudos you dont take the FM version but try to super this classic one! Great work by now :)

May 20, 2012, 11:16:54 AM
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The Slave-1 is probably my favourite Star Wars ship. Considering how awesome your Millennium Falcon is shaping up, I'm sure you'll manage something similarly sweet with this!

May 23, 2012, 05:58:16 PM
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Thanks a lot guys!

The following is a copy of what I already posted on another forum, sorry... I feel kidda lazy tonight  :razz:

Ok, here we go!

This is the original detail...  :-X  Looking back at my first panel scribing (top part) is kinda dissapointing. But hey, moving on  ;D


By thejurasikfrank at 2012-05-23

The plan (after a couple of trial and errors):
Easter egg, meet Mr. compass.
Fix one point at the center and turn, and turn and turn....

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...until TADAM!, this happens! :

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then, sand smooth and apply. I actually used milliputty.

By thejurasikfrank at 2012-05-23

filled the holes with milliputty:

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That's it for the general shape. As you can see, I have much more volume now then there was originally. A bit blurry, sorry about that  :P

By thejurasikfrank at 2012-05-23

Last picture of the right side major detail completed.

By thejurasikfrank at 2012-05-23

Thanks for watching guys!
Cheers


What a piece of junk!

May 24, 2012, 12:44:41 AM
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Looking really good frank thats some very nice detailing!
'Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!' ~ Black Dynamite

September 12, 2012, 05:14:26 PM
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Hey guys!
First off, I'd like to apologize for the following post: some of you will probably recognize it from other forums.... time, time, time, so precious and yet so little of you.

I've been extremely busy with all sort of things. My little free time was spent on the slave but I haven't found the energy to actually post any progress, sorry  >:(
But know, I'M BACK BABY!

Ok, cockpit work. I basically used the shape and rough detail of the kit and added on to it ; started by cutting out the lower portion of the command center to incorporated the lower deck. I used the detail of that removed part to build a door at the back. Then I proceeded to scratch build the lower deck (2 seatings, a back wall and some greebles) and a very rudimental console. Using aluminum tubing and brass rods' i scratch built the periscope, got some fiber optics going in there too. However, I don't have any pictures of all this work, only the finished painted product :(.   I should also mentioned that the canopy was HEAVILY sanded, polished and got the Future Floor Acrylic bath treatment with just a bit of brown food coloring to darken it.



Here, you can see the scratch built side detail as well as the gun "bases" and the piping connecting them.




Masking the canopy and, finally,  PRIMER !



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I pre shaded the fuselage a few days ago and started the actual painting job. So far, I've got the underside completed as well as the base color on the top. Lots of various color layers will be going on this kit,especially on the top portion.

More news soon!
Cheers!

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September 12, 2012, 08:23:45 PM
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September 13, 2012, 04:02:32 AM
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September 13, 2012, 10:20:26 AM
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Boba Fett would probably fly this machine! Nice work, keep going.

September 13, 2012, 05:15:44 PM
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thejurasikfrank

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Great - keep it coming!
Thanks Struschie!

Nice!  8)
Thanks Hunter! I'm following that project of your very closely. Makes me want try some kit bashing/scratchbuilding model myself!

Boba Fett would probably fly this machine! Nice work, keep going.
LOL thanks mate!

Ok update:

Underside's base coat: done. Not 100% the way I want it but it'll do the job:


Let there be light !  I scratch built some, ah, texture if you will, inside the reactor cans just to make it somewhat interesting:



Wings and radar dish base color done as well. You can also see my aluminum axel to replace the "I'm-about-to-break-if-you-look-at-me-too-hard" original piece!




This one is of the tail part of the fuselage. Shiny hey ?  Since I assemble pretty much the whole top portion of the ship, I applied a generous coat of Future to protect the paint during manipulation. this will all be toned down with a flay coat of Future when the base coat is completed. I really like the outcome of the masking fluid technique for the chips. Also, if you look carefully on the right side, the paint seems to have cracked a bit in the drying process. Usually, this would mean "star over", but in the context of this beaten up looking ship, it just looks perfect (to me of course). If I only knew how to recreate this "mistake"...


Yippie, umbrol masking fluid ! This stuff reeks man... hey, you kids out there, use proper ventilation or you'll end up just like me ! I masked pretty much the whole skirt of the ship at the exception of where the panel lines are. Then I applied a coat of pinkish-ugly-red and removed the masking fluid. This is for the kinda transparent pink that can be seen on the studio model. Sorry though, no pictures of this process. BUT LOOK WHAT WE HAVE HERE !!! More masking fluid before painting the hull-red (mix of tamiya red, with a few drops of tamiya blue and some tamiya brown, stole the recipe from Michael, SHHHHhhhhhhhhh....



My state of the art spray booth. You can't see it on this picture but I've got an extinguisher right next to the stove... KIDS, where a mask, use a proper spray booth or go paint outside... or just wait for mummy to get out of the house... but still, where a mask !


I'm absolutely thrilled with my color mix !!! Look, it's evenbetter then the real one LOL  ;D.


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Next, removing the making fluid.   Hum, I feel like I might have applied a bit much... oh well, we'll see tomorrow!

As always, comments and positive criticisms are welcomed !
Cheers!



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September 13, 2012, 08:32:59 PM
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I'm glad you're able to do some more on this, that shot with the lit engines looks *awesome*. I like the red too, it'll be interesting to see how it looks with the mask off.

Will

September 14, 2012, 02:20:19 AM
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Nice!  8)
Thanks Hunter! I'm following that project of your very closely. Makes me want try some kit bashing/scratchbuilding model myself!

Cheers frank, with all your skills on show here I think you'd find it a cinch! This is looking really good, that engine and underside are very nice, seems like your making good progress
'Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!' ~ Black Dynamite

September 14, 2012, 08:58:40 PM
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Will, Hunter, thanks guys!

So,we have a reveal, TA-DAM !





Yeah...I know... too much masking fluid  :(
Right away, I knew I had to start over. I remember thinking :"at least the chipping effect is nice..."
So back to masking the dark grey part at the front and the access ramp at the back and out comes the delightful humbrol masking fluid, but this time not so heavy.



And paint. This is about the time I started thinking :"humm... funny, the new layer of red looks, ah, different..."


And indeed, I now have two different shades of red hull. That could actually be interesting but I don't like the new darker red AND STILL TOO MUCH CHIPS !! >:( >:( >:( >:(

A calm and experienced modeler would have probably call it the night. But me? NO WAY. Instead of sleeping on it, I did something very stupid: I decided I was re-doing the whole skirt of the ship. So I grabed my bottle of Isopropyl alcohol, a toothbrush and started removing/destroying the skirts paint job. The positive in all this is that I learned that isopropyl alcohol does not only eat paint, it also eats Future... Guys, my first language is canadian french, there is no possible translation to the words coming out of my mouth at that moment... A BIG FU&?%&* MESS ! sounds like something Mickey Mouse would have said  ;D  My hands where covered with dissolving paint/future mix, so no pictures...

Guess what? step 1, Primer:


At this point, all I hope is that the alcohol didn't eat at the fuselage's paint job under the masking tape... I'm afraid to look...I need a hug   :D

Cheers guys !
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September 15, 2012, 12:58:32 PM
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Oh man, its horrible when stuff like that happens, looks like you've got a handle on it though frank. At least its just the paint job and you didn't drop it or anything!
'Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!' ~ Black Dynamite

September 17, 2012, 06:06:57 PM
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Thanks hunter,
You're right, dropping it would have been 10 times worst!

So where was I ? oh yeah, primer
Next step: pre-shading.



First layer: Tamiya white, deck tan and a touch of cockpit green (I think it was cockpit green... then again, it could have been field green or fancy pants green, I'm not sure anymore, sorry... kids, I won't say it enough: always wear a mask when airbrushing...)



Maskol randomly applied



Second layer, same as first layer but more green in it.


Maskol off. I like the difference in tone of those 2 colors. Unfortunately, the pictures don't look as good as in reality. I noticed that the pre-shading is a bit more apparent that I wanted. But hey, I still got the hull red to do so, I'm not going through the isopropyl nightmare again just for that.


A touch of maskol and some pink; I never got as much attention from my 7 years old daughter...


Then, just a little tiny mini feathery pinch of maskol (who says I don't learn ??)  :P  And HULL RED BABY !!!

15 minutes after painting, I had to take some maskol off... is this a mental condition: doing something you know could ruin hours of work just because you NEED to know if it works ?


Maskol off








That was a long ride ! ;D
I got to be honest, I like the colors but I'm not 100% satisfied with the red-to-lightgrey balance as well as the "natural" (hey, we're talking about a space ship here) look of the chips. I used a different brand of maskol this time: pebeo water based masking fluid. It's much more watery then the humbrol and it goes on... grey... so I had a hard time seeing what I was doing 
After sleeping on it (no isopropyl alcohol this time) I decided that, since I'm planning on applying a few filters as well as weathering it the Star Wars way, it was close enough to where I want it. So I STRIPPED EVERYTHING AGAIN !!!!


just kidding  :razz:

Moving on to the next step: the fenders.

As always, I feel privileged to have comments form such talented modelers as yourselves!
So Cheers all!
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September 17, 2012, 10:03:32 PM
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That is some damn fine chipping, good sir.

September 19, 2012, 10:49:18 AM
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Cool dude, and way to keep calm during a crisis frank, aside from turning the air blue!  :D
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