I bet you turn your own toothpicks right?
I bet you turn your own toothpicks right?
Mad, mad, mad skills.
Just the amount of time and effort for the smallest of pieces, be it research or manufacture is truely inspiring.
May i ask what you do for a job because if you are not a craftsman of some description, you definately should be my friend, as i said in the beginning, MAD, MAD Skills.
Also, are you taking molds of the sub assemblies, so in the future you can complete the whole squadron?
A full set of Red squadron X-Wings would look awesome together.
Keep up the astounding progress.
The Nylon Gag
Hi NAZGŪL, Talkierg, Ryder and omes72.
Many thanks for your kind words and support. I'm very glad you like my work.
You can be sure. The pleasure of building a model, making all the necessary parts by yourself, isn't comparable to that of building a commercial kit. The work is long, but the satisfaction is worth it.
Of course. I always carry my mini lathe in my pocket.
Many thanks. You're very gentle.
My "official" job is graphic designer, but I'm much happier building models.
I have the intention to make all the molds needed to build more than one model. Are being too many months and I think it's worth to get more out of all this work and to have the possibility to make several models.
Currently working on the wings, but I postponed the work when I realized I need an astromech droid.
These astro-droids are getting quite out of hand.
New updates coming soon
Well, here is finally my R2 unit.
This little b*st*rd has taken me quite a lot of hours to complete, but now I'm satisfied with the outcome.
First I started thermoforming a sheet of styrene, using as master a marble attached to a tube. I must say I don't have a vacuum forming machine, but I manage to build a simple rigid cardboard frame that holds the styrene plate. Then I heat up the styrene in the oven in my kitchen and then I press it down over the master, with the help of some pipe or container having a mouth diameter similar to that I need.
In my first attempt I wanted to go too fast and didn't take good references from the proportions of the R2 head, so that first head only helped me to practice the detailing work, and this first attempt was tried, convicted and sentenced to beheading.
A second head was the final, and I spent many hours carefully scribing all the panel lines and creating all the details to give life to my astro-droid. Hope you like.
Thanks for looking.
You are a mad Genius!
You can almost hear the little fella beeping,
I hate you!... but in a good way!
Unreal Rafa!. Best small scale Astromech Iv'e ever seen IMO.
To get all the details & scribing looking so good is no mean feat, but you have pulled it off & some!.
Good idea taking molds off your parts Rafa, you can build a whole squadron at your leisure then.
Amazing work. You did a phenomenal job on the R2 unit. I can see how much time has to be invested in a project like this, and it will be well worth it once your build is finished.
Thank you very much for your kind words.
Your support gives me strength to continue this project, trying to do my best.
My work on the wings going very well, but I must stop progress because all next week I will be away from home. Resting in the countryside with cows, goats ... and without even a bit of styrene in my hands.
My next update will be later this month.
I assailed by doubts: Should I carve a 1/24 Kenny Baker to put him into my R2-D2?
Man this stuff is crazy :o Rivals some of the best 40mm scale figures I've seen and it's just small details for an x-wing!
Amazing work on the Astro.....there arent many that would even contemplate that here, just to pop a resin one in.......really stunning!
Amazing... R2 is top notch!
Agreed! The R2 unit is amazing!
Hi Dao2, ralphee, NAZGŪL and Deadmike.
I'm so glad you like my R2. It took many hours, but it was worth it.
Thank you very much for your support.
With some delay, but the update is here as promised.
The truth is I've been very busy constructing the wings of my model, a process that I found it fascinating, rewarding and fun.
Picture 1 - The first thing I built were the panels detailing the walls of the wells of the motors: 4 wells / 8 walls / 16 pieces each panel = 128 bits of styrene.
Picture 2 - The construction of the wings and the boxes that house the engines were previously planned using the 3D application Google SketchUp. From this preplanning I got all the parts needed to be cut from 1 mm. sheet styrene. In this picture you can see all the pieces already cut and still retaining the printed paper that serves me as cutting, paneling and detailing guide. (Yes, a lot of pieces and a lot of work to cut them one by one).
Picture 3 - In this first version, my purpose is to construct the wings at "hero" style, leaving the internal openings of the wings without walls, so I plan the construction including internal reinforcements to make the wings more resistant, but taking good care that these reinforcements were not visible once assembled all the pieces.
Picture 4 - I have to confess that I made a mistake by cutting the top and bottom main surfaces of the wings in 1 mm styrene. Once a first trial was done, I found that these pieces were too thin, and that really should have a thickness of 1.5 mm.
To correct this error I glued pieces of 0.5 mm thick by the inner part of the apertures (A), in the inner central area of the other half of the wings (B) and on the inner side of the walls of the rear trenches of the wings (C).
Picture 5 - Once fully assembled the wings, the repair is not seen at all and the result is optimal.
Despite wanting to build a "hero" style wings, I took the liberty of placing an inner wall on the side of the openings that goes closest to the fuselage of the ship. The truth is that I prefer the trapezoidal piece rests on a background wall, and not that this gap remains empty (I hope purists can forgive me).
Picture 6 - The construction of the boxes of the engines was very good and I didn't find any problems. In this picture you can see that I checked that interior detailing parts and motors fit properly into the socket.
Picture 7 - This is how the union of the wings and engines boxes will be, with only a small union line easy to eliminate with putty.
Picture 8 - The small relief panels that complete the detailing on the main surfaces of the wings are different in each of them, and I carefully copied it from the reference images of the RED-3 model availables on the website "modelermagic.com ".
I drew and numbered all these little panels and them cut on 0.4 mm styrene. To accurately place them in their proper places, before removing the printed paper I punched the corners of every detail on the surfaces of the wings. If you look good in the picture you can see these marks made with the punch inside the openings of the wing.
Picture 9 - The four wings already completed by its inner side.
Thanks for looking.
Takes the breath away! Clinical styrene surgery Raf, really amazing work!
Top notch work Mosa, that's really impressive !
Actually, only the outer panel of the wing was 1.5 mm on the hero (plexi) while the inner wing was 1 mm (styrene), it's not noticeable though !
So very, very nice! That styrene work is first class man!
Hi ralpheee, MonsieurTox and NAZGŪL.
Thanks so much for your kind words. I love working with styrene.
I've restudied more closely the reference images and, of course, you're absolutely right: 1.5 mm outer panel and 1 mm inner panel.
Oh God! it kills me! but now it's too late to correct it and I'll have to live with it.
I'll keep that in mind when I build the new wings "Pyro" style to copy in resin.
Thank you very much for the warning.
IMO it will look ok, so dont let it botter you to much.
Yes that's not important ! I found that the tickness is the hardest thing to figure out when replicating something !
Yeah, the ST is the same in some case. It looks one way in many pics, and you think you are sure. Then in one pic you see they angled the edge making it look thicker...
Yeah :/ The worst area of the ROTJ AT-ST is the thickness of the head panels, it's not even since it's a casting :/
Yeah, those were the ones I was thinking of.
Well, once put aside the unfortunate affair of the thickness of the wing surfaces (), I've finished placing the details in relief of the outer surfaces of the wings.
I've also placed the pieces of the wing tips.
I hope not to be wrong again, but I've observed very closely the reference images and I've come to the conclusion that these pieces have a thickness of 1 mm.
I also observed that these parts are not centered vertically but appear to rest on the inner side of the inner surface of the wings. This means that the tips of the wings should stick leaving 1 mm. margin with respect to the inner edge of the wing.
I hope I did the right thing but, in this case, there would be no problem to fix.
Thanks for looking.