Man - that is really cool. Something to be proud of for sure.
Wow - Art and Kristen are real Pros.
OK yesterday I managed to tack down the portions of the inner dish that were lifting (and throwing off the scale look).
it was a bit tricky getting glue in there. I taped off the surface, and placed a bit of CA on a very thin strip of styrene, and slid it under the lifting edge.
In doing so, I learned that there were two or three other areas along the circumference of this inner dish that were likewise lifting. Got it all tacked down now.
Also, I am up to five corrected styrene detail pieces. Enough that I can begin to see the overall relief of the dish begin to diminish, which is good!
I'll post pics later, but my photo posting will slow down. PC has a minor issue in that I must do a cold boot to get the SD card reader to read. After a single download off the SD card, I have to reboot again to down load again.
Last edited by PHArchivist; Mar 9, 2011 at 5:58 PM.
Wow, "Look at the size of that thing!"
That painful labor of love surely paid off. It looks miles-wide in the photo - just how an X-wing pilot sees it in space - and not at all just a ball inside the garage. Really it looks gigantic. Majestic. Incredible work.
Totally agree..............that shot in the garage where it's way in the background......takes my breath away. I simply cannot wait to see this thing with windows lit.........LOL.
Last edited by vaderdarth; Mar 9, 2011 at 11:26 AM.
That is looking good, Rob!
Here's yesterday's progress.
You can see the lifting area I glued down, but the angles are different so the "after" photo isn't quite as clear.
In the thrid photo, look at the detail pieces at 11:00. You can see where I sanded them down (compared to the others close by).
Last edited by PHArchivist; Mar 10, 2011 at 10:44 PM.
Wow, that does look better. Very nice!!!
Here is a closer look at the strips I flattened out a bit...
Flattening them sure does make the details look huge.......LOL. Whoda thunk?
I agree. Definitely better and the subtly masks the size.
Thanks Art... And with your understanding of focus, depth of field, lighting, and shadows, you can see what a difference this will make in the end.
You've probably heard this a lot, but you have done a spectacular job on this build. The paint job and graphite lines look spot on.
That has to be the best model build on here...ever, great pics, makes it look huuuuuge.
Yeah, that's better!
And I'm also hoping/thinking that flattening out the relief of the dish, it will enhance the appearance of concavity and depth.
Got three more dish detail pieces done today, and about 10% more on the finessing.
Surface texture finessing should be done in one week.
Then unless I can find something else to bog me down, on to lights.
Not lights, holes, you'll be making holes.
Unless of course you are installing a buttload of grain-o-wheat bulbs, a huge heat sink and a fire extinguisher.
Amazing craftsmanship, can't wait to see the light switch flicked on!
I have add some blur and some noise to make it look like a screen cap. Please GINO, add your green laser
Looks great KaanE!
Moderately good progress today, but more importantly - reached some significant milestons.
I completed the finessing of the grain / texture / speckling on the lower dome, leaving only about 20% of the left half of the upper.
Also, I got over a hump in that I fixed a major blemish where one of the attachment screw plugs was just a mess.
Finally, I got two more detail pieces on the dish flattened,. I think the dish overall is looking better...
Last edited by PHArchivist; Mar 13, 2011 at 9:21 PM.
You know - one of the most fun things about this project is learning more and more about the original.
To this day, after nearly two and a half years, I am still finding new information and details about the original.
Look at the light grey block in the lower right. The first image is a rare shot of the right side of the dish, in decent lighting. I came across it a few months back, but I think it was originally published in 2008.
In mine (same crop), you can see I havn't added the detail lines. Can't wait to do it!