color me ashamed..
i took forever on my head, and i feel your's is as nice as mine and you did it in 1/10th the time.
sharp, mr. cowen....sharp.
Ok, no more self criticism from you, mister!!!! That chicken head looks bad-ass!!!! I may contradict all that crap talk about not starting my build until I move. This is so inspirational!
I also hated this model initially and favored the ROTJ version as well. I first saw Allan's build when I was sweating my ass off in Iraq in 08' and instantly fell in love with this version. For me it was the lack of information involving this model that kept me from giving it any thought. Little did I know there were these crazy modelers gathering the ingredients all along. Stellar job them guys did!
And, again, AMAZING job to you Guy!
my best quotes for the V2 armatures were between $400 - $500 and this was for a run of 10 (i think)? i busted my hump to get those numbers, everything was at cost (i wasn't out to make any money or get my armature paid by others), and my machinist actually lost money on the project because it ended up being more set-up than he realized.
words of advice:
-look EVERYWHERE for machinists (don't hesitate to drive 4 hours for the machinist).
-SHOTGUN the candidates...call anyone who "smells" like they MIGHT be interested...if they aren't strike up a convo and ask if they know somebody that would.
-be confident in your project. if a vendor feels he's talking to a person who doesn't know wtf they're doing, they won't want to work with you and won't provide a "real" bid
-present a formal RFQ (request for quote) along with the drawing. this not only tells the machinist your serious but spells out with no uncertain language what the project includes and your expectations (i may be able to find my old one if interested).
-you really MUST meet your machinist. after i thinned the herd to 3 candidates, i went and visited their shop. i hate the fact that most projects are won by the lowest bid -- usually quality gets the backseat. when you meet with your machinists you'll realize if working through the project will be easy or not, and if they'll back their product (eg if they cut a piece wrong and need to redo it --- happened to me).
as lee said -- this is a white elephant.
if you want it, you have to work hard to get it. gotta pick up the phone and make lots of calls.
i really would like to see another run occur (doesn't matter where) -- happy to help if needed.
Thanks again guys for the kind words.
Q mate, the difference is you didn't have your build thread as ref when you built yours , my laptop is full of pics of everyones builds and I constantly refer back to them.
Its so weird how just a few mm diff can make a big difference, it was bugging the hell out of me yesterday before I reduced the hero side plate height. It just didn't look right, I only removed 2mm and adjusted the angles on the cut out at the front and it transformed the look. I also work very late at night and have been having on average 5 hrs sleep as its the only decent time I get without distractions
Joe, I dont intend to be self critical its just the way I am, I thinks its cos I haven't actually scratch built that much at all so still cant believe I'm doing it, its also helped by seeing Lee and Julien's work up close. Nothing but perfection is bloody impressive so I guess I bash my own stuff knowing there is a standard thats still to be achieved. Its funny but most of the time when I was working on the head every time I sat back and looked at it I thought if Lee was here he'd be looking at me like, c'mon do that bit again......It really helped.
As for all the work that the team put in on this model, we will only be standing on the shoulders of giants at best mate.
Nearly there with the head, a few bits of hassle to get it where it is but still really chuffed with it.
Looks awesome, dude.
On a side notice .. Guys .. another run will become reality .... It'll just take some time ... my mascinist-friend has to redraw Quincys drawings into 3d, and propably has to recalculate all Allen wrench-sizes into metric standards, instead of imperial .... so at the moment it's pretty hard for him to calculate a pricerange ...
--but it will happen!
A bit off topic but could anyone with a 1/12 BT44B kit ket me know which part has the raised wording on that says Tamiya BT44B? I've seen it in ref but cant see it on any of the scans and sadly dont have the kit myself? Could it be a vintage tooling thing?
That is indeed a fine looking head - good stuff!!
The only raised 'Brabham BT44B' lettering I know of is the back side of each tree where the reference designator is on (c, e, a sprue). Haven't noticed a part with this lettering.
It could be that but seems like a flat plate or similar
Guy thats just the copyright on the inside of the main upper monocoque used for the S1 wings.
Ive got two vintage, and its present, but i cant check a re re as Rich kept hold of mine, i think he had already cut it when he was on the Slave.
Ahh that explains it as I only have a more modern version, Still need a second so may try n bag a vintage one. I hope your not having a break from leg action mate? Get the nose to the grind stone
You turn your head for one minute and look what happens, a bloody Rebel assault!
Just having fun with it, what do ya tink?
Nice! I like the grinded out look on the dish! Might I request an open viewport or two?
BTW, what was that pic you posted of? S1 wing? I have lousy ref on that ship.
Well! Hows Chewie gunna get in if I dont, again this is not the hero head but a fun and very much less serious one.
Hatch opens and closes on magnets.
Wow, nice use of greeblies under the hatch!
Cheers Joe, It does look good if I do say so myself, very non Canon but extremely good fun to make. I am really going to go to Town on this head regarding damage and extra detail. I'm kinda going for the shot through the front of the face and Brains splatted out the back look. Cant wait to start on the brains!
If anyone has a spare Marder cheek gun part I'd be very happy to take it off your hands, swap, sale or charity will do?
Damn, I wish I had silicone and resin...I ran out. I'd make you a copy. But no, sorry, I don't have any extras.
I'm planning to do some molding/casting next week. The Marder cheek gun part is on my list. If something comes along sooner, jump on it as I seem to be pushing things down my schedule lately.
That's awesome Guy. Nice to see you getting creative with the extra head. Really cool!