It does exactly match the 5' Falcon panels but am almost positive it is Boxcar Brown. I am going to have to check the jar of paint at home... but whatever I've got was a dead on match. I know it really does look sort of red/brown both on-screen and in flash photography. When I saw it in person I remember thinking that it looked -just- brown. Compare Yoda's shirt to the remote in this picture.
Photo has not been color adjusted or retouched, only cropped.
I used just plain old Testor's Rust...
Very nice. Well done matching the finish on the grey panels as well. IIRC one of my first paint comparisons was with Testors acrylic rust. And it was very very close. I'll see if I can find my old research. Got the camera tonight... so stay tuned.
Its one of Franks reject casts. Took verly little to bring it back to shape. Very fun build. Note the pencil markings you mentioned in this thread!
I did a scratch-build YEARS ago, roughly about the same time Frank did his. He even saw it at a local prop party and, of course, had to mention how his was bigger! Mine was made from a Michael's ball, and not the true Plastruct. My original scratch-build is in pieces now as I robbed the wheels from it to complete the cast version.
I would love to see any photos of that thing before you took it apart. Did you wind up sourcing 8 of the Panther?
So maybe there is a tinge of red in there... as there should be. This is a great reason to write down all of your research and keep it in one place. The color match for the remote and Falcon panels is Floquil Freight Car Brown. The label in the picture reads 110175 SO. FREIGHT CAR BRN. The one next to it is Testors Rust.
EDIT: Fixed it.
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Here is that 2 part mold I accidentally made way back when.
These two duplicates were the only good casts I got from that one... but theres a bag of one part versions... somewhere.
Here is the best of what I will no longer be using:
This way my first ever attempt at making a mold with rtv rubber and casting in resin. In hindsight, my molds we're too sloppy. I should have used a thinner double sided tape as I would almost always have too much resin. These tiny parts are really quite a pain to cast, but I was satisfied with the results. The molds look terrible now, they seem to have accumulated much dust and bits of cardboard.
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Didn't take long! But this is as good as it gets. Everything else is 35mm prints!
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Besides BrundelFly, I don't think I've ever actually seen another build. Looking good; nice and clean.
I have slowly been tweaking the panels on my remote until they are just right. My equatorial panels may be ever so slightly too tall. But my remote is a bit less irregular than the original so I don't think I am able to replicate exactly what I am seeing from the reference without peeling one off and gluing it off center from the hemisphere seem. Regardless, I'm not starting over. I've got the day off tomorrow... the kit parts are going on.
Gday Paul. Lovin this thread mate. Great project you guys are doing. Thanks Jase.
I hope to achieve nearly dead on accuracy, but to be completely honest I'll be thrilled just to get this done. I'll have photos up on Sunday of the ball with all the parts attached. Keep checking back.
Why no updates?
Here is a great reason not to work over concrete. I dropped it and it split in half. At least I didn't have the parts on there or I probably would have done some damage to them as well. It broke the styrene pretty clean and not all of the way around so the two hemispheres should be easily aligned/glued.
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The generate a sincere "OOL" - not uttering a laugh out loud, but an audible and out loud "Ouch..!"
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Dont sweat it.
Apologies to Sumatra! After a minor shipping debacle it took me about a month to get some parts over to him. Don't worry I'm going to make it up to you.
Meanwhile... bout time I knocked this thing out. Look at all the pretty kit parts.
Probably one of the nicer versions i have seen!
I made every effort to not only match the orientation of the parts themselves, but the location of the ejector pins as well. I almost wish I had not taken so many photos.
Speaking of photos; here is one from the Sculpting a Galaxy dvd:
See that black ball rolling around in the Panther G lid? You can add one more step to the painting tutorial, Frank.
For some reason I decided to use cyanoacrylate (super) glue on this build and it frosted the heck out of my scotchlite. You can see where I pulled one part off in the photo. Tried a slightly different way last night with the same results. Over to the hobby shop for some accelerator...
wow. No kidding.
I have heard they used BLACK PRIMER on everything.
Maybe it was a reject ball!
Great work Paul. I always love the look of multi-colored parts.
Thanks! The original would have had the same color kit parts. I confess there are some later releases of the Panther utilized, but I hid the lighter tan parts on the back.
How is yours coming along?
Here is something that I don't think I have ever seen on here that may help other members builds:
On the top is the actual remote, with current build on the bottom. I have added my own personal touch creating the X with the styrene strip (and paint). I'm guessing its just the standard hemisphere nipple hiding under the metal so I had to do something.
Last edited by TheRealMcFly; Dec 3, 2009 at 4:35 PM. Reason: For Clarification... its the bottom.
Good eye... I noticed after I posted I had one going the wrong way. Now I remember why I used cyanoacrylate; paint on over cleaner and off part comes unharmed.
Regardless, not every part on this thing goes the direction you might think it should. A great reason to post photos of your builds... always nice to have another set of eyes. Thanks!
Nearly finished assembly on this, photo update tomorrow!
Been catching up on this thread with GREAT interest... looking forward to your update!
GREAT work so far, looks fantastic, and, I'll have to keep that in mind about my cement floored shop...