Okay, got some new white styrene today, both 1mm and 0.5mm, as well as having ordered Mensaboy's Entex castings so I should be able to re-start work on th side walls soon. The new styrene will help me to get started on making new tops to the turrets.
Here are my new turret tops with a Fine Molds turret.
Last edited by Junk Pilot; Dec 17, 2011 at 1:11 AM.
You going to shrink the Entex engine parts or try sculpting one?
Because of the small difference in size between the Hasbro BMF and the 32" Falcon miniature I'm hoping to be able to use them and other donor kit parts. Hopefully it won't look out of scale at the same time.
However, the conversion of the BMF to a "near studio scale" replica is a compromise because one particular area/detail may be 3% smaller than SS while another area/detail could be 6%. Remember, this was scaled UP from the Fine Molds 1/72 Falcon so it won't be 100% accurate but it has so much potential.
Then again maybe I am delusional in thinking this will work.
Last edited by Junk Pilot; Dec 16, 2011 at 3:48 PM.
Why do I read threads like this??? all it does it cost me more money
Had to do it....I just ordered the BMF
Excellent. You can join in the madness now. What are your plans for it?
Some one get a bigger bucket!!!! LOL
Like I said Ozzy, there's always room for one more. LOL.
Cutting plates for second turret.
Made this mold but never got to use those keys -- The two mold halves fused together and I had to cut them apart with a razor blade.
I think I'm getting the hang of mixing resin right. At least I know how to make them solid now - no more flexible parts.
Next time, before you pour the second half, coat the first half of the mold with some vasoline. It'll help when it comes time to pull the two molds apart.
There's a first edition book that I have called "How to build dioramas". The authors last name is Payne. It's published by Kalambach books. There's a good section in there for molds and casting parts.
I've been slowly working on my own Hasbro but I haven't done enough to warrant an update. It's been mostly confined to sorting out the armour plating for the turret tops.
I ended up photocopying and enlarging by 187.5% the Fine Molds Falcon turret tops as a reference for my own new tops. The good thing is all my measurements were spot on. My plan is to cut the plating off the photocopies and use them for the Hasbro. Unfortunately, xmas has come upon us and I haven't had time to keep going with it and it has stalled until the new year so I hope I can update you all will photos in the new year.
All the best until then.
CJ I had the same flexible thing going on too, lol.
Turrets looking great. Keep up to good work.
JP hope to see your updates soon too.
Thanks, fellas! Scratchy, good info, thanks! Even with the wavy cut the mold halves still slip out of position sometimes. I'll surely try the vaseline next time.
Tried counting the teeth from the Forbidden Plastic photo.
Initially, I thought maybe I could get a tank part but I couldn't find one the right size. I knew I shouldn't have given away my 1/144 tank kits. There's probably something there that I could use.
Those parts towards the rear of the gun barrels look like gears to me (photo from Forbidden Plastic)
Scrounged for some old parts. Don't remember where this came from - maybe from some cassette player. I think that old walkman I threw out would have had something in there that looks the part.
Into the cauldron these go.
Your the man crackerjazz.........your work is fantastic!
Nice one CJ, The turret guns are comming along nicely.
I found the same thing for the AMT. The cogs from a small wind up car. I have been going through my Sons old toy box to see what else I can find that may be usefull on the Falcon, LOL. Shoosh dont tell him.
PS: That tube cutter looks handy.
Thanks 3D builder and Ozzy! Right, Ozzy, our sons' toy bins can be a treasure chest. Just this morning I was examining a Lego axle - very ingenious - he knew what I had in mind and swiped it out of my hand. Oh, that tube cutter I bought at the hobby shop for an arm and a leg can be bought for a song at the hardware plumbing section, I found out too late.
That mold I was making - I was too excited I pried out the part too early and ruined the mold in the process. The rubber hadn't completely dried around the part - I should've waited. Anyway, I thought I might as well combine some parts like that finer-toothed gear in the back and make a new mold.
Couldn't find anything useful from the scrap bin - no choice but to make one.
Looks good enough.
I'm gonna wait the 24 hours patiently this time after pouring the rubber.
Last edited by crackerjazz; Jan 2, 2012 at 5:27 AM.
Looking Lego'tastic CJ gonna upload some pictures of my Falkon next weekend, it has been too long, keep up the good work and all the best wishes for 2012 mate.
Looks "canon" to me mate!
The mould compound I have been playing with sets in 30 min, and the casting compound within an hour. The only problem is that you have to be very fast pouring after mixing it. You have about 5/6 min to pour either of them in. Hence many of my failures! bubbles, etc.
Its all experience buddy, we are learning as we go.
Thanks, Sqbiedoo - do post photos of your progress we miss that Falcon already. Ozzy, thanks - yeah, there's always something to learn everyday. I'm taking it in baby steps. Got a few useful tips from Scratchy, too - like dusting the mold with the baby powder to get the resin to flow into the tiny corners. I still have to try the syringe technique.
The toy one was gigantic. I'm wondering how I'll set up the swivel holder.
BEAUTIFUL JOB!!!!! Love that you're taking your time on this!
That 1/20 Tyrell piece looks the part for a half-scale 5-footer. The big prop used the 1/12 Formula 1 part repetitively I thought I might as well give it a try and just mod it a bit.
Last edited by crackerjazz; Jan 7, 2012 at 7:50 AM.
Thats a handy kit part crackerjazz, used a number of times around the Falcon. I am still struggling with mine at 1.48th scale, I am on my 5th attempt to get it looking right.
I am sure you could have scratched it if you had needed to, and will have no problem with scratching any future parts. Your skills are becomming outstanding. I look forward to seeing more on the turret guns.