IMO its pretty easy to go slow with a dremel. Small movements on slow speed. As long as the tip goes clear from other parts of the ship though. You must do what you feel comfortable with (dont tell anyone, but I use an angle grinder quite a lot when building stuff... )
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Well, I've cut the rear landing gear box off using a razor saw for most of it but I had to use the motortool for those areas closest to the centre of the hull. I got the nicest straight edge with the saw that the only real cleaning up I had to do was where I used the motortool.
I'm just trying to cut a piece of styrene to the correct shape of the box now. I'll cut the front boxes off in the next few days but I want to get a new saw before I do that. The blade I have at the moment does have a handle and is awkward to hold.
great to see what your doing here,hoping to start one of these myself.it's a big help when you can see what other people have figured out.makes the job a lot easier.
What are you planning to do with yours, Mofo77? Will you do a mini 5ft replica or a near studio scale 32in replica?
I've managed to get some more work done over the last few days. I've now cut the front LG boxes from the hull, again using a razor saw for most of the cutting then changing to my motortool. Just a little cleaning up required where I used the saw.
The cut on the rear box is essentially done and I am happy with the height I managed to achieve. I think the hardest part will be cutting a piece of styrene sheet to the right size.
The front LG boxes still needs some work as I still want to reduce the height of them even further. When studied the base of the box almost touches the hull on the 32in studio model so I want to replica this as best as I can.
In the image below you can see the portion of the L/G box I cut off sitting underneath then hull and level with the cut line. This I did to see whether it was possible to re-use the base for the new box using plastic strip to fill in the gaps around it. That would save time making a new base from plastic sheet and cutting it to shape. Whadaya think?
Thats looking really good JP! Nice and clean cuts.
I think its a good idea to use the old part. One way is that when you built up underneath simply fill the seam with CA glue. (Sand before it dries rock hard.) Would be quick and look nice I think. Any putty would work too, but I find I have more precision with a good CA glue bottle with a fine tip, when filling that kind of seam.
What do you plan to do with the cockpit?
Thanks Nazgul. I'll eventually be looking for a resin canopy as well as some turret guns. My skills don't go that far to be able to scratch build them.
As far as the cockpit tube goes I priced some acrylic tubing today but it only came in 1800mm lengths and cost $80.00. So now I need to source an alternative however there is still a few other things, such as the jaw boxes, I want to do before I tackle the cockpit.
So far so good and I am happy with the way things are progressing, even if it is slowly.
those cuts on the l/g boxs look real good,spot on.i'm gonna do the 32" replica.it wont be a perfect replica but as close as i can get.will probably replace approx 30-40% of the detailing,do all the necessary trimming.will replace the cockpit with the smaller old hasbro one.got a few donor kit parts already and should have the entex porsche cast parts on the way soon.should be a fun project but still want it to have a reasonably authentic look to it.
Mine won't be a perfect replica either and if I get the chance to get some of the major donor kits then I'll be happy. It would be great if someone did castings of some detailing parts. I've done some pricing of only a few of the kits but I stopped after several hundred dollars.
What's everyones thoughts on the ESSENTIAL donor kits for detailing?
1/35 Tamiya Matilda
1/20 Tyrell P34
The Airfix kits are usually fairly cheap and readily available so they are a must have.
i don't think you need much more otherwise it will cost too much.i got the same stuff and i reckon it's enough to get the falcon looking pretty good.i got enough random parts from other kits to fill out the blanks and hopefully she will come out ok.a great paint job will get it over the line.
Looking forward to following your build. Looks like you've made some serious progress!
Crackerjazz Can I ask what you used as your sidewall measurement for the saucer and the mandibles?
Astroboy. Did you change the hieght of the side walls and mandibles?
Hi kokkari, I used 18.5mm as spacing between the overhangs. It looked about right to me as a
For the mandibles I used 2.3mm (not including armour plating). For the plating I used 0.25mm
instead of 0.4mm as I figured it would bend over the shell better (you know that I sanded the
plating off the Hasbro, right? - what a crazy thing to do) It would have been best to use 0.30mm
but the Tamiya 0.30mm was more expensive.
I'm inching along with my build but it just isn't fit for posting anymore as it's taking too long.
I'd really rather work on smaller projects, though, that I can realistically complete (that, as they
say, will be the day).
I'm moving very slow ahead with mine too. Even worse is that I'll have to down tools in a few weeks and then again in a few months as I am going away for 3 weeks at the end of this month and will be moving as well in late Dec, early January.
As it stands I have decided to go with making new L/G box undersides with styrene instead of using the original boxes. This gives me a clean slate to work with for detailing.
Thanks Crackerjazz. Your work has inspired me to give this a go also. My only question is with the mandible height. Did you mean 12.3mm instead of 2.3, or do I not understand my mm?
Hi kokarri sorry - that was 2.3 cm or 23mm.
wow this is just...wow
Hi there guys.
I've been working on my conversion too and I came to the conclusion that converting the Hasbro Legacy will result in a 1/53th scale Five footer.
The mandibles should be totally replaced because they are too big for the 5 footer look, so I am constructing styrene ones.
Junk Pilot said:
I think some very cool donors you can get are the Bandai 1/48th tanks to go half scale of the 1/24th tanks used on the 5 footer. The Tamiya 1/20 JPS for the ford engine details of the 1/12th tamiya kit and some 1/48th aircraft kits to replace the Airfix 1/24th Hurricane, Messer and P-51D.What's everyones thoughts on the ESSENTIAL donor kits for detailing?
1/35 Tamiya Matilda
1/20 Tyrell P34
I have gatherend lots of very similar stuff. Although it is very difficult and really not of my interest to make it an exact replica, just to make it as "5 footerish" looking as possible
I almost finished my cockpit for the conversion It is 1/48th scale, not 1/53 but it looks cool I think. I just have to cast some resin parts for the coolshade effect. I used a part from the Churchil Crocodile 1/35 Tamiya kit for this. I am missing also the pilot and co-pilot seat.
Here is a pic of my cockpit:
what do you think guys
Last edited by Rodmart85; Aug 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM.
I like it alot! Its interesting to see it in the colors of your plastic. Got this 50-ies vibe to it.
That is really sharp looking! Have you considered doing an actual replica of the cockpit?