Looking fabulous! Keep it up!
Looking fabulous! Keep it up!
Although I've removed the mandibles and changed the position of them (which I'm not recommending to you), I do suggest perhaps scribing a lip to create the illusion that the hull overhangs the mandibles:
Arrrrgh, I don't want to remove the tubing and replace with brass! I'm not doing it!
Yours looks so good though...
No, I'm not doing it!
It's easy, go get some scraper tools and miniature chisel set,.... that's what I used. It'll look great leading into all the pits!
Looks great man! Replacing pipes is key,though I only replaced some. Alaneye, I just used plastic piping, and scratchy is right it is easier than you think. I used the flat xacto blade, and as long as its sharp it glides through pretty easy.
Thanks for the tip though and love what you did to the mandibles! Do you have step by step images of how you did that? I have no idea where I'd start.
I have used a sharp flat X-ACTO knife to remove the pipes and it was pretty easy. Just don't use too much force or you'll scratch the hull like I did many times before I got the hang of it.
this is looking excellent keep up the good work!
I don't have any step by step images of the removal, (I did this before joining any forums)......but I have a second kit, which I'm gonna modify also & I will definitely photo each step.Thanks for the tip though and love what you did to the mandibles! Do you have step by step images of how you did that? I have no idea where I'd start.
There are some images of the removed parts on this thread:
.....& some tips on how to remove them without damaging the surrounding details.
As I say on the thread, there are tonnes of really fantastic FM MF's without this mod, so please don't feel under pressure to attempt this procedure
On another note ... my fibre optics and canopy glue had arrived yesterday so I'm currently gathering the courage to finally get rid of the bloody cockpit. I plan to use most of the custom PE but I chose the original styrene control panel / dashboard lit with fibres. I hope that this combo will turn out ok.
Also I have to squeeze some red lights in so that I can light the two round holes behind the grille on the cockpit's exterior and figure out how to efficiently block light between these two sections. There's practically no room there!
Last edited by mancini; Oct 28, 2012 at 4:00 PM.
Started on the inside of the cockpit yesterday and after priming several pieces I got a little bored while waiting for the primer to dry...
... so I started thinking about battle damage . My initial thoughts were to just paint the blast marks and maybe just do some of the most visible holes. In the end I decided that something like that would not do my Falcon justice so I opted for an accurate 5-footer battle damage reproduction. As you can imagine I went nuts with my dremel . I have finished the top hull and cockpit sections, with the escape pods and bottom hull still waiting to be done. I have also copied the damage to the edges of the saucer section from the 5-footer (lots of breaking stuff, gluing it back on and filling stuff with putty) so I'm wondering how that will turn out .
As I was happily hacking at the oh so carefully sanded and polished hull (as I managed to scratch it in several places while customising it) I have also decided to scribe the "lip" as recommended by Jaitea ... thanks BTW ;-).
After I had finished all of these changes I realised one thing. I would have to prime the whole hull again (or at least most of it) which would mean I'd have as many as four coats of primer on various sections of the hull . As I was already quite unhappy with the lack of detail in some areas, one more coat would just kill the entire model. So I decided to remove the primer from the hull altogether and start again... so stupid. I know that some of you might think of this move as fairly excessive but bear in mind that this is my first attempt at priming anything straight from the can and that I probably used way more paint then most of you would have. And since I didn't want to ruin the entire model because I got lazy one afternoon I just did it.
I'll hopefully post some new images soon as I'm currently also working on the ramp and thinking about the final lighting setup.
Oh and I figured something out. Many of you had airbrushed the inside of the hull with several coats of black to block light. My experience was that instead of doing that I just held the hull against my table lamp and just covered the places that let light through with a thin layer of putty ... et voila.
Sounds great, can't wait to see the battle damage
Removing the primer is driving me nuts!!
What's the best way to remove Tamiya fine grey primer? I used Tamiya lacquer thinner and I sincerely hope that this is not the way to go.
PS: Realy enjoying your build so far.
I don't know its availability in Europe, but Floquil makes a product called "Easy Lift Off". It is a chemical paint stripper that seems safe enough for plastic and can remove Tamiya primer. I found that out when I had a disaster on the wing of a P-39 model once. So I painted this stuff on it to strip the paint and it took even the layer of Tamiya spray primer off without damaging the wing's plastic.
Considering how oven cleaner likes to eat aluminium foil, I'm not surprised the brass turned black. I hope that is all it did though. I'm not a chemical engineer, so I have no idea what goes on in the chemical process.
And US vs Europe? That's a big issue when it comes to various chemicals. You can't buy a lot of the stuff here just because someone in the EU deems a certain compound of a product harmful and you just can't import it :-/ ... and with the stuff that does get imported it's usually under completely different brand names. I just found out that the Tamyia lacquer thinner contains something recently blacklisted by the EU so no mere lacquer thinner for Europe .
Well ... the oven cleaner didn't work . Took care of acrylics just fine but the primer didn't even budge. I'll try a paint stripper next. I heard that the one from Gunze is pretty good. Oh and the oven cleaner unstuck most of my brass from the hull .
Edit: ok, the primer got somewhat removed ... I'll give it another go ... see you tomorrow Falcon .
Hope this has a happy ending :-).
On a happier note I almost have the cockpit figured out and I managed not to throw out the PE kit out of the window ... because it was closed . It's looking pretty good. Hope to post some pictures soon.
Last edited by mancini; Oct 30, 2012 at 7:36 AM.