This, and an ark of the covenant are my holy grail props, due to not having space to keep a full scale ark of the covenant, it seems this is the only one ill ever have. So i was super excited when i finally bit the bullet and purchased kits here in the junkyard to finally make one of these things.
im working with :
Zenix box kit
King Jawa han casting
unfortunately, i dont have the space available at my place to buld this thing, nor the tools, so im building it in my buddys garage. FORTUNATELY, everything so far has been pretty straight foreward.
So far ive got about 4 hours into it, and ive got the main box put together, with the first of the backing panels for the front glued into place, this Zenix kit is a piece of cake to work with, i cant even imagine trying to cut/build it all by hand, everything fits together perfectly,
I used 2x4 blocks in each corner, to anchor the mdf to, as well as 1x1 blocks along the sides, just under the top edge, to keep them from bowing inwards, and then i had to shim the front border a bit to keep it from bowing inwards.
im headed back over today to glue another front panel on. Once i get all of the front panels glued, ill most likely start bondo-ing and sanding everything down and get the box finished before i attach the han parts.
ive never worked with bondo before, does anyone know if i should route the edges down BEFORE i bondo? or can bondo be routed over without breaking off in huge chunks?