Good stuff guys! Very, very good stuff!
Good stuff guys! Very, very good stuff!
wow...how did I miss this thread. Great work guys.
I like how it turned out.
Just a single question....Why no rising emitter head?
It's a kit so you can mod it to include one pretty easy or you can ask Rassilon to make changes to the right parts of the kit for you. He's really accommodating and a good guy all around. Drop him a PM with that request and see what he can do for you if you don't want to try modding the basic kit yourself.
Ok, I now have shortened the bullet by 3.5mm to about 12 - 13mm, so now the halo assembly now looks like this.
Needs a good going over with steel wool, and it will come up real nice.
Last edited by Rassilon; Jun 19, 2013 at 6:33 PM.
The alignment marks indicate the position that it was in the jig for drilling
The centre mark on the bullet is the first hole drilled and was rotated clockwise 120 degrees for the next hole drilled & 140 degrees for the last hole drilled, the threaded hole in the centre is an M4.
OH! On another note, I remembered something from awhile ago and decided to look into it to try instead of painting some parts. Apparently Birchwood makes a version of a gun blue that works on aluminum called Aluminum Black that chemically stains the aluminum...well, black. So I'm going to experiment with it to use that instead of black paint and see how it works on these sonics. ^_^
Oooooooooooo....this I must see. The detailing on my Parks Sounded Sonic are overdue for a new coat of Testors Black but if this stuff works better I'll switch!
Yeah right? I was thinking the transmitter part and the bullet in the neck part would be the parts I'd use this on. My all brass Baker sonic with the steel core rod I used gun blue on the parts that are supposed to be painted and it turned out perfect. They also apparently make a version for Brass as well.
You keep teasing me like this, Straker, and I'm going to be bouncing in my seat like a Warner Brother (and a Warner Sister).
I know, right? I should be getting the bottle in the mail by next week to test on...something. XD I don't want to strip the paint off this sonic as I like the finish but I'll test it on some aluminum something for sure. ^_^
In the mean time, remember how I said I wasn't going to weather the sonic? I lied. XD I added a worn edge to the emitters halo along the edge similar to what TLP used to do. I did it because I dinged the edge and didn't want to touch the paint up. I used 2,000 grit paper and just removed the leading edge and then went over the halo with some CD scratch remover polish I use on paints and plastics. Turned out well.
I didn't remove the paint all the way around. I left the edge alone at the bottom figuring that if the paint was removed due to age then it wouldn't get taken off due the the body of the sonic getting in the way at the bottom.
Turned out AWESOME!!! Good job dude!
This was Straker custom design part that I manufactured to his requested specification.
On some of the baker sonic screen shots, I see on the slider thumb grip there is a band with makings, anyone got a good pic of that part.
Was looking at making a brass band the would slide over the thumb grip to include that.
You curtanly have gotten that array looking real sweet Straker, real sweet.
Thanks Rassilon. I'm really liking how it's turning out. ^_^ A big test will be how parts will look being stained black rather than painting them black. Can't wait to try it.
Slots 6mm x Depth 5mm
Overall length 15mm
Last edited by Rassilon; Jun 19, 2013 at 6:34 PM.
Nice! I think that looks perfect!
Will get that Array off to you in the next day or so.
Awesome! Thanks Rassilon!
I was thinking of replacing the head on my MKIII sonic kit (since I have one of the prototypes and the head was off a little) and I like the one Straker's getting. Something about the back end looks a little odd to me though and I can't place what it is. I've attached some pictures I have of the real prop for reference.
Well I can tell you that the third pic in is of a TLP sonic replica. XD The rest are very nice but...when you say the "back" end is odd...which end is that? The bullety, pointy end or the magnet/transmitter end? One thing I will say is that the Rassilon sonic isn't what I would call "screen accurate" but it is a great representation in its own right and that's why even though I tightened up the look with a smaller emitter ring and larger transmitter diameter I wasn't trying to make the sonic look like in the show. XD Well, not exactly anyway. XD
Ooops. I thought I skipped the TLP when I was grabbing those screenies from storage.
I meant the magnet end on your custom. It looks fantastic but something visually isn't synching in my head.
Also I size matched a couple of those pictures to Rassilon's sonic (which I brought to work with me today) and I have to say it's a lot more accurate than I first thought. He really did a great job on it.