1/72nd Finemolds Millennium Falcon (Major Modifications and Electronics)

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  1. Haystack Hair

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    It's been a little while since I kept you all updated, I've been so busy with the kits and college, but I'm ready to start showing a commission I'm working on for an excellent client.


    This is the 1/72nd Finemolds Millennium Falcon which is a really incredible kit (900 parts!!) but we decided to correct as much as possible and accurize it to the filming model. So far John and I have created a new jawbox, and today I laser-cut a specially designed MDF frame structure for the correct mandibles to be set into (I forgot to take any photos of it oh dear)


    The rear engine deck has been cut out, and will be re-attached with a magnetic frame so that all the electronics can be easily accessed

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  3. Haystack Hair

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    Mm yeah I know the 32" had solid grilles, but the customer wanted it to look detailed with the photo etch I've done for the MPC. Originally we were looking into motorizing the fans but with the amount of stuff that's going to be jammed underneath the engine deck it wasn't really feasible. Thankfully the guy it's going to isn't really really picky about details and has almost no knowledge of the filming models, I could easily have just done this kit OOB and he would have been over the moon but he's a big fan of both SW and my work so I knew it was best to make it as accurate as possible.....

    I saw Rockvoice's one a couple of weeks ago it's stunning! My laser cut frame for the mandibles gives them both the toe-in and the correct length, it's just hard to see with the new jawbox being made of black plastic
     
  4. blakeh1

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    Bassed on what you've got so far this should look absolutely amazing when its done
     
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  5. Jaitea

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    Brilliant, the client will have a priceless posession

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  6. gyoung2993

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    That looks great !!! Nice job indeed !!!.......I don't know if I am going to ever do mine , still consider on selling it......too many parts ...LOL
     
  7. Haystack Hair

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    Three hours of pretty solid work on this particular commission today, thankfully I had John round to help me and drink lots of coffee.


    As you can see I'm using a few of my own resin upgrade parts, although they're designed for the MPC kit they fit nicely onto the Finemolds kit, it just requires a little bit of modification to get them fitting snug.


    Soon enough I'll need to start fitting electronics, should be a laff

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    Here you can see the toe-in, but I have a nagging feeling that I should tuck the mandibles into the hull a little more...

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  8. Haystack Hair

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    I spent two and a half hours scratch building the corrected jawbox.


    The black styrene base was vacuum formed over an oak buck John made for me, and then all the detailing was done this afternoon....I used as many of the Finemolds' kit parts as I could, but there was still a great deal of wire and styrene work.


    Either way, it looks nice I think, probably nicer than it will in primer haha

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  9. Vacformedhero

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    Very nice, I like the black priming , a nod to the ILM assembly shots of the 32" falcon
     
  10. Jaitea

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    Beautiful clean work HH,...a definite improvement

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  11. Haystack Hair

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    Today has very much been a Falcon kind of day, getting back to work on both the Finemolds commission build, and my own MPC.


    Although I don't have any photos, John and I spent several hours building a new cockpit interior to fit our accurate vac-formed cockpit.


    Other than that, I started adding 0.25mm styrene lip plating to cover the discrepancy between the new mandible position and the hull; I also used a soldering iron to melt some nice blaster scoring into the plating, then smoothed it out a little with a scalpel and sandpaper


    Got some more sidewalls in place too!

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  12. Haystack Hair

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    Well college is finally done with, I am a free man.....it's terrifying....meanwhile, I have managed to get back to work with Marc's Falcon, today I focused on the lower jawbox.
    I used the second vacuum formed piece, detailed with styrene and with the landing gear box salvaged from the original part

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  13. DanielB

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    Fantastic work. I sure wouldn't have the patience for it.
     
  14. Haystack Hair

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    Someone's looking good eh!?

    Running tests from a Micropython board, just cycling through various colours. We're using RGB neopixels, very smart little things

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    All the electronics will be self contained, but it's mostly on breadboard at the moment
     
  15. garymorris

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    This is an awesome build! cant wait to see the finished product the attention to detail is amazing !
     
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  16. Haystack Hair

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    6 solid hours of work today. It doesn't look like much....but hey, it's got it where it counts.
    44 hours of logged build time so far.....yikes!

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  17. PHArchivist

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    Impressive work!
     
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  18. Haystack Hair

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    Click on this photo to watch a 10 second video of the modulating cockpit lights

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    So I moulded and casted an improved cockpit from my vac-formed master, cleaned it up, and hey, not bad!


    All credit for the electronics and programming work goes to my dad, who is just roughing out the sequencing for the micropython system. He assures me the modulation and frequency can be made a lot smoother, but these tests are just to understand what we're trying to achieve





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  19. Haystack Hair

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    I'm calling this build finished. It's time to move onto installing the electronics and painting it properly. Once that's done, a beautiful wooden stand needs to be made and then shipped off to one lucky customer

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  20. Haystack Hair

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    Today I painted for five solid hours
    Listened through 'Modern Guilt' and 'The Magic Whip' at least three times each.
    Today was a good day.

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  21. astroboy

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    hells yeah!
     
  22. jjsmlee

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    Look awesome. I especially like the paint chip effect in the pics above. How did you do that? The scale of the chipping is perfect
     
  23. Hope4Sun

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    Amazing work!! Was going to ask the same about the chipping (hairspray, maskol or by hand?) keep it up he's going to be over the moon with the work you've put in.
     
  24. Haystack Hair

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    I always apply it with a torn sponge, sometimes when the masking fluid is dry I'll pick at it so that it's even more ragged. Gives a nice effect

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    It seems the video didn't embed properly so here's the link for the audiovisual test

    https://www.facebook.com/haystackhair/videos/vb.1422780851335622/1605543336392705/?type=2&theater
     
  25. Rats

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    Incredible work. That looks great. You've certainly brought it up to another level.
     
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  26. Haystack Hair

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    I still need to weather the underside, fit the corrected cockpit with its interior, and install all the electronics, but otherwise it's coming along pretty well

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    :thumbsup
     
  28. Jaitea

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    Very, very nice painting HH you'll have a happy customer.....I'm sure you'll not want to hand it over

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    Not quite finished, but not far....
    The paintwork is finished, save a few details, so the final hurdle is fitting the electronics systems.
    The finish line is in sight!

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  30. StevenBills

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    Beautiful. Turned out great!

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  31. Constantine

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    Very Nice!
     
  32. Haystack Hair

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    It may only be tuesday but it's already busy in the HH workshop, kitting out Marc's Falcon with all the necessary wiring and sockets before the Micropython is installed.


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  33. Jaitea

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    Ah,...the old 9 pin D

    Nice tidy work Mr HH

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  34. Haystack Hair

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    Why thank you Mr. J

    The plan is for the Micropython and battery box to be removable in case of repairs and tweaks, hence the plugs
     
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    Really nice work there haystack. Love the added details and the paint and weathering look stellar!
     
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    Incredible! :thumbsup
     
  37. Haystack Hair

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    The Electronics still require a lot of work before they're complete, it's definitely keeping my Dad busy. While he's been working on the code and hardware, I fitted all the components I could; IR receiver, proper cabling and one out of two speakers. It doesn't sound too shabby at the moment, and it's only going to get better.....

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    This last one is a video! Click it! Watch it! Please! It's very cool!
     
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    Overall it is fantastic. Truly an inspiration.
    Having said that I don't understand the blast holes on top by the dish. Initially they were spot on.... not a fan of the streaking effect. The docking rings look great but the size is kind of toy'ish in the way that the mpc side walls were thick (accurate or not).
    Definately one of the most advanced electronic set ups one seen
    are the engines final or are you adoing the grill?
    also I think is is refreshing to see someone finally chip all of the paint not just the red.
    i hope I didn't come off as a dick, but only true friends stab you in the front

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  39. Haystack Hair

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    The docking rings are the correct size, 40mm, most likely what makes them look slightly odd (if they do) is the wedged recess that they sit in should be more angular. As for the blast streaking.....it may not be accurate but I kinda like it, at least they don't look like 'blast mark spiders' right :D

    I need to discuss with the client whether he wants the grille or not, we're already approaching the budget limit eek!
     
  40. Haystack Hair

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    The finish line is in sight; my Dad brought home the electronics he's been working on and we gave it a little test run.


    The software isn't complete and there are still issues that need ironing out, I also need to mount a barrel connector into one of the maintenance wells, the power source is a rechargeable Li-ion battery.
    The idea is that the Falcon will recharge in a similar manner to how it is shown 'refuelling' in Docking Bay 94.


    What we do know is that the infrared receiver, speakers, LEDs, Neopixels, micropython (and whatever other magical goodies my Dad packed in) all seem to work beautifully.

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  41. jake88

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    Wooo Hoooo! That is one bad * Falcon!
     
  42. blakeh1

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    Beautiful!
     
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  44. Jaitea

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    She looks epic HH,.....when does she get handed over to the client?

    Cracker build mate

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    Love this

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  46. Watson

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    Would magnets not have been a better option for securing the back engine area?
     
  47. Haystack Hair

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    Early October!

    Yeah we realised that yesterday, it would've been a lot easier. Ah well! Live and learn
     

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