Wow. Definitely rare for a builder to offer free upgrade parts. Hats off to you Mike. Glad you're back in action after your spider accident.
Thank You so much Mike I been waiting to hear back from you,I have sent you a few PM's asking about these upgrade parts,Mike when you have time can you get back to me please on the PM I sent you..Looks like your nice an level. Not sure why there is a gap on some of these, it's not present in the pattern. I have a feeling that it's because of the hydrostatic pressure that pushes on the back wall of the head during casting. There is not much that i can change on it, so the evergreen strip + a little bit of kit bashing may be the best way to help blend it.
In other news a few big updates.
#1 Just finished up a full set of new molds, mixed news because i may not have time until after X mas to do casting of new kits. I am super busy with the x wing run right now.
#2 I have molded and have been actively casting update parts. The update parts i have in my hands are the back dome from Martyn, who has graciously allowed me to mold the 3D one he did. The new front dome, some new launch tubes, and a new rear landing bay cap detail (just the very end part) all designed by Dan Grumeretz and molded with his permission.
# 3 I am negotiating with Tony (FZ6) to pay him for the nose he designed. Basically i will pay him so i can mold the nose and offer it in my upgrade kit. Tony is very generous so this should happen.
So in short, anyone who purchased a kit should get a resin upgrade kit of 2 new domes, 8 launch tube upgrades (cut out the old) 2 rear landing bay detail caps (not the whole cap, just the detail bit at the end) and a new nose. As soon as possible i will send these out to everyone at no additional cost.
New kits going forward will come with the above parts as part of a standard kit.
I think the best plan of attack is to get some styrene tubing, like 1/4 inch i think for the 5mm Led's. You can then route as many FO thru that tube as will fit. Leave the FO long for now, route the ones near each other thru the tube, using the tube like a sleeve to hold them all. You can then trim back some of the FO as you route everything so the all kind of terminate in the same spot, still being sure to leave a little slack so you can move them around. Then slide the tube so that one end can accept the LED, wrap with black tape to eliminate the light leak and hold everything in place.
Thanks..I will try. Old School Galactica means a ton to me. I was the one who made Richard Hatch's Cg galactica back in the day for his Second coming trailer. So having a "real" galactica would rock!PM Mike for availability. i think he is taking a break on these as he is working on the V4 X-Wing kit right now. I'm sure you can still get one.
Ken, I dont think it would hurt your spraying the out side of the model and the optics seem fine even though you will be snipping these off at the model I wouldn't use a aggressive paint like laquer paint. This is also my plan to paint all the model black on the inside. I would use a dollar store primer not auto. Thanks......JimI'm in the process of getting all the FO in order. I'm using TB syringes. They fit quite a few FO filaments and the 5mm LEDs fit snuggly into the ends. I have one question though. Can I spray the FO (and the interior if the model) with black automotive primer to prevent light leaks? Will it harm the FO like cyanoacrylate glue does?
Awesome!Hey guys, yeah PM box is a very busy place and i have not had much time for anything other than molding and casting lately, sorry.
I have a brand new set of mold for this, plus the update parts. I am just waiting for the new nose from Shapeways that will be going into the upgrade parts as well as all new kits, just need to get Tony a bit of funds for his work on the nose.
I will be taking orders for this in a couple of weeks when i am caught up on the x wing stuff, if you have PM'd me I will do my best to get back to you soon.