38" Super Star Destroyer Model Questions

darthweezy

New Member
Hello All-

I was hoping the great gurus on the RPF could help me out with some questions I have on building the 38" SSD.

I've just finished doing some clean-up on the model and now I want to start thinking about assembling it. At first, I was going to build it without any type of lighting; now that I see how wonderful of a model it is lighted, I have to give it a shot. So far I have the model cleaned and I started to label the pieces as to where they fit on the ship. I need to start doing some dremel work to thin out the resin so I can start on the lights. I bought 700 feet of the 0.25mm fiber optics to start with and I'm sure I'll need more.

First, are there tutorials here on the RPF or maybe links to other SSD builds I could use as reference?

For the LED lighting, are there any recommendations to where I could go to learn those assembly skills? I am not new to the model building arena so I'm sure I can handle it; I've never done anything with LEDs before. I see many people use batteries to light their ships, does anyone use any type of direct plug wiring?

Also, aside from reference SSD pics, how does one decide where to put the light holes? Has anyone mapped these out before?

Finally, what paint recommendation do you have? Tamiya colors? I like the models that have the two grey colors with the outer hull being lighter and the internal structure being darker.

Thanks for your help on this one, I'm looking forward to building this! It will take me awhile since I have no LED lighting skills and I want to take my time on this one. Plus having the normal-life things such as job, family, etc., I expect this project to drag out a bit....
 

jme3

Sr Member
Hi darthweezy,

I've not seen many references on buildups for this particular Star Destroyer, but there are several on the rpf of the standard Imperial SD that detail the fiberoptic lighting process. Just do a search under Star Destroyer and you're bound to find one. As for painting, just experiment until it looks right! :) I know that probably doesn't sound very helpful, but what looks right to someone else's eyes may not to your own...

I have this same ship myself, sitting in a spare room waiting for me to get to it. If you finish yours before me (and you likely will), I'd love to see what you came up with. :)
 

darthweezy

New Member
Thanks jme3!

I didn't even think about looking up the references to the standard SD builds!

I have two of the Tamiya colors I think will work perfectly; I may test them on something else to see how they work out.

The last thing is I need to find as many stills as possible to map out the lighting.

Thanks for the advice and I will certainly pass on my progress!
 

jme3

Sr Member
No problem bro.

You might try this out for stills:
Super Star Destroyer

Hopefully you can find something useful therein. :thumbsup

Keep us posted!



Thanks jme3!

I didn't even think about looking up the references to the standard SD builds!

I have two of the Tamiya colors I think will work perfectly; I may test them on something else to see how they work out.

The last thing is I need to find as many stills as possible to map out the lighting.

Thanks for the advice and I will certainly pass on my progress!
 
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