Accurized 1/144 Fine Molds Millennium Falcon

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  1. Scratchy

    Scratchy Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,

    In between builds and collecting kits for another project, I thought that I would take on a small kit, the Fine Molds 1/144 Millennium Falcon. I nice little kit and very well detailed for it's scale.

    Here are some images of the build so far.....

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    Hope you like it so far.
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2011
  2. ozzyguanche

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    Re: FM 1/144 Millennium Falcon

    As always Excelptional work Scratchy. Detail that size is an absolute nightmare.

    (y)thumbsup:thumbsup

    3 thumbs up.

    ozzy
     
  3. kipsworld

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    Re: FM 1/144 Millennium Falcon

    Very nice work. I put together an ERTL Falcon several years ago and scratch built the cockpit from movie photos, redid the guns and some other stuff. Cool to see what others have done.
     
  4. masterjedi322

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    Re: FM 1/144 Millennium Falcon

    That's ridiculous! Amazing work!

    Sean
     
  5. crackerjazz

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    Re: FM 1/144 Millennium Falcon

    Dr. Scratchy specializes in model micro-surgery.
     
  6. STEVE THE SWEDE

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    Awesome! That's some serious scratching you're doing! Not an easy thing to pull off in that tiny scale. I love that new cockpit frame, crazy!

    Cheers,
    Steve
     
  7. ozzyguanche

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    Re: FM 1/144 Millennium Falcon

    I gotta find one of those cutter you got.!!

    I am very interested in your lighting process.

    Ozzy
     
  8. Scratchy

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    Re: FM 1/144 Millennium Falcon

    Thanks for the kind words fellas. Ozzy, I sent you a PM.
     
  9. Scratchy

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    Re: FM 1/144 Millennium Falcon

    Here are some pics of the current work. I closed in the window frames for the cockpit piece, this will make it a little easier to cast. I scratched up the gunner compartment and the window frame. I'll cast this compartment the same way as the cockpit interior.

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    After I finish closing in the window frame for the gunner section, I'll work on the boarding ramp next.
     
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  10. Constantine

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    Re: FM 1/144 Millennium Falcon

    Nice work and ingenuity there!
     
  11. crackerjazz

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    Re: FM 1/144 Millennium Falcon

    That's amazing, Scratchy. I still can't figure out how you can do it this small.
     
  12. Robert McLain

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    Re: FM 1/144 Millennium Falcon

    My eyes hurt. Seriously insane build!

    Robert:)
     
  13. Scratchy

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    Re: FM 1/144 Millennium Falcon

    Thanks for the compliments guys!
     
  14. Scratchy

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    Hello all, another update.

    I built the boarding ramp, I plan to have this build in an Echo Base dio, so having the Falcon "at rest" was the way to go for me.

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    I'll also do some interior work too, just the ramp area and that's it.
     
  15. BrundelFly

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    Nicely Done!
     
  16. Scratchy

    Scratchy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks BrundelFly

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    I cut open the boarding ramp in the lower half of the Falcon and inserted the new piece in, she fits like a glove!
     
  17. ozzyguanche

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    Nice work scratchy,

    What are you using to make the little holes? drill or? its very fine work man.

    Great update.

    Ozzy
     
  18. Ray22

    Ray22 Sr Member

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    Scratchy you are one bad dude, Bad as in good Lol.
     
  19. El Visitor

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    A huge inspiration as always Scratchy. :)
    I may have to lay hands on one of these, I hadn't realised the price was so good.

    What does the 144 scale make the final length? About 18cm?
     
  20. blakeh1

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    excellent work, especially on the boarding ramp. I will have to keep that in mind when doing my AMT falcon
     
  21. Scratchy

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    :thumbsup
    For the eight holes, four on each side. I've drawn a series of pencil lines on the plastic, used a plastic push tack as a center punch to make sure my holes are aligned. Then I drilled out the holes with a #63 drill bit in my pin vise

    Thanks Ray

    Actually, the length is about 22.5 cm (8.5") It's a nicely detailed little kit and there's plenty of room to acqurize.:thumbsup

    It's a nice touch for sure. I'm not sure, but I don't think a kit has been made with an accurate Falcon boarding ramp.


    Thank you gentlemen for the kind words.
     
  22. Scratchy

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    Does anyone have any high resolution reference images of the boarding ramp set, focusing on the left and right walls, ceiling and the back tubular hallway.
     
  23. ozzyguanche

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    Hi Scratchy,

    This is one of the better pics I have seen, and the plans.

    I just linked it to stevestakillers thread. I hope he dont mind

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    Plans

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    Ozzy
     
  24. Scratchy

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    Thanks Ozzy, I'm currently working with these two images. It just couldn't hurt to get more from different angles.

    The side profile drawing is a huge help!
     
  25. darthsideous

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    No matter what forum you're on I never get tired of seeing your work. Great job!
     
  26. Scratchy

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    Thanks darthsideous for the kind words!
     
  27. Scratchy

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    Here's a quick update. I roughed in the first cylinder and also the corridor that will be seen if one looks up the boarding ramp. I plan to cast the cylinders, I'll insert some brass rod into the mold before I inject the resin,... just for the added strength.

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  28. ozzyguanche

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    Those corridors are going to look great. You just using styrene or tubes of some kind?

    Ozzy
     
  29. Scratchy

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    The tubes where made with some .030" styrene. The styrene was wrapped around a 7/16" 1/4" drive - deep socket and dunked about six times in a pot of boiling water. Each time cooled with cold water. The plastic was held in place with some zap straps.

    I've done this technique when I made the rings for the main engines for my scratchbuilt Star Destroyer.
     
  30. Noumcea

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    Scratchy,

    Will you also be lighting the gun turret wells, cockpit and engine ?

    Once again, your works are masterpieces mate. Looking forward to seeing more.
     
  31. Scratchy

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    The gun turrets and cockpit will be lit up, the engines will not be. Eventually, I would like to see this Falcon in a 1/144 Echo Base dio.

    I say "eventually" because I know it's not going to happen anytime soon. However, with every piece I build, I'll set them aside until I can bring it all together. I already have fifteen snowspeeders and about twelve x-wings set aside for this.
     
  32. liskorea317

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    Amazing work!
     
  33. SteveStarkiller

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    I keep trying to think of a "one think I would suggest ____" but I got nothin, it really looks good so far. I like how you're handing the interior corridor too.

    glad you were able to use my model for a little reference.

    keep up the good work!
     
  34. Scratchy

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    Thanks for the kind words gentlemen!


    Here's a another update. I did some more work on the build. I finished the second cylinder, started working on the hallway tube and I pulled the first resin cast of the cockpit window frame.

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  35. ozzyguanche

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    Lookin' good as usual mate.

    Your going to have to stand on ya head to see any of the detail in the tubes buddy! LOL.

    I did this for my first Falcon, but found I could see nothing off it when I put it together.

    Ok, sooo how do you cast something like that canopy??? I mean do you have an inset to go inside the canopy so that you cast only the top, or??? I am asking as I have some simular items that I can not figure out how to cast.

    Looking forward to ya next update

    ozzy
     
  36. Scratchy

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    Thanks Ozzy.

    You're right, a person would have to stand on their head, oreven use a dental mirror to see the hidden areas. However, it's something like this that I like to put into a model or any creative work. It just gives that little bit of extra "wow" to it,.... you'll never see it right off, but if you look hard enough then you'll find it.

    I'm going to try that with all my builds.

    As for the casting,... I closed in all the windows on the master with some .005" styrene. When I pulled out the resin copy, the window openings just has some flash there just waiting to be trimmed off.

    I have this piece glued to the lower kit part,... I'm satisfied with the fit.... after a bit of trimming and sanding of course.
     
  37. ozzyguanche

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    Agreed! and you are certainly giving us the WoW, factor.

    Ozzu
     
  38. Scratchy

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    I glued the frame to the kit part, with some slight modifications, this piece fits pretty good.

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  39. Scratchy

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    Here's another update, she's going slow, however, at this time of year, I think it's understandable.

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  40. ozzyguanche

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    Inspiring update as usual Scratchy,

    Marry Xmas and Happy new year to you and your family.

    Regards

    Ozzy
     
  41. Scratchy

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    Thank you Ozzy, and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
     
  42. sqbiedoo

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    Hi Scratchy, are you planning to cast the cockpit and antenna disk in resin too like the cockpit frame?
     
  43. Scratchy

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    I plan on casting the interior in clear resin. I'm waiting for some molds to set up for the gun well windows, the cockpit chairs, engine vents, boarding ramp lift cylinders, and the chairs. I can then pour the next round.

    I've had a number of builders enquire about the radar dish. The one that I have attached to my Falcon is permanent and wasn't built to have silicone poured over it. I'll more than likely scratch build another if I get enough interest.
     
  44. Scratchy

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    Here's the latest update where the build sits now. I made all the vent screens, and some more detail pieces just to fill in the gaps

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    thank you for looking at my build and Happy New Year.

    scratchy
     
  45. STEVE THE SWEDE

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    Once again, awesome! I just love your updates, can't wait to see what your up to next!

    Cheers,
    Steve
     
  46. Scratchy

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    Thanks Steve, I have a long way to go and a lot parts to build. For such a small detailed kit, it's amazing what can still be cramed into it.:cool
     
  47. tek2graphics

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    You my friend are NUTS! Keep up the good work! :behave
     
  48. Underdog

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    You know, I've got two of these kits in the garage.... I've got more kits and more projects than I know what to do with. Nice to get a chance to watch others build the ships on my list. I always learn something new.
     
  49. YamahaGTS

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    What a cool build. Your Falcon is looking incredible!
     
  50. ozzyguanche

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    As per usual nice update. (y)thumbsup:thumbsup,

    How many other greable parts are missing on the little *, scratchy??

    You got the original parts to copy, or good enough pics?

    ozzy
     

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