Aliens APC 1:18 scale with interior

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skiffy

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Thanks Gedmacc66! Whenever I've got a spare few minutes in the evenings I'm firing up the laptop and sitting in front of the TV working out how to build armour for print.

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There's a way to go yet but I'll get there - and have fun along the way. :)
 

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Bugstomper

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I'm truly fascinated by your build.
I do own several different models of the APC (Halcyon, HCG, Hiyatoys...) and none of them really fulfills my idea of the APC.
With the many differences between filming model, Full-Size Prop and interior set, there have to be compromises when trying to combine them into one model.
I think you did a great job so far, taking some liberties in some spots, but staying as close as possible to the references in others.
One example of "Stupid on-Screen" is the blue-ish shine of rear lights seen in the film (you can even make out hints of blue bulbs in the prop photos too).
I fully agree with you - the should be red anyway.
 

skiffy

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Thank you Bugstomper, it's a continual compromise and gets me scratching my head sometimes but it's fun. :)

I did a little more on the chest armour tonight.

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I won't be adding that much else - mainly the buckles/straps and the little shoulder insert bits. There's not much point adding a ton of detail for 1:18 scale and I'm still unsure quite how it'll be integrated with the figures.
 

skiffy

Sr Member
My new fibre optics and micro LED lights arrived so I could now crack on with fitting out the seat restraint lighting for the rear-bay seating area.

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The tub at the left side contains all the components to build up the seat restraints. There's styrene sheet pads, brass tube, styrene brackets, brass hinge pins, fibre optic strand for the lighting - all sorts of stuff. :)

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These long, hollow white styrene tubes have 2 back-to-back micro LEDs fitted in the middle and the wiring feeds through the brass tube and out the back. Dealing with that wiring (each wire is approx 0.2mm thick) is and will be a pain. I found that the only way to strip the insulation off it is to burn it off with a lighter. I'm not looking forward to soldering it - might need a microscope. LOL.
 

NostromoCrew

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Awesome work, and a pleasure to watch this come together!

Have you come up with an explanation as to where the engine sits? Or what does it use for propulsion? :)
 

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skiffy

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NostromoCrew - Thank you very much! Ah, yes, the engines. I reckon each wheel contains an electric radial engine powered by a fusion reactor somewhere. :)

Joberg - me too! Hopefully soon. :)
 

NostromoCrew

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NostromoCrew - Thank you very much! Ah, yes, the engines. I reckon each wheel contains an electric radial engine powered by a fusion reactor somewhere. :)

Joberg - me too! Hopefully soon. :)

Right! Each wheel is powered by an integral built micro reactor. Needs refueling every 200 earth years.
Problem solved ;)
 

skiffy

Sr Member
I'm back after a very busy week at college and I've devoted some time to this build - enough to warrant an update. :)

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Here I'm building the hinges that let the seating restraints pivot up and down.

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The tiny wires that lead from the LEDs need soldering onto more robust wiring that will connect them to the interior wiring loom later on.

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These are the components for the torso pads.

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There's four all done! Next step is to add the torso pads.

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Done, yay! I keep a grubby old pair of green plastic tweezers which are VERY handy for handling magnets - especially the ones I'll be adding here, which are 2mm x 1mm.

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In this shot you can hopefully see two magnets glued to the base of the brass upright - right against the white hinge collar.

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After matching magnets are embedded into the wall between the seats, they keep the restraints in the 'up' position.

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..and here they are fully down.

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Of course I had to wire them up and see how it looked. :)

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Not too shabby! On to painting next, then I'll add in some troops, put the roof on and we'll see how it all looks together.
 

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