Aliens APC 1:18 scale with interior

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skiffy

Sr Member
Thanks Joberg - yes, me too!

I've some new parts cooking in UV. I left them on their support for now so I don't damage them in handling before they're cured properly.

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I took advantage of another round of resin printing and made a couple of copies of the Sentry Gun cases I previously printed in filament. These ones have a suggestion of contents and the lids snap on/off perfectly.

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I'll be back to gluing styrene for a while now that I've got most bits printed.
 

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skiffy

Sr Member
Does UV curing only affect the surface, or does it penetrate the pieces?
Initially it creates a hard shell so that the pieces can be handled. It will penetrate over time on thicker pieces (the resin isn't completely opaque) but it's best to make them hollow if there's a lot of mass there in resin. I'll be printing in clear resin soon so we'll see if the curing process is quicker. You'd think it would be.
 

skiffy

Sr Member
Those ammo boxes look great!!
Thanks Joberg. Looking at them again (and checking the reference) I'm sure I could do a lot more with them - but they're good for now. It would be fun to get them painted up so that might be a fun little job for an hour if (or let's face it - when) I get stuck with the main build. :)
 

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skiffy

Sr Member
So, I'm sat in our local coffee shop with the missus. She's working on her short story and I'm tinkering with ideas for the APC.

Call me crazy but I'm seriously thinking of making the DSGR missile system a functional feature - at least as far as opening up. I'm having to deal with some interesting planar geometry for the ceiling inners/outers at this point anyway so I figured 'how can I make this even more tricky to achieve' lol.

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skiffy

Sr Member
Ah come on! You've said it, now you've GOT to do it! (y)
I think you're right Duncanator. :)
I've done some fiddling with card and I reckon it'll work. I knew all those Chupa Chup sticks would come in useful for something. :)

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It's just sat on top at the moment but hopefully it'll work well.

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I'll make some rounded warheads for the ends of the missiles and detail out the bays.

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Next up is cutting out styrene copies of my card shapes and sorting out how to keep the rest of the roof detachable.
 

Chuffy 70

Member
loving your progress since I last looked, Chupa Chup? perhaps I need to eat more sweets to get extra spares - since being a member of the RPF I'm always amazed at what peeps can make from the rubbish we normally throw away.

good stuff (y)
 

skiffy

Sr Member
Thanks Chuffy 70. My daughter and I love a Chupa Chup!

Next up is prepping for lighting the screens in Gorman's console - the TOC station.

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Just about to connect and test - always a nervous time (especially given my sloppy soldering).

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Yay! Not easy to see against the white background but it works!

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I got time to do a little more on the DSGR arrays too - building out the bays and sinking them into the roof.

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