ANH * Death Star Laser Turret

Discussion in 'Studio Scale Models' started by wasili, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. wasili

    wasili Sr Member

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    Hey guys,

    Time to introduce this project to the world.

    Back in early 2008 i visited the Star Wars exhibit in Brussels, with the sole purpose of taking pics of the ANH Death Star Laser Turret, Turbo Laser, Gun Turret or whatever you want to call it. I was lucky and the miniature was placed directly next to the edge of the display case, and took nearly 200 pics. God knows how i made 200+ pics of something so (relatively) simple.

    I bought kits, made molds, and did 2d and 3d cad work in AutoCAD and Rhino.

    Last sumer i rekindled that project while working on the APC's. So as not to interfere with the latter, i spent very very little time on it, but was somewhat shocked that it progressed much faster than the APC's. Sure, the geomotery lends itself to it, but it was obvious i had much to learn.

    Now here's the thing. I will produce and offer these as partial kits, but NOT the donor kitparts. Nearly all parts will be machined from styrene or abs, just like the original. I'll break up the model, and offer each section seperately when it's ready, so you can buy whatever you like, and not just the entire model. This also shortens the 'time-to-market' if i may call it that.

    When the APC's start hitting the airmailwaves, i'll slowly start up producing the parts for this model. The APC's are simply first in line.

    A pre-order list will be opened before that (probably this week), and when your parts are ready to ship, you'll receive a PM or email to cough up the dough. Very different from all earlier offerings, but this is simply the way it should be done. And shame on me for not doing so earlier.

    Without much further ado, here's the pics.

    Earlier 3d version. The inner rings covered in the T-strip are not present, neither are the kit donor parts, except for the Mig 21 engine barrels.

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    Some of the kitparts that i got. Man, don't you just love that 1/48 Panther G. It's everywhere. I did buy the wrong 1/24 Panther for the rear deck, though.. aaarghh. It should have been the Jagdpanther. Something i know now due to the talented Cwkwankoo.

    Bottom of the pic shows the plastruct T-strip (#T6, 4.8mm x 4.8mm x 1.5mm thick ).

    The bog rolls on the left are actually papercovered, roughcut plastruct tubing for the barrels. Slots still have to be machined on those.

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    The base of the turret. Made up of 5 sides of 4mm styrene. Slots on the front, each rear has machined chamfered edges so they fit together perfectly. The base of the real miniature was so close to the glass, that i could take some dims, so this is probably as close to the real deal as you will get it.

    Sure, the engraved lines are machined, so straight, as compared to hand made and wobbly on the original.

    This is the first kit part to go up for offer, and will be made identical.

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    Each side, and the top, is covered in 1mm rectangular pieces. All pieces are included, and numbered, with a guide included.

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    The 'blocks' that sit at the rear of the barrels. Not finished yet. At the bottom of the pic is that slanted block that's underneath the Sherman parts.

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    Before i got the plastruct T-strip, i modeled and machined them from styrene. What a waste of time. Alas...

    Cheers,

    Wasili


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  2. jedimaster

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    You must have read my mind mate. This is the way I was going and this couldn't have come at a better time as I have most of the kitparts but hadn't started on the box as yet.
    Please put me down for one. Excellent work there.
     
  3. ralphee

    ralphee Sr Member

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    Cool idea, and, hell, id be in for a kit!

    lee
     
  4. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm willing to give you another chance. I'm in for a kit as well. This seems to be done correctly...

    So Mike Salzo was telling me he's about ready to start casting for the Sealab project, since the Y-Wings are wrapping up. Should I make the Laser Turret parts a priority? Good timing and all that?
     
  5. Scott Graham

    Scott Graham Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm interested, but that APC project is taking so long and a preorder situation on this seems like it'll be a painfully long wait for delivery. Is there any way you can make the pieces and then sell them?

    I'm kind of burnt out on ordering things that don't exist yet and having people not deliver them.

    This looks great though! I'd love to use this as the base, since I've collected nearly everything else needed.
     
  6. jedimaster

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    Cool idea Jason, I've already cast mine up but there isn't that many parts. I have cast most of my parts so if there's interest I could offer most of the rest.
     
  7. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Mike plans to pressure cast everything, so if you want to save yourself some rubber, you can!
     
  8. jedimaster

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    Sounds good.
     
  9. wasili

    wasili Sr Member

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    Thanx for the enthusiasm, guys....

    @Scott Graham.
    I can understand your sentiment. The APC is a whole different ballgame. It is so much more complex, bigger, and a truly multimedia offering. With this, i'm skipping the whole silicone mold time, the very very lengthy research and rebuilds, and so on. Also note i'm NOT taking cash upfront. Only when parts are done and ready to ship. A pre-order also lets me determine the runsize.

    That said, the APC's are still first, and that is the only fair thing to do.

    Btw, guys, i don't have an R2 strip yet, even though i have most of the kitparts to make one. Does anyone have a very good pic with a ruler next to it ?

    Thanx.

    Cheers,

    Wasili
     
  10. swpropmaker

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    PM sent!! Great news!!

    Steve
     
  11. Scott Graham

    Scott Graham Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Good points wasili. I'm very interested!

    It does seem that this is a much more straight forward project without all of the unknowns.
     
  12. vaderdarth

    vaderdarth Master Member

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    Nice!!!! :)
     
  13. mbmcfarland

    mbmcfarland Sr Member

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    Very nice, indeed! I'd love to see a kit of this.
     
  14. ralphee

    ralphee Sr Member

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    Have to knock heads Simon, well up for this, any kits we still need i can throw in the pot?


    Lee
     
  15. jawsmodels

    jawsmodels Well-Known Member

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    Awsome offering.
    Please put me on the list for a full kit.
     
  16. TazMan2000

    TazMan2000 Sr Member

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    I'm in for a kit. Guaranteed that Fine Molds won't bring this out.

    TazMan2000
     
  17. Stormy320

    Stormy320 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey - that's pretty cool
     
  18. MonsieurTox

    MonsieurTox Master Member

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    I'm in for a few parts.
     
  19. jkno

    jkno Master Member

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    Superb work! I might be interested in one too, if price will allow me to.
     
  20. Redeye Jedi

    Redeye Jedi New Member

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    cooool...
     
  21. Nils

    Nils Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great news, I´m in for one if the price is right!!
     
  22. wasili

    wasili Sr Member

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    Looks like i chose the right subject to model :)

    *********
    Just to be a bit more clear. The model will be broken down into sections, and each section will be offered seperately, when they are finished.

    I'll make a parts breakdown, and subsequent pricelist on thursday or friday, so we can go from there.

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    Many thanx for the energy in here... Love it..

    Cheers,
    Wasili
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2012
  23. ckwanwoo

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    Great plan for Laser turret Wasili :thumbsup

    The followings are the kit list so far...
    Actually, I finished most of the turbo laser excluding the details on the back side.
    I'm wondering whether you can share me the pics of back side? if you don't mind...because I never find the detail pics to identify the donor kits.:cry

    thanks Eric.

    Airifx 1/24 Messerchmitt ME109
    Airfix 1/600 Graf Spee
    Airfix 1/24 P-51D
    AMT 1/25 White Boss truck
    AMT 1/25 Fruehauf Tanker
    Aurora 1/48 M8 Carrier
    Aurora Sealab
    Aurora Saratoga
    Bandai 1/15 Stug IV
    Bandai 1/15 Hummel
    Bandai 1/24 M60
    Bandai 1/24 Jagd Panther
    Bandai 1/24 Messerchmitt ME109
    Bandai 1/24 German Tank 4 Type F2
    Bandai 1/48 Panther G
    Bandai 1/48 Matilda
    Bandai 1/48 8 ton semi truck
    Fujimi 1/76 Panther G
    Fujimi 1/76 Sherman
    Hasegawa 1/72 Sherman M4A3E8
    Hasegawa 1/450 Yamato
    Hasegawa 1/450 Akagi
    Heller 1/400 LaSeine
    Nichimo 1/35 Jagd Tiger
    Nichimo 1/500 Yamato
    Revell 1/32 MiG 21
    Tamiay 1/12 Texaco Marlboro M23
    Tamiay 1/12 Honda F1
    Tamiay 1/12 Ferrari 312B
    Tamiay 1/16 Sherman
    Tamiya 1/35 M10 Tank Destroyer
    Tamiya 1/35 8rad
    Tamiya 1/35 Panzer III M/N
    Peerless Max 1/35 1 1/2 - Ton Personnel Carrier
    X-Wing Droid Plate
     
  24. jedimaster

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    Eric... The blu ray has a 360 degree turnaround shot.
     
  25. ckwanwoo

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    Yep!!! but it is not enough for me :cry

     
  26. wasili

    wasili Sr Member

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    Hi Eric,

    Thanx for your kitlist. I'll post some pics of the rear tonight when i get back, and reply more a single sentence.

    Cheers,

    Wasili
     
  27. ShowCraft

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    Hey Wasili, I'm in.

    Put me on the list for what ever you'll be offering.

    Jim C
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2012
  28. wasili

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    Thanx Jim, and all the others, for your interest.

    Tomorrow (thursday) i'll open up the JY thread with the parts breakdown, prices and the pre-order list.

    I'm now going through my pics for some decent shots of the rear of the turret.

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    One thing i wanted to add regarding both the base and the top. Each is made of pre-machined 4mm sheets. You'll have the engraved lines in the front (horizontal and vertical lines), and the chamfered edges on the rear.

    Additionally you can find some small rectangles scattered all over the surfaces. These are included as loose and numbered pieces.

    Meaning that you will NOT get a ton of squares that cover a bare box, if you catch my drift.

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    Cheers,

    Wasili
     
  29. greeble_gremlin

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    What a great project.

    Nice work! Wasili
    Thanks for all the sweat and labor.
    If I had room I'd want to get one of these too
    but I especially like that you using 3D Cad/Cam & RP to aid in the process.

    Just Curious what 3D software you're using? , if you don't mind my asking
     
  30. wasili

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    Hey guys,

    Wanted to post the list tonite, but couldn't acces the rpf til now. Too late now, will do it tomorrowevening.

    sorry.

    Cheers,

    Wasili
     
  31. ralphee

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    Thanks Wasili, all good, look forward to it, as stated, IN and now committed anyway going by recent kit purchases lol.

    Bests.... Lee
     
  32. wasili

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    Pre-order list in Junkyard is open:

    ***** EDIT (july 2013) : OLD BROKEN LINK REMOVED *****

    Ralphee asked me transfer the names of members that stated here in this thread, they wanted on the kitlist. So please check the list (and the price, which wasn't determined when people expressed their interest), and if i need to change something, let me know, and i'll do so asap.

    Have a good weekend.

    Cheers,
    Wasili
     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2013
  33. wasili

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    And i'll get to those pics of the back of the turret this weekend as well.
     
  34. dmaul

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    Wow, nice looking parts. Will keep an eye on this thread to see if I may want to upgrade some parts on my old tower.
     
  35. neojun77

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    What a great news. please let me in.
     
  36. ckwanwoo

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    Hi Wasili,

    Can you please tell me When do you post the pics of the rear?

    thanks Eric.

     
  37. Scott Graham

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    Hi Eric,

    Here's what I have of the back. Taken from screen photos of the TV. One is from the movie, and the others are from the blu ray revolving/turn around of the model. I wish they were clearer. They were taken with a good quality camera, but the details still get fuzzed out. It actually helps me see them clearer if I shrink them down on my screen.

    The hummel vent part is easy to ID. I'm imagining that the three rectangular parts at the bottom are maybe 1/48 scale 88mm shell storage containers from the german halftrack. They look the right proportion. Also, to the left of the hummel part are a couple of those square internal engine parts with a circle on top that are probably part of the internal panther engine.

    I hope that helps a little.
     
  38. jedimaster

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    The little square boxes with the circle on top , are they not the same as the Bandai 1/48 panther bits all over the front? Also the rectangle at the bottom left is I think another radiator, possibly on the same sprue as the side ones from the 1/24 panther.
     
  39. jedimaster

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    Also the pipe comming down from the Hummel vent is also from the hummel
     
  40. jedimaster

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    heres a couple , not sure if the first is any better rez than scotts.

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    this one shows the depth and you can clearly see the stug strip sticking out between the hummel vent and hummel pipes. its the same config as on the starboard side.

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    Also i'm pretty sure the 3 rectangular boxes are the same as these 3 on the right.

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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012
  41. Scott Graham

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    Yeah those 3 rectangular boxes are 88mm anti tank gun containers.
     
  42. wasili

    wasili Sr Member

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    I have selected the pics that show the rear, but still need to upload them.

    On the left, right and above the Hummel vent/Stug strip are mostly 48 Panther G parts.

    The turnaround shots from the Bluray also show that the kitparts on the base are on two sides, and not just one. Both sides have nearly all the steps broken off (see white dots from missing parts).

    Cheers,
    Wasili
     
  43. jawsmodels

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    Was there only one of these towers built?
     
  44. jedimaster

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  45. jawsmodels

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    The ammo crates are out of the Bandai 1/48 kits.
    I know there was some in the King Tiger.
     
  46. Tsophika

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    Since I'll be building this model eventually, I did some full resolution captures straight from the discs. I hope they help others, too. Simon, I even grabbed one of the crane just for you!

    Craig
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012
  47. Scott Graham

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    These are great, clear pics. Wow!

    Oh yeah, I forgot this was one of the rotating models they got backwards (because they must have filmed it with the turntable going the opposite direction than normal). The pics need to be flipped on the last 7 of them. They did it with the rebel transport too.
     
  48. Scott Graham

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    It's funny. I just checked my pics from the blu ray and they're the correct orientation. Mine don't need to be flipped. Maybe I did it after the fact and forgot.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012
  49. Tsophika

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    I see what you mean. The turntable was indeed reversed, so to keep things straight I corrected them here.

    Cheers,
    Craig
     
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  50. jedimaster

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    thanks Craig you area gentleman.
     

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