Buzzing the Tower (Spilled coffee) - Top Gun F-14 Diorama WIP

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  1. crackerjazz

    crackerjazz Sr Member

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    While deciding on the Falcon colors, I think a little break away from it will help.

    Remember Goose dissuading Maverick from buzzing the tower? I want to make a little diorama of the buzz scene. I want to call it either "Spilled Coffee" or "Buzzing the Tower".

    I've been trying to get reference photos. Some sources say it's the old NAS Fallon tower that they shot the
    scene at while others say it was really the Top Gun school's tower at Miramar. Either way I don't have
    photos of the particular tower used and its condition during the 80's filming and have to base everything off
    the movie and some youtube tower flyby clips. If anyone can help with any pictures I'd be chuffed :)

    Sorry for the poor photos - I dropped my camera at the airport with only the thin pouch lining to break the fall
    onto the cold, hard floor and noticed it wouldn't focus properly anymore. My poor Dimage A200 now takes photos like a cellphone.


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    I have to fight off the temptation to glue on all the jambs in place and leave little access to the insides.

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  2. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Well-Known Member

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    That's a great idea for a diorama.
     
  3. CJS

    CJS Well-Known Member

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    This is a wicked build lol. Great idea!
     
  4. SmilingOtter

    SmilingOtter Master Member

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    Great concept. I can't wait to see it progress.
     
  5. Monster Dave

    Monster Dave Sr Member

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    I agree - totally awesome idea!! Can't wait to see how this progresses.

    Side comment -

    Is that a smiling otter or a honey badger?? ...cause honey badger don't care.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg

    LOL!!
     
  6. SmilingOtter

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    Action Figure Therapy also did an episode on Youtube about the honey badger. Remarkably NSFW.

    I haven't seen one done with a mug, but you can get fake "spilled coffee cups" from a number of places online. That could make for a funny addition to the scene.
     
  7. JMChladek

    JMChladek Sr Member

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    "No Mav, this is NOT A GOOD IDEA!" ;)
     
  8. Junk Pilot

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    "Negative, Ghostrider. The pattern is full"
     
  9. Forge

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    Brilliant idea, looking forward to seeing how you model the Air Boss and the coffee, if you're taking a vote, I think 'Buzzing the Tower' is the better name:thumbsup
     
  10. JMChladek

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    Perfect title: "Sorry Goose, it's time to buzz the tower!" or just "Its time to buzz the tower"
     
  11. Borjis

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    "i want some butts!!!"
     
  12. Monster Dave

    Monster Dave Sr Member

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    Everyone loved Top Gun!!
     
  13. enan

    enan New Member

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    "with a history of high speed passes over five air control towers, and one admiral's daughter! "
     
  14. PHArchivist

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    Penny Benjamin...?
     
  15. Junk Pilot

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    Loved being the operative word. It's so cheesy now.

    "You! You can be my wingman any time."

    God, I think I'm going to vomit just thinking about it.

     
  16. crackerjazz

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    Thanks, guys. LOL :) One question - would the airboss have let Maverick buzz the tower if the
    pattern weren't full?

    Installed the raised flooring. I knew I shouldn't have affixed the pillars first. That's what I get for
    not having a plan. I didn't want to break off the pillars though, because it probably took me ten
    tries to glue each one on right without having the roof going askew. Started drilling out holes for
    the antennas.

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    So hard to get the antennas in really vertical so I made a little contraption after which
    things went a bit smoother. I wonder if an accupuncturist's tool would've helped : )

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  17. 3d-builder

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    This is very cool and refreshing.....looking forward to the
    build and the buzzing!:lol:thumbsup
     
  18. CJS

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    I love when a classic movie moment is done like this. I'd laugh to see a diorama with the stormtrooper bashing his head off the door frame in Star Wars or buddy puking his guts out in a bathroom diorama in the crying game lol.
     
  19. Monster Dave

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    Awesome work! This really is a cool project! Keep it up!
     
  20. Dewka

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    i cant wait to see this done!!
     
  21. crackerjazz

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    Thanks, guys :)

    Found some time to dissect the tomcat today. Drilled a pair of holes and threaded wires through:
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    Soldered on the LED for one engine and pulled it all the way in:
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    Too bright. The superbright LED is living up to its name and reminded me of the Falcon
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    Cut up some cellophane and glued it inside the tailpipe to diffuse the glow of the afterburners
    and change the Star Wars hue:
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    Now that's better:
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  22. 3d-builder

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    cool stuff!:thumbsup
     
  23. crackerjazz

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    Thanks 3d-builder : )

    Re-checked my measurements. My tower was too big so I made a new tower.

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    The Tomcat was probably more than a hundred feet away during filming?

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  24. CJ 617

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    What a fantastic and refreshing idea for a diorama....can't wait to see more photos of your progress!!
     
  25. DS Operative

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    Looking good!

    Some common things found hanging from brackets and the ceilings of control towers are binoculars and light signal guns.
     
  26. yuumi2891103

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    This is the very refreshing idea !!
    Really take my breath away.
     
  27. superDrool

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    Love it already. Can't wait to see the final product. :)
     
  28. Monster Dave

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    Anymore updates on this? I had a heck of a time finding the thread since the name changed!!
     
  29. crackerjazz

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    Hey guys, thanks! :) Monster Dave, I was wrapped up in some RC stuff - the SCX10's wonderful! - but I should be back on this soon.
     
  30. CJ 617

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    Can't wait to see the next lot of progress! :)
     
  31. TheEmperorsHand

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    WOW! That is a small scale jet. ANd you are lighting it. This should be really cool when you have it complete.
     
  32. Monster Dave

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    I agree - the lighting is a novel idea - this whole diorama is a cool idea!!!
     
  33. Mr Walker

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  34. Monster Dave

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    Any updates on this??
     
  35. Atlanthia

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    Yes, the control tower is still in the mix but the F-14 is being superseded by by an Eagle...:)

    Seriously though, how did I miss this??? Awesome idea!
     
  36. Monster Dave

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    What's going on with this??
     
  37. crackerjazz

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    Nothing, Monster Dave, sorry. Too wrapped up in my lunar module build which I started without finishing this first. And now I want to build a hover pilder next. I need to learn how to focus.
     
  38. EddieL

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    As long as you're updating at least one of your awesome threads, it's okay in my book! :lol

    Cheers
    Eddie
     
  39. emtthor

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    Amazing. I am a huge fan of dioramas and this is one of the most original ideas I have seen. Love it.
     
  40. Monster Dave

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    Thanks for letting us know! This had fallen out of sight for a bit.
     
  41. metal wood

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    it works best for me to have a ton of on going projects, a room loaded with possibilities, can be a little daunting sure but to always have something i am motivated to work on.
     
  42. crackerjazz

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    EddieL, emtthor - thanks guys! Metal wood - true, man - still couldn't keep away from other projects and having more than one does prevent burnout. I just have to be careful that I try to finish all of them. So far on this board I have finished just one - and it's a tiny Cetacean.
     
  43. Jsimon999

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    Anything new on this?

    :popcorn
    Jon
     
  44. Fuzzual

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    What a great new idea!
     
  45. crackerjazz

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    JSimon9999 and Fuzzual, thanks guys. It's on the backburner - if it's a real stoveplate this would've been toast : )
     

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