Cloud City Twin Pod Cloud Car

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imaginager

Sr Member
Being between scratchbuilds - was waiting on my lasercutter for another project and "thought" I'd do a quick, out-of-the-box buildup - I pulled my Timeslip Cloud Car from the shelf and dug in. "Quick, out-of-the-box" ...for people who know me those are famous last words. My primary goal for this buildup was to test some electronics for future projects. And, well, one thing lead to another and a couple of weeks turned into a couple of months.

The studio model is vacformed, while the Timeslip is rotocast. I don't know the entire history of its development. But, IIRC, this kit is based on the master pattern originally made by Coinprop. The Timeslip version features a number of improvements and upgrades from the original and is very nice casting right out of the box. It does, however, deviate somewhat from the filming model. A good friend of mine commented that "it's been at the chocolate cake", owing to it's somewhat "fatter" top view.

In the end, I made a number of changes. The most necessary of these was replacing the too small standoff covers that adorn the model's rump. The Coinprop pattern is more of a bikini when the girl actually needs to put on the big girl panties. I made a new pattern, cast it up in hydrocal and vacformed replacements, sized up. While I was at that I also added the various vacformed "covers" that disguise the model's numerous mounting points; nose, belly, side, and rear.

VIDEO IS HERE (it's been the last entry in my post, so people are probably not seeing it...)

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Here's a smattering of development pics.

I used MDF blocks attached via Apoxie Sculpt to the inside of the pods as the base for mounting the wing unit.

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Making the pattern for the nose covers.

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The gun ports are also WAY too small compared to the filming model. Was a major pain opening these up, had to back them with Apoxie Sculpt so there was material to "bite" into.

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Replacement guns using the correct kit part base (from the 1/12 Brabham)

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Next up was major surgery on the figures. Orginally, I was only going to animate one of these, but I was later convinced to alter both.

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Of course, I really had to modify the pods to get the figures / motors installed.

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Discovered along the way that the canopy shroud / intake dealie is from the Airfix Harrier (drop tank).

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I also opened up the grill work on the aft lower pod hulls.

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Out of the box, the engine intake looks like this (there' also a center upright included but not shown in the pic).

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It should look like this.

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And, now it does...

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This illustrates the size difference between the included kit part "bikinis" and the required "big girl panties".

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That's better...

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I started out with acrylic tube and super bright LEDs for the engine...yuck.

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Old and busted.

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New hotness!

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After then it was just paint...

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And, done...well, mostly.

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And a movie.

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Scott Graham

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WOW! Sweet job.

I like that you used the intense colors. That's how I see it, but not many have had that of punch.

Thanks for pointing out the differences. That'll help in future builds.
 

MonsieurTox

Master Member
Now that's some serious upgrades, I like the vacformed covers, the motorized pilots, the tiny fluo tubes, the paintjob, well I like all you did on this build !
Another great model to go in your TESB collection.
 

ralphee

Sr Member
She's beautiful Allan, well worth using her a a "gap filler" between projects lol, everything worked out so well, yup, one of my faves for sure, so nice to see it taken to the next level.

lee
 

Jestefarean

Sr Member
OMG....awsomeness onlye raised by the repeated use of bikini's and big girl panties. How will I explain to my wife why I call the back of the cloud car panties from now and moving on?? :) Beautiful! Thanks for sharing all the work!
 

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Jedifyfe

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Nice build and it's cool that you made one of the pilots French:

"Ah ha ha, look at my littol fwench moostache!"

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3d-builder

Sr Member
Amazing job we need video of the heads turning though!!:lol:thumbsup

I love this model but I hated scratch-building it
it was just a drain! I would never make another
even with all the patterns I made......NEVER!:lol

Lee I am still waiting to see yours buddy!:thumbsup
 

imaginager

Sr Member
Thanks for all the comments and views, guys.

Michael, the video link was at the end of my somewhat long-winded post. Here it is:

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I setup the motors/mech so the heads would turn at different speeds - thought it would look kinda silly if they were synchronized!

The mustache is the way the studio figure is painted, can't claim that as my invention, LOL.
 

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REL

Sr Member
What an amazing build and engineering, that's so cool. It's like one of those paintings where you feel the eyes are following you around the room.
 

Rats

Sr Member
Jeez, what a great build Allan! I've never liked the design of the Cloud Car (doesn't quite fit with the SW universe IMHO), but you've done an awesome job on that beastie. Paint is flawless (love the mo!) and the heads turning...priceless!

btw you keeping all those Morsers and Leopolds for any reason....? :lol
 

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