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Limited Run Complete Cockpit Replacement Set for DeAgostini and Hasbro Hero Millennium Falcon

Discussion in 'Project Runs' started by Gus76, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This project run is for a complete Millennium Falcon cockpit replacement set. The set is available in two versions – 1/43 scale for studio scale DeAgostini 32 inch Falcon and 1/48 scale for Hasbro Hero 29 inch Falcon. The set consists of the following parts:

    - Cockpit cone that closely matches the original 32 inch filming miniature cone, with some internal side and top controls (SLA Printed/50micron)
    - Platform with seats, pilots and a console (SLA Printed/50micron)
    - Clear light conducting insert (SLA Printed/50micron)
    - Door frame (SLA Printed/50micron)
    - Photoetched parts - back and side walls, door, external grille to put around the cockpit and some extra grilles for the middle section of the top hull
    - 2 sets of water slide decals printed on a high resolution printer

    The set is available in two configurations - with the pilots and without.

    The parts of the set:

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    Decal sheets and photo-etched brass parts:

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    The cockpit cone - view from inside:

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    The platform with the seats, pilots and the console:

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    The clear insert with the applied photo-etched parts and decals, and attached door frame (sorry for the lousy paint job on the door frame):

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    The platform with the seats, pilots and the console slides into the cone from the back. The clear insert allows not only for the back wall to be lit but also side walls. There is also a way to lit up the cockpit console with fiber optic strands.

    The assembled cockpit:

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    The clear insert is attached to the existing structure of the corridor tube. I decided not to include the LEDs and mounting hardware with the set as there are so many different options to do that.

    The price for the set with the pilots is $135 USD plus shipping and $125 USD plus shipping without the pilots. Please send the full amount to volteco@gmail.com. Please post in the notes (or description) what version of the cockpit do you need and your forum nickname. Please allow up to three weeks from the payment date for the set to be ready and shipped (Most likely will be much faster).

    The shipping options are as follows:
    $17 USD flat rate shipping for USA and Canada with insurance and tracking.
    $22 USD overseas by airmail, 2 weeks delivery, no insurance, no tracking.
    $45 USD overseas, 10 days guaranteed delivery with insurance and tracking.

    A few notes on the set:
    1. You will receive the SLA printed parts still attached to the supports:

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    You will need to cut of the supports and separate the parts from the platforms. You should end up with something like this:

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    2. A few coats of clear gloss lacquer need to be applied to decal sheets. If you don't do that the decals will be destroyed once you try to apply them. I recommend applying at least 4-5 coats.

    UPDATE: I will seal the decals myself. The decals you receive with the set will already have a few layers of Tamiya gloss clear lacquer. For the people who has purchased this set and for any reason wish to print their own decals I can provide a link to download PDF or Illustrator version of the file free of charge.

    3. As always, I recommend using UV blocking paints to prolong the live of the SLA printed parts. A regular paint also blocks the daylight effectively if applied consistently.

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    4. The SLA resin is only affected by a certain wavelength light - UV spector around 410nm which is presented in sunlight and daylight. It is not affected by a bright light of soft light LEDs.

    5. You will need to paint the photo-etched parts white before applying the decals in order to keep the white color - the decals are "clear" and don't have white color.

    6. You can change the thickness of the cockpit tube part where the long photo etched grille is applied. Glue in long styrene strips on the cockpit tube before gluing the photo etched strip.

    Thank you for checking out my post.
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2016
  2. Artee77

    Artee77 New Member

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    Do you ship overseas? And if yes: How much would be the shipping of the set to Germany? :)
     
  3. zorg

    zorg Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great set, can you explain why the decals will be destroyed?

    Z
     
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  4. Bengrim09

    Bengrim09 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    it says $47 USD flat rate to the rest of the world with tracking and insurance
     
  5. Johnnyfl

    Johnnyfl Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I assume they are inkjet printed onto decal sheets so unless they are sealed with lacquer, the ink will run when submerged in water.
     
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  6. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Shipping info updated

    - - - Updated - - -

    $22 USD overseas by airmail, 2 weeks delivery, no insurance, no tracking.
    $45 USD overseas, 10 days guaranteed delivery with insurance and tracking.
     
  7. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This is because the decals are printed on a laser printer and need to be sealed before submerging into water. If you try to apply without sealing, the paint will peel off from its base layer as soon as you submerge the decals into water... Hope this explains it.
     
  8. zorg

    zorg Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks for the info gus,

    If the UK pound value had not plummeted I would have ordered.

    I have some pieces from gus and the details are really crisp, top quality.

    Keep up the good work
     
  9. arastx

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    Hi Gus,

    I wanted to ask if you will be making the plastic glass inserts for the cockpit windows. The Deagostini glass inserts look like coke bottles.

    Thanks and I will definitely be picking up one of these sets.
     
  10. Timmythekid

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    Ehhhh heh heh....waaaahhh.....want....soo......MUCH! So....poor.....must...resist....
     
  11. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi,

    No, I wasn't planning on doing the glass inserts, sorry. Mostly because the original miniature didn't have them. However I know the trick about making DeAgo inserts look better (more transparent and glass like). Get a bottle of Pledge Future shine, submerge the parts in it and let dry. Proven for clear parts, canopies and such...

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    Hope this helps.
    Thank you,
    Gus
     
  12. theyrenotdolls

    theyrenotdolls Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Fine scale modeler magazine has a nice article about Future polish this month. Worth checking out.

    Den



     
  13. newmagrathea

    newmagrathea Sr Member

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    Couple questions

    When are you taking payments?

    How long are you planning to keep this run going?
     
  14. Spacejunk

    Spacejunk Active Member

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    Payment Sent.
     
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  15. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The set is available now.
    Currently have a very limited number of photo-etched parts for each DeAgo and Hasbro versions. Once they are gone I will need to reorder from my supplier based on the interest. I am planning to have the run going until there is enough interest to order more photo-etched parts, which will probably be for a few months.
     
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  16. Kuat

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    Most impressive!
    Im missing only a 3PO and Leia,
    if you plan in the future (without pledge), to made them, it will be the best Cockpitset ever.

    Greez.
     
  17. PoopaPapaPalps

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    I'm so tempted but I've spent so much time and effort messing about with the stock cabin; I can't abandon it now!:lol
     
  18. Bengrim09

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    Don't I feel like an idiot sorry for the misquoted shipping price 45 and not 47 ( keeping my mouth shut in future ):$
     
  19. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Sorry, had to adjust the price a bit.
     
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  20. newmagrathea

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    Would you consider selling just the photo etch? I already have an after market cockpit, but I need that grill that wraps around the cockpit tube.
     
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  21. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    UPDATE: I will seal the decals myself. The decals you receive with the set will already have a few layers of Tamiya gloss clear lacquer. For the people who has purchased this set and for any reason wish to print their own decals I can provide a link to download PDF or Illustrator version of the file free of charge.
     
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  22. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    PM Sent

     
  23. maxhebus

    maxhebus Well-Known Member

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    Put me in.
     
  24. Aegis159

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    Can you explain the assembly of the clear insert some? The brass is on the exterior of the insert, interior, or both? How much light bleed is there through the decals if the brass is on the exterior? I've been struggling with an idea for lighting the sidewalls and this seems to fix that.... do you have any shots of it in the cockpit tube being lit from behind that shows how well the light transfers?

    Love what you've done here Gus!
     
  25. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The brass is on the interior of the insert, facing cockpit's interior. Not sure if it makes sense to apply it on the exterior, all the features would look blurred. So, the decals applied first on the brass and then brass is glued on to the insert. I will post some ideas on how to light the cockpit and how the sides are lit on Monday.
     
  26. Gus76

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    Notes section updated.
     
  27. arastx

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    Hi Gus,

    I wanted to ask where the notes section was located?

    Thanks,

    Regards,

    Alex
     
  28. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi Alex,

    Sorry, it is at the end of the first post.

    Thank you,
    Gus


     
  29. arastx

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    Hi Gus,

    I see. Sorry for the trouble.

    Thank you..

    Regards,

    Alex
     
  30. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    No worries :)
     
  31. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So, the idea is to light up the back of the insert under angle. Please see the drawing below (sorry, for the crappy drawing).The light will bounce off the internal walls of the cockpit cone and will light up the side walls of the clear insert. Please see the result on the right. I don't have the fully assembled version of the Millennium Falcon with this set, so just lighting it up with a flashlight.

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  32. Aegis159

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    Thanks for posting the explanation Gus. Just have to wait for a payment for a job now to order this, hehe....
     
  33. arastx

    arastx New Member

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    Hi Gus,

    Just wanted to let everyone know that I received my Cockpit Replacement kit this weekend and all I can say is WOW. It is amazing..

    Gus, you did a great job. Overall impressions are great quality both in the etch metal and in the 3d work. I cant wait to star working on it.

    Again, Thank you Gus...

    Regards,

    Alex
     
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  34. Spacejunk

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    As above. I too received mine and the quality is outstanding.

    Thanks Gus. :thumbsup
     
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  35. darthsideous

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    Hi, I'm interested in a set. Would this be considered the long cockpit?
     
  36. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi,

    Yes, this cockpit cone is made to resemble the ESB version which is proportionally longer than the cockpit cone of the 6 ft model made for ANH.

    Thank you,
    Gus
     
  37. Darthgarth

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    do the pilots come seperately or are they printed attached to the seats?
     
  38. ffoeg

    ffoeg Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Happy to say that my first post ever on the RPF is to report that my order (and followup) was timely received and in great shape.

    Thanks Gus

    Geoff
     
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  39. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yes, they are printed attached to the seats.

     
  40. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    People who purchased the cockpit set and have issues with decals, please let me know. I will ship you replacement decals free of charge. These replacement decals are much stronger and don't require clear coating.
     
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  41. nkg

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    Hi. The product looks really impressive; congrats on the fine work. I'm just a bit puzzled as to why the cone has the ESB detailing (eg: the Volvo panels), but the front console is ANH and not ESB, and the interior sidewall panels are the short ANH sidewalls and not the deeper ESB ones. Would it not fit if it were the correct depth?
     
  42. Gus76

    Gus76 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I will try to explain.
    I have never said the cockpit is completely "screen accurate", if that can be at all achieved... Most of the people don't go for a complete screen accurate look of the 32 inch filming miniature because the cockpit there is completely different from the on-screen set.
    I believe that means as long as the outside matches the ESB 32" version it is OK to use some elements from ANH inside the cockpit.
    Having said that, I have designed the cockpit based on the references I had (Volvo panels), my personal preferences ( I like ANH version better) and making sure it all fits together and technically achievable (Short ANH sidewalls to make sure it all comes together and the back and side walls can be lit).
    I am not hiding anything, I try to make as good photos as I can, so you can decide for yourself if this is something you want or not...
    I don't know why but I feel offended now.
     
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  43. nkg

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    Not trying to offend - I think it was clear from my question that I was just curious to know more about your design choices.

    Obviously the Falcon is different in each movie and each scene, and everyone chooses to draw their personal lines somewhere.
     

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