Deckard's Sedan from Blade Runner build thread - Fujimi 1/24 model kit

Sym-Cha

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This beautiful build screams for an added action figure ... are you aware you can get a very nice detailed head sculpt of Deckard in 1/24th scale?

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You will have to scratchbuild a 1/24 scale body to go with this head.

Chaïm
 

srspicer

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Looking great! Soldering is tricky, but once you get it down, you will love it. The Main reason for flux is to keep the joint from oxidizing while you are heating up the brass, this will then assist in solder flow in the joint. The flowing action is called 'capillary action'. It is the 'suction' pulling the solder into a clean tight joint. It like when you coaster sticks to the table with water under it, and you cannot lift it without prying it up. ;)
Thanks Analyzer, it's definitely useful for larger more solid pieces but you can't use it for everything. Plus multiple joins on the same piece get tricky as you could reheat solder that's already cooled leading to pieces moving about :(
When soldering multiple parts, you can use steel binding wire. It is a thin steel wire you can easily wrap around the parts being soldered together. Yes, you can solder the binding wire to your piece if you are not careful. To prevent this, you can use white-out on areas or parts you don't want the solder to stick to.
If you search jewelry soldering, you will see a lot of these techniques in use. There are also different hardnesses of solder, easy, medium and hard. They melt at different temps, low to hight temps. You can start off with hard and then to easy solder if you have to solder the same piece multiple times. Takes practice, but if one person can do it, so can another.
Hope this helps. Looking forward to more!!
 

Akwalek

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Looking great! Soldering is tricky, but once you get it down, you will love it. The Main reason for flux is to keep the joint from oxidizing while you are heating up the brass, this will then assist in solder flow in the joint. The flowing action is called 'capillary action'. It is the 'suction' pulling the solder into a clean tight joint. It like when you coaster sticks to the table with water under it, and you cannot lift it without prying it up. ;)

When soldering multiple parts, you can use steel binding wire. It is a thin steel wire you can easily wrap around the parts being soldered together. Yes, you can solder the binding wire to your piece if you are not careful. To prevent this, you can use white-out on areas or parts you don't want the solder to stick to.
If you search jewelry soldering, you will see a lot of these techniques in use. There are also different hardnesses of solder, easy, medium and hard. They melt at different temps, low to hight temps. You can start off with hard and then to easy solder if you have to solder the same piece multiple times. Takes practice, but if one person can do it, so can another.
Hope this helps. Looking forward to more!!
Thanks so much for the knowledge share srspicer, really appreciated!
 

Akwalek

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Hi All, hope you're having a good weekend. I've got a little more work done on the Sedan's interior.

This update covers work on fitting the photoetch centre console made in a previous post.
I'd already cut out the holes needed for the two main panels, so first step was to apply CA around the edges on the plastic then line up and place the brass pieces in place.

1/24 Deckard's Sedan Model - Attaching center console PE - Akwalek RPF


Next up I flipped the interior tub over and measured the width on the recess under the etch panel.
Suitable Marks were then made onto an 18mm x 30mm micropanel so I could cut it to fit the space.

1/24 Deckard's Sedan Model - Measure space for backlight - Akwalek RPF
1/24 Deckard's Sedan Model - Micropanel marked for cut - Akwalek RPF


I've been cutting these panels with a grinding disk in my rotary tool. I have a bench clamp designed to hold the tool in place which is great for this kind of job. It's far easier to offer the part up to the tool than trying to move the tool along a straight line.

1/24 Deckard's Sedan Model - Cutting Micropanel - Akwalek RPF


I take most of the unwanted material off in the first pass, but don't go right up to the edge.
On the second pass I creep up on the line gently to get it nice and neat.

1/24 Deckard's Sedan Model - Cutting Micropanel - Akwalek RPF


The edges are then refined with a hand file and test fitted, filed, test fitted, filed again until they fit well.
I make them a touch undersized as I'll be adding aluminium tape around the edges as a light blocker.

Once I've got the width down I peel off one side of the panels diffuser. The panels are like a sandwich with a core of an acrylic panel and the LED with a thin diffuser material either side.

1/24 Deckard's Sedan Model - Micropanel backing peeled off- Akwalek RPF


I then cut a piece of aluminium tape and stick it down over the exposed acrylic.
The tape is then trimmed leaving a small lip all the way around the edges of the panel.

1/24 Deckard's Sedan Model - Light blocking Micropanel - Akwalek RPF


I then drag the panel along a firm flat surface so that the tape is neatly wrapped around the edge. This is repeated on the three exposed sides and any excess trimmed off.

1/24 Deckard's Sedan Model - Light blocking Micropanel - Akwalek RPF
1/24 Deckard's Sedan Model - Light blocking Micropanel - Akwalek RPF


The panel now fits in the recess to light the console and is completely, definitely, without doubt, 111% light blocked...

1/24 Deckard's Sedan Model - Light blocking Micropanel - Akwalek RPF


Wait... What!!!!

1/24 Deckard's Sedan Model - Light spilling Micropanel - Akwalek RPF


I forgot to cover the end of the light panel so it was spilling out from the back of the LED.
Little bit more tape...

1/24 Deckard's Sedan Model - Light spilling Micropanel - Akwalek RPF
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...and it's looking great.

1/24 Deckard's Sedan Model - Lit centre console - Akwalek RPF
 

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