Gold Leader Y wing, NiceN kit conversion.

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  1. ralphee

    ralphee Sr Member

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    OK, its embryonic, but i thought id nail a thread up now, as im almost done with the Probe Droid legs, and this will be MY next project to finish.

    Im converting the Nice N Red Jammer, into a TIE killer, why, because im pretty warped in the head, and, you guys know i love to tinker.

    This build will have, complete new engine patterns, a rework (not rebuild) of the cockpit module, and corrected details on the main hull and wings.

    Quite a lot to do, and some may ask why, seeing as Steve and crew are to release this bird........my Jammer was a gift, im not going to sell it to fund another, ive NO plans to collect Y wings lol, and lastly, i think ill be way happier using real parts for the engines......although Mike did a great job, im still not too happy with resin cans TBH.

    So there ya have it, itll be another long winded overblown thread of shaving, casting, cutting, and general mess, but, a bit of fun, and where is the fun in building OOB these days?

    Id like to just thank a very, very good friend and gifted member here, for helping me make this project happen......you know who you are...merci.

    bests.......lee

    Bit of casting after work on Friday.
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    Some dry fitting, engines are just place holders from the kit!
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    Wing plant on castings, came out like a dream with Easyflo 60.
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  2. el loco

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    Oh Lee,
    what a cool project !
    I will watch this build up with great interest :thumbsup
     
  3. darth_daniel

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    What a cool project! :) I know the Jammer head is different from the Gold Ys, but is the general shape of the t-shaped fuselage the same?
     
  4. ralphee

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    Dan, in this thread, who cares, its a Y wing hull right? I think the hulls may have been cast from the Jammer, not sure, but its what im using, lets live a little eh?

    Lee
     
  5. cosmic_x

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    very interesting project, thanks!
     
  6. Colin Droidmilk

    Colin Droidmilk Sr Member

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    Go for it, man! Nice pics...(they show up the chipped wallpaper real nice too - gives me a pang for the home country, lol...)
     
  7. ralphee

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    Steve my man, ill go as far as to send you a swatch :lol. Cheers bud, cant say ill be able to nail every aspect of this Y, but im gonna give it one hell of a go, and come out the other end with somethin' pretty......i hope lol.
    Just love the paint on this bird, its so haphazard, downright shoddy, gives it a lot of charm.
    Got a bit of PD arm work in the AM, then i may sit and start cutting my Saturn V donors.

    lee
     
  8. jedimaster

    jedimaster Sr Member

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    YOU ARE NUTZ!!!!!...... But I like it....
     
  9. frakme

    frakme New Member

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    Will be interesting to see the final piece!
     
  10. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Love that you're doing something so bold! Awesome!
     
  11. eagle1

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    This will be interesting Lee, sort of reverse-engineering mate.
    She's going to be a stunner when your'e through with her, nice one:)
    Stu
     
  12. Colin Droidmilk

    Colin Droidmilk Sr Member

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    Nah, yer all right, thanks... you keep the swatch, lol.

    Btw, what's PD arm work?
     
  13. MonsieurTox

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    Thats going to be cool to follow, very nice pulls ! Cant wait to see more !
     
  14. ralphee

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    Thanks Julien, ill be pulling the rest soon, easyflo resin works so well its much better than the Alumilite.
    Im pouring the engine plant on direct, through a small funnel, works really well.

    Oh, wasnt going to go this far but, anybody got a pair of L'eggs i can bum?
    I dont fancy crossdressing just yet, but thought i could use the packaging on the new engine patterns.

    Lee
     
  15. ralphee

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    Kinda forgot about his one, but took a spare 30 mins to start shaving off all the raised panels, a few left to do, then im going to smooth it all out, rescribe and re panel as per the Gold Leader model.
    Now ive broke the back on the Snowspeeder with wht limited time i get to work......plan on having this as a WIP for the November prop meet.

    lee
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  16. NAZGÛL

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    Your work looks great! So... what is a TIE Killer version?
     
  17. ralphee

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    Cheers bud, just easy shaving with a razor blade. TIE killer, means im taking the NiceN Red Jammer, and making a close copy of the TIE killer/Gold leader Y wing.
    It wont be 100% to the mark, im not aiming for that, just having some fun.

    lee
     
  18. NAZGÛL

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    Ah, Gold Leader. Missed the nickname. Cheers!
     
  19. Apophis

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    Awesome idea Lee!!
     
  20. ralphee

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    Cheers Jerry, it may not end up as accurate as the actual planned kit release, but, with all the work to put the wonky engine cans right with OE kit parts, thought id put a bit more effort in.

    Here is my clean slate for the cockpit (lil bit more polishing to do), took some work to get this nice, seems the master pattern was way wonky and kooky, so a fair bit of putty to put the dips right, and all raised panels and scribing removed.

    Hopefully get to scribe it tomorrow, may as well finish this modeule fully, then move on to those styrene engines and hull, with more mod work on the way.

    I just really want to paint this bird, to me it has the most attractive paint/weather work of all the Y's, really slap dash, but very colorful and effective.

    bests........lee
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  21. Hackcore

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    Looks fantastic!! I´m looking forward to see more. :thumbsup
     
  22. Talkierg

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    Y-wing,this is the hardest SW model to ID the part from it for me at the moment:cry
    Love this bird,1 of my favorite model,looking forward to this:thumbsup
     
  23. NAZGÛL

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    It does have a great paint job. Any progress on this?
     
  24. Talkierg

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    Yea Lee c'mon..more pix please.
     
  25. ralphee

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    Hoping to get the scribing this weekend fellas, and the accurate raised panels, so hang in there, its happening, im just juggling a few things right now.
    Dont worry, EVERYTHING i have will be documented pic by pic here, as stated, i wont be chasing every tiny kit part on the hull, but ill do my best, just wanted a bit of fun.....and to paint this awesome livery, there is sooo much color and goings on weathering wise.

    lee
     
  26. moffeaton

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    Are you going to add the green wash that some of the parts now have? I'm really looking forward to seeing your paint work on this model. It'll be a benchmark!
     
  27. ralphee

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    Green wash and way more Jason. Thanks, im hoping for a short while it will be benchmark, till Steve and the gang nail the actual kit release and better men, better me :).

    lee
     
  28. ralphee

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    Well, hard to really pick it up, but the re scribe is done. By no means perfect, a few areas on the module profile (red jammer) mean some lines have to run a different path, and im scribing into resin (something i loathe)..........., factor in, i suck at scribing......its not the end of the world.

    I think itll be worth it, rather than just painting it as Gold Leader, having the right panels etc etc, will make it that little more cool......its kinda fun too not building OOB.......thats boring, i did endeavor to open up the torpedo tubes too....nice easy little job.

    Anyhoo, next up are those raised panels, then, its onto the hull, glad to have this cockpit job behind me now though lol.

    lee
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  29. Apophis

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    great job as always Lee!
     
  30. peza

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    eh up buddy,lovin ya work.looks sweet see more soon hopefully..cheers tayta peza...:cheers
     
  31. NAZGÛL

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    Any updates mate?
     
  32. ralphee

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    Heh, not yet Matti, im still only tinkering, need to focus on the Snowspeeder i need to finish, but ill be updating soon. As Jason stated, this will hopefully be a new benchmark for this prop replica, and the paint will mirror the prop exactly i hope, no OTT or OCD silliness, just a bang up, ILM slap happy replica paint up.

    lee
     
  33. NAZGÛL

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    Sounds good Lee. Glad youre going for the ILM paint job finish.
     
  34. Apophis

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    Cant wait bud!
     
  35. ralphee

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    Try get the rest of the raised plates done tomorrow Jerry, and get that armature rod tapped and mount the hull.
    May not fit wing mounts to this one, not sure, i have them, but im trying to think up a way to have the engine cans removable for events, and its tough with a wing mount block in place :facepalm.

    lee
     
  36. Colin Droidmilk

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    What the hell...? Are you an SS modeller or a mouse? Get or make a 3-foot flightcase like ILM did, for crying out loud, heh heh.

    That's some * fine scribing. I'm envious; I buggered mine up a bit re-scoring some of the lines on the head. Ho well...
     
  37. ralphee

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    Yes Steve, ill do it Steve, a big case then eh Steve......... :lol. Its storing that big bloomin case then too buddy lol.
    Ill think of something, i always do.....its tricky though.

    Thanks on the scribing mate, normally im ok, but its resin and orrible to scribe, i fudged a couple of lines on the underside, but there close, so i can live with them.

    I did get the ol' bird on a panavise today, dont know where the time went lol, just ran out of it........see what i can get done tomorrow on other stuff.

    bests.......lee
     
  38. NAZGÛL

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    Scribing can be really tricky, and I find ILM to be extra hard, as they somtimes are pretty rushed and sloppy, and getting that special look can be a pain. Yours look great!
     
  39. ralphee

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    Cheers Matti. Not much time to do much right now, really poorly little one in the house, but got a bit of free time to add the styrene chips.
    There not perfect, had to marry them up to my non perfect scribing, but, its closer to the Gold Leader cockpit than just simply painting the jammer one yellow lol.
    Just a bit more clean up, and ill black and basecoat this part, and move onto the hull and cutting the new engines.

    lee
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  40. NAZGÛL

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    Nice detailing!
     
  41. Talkierg

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    Yepp,nice detail,very clean work:thumbsup
     
  42. ralphee

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    Cheers bud!

    lee
     
  43. peza

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    eh up buddy,lookin sweet mym8.i`m lovin it!:love
     
  44. ralphee

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    Chose a few to get this a bit further along today. Needed to get it up on a panavise, which had its own problems as clamping up the hull, told me my armature rod was pretty bent.
    Some heat, and persuasion with a mallet, a chainsaw, and a small detonator, i managed to right it, and bond up my hull.
    I was going to fit the hull's upper and lower electronics ports, but instead ive opted to try find the parts that actually covered them, some kind of shroud, itll be a hunt, but, ill try.
    Also playing with the DFV tranny and M23 caliper hull plug, think i have it about right......as i said, it wont be perfect, im hardly an ANH guru :lol, but i need to add the "blob" on the rear of this part......ah, its just a bit of fun TBH.

    lee
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  45. NAZGÛL

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    Man, that looks clean Lee!
     
  46. MonsieurTox

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    Wow awesome Lee ! Cant wait to see the paintjob, it'll be a lot of fun for you to do and for us to watch !
     
  47. ralphee

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    Thanks Matti, its a well cast kit though, not exactly in need of a ton of polishing!

    Julien, yeah, its nice to play around with it, i will get the new engines cut next, try move a bit more swift on the build, and get to that paint!

    Lee
     
  48. Colin Droidmilk

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    Aye, it looks nice, that...

    The part that replaces the LEM head looks cool. To me, it's slightly distracting having that whole LEM part there. Of course on screen you'd never see it but having the model up close and personal it's sorta over-recognizable! Makes the back of the ship look like some weird sort of Apollo funeral bier or something lol!
     
  49. ralphee

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    Heh, i know what you mean Steve, the LEM ruins the look in the area, you just KNOW its a LEM.
    The DFV tranny and Tiger wheel just look nice nestled in there, and especially the DFV assembly, way more thought put in.

    lee
     
  50. Talkierg

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    Please show us pics when all the kit parts placed before prime this baby,very clean work as usual:thumbsup
    Thanks for sharing the DFV parts update,I didnt know theres another small parts on top of the DFV,superb!
     

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