Hasbro U-Wing modification

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Jimw100

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I used Mr Surfacer 500 first just to glue everything in place (on top of the CA glue) then I’ve been using perfect plastic putty. I’ve found that it isn’t perfect - probably because I’m using fairly flexible sanding sticks I’ve found that I’m still left with a “dent” where the putty was even if I sand carefully. I assume this is because the plastic is much harder than the putty. I’m going to try again with Mr Surfacer 500 as it does get very hard but sands well. Would appreciate any tips though!
 

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Analyzer

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I normally use Perfect Plastic Putty. I just wasn't sure if there was any issues with it sticking to this plastic. Sounds like it is good to go.
Not sure what to do about the "dents" though
 

kermet

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Cool work Analyzer, Yep this plastic can be something to work with. The x-wing I did was tough this way all kinds of trimming and knife work so don't cut rite on the line give yourself some working room. Can't wait to see your progress
 

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Jimw100

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Just installed the cockpit consoles (side and front) with a little light box for the front one. Light leaks sealed up with Mr Surfacer 1200, and by using aluminium tape on the reverse sides of the styrene.
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One thing which complicates this is that all of the undersides of this will be visible through the bottom windows, and from the passenger bay, so I can’t just leave it looking raw as I usually would for a cockpit
 

Analyzer

Sr Member
Just installed the cockpit consoles (side and front) with a little light box for the front one. Light leaks sealed up with Mr Surfacer 1200, and by using aluminium tape on the reverse sides of the styrene.
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One thing which complicates this is that all of the undersides of this will be visible through the bottom windows, and from the passenger bay, so I can’t just leave it looking raw as I usually would for a cockpit

I love using that aluminum tape for light blocking. It also has the duel purpose of taping down the wiring in addition to light blocking and it fits complex shapes nicely
 
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Jimw100

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I feel like I made some good progress on this lately. All the electronics are now finished and installed. I nearly set the thing on fire by wiring up the flasher chip for the cannons wrongly...otherwise all working well.

Installed the battery under the floor, and glued the floor panels on top. I had to put silver tape under the panels as you could see the bright blue battery underneath.

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I ran the wires from the front consoles down the sides, and stuck them down with thin CA. If I had thought about it I would've run the black wires down the other side, so they're less visible with the side door open. Never mind.

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At this point I wanted to make sure that the door still fits on with everything else inside. Since I want it to be able to close, I used 8 little magnets, two sets to hold it in the closed position and two sets to hold it open, on the outside. They're about 1mm thick so hopefully won't look too bad once its painted.

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I also cut out the windows for the front lower section of the cockpit and for the side doors, from .5mm clear plastic. The next stage is to put the front and rear bulkheads in. Oh, I also put in the LEDs to light up the rear bulkhead:

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Jimw100

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Not much of an update, but I would was just watching Rogue one again and I noticed one thing - the landing gear placement on this model is completely wrong. It looks like the front landing gear comes out of the wings, and the rear comes from the sides of the main body, not the engines as in this toy. Which actually is good, as it means I can abandon my abortive attempt at making the landing gear work and just cover up the gear bays with styrene!
I also bought the Star Wars legion Bistan gunner figure on the basis that he would be good to put in the open doorway of the ship. I worked out two things: one is that the legion figures are even bigger than 1/46 (I think?) and the other is that the cutaway picture of the U-wing in the rogue one book is probably not quite in scale to the film. In the film Cassian and Jyn have to bend down to get into the U-wing side door, whereas in the rogue one book the door gunner is standing upright with his gun out the door.
 

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