Let's Build Greeblie Pack #12 - A Skyhopper Group Build

bcgd

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My parts got a spa day!

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Blitzkreig

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Well, that was enjoyable. Completed the engine area. Minus the Transtar hub which will be added later after paint. All pieces went on fairly smooth. I used CA sparingly to glue on the parts. One tip I would mention is to maybe glue on part R3 before adding R16 (See above).

Also found a great way to hold the model level during assembly using the 1-2-3 blocks (See the bottom photo). Love these blocks. So many uses. If you're interested, you can get a pair of them on Amazon for about 17 bucks.

Anyway, below are a couple more pics of my build along with some of the better reference photos I could find. Don't forget to take a look at Jason's site for lots of great reference photos from just about every angle.



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Studio Model - Colin Cantwell

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Jason Eaton

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bcgd

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Well, I was rocking until I discovered the error in the orientation of parts A11 in the instructions. I missed Blitzkrieg’s post about it. Now I’m at a complete standstill as there’s no real recovery. I sent an email with some photos explaining what happened and hopefully they’ll send me some replacement parts so I can start over.
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Blitzkreig

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Well, I was rocking until I discovered the error in the orientation of parts A11 in the instructions. I missed Blitzkrieg’s post about it. Now I’m at a complete standstill as there’s no real recovery. I sent an email with some photos explaining what happened and hopefully they’ll send me some replacement parts so I can start over. View attachment 1636756
It's looking great. I would just keep building. You could try and carefully pry the piece off. But acrylic snaps pretty fast under pressure. Or order the parts. I understand if you want it just right. You're not too far in and the second time around goes much smoother.
 
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LewisD

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Well, I was planning to start my build this week, but I discovered that I was missing B2 after doing a part inventory. Masterpiece Models hasn’t replied to my email yet and is apparently moving and is shut down until the end of the month…
 

moffeaton

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You're right - I am mortified, apologize, and I need to amend the instructions. Parts still fit (as I apparently built it like that with the piece flipped?) but I need to make clear that A13 does down first as shown but not mentioned in that pic on page 1). Timing is bad for this coming to my attention as I have hand surgery #5 in the AM so bear with me...
 

Blitzkreig

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Well, I was planning to start my build this week, but I discovered that I was missing B2 after doing a part inventory. Masterpiece Models hasn’t replied to my email yet and is apparently moving and is shut down until the end of the month.

Lewis,
John from Masterpiece Models sent a message asking me to let ya know he has sent you an e-mail regarding B2.

FYI, I had to replace a couple parts I lost and they were great with helping me get the parts I needed.
 
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bcgd

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You're right - I am mortified, apologize, and I need to amend the instructions. Parts still fit (as I apparently built it like that with the piece flipped?) but I need to make clear that A13 does down first as shown but not mentioned in that pic on page 1). Timing is bad for this coming to my attention as I have hand surgery #5 in the AM so bear with me...
No worries, Jason. I know you’re a stand up guy and mistakes happen. I sent an email to John and he’s sending me the replacement parts. Hope your paws heal quickly and you get back to the bench soon.
 

bcgd

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It's looking good. I would just keep building. You could try and carefully pry the piece off. But acrylic snaps pretty fast under pressure. Or order the parts. I understand if you want it just right. You're not too far in and the second time around goes much smoother.
Exactly. Those parts aren’t going anywhere. Thanks, Weld-On 3!
 

bcgd

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If it helps in commiserating, I had to build the parts five times to get it right, that first scracth build
I was wondering about that as I was assembling it. Do you start with a “soft” model using matte board to work out the measurements and fit before moving to plastic?
 

Blitzkreig

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So, what do you think? Does he break the stand when he sets it down? Does the front leg slip off the table? Or something else?

I found this image online and it shows the incident. But if you haven't watched the film in a while. Check it out. The ship clearly falls forward when he sets it down. Thoughts?

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bcgd

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So, what do you think? Does he break the stand when he sets it down? Does the front leg slip off the table? Or something else?

I found this image online and it shows the incident. But if you haven't watched the film in a while. Check it out. The ship clearly falls forward when he sets it down. Thoughts?

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Hmmmm. At first I thought the stand broke loose and went up through the model but maybe one of the legs bent.
 

Blitzkreig

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I spent a little time this evening cutting and attaching these two rectangular panels below the wings. I would suggest maybe adding these before gluing on part A19. They appear to angle down a little on the studio model (see below). So, I added a little droop to mine. The size of the pieces I cut were 18mm x 15mm. But the more I look at it here they might be a little long. Try maybe 16mm x 15mm? Take a look at it.

Also, again below I tried to add some more good reference photos.

Anyone else start building their Hopper yet? I know bcgd will be back at it soon. I'm really enjoying this part of the build.

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Jason Eaton


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