My try at building the 1/6 Scale Falcon Cockpit

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  1. IzzyMel

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    My children bought me a 3D printer for Fathers Day and I put it to good use. I started to work on my 1/6 Scale Falcon Cockpit. I started to print off the captains chairs. However, in the process of doing the 1st one a tree fell on the power lines and killed my 1st print ( shown next to the that is finished)

    [​IMG]IMG_20150622_095324 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20150622_095348 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20150622_095357 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    Had to do a lot of sanding to get rid of the spiderwebs. Here is a picture of it on the printer:

    [​IMG]3d printed Falcon seat by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    Here is a quick vid of the printing:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXdVPVYCuB8

    One more of these to print off then it's he Nav Seats. :)
     
  2. rbeach84

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    Very interesting honeycomb interior structure, what!

    Regards, Robert
     
  3. PHArchivist

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    So what is the diameter of the cockpit tube in 1/6 scale? 14" - 16"...?
     
  4. IzzyMel

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    The back wall is approximately 17 inches in diameter. :). It's going to be a very big project.
     
  5. flimzy

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    great start although unlucky about the tree ;-0

    can't wait to see more.
     
  6. SofaKing01

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    Now thats a heck of a Father's Day! Looking forward to seeing this project move forward :)
     
  7. PHArchivist

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    SO much fun!
     
  8. SofaKing01

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  9. IzzyMel

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    Thanks for the bump Sofaking01 and for the help with my project :)

    And then there were two.
    [​IMG]IMG_20150630_212415 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    I was away. Now I'm back and able to continue. I'm in the process of printing off the back seats. I'll post pics once I have them done. :)
     
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  10. joberg

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    Those are looking good. As for the sanding, are you using acetone, or it's just sand paper to remove those lines?
     
  11. SofaKing01

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    I would DEF go with the Acetone and then a few coats of the primer / filler! :)
     
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  12. IzzyMel

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    How do you use acetone to get rid of the lines without damaging any of the detail???
     
  13. SofaKing01

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    The acetone is a slow "smoothing" process - slowly melts the plastic. You can use a small paint brush in certain areas - simply brush the acetone over and over. I would use a practice piece to get the hang on it.

    Check out this vid (be sure to watch others for more detail)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biLVyGDvisM
     
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  14. IzzyMel

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    No luck with Acetone. All it did was change the color of my black pla to White. Sad Face. At least I tried it on a small pice and not on the main seats. I think Acetone works well with ABS. Not so good with PLA. :(
     
  15. SofaKing01

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    OH DANG! I dont know what made me think you were using the other. Sorry about that... : (
     
  16. SofaKing01

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  17. IzzyMel

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    I'm having a hell of a time trying to get the back Nav seats done. I think I'm going to have to do a combination of scratch build and 3d print.

    You can see the detail on the prints are good on side only next to the scratch build post. I do like the Base for the seat and the hoods.

    [​IMG]IMG_20150707_104349 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    However, I'm not to crazy about the back side of the prints. I one is usable because most of it will be hidden behind the seat. The other one will be trashed.

    [​IMG]IMG_20150707_104427 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr
     
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  18. SofaKing01

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    I'm digging the styrene version. Much cleaner and you'll def see / get more detail. I think the combo effort will def work :)
     
  19. SofaKing01

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    Hi Iz,

    Come to think about it... I dont like how fast your nav chairs are getting finished. Stop It! ;)
     
  20. joberg

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    Yes, the combo will certainly work for you:)
     
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  22. IzzyMel

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  23. typegeek

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    Looks good. I'd love to have even just the seats to download the print file and print them :) I have heard of acetone working but I think with PLA it has to be an acetone bath, which I have heard of numerous techniques but the simplest one involves putting newspaper in the bottom of a vase, pour some acetone/nail polish remover on it so it soaks into the paper, then flip it overtop of your print so the vapours sink down onto the print. Never tried it though. I've printed a few things, but haven't had to do much sanding yet.
     
  24. IzzyMel

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    I tried the acetone bath as well with no success. :( You can download the files at https://grabcad.com/library/millennium-falcon-captain-s-chair. You''l just need to down scale the files to suite your needs. Hope that helps.
     
  25. joberg

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    That MF cockpit is the bomb...for the one who can afford it:D
     
  26. SofaKing01

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  28. IzzyMel

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  29. joberg

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    TFS Sofa...now, who's gonna build the rest of the MF around that cockpit?:D
     
  30. SofaKing01

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    I Vote Iz - he should attempt to do what no one else has done! ;)
     
  31. IzzyMel

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    Where in the world would I put that????:p It would be an awesome build. Have you seen the size of the Tie fighter? I think I will stick to just building cockpits for now. :devil
     
  32. bwayne64

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    Man great stuff there ! Has anyone ever sized the saucer on a 1/6 scale falcon. I've got a 12 foot satellite dish. LOL just kidding, I do have the dish but working on the five footer, and its plenty big enough.
     
  33. joberg

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    Yep, at that scale, the details on that MF would be at the "Insane Level Of Crazy";)
     
  34. IzzyMel

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  35. joberg

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    It's a start indeed...and many more of those into the future. Eagerly waiting for more!
     
  36. SofaKing01

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    NICE! We def need the Coke Can size comparo pic! :)
     
  37. IzzyMel

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  38. SofaKing01

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    Beer cans? ;)

    Iz... Looking good!

    FYI: There is small flat spot at the VERY top of the console nose just above the upper instrument panel. A light sanding on a flat surface should get the desired look. :)
     
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  39. IzzyMel

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    Well I went back to try to print off the Nav seat. My friend fixed the file and I used Simplify3D to slice it and print it in 3 different part. It looks pretty good. I have to sand, glue, and paint it but I think it will nice when it is done. :D

    [​IMG]IMG_20150715_224645 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20150715_224717 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20150715_224802 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20150715_224809 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    Sorry for the bad pics. I took them late last night. I try and take some better ones this weekend.
     
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  40. joberg

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    The Nav chair is not bad at all...a little more TLC on the smoothing and they would be A+;)...I know that it's a learning experience and we appreciate the effort you're putting into it!
     
  41. SofaKing01

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    AWESOME! Looking forward to seeing some primer and paint! :) Now if only I could get my build to move as fast! ;)
     
  42. IzzyMel

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    I bought some of the Smooth on XTC-3D to help with the smoothing process. Once I have the other Nav chair printed I will be applying the cover coat and prime and paint.:)
     
  43. SofaKing01

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    Less talk... more work! ;)
     
  44. bwayne64

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    Where does everybody get dimensions of the cockpit from. Is there a blueprint out there somewhere I don't know about, :)
     
  45. IzzyMel

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    Did some more work on the center console. After getting all the panels and base right, I started to glue them in place. You notice I put screws in the side. Thats so I can go back in and add the center lights.

    [​IMG]IMG_20150720_095310 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20150720_095325 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20150720_095335 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20150720_095341 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20150720_095349 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20150720_095356 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20150720_095427 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    Seat added :)

    [​IMG]IMG_20150720_095707 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20150720_095858 by Izzy Mel, on Flickr

    More to follow....
     
  46. joberg

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    Shape of the console looks right. Question: the greeblies on the console will be done from scratch, or are you going to keep that photo representation of the controls?
     
  47. IzzyMel

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    I plan on building them from Scratch or find something that closely resembles the ones I can't. :)
     
  48. SofaKing01

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    Hey B,

    I've been working very closely with Starkiller (he created a 1:1 scale Falcon in 3D) for my project. And I'm passing along a few images for Iz to work his 1/6th scale. BUT, there is a blueprint of the basic cockpit size and shape but ZERO plans for details, seats, etc. For example, we now know the pilot/copilot seats are Hunt Master seats from the 70s and the Nav chairs are Martin Baker ejection seats (Type 4 I believe).

    Hope this helps? :)

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    Hey Iz,

    She's looking great so far! I have most (99%) of the greeblies should you need a working file. I'm not sure how you're going to fab all these parts. Normally I would say I feel sorry for ya having to create all those details... but this is part of the adventure! :)

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    Hey Iz,

    Quick Question: Are you going to create the entire exterior of the cockpit like the Hot Toys version?
     
  49. IzzyMel

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    I plan on it but you know what they say about best laid plans...:) I have been referring to your build for the greeblies. Any bit of info will definitely help in my build. Thanks
     
  50. SofaKing01

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    As you know, I have MOST of the working files so just let me know what you need. :)
     

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