Razor Crest - 1:34 - Modified/lights - Build log. (pic heavy)

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Hoplitespear

Sr Member
Thank you for all the nice comments!



Really great work. I probably missed it, but what are your plans for the cockpit clear windscreen?
Thank you! I am debating between cutting a coke bottle or vacuumforming. The coke bottles I have at hand seem to have the correct curve for the front corner pieces. The rest only being curved in one direction.

Or getting some clear styrene from the model shop nearby and trying to vacuumform them over bucks or just with a heatblower.

Awesome! Also, your command of English grammar far exceeds mine of Dutch! Which is zero...sadly.
Now, vacuforming is no mystery. You obviously have the skills to fabricate the 'male' forms and a simple vac rig. I once made one from a cardboard shoe box reinforced with a coat hangar wire grid to support a window screen mesh 'platform' taped over the hole I cut in one side using duct tape. I cut some fiberboard frames of same outer dims as the platform side of the box, with rectangular cutouts of different sizes to let me match my form sizes and conserve plastic. The clear plastic sheet was secured over the cutouts using thumb tacks pushed through the plastic into small predrilled holes. A hole sized to fit my vacuum cleaner hole was cut into the end of the box and reinforced with duct tape as were the box sides and seams to ensure it was airtight. I used a couple of bricks on the oven rack to support the frames and to allow for the plastic to sag. So, hose in the box, vacuum on, once the plastic heated to the max droop point then tightened back up some, used oven mitt to grab and throw on the form setting on the platform and boom! It was done. Crude but it worked. The box would collapse a bit to relieve the suction, and the plastic would self seal the frame. The flexibilty of the setup made it work. The tricky elements were heating to correct temp, good aligment of the frame and speed!
So, moral of the story is if *that* works, I expect you can come up with something.too.
Cheers! Robert
Thx! As for the vacuumforming, I was indeed thinking of making a small wooden box with an adapter for my shop vac and just heating the clear styrene with a heatgun and then pulling it over. I'll let you know what contraption I put together when I get to the windows :).

-Hopli
 

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Hoplitespear

Sr Member
(PART I picture limit)

Hey everyone,

I got an update!

I added windows using the coke bottle. Did think about using vacuum forming but then I had to print bucks etc... so I decided to see what the coke bottle would give. If it was good enough I'll use that, and it was or rather is.

I got some pictures of those, they will get window trims at the end. (also its a bit out of order, this is a picture from after doing the all black primer)

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So since the black primer is spoiled some more shots of that:

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All seams disappeared for 99%. I liked my added detail on the top, engines and back and landing gear. I also loved the added lights.
This all marked the point for me to start painting.

After black comes!!! Tamiya TS 17.
(had to mask the windows again)

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I'm soooooooooo happy with this, seeing it all in the 'main color'. It really looks good in my opinion. I realized there are 2 base colors on this ship, the silver and the heavily flaked of markings on the side.
 

Hoplitespear

Sr Member
PART II (picture limit)

This realization was followed by a few hours of masking. I used the panels and various details to line up my tape and replicate it one the other side. It was hard to find the exact pattern but I think it is really close. Enjoy my pain:

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I then went into the masked area with a new product (for me at least) to try and get the chipping to look 'natural'

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This stuff worked really well in the end but it takes a really long while to dry. And when you use a too small layer its almost impossible to find it again and peel it off.

But like I said, it worked sooooooooooooo well in the end:

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Again, soooooo happy with this result, the peeling off took a while but the chipped paint is spot on! For those interested the color is tamiya TS-46.

All this was followed by some shop cleaning. And now comes the part where I paint and weather this thing for a few hours to get it finished. But first I'll get the guns to the same level as the rest of the ship: detailed and painted in base colors.

This will have to wait for the next few days though since it was time to close up.
I did snag some more pictures before closing the door...

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This is all for now!!

-Hopli
 

skahtul

Sr Member
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Thanks Analyzer and Hoplitespear - great reference. I think I might have to try and replicate that top detail to some extent, although the sunken part with the radiators is going to be tricky without cutting a big hole in the hull.

I wish I’d noticed this before I printed it all out and stuck it together! Having said that at least I haven’t started painting yet. I need to decide whether to try to 3D model and print a replacement top part, or build it from styrene. I was hoping to be able to just add styrene bits on top, but I think I'll need to grind back the existing raised part first, or it will all stick up too high.

What a great build! I am currently working on this project and you have given me so many ideas, thanks for posting. This was so well executed.

Also, as I have almost zero scratch building skills (your's looks awesome) I tracked down a 'more' accurate top and used Meshmixer to make a single part that I can then print. It does throw off the scale just a bit but it's close enough for me... I was not going to worry about it but when I saw your build I just could not let it go and I had to do something about it :)



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And about the block, yeah, we all get it! It's why I always have 10 or more projects. This way I either have a lot of options or too much to do so if I get stuck I just turn around and start working on something else.

Again, nice work!
 

skahtul

Sr Member
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So in a rush late night (when thinking is out of the window) I 'quickly' glued the complete hull and engines together. The right wing didn't go in for 1.5mm and I panicked..... I couldn't push it further in and the glue set.
I just placed it there looking at it and feeling so gutted, closed my workshop and didn't go in for a few days.

This happens to me all the time when working with PLA! I am not sure if you were using super glue or not but it bonds crazy good with PLA, but you better get it right the first time as it bonds 100% in less than a second for sure!

Also, you may have mentioned this but I can't find it. What specific black did you use for the base and what silver color did you end up going with?

Thanks!!
 

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Analyzer

Sr Member
Wow! so inspiring. I need to get back to mine. I've got it all printed out, but just totally stalled trying to figure out what to do with the landing gear. I'll definitely be following your lead
 

Jimw100

Well-Known Member
What a great build! I am currently working on this project and you have given me so many ideas, thanks for posting. This was so well executed.

Also, as I have almost zero scratch building skills (your's looks awesome) I tracked down a 'more' accurate top and used Meshmixer to make a single part that I can then print. It does throw off the scale just a bit but it's close enough for me... I was not going to worry about it but when I saw your build I just could not let it go and I had to do something about it :)



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And about the block, yeah, we all get it! It's why I always have 10 or more projects. This way I either have a lot of options or too much to do so if I get stuck I just turn around and start working on something else.

Again, nice work!
Ah that looks great! Did you find that top piece somewhere for free or did you have to pay for it? Would love to get the stl for it if it’s available.
 

skahtul

Sr Member
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No, you have to buy it. But it has (in my opinion) better landing gear, a more accurate dash (has the little silver knob modeled into it, it's called out as a separate part in the files > "Control_Panel_Baby's_Toy"), and of course the top section.

 
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Hoplitespear

Sr Member
Hey Guys,

thank you as always for the very nice comments!

What a great build! I am currently working on this project and you have given me so many ideas, thanks for posting. This was so well executed.

Also, as I have almost zero scratch building skills (your's looks awesome) I tracked down a 'more' accurate top and used Meshmixer to make a single part that I can then print. It does throw off the scale just a bit but it's close enough for me... I was not going to worry about it but when I saw your build I just could not let it go and I had to do something about it :)



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And about the block, yeah, we all get it! It's why I always have 10 or more projects. This way I either have a lot of options or too much to do so if I get stuck I just turn around and start working on something else.

Again, nice work!

That looks amazing, wish I tought of that sooner XD.


I got a tiny update, I continued painting, the two things to show u is a huge wash over everything, some places even took back the silver to black but nothing major. It gives the whole ship this dirty darker metal look.

I'm still blocking out base colors, I painted the intake edges in a dirty white, weathered the exhausts and base colored the landing gear. Oh, and i got the cannons up to speed.

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Thats it for this one, short but powerfull!


-Hopli
 

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gedmac66

Sr Member
This’s one of the reasons I applied to join the RPF , amazing personal detailed work (as always) sir. Thank you for sharing....
 

Hagoth

Well-Known Member
Must say have immensely enjoyed reading up on this build of your Razor Crest. Absolutely fantastic job on it! Wow! Your attention to detail and efforts to capture the essence of this ship have paid off. No mistaking this for what it is. It is very satisfying to see you share your pleasure in how it has turned out.

Yet another project to add to my "To Print" list.
 

Hoplitespear

Sr Member
Hey everyone, thank you for all the nice comments!

It is not finished though, I still got some painting to do and there is a base to be made!

last weeks where busy so I don't got any updates yet but they are coming soon!
She is becoming a thing of beauty...feel your pain with those stripes or the Orange 'R' as I call them, the Crest always seems to be parked, shot or standing so the Port side is showing - finally some rather crap 'as promised' landing gear & cat pics
Those gears look amazing! Cant wait to see more.

This’s one of the reasons I applied to join the RPF , amazing personal detailed work (as always) sir. Thank you for sharing....
More to come Gedmac66 not done yet!

Must say have immensely enjoyed reading up on this build of your Razor Crest. Absolutely fantastic job on it! Wow! Your attention to detail and efforts to capture the essence of this ship have paid off. No mistaking this for what it is. It is very satisfying to see you share your pleasure in how it has turned out.

Yet another project to add to my "To Print" list.
Thank you! But she's not done yet. I'll have more updates soon!


See uou all soon with more!
-Hopli
 

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