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SirCharles77

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So now I am trying to build the stand. If you remember from before I redesigned it to be more like the style of the Carbon Chamber.
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I cut the top and face boards and delivered them to my buddy. He is super busy atm so I am waiting for him to have time to do it for me. In the meantime I started building the rest of the base so that its ready when I get it from him.
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Here is is all done and ready for the last 2 boards.
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I also purchased a sheet of 55% translucent white acrylic and some orange Christmas Lights that I am going to use to fill in the space behind the openings. Hopefully it will be enough light! I plan to paint the inside of that space shiny or line it with tin foil to help bounce the light.
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SirCharles77

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And lastly!! I just wanted to inform everyone that I am selling some of the parts I have made for this build. Gotta offset the costs a little bit to get it more within budget!! HAHA Also, I want others to be able to gain from the knowledge and work I have done on this to make their builds more achievable. So here is what I am offering.

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Some of the parts in this sale are currently limited in quantity, like the stickers, stripboards, U-handles, resistors, chips, and led caps. So if you want a set the sooner you order the better. I can get more if there is enough interest, but I have to order them kinda in bulk so I need to know I can sell what I am ordering. If not I won't be able to continue them.

So if your interested just send me a PM. I don't deal with sales in the thread. And I don't wanna clutter it up with a bunch of questions so please, just PM me. I will ship just about anywhere, and I use Paypal.


As well, I have put the Panels I created for this build up on Thingiverse for your enjoyment! They are really great models! I hope you enjoy them!
 

SirCharles77

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Hey I just realized this morning that I forgot to post my latest progress!! Here are pics and details about the base.

So I had a friend who has a CNC machine who was going to cut out the pattern on my base for me. But he recently had a baby and has been SUPER busy so he didn't have time to do it for me. So I had to find a different way to do it.

So I went and bought a couple saw bits that were pretty close to the right size. I used those to cut out the circles.
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Then I needed to figure out how to cut the straight lines between them. I started by using this circular saw and trying to do a drop cut on it. It kinda worked as you can see below but doing this 40+ times didn't feel like a good solution.
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So I finished drilling out the circles and found a neighbor who had a router I could borrow. Went to Home Depot and purchased a 1/4" straight bit for it and tried that. Except for me being a moron for my first cut, this worked MUCH better!!
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I slipped a few times so you can see where this isn't super straight...
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Once done cutting, I used Bondo to fill in the areas where I failed to keep it straight, let that dry and did some hard sanding on it. My sanding bit on my router was a life saver on this step!!
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SirCharles77

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Once I had the top and face boards all polished up and sanded down as good as they were going to get, I started to assemble the box.

I added a couple pieces of wood to the front corners so I had something to screw the MDF into.
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Then I started to bondo the visible sides of the box to make it as smooth as possible.
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Next step was to start painting. Did some black on the inside of the lit area to give it a good base coat for the reflective paint to stick to. Painted the outsides with filler primer and sanded it down smooth. I think I did a couple coats of this.
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Then I started painting the outside. I found a can of paint at Home Depot called Carbon Mist. It's a really cool metallic black color and the name was too fitting to pass up! Once i put a coat down I knew I made the right call! This is SUCH a cool color!
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Last step once this was done was to put in the foil and lights. I didn't take many pics of this. But I will note that those Orange Christmas lights I used earlier worked great! Only thing I had to do was sand down all 200 of the bulbs because otherwise they were too sharp. This caused them to have a much more diffused light in the bay and made the whole thing look much more even. Again, the sanding bit on my dremel saved the day!
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SirCharles77

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And finally!!! I have the base finished!! And its all ready to be stood up!
Here are some final pictures of it going up and in its final resting place!

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Han is home!!!
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This picture actually pains me...as amazing as this project was, it literally kills me to see those lines across the cast. I wish I had spent more time fixing those and making them less visible. Live and learn I guess...Maybe someday I will get ambitious and take him down, mask off everything and do another pass to try to patch them up better. But for now I need to move on.
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I LOVE the way this base turned out!!
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Need to get some lights above the cabintets and a spot above Han to make him stand out better when the room lights are off.
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Well, that's it!! I will likely post another round of final pics once I get the spot above him but otherwise this project is completed!!!

Hope you all enjoyed my build! And I hope that others can use this to help them with their own HiC builds!
 

mugatu

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Incredible job, man!
This build deserves much more attention. Really.
Congratulations on finishing the HIC. You have made it look easy.
 

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Portaler

Active Member
Excellent work !! I love it when I find these epic threads just when they finish :)

Anyone know where it's possible to get 1:1 HIC sculpt parts in Europe ?
 

SirCharles77

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Hey gang, so many people have shown interest in my parts menu (up above in post #62) and some of it I don't have available anymore. So rather than giving the info out individually I thought I would just post it here and a few other places so you can all peruse the links at your leisure.

So here are the links to the parts I picked up for my HiC. And what I recommend you use for yours if you want as much accuracy as possible.
These are the parts I dont sell anymore from my menu above. And where to find them.
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  1. CF14JT1K00 Stackpole Electronics Inc | Resistors | DigiKey
  2. ASRM1JA47R0 Stackpole Electronics Inc | Resistors | DigiKey
  3. 74LS125AB1 IC BUFFER/ LINE DRIVER NON INVERTING 3-ST 14 PIN DIP (LOT OF 10) | eBay
  4. DM8570N IC COUNTER SHIFT REGISTER 14 PIN (LOT OF 3) | eBay
  5. CD4031B: Major Brands : IC CD4031B CMOS 64-Stage Static Shift Register : ICs & Semiconductors
  6. Amazon.com: PoityA 5 Pcs 6.5x14.5cm Stripboard Veroboard Uncut PCB Platine Single Side Circuit Board: Health & Personal Care
    1. or... 6.5x14.5cm Stripboard Veroboard Uncut PCB Platine Single Side Circuit Perf Board | eBay
  7. CLF_280_RTP Visual Communications Company - VCC | Optoelectronics | DigiKey
  8. CLF_280_CTP Visual Communications Company - VCC | Optoelectronics | DigiKey
Then on top of that, here is a list of some of the other parts I used. This list is not comprehensive. There are many things I purchased from local stores that I can't link here. Like screws, paint and wood, etc. This is just what you can find online.
 

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Nagedzi

New Member
Awesome work! As an aside, I think that one knurled knob may be the same as the one used on the forehead of the AT-AT driver. SO many parts for Boba Fett, TIE's, AT-AT drivers, officer hats and belt buckles came from that Michell turntable.

Elvistrooper makes decent metal versions of the AT-AT knurled bit, if you're interested:
Home of The Elvis Trooper Obi1kenny
 

GnomeX666

New Member
In case I have a Uher Stereo Mix 500 in good condition do you know of specific sites where it would be an idea to sell it .. ?
 

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