Star Wars Macrobinoculars (scratch build) - Hoth / Empire Strikes Back

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zenx13

Member
A little more development on the Hoth Macrobinoculars - Finished the grip bars on the top. Next will be to cut some of that area out and make the top dial.

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zenx13

Member
Finally had some spare time to work on the project again!

Today I worked on the top adjusting knob:

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Here are some shots showing how I got to the completed item - the knob was made from the bottom of a plastic tube:

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Here is a great trick to add knurling to XPS foam - roll bottle cap over a thin slice of foam then you can glue the foam to your tube / cylinder:

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I added some bands of thin cardstock strips to make ridges:

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Close up of the finished section:

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I will be moving on the back of the Macrobinoculars soon - really excited about the next steps!
 

INFLUX

Well-Known Member
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This is honestly one of the neatest builds I've seen in a really long time. Foam is not my friend and I'm just amazed to see you work it so masterfully. I love following projects like this because it's just gets me so excited! I feel encouraged to get back into something creative just for fun after a dry spell of stress and deadlines.
 

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zenx13

Member
This is honestly one of the neatest builds I've seen in a really long time. Foam is not my friend and I'm just amazed to see you work it so masterfully. I love following projects like this because it's just gets me so excited! I feel encouraged to get back into something creative just for fun after a dry spell of stress and deadlines.

Thanks Influx - I really appreciate your kind words and I would be super happy if my work inspired others. Please make something - there is no better way to get away from stress than creating! I come from the world of terrain making so foam is my main material to build with - I have been trying it out with props and find it is working quite well I think. If you like, you can take a look at some of my foam / terrain work here: Login • Instagram.
 

malibusteve

New Member
hey buddy- any progress? looks great so far!
question- what do you suggest for a pre-paint sealer? i just jumped into a pink foam project myself and ordered some Gesso....
 

zenx13

Member
hey buddy- any progress? looks great so far!
question- what do you suggest for a pre-paint sealer? i just jumped into a pink foam project myself and ordered some Gesso....
Sorry - not much progress, been busy filling Etsy orders! There are a number of techniques I use: If it is something basic with little interaction I use basic acrylic paint, if the item is going to be handled I use either Mod Podge Hard Coat (a bit expensive) or a mixture of quick drying wood glue and Baking Soda. Hope that helps!

I am looking at trying Fibre Glass Resin in the future but not had a chance yet.
 

malibusteve

New Member
thank you. the Gesso should be here today. hoping its thick enough to fill in minor foam imperfections before primer / paint.
and yes im curious about something harder like a resin...
 

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zenx13

Member
Spent some more time on the Macrobinoculars today (finally) - Backing plate and threads were installed on the main piece and I started on the main blocking for the viewing side.

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Here is the backing plate and the initial drawing / scaling work for the viewing area main pieces:

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Cutting the main pieces on the Proxxon Hot Wire Table:

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Pieces all cut out:

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zenx13

Member
Some more work on the back "viewer" section: further detailing, getting hardware to fit, installed buttons (will be adding electrics soon!), cut / shaped some rear sections and test fitted some bottle caps for lenses:

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zenx13

Member
A time-lapse of me painting some hardener / sealer to the bottom of the Hoth Macrobinoculars while watching Critical Role.

 

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