The Betty model, replica prop fix

srspicer

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Greetings All,
Been too long since I posted some work here. I have been recently commissioned to re-work an existing model of the Betty from Alien Resurrection. The model was created using drawings that look like they were used by the studio fx department to create the filming model. Unfortunately, the drawings do not represent the filming model as it was created. That made the model I received a bit inaccurate. So, there will be de-construction involved, as well as some 3D modeling to get it closer to the filming model.
First, I had to correct a simple problem, symmetry. This side wall was glued in out of alignment. I had to hammer and chisel the joints appart and re-weld them in place. Lucky for me, the acrylic walls were super-glued, and not plastic-welded. They came apart fairly easily. The entire base structure of the model is made out or .250" acrylic sheet, making it quite heavy, approximately one pound.
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Next is fixing another issue with the main engine support walls. They are too long, sticking out too far from the hull. So, time to cut and grind the material back. I have penciled-in the proper shape on the model. More cutting and grinding will be required.
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In the meantime, I have started creating parts in Fusion 360. The side cargo boxes were not accurate so, I chiseled those off to make way for the new parts I am creating.

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Lots to do, I will update here regularly. Thanks for looking.
 

srspicer

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The first 3D part I created was the large main engine. I did not have the model in hand at the time, it was a part to have printed for costing and a guide for print resolution.
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The part turned out fine, a little anomaly in the print, but it was just a test. Now that I have the model in hand, I worked out the engine size and placement on the model and did a test fit. It turned out that the part was too large for scale, so I just scaled it down and it looks good with the rest of the parts in the 3D file.
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Thanks for looking.
 

Kun28

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There are many highly complex and beautiful shapes on this one. I am so looking forward to your progress. What scale is this?
 

tdb68

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i always liked this movie, probably because of the Betty! looks like a nice size and some really fine work!
i look forward to updates!
 

Kun28

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Thats a great size, just nice for display when its all done!! I have not read any where else if someone has documented the kit parts used on this mama. Keep up the awesome work.
 

srspicer

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Finished creating what I call the top box. The 1/4" holes will be filled in after it is secured to the model. The wholes will allow me to add 1/4 posts to the top of the model to locate the box in the proper location and keep it secure.
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The model came with this part, but if was not accurate
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Thanks for looking and all of the positive feed back!
 

srspicer

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I have the rear box with louvers completed. This was kinda tricky to get because of the odd angles. It took a couple of tries to get the louvers correct. Then I had to make them locate inside the box so they would line up properly. All of these parts are designed to be removable for painting by the client. I will have to either pin them or create a backing plate that will be glued in place.
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joberg

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As you mentioned; many of those parts have to be designed to be removable for paintingo_O...an added challenge for sure.
Keep up the great work and eager to see your next update:cool::cool:(y)(y)
 

Kun28

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Finished creating what I call the top box. The 1/4" holes will be filled in after it is secured to the model. The wholes will allow me to add 1/4 posts to the top of the model to locate the box in the proper location and keep it secure.
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The model came with this part, but if was not accurate
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Thanks for looking and all of the positive feed back!
What kinda material did you use to build these shapes?
 

srspicer

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Thanks everyone!
What kinda material did you use to build these shapes?
What you are seeing is a mix of the filming model, the finished model, and the parts that were made by another modeler, the grey parts. All of the parts I have made so far, are virtual. I am waiting for a test print of one of the boxes to be completed.
 

srspicer

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I am particularly proud of this next part. When I looked over the filming model, I knew exactly what I was looking at. It is the rear deck, engine cover for an M48A3 Patton tank. My father was a tank driver when he was in the Army. He actually drove the M47, but it is virtually identical. He has a model kit he built up, back when I was a kid. I always remember looking at that model and thinking how cool it must have been to drive it!
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I took some time, but I managed to get some good photo research. The images of the kit parts were a huge help. They enabled me to accurately recreate the kit part almost exactly. (y) I don't know which manufacturer's kit was used on the filming model, but mine just had to look right. I just had to scale it to the physical model I have.
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Thanks for looking!
 

srspicer

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Thanks much Analyzer!
Completed work on the main wing engines. The wing parts I have are just the left & right wings, no engines. There is a flat area for them to go.
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I decided to go with the part being split in half. That way I don't have to cut the wing apart and reassemble it around the engine, making it a weak area. The halves will fit over the wing. The front and rear nozzles will be separate parts to be added to the halves. This will allow them to locate the halves together properly. There is some nice detailing in the intake section.
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And part of the process..
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Thanks for looking!
 

srspicer

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Also have most of the small greeblies completed that surround the tank hull. These were tedious to get finished. A lot of measuring and studying of the images. Again, I wish I knew what kit parts these were. Maybe someday I will start a discussion about identifying the kits parts for the Betty. For now, best guess will have to do. I have a couple more parts to create. The double-check will be when I add the piping in. That will show if I have sizes correct.
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Thanks for looking.
 

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