Tie Interceptor build

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  1. CutThumb

    CutThumb Sr Member

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    Well, its been a while since I've posted or finished a build. Unfortunately a lingering sinus infection left me hyper senstive to dust and paint since the spring which royally screwed with my modelling schedule. I've got a B-wing, Corvette, Discovery, Swift and a concept X wing to finish painting and a Salzo X wing (V2) to build I bought off Guy Cowen almost a year ago!!! I didn't even properly finish that E wing.
    However, I intend to catch up with these in the spring. To keep me going I got hold of a Tie Interceptor a month or so back. This is one of the new casting from Mike and Steve and its an impressive beast.
    First off the casting on the wings is fantastic for such huge pieces. God knows how he managed it. They are perfectly straight and level and are really solid heavy pieces ,so given that the originals have sagged somewhat over time ,I've got a few suggests for keeping them as level as possible. The detail on the rest of the kit is extremely crisp and accurate and didn't require much clean up at all.

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    The wings are amazing straight as you can see but will,if they are like the screen models, sag after a time or in high temperatures. So I've added some strengthing to the wings to go with all the plastruct T strips you will have to buy to finish off the edges. I had to get about a dozen from my modelling shop.

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    The front tips of the wings were the hardest to finish properly. The easiest way was to bend the T and cut off the excess that remained. You can see just how straight those wings are in the photo. That casting is impressive!


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    To keep the wings as strong as possible I've added a thin brass strip of 4mm x 30 cm around the inside of the wing. Its one complete piece thats been bent at right angles to the corners. Keeping it this way made it quite strong and when glued into the wing, I was surprised how rigid the whole structure went. The T strips also add to the framing.


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    You can see the brass strip edge between the T strip and the wing. I also cut off the existing T strip cast on to the rectangle in the centre. In the end it made it easier and neater than fiddling with the little gap that existed otherwise.

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    Also, to stop the wings slipping down on the armature I drilled ,chiselled and cut a square strip out of the inner wing circle and added a mirror image on the armature ends. This should help the wings stay in place as I'm going to try to make them detatchable, depending on how tight I can make the join.

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    With the wings done its the "Eyeball"to tackle. I've drilled second mounting point on a small block of wood as the originals displayed had two ports . This will also act as a platform for a battery pack support as well as help strengthening the whole socket over time.

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    Eyeball test assembled onto armature. The first fit was good, but with a pan of hot water and some tape and a bit of molding later the gaps will be very slight indeed once its glued together.

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    Top of cabin with roof in place.

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    The eyeball with cabin built in place. I've built a wooden platform benieth it. This is drilled out so that it will keep the eyeball rigid over time and it allows me to put two possible power sources in place. One from an external source through a stand coming in from benieth, and one from a battery pack that will be accessible through the top.

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    Used two 3mm LEDs for engines.This shot was with curtians partially drawn so the light leakage is pretty bad as its all test fitted at the moment.

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    Bright lights! Normal lighting. I strengthened the engines with thin copper tubing. Seem OK to the screen pics of Tie Interceptors over the 2nd Deathstar.

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    Can anyone tell me where these two mystery parts go? I can't find it on any reference photos, but I'm guessing they might have fallen off over the years.

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  2. swpropmaker

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    Looking good :thumbsup... your last picture of mystery parts is not showing... fix the link and i'll let you know..

    Steve
     
  3. tk1608

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    Does the tank suspension part go at the back of the ball just above the rear hatch. kinda like this...I know this pic's a tie fighter but it could be the same..? can't help with the other bit..

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    That looks a great kit BTW..

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  4. dirtydave

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    I believe the M10 tank part(part on the left) is only on the standard tie & not on the interceptor.Not sure what the other part is.

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  5. CutThumb

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    Cheers guys ,so thats what its for. The other parts still a mystery then. Sprayed the wings this afternoon. Really brings out the detail and, unfortunately all the little bits I've missed. I'll tidy up with the epoxy sculpt tomorrow, spray the eye and glue the assembly around the armature.

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  6. swpropmaker

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    The U shaped piece goes in the center front of the upper cockpit detail part... notice the channel in the ceneter... it lines up with the raised area of the upper cockpit part.

    Steve
     
  7. jcuri1

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    Thats what I was just going to say !
     
  8. jcuri1

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    And it looks great by the way !
     
  9. vaderdarth

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    Lookin great!!! :)
     
  10. CutThumb

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    Spent the day on the electrics. I've planned and put in two power sources. One though the base and one will be a battery pack if I want to take it off the stand.
    To prevent light leakage I've put the 3mm LEDs into 5mm aluminium tube and then crimped the ends to stop them slipping out. Its stopped all the excessive glowing and will help keep the lights firmly in place.

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    Battery pack in place on the shelf I've built. Nice and tidy for the moment.

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    The usual power socket in through the base ( I'll build a decent one later with a mirrored bottom)

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    Light test.

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    In the dark to test leakage with batteries. Not bad at all now.

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    Thanks for the info on the final mystery U bit. Now glued to top of cabin in the right area I hope. I'll tidy up the wings again and finish the eyeball tomorrow.
     
  11. Guy Cowen

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    Looking really great, its also great to see you building again, they back up quite quickly those kits dont they :eek
     
  12. 3d-builder

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    Nice you plugged the leaks looks great!:thumbsup
     
  13. CutThumb

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    Finishing off the "Eyeball". Your best friend here is a pan of boiling water. A quick dip into it softens the resin sufficently thato you can press it onto the armature and it takes the shape well and tight. Just about wiped all the gaps out. What few I had I filled with very wet epoxy sculpt.Flows like thick glue into the cracks.Its really helped keep those nice clean sharp edges cast in the two hull pieces when they press together.


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    One issue with using hot water was that it did cause a few bubbles which were not obvious to collapse, but its an easy fix with the sculpt.

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    Lighting experiment with an LED placed above the upper cockpit. The light cast through the cuts in it gave it a good feel, but Im not sure if its too strong? In normal light it fades. I can play with the positioning until it works anyway.

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    Thanks Dave ,Jcuri, Steve, 3D and Guy. Its good to be building again and playing with ideas for the kit. Still its been a good time for the SS forum with some realy superb pieces finished and started ( goodluck with that Slave 1, somehow I think it will be your best yet Guy !)
     
  14. moffeaton

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    Loving this!
     
  15. CutThumb

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    Thanks Jason, not as comprehensive as your Y wing build instructions but then again there's slightly less parts!
    Just as a footnote (seeing as a thunderstorm has woken me up, thought someone had dropped an atombomb);
    Repairs!
    I built this kit on bubble wrap and still managed to damage some of the detail on the wings. Easiest way to solve it is to get the thinnest sheet of plastruct available and cut it a thin sliver about 1.5mm off it with a steel ruler and a very sharp blade.
    Remove a part of the existing damaged area by cutting it down only slightly, shave a bit off the top. You can then use this remaining "lip" to support the strip you've cut. A thin smear of superglue, push the strip level against it with the edge of the steel ruler and it should be ok. Its not an invisible repair but its fairly un noticeable.

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    I'm off back to bed!
     
  16. Guy Cowen

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    Bed, hmmm, should go to ........... guess I'm on trouble again!
     
  17. CutThumb

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    Guy, I suspect that you'd give Owls a bad name in terms of staying up late. But I guess both of you are hunting things, one donor kit parts ,the other mice! Both require alot of patience and keen eyesight to be successful I think .
    The days post and pictures.

    Well, there she is with her wings on. They are detatchable (for the moment),though I may have to glue them on in the end but they are firm enough for now. Grey primer complete, a few bits to clean up but generally I'm almost there except for wing and cockpit lazers, finishing the cockpit/pilot, and the final paint job.
    Almost sorry its over BUT I coughed up for the Red Jammer Y today as I'm coming up quickly on the list, so I guess thats my Xmas and New Years build sorted , courtesy of Steve and Mike. Its almost a pity Moffs build instructions are so spectacularly illustrated and detailed, takes all that painful guesswork out of it! (thank god).
    As you can see the Tie is a big ship and the detail comes out really strongly with the primer on.
    I matt blacked the cockpit and inner hull and it nicely reduced the glare from the LED to more realisitic levels to give that red backlight that you see in Ties in the films and I'm pleased with that. So its just a matter of finishing off now, I'll try to get the proper grey colour for the ship when I can track it down.

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  18. ralphee

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    Cut, try Haze grey by Tamiya, very close and lovely to shoot!

    Lee
     
  19. CutThumb

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    Thanks Lee, off to the Model shop tomorrow then !
     
  20. ralphee

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    Its worth a shot bud, i blasted my TESB pods with it for the Mem show, really nice hue, changes hue from blue to grey very nicely depending on lighting, and as you know, the Tamiya rattle's are top bomby for finish!

    lee
     
  21. CutThumb

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    I' ve picked up two types of LED holders for the lazers under the cockpit, a 3mm and a 5mm from Maplins in the Uk. They both look pretty close to the studio model but which size is it? It may be my eyes but in the few photos I have found of the studio model the smaller size seems right. But apparently there were two scale versions of the Interceptor built. In the end I settled on a compromise. I built 3 versions using 3mm, 4mm and 5mm tubing and settled on the 4mm in a 5mm LED holder.

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  22. Alnitak

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    thanks for sharing this...you are doing an awesome job! can't wait to see it finished..it is going to be impressive...
     
  23. vaderdarth

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    looking great!!!!
     
  24. 3d-builder

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    Thats so nice.....love the hue in there, great job getting
    the seams out of her!:thumbsup
     
  25. CutThumb

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    Thanks guys.Just a quick up date whilst the wing masking dry off. Pictures of finished front with Tie guy in place. The lighting works well and I remembered to add that bit to the front of the windows.

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  26. PHArchivist

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    Brilliant build...!
     
  27. Jaiden Turr'n

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    Very nice! I used to love building models like this but I can't find them anymore. This turned out great! What did you use for your power socket from the base?

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  28. CutThumb

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    Wings have dried. Just a hint, really, really check you have sprayed everything thoroughly black with a strong light source BEFORE you remove the masks. They take about a half hour to mask per side of wing and it is surprising just how easy it is to slightly miss sections if you are not carefull. It took me an afternoon before I was satisfied I got the lot. You do not want to rush this bit or end up doing it again.
    I will be respraying the grey with the TS 32 later on so I will remask again. I'm going to try and vary the areas so there is some subtle shading. It would have been easier to do this first but its getting a little too cold now and I wanted the base coats to really stabilize for a while before I use an airbrush. tTis was all done with Halfords rattle cans.

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    Its always satisfying but slightly nerve wracking when the masks come off. But I was pretty pleased just how clean the wing ended up. The detailing and casting on this studio scale is really stunning. A +++

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    This is still the base grey undercoat. Front and top lid are removeable. Again the detail comes out really strongly in this kit once that undercoat goes on evenly.

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    Used the flash just to show how with strong lighting the colour grey changes.

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    Fresh from the Imperial factory floors.

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    PH, thanks for the thumbs up. To finish off I need to clean up the four wing lazers and attach, build a plug for the rear stand between the engines when not being used, spray with the Haze grey and paint several areas with darker grey so it meets the screen model. And the electrics just want soldering properly into position.
    I have to say its a beautiful kit,very well engineered and cast and its been a pleasure to build it. Steve and Mike did a superb job on this . I now want its older brother to build in the future, the original Tie, though I think design wise the Interceptor is a sleeker looking craft. Anyone in two minds about getting one don't be, its an easy choice to make in the end.

    Jaiden, there are two power source. One a 1.5x 2 battery pack when I want it to stand lone. The other is just a standard jack (I think) from Maplins UK ,controlled by a variable voltage unit that allows me to run it off the mains (very carefully!). The stand is from IKEA as recommend on another thread.
     
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  29. TK9120

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    That is just beautiful. I've always loved this ship. Ties are cool but these wings are so evil looking. Nice work.
     
  30. thegreatgalling

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    You have done an absolutely amazing job, def. did this beautiful ship (and model) justice.
     
  31. roback

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    Wow!.. beatiful kit... I love the paint!!!!! ..like ANH
     
  32. ralphee

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    Cracking build Cut (forgive me as i dont know your name lol) that Haze Grey really nailed it, sealed the deal, slammed and dunked...you get the picture LOL.
    Very clean build, you really need a std TIE to accompany though.

    lee
     
  33. cayman shen

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    Wow that is stunning. I know from having built a few cheapo TIE Interceptor kits that masking the wings suuuuuucks, and any small error is immediately, painfully obvious. Great job on that. It's amazing how light affects the color.
     
  34. dbhs

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    Beautiful work on this. Every detail looks sharp.
     
  35. CutThumb

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    Not going to start a new thread for this ,just add it on. I picked up a Tie fighter on e-bay a few weeks ago, one of a run of twenty five done by Steve N. I had hoped to get one of the new ones ,but as thats not happening now, or ever by the sound of it, I picked this up instead. It had already been built, but to be honest , was in need of a lot of work to tidy it up to get to the kind of level I was happy with. The main body wasn't bad at all apart from a few missing details and scribe lines, but the wings were not good at all.
    One of the biggest issue was one of the wing sides stars was very badly slip cast,so the mid lines were out by about 1cm on eachside. So I rebuilt them closer to eachother so they line up better.
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    A few bits of detail were totally missing, some of the wingstars were thin and detail bubbled so I cleaned/rebuilt them.

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    One of the wing bottoms was completely solid and I had to recut the lines. Having done that alot of the edges had chips and looked crap so I opted to replace everything around the edges and go from a New Hope version to ESB

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    I still want to make a New Hope version sometime so I designed the wings to be removable like the Tie Interceptor:
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    So its been a bit of a slog to get it to where I wanted it to be but I'm pretty much there now. The engine will light, I'll add a pilot and a backstop. Here's what it looks like as of today:

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    Just a question on the painting: Is the EBS version a colour match for Tamiya Haze Grey and are the wings Matt Black as opposed to Gloss Black? Any other info about detailing comes to mind with any one let me know please.
     
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