USS Cygnus 1/700 - The Black Hole

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HMR

New Member
Started prepping some of the smaller armature parts. Wanted to make them hazy but transparent so the lighting is diffused. I used Rustoleum Frosted Glass for this which worked pretty well.

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I was really scratching my head on how to paint these complex parts. I was contemplating spraying from a can but was concerned that I would deposit too much paint and some areas are really tricky to access. My son suggested using some sort of dye so we ended up doing with Rit fabric dye. You have to heat up the dye to about 90 celsius and then immerse for 5-10 mins, which worked great. The parts were nicely colored and there was no accumulation of paint. The dye is absorbed into the material so all the details are preserved. Very happy with how that worked out.

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Started prepping some of the smaller armature parts. Wanted to make them hazy but transparent so the lighting is diffused. I used Rustoleum Frosted Glass for this which worked pretty well.

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I was really scratching my head on how to paint these complex parts. I was contemplating spraying from a can but was concerned that I would deposit too much paint and some areas are really tricky to access. My son suggested using some sort of dye so we ended up doing with Rit fabric dye. You have to heat up the dye to about 90 celsius and then immerse for 5-10 mins, which worked great. The parts were nicely colored and there was no accumulation of paint. The dye is absorbed into the material so all the details are preserved. Very happy with how that worked out.

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Great idea! I assume the material is PLA? Want to give it a go myself.
 

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Searun

Member
Been watching your thread szarchie. The ships of The Black Hole & Event Horizon are incredibly complex designs both requiring unique structural support. I am amazed at the external skeleton of the lattice work of USS Cygnus in particular. The 5 ft. scale you have chosen is excellent to enable doing justice to display this space ship‘s detail. Congratulations! Now back to viewing this movie again.
 

Laspector

Master Member
This is so wild to watch. It never even crossed my mind as to what the actual shape of the Cygnus was under all that girder work.
 

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