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    2 Weeks Ago  Oct 8, 2017, 9:19 AM - 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #1

    OK so I know that there is another build of this droid going on which I've been following...there hasn't been much posting recently, and as he rightly points out, it's amazing that this doesn't seem to have been properly replicated anywhere before, and being an impatient being, and loving the PD as I do, I thought I would embark on my very own full size, screen accurate, articulated, electronic build. Inspired really by the amazing work done by the studio scale modellers on this site and their wonderful research and build threads, I want to scratch build/3D print everything on the SS prop up to full size and then wire it all up and hang it in my prop room...sounds do-able, right?

    It really isn't helpful that Photobucket have scuppered a lot of the photo reference material on most of the build threads I've seen by being utter twats and charging for 3rd party picture hosting. Hopefully, as per their statement, the RPF will be able to sort this out for us, but in the meantime if anyone has a good source of detailed ref pix/model parts etc I would appreciate the assistance. I have purchased the Sideshow Collectables model, which is probably the best hands on reference available but still feel there are parts which are not accurate

    This is going to be a winter project build and at the moment I am creating most of the printable pieces from scratch, including the head and body. There are some STL model files out there but they are all pretty basic, generic renditions of the real prop and woefully inaccurate

    This is what I made before
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    This is what I'm looking to achieve
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    2 Weeks Ago  Oct 8, 2017, 9:25 AM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #2

    Subscribed
    can't wait to see many many posts of your build, love a probe droid, really hope you achieve your goal.
    good luck to you

    the one you made before what size was it and was it a kit build ?
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    2 Weeks Ago  Oct 8, 2017, 9:44 AM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #3

    Good Luck!! This was always my favorite Imperial Droid!!
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    2 Weeks Ago  Oct 8, 2017, 11:41 AM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #4

    Subscribed!
    Here is my meager collection of reference material:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/rk3j83rqkj...Droid.zip?dl=0
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 9, 2017, 12:38 PM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #5

    all the best - impressive project to take on
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 12, 2017, 10:43 AM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #6

    Ok first post with actual parts...I'm about 10% of the way thru modelling the parts and this is what I've got off the printer so far. Probably gonna have to print 24/7 until I have all the pieces finished, then I won't have to wait once I'm underway on the body/head

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    The head, obviously. Doesn't seem that big but it will have all the eyes sticking out so I'm pretty happy with the size. I scaled everything up x 6 from the 1/6 scale sideshow model so
    it should be reasonably accurate and proportionate

    Body blocks x 2
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    Large hip Radius x 4

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    Underside box/body box inner detail

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    There's no order to which greeblies etc I'm printing...just whichever ones I fancy modelling first and what I want to see in the flesh...More to come
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 12, 2017, 11:55 PM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #7

    Always wanted to build one of these. Subbed!
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 13, 2017, 9:31 AM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #8

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    Great work man! Your work always blows me away! Eager to watch this one.
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 14, 2017, 6:07 PM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #9

    subscribed! I love this droid, can't wait to see how you do with this!
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    5 Days Ago  Oct 17, 2017, 1:56 PM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #10

    Thanks guys...So it strikes me as odd that somewhere. a long time ago, mostly in Europe, there were military designers and engineers creating machines of death for land, sea and air for the two world wars. They must have designed parts for all the tanks, planes, ships etc. Then companies like Airfix and Tamiya make tiny scale models of the these machines. Then the Star Wars design crew kit bash a number of these models to create or enhance the amazing craft/droids/ships etc that we know and love. Next comes us poor prop makers trying to track down these parts to copy or Replicate these movie icons. So here I am squinting at tank parts and trying to generate exact models so I can scale them back up for my Probe droid build. An interesting thread thru history methinks. Huge thanks again to the studio scale guys, particularly Moffeaton for his reference images and part numbers used on the PB

    Anyway more parts printed...big ones and little ones

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    Body disc and more 'eyes'

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    Gun

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    Next up are the very detailed, scaled up, kit bash parts for the body underside...
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    5 Days Ago  Oct 17, 2017, 8:32 PM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #11

    Sweet, Love this !!
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    4 Days Ago  Oct 18, 2017, 7:37 AM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #12

    If you post those up for sale on CGTrader when you are done it would be awesome. I am sure many would pick up a copy from you.
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    4 Days Ago  Oct 18, 2017, 3:30 PM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #13

    subscribed awesome thread!! Can't wait to see more pics of your progress good luck! Like others have said it would wonderful to see a full sized accurate prop built.
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    3 Days Ago  Oct 18, 2017, 11:19 PM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #14

    Iggy said: View Post
    If you post those up for sale on CGTrader when you are done it would be awesome. I am sure many would pick up a copy from you.
    Probably me!
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    3 Days Ago  Oct 19, 2017, 12:03 PM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #15

    Update time - so u know those weird little kitbashed parts under the body...the ones I never knew existed until I started this build...

    Here's what I had to reproduce for the 'underside assembly thing' courtesy of Moffeaton's PB ID thread

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    Here's what I've made

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    And here's what it makes. Who knows what musings filled the mind of the guy that created this mish-mash of kit-bash parts but I like it a lot


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    Here's what I'm working on next...Flakpanzer gepard tank

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    3 Days Ago  Oct 19, 2017, 6:45 PM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #16

    You really should consider doing a resin kit or putting the files on shapeway or CGTrader. Because this is awesome!
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    2 Days Ago  Oct 20, 2017, 6:32 AM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #17

    Amazing! Watching this one with great interest.

    Each layer you unearth when studying the reference material must bring a "what have I let myself in for?!" moment because that thing is full detail!

    Good luck, looking awesome so far.
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    2 Days Ago  Oct 20, 2017, 2:36 PM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #18

    u said it dude...this thing has got greeblies inside greeblies...but it is, in my opinion, a perfect subject for obsession. How many truly brilliant, iconic, complex and challenging creations are there to hold one's interest for the full term that these things take to build. I've done R2 and C3PO, a Dalek and a host of incredible characters but there is a limited supply of greats...every artist must have his muse, and the Probe droid is as deep as they come

    Anyways...more stuff. So I was putting the finishing touches to the underside parts, which are really juicy. detail-wise

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    Here's what how they came off the printer

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    And ta-da! Need to print another one now

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    u said it dude...this thing has got greeblies inside greeblies...but it is, in my opinion, a perfect subject for obsession. How many truly brilliant, iconic, complex and challenging creations are there to hold one's interest for the full term that these things take to build. I've done R2 and C3PO, a Dalek and a host of incredible characters but there is a limited supply of greats...every artist must have his muse, and the Probe droid is as deep as they come

    Anyways...more stuff. So I was putting the finishing touches to the underside parts, which are really juicy. detail-wise

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    Here's what how they came off the printer

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    And ta-da! Need to print another one now

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    52 Minutes Ago  Oct 22, 2017, 8:50 PM - Re: 1:1 scale imperial probe droid #19

    wow! nice work

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