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    Nov 29, 2017, 9:36 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #76

    I'm Awestruck!

    Will your cockpit be from the model? I sure hope so!
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    Nov 29, 2017, 10:50 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #77

    You seem to be building this sucker so fast. Craziness.
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    Nov 30, 2017, 8:03 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #78

    THANKS so much fellas!! Always appreciate the kind comments!!

    Kokkari - The hull buckling was simply applying a lighter flame about an inch from the styrene to warm it up, then kind of a push/fold/push movement to get the shape, quickly before it re-cooled. The other recesses were pre-dug out of the acrylic, thin sheet styrene over those, heat the styrene and push in to the voids, and rough up a bit with Xacto. I'd say it ways MAYBE 50ish lbs. so far. I'm expecting 75-100 lbs at completion.

    joberg - THANKS much on the 'gash'!! Yeah, I'm excited to paint/weather around it to get it shapewise to emulate the original, but it's so cool to see the 8RAD plate in there.

    Marvin - Yeah, it almost becomes INSANE digging out all these original parts, but so Thankful for the TEAM of folks that did the lion share of IDs/sharing that allowed me to gather/collect all these remarkable kit donors!

    JediMichael - Thanks, it's all about getting in an hour each night after work, and a very awesome/supportive wife that usually frees me up a day on weekends to play!

    A very small update here - Some more Greeblies added to the Jawbox (I'm waiting on a couple kits to arrive to finish parts). Started test fitting the Sheridan plate on the hull wall, it fits in perfectly between the mandibles, will try to get some pics of that arrangement soon.

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    Dec 2, 2017, 9:44 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #79

    EE89, thank you! Initially, I am building a "real" cockpit, so that will deviate from the filming miniature. HOWEVER, if all goes well, I intend to make the cockpit cone removable and be able to place a 'real model' interior to swap occasionally.

    EE89 said: View Post
    I'm Awestruck!

    Will your cockpit be from the model? I sure hope so!
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    Dec 2, 2017, 10:07 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #80

    DUPLICATE
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    Dec 2, 2017, 10:13 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #81

    Quick minor update. Getting the plating on the docking walkway, and mocking up on paper the layout of the hull plates. This is gonna be a bit of work to get proper alignment for the huge maintenance pits. But it's a Fun challenge!!
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    And here's a few shots of the maintenance pit plates that will go inside the hull, and test fitting the 8Rad plate on the lower inside jaw.

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    Dec 3, 2017, 12:14 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #82

    Very nice update...those pits are fantastic!!
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    Dec 4, 2017, 4:39 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #83

    Swappable cockpits - that's a great plan!

    If it makes it easier to swap, perhaps you could build both cockpits with their own window frame canopy "cone".
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    Dec 5, 2017, 9:55 AM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #84

    Beautiful!!!
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    Dec 8, 2017, 9:36 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #85

    Thanks Joeberg and SK!! Appreciate it.
    Hopefully have a few updates this weekend. The Bandai kit is a treasure trove of accuracy-reference cross checking. There is some awesome extra detail in the bottom big pits that you just can't make out in refs, but thanks to them, the inside wall structure and floor extension can easily be reproduced.
    EE89 - Yeah, good thinking. Just gonna have one cone at this point, but an extra may be needed to swap out.
    Sean
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    Dec 12, 2017, 4:39 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #86

    Quick Update - The underside Port Maintenance Pit - Final assembly, then primed with most of the remaining greeblies down.
    Note the Bandai Perfect Grade maintenance port - really helped with some of that under the dome reference. I had to fudge just a few parts that won't even bee seen once mounted, so that's a concession I can live with.

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    Dry Fit testing the front access cover between mandibles.

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    Dec 12, 2017, 5:37 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #87

    that is so awesome looking! amazing job!
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    Dec 12, 2017, 6:41 PM - 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #88

    Such talent, dedication and persistence in these builds.
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    Dec 13, 2017, 8:30 AM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #89

    Looking spiffy for sure! Keep up the great work
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    Jan 7, 2018, 7:40 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #90

    Thanks for the nice comments!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    So a couple updates. Over the holiday break, finished up the bottom, here are some progress pics:

    Port Pit in place and most of the plating down

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    Here is the starboard pit with the walls added
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    And now the Pit is installed
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    Finishing up the Starboard Plating and tried out white primer in pit
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    Plating done on Starboard side
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    Jan 7, 2018, 10:03 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #91

    Pretty!
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    Jan 8, 2018, 7:34 AM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #92

    Since I'm getting up close while putting together the bottom of my PG Bandai at the moment, I feel like I can really see your details in a way I couldn't before. Really beautiful!
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    Jan 8, 2018, 8:00 AM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #93

    Bloody marvelous this build. Love it!
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    Jan 8, 2018, 10:08 AM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #94

    Awesome. Amazing work.
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    Jan 8, 2018, 12:09 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #95

    I'm loosing my mind over this...it's so good, it gives me anxiety because I know I want to do this someday and I just can't wrap my head around the scope of the project.

    How much does it weigh at this point?
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    Jan 8, 2018, 6:19 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #96

    So beautiful!! A work of Art with a capital A
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    Jan 8, 2018, 9:28 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #97

    Most sincere thanks guys! Much appreciated!

    SteveSK, Thanks! Yeah, it's amazing the level of detail Bandai put on that PG Falcon, and it's been a godsend in the 'hidden' areas like in the pits!
    Carnet - Not exactly sure, but it's heavy - I'm guessing it's currently around 40-50ish lbs, maybe more.

    So here's a few more progress shots, have primered the entire bottom now, looks pretty darn cool in person, it's hard not to just sit there sometimes and just stare at it, so damn impressed with the original model makers with this thing. It feels so 'real' now that it's coming together.

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    And flipping a few photos orientation to show the actual bottom as it'll look once mounted.

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    I won't be painting it until after I get the top done, then I'll hit it with a black coat, then the white, then the thinner gray overspray and colored panels. Ohh, then weathering and decals - just a few minor things to get to the finish line!

    Here's the comparisons of the pits - it shows warts and all! The cool thing about this is it helps me see and understand what didn't quite match up so I can fix. For example, the piping in a few places is undersized on mine, so I'll rip them out and replace them. Also, I find several of the larger 'chips' are too big on mine, so again, I'll pop them off and fix them.

    Here is the port pit, gives me a view that I need to fix some pipe sizes, and some chips. Pretty happy with the overall overlaps compared to the original on this one though. (Note the truck frame that fell over on the original - when filmed, it was clearly 'upright' as seen in some freeze frames in ANH, so I matched to that.)

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    On the Starboard side below, just using an iPhone gets quite a different view than as viewed in person, so due to not having the right angle/height/distance, the alignment at the back perimeter looks a bit off.

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    Regardless of the minor detail shortcomings I'm hitting, I am more than thrilled at the level of detail/accuracy the model is coming out. It's one of those things that I hoped to make a model that looks like the original, and feeling it's already farther ahead in accuracy than I could have ever hoped for. Such a joy to try and replicate the amazing work Lorne Peterson and team did on this beauty! This is due to, and thanks to the several amazing folks that have done so much spectacular/tireless research, ID's, plans, etc, that I could never have built this without them!

    And ya gotta love the FULL SIZE PIT! It's actually pretty cool how much they tried to match up! They actually made the tank body parts and the piping very similar, as well as the 'nibbles'. That the set builders paid that much attention to the full size set details to emulate the filming miniature for just the few seconds we see in this area is amazing. Feels like the TFA and TLJ full size falcons didn't go to this much effort.
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    Thanks again for looking!

    -Sean
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    Jan 8, 2018, 9:40 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #98

    Simply amazing! I hope to aspire to this skill level some day. She truly is the Holy Grail of all replicas and you are absolutely nailing it!

    I was looking through your thread last night trying to find the answer to this so not to repeat, but how did you come up with the proper curvature of the hull? Even with your wide angle shots it looks spot on based on all the angles of the jaw boxes and airlock tubes.

    Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
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    Jan 8, 2018, 9:59 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #99

    Thanks Mike! VFXSup64/Maruska's plans - that simple, out of the box. Those two amazing chaps' plans are the best 'starter set' around. I simply measured it up, went to a skylight company, asked them to blow mold 3 domes, and as previously mentioned, after 12 attempts, they got the 3 I needed! The domes definitely are a key player in getting this thing to come together! Those fellas' research is Gold and gave me a huge leg up!

    This is the initial drawing I made - I later realized the thickness needed to be 3/16, which was the final blown material. Also, note the diameter, I went with the 'core' of 45.5, but the 'lip' extends 1", therefore adding 2" in diameter. After they realized they could not sand flush as I needed, I had the 1" routed off to meet flush to the core. As you may have seen in my earlier posts, I then re-add the 1" extensions to the dome, and skin over that. This gives me an exact replica of the 'inside lip' bevel detail.
    I think there is a new prevailing opinion the filming miniature diameter (CORE) may be 46" even (Cardinal measures are common on this ship), but I can live with that minor deviation if it is indeed.
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    Jan 8, 2018, 10:42 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #100

    Thanks for sharing Sean!
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