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    4 Weeks Ago  Apr 19, 2018, 2:22 AM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #201

    Puuuuh- I was just about drying out for waiting so long! Those new pics are very much welcome! Thank you for sharing and keeping us updated.
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    4 Weeks Ago  Apr 19, 2018, 2:11 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #202

    Let me know when you are about done with this and I'll give you my shipping address.
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    4 Weeks Ago  Apr 19, 2018, 6:55 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #203

    Sorry Laspector; I have first dibs
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    2 Weeks Ago  May 5, 2018, 4:04 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #204

    LOL - Funny Fellas!!

    Quick update here - more later tonight... Got the last part for the lower Jawbox - to be a perfect match to the rear landing gear doors, Steve Neisen printed this plate up for me, like he did for the others last year! It is a PERFECT fit, as well as look and feel. First shot is just laying it down, second is the part bonded down and primered. That jawbox is now pretty much done.
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    Next up, got the majority of the "Damage" area on the Starboard hull done. Still need to chop into the jawbox and do some more minor chipping and such. You'll see the crazy mess that was made my grinding away the acrylic hull, then a thin (.005) styrene sheet, heated it up and formed it to the divets. Then the .040 Styrene plating, chopped out to match the original as close as possible. So much fun doing these kinds of detail areas!

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    More pics of the progress of the cockpit tube plating wrapping up next!
    Thanks
    Sean
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    2 Weeks Ago  May 5, 2018, 5:02 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #205

    Looks great!

    I’ve always been intrigued by how the correct curvature in the plating is made. Do you have a compass-like device you use?
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    2 Weeks Ago  May 5, 2018, 6:49 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #206

    Thanks Scott!! Yeah, ALL the white styrene plating you see on the entire model is HAND cut by me, no computer prints/drawings that I'm tracing from. I do indeed do use a 'compass' approach. For the inner diameters, I use an 18" metal ruler with slide on/adjustable ends, one pointy, one with a pencil or Xacto blade on it. I typically draw the arc, or scribe it, then go back and hand cut it. Then lightly sand the ends, use the 'chompers' to cut out the nibbles, and glue the plating down. I always liked the hand fabricated approach to the original, so that's what I'm going for. The drawback is, by not using CAD overlays, sometimes my plating alignments are not 'perfect' to the original, but things come together more than close enough for me to keep pressing ahead. If I do screw up a plate, the beauty with gluing styrene to primer instead of the acrylic directly, is the plating easily pops back off with little to no residue, I can cut a new plate, and then re-bond the new one.
    -Sean
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    2 Weeks Ago  May 5, 2018, 7:24 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #207

    Its looking so good, there could be a ton of mess ups and its not at all noticeable.
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    2 Weeks Ago  May 5, 2018, 7:59 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #208

    DARKSIDE72 said: View Post
    You know there are no words for sick, BAD ASS accomplishment Sean...I hope your getting some work out of Ryan!!!
    HAHA !! THANKS Jamie!! Ryan's a bit of a slacker these days!!

    JediMichael - Shhhhh, that's supposed to be a Secret! Ha!

    Ok, so here's getting to where I'm at about now. Finished up 'most' of the Cockpit plating. There are still a number of 'greeblies' that need to go down on the cockpit walkway area. Then I need to start laying down the tons of 'chips' all over the rest of the plating. Once the rest of that all gets done, I'll probably work on putting down the original KoolShade strip over the 9 vent holes (that's gonna be fun...Not). Then, I'll be restarting on finishing up the Top Gun Turret (the primed one is for the bottom), and one of the final decisions is to move forward with the full Studio Set interior. Thanks to Maruska, I pretty much have all the parts/details for that, but it will also slow down completion. I always planned to have the original miniature cockpit interior to swap out with the set. I'll be forced to decide soon.

    So, on to the latest progress...

    Finishing up the Plating between the cockpit and the jawbox.

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    Plating all down in this area

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    Starting the plating of the Cockpit Tunnel
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    Getting plating on the front side of Cockpit tunnel (using greeblie parts as I go along to help 'measure'.
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    Most of the Cockpit tunnel plating all down, with about 75% of the greeblies.
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    Mocking up cockpit cone and to see how it's all looking.
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    One of the First views of it in a nearly completed state of construction - with the top Gun Turret plate (Still needs to be trimmed to contour)
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    Thanks again for all the support and encouragement - getting closer to full on primer, then on to painting - ohhh that's gonna be a lot of work!
    -Sean
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    2 Weeks Ago  May 5, 2018, 8:09 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #209

    And I almost forgot, got the majority of this area finished up too.

    Still have a few minor items, but it was nice to see the pipes and parts go down.
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    One additional shot of the 'inside' of the cockpit tube plating.

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    2 Weeks Ago  May 5, 2018, 8:13 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #210

    Killing this thing. So how much have you spent so far? And yes, we know, too much. I'm working on a MUCH smaller sized ship right now and its cost me (estimated) around 3 or 4 hundred so far....
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    2 Weeks Ago  May 6, 2018, 11:45 AM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #211

    Incredible work t2sides!!
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    2 Weeks Ago  May 6, 2018, 7:00 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #212

    .....I'll be in my bunk...
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    2 Weeks Ago  May 7, 2018, 10:28 AM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #213

    Inspirational stuff! You've got some great patience and skill! Looking forward to the final product...
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    1 Week Ago  May 9, 2018, 12:39 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #214

    This is such an inspiring build and has aided me in converting/super detailing many details of my Deagostini Falcon model. I have discovered so many details about the 5 footer from your build that I have never noticed before. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome build.
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    1 Week Ago  May 9, 2018, 8:19 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #215

    Damn Sean!! This is actually my first post on RPF, and I just have to say that I am totally blown away by this! I have always been a huge fan of your work, and this is yet one more shining example of your incredible talent! WOW!!!

    Brad
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    1 Week Ago  May 13, 2018, 11:58 AM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #216

    The wowness of wow t! This is coming on leaps and bounds
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    5 Days Ago  May 15, 2018, 8:37 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #217

    Hey THANKS again Guys!!! Much appreciated!! Brad!!! Great to see you hear, Welcome!!! Can't wait to see some of your impressive work popping up!!

    So, brief update. Finished up most of the little greeblies on the cockpit 'walkway' areas. I think I only had to sub 1 or 2 parts of all those suckers! Pretty happy overall with it.

    I also got the Classic KoolShade installed over the vent holes. Made my first real 'error' here though, don't mind sharing as it shows things don't always work out. What I did was forgot to compensate for the distance of the cockpit tube that includes the beveled 'connection' between the tube and the cone. That put me too far forward with the vent holes, then when I put the KoolShade over with it's inherent offset from being centered on the holes, I wound up putting the whole section 'too close' to the cockpit cone. I considered for about half a second to rip it out and re build it, but I decided to live with the flaw. Sometimes, for me at least, it's OK not to get as 'perfect' as you were hoping for, so you can just keep moving forward and get a project done. Considering how much of this ship is nuts on accurate, this oversight will just be part of this ship. One other note - I used my "Panther G" strips that should be on the KoolShade for another project, so I wound up using "JagD Panther". Not a perfect match again to the original, but when it's all ya got.....

    Next up will be to finish all the little styrene chips on the rest of the hull plating, a few more cockpit details, then on to plating the cone, adding the t-strips, then going for the interior work. Starting to see the construction finish line, but it's still a fair amount of work to do. HUGE KUDO's to Lee Malone, beyond impressed on how fast he put his 5 Footer together!!

    The detail parts are all down here
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    Was cool to put in the Ladder Chief 'emergency hatch' part down
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    With the KoolShade pushed forward, this detail area wound up 'stretching' a bit
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    Styrene chips and greeblies going down on the hull section here
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    1 Day Ago  May 20, 2018, 10:17 AM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #218

    Wow. I haven't been on here for a while, however looks like I've dropped by at a good time for 5' foot Falcon building. Its been a joy reading through your build and seeing your Falcon coming together. Following what Lee Malone has done with his big Falcon and now what you are doing with yours, the craftsmanship is truly inspirational.
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    21 Hours Ago  May 20, 2018, 7:54 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #219

    Hey Nick!! Welcome Back!! THANK YOU for the kind comments.

    Here's the latest Update - MAJOR MILESTONE for me reached!! Got the whole ship in primer today!

    So after putting down a number of final details on the main hull and assembly, I got the whole base primer coat down, and started finishing up the top gun turret with it's parts along the side. That should get primer this week. Next will be plating the cockpit cone, adding the t-strips to the window frames, and lastly get going on the Cockpit Interior.
    Here's a bunch of pics....

    Rear Top view
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    Engine Deck
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    Port Side with unfinished dish support
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    And without the dish support
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    21 Hours Ago  May 20, 2018, 8:00 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #220

    And another round of pics.....

    Continuing to swing around, close up of Starboard side

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    A classic type angle, looking the part!

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    Top Jawbox and damage area
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    Still have to cut out the damage on the jawbox where it meets the hull
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    And the Port side (Engine Milkplex and Underside engine plate not yet installed)
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    20 Hours Ago  May 20, 2018, 8:44 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #221

    As an aside, thought it'd be cool to show a size comparison of the Engine Section to the Studio Scale Galactica - Though the Galactica was a lot of work, this shows how much more significantly more mass there is to the Falcon.

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    19 Hours Ago  May 20, 2018, 9:38 PM - Re: 5 Foot Falcon Replica - ANH #222

    Spectacular! Funny how all the details pop even more for some reason when it’s all primed. Can’t wait to watch the paint job come along.

    Beautifuller and beautifuller. :-)

    Dan

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