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SFMA Big Spring Build Contest => SFMA Big Spring Build Contest 2014 => Topic started by: RE202 on February 28, 2014, 11:31:25 am

Title: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on February 28, 2014, 11:31:25 am
http://www.flickr.com/photos/111914884@N07/12838050775/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/111914884@N07/12838050995/in/photostream/

And, so it begins.  The Rank Amateur, armed with knowledge given freely, will attempt to build one of his favorite vessels in all of Sci-Fi.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: dlots1701a on February 28, 2014, 11:46:47 am
good thing i can read blurry LOL Good to go Rob
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: RE202 on February 28, 2014, 11:47:51 am
Yeah, my poor phone's a true POS.   Thanks for the clearance, Chris.  :D
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: Armandodlc on February 28, 2014, 12:23:34 pm
I'll absorb insight from this build for my Pegasus :)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: RE202 on February 28, 2014, 02:05:57 pm
Well, if it's mine to give, Armando, you're certainly welcome to any info I present.  :)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: billski on February 28, 2014, 02:12:12 pm
Good luck on your build, I know you will put her together with love and care
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: RE202 on February 28, 2014, 02:32:25 pm
Thank you!  That's the idea, at least.  :)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: The Model Dude on February 28, 2014, 02:49:40 pm
I am with Armando on this one; I am hoping to glean some great insight on this kit.  As a new model builder, I will take all the help and tips you can give me!  I wish you fun and success, with the build and the contest!   8)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: big game nerd on February 28, 2014, 05:16:25 pm
Great model to build.  Good luck and have fun.
Steve
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: Joe Boss Red Seven on February 28, 2014, 09:08:54 pm
I always liked The Pegasus.
Have fun and make it look great man.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: Lufty on March 01, 2014, 02:39:01 am
Wow! RE202 awesome choice! Well, we're in the boat together, but wow that looks like a big kit for 1st run! GL and look forward to seeing your progress!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: fumblethumbs on March 01, 2014, 07:49:12 am
Good choice Rob!  This kit makes for an impressive display for sure!
Good luck with your build and have fun!!  :)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: DizWhiz on March 01, 2014, 10:06:03 am
Been looking to see a Pegasus build great choice. I don't know why I haven't attempted any BSG kits yet I need to get on that next  ;)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: RE202 on March 01, 2014, 03:20:57 pm
And, so it begins!

Part One:  Base Prep (Or:  "Dremel, oh, Dremel, how I love thee!")

To begin this build, I've decided to start some work on the base of Pegasus.  This base will not be the standard 'Emblem' stand that comes with the kit, but an improvised base that I've decided to use.  It's a wood plaque that I found at Michaels for a buck fifty, and it'll do nicely, once it's stained and given the proper treatment.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7320/12862856205_da5cd5a3ed.jpg)

To start the preparation, I've decided to drill a 1/8" pilot hole, using my Dremel 4000 and drill-press stand.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3705/12862852885_2a6dca74e1.jpg)

And, the pilot hole drilled.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7410/12862918043_0eb9f5b57e.jpg)

Now, we go on to our 3" Harbor Freight special Vice, and use a standard drill to open this hole up to 1/4".

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7327/12862839335_18eb1613be.jpg)

With this done, I've now decided to cut a 'channel' in the back of the base, to allow for wiring, as well as a lighted rocker-switch for the lights.  This was done using the same Dremel, with the same drill-press stand, and a rotary cutting head in something like a milling-out action.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3699/12862906963_bec482d414.jpg)

And, finally, the channel is done.  The angled look of it is for the switch I plan to use.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7388/12863248114_c903ccaa20.jpg)


More to come!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: billski on March 01, 2014, 03:23:04 pm
Good start Rob
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: RE202 on March 01, 2014, 03:36:00 pm
I thank ya, sir.  8)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: RE202 on March 02, 2014, 05:46:28 pm
UPDATE:  ROOKIE MISTAKE!!   (Or:  Rob, learn to measure and mark your cuts, before you make them!)

After yesterday's fun adventure in woodcutting (prepping the base), I'd come to realize that the base I'd prepped was screwed.  First, the hole I'd drilled to mount the model was too big, as the mounting shaft that came with the model is 3/8", instead of 1/4".  Also, I'd forgotten to put a pilot hole down for where I eventually plan to put the rocker switch for the lights.

Luckily, my enthusiasm was calmed when I woke up this morning, and instead of kicking myself in the butt over a rookie mistake, I realized that I had another of these plaques sitting in my stash, and since they're only $1.50 a pop, I can replace it fairly easily.

Today, I've done a much better job of planning the base, and I drilled the right hole size, along with placing the pilot hole for the switch.  WHy the pilot hole, you ask?  Well, I'm not exactly sure how large the actual mounting hole will need to be, as I haven't acquired the switch yet.  That'll come with the arrival of payday, this coming Friday.

Ultimately, I've managed to salvage my pride, and prepare a much better base for Pegasus.  As of now, I've got the base done, and I've gotten a good start on the fiber-optic prep on the model itself.

More to come.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: RE202 on March 02, 2014, 06:15:46 pm
ADDENDUM:  RULES/CATAGORY DECLARATION

This build will be under the Modified catagory (As if it wasn't plain enough to see...  LMAO!!)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: fumblethumbs on March 02, 2014, 06:42:11 pm
Meh...No harm done.  Nice Dremmel riggin' you have
there Rob!!   :)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: RE202 on March 02, 2014, 08:31:05 pm
Part 2:  Prepping for Fiber Optics.

Note:  This segment brought to you by Dremel!  Making amateur modelers look professional for a damn long time!

So, today, I decided to prep the model for most of it's fiber-optics.  Pegasus demands fiber-optics in great quantity, and the preparation is very detailed, and it requires meticulous attention to detail.

Starting off, I decided to drill the holes into the vertical wall of what I call 'Exterior landing bays', which appear on the outside of the upper landing bays.  In 'BSG: Razor', it's plainly shown that these bays are used for Raptor landings during calm, non-combat times.  On the Moebius kit, the main deck (horizontal plate) of the bays, there's molded bits of equipment, but I'll still work with it, as it looks cool anyway.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7378/12894592244_315d6cc243.jpg)

Here, we have one of the walls, lashed down to a handy piece of 2x4.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7435/12894157635_b9235c7a05.jpg)

And, here we have .5mm holes drilled for the fiber optics.

Next, I'mm going to drill vertical holes to allow for the Pegasus' nameplate and registry to be lit.  In the show, I've counted a total of six lights shining up on the registry plate from underneath, and so, I've decided to do six holes in the .5mm size.  Normally, I'd be a bit hesitant to do this, but the kit gives us raised lettering to show just how big the lettering area is.  These letters will, of course, be ground away later, to make room for photoetch pieces, but for now, they give us a nice reference point to drill.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2806/12894251993_424aa86134.jpg)

And now, we have the holes drilled.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3817/12894143505_42083c3507.jpg)

Before I move on with the drilling, it's time for a bit of assembly.  The upper and lower ends of the bow of the ship also are getting F/O lighting, and to make this ready, I have to add on the caps to each section.  Timeto break out the ol' Testors Red-tube!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7314/12894236723_9c7c48cb16.jpg)

Next, there's a depression in the bottom of the lower bow section, requiring several points of light.  A total of ten holes were drilled in this section.  (Oh, I'm so glad I have the Dremel drill-press stand!)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2873/12894552824_0dc10697d0.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7354/12894224413_9409c062e3.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7458/12894542294_5f70b1d0d4.jpg)

The final drill-press actions for the day are for the bow 'patches' that get fitted into the bow sections during assembly.  These parts will remain on the sprue until they're painted and put on the model.

The amazing thing about these patch secions is, they almost seem pre-prepared for drilling, as there were lovely little places that the drill worked perfectly.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3677/12894536904_55f60e4017.jpg)

With the drill press done, we move on to the flexi-shaft, with a 1mm bit installed.  Now comes the hard part, the running-light points on the forward and rear ends of each flight bay.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2830/12894208293_97409a9648.jpg)
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2847/12894099045_d186d12e0d.jpg)
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2807/12894515474_c66484c7f5.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7388/12894086895_a771bec1b1.jpg)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3823/12894501874_469c5ff117.jpg)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3686/12894073275_638f402a20.jpg)

And, finally, we use a round-tipped grinding stone to wipe away the molded lettering.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2866/12894490084_12acf3b22b.jpg)

Through all this work, I've used my magnifying visor, and lighting is a MUST when doing stuff like this.  Thanks, folks.

More to come!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: Armandodlc on March 03, 2014, 12:12:47 am
Good methodical detail work Rob....excellent
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: jellis11 on March 03, 2014, 03:30:22 pm
Very nice work!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: fumblethumbs on March 03, 2014, 06:44:26 pm
Very, very nice Rob!  :)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: DanielCline on March 03, 2014, 06:52:44 pm
Off to a good start, after reading your thread makes look forward to how you are going to use the dremel to apply glue and spay paint.... ha ha ha they have a good spokesman in you :)

Looking great and good luck :)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on March 04, 2014, 01:20:49 am
looking good! keep it up!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: The Model Dude on March 04, 2014, 10:47:11 am
Glad to hear you had an extra base laying around.  That is a lot of drilling!  But, that work will produce on heck of model in the end man!   8)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: wolf 359 on March 04, 2014, 12:43:11 pm
She is coming along Rob! Nice work.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: AnythingSciFi on March 04, 2014, 02:02:02 pm
Fantastic job!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus
Post by: Lufty on March 04, 2014, 05:03:30 pm
Looking great! Man, I'm in envy of your shop space and ULTRA dremmel! It's getting some good use with all that light prep!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on March 04, 2014, 09:13:10 pm
NEWS FLASH!!

Today, I took delivery of the JT-Graphics custom decals for the landing bays.  They'll work extremely well with the ParaGrafix PE parts.

WOO HOO!!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: AnythingSciFi on March 05, 2014, 08:06:48 pm
NEWS FLASH!!

Today, I took delivery of the JT-Graphics custom decals for the landing bays.  They'll work extremely well with the ParaGrafix PE parts.

WOO HOO!!

When I get around to building mine I'm gonna have a small fortune in it!
Probably could build a real one for less!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: big game nerd on March 06, 2014, 04:52:21 am
Looking good
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on March 06, 2014, 11:27:40 am
I'm going to start looking into possibilities for silkscreen-etching, especially for plexiglass.  This is reference to Pegasus' base.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: HDATX on March 06, 2014, 01:40:16 pm
What a great start!  You have already shown your going for great detail and I can't wait to see more!  Pegasus is one of my favorite ships from BG and I can't wait to see how it turns out!!
Jerry
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on March 07, 2014, 10:02:42 pm
Small update, just to keep things current.

Title:  Rob's Putty Party (NOTE:  Not 'Pity')

Wednesday night, I tried and tried and tried to get into Dlots' Hac Night, but alas, I wasn't able to get in.  I was sad!  I was heartbroken!  I wanted to hang with modelers, dammit!

Well, I decided to drown in self-pity (Not really), and grabbed some of the aprts I'd drilled on Pegasus.  When I'd drilled them, it seemed that some of them were too big for what I had planned, and this was due to the magnifying visor I wear.

Silly me, I found that only three of the holes were actually too large.  Soooo...   dab a little putty in them, and redrill the holes using a Pin Vice (Not a Dremel tool, sorry.), and make them right.  Ten minutes later, they were all done.

I'll have pics of the progress, as well as others.  Tomorrow, I'm planning on starting the primer application, as well as staining the base.  I hope to have the rocker switch in hand so that I can drill it's mounting hole, and maybe even a 12-volt power supply to be able to work into the base, too.

More to come!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: jguard68 on March 08, 2014, 07:39:42 am
You're off on the right foot looks like. Looking forward to your pics.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on March 08, 2014, 09:49:58 pm
You're off on the right foot looks like. Looking forward to your pics.
Agreed! looking forward to pics!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on March 09, 2014, 11:12:36 pm
Quick update:

Got the switch for the base, so that I can turn Peg's lights on and off.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7332/13051607333_d4cf344637.jpg)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: wolf 359 on March 12, 2014, 10:32:30 am
Looking sweet Rob! Doing a great job!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on March 16, 2014, 02:16:51 pm
Time for another build-log UPDATE!!  (Cheer, if you wanna...)

Part 3:  Final drilling (Or: Let's finish drilling so we can put the damn Dremel away!)

First off, I'll show you how the base came out, after applying the Red Oak stain.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3736/13198902074_fed398c676.jpg)

I am really, really happy with how this turned out.  A nice, rich color without being too dark.  It'll compliment Pegasus very, very well.

And, now, on to the drilling finale'.

The last holes that needed to be drilled were in the bow-caps, as well as the engine enclosures.  The bow caps were a pain, because they were just a little too long to stand on end and set on the base-plate for the drill-press stand.  Never fear, though, because I figured out a way around that, and swiveled the drill-press out away from the base-plate, and did it that way.

Here are the results.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3785/13198712913_aa700f32d4.jpg)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3794/13198889354_1406d66a50.jpg)

Glad that's done.

Now, with the engine enclosures, there are single points of light that come from little dome structures just aft of the halfway mark.  My intention is to put a single white LED in each of the enclosures, and use Tamiya Clear Blue for the engine lenses.  That way, the light's white, but the engine 'exhaust' will be blue.

Drill-press time again.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3743/13198698593_693e815a77.jpg)

There are a total of four of these sprue trees, containing eight engine enclosures in all.  I think it's safe to say that I can put the Dremel away now.

More to come.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: billski on March 16, 2014, 02:47:06 pm
you are making good progress
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on March 16, 2014, 02:53:58 pm
you are making good progress

I thank ya, sir.  8)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: fumblethumbs on March 16, 2014, 04:44:01 pm
Good idea for killing two birds with one stone on the engine enclosure lighting!

Yeah, your wooden base turned out really nice.

You know Rob, as soon as you put the Dremmel away, you'll need it again!  ;D



 
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on March 16, 2014, 07:43:32 pm


You know Rob, as soon as you put the Dremmel away, you'll need it again!  ;D


Yeah, I know.  Those things are just too useful for their own good.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: wolf 359 on March 19, 2014, 01:55:21 pm
Coming right along Rob, Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on March 19, 2014, 05:49:37 pm
great Idea with the lights! I am considering a similar approach on my reliant
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: jguard68 on March 20, 2014, 07:23:25 pm
I really love the detail on this kit. Looking forward to more updates.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on March 28, 2014, 09:03:12 pm
Activity Log Update:

Well, tonight starts a 9-day vacation for me.  I should get some decent progress on Pegasus done.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on March 31, 2014, 03:56:53 pm
Update!

Title:  Trenching for F/O lighting.  (Or:  Thank goodness Boyd clued me into that scribing tool!)

No pics today, as I have no batteries for my camera.  Probably some to come on Friday, when I get paid and am able to get some batteries.

So, today's update isn't about a Dremel application.  Rather, it's about good old-fashioned elbow grease, and the use of this fantastic scribing tool that Boyd was kind enough to clue me in on.  With it, I was able to dig out the trenches for the fiber-optic strands that'll be used to light the 'between-deck' parts on both flight-pods, as well as the lateral trench on the forward hull.

It wasn't easy, I can assure you.  From what I've learned about F/O, it needs to be handled somewhat delicately, and not bent to extreme.  Gentle turns, and as much straight-away as possible.  So, I dug out the trenches in this manner, using the scribing tool to carve out the channels needed.

Pics to come, when I can.

R
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: spacepirate197x on March 31, 2014, 09:19:52 pm
Looking forward to seeing those pics Rob.  This will be one heck of a build. 
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: wolf 359 on April 01, 2014, 02:20:07 pm
I"m looking forward to some pictures too Rob.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on April 03, 2014, 03:39:30 pm
ALERT!!  ALERT!!  ALERT!!  (Damn, I wish I could make this blink)

Due to a small economic crisis, there is a distinct shortage of batteries in Tacoma, Washington (Size AA, to be specific).  Authorities assure us that, within 24 hours, this shortage will be alleviated, but until then, no model build logs of a particular BATTLESTAR (Which may or may not be called 'Pegasus') will be available.

Federal authorities have dismissed this crisis as a Right-Wing pseudo-crisis, and assure us all that, once we get on a needless Gov't program, all battery issues (And the ensuing Digital Photography issues) will be resolved.  The Gov't has yet to respond with any hard evidence to show just what program is applicable, but when has that ever stopped them before?



And, now, on with the opera.

Got more work on the abse done today.

The Mighty Mite table saw did the trick, and trimmed a nice 4"x6" plate for my base.  The edges will need a bit of sanding, but hey, that's to be expected.  I found the proper blade to do the work with plexi, which was a 40-tooth carbide-tipped blade.  Worked like a dream.

And, now, we find our problem...

The switch I purchased for the build has some extended legs to attach the wiring to.  This isn't a problem, except that when I put the switch body through the hole I drilled for it, the legs stick out much too far past the bottom of the base.

I need to find a small 1/4"-thick chunck of wood to make a spacer.  That should make it fit right.

More to come.



[Completely Fake Public Service Announcement]

A personal message, from the society for Battery Replenishment.

Voice-over, as the screen fades to an image of a dishevelled man, standing on the street corner, holding a piece of cardboard with 'Will work for AA batteries' on it.

We've all seen scenes like this.  Simple, hard-working Americans, desperately needing batteries.  The crisis is real, and there's something we all can do.

Image fades to a bland building-facade, with blanked windows and identical staff cars parked out front.

The protable power companies make it their job to manipulate the battery market, forcing a higher-than-normal profit margin.  This must be stopped.

Image fades to a street-side scene, where people are handing out generic batteries from inside an unmarked van.

Bootleg battery dealers are selling substandard batteries that will barely power a digital camera, and most of the time, these batteries fade after fifteen seconds.  What can be done?

Screen fades to a pristine, pastoral scene with trees, a rainbow, and even a few unicorns.

We can help those suffering from battery shortage.  Donate, today, to the Portable Power Coalition's fight to end Battery Famine!

Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: fumblethumbs on April 05, 2014, 08:46:39 am
Hehehe  ;D  Even without pics, still very entertaining!
I do look forward to seeing the "trenching" though.
You can more easily "bend" FO if you very gently heat it over the soldering iron.  This can be done when a fairly extreme bend is required.   :)  You need to experiment to find that sweet spot and be prepared to ruin a few strands.  :)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on April 05, 2014, 08:53:42 am
Oh, cool!  Thanks for that, Fumble!  :)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: fumblethumbs on April 05, 2014, 09:07:40 am
No problem Rob.  Hope it helps make things easier for you!
 :)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on April 05, 2014, 04:50:05 pm
Fiber-optic spools ordered.  :D
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on April 13, 2014, 06:02:46 pm
Update:  "New Base Progress"  (Or:  Thank goodness it's sunny out!  I finally got the parts primed!)

Yes, folks, that's right.  I finally got the parts for Pegasus primed, and I have to say, Tamiya grey primer is such wonderful stuff!  It lays down perfectly, and the fact that it's in a rattle-can helps a lot, too!

Unfortunately, I won't be adding pics of the priming job.  I forgot to bring my camera when I did it.

However, fret not!  Your hero, Rob, has other pics to look at!

A sneak peek of what the base will look like, once completed.  Here, we see the switch and the image that'll be under the LaserFire Creations plaque that's coming.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/972309_659484000753697_1392443082402060575_n.jpg)

Now, an up-close shot of the switch, as well as the spacer I made for it.  I basically cut two pieces of 1/4" basswood, epoxied them together, and then dremel-sanded the edges to make it look nice.  There will be more refinement of the spacer as time goes on.

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/10155155_659484027420361_7522896326397104559_n.jpg)

And now, we see a side-on view of the switch and spacer.  Note:  The longest leg of the switch comes out beyond the spacer, but it doesn't extend past the bottom of the base any more.

(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/1959225_659484014087029_8358380897404156398_n.jpg)

And, finally, just for a little added fun, I added some rubber 'feet' to the bottom of the base, to keep it from scuffing or damaging anything I set it on.

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/1533861_659484037420360_8472151525520958643_n.jpg)

More to come.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on April 17, 2014, 02:30:25 pm
Sharp looking base! I'm dreading starting mine... maybe I should hire you to make me one
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: The Model Dude on April 18, 2014, 01:48:31 pm
The base is looking fantastic!  I love that emblem you have made for the base, it is going to take your build up a notch.  Keep having fun man, looking forward to the next update!   8)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: spacepirate197x on April 18, 2014, 09:44:39 pm
The base turned out great
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on April 19, 2014, 05:38:17 pm
Update:  Airbrushing at a beginner's level.  (Or:  Oh, I hope I don't screw this up!)

Today, 4-19-14, marks the very first time I've applied paint to a model, using an airbrush.  Surprisingly enough, it went pretty well!  I didn't need one of these at all.

(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/1982024_662178800484217_7002906439415976752_n.jpg)

After seeing some wonderful work done by Wolf-359, I'd decided to use a Tamiya flat aluminum for the base hull color.  I couldn't be happier with the results, and it laid down on the model beautifully.  Again, I'm very pleased with how this all turned out.  I'm hoping to have the same kind of success with the lighting and fiber-optics.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/10257745_662176847151079_2462224777528050455_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/1174962_662176857151078_4929731148652141126_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/1546237_662176900484407_6114976900029611819_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/1017739_662176933817737_5781567101368616112_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/1926672_662176943817736_3167943149177771494_n.jpg)

More to come.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: wolf 359 on April 19, 2014, 10:18:16 pm
Looks good Rob! The painting looks good.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on April 19, 2014, 10:27:04 pm
Thank you, Wolf.  And, thanks for showing me that color.  It's absolutely perfect!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: spacepirate197x on April 19, 2014, 11:09:10 pm
Really great airbrush work.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: Lufty on April 19, 2014, 11:12:41 pm
Right on Rob! Glad your airbrushing went well, looks great! Keeping me inspired for my 1st run on airbrushing my Spring Build project!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: DizWhiz on April 20, 2014, 01:52:26 am
Agreed great airbrushing and the color is perfect.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on April 20, 2014, 07:51:01 pm
Update:  More Airbrushing!  (Or: Rob's addicted to success!)

So, more airbrushing today, and with a few different colors.

So, today's first task was to mate up the upper and lower bow sections to their respective center-hull segments, to facilitate finishing the base-hull color.  The start of the assembly!

(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/t1.0-9/10155509_662700587098705_1990894262068882780_n.jpg)

Next, I applied Tamiya Clear Blue to the engine lenses, and it came out grand.

(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10152579_662700590432038_1738804230768127843_n.jpg)

I decided to use Tamiya's gun-metal color for the bow inserts, so that the overall metalic sheen doesn't get altered.  However, since these sections appear darker in the show, the gun-metal was just about perfect for the job. 

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10289824_662700597098704_5390652427368048633_n.jpg)

And, finally, I used a simple matte gray for the trench-inserts for the bow, as well as the flight pods.

Bow trench...

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10273913_662700630432034_1846087496170381484_n.jpg)

And, a flight-pod trench.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/1520667_662700640432033_6964677058574730529_n.jpg)

More to come...
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: pakratt840 on April 20, 2014, 08:08:04 pm
Rob, I have to ask. Is that Master G22 airbrush in the background of the 1st photo in your last post the one you're using to do your painting? Reason I ask is I have yet to try mine out, mostly because it's been to cold too do anything here (basement isn't properly ventilated) recently, and I'm also not quite to a paint stage yet on my project. Like you were before, I've never airbrushed before, and I bought the Master set because of the price. It seems that so far you're happy with the results.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on April 20, 2014, 08:12:48 pm
Rob, I have to ask. Is that Master G22 airbrush in the background of the 1st photo in your last post the one you're using to do your painting? Reason I ask is I have yet to try mine out, mostly because it's been to cold too do anything here (basement isn't properly ventilated) recently, and I'm also not quite to a paint stage yet on my project. Like you were before, I've never airbrushed before, and I bought the Master set because of the price. It seems that so far you're happy with the results.

Yes, sir, that is, indeed, the G22.  So far, it's been a great tool for applying the paint, and it's also something of a miracle worker, making me look like I know what I'm doing.

You made a good investment, methinks.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: pakratt840 on April 20, 2014, 10:04:05 pm
Thanks Rob. I'm looking forward to giving it a try, maybe next weekend, if the weather here holds that long. I really like the look of the Tamiya flat aluminum you used on the Pegasus hull. Been trying to find a color I liked for my Polar Lights Jupiter 2 hull, and I think the flat aluminum might just fit the bill. Good luck going forward. Looks your having fun.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: wolf 359 on April 21, 2014, 01:20:59 pm
Looking good Rob!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on April 21, 2014, 08:22:45 pm
Thank you for all the kind words and great encouragement!

And, now...



Update:  The assembly begins!  (Or:  It's about damn time!)

Today, we have just a few pics.  Last night, after letting the paint dry for a good while, I got the itch to do some late-night workshop hustlin', so I ended up taking the bow inserts off their tree, and gluing them in place.  While this might not be conducive to using a rattle-can black to light block the interior of the model, I really don't mind, because it allows me more time with my new favorite toy, the AIRBRUSH!!

(Duh duh DUUUUHHHHH!)   <--- Dramatic musical cue.

First, a shot of the upper bow, with it's inserts.  I'm loving how the gun-metal works against the flat aluminum.

(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/t1.0-9/10259719_663208307047933_7768456823227886902_n.jpg)

And, now, a side-on shot of the bow.

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/1554395_663208273714603_8436934660367498341_n.jpg)

And, ust for giggles, let's see a sneak peek of the base, along with the not-nearly-assembled model, to see a glimpse of what the final presentation will be like.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/10298789_663208283714602_5569430851995515321_n.jpg)

More to come...
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: spacepirate197x on April 21, 2014, 08:40:01 pm
Sweet Rob.  This is going to look really great.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: Armandodlc on April 21, 2014, 08:45:46 pm
Looking good Rob
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: TrekWorks on April 22, 2014, 11:55:55 pm
Sound the Klaxon's Rob has started painting!

Just kidding ;)

Looking great Rob and nice to see that airbrush working well for ya.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: Red Shirt Guy on April 23, 2014, 08:50:17 am
Looks great Rob!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on April 23, 2014, 02:59:58 pm
great job on that painting! not bad for a newb! lol jk!  ;)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on April 23, 2014, 06:32:52 pm
Again, folks, thank you for the kind words and encouragement.  In a very real sense, it wouldn't have been possible without all the help I've gotten from the people here.  Also, it's made this project even more fun, as I feel not so much like an amateur or a newb, but among contemporaries.  Thanks again.



Update!  Title:  The base is done!  (Or:  THE BASE IS DONE!!)

Today, in my mail box, I found the envelope I'd been waiting for for a while, from LaserFire Creations.  Within this envelope would be the custom-made plaque for this build, and something I was anticipating very much.

Dlots1701a deserves a lot of credit, here, for helping me with the idea.  His efforts also produced the 'Pegasus' fleet symbole that's under the plaque, so...  a big 'Thank You!' to Dlots.

HEY!!  DLOTS!!!    THANK YOU!!!

So, here's the completed base, with the plaque and image in place.

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10300442_664379000264197_182421154354353181_n.jpg)

And, a close-up of the plaque...  (Pardon the lens flare.  I think JJ Abrams was trying to interfere.)

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/10169170_664379003597530_516826513018042606_n.jpg)

More to come...
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: spacepirate197x on April 23, 2014, 09:53:52 pm
Nice! 
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: Armandodlc on April 24, 2014, 02:26:14 pm
The plaque is beautiful. It really complements the base and completes it nicely.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: Kuce on April 24, 2014, 07:34:03 pm
Glad to see you cut the corners off of that base.  It wouldn't be the new BSG without that. . . .
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on April 26, 2014, 07:18:01 pm
Kuce, that wasn't intentional, but it does, indeed, fit the theme.  Thanks!



Update:  Flight pod preparation (Or:  It ain't pretty, but it'll work!)

Well, with the base completed, I went bac to working on the actual model.  Today's work centered on preparing the flight pod lading bay areas for both the ParaGraphics Photoetch sets (Which I'll be ordering when I can), and the JT Graphics decal sets (Which I have).

To start, I ground out the guide pins and bulkheads out of the flight pod halves, and that was an ordeal, let me tell you.  I ended up trying three different tool-bits for my dremel (Using the flex shaft), and I finally found the right one.  Note to self:  Plastic gets HOT, and MELTS, when you do this for too long.

(As stated above, it isn't the prettiest, but it'll work, and the ugliness will be hidden by the PE parts.)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/10291344_665887546780009_9142247192298918100_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/10303945_665887543446676_6454748286407101004_n.jpg)

The next part is simple enough.  With the flight pod runway surfaces, I had to fill some holes that those guide pins were supposed to go through.  Using a hollow-point punch, I tapped out the required 'holes' from a sheet of styrene...

(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/983642_665887516780012_5893686498665024704_n.jpg)

And then, after bracing the surface with a large craft stick (Think tongue depressor), I set each 'hole' into the place it needed to be, and dabbed a bit of Testors Red-Tube into each spot to let it form the circle to the dimensions it needs to be.  I don't know if it'll work, but I have hopes.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/t1.0-9/10268570_665887573446673_4010462245070562925_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10172713_665887666779997_6041658344950771894_n.jpg)

Once these are dry, and after the putty I applied is cured, I'll run the whole surface along a piece of sandpaper, and get it smooth for the decals.

More to come...
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: jellis11 on April 28, 2014, 08:36:19 am
Looking great RE202....I have been considering getting this kit and adding to my "unbuilt BSG kit collection"...LOL
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: jguard68 on April 29, 2014, 03:05:45 pm
Liken your progress. The base looks fantastic!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on May 02, 2014, 09:08:35 pm
Jguard, Jellis, I thank you both.  :)



UPDATE:  Holding pattern (Or:  Damn, I wish those part would hurry up!)

Today, I ordered the PG PE sets, as well as a few other little fun items.  Until I get those sets, though, I won't be able to progress much with the build.  Luckily, they won't take too long to arrive (I say with fingers crossed and mountains of hope building up).

Thanks to a gentleman named 'Tag' that I met in this previous Monday's 'Live On The Bench Hangout' (Courtesy of our good friend Boyd/Trekworks), I learned a great trick for masking...   Post-It notes!  That will save me a LOT of hassle!

Thank you, Tag!

And, pics to come, when I have more progress made.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: fumblethumbs on May 03, 2014, 08:16:40 am
Things are definitely well in hand here!
This will be a very impressive display with that lovely base.
lookin' great Rob!  :)
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on May 04, 2014, 03:18:25 pm
ALERT:

Note to Self (And anyone else who cares to read it):  Forget Createx-brand paints.  They SUCK!!   Stick with Tamiya and Vallejo.

And, I've come to the conclusion that masking's a bit of a pain in the tail.  Might have to hand-brush some details.



UPDATE:

Hand-brushing the details seems to be the way to go.  I used to do some fine-detail work on D&D and Battletech minis, so this shouldn't present a problem, whatsoever.  Patience is what's needed here, and because Pegasus is one of my favorite ships, I've got all the patience in the world for her.

Also, I've invested in several LEDs (Ten, in total.  8 5mm white ones for the engine enclosures, and 2 10mm jumbo whites for the Fiber-Optic light guns), as well as solder (60/40 Rosin core), and a soldering iron (Rated at 40 watts, and max 900 deg.).  Now, all I need to do is figure out the resistors I'll need, and I'll be set to go!  I've already got the LED strip from HDA, so that's comp'd.

I'll probably start the hand-brush work tonight, if not in a day or two.  I'll have pics up to show the results.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on May 07, 2014, 09:08:24 pm
Update:  Hand-painting hull details.  (Or:  Yes, my painting skills ARE what they used to be!  :D )


Today, we will be looking at my hand-painting of the hull details on the model.  To begin with, I'll show you my first attempt at masking, as well as the reason I'm feeling completely disappointed in Createx paints.  So, without further ado, let's view!

Here's my first masking attempt...

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/10259749_670793756289388_7439635474155467731_n.jpg)

It wasn't a great job, and I need to learn more about it.

Ultimately, the Createx paint left me wanting something else.  This color was supposed to be a transparent dark red, and for me, it looks more like a clear candy red.  Not at all good for Pegasus.

(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10329308_670793762956054_6940180626305995112_n.jpg)

So, I used my airbrush and covered this crap up.  I'll be hand-painting real red onto her this coming weekend.

Here, we see the stern of the lower hull, complete with accents.  These accents are done with the Tamiya gun-metal, just like the bow inserts were.  I want this to retain continuity.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/10176130_670793752956055_7413434132718351922_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/t1.0-9/10176211_670793796289384_8408685846886507962_n.jpg)

(One needs not worry about the sloppy edges.  They'll either be covered by engine enclosures, or fixed with more Tamiya flat aluminum.)

Now, we move on to the center section of the upper hull.  Again, the edges will be cleaned up.

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10294366_670793826289381_9190763672565579006_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/10334391_670793829622714_2660760946185681869_n.jpg)

And, the stern...

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10269622_670793856289378_4724064812140241152_n.jpg)

And, finally, we have some hand-painted details on one set of engine enclosures.  These ended up taking about twenty minutes, all told.  I used Tamiya Dark Gray for these, as there's a need for a matte color on the mid-section areas.

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/1175220_670793932956037_2507112237112909334_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10307213_670793946289369_206146564070919616_n.jpg)

So, that's about it, so far.  More to come...
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: Artie on May 07, 2014, 09:27:55 pm
ohh bad luck about the paint...maybe try this

I have removed enamal overspray with a tipex dipped into Methylated spirits....it works great, and doesnt effect the plastic...GREAT for canopy's too.

regards Artie
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: spacepirate197x on May 07, 2014, 10:44:54 pm
Lookin good Rob.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: billski on May 08, 2014, 02:08:39 am
Watching with interest, she is coming along nicely
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: Red Shirt Guy on May 08, 2014, 08:45:30 am
Looks great Rob!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: wolf 359 on May 10, 2014, 12:55:23 pm
Coming along quite well Rob. You painting looks good. When I start mine, I will have to use your thread for guidance.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on May 11, 2014, 10:44:47 pm
Update:  Hull details completed (Or:  Hand-painting can be fun!)

Today, I've completed the exterior hull painting, in specific the detail sections.  Below, I'll just show you the painted details, without too much explanation.  The pics should speak for themselves.

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/10334448_672805486088215_7755189877966588791_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10337739_672805496088214_7118007105237822733_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/t1.0-9/10372053_672805499421547_3965658307224432776_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10259868_672805556088208_136374595023153442_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/t1.0-9/10288796_672805589421538_7653704194049724107_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/v/t1.0-9/10308320_672805626088201_2625996305293003720_n.jpg?oh=e7858fa026a175217bf910a9a928dbfe&oe=53EB5443)

More to come...
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: pakratt840 on May 11, 2014, 10:50:07 pm
Yes Rob, that red looks much better than before. Sometimes, hand painting can still win the day, can't it? I really need to add one of these kits to my stash.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: billski on May 12, 2014, 01:04:15 pm
looking great
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on May 14, 2014, 09:46:56 pm
Update:  Fiber Optics for FUN and PROFIT!  (Or:  Theis damn glue gun is driving me nuts!)

Today, I've begun the task of threading fiber-optic strands for the various lighting aspects of Pegasus.  Notably, in the upper and lower bow sections, as well as the external flight-bay landing areas.

(Note to self:  Remember to redrill the holes for the strands, after you've painted them, but BEFORE you go ahead and glue them in!)

First, we see a wide shot of the threads for the exterior landing bay.  Not at all hard, really.  Just slip the strand through the hole, mushroom the head, pull it back 'til it's snug, and anchor it with the glue gun.

(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/10341878_674529099249187_1911641848585071921_n.jpg)

Now, a close-up.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/10338875_674529152582515_3040601078519752051_n.jpg)

Here, we see the upper bow section complete with some 1/4mm strands.

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/10373731_674529139249183_8652974728642141833_n.jpg)

And, the lower bow, with 1/2mm strands.

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10264514_674529215915842_2138148803036318250_n.jpg)

More to come, of course...
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: wolf 359 on May 15, 2014, 03:45:06 pm
Looking good Rob. Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: Armandodlc on May 15, 2014, 04:04:42 pm
Looks like some intricate fiber optic work there Rob. Cant wait to see this puppy illuminated. Good job.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: Red Shirt Guy on May 15, 2014, 04:58:45 pm
Ah, fun with FO. Used a mile (ok, almost 50 feet) of it in my JJPrise. Coming along nicely Rob!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on May 18, 2014, 03:52:07 pm
No update this weekend, folks, as I'm in a holding pattern again, waiting for those few, last parts that I need.

However, next weekend is a 4-day one for me, and I'm anticipating doing the last of the work on Pegasus during that time.  She should be finished in time for the competition.

:D
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on May 24, 2014, 08:10:03 pm
Update:  More Fiber-optic fun.  (Or:  Hot glue guns are a...  PAIN!!)

So, today, I've been threading more fiber optics, specifically in the flight-pod areas, as well as the forward hull halves (Upper and lower).  It's been an interesting time, and I've enjoyed the end result, however, the task, itself, was something of a pain in the tail.

See the results, so far.

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/10410727_678041468897950_2933119337806183014_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10379022_678041452231285_1185167104675609414_n.jpg)

The stringy bits from the hot glue gun will be, of course, cleaned up.

(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/10351399_678041382231292_8209477708893519336_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/10314011_678041522231278_4299329570419245409_n.jpg)

'Warning' lights on the ends of the upper flight bay.

I also added the 'lower' halves (That is, the halves that are closest to the hull) of the engine enclosures, so that I can drill a hole for the wiring that will go there.

(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10369734_679387685429995_8519835669263820883_n.jpg)

Now, these are interesting.  The between-deck trench parts.  earlier, I'd scored trenches on the sirface of these, thinking that I could just lay the fiber-optic strands along them.  However, after seeing how fiber-optic behaves (Kinda like a cat, in that it wants to do it's own thing), I decided to drill small holes under the surface, and glue them in place, giving the F/O strands a small channel to fit into, when I slip them in place.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/10336641_679387688763328_3213153369376232243_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/1964869_679387735429990_9130524870002637336_n.jpg)

And, finally, I had to cut a large notch in the lower bow's deck-plate to make room for the fiber-optics.

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/t1.0-9/1907331_679387692096661_4390872572745047708_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10414472_679387755429988_5802502153055968083_n.jpg)

Tomorrow, more of the mad dash to completion...
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: DizWhiz on May 25, 2014, 02:07:05 pm
She's looking fantastic. Great job on the paint and lighting so far.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: supercharger on May 25, 2014, 08:17:59 pm
Looking good! Really like that plaque on the base, really sets it off!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on May 25, 2014, 08:41:34 pm
Diz, SuperCharger, I do appreciate the kind words.  More fun was had today, as we'll see below.



Update:  Lighting (Or:  I've come to hate magnet wire)

Today, I decided to take the plunge, and paly around with some electronics.  In specific, the lighting parts for Pegasus' engines and fiber-optics.  I've decided to use eight regular 5mm LEDs, one for each engine enclosure, and two 10mm jumbos for 'Light Guns', to feed the fiber-optics.

But, to start us off, we take a look at making the lighted switch work.

Switch off...

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/1010081_679829428719154_42783083310190480_n.jpg)

And...  ON!

(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10297563_679829438719153_807390140208508871_n.jpg)

And, now, we see another 'first' of this build...  the first electronic circuit I've ever built.  You saw it here, first, folks.

(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10401495_679829432052487_1294239995747375958_n.jpg)

Now, here, I'm cutting hunks of copper pipe to make the 'barrels' of the 'light guns'.

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/10336716_679829495385814_42741723644190047_n.jpg)

And, the jumbo 10mm LED, inside the barrel.  See how it concentrates the light?  (In the background, you can see the other one.)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/10393731_679829485385815_7811432185163571124_n.jpg)

And, now, the moment Rob was dreading...  Soldering.  Turns out, my worries were much more than the actual task, which turned out to be fairly easy.

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/10304435_679829508719146_5141464380613054877_n.jpg)

And, finally, the lighting modules completed...  sorta.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/10300530_679829532052477_3248675877509741426_n.jpg)

What I've learned from today's adventure is simple enough.  Working with basic components isn't too difficult, but LED light-strip is a bit of a pain.  Ultimately, after three attempts, I could not solder wires to a single secton of LED strip, so I have to wait for the connectors to arrive this coming week.

I also have to wait for sanding belts that will help me prep the landing bay runways.

It's getting down to the wire, and I hope I have enough time to complete it.  Wish me luck!

More to come.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on May 26, 2014, 03:23:53 pm
Update:  Photoetch (Or:  Whoa, this is cool!!)

Today, I've entered into the world of fine-detail work with photoetched parts.  Not nearly as delicate as I'd assumed, they do need a gentle hand, though.  For this particular kit, I'd recommend having a bending tool handy, as it will greatly simplify the bending of the landing-bay inserts, as we'll see below.

First...  The parts, before being cut and used.  (Much thanks to ParaGrafix, for making these wonderful parts!)

(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10402427_680186455350118_1607531110377261121_n.jpg)

From this point on, I need to keep the port and starboard landing-bay pieces separated, so as to not get them mixed up.  I've used plastic bins for this.  (I know, YAWN!)

(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10406560_680186448683452_7977406238358121708_n.jpg)

To start my journey into Photoetch, I decided to attack the registry plates, first.

Unpainted...

(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/t1.0-9/10329192_680186442016786_3191848211013769520_n.jpg)

Now, with the base-coat color of flat aluminum...

(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10370414_680186498683447_3311568626309689125_n.jpg)

I decided to try an experiment, here.  After the base-coat was applied, I used Tamiya's 'Smoke' (A kind of clear gray) to add a little accent to the lettering on the registry plates.  I really like the result.

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/10336763_680186545350109_8599792061644724008_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/10382993_680186575350106_4905957391281684099_n.jpg)

And, now, the grand lady has her name...

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/1964825_680186618683435_4497145593510607945_n.jpg)

So, now we get into the flight-bay inserts.  Quite simply put, PG didn't supply much in the way of directions for these, not that it mattered much.  By bending the parts and dry-fitting them into place, one can easily discern which side each goeson.  Here, we see the starboard-side insters, wth the top one (Lower) painted in Tamiya's NATO Black, and the bottom one (Upper) unpainted.

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/10304871_680186648683432_4068961717504327909_n.jpg)

And, now, all four inserts painted and waitng to dry.  There are doors to paint and add to them, corresponding to the 'garage' doorways that we see on the edges.  These doors will be painted a lighter shade of gray to give the interior a bit of definition.

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10313794_680186685350095_6878948751480782238_n.jpg)

And, that about does it.  I've come to the end of the things I can do with Pegasus, until my packages arrive.  This coming week will be the true MAD DASH to the finish.  ;)

More to come...
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: Armandodlc on May 26, 2014, 05:37:01 pm
Good work Rob...Very creative on the smoke gray accent...I like it
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: wolf 359 on May 27, 2014, 04:14:42 pm
Looking good Rob, coming right along! I like the color you choose too! Keep her going!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on May 28, 2014, 10:54:11 pm
Update:  Miscellaneous sub-assemblies.  (Or:  The stuff finally got here!!  WOO HOO!!)

So, today marks the final delivery of 'things' I needed to finish Pegasus.  You know...  those 'things' that we all find we need at some time or other...

In addition to the two sanding belts I'd received today, I'd also gotten a bunch of LED-strip connectors from HDAModelWorx, and they'll fit just fine into the flight bays.

First, the lower plate for the upper bow, complete with the gun turrets in stowed position.

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/10392461_681302221905208_7943203086572639855_n.jpg?oh=5c13bb3522ba26783f27cc0bdc015547&oe=53F268CA)

Now, the FTL-drive enclosure, which will be at the absolute stern of the ship.

(https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t1.0-9/10338248_681302208571876_8645304641934778739_n.jpg)

Now, remember way back when, when I drilled holes in the upper halves of the engine enclosures?  I finally dabbed a touch of Canopy Glue into those holes, with a nice, decent result.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t1.0-9/10359506_681302218571875_5039133474768962129_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t1.0-9/10366034_681302281905202_5231133823405793543_n.jpg)

More to come.  I'm fairly certain that I'll have her done by the end deadline.  YAY!!!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: r0bert on May 28, 2014, 11:11:34 pm
It's gonna be good!!!
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on June 01, 2014, 12:34:30 am
Update:  Unable to finish in time.

Unfortunately, I was not able to finish Pegasus in time for the competition judging.  Simply put, I have too much work to do, and not enough time to complete it.  Also, I have a few rookie errors to fix, so there's more time added there.

Ultimately, I have no regrets about entering this competition.  I gave it my best shot, and I still plan to complete this mighty Battlestar.  I'm sincerely grateful to all those who gave positive feedback, and I give you my word that the model will not go by the wayside.  I have too much time and effort invested into her to not complete her.

More to come, as I upload more pics.

Again, thanks to all that have been so supportive.

RE202
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: Tankton on June 01, 2014, 12:39:55 am
I loved reading your posts. Never give up, Never surrender. Look forward
to seeing you complete this.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: TrekWorks on June 01, 2014, 12:50:41 am
Good effort Rob and we will be looking forward to the finish. Thanks for posting an excellent build thread along the way.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: RE202 on June 08, 2014, 09:14:56 pm
FINAL UPDATE:

I've come to the decision to scrap this build.  Simply put, after spending over a week looking the model over, I've seen a lot (And I mean A LOT) of errors that I've made, and the cumulative effect of these errors come to the drastic conclusion that I really have no hope of resurrecting this build, at all.  I'll salvage the PE parts, and I'll save everything I can for the next one, but as far as this build, it's a done deal.

Ultimately, I can't really feel bad about this.  In the final analysis, with the learning I've gotten doing this build, as well as all the positive feedback that people have been giving me, I can truly chalk this up in the positive, and see the potential for a better build with a new kit.  As I've heard, we've all had times like this, and for me, I'm truly grateful.

Primarily, I tried to cram too much lighting into this build, and that was a mistake.  The kit's not made for extensive lighting, especially in the trench areas.  Now, I know better, and I know what I need to do to make the next build right.

My many, many thanks for all the support and constructive comments, and my continued gratitude for all the ideas, tips, techniques, and neat stuff I've learned on here.

RE202.
Title: Re: MoebiusModels' 1:4105 Battlestar Pegasus (Modified)
Post by: pakratt840 on June 08, 2014, 09:48:31 pm
I'm sorry to see that you're scrapping your build of the Pegasus. It's your build that's got me fired up to do one of my own, when I can scrape together some funds to pick one up. I thought you were doing a bang up job, but you have the advantage of first hand perspective, and I respect your judgment on this. Can only hope that when you choose to start another one, you will grace us all with another fine build log.