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Gonna' close out this update with a random greeblie haha.





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Experimenting with lighting techniques for the main hanger. I initially tried 16 modified "lighthouse" LED's, trimmed down so that they fit flush on the inside. Things looked promising until I fired all of them up and shut the room lights off. Not only were they inconsistent in illumination levels, they also varied slightly in color even though they all came out of the same package! Thought for a moment, then scrounged up a scrap piece of double-density cool blue LED strip and held it up to the outside of the hanger. Well I'm be damned, the diodes just HAPPENED to light up PRECISELY with the holes.

Lovely.  ;D

Now to come up with a way to mount them. I'll have to cover the extra diode with something opaque. Piece of electrical shrink-wrap maybe?









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At first I thought that the fancy micro-drill I got would be just the ticket for handling all those windows...after all it features multiple speeds and the three-jaw chuck holds tiny bits in better alignment than your typical four-jaw chuck. However, even at its slowest speed (which is pretty damn slow!) I was still melting the plastic if I wasn't careful. As a last resort I looked into a manual pin vise, and as luck was have it I ran upon some Starrett products online. Since I'm using 0.25 fiber I'm using 0.30 bits The Starrett works just fine and it doesn't walk the bit tip during the initial drilling. I have a ton of windows to do...thank God I bought a couple hundred bits!







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Linear sensor array, fancied up with some brass photoetch from Green Strawberry and a couple of bits from my spares box. Still deciding if this is done or it could use a little finishing off. I chucked a small piece of sprue in my roto-tool and spun it into the cone shape that sits on the face of the array.









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I've not been idle...

More detailing work in process. These are the pieces that sit on either side of the bridge head. They needed some detailing and since I just couldn't resist...













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That painting job looks awesome, Dave!

Keep going!

Steve
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Wow, Steve, this looks beautiful! Very well done!

Still looking forward to see the final product!

Steve
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Modelers Questions Board / Re: 1/350 Refit Base Colour Question
« Last post by TK Iain on Today at 05:36:50 am »
As an alternative to the Tamiya spray cans Alclad do a white primer that you use with an airbrush.

Did'nt know that TBH so that's another option I can look into. ;D
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Modelers Questions Board / Re: 1/350 Refit Base Colour Question
« Last post by TK Iain on Today at 05:35:36 am »
As I recall Iain, Boyd used to mix and sell custom paints for kits in exact quantities for that particular build....  Something you might also want to ask about?

Unfortunately those paints (don't know if Boyd does them anymore TBH) cannot be imported into the UK.
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Modelers Questions Board / Re: 1/350 Refit Base Colour Question
« Last post by madmonk on Today at 04:47:25 am »
As an alternative to the Tamiya spray cans Alclad do a white primer that you use with an airbrush.
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