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Offline incubus35

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Blake's 7 Liberator
« on: February 20, 2017, 11:08:46 am »
Hi all,

Having a go at my first build using a 3D printed model. Going ok so far, but it certainly isn't as smooth a surface as styrene.

Finished most of the build now, just got to add the ribbing to the drive section and do some more washes/weathering.

I'm building it for my brother's birthday as he was a big fan back in the day - so will hopefully be a nice surprise - as I know he's been looking for one for a while and had no luck

Pete

Offline TK Iain

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Re: Blake's 7 Liberator
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2017, 02:36:23 pm »
Very nice indeed!

Where did you get the kit from?
Iain

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Re: Blake's 7 Liberator
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2017, 03:18:42 pm »
Thanks! I'm still pretty new to model making.

I found it on eBay - a company called 3Designprinting, based in the U.K. They are hoping to do more Blake's 7 kits in the future (like the Scorpio!)

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Re: Blake's 7 Liberator
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2017, 03:40:34 pm »
Now there's something we don't see very often.  How's the surface finish of the kit?
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Re: Blake's 7 Liberator
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2017, 07:29:33 am »
My birthday next month and my missus said she'd get it as a pressie.

Is the drive unit hollow so it can be lit up?
Iain

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Re: Blake's 7 Liberator
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2017, 08:46:31 am »
Iain - it sure is (see the attached image). it does take them a couple of weeks to produce, but I got mine about 10 days after ordering.

Scott - the surface is stepped, with it being PLA, and I was able to sand down some of the flatter surfaces but any detailed areas were a pain - so i've left those as is. If i'd had more time I would have invested in some XTC-3D to smooth it out a bit more.

as i wanted to go for quite a weathered surface, it was ok to work with as is, but it was quite difficult to get rid of the stepping with just sanding!

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Re: Blake's 7 Liberator
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2017, 05:47:30 am »
Finished up the ribbing on the drive section last night (quite easy - but there isn't a lot of spare material after doing the top and bottom sections).

Also done the first couple of oil washes on the forward section, so i'm hoping to be on target for the weekend. very quick build for me - under 2 weeks.


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Re: Blake's 7 Liberator
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2017, 07:24:04 am »
Gorgeous!

Definitely going to get one of these for my birthday.

Do you have the engine pulsing?
Iain

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Re: Blake's 7 Liberator
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2017, 07:47:56 am »
Thanks!

Sadly not on the pulsing, as the PLA is quite thick (about 6-7mm), so standard LED bulbs just didn't cut the mustard. In the end I went for a strip of LED tape wrapped around the circumference to give it a nice even glow (no need for diffusion with the green part being so thick). I wasn't going down the flasher board  route for such a simple lighting build, and there were some gaps around the edge that I had to fill with krystal klear and paint green to match.

Doesn't show up great, but here are the pre-built parts. 

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Re: Blake's 7 Liberator
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2017, 11:40:37 am »
Looks freakin' awesome bud. :)
Iain

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Re: Blake's 7 Liberator
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2017, 11:32:04 am »
Thanks again!

ok, just about got it finished in time for his birthday tomorrow! That was a close one..


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Re: Blake's 7 Liberator
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2017, 05:45:37 pm »
What a fantastic looking kit. You've done a great job on the weathering. I'm sure your brother will love it

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Re: Blake's 7 Liberator
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2017, 02:41:36 pm »
Thanks Podmore!

He did indeed - it's even inspired him to start building a BSG Pegasus!

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Re: Blake's 7 Liberator
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2017, 04:48:32 am »
Any more info on how you did the weathering please?

Reason being I have one on the way for my Christmas (didn't get one on my birthday) and all goes well it should be with me by tomorrow.
Iain

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Re: Blake's 7 Liberator
« Reply #14 on: December 25, 2017, 12:02:12 am »
Hi Iain, Merry Christmas!

I generally use abteilung 502 starship filth oil for my weathering, sometimes mixed with rust. Not sure if you

 




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