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Author Topic: Klingon Bird of Prey ... on the mend  (Read 6835 times)

Offline Spencer

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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey ... on the mend
« Reply #90 on: February 10, 2019, 07:02:36 pm »
Hello Everyone,

I'm back to working on the Klingon Bird of Prey, albeit slowly.

Sorry for being out of commission for too long. Lots of weddings, funerals, birthdays, baby showers, etc. over last summer and fall, but January 12/13th this year took the cake.

I thought I was dealing with persistent lung and chest infections, but it turned out to be much more serious. Long story short, Google "Saddle Pulmonary Embolism" and "Catheter-directed Thrombolysis" and you'll get the idea.

But, the good thing is that I was cleared for normal activity pretty quick and am actually feeling better than I have in some time. I still have some residual symptoms and leg swelling to deal with so I'm still just a tad bit limited in how much I can do.


Anyhow, I have been rethinking my color scheme a little bit. I decided my original colors were a bit too bright so i went with some darker ones. Good thing is all the hull colors are now Model Air, so no messing around with thinning Model Color. I'm set on using Model Air so I'm going to do some more practicing on a scrap kit (when I can get back to Hobby Lobby to get one).


Hull Colors - All Vallejo Model Air
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Main Hull - Pale Green 71.095

Underside Feather Pattern - Red 71.102

Accent Panels:
Light Ghost Gray 73.615 (Surface Primer)
Light Green Chromate 71.006 and/or Green Zinc Chromate 71.094
"Emerald Color" - Light Green RLM25 71.267
"Sac Bomber Green" - Green 71.329
White 71.001
Black 71.057
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Metalllics
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Rust 71.069 and 71.080
Gun Metal 71.072
Steel 71.065
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Clear Parts
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Tamiya Clear Yellow X-24
Tamiya Clear Orange X-26
Tamiya Clear Red X-27
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And the VERY rough colors in GIMP






I still need to drill out the rest of the windows and running/spot lights and test one of my lighting boards. And order some more paint of course.


Cheers,
Spencer
« Last Edit: February 12, 2019, 02:58:25 pm by Spencer »
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Offline MSgtUSAFRet

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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey ... on the mend
« Reply #91 on: February 12, 2019, 10:12:58 am »
Spencer, Welcome back to the bench!!!

Love the planning you're putting into this one!

Can't wait to see what you do!

Stay strong and steady as she goes.

Steve
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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey ... on the mend
« Reply #92 on: February 15, 2019, 10:55:22 pm »
Spencer, Welcome back to the bench!!!
Love the planning you're putting into this one!
Can't wait to see what you do!
Stay strong and steady as she goes.
Steve

Thanks Steve.  :)



Going to be working on getting a control board ready next. Then light blocking and figuring out where my LEDs need to go. I'm running the circuit at 5V so just about everything will need to be run in parallel.

But I figured I'd just give a quick tip to some of you out there. Given that I'm seriously out of practice soldering SMD components (since college), I ordered an SMD soldering practice board. Imagine that ... They're a good, and relatively cheap, way to get brushed up on SMD soldering. Plus you can get a few extra components if you're not in the mood to solder the whole thing.







Plus I managed to get a 50th anniversary 18" Enterprise at Hobby Lobby on the cheap, so it's going to be my testbed. And I may even get around to building it one day.

Of course, the paint I ordered is out there in the aether somewhere ... gotta love living in the sticks.  ::)



Spencer
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Re: Klingon Bird of Prey ... on the mend
« Reply #93 on: February 18, 2019, 07:48:16 pm »
The smd practice board look like a great idea..

 




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