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Author Topic: Super Star Destroyer  (Read 1897 times)

Offline TK Iain

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Re: Super Star Destroyer
« Reply #60 on: April 08, 2018, 03:26:21 am »
Yikes Dan!

That's a helluva mark up in cost for a small collet.

I did end up using my Dremel for the holes as I had forgotten I had bought a suitably sized collet for it ages ago and "discovered" it when I was going to use a sanding disc. Used it on the slowest speed and it worked a charm. Thank god it did as doing all those wee holes (1500 and counting) by hand would have made me fruit loopy.
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Re: Super Star Destroyer
« Reply #61 on: April 08, 2018, 12:24:27 pm »
Change of plan!

After getting one side trench started I did a dry run against the hull pieces and therein rose a wee problem.

At the front of the ship space is seriously limited and one side (the section I completed) was too much for that space so a bit of head scratching was begun after some "mild" expletives where uttered and eternal damnation was promised against the modelling gods.

So the FO strands that where already installed where cut off and smoothed down a bit.



And shown against a light source once the fibers were trimmed and re-glued.



I will order up a short length of double density blue led tape and use that to light up that front section. I just have to glue a short piece of styrene in the model to attach the extra led tape and that will be job done. I will still light up the last two inches with fo strands as planned.

Thanks for watching.
« Last Edit: April 09, 2018, 04:08:48 am by TK Iain »
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Offline jwood314

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Re: Super Star Destroyer
« Reply #62 on: April 08, 2018, 08:50:54 pm »
Loving the build.  This is on my list to build before I croak!

Cheers,
James

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Re: Super Star Destroyer
« Reply #63 on: April 09, 2018, 08:43:51 am »
Iain, I love your persistence with drilling out all those windows and lights!

Lovin the build!

Keep at it!

Steve
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Offline TK Iain

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Re: Super Star Destroyer
« Reply #64 on: April 09, 2018, 10:33:55 am »
Thanks guys.

Just doing a section at a time (say 12 inches), taking a break for a day or two and then wash, rinse & repeat.
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Re: Super Star Destroyer
« Reply #65 on: April 15, 2018, 02:42:46 am »
One down and one to go.

After (lord knows how long TBH) a while, shall we say I have finished the first of the side trenches and after I give my eyes a rest I will crack on with the other side. The reason it has taken so long to get this far is that 99.99999% of the pre-drilled holes have had to be re-drilled as I went along as paint had gotten into them which was a total pain but we got there with the help of the olde' pin vice.

Starting off I just cut up the FO reel into 1cm strands in bunches of about 100 and went from there.



Once that was done one end of thepiece was dipped in canopy glue and threaded through the holes in the side trench in a cycle of wash, rinse & repeat until we finished last night. The trench was left over night to allow time for the glue to cure and we are leftt with a piece of resin looking like a hedgehog having a bad hair day.





When it comes to attaching the trenches to the main body I will trim off the ends of the strands with some nail clippers and voila - sorted.

There we have it for this update so tune in next time for more fun, adventure, high-jinks and so forth.

I hope you all like the build so far.

ps:- Note to self - no more Star Destroyers.
« Last Edit: April 15, 2018, 02:47:39 am by TK Iain »
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Re: Super Star Destroyer
« Reply #66 on: April 15, 2018, 03:03:41 pm »
That is a LOT of fiber optics!

Thanks - it does get mind numbingly boring/repetitive at times but once you get on a roll time just flies by. Still got the upper city sprawl to tackle so a few thousand wee holes to go. As long as she raises a tidy sum at auction night I'll be happy. ;D
« Last Edit: April 16, 2018, 10:25:12 am by TK Iain »

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Re: Super Star Destroyer
« Reply #67 on: April 17, 2018, 02:31:44 am »
Looks good Iain. Interesting idea with the FO's up front - I had wondered about the fit there and you've proved me right, although I hadn't come up with a solution.
Your using LED strips right? I found ones online that are Ice Blue which would be more in keeping with the filming model and look great and not so blue (if you get what I mean)
I'm interested in this approach to see how well it works. Although the front end was lit up white - not blue (who knows why but looking at images taken straight form the movie, they are white up front and blue everywhere else). Are you going to go down that route or stay with blue?

Offline TK Iain

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Re: Super Star Destroyer
« Reply #68 on: April 17, 2018, 02:41:43 am »
Thanks Mad.

I am just going to stay with the blue with the odd red highlight along the side trenches which I had never noticed before but there is a great section on the SSD on the Star Wars blue ray box set.
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Re: Super Star Destroyer
« Reply #69 on: April 17, 2018, 04:53:20 am »
Dang, I wish I had a Blu Ray player so I could get that set. I am using pics of the filming model from Modeller Magic: http://www.modelermagic.com/?p=1781 although I'm sure you would have already seen those.

 




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