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Author Topic: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale  (Read 2488 times)

Offline Mr Atoz

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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #45 on: April 03, 2018, 10:44:09 am »
Last night was another marathon in painting.This was a much anticipated phase of finishing so,not a chore at all.To start,two shades of very light gray were prepared.The first is a cool mixture of a gray blue(5%)and white(95%),mixed with 80% paint,10% thinner and 10% water.The second is a warm gray(2% red,2% brown, and 3% black) and 93% white.The same proportion of water and thinner in this mixture as well.

There were no pre cut templates,just random pieces of blue tape as we proceeded.The end ring and bulb for the sphere were first.We started laying tape and spraying at 15-20 psi and kept going from front to back.This paint mixture dries quickly so one can lay masking tape right over the previous panel.The sphere was next,in which the same painting pattern was used.The first color was the cool gray and then the warm.We were looking at the DVD and the computer monitor whilst painting.There are only a limited few angles to reference so,those were used first.The other parts of the ship was improvised.

The sphere at this point had no clear coat before painting the Aztec pattern.After it's first clear coat,the panels will darken.The ring and bulb,however,had satin clear on it so,after the final coats,the panels will darken to a small degree.

There is much more to do with the pattern so more painting is to come.As for the initial results,I'm happy how it's coming along.The best ting about using this technique again is that the colors of the pattern don't change much after clear coating.Also,there is little need for using a lighter overcoat to lighten up the effect.At any rate,we'll see if a third shade of gray will be needed to flesh out this distinct color scheme.
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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #46 on: April 05, 2018, 08:58:55 pm »
Last night and today completed the main portions of the Aztec pattern.The final result satisfied the look we were going for and compared reasonably well to the reference material.Some thin washes were applied using the warm gray,thinned as much as possible.Some of the panel lines and raised detailing received the wash to bring them out more.Other small parts were brush painted throughout the ship with the same wash.

The following day,the last of the satin clear was sprayed onto the remainder of the ship.Happily,the clear coats performed as predicted.The color of the panels,especially the sphere,changed very little.The end rings and bulb finished out the same way.One of the things one must take care with such thin coats of paint is that they may run after clear coating.We had this happen before on some test articles when this technique was first used.

Next,the end ring and bulb for the sphere was prepared for gluing to the spine.To begin,we needed a straight and level work space to put the parts on.The same pine building board was set on a table and leveled.The spine was taped down over the reference lines(from the construction of the spine previously) and the end ring set in place.After the ring was on, the sphere was installed and positioned straight as possible,sighting with a ruler.Our part was glued in place with thin CA using an applicator.After a few minutes,it was all set permanently.Final alignment was great.

To conclude work for the day,the wiring for the sphere was taken care of.An RC servo plug was soldered for the sphere itself and RC motor plugs for the opposite end.The micro motor plugs were staggered so as to pass through the plywood bulkhead during installation. For now,the ship is divided into four manageable pieces.The engines will be installed onto the propulsion segment fairly soon.In the meantime,we'll go over the model to touch up some small dings or missed spots.

This last session was quite important since alignment of the sphere and propulsion segment to the spine is critical.Taking our time on this was a worthwhile effort.At any rate,this long elegant vessel is coming together nicely.
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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #47 on: April 06, 2018, 02:54:32 pm »
Wow, how did I miss this build?  Nice work, Adam!  I remember you carrying that kit around the model show.  You looked like a kid who found a new toy!  The model is coming along great.  It should be quite a nice display piece when complete.
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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #48 on: April 06, 2018, 04:02:43 pm »
Wow, how did I miss this build?  Nice work, Adam!  I remember you carrying that kit around the model show.  You looked like a kid who found a new toy!  The model is coming along great.  It should be quite a nice display piece when complete.

Hey Matt! Thanks for stopping by to look. :) Yes.I snuck this one in. ;)You're right,this model was quite a find,and got to buy it from Jerry no less!It's been one of my sought after builds but I didn't like the resin offerings so much.(high cost,don't like resin very much,wrong overall look,ect... ::) ).This guy will look great next to my Eagle and Space plane. 8) Thanks again for taking a look!

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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #49 on: April 14, 2018, 09:54:04 pm »
After several days of occasional work sessions,this model build is drawing near to a close.To pick up from the last update,the engine bell wires were threaded through the propulsion segment,one by one.
The center bell was threaded and glued with Testor's cement first.This was set aside to dry for a few minutes.The left and then the right bells followed.Because of the modification made for the wires,some difficulty was expected.The engines were not stable without the original solid pegs and steel tube in place.These parts only became sturdy after the glue cured.To remedy this,small pieces of card stock was cut and staked to fill in the gaps between the engine bells.While the glue set,the bells were taped around the outside edges with masking tape and left to cure over night.

Looking at the reference photos from the film,the ends of the engines appear to almost touch.For this model,this isn't possible.If squeezed together,the engines will tow in too much.The card stock made the gaps at least 3/64"-1/16".This was acceptable to make them as straight as possible.

Next, the electrical system was completed.An offset switch was soldered in line with a nine volt battery connector.These components are near the end of at least a foot and one half of 23 AWG stranded wire.When everything was properly strain releaved,the cord was tested.All of the wires,including the battery attached,can be tucked in and closed up.It'll be handy for photo shots on that side of the ship.

Following this task,the spine was highlighted with a light wash.Our light warm gray was further toned with plain white.Only the grooved and recessed areas of the cargo pods were painted.These areas were washed over with white to make them very subtle.The propulsion segment was finished the same way.For now, most of the desired effect is complete.

Lastly,the display bases were dry fitted and tested.The ship rested on them surprisingly well.Most importantly,the long spine remained quite straight with minor adjustments.However,this is not the way our model will be displayed.The stands are not stiff enough for this so,they'll be good enough for a photo session. In the mean time,we'll be getting a bill of materials together for the actual display system.
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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #50 on: April 15, 2018, 03:08:06 pm »
Nice paint work!  The paneling is nice and subtle.

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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #51 on: April 15, 2018, 09:04:42 pm »
Nice paint work!  The paneling is nice and subtle.

Thanks man! :)
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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #52 on: April 15, 2018, 11:40:15 pm »
That looks very nice.

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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #53 on: April 16, 2018, 07:28:20 am »
That looks very nice.

Thank you! :)
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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #54 on: April 16, 2018, 10:18:26 am »
Superb work there! ;D
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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #55 on: April 16, 2018, 08:12:14 pm »
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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #56 on: April 17, 2018, 02:26:09 am »
Great looking kit and nicely painted. Looking forward to seeing the end result

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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #57 on: April 17, 2018, 09:20:03 am »
Great looking kit and nicely painted. Looking forward to seeing the end result

Thank you! :)
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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #58 on: April 18, 2018, 07:26:24 am »
Adam, what did you mean by an "off set switch" and how is it different than a standard switch?!

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Re: Moebius 2001: A Space Odyssey Discovery XD-1 1/144 scale
« Reply #59 on: April 18, 2018, 08:24:36 am »
Adam, what did you mean by an "off set switch" and how is it different than a standard switch?!

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Hey Steve! The switch used is actually a spst pushbutton, push on/push off type.I called it an off set switch because the terminals are at a right angle from the button.Not an official label by the manufacture,mind you! ;) Usually a switch of this type has the terminals directly below the button or toggle for that matter.This switch appealed to my needs because all of the parts are self contained.A good thing too in that the switch will be handled a lot.
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