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Offline scottminium

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Re: Ghostbusters ECTO-1
« Reply #30 on: July 04, 2018, 01:20:57 pm »
As previously mentioned, the accents for the fins were dissolved in a fit of stupid chemistry.  :(
I wandered around a local craft store for about 30 minutes before stumbling upon something of the right material and shape for the job: plastic needles!  Snipped down to size then sanded flat on one side.  They'll be painted chrome and good to go.
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Re: Ghostbusters ECTO-1
« Reply #31 on: July 04, 2018, 08:16:38 pm »
Brilliant save!

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Re: Ghostbusters ECTO-1
« Reply #32 on: July 08, 2018, 06:57:44 pm »
body primed with white Stynylrez.  Headlights complete (save for lighting).  Programming complete for lights.  All chrome parts (save for the features on the body) painted.  Lights test fitted for the tail lights (fiber optic).  Next up is spray painting the chrome on the hood, and hand painting the chrome on the window frames.

Just a couple of things left to solve.  The biggest one is are the headlights.  I've ordered some warm white 5mm LEDs after finding out the strip LED won't run at 5V. As the plan is to switch the lights on with the arduino, short of a separate switch different lights will be needed.  There will be about 6 or 8 wires leaving the car.  Hopefully my shipment from China will show up soon and you'll see how I plan to do that.  Much more elegant than my past projects (I hope!).
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Re: Ghostbusters ECTO-1
« Reply #33 on: July 09, 2018, 07:39:55 am »
Nice save on the fins!

This is looking really nice! Your solutions to fit issues are excellent and can be used in a variety of situations.

For the tube across to the instrument rack - did you use styrene tree parts or did you use styrene you got from the LHS?

I was seriously looking at buying and building this model at my LHS - then I remembered my stash and thought better of it!

Keep going so I can live vicariously! :D

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Re: Ghostbusters ECTO-1
« Reply #34 on: July 09, 2018, 07:35:03 pm »
@Steve, for the tubes I drilled into the bitter end of the hoses (x2), added a piece of rod styrene (from LHS), then fitted tube styrene over that to secure it.  I used some beading wire to add some depth, then used strip styrene to cover the joints--the new one and the two old hose clamps.  (BTW the beading wire is nice as a wiring solution also.  More rigid than magnet wire, doesn't get tied in knots, and nearly as thin.)

Wait, I could just post a picture.  Here's the painted piece.  To finish, rod styrene will go in the open (bitter) end and be cemented into the roof.  Still need to paint the hose clamps.
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Re: Ghostbusters ECTO-1
« Reply #35 on: July 09, 2018, 07:42:29 pm »
The body is in the paint shop now, gloss cote tomorrow.
First up, when the head lights were drilled out something was needed to take their place.  In the first pic you can see the front grille, one of the head lights (2nd from left) is in place (liquid mask on the back side), and the googly eye I used as a head light is there as well.  These are 6mm googly eyes, so cut off the backing, fill with epoxy and they fit right in.  That one in the pic got a bit to much epoxy and it's in there to stay.  I'll epoxy the others in place soon. 

Next a pic of the chrome fin accents, then a pic of the HO scale garbage cans that are my spotlights and the scratch built antennae. (all casualties of the great chemistry fiasco!)
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