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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2019, 05:42:21 pm »
And now for a demo of what 'baking' can do for you.

First pic you see all the FO strands bulging out.  While they could be left like this, that runs the risk of something getting pinched or out of place when you go to seal them up.

so, take a piece of plastic junk and tape, clamp the strands in place and bake at 170F for 20 minutes, cool, and remove the clamp.  In this case, I used this type of clamp so that things would not get compressed any further.

After cooling and unclamping everything stays put.
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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #31 on: March 13, 2019, 06:21:30 pm »
Here's another shot of one of the FOUR light boxes needed...and shots of two ways the SMDs were mounted.
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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #32 on: March 13, 2019, 06:26:38 pm »
Final work on the upper part of an upper pod.  You can see the tails for the two marquee SMDs.
It turns out my 'elegant' solution for the red and green running lights didn't work so well, so I had to add two more lights. 
The test photos here are before I fixed those running lights, so the red ones are a little dim.

I like the lighting for the entry ways, though the decals don't mesh up quite perfectly.
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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #33 on: March 13, 2019, 06:38:19 pm »
And now for the launch tubes.  The tubes are located between the upper and lower landing bays, with 42 total.
Drill the holes, route the FO.  First I used .020", but it was too rigid to bend as tightly as you will see is needed. 
Secure the FO with tape so they exit straight.  Glue with gorilla glue, taping on top so the glue stays below the lip.  The recess is .03" tall.

bundle the FO and move toward where the light box will be.  The light box is .02" tall, but considerably wider.  Don't worry, I used to bullseye womprats in my T-16 back home and they weren't much bigger.

Cut FO, shove into lightbox.  The tiny hole is for the SMD.
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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #34 on: March 13, 2019, 06:43:37 pm »
And as I was mocking up the fit, I found a couple of parts had warped!  Oven to the rescue.

finding a small piece of wood I clamped the errant landing bay and baked it in position.  30 minutes later, unclamped, all good.

Test fittings sat.  Now just the last SMDs need to be placed and all can be sealed up.  WHEW!
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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #35 on: March 13, 2019, 06:59:39 pm »
Wow Scott! You must have hit the FLT drive! It seems like you made a lot of headway on this build!

Thanks for the tutorial on baking the FO! Outstanding!

Keep going! I'm learning  lots!

Steve
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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #36 on: March 13, 2019, 08:02:12 pm »
Scott, how are you not blind?  I started looked at this and after the 3rd picture my mind just went "pop".

Amazing!

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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #37 on: March 15, 2019, 07:35:05 pm »
@Joe, well, i'm not blind up close...just at distances.  :P
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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #38 on: March 24, 2019, 06:35:20 am »
Wow Scott....your patience and skill are off the charts with this one....great job! I agree with Joe. ....my eyeballs would be little puddles on the floor by now. ...  ;D
Kevin

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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #39 on: March 28, 2019, 07:09:21 pm »
Right before I went out of town this week I finished sealing up the flight pods.
-add the SMD to the underside of the flight deck, here is the wiring.
-'butterfly' the two parts and solder the wires together and lock in the SMD with gorilla glue.
-a shot of a lower flight pod sealed up.

Not shown, sealing up the small gaps you see.

-right before assembly the recessed area was painted.  I can -just- get a pair of cuticle scissors in there to snip the FO when complete.

a little more putty and sanding needed on the struts and undersides of the landing bays, but not much.

Up next, the FTL drive exterior, the main hull, and joining it all together.
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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #40 on: April 01, 2019, 07:38:51 am »
Scott! I always love your builds as I learn so much about FO lighting techniques! Awesome!

I like the little notes you leave for yourself on the pieces; it reminds me of me! ;)

In pic #4, you cut a small groove to allow the green and yellow wires to pass through to the support, but you didn't cut a channel for wires in the support. I take it you had enough clearance in the support?

In pic #5, do my eyes deceive me or did you paint the recessed areas black or gunmetal grey? Is that for a contrast for the lights?

All in all, this is still an outstanding build!

Keep going and keep posting!

So say...eh, you know what we mean! ;)

Steve
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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #41 on: April 01, 2019, 08:26:47 pm »
@Steve, in pic #4, the "top" of the flight pod mount is open.  Remains to be seen if this will adequately hold the pod on final assembly.  In pic #5, I painted the recesses before assembly for one reason: I wasn't sure if the FO could be snipped after final assembly.  Turns out yes, but it still looks better that I painted it early.
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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #42 on: April 01, 2019, 08:41:29 pm »
Next up, masking.  The ends of the 8 sublight engines were previously painted with clear and blue from the inside.  A little piece of tape for each protects them from painting.  The flight decks were another problem.  On GALACTICA I used tape, thinking I had protected the landing deck by using clear finish, but 1 out of 4 was damaged.  This time I put paper in place and tried to seal it against the hull with liquid mask.  Fingers crossed.
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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #43 on: April 01, 2019, 08:43:20 pm »
Next up, gutting out the sealing up of the main hull.  Butterfly the hull, route the wires, seal it up.  What could go wrong?

Fortunately with PEGASUS, a pair of tweezers can save you at this stage.  A little bit of putty and this will be done.
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Re: Battlestar Pegasus - Moebius 1/4105
« Reply #44 on: April 01, 2019, 08:45:48 pm »
while working on the main hull, the engine nacelles were finished up.  these are actually out of sequence, but here is one with the primer (50% black, 50% grey stynylrez.  (note, this is not very soluble in isopropyl alcohol!)

and then with the finish (so far) of 2/3 steel, 1/3 gold by Vallejo Air.
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