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  1. thanks guys Yeah, I am more concerned about the paint hiding the details rather than getting into the tight spaces. That part is easy - a wash would take care of that. A lot of this detail is really small and thin , so it's more likely that I will loose detail to paint layers. I will have to use super thin paint to cover this. Going to be interesting for sure when that time comes as painting is not my strong suit at any time!
  2. I had the top on briefly tonight whilst I was marking out where the next load of floodlights were going to go and I added the roof etc just to see how its looking. I am really happy with how it's looking! (just do what I do and look past the current gaps ) I thought it's looking pretty frickin' cool myself. I just took those 3 pics just then as I thought it looked good enough to share. Never mind the extraordinary orange wall behind. I try to forget it myself thanks again Si
  3. Hi everyone Thought I would update this while I have some spare time. Work continues on the sidewalls with only one wall left on the starboard side and only 2.5 left to do on the other I am pretty happy with how its coming along. I haven't quite finished the one above but I'm pretty much there I'll post another update when I have finished the whole side thanks as always for looking Si
  4. thanks guys Sorry the late reply - I have been a bit sick for the past couple of days and haven't been at the bench but I shall be working on it tonight. Love the Alien reference there Juergen. One of my all time favourite movies!
  5. thanks David. Maybe a bit too early yet to say but I am going to try get as much done as I can before I need another break So, I finally got round to finishing off the spot lights up front and thought I'd do a dry fit /light test, and thought I would share my happy results Yes, I probably should have gone with cool white, but I prefer the look of the warmer white. Well, that's it but feel free to share your thoughts - good or bad. As always, thanks for looking Si
  6. hey everyone Dusting this one off to show that I have actually started back on this yet again. Have begun the fun task of detailing the side walls, starting off with the front. This is pretty much where I left off in the last update but I am now more advanced along. Although it may not look it, a heap of small details have been added to the lips of the 2 hull halves. Whilst they don't look like much on their own, when you add the rest of it together, it fills the spaces nicely. I'm almost done for the front with only the right side front panel left to do which won't take long. Then
  7. thanks guys @Richard Bartrop - you're absolutely right - they do have some of the best ship designs going. I really like the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 ships and have built a fair few Bandai kits of those ships. I also love the re-imagined Arcadia from Harlock. I wish that was a kit and would love to get a 3D printer so I can maker my own one
  8. Hey everyone I have been taking a break from the Star Destroyer to built the all new Cordoba kit from Hasegawa. For those who have no idea what this ship is from, it's from an old anime series called Crusher Joe. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusher_Joe Its a really nice kit and is the second kit of this ship made in styrene. The first, smaller kit was released by Takara which I happened to build way back in 2012 or there about. There was also a larger resin kit made by Soy-ya which is hideously and prohibitively expensive if you're lucky enough to find one The Hasegawa ki
  9. Thanks mate! Still a long way to go yet but yes, making the armature has been an important step to get sorted. I am yet to rebuild the plug but I know how its going to go, so I'll start that up again once I am done with my distraction piece
  10. no, it makes perfect sense and it's a really good suggestion - so thank you The only draw back I see to it is that it would put it in a frame of sorts and would only be at it's best orientation when viewed from the front. It would also restrict viewing of the right side of the ship. Maybe I should only have detailed one side and saved myself a heap of time and styrene On a side note, I have redesigned the plug and will try to make it this weekend but I want to finish the Cordoba first before fully committing myself again to the SD. I now have a super clear idea on how this is all
  11. hey Juergen Thanks for the helpful suggestion mate! I have tried bending a 1/4" brass tube with a pipe bender but the tube kept crinkling and I suspect that the degree in which I want to bend it maybe too much for it to tolerate. I chose brass for its rigidity but it also doesn't like sharp angles. DUe to size constraints, the curve which you're talking about would make it too large for the space I have allocated to it. They are some of the reasons why I have gone for the steel strips. The brackets I have for it have threads in them which means I can literally bolt it together which
  12. Here is where I am with my armature and power connection: I'm thinking I may rebuild the plug but it works all the same. The bottom bracket will screw into the base for added strength. Once it's all finished, I'll paint it matte black
  13. Hi Juergen Sorry for the late reply - I have been away again until now. I have often thought of and coming close to buying a 3D printer as I have a 1/72 Razorcrest STL file gifted to me by a friend for use with a Anycubic Photon S, but I just haven't yet pulled the buy trigger. I may wait for the newer Anycubic to come down in price a bit. It has a larger print plate the the Photon S. I just can't recall the model name just now. Mono X comes to mind. Or something like that It would make detailing so much more precise and I would be able to accomplish shapes so much better than m
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