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  1. Incredible is not a big enough word for what that guy is doing! Thanks for posting the link here.
  2. Els

    Corellian YT-1300 Transport

    I added as many parts to make it look like an engine as I am going to. YT10 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr I also made the mistake of painting it with a rattle can of Krylon. It has been 4 days and it is still sticky. I thought it was lacquer but I guess it was enamel. On a side note, I was sad to see that Peter Mayhew passed away. It was always amazing to me how much acting/emotion he could accomplish being fully enclosed in that suit. I was stationed at RAF Mildenhall in the UK during the late 90's/early 2000's. They used to have a 4th of July fireworks show/carnival at RAF Molesworth. One year my family and several others went out there to watch the show. We brought a lot of food and beverages and had set up all our stuff by the cars. There was a big white tent next to our cars with tables and chairs but it was mostly empty so we decided to go inside and take over one corner of it. Better to beg forgiveness than ask permission sometimes. There was an individual at one table to the side that was some muckity muck in WWII that was signing books that he had wrote. At the other table in the far corner was an old man and someone he knew. Once in a while someone would walk by and talk to him for a minute and then leave. We sat in there and ate and drank for a couple of hours then we packed everything up and went to watch the fireworks. Later on my wife came up to me and told me that she had seen the old guy walking around looking and he was a giant. I laughed and went on with the night. The next week when I went to check my mail at the post office and picked up a copy of the base paper. While eating lunch I read through it and on the last page it said that "Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca was going to be at Molesworth to sign autographs during the fourth of July celebrations". I was a day late and a dollar short. What a missed opportunity, I literally sat about 20 feet away from him for hours and did not know it was him. I bet that if we had offered he would have sat with us and we could have heard some amazing stories. There were a couple of thousand people at that event and I bet only about 30 people came over to talk to him. That is one of those moments in time for me that I wish I could go back to. I have only heard good things about him and I am sorry to see that he passed. My condolences to his family and friends. Els
  3. That turned out nice. It just looks so right in that camo. I never realized that the rudders on the 2 seaters were that much bigger, I think it was a good idea that you trimmed it down a little.
  4. Els

    Corellian YT-1300 Transport

    My daughter went with me to Home Depot to buy these parts, I had to listen to 20 "This store is so boring's", 50 "What are you looking for's", and I lost count of how many "Are you done yet's". A new rule for me is No kids on found object hunts! This is what I ended up with to start the engine. YT07 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr Here are the parts all glued together and primed. I also added some styrene to the end of the nozzles to dress them up a bit. You can also see where I filled in the open spot from where the tunnel to the cockpit used to be. YT08 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr I used the landing gear parts from the kit to start filling in the open void. YT09 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr Now it is time to raid my spare parts tub to fill up the engine area some more. Hopefully after I put in 50 or 100 more little bits it will look the part. Els
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    USS Enterprise NCC-1701 D

    It looks like this kit was really made to be lit, except for all the windows. You should get a nine volt battery clip and solder some alligator clips to it to make it easier to test your lights. Els
  6. Somebody better tell Phantom that they are giving speeding tickets for building to fast now!
  7. Els

    Fine Molds 1/48 Ki-15 "Kamikazee"

    The shape of the aircraft, the paint scheme and your skills all came together for an excellent result.
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    Need resin tips, badly...

    Make sure you use a good dust mask when cutting/sanding resin. That stuff is very bad for the lungs.
  9. Els

    Corellian YT-1300 Transport

    Capt Obvious, quitting your job is excellent for additional modelling time, not so great for paying bills though. I worked on it some today, filled in the area where the old cockpit tunnel was. I thought that I had sealed off the cockpit but of course sanding dust got in there and stuck to the windows. I am not sure how I am going to get that out. Tomorrow I will head over to Home Depot and look for some items to make the engines and fill in some of the back end. Plumbing section is usually pretty good for those types of things.
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    USS Enterprise NCC-1701 D

    You definitely have more patience than I. It will be worth it when it is all lit up.
  11. Hello all, I guess I am staying with Star Wars a little longer. This is the old Revell snap tite Millenium Falcon kit. It is not very accurate (side walls are huge) and would be great for a kid to build and play with. This kit has some of the hardest plastic I have ever encountered, very durable. I am going to convert it to a transport version of the YT-1300. There are several web sites that show different versions of the YT-1300 and I am going to go with the one with exposed engines. Here is the kit. YT01 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr There are not a lot of parts and if you were going to build it from the box you could probably be done with it in less than an hour. Here is the top to show the size and quality of the prepainted plastic. YT02 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr I have made my cuts for the modifications, there is no going back now. YT03 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr Here is the factory painted cockpit that I will leave as is and a couple of 1:72 figures that I converted to sit in the seats. YT04 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr The pilots painted up and installed. This is the Han and Chewie that were included with the kit. YT05 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr The cockpit was moved to the center and a bunch of Bondo has been smeared around. YT06 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr This is a great kit to make these modifications to. The parts are thick and clunky and take a lot of abuse. I was having so much fun I did not want to stop. Els
  12. I was going to take a break but the shuttle is done and my wife has some of her friends coming over tonight (There is a high degree of possibility that there will be loud caterwalling on the karaoke) So I am going to the garage to start another project. I have a Revell snap together Millenium Falcon that I am going to convert to a YT-1300 transport. Els
  13. Lambda Class Shuttle lcs06 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr lcs07 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr lcs08 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr lcs09 by Hal Elsberry, on Flickr
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    Lambda Class Shuttle

    Southwestforests, I like the thought of a camo'd up shuttle but since I quit my job last week due to an overload of BS I don't think $120 was in the cards. I wish you had posted the idea about a Bird of Prey earlier because I want to build one of those now. Hopefully Ban Dai will release this in a scale that is more manageable because I need one of those on the contest table to shake up the Star Trek/Star Wars fans. The kit is finished and I will post some pictures in the completed section. I went with the recruiting drive shuttle. I found a cool picture of a Tie Fighter pilot on line and made a huge decal for the vertical fin (How many time must I print a decal for the opposite side and forget to mirror the image????) The original image is a full body picture but I only used the top portion of the pilot. I tried to find out who did the original art to give some credit but even though this image is on several sites there is no info on the artists. Sorry. I added the "Join the team and Imperial Navy" verbage and I know it should be in Aurabesh but when I first did the decals I used the Aurabesh, but I felt like it made no sense. Unless you are a super nerd and can read the stuff you would not understand why a Tie pilot was on a shuttle. Hey its the "That ain't real" group build isn't it? I don't know where I will put it but I am happy with the outcome. This is a kit that I have had in my stash for more than a decade and I am pretty sure it would have never been built without this group build. Thanks for following along. Els