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1/2256 Mon Calamari MC-80 Cruiser

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Hey guys! I suppose I could post in here now! Honestly, I've been busy with commissions and the like so it slipped my mind. This is one of those commissions I need to wrap up soon.

Here's the WIP thread from Keeper of the Force thus far: http://www.keeperoftheforce.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1254

And some select updates:

parts

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tiles for base

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sitting on base

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1400+ holes drilled for fiber optics

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1400+ fiber optics threaded

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wiring begun

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more updates soon as I'll be pushing to get this done before the end of the month

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So do you stick the fibre optics through the hole, glue them somehow, then cut off the excess flush?

Never seen it done before.

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Yup. I'll typically take a 20" length, curve it in half and run the 2 ends through 2 holes evenly, ending up with a loop that will be trimmed right before the final clear coat.

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I like that loop trick ! I've got a Shelf Queen Millennium Falcon that needs fiber optics and lighting to be finished....I'm gonna watch how you finish this one up.

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BIG update. Lots of work has been done since I last posted this guy. Firstly, everything was wired up and I finished detailing the hangar. Once it was closed up I added all the Shapeways blisters and extended bridges. A few drop tank halves made their way onto the hull as well. Right now she sits with drying putty on the seams.

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Looking awesome so far Nick!

Is this the Anigrand kit? I've always wanted one of those but I could never afford it and now that I am able to afford one - they're rare as rocking horse crap! Oh well, life's like that sometimes.

I've seen that technique with the fibers before but have yet to try it.

What are you using to detail the hanger bay in respect to the PE parts I see there? Especially the lattice work. I wouldn't mind some for an upcoming build.

MH

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Thanks! Yeah it's the anigrand kit. If you're interested I can hook you up.

The hangar PE is mostly Hasegawa's 1/700 crane sets plus a few pylon parts leftover from my MiG-21 build.

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GB is over but I'm still working on this guy! Black primer and base coat applied! I used Mr. Surfacer black 1500 and Akan light gray 73506 (IIRC). Now I’m masking smaller areas in preparation for the rusted spot application. It’s sure shaping up! Planning on finishing this up in the next couple weeks FOR SURE.

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Truly awesome build so far!

I'm going all cross-eyed while looking at those fibers! One day perhaps...

cheers Mark

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BIG update. This past week was a big push. I’m really working towards having this thing finished by the weekend. Where do I begin??? Let’s start from where I left off: masking. So after the initial base coat was applied (Akan 73156) I applied TONS of little squares of masking tape to replicate paneling.

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Next up was the first round of painting. I began with Badger’s camouflage gray with some dumps of pearlescent pigment in the mix, thinned down a little bit. The effect is nice and subtle because the shade is ever so lighter than the Akan color plus the metallic sheen. Additionally, I used a mix of AK rubber black and sea gray to add some darker gray areas as well as “highlight” the tech areas. The 3rd step during this painting process was to apply the rust colors, which is a mix of Vallejo German Orange and AK Sea Gray. I applied this last mix a little more judiciously; the last build had much larger areas of rust/red and deviated from the on-screen look a little too much. I also used some photo etch frets to get some different patterns.

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Here's more!

Moving on through the updates! After the main painting was completed I trimmed the fiber optics and began the process of adding panel line decals from my stash. First, a nice coat of Future was applied. The decals are basically a random assortment of lines of different lengths and weights as well as square paneling of tones of gray.

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Once everything was mostly buttoned up the engine nozzles were installed and all the lights were tested. It’s looking really good!!

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Now for the base!! I had previously laid out all the tiles but this weekend I trimmed them and glued them in place. The MC-80 support rod will fit really nicely and the MC-30 rod I have something kind of ingenious planned. Right now it’s primed and ready to paint!!

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Have you got enough resin pieces in the base? :jaw-dropping:

Looking great though!

-Dave

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Electronics! Did some work on wiring up the base last night. Drilled the hole for the MC-30 rod, which is a 1/8″ jack on the base and a rod with 2x 1/8″ plugs at either end. Need to paint the tiles before adding the wiring, that 1/8″ jack goes in after that. The big MC-80 plug wires need to be painted black as well.

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Also did some weathering and flat coated the beast last night :)

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