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Update 2 Nov: Annigrand Star Destroyer 1/2256 WIP More paint.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, December 3, 2020 11:29 AM

Good luck!!! Thank God I've never had a resin kit warped like that. Please keep us posted, I'll probably encounter one eventually. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by NucMedTech on Monday, November 30, 2020 4:03 PM

Ok, I am not giving up! However, I am taking a break while I figure this out.

I did a test clamping of the upper hull to the lower and the superstructure popped apart. I knew that it was not a steep enough angle was just hoping to be able to glue it into its final shape. Needless to say it did not work. So, I have pretty much pulled the upper hull apart and now trying to fix it. The back of the hull comes in two separate plates that shoul be easy enough to get the correct angle. The front is an entirely different story. It is one piece with reinforcing resin strips on the interior and I am at a loss on how to correct it. I have already tried heating the resin in hot water and then bending it, but; the rein is proving resilient and not wanting to cooperate with that method. So, I have a left over piece of 4x4 lumber used for a fence post. I am thinking of cutting the correct angle (or as close as I can get) and setting that inside the model and let pressure, gravity and some heat get it back into shape. This will be a slow method, but; i can use the time to try and fix other problems that were created in taking the model apart.

-Stephen

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by NucMedTech on Saturday, November 7, 2020 6:37 PM

Started working on the lights. I have the engine bells done and I have attached the leds to the fiberoptics on the lower hull. Tomorrow will start attaching them to the upper hull.

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 7:12 AM

Oh that looks good! Even if it takes awhile the wait is worth it! Yes

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by NucMedTech on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 7:51 PM

Time keeps moving on and I am slowly making progress on this kit. Hopefully I will start picking up the pace on this.

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by NucMedTech on Friday, July 10, 2020 9:05 AM

Thanks guys, this weekend I hope to get the base together. With that done I can start on the wiring and getting leds in place and then start putting everything together. Oh, do I even dare to dream.

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by hogfanfs on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 1:51 PM

Wow! That looks awesome! I'm looking forward to seeing them lit.

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 11:28 AM

Oh that looks good to me! I don't think even Admiral Ozzal would complain! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by NucMedTech on Sunday, July 5, 2020 4:00 PM

Making some headway. Sprayed my version of imperial grey, might be a little dark but it looks ok to my eyes.

Stephen

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by NucMedTech on Friday, July 3, 2020 9:26 PM

Since I had the day off, I primer the destroyers with a dark grey primer. Should be able to start painting this weekend. Here is where they sit now.

Stephen

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by NucMedTech on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 4:47 PM

Thanks TB, there will be many light tests on this befor i make any decisions and button it up.

Stephen

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 11:48 AM

Hi Stephen;

         I ran across a problem when I lighted a TITANIC model for a client. This was before LEDs and Fibre-Optics was the only solution. I didn't have the Spaghetti you have, but close. Now what I had to do was paint the strands with silver, then Black paint to get the brightness at each lit end. Four light sources.And Viola'. All lit up. If your "Star Destroyer " looks good lit up, Yer gonna throw a party, believe me!

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Posted by NucMedTech on Monday, June 29, 2020 4:27 PM

Thanks Gamera coming along slowly.

Thanks Frank, I guess tenacity would be the word of choice. Right now I am hoping that it at least looks like a Star Destroyer when I am finished. I plan to have one white led per bundle plus seven blue leds for the engines. I can use shrink wrap around the f.o. and leds to help control the extra light. I would assume that with all those bundles needing an led it would get awfully bright in there if they were not covered.

Stephen

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, June 29, 2020 11:45 AM

I admire your tenacity! It appears that you gone way above and beyond. Now that you have the fiber optics installed, how do you light each group?

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 29, 2020 9:09 AM

Oh wow! Now that's a serious job of fiber optic cables!!! Yes

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by NucMedTech on Sunday, June 28, 2020 10:43 AM

Ok, looking back where I left off here I guess I have more completed than I had thought. Like I said earlier the fiber optic are in place and I need to work on the leds and the wiring harness. What I have accomplished along with the f.o. Is getting the super structure done and attached. So the two halves are together the best I could do. There are obvious seam lines where the large flat pieces just would not go together well. Used plastic stock to cover the worst parts and that's what those white parts are.. Well, here are some pics.

So next up is to wash it and Prime it with Vallejo black.

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by NucMedTech on Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:57 PM

Wow, 11 months have gone by. I guess I should get back to work on this. I have all the fiber optic strands in place and I am starting to work on the led and wiring. Well, I also want to start painting this beast too. 

Do have a question though, any idea as to what kind of rod to use as a mount? I have not been satisfied with my previous choices so was wondering what other people use.

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by NucMedTech on Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:44 PM

Thanks Tosh, hopefully it will come out ok.

Had some difficulty with it this weekend. I had the upper hull together, but when I tried gluing the superstructure to it the pressure that I used to hold the pieces together while it dried ended up breaking the glue lines on the hull. So I decided to take it apart, clean off the epoxy and try a different approach. Now, I am going to assemble the superstructure, including the bridge and then glue the hull panels to it. We'll see how that works. Tell you what, this is no Bandai kit, lol.

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by Tosh on Thursday, July 25, 2019 8:17 PM

Anxious to see your completion, what fantastic craftsmanship.

Your Friend, Toshi

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 9:08 AM

Oh wow!!! 

 

You just need a 'We Brake For Nobody' bumper sticker... Stick out tongue

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Posted by NucMedTech on Monday, July 22, 2019 6:49 PM

Ok, so I have had this staring at me for to long now, so it is time to get back to work on it. I have since worked on the seams putting and filling. Still some work to go, not going to bother you with pics of that. I have, however done some work on the giddie-up-and-go and of the ship. So here are the engines:

Hopefully will have more done during the week and weekend.

Stephen

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 7:53 PM

NucMedTech

Thanks guys. I hope I am not going overboard.Huh?

 

No more than building two moon sized battlestations with planet destroying super-lasers...Wink

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 1:21 PM

NucMedTech

Thanks guys. I hope I am not going overboard.Huh?

 

 

I on the other hand, hope you are.  ;-)

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Posted by NucMedTech on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 9:31 PM

Thanks guys. I hope I am not going overboard.Huh?

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by Rambo on Sunday, March 17, 2019 6:53 PM

Gamera

Censored that's a lot of fiber optic cables!!!

 

She's gonna be awesome!!!!

 

Ditto

That is a TON

Clint

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, March 17, 2019 5:39 PM

Censored that's a lot of fiber optic cables!!!

 

She's gonna be awesome!!!!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Central Texas
Posted by NucMedTech on Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:02 AM

Well not much work done. I've been drilling holes and filling them with fiber. I think I may have gone overboard. I figure if it is to much then I can just paint over some. Better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them. So this is the super structure lighting:

And a little work on the sensor domes.

Next will be putting the upper hull plates together and attaching the super structure.

Stephen

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:28 AM

Oh wow, even more epic than I thought! She'll look beautiful all lighted up! Heart

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Posted by NucMedTech on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 10:37 AM

I have about 100 strands going through there. These were all drilled with a .5mm bit in a pin vise. I have since bought a miniature electric drill which should really speed things up.

Most barriers to your successes are man made. And most often you are the man who made them. -Frank Tyger

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