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  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Johnny Quest Dragonfly
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 10:36 PM

A retro build. 

 

 

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 10:54 PM

PS: If interested you can see the build log on my Icarus WIP. I tried pasting a link to this post but it errors out.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 2:25 AM

That's cool.  I used to love that show.

Thanks,

John

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:26 AM

keavdog

That's cool.  I used to love that show.

 

Thanks, John. And ... so did I. Smile

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    May 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 3:44 PM

I like it! Did this come with a lighting kit? Or did you add the engine light yourself? Either way great job!

 

 

 

 

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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  • From: Cave City, KY
Posted by Watchmann on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:43 PM

That's lovely, Bakster.

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 10:42 PM

Watchmann

That's lovely, Bakster.

 

Hey thanks, Watchmann.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 11:25 PM

hogfanfs

I like it! Did this come with a lighting kit? Or did you add the engine light yourself? Either way great job!

 

Hey Bruce, thank you, and thanks for your interest.

I designed the lighting myself. There are three parts to this:

1. I pulled a flickering Led from a tea light candle and mounted it just behind where the engine is located. The tealignt Led has a built in resister, so I did not need to add one. The  model kit comes with a clear insert that I painted using Tamiya clear orange. Though the led is already yellowish, the painted piece adds more fire to it.

2. The second light source is a standard Led that needs a current limiting resister. I cut and mounted a plastic tube as a means to not only mount the Led to, but to use it as a way to bundle the light fibers in front of the led. It also sort of focuses the light forward, and it helps to minimize light bleed through the hull. Basically, I MacGyvered a light engine. The fiber optic was purchased off Amazon. I cut pieces to length, bent them so they'd line up with the windows, and I polished the ends for maximum light output. If you have not worked with this stuff before, it's cools stuff, and very easy to do.

3. The same second led is facing forward and there is enough light going past the fiber bundle to illuminate the cockpit, when viewed from the front. 

Probably more info than you wanted to know.

There are more images on my Icarus thread. If you visit it, go to the last page and maybe work back one page. That should be the point where I started working on it.

Thanks again for your interest!

 

 

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, January 21, 2021 8:14 AM

Great build,and a memory of a great cartoon 

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, January 21, 2021 9:07 PM

Tojo72

Great build,and a memory of a great cartoon 

 

Hey thanks Tojo!

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    May 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, January 22, 2021 8:00 AM

Bakster

 

 
hogfanfs

I like it! Did this come with a lighting kit? Or did you add the engine light yourself? Either way great job!

 

 

 

Hey Bruce, thank you, and thanks for your interest.

I designed the lighting myself. There are three parts to this:

1. I pulled a flickering Led from a tea light candle and mounted it just behind where the engine is located. The tealignt Led has a built in resister, so I did not need to add one. The  model kit comes with a clear insert that I painted using Tamiya clear orange. Though the led is already yellowish, the painted piece adds more fire to it.

2. The second light source is a standard Led that needs a current limiting resister. I cut and mounted a plastic tube as a means to not only mount the Led to, but to use it as a way to bundle the light fibers in front of the led. It also sort of focuses the light forward, and it helps to minimize light bleed through the hull. Basically, I MacGyvered a light engine. The fiber optic was purchased off Amazon. I cut pieces to length, bent them so they'd line up with the windows, and I polished the ends for maximum light output. If you have not worked with this stuff before, it's cools stuff, and very easy to do.

3. The same second led is facing forward and there is enough light going past the fiber bundle to illuminate the cockpit, when viewed from the front. 

Probably more info than you wanted to know.

There are more images on my Icarus thread. If you visit it, go to the last page and maybe work back one page. That should be the point where I started working on it.

Thanks again for your interest!

 

 

 

 

Very impressive, and, no, that was not too much. I have a few projects that I bought lighting kits for, but, I'm looking to add to the lighting. This was very helpful. And again great job! 

I was a big fan of the original series too!

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Friday, January 22, 2021 8:28 AM

Golly, forget to check in over at the Icarus thread for a week and look what happens.

That really came out great, Steve. YesYes

-Greg

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Friday, January 22, 2021 10:33 AM

hogfanfs
Very impressive, and, no, that was not too much. I have a few projects that I bought lighting kits for, but, I'm looking to add to the lighting. This was very helpful. And again great job!  I was a big fan of the original series too!

Glad all that helped, Bruce! Thanks again for appreciating the build and yeah, fantastic cartoon!

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Friday, January 22, 2021 10:40 AM

Hey thanks, Greg!

Btw. I built this for my brother and yesterday, I presented it to him. He was near tears. He collects and displays sci-fi toys, and the Dragonfly is one he drooled over when the kit first came out. He dabbles a little in building models but this kit would have been above his skill level. The kit has problems and let me tell you, I had to use all what model skills I have just to get past them. He was very happy at the news. Wink

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    February 2015
Posted by InternationalRescue on Sunday, January 24, 2021 1:51 PM

Great job!  It's those simple details like a couple of LED's that make a big difference.

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    March 2010
  • From: Boston
Posted by mach71 on Sunday, January 24, 2021 3:48 PM

Great job Bakster! 

 

I love the lighting, the base, the build! Well done!

 

I built mine 3 years ago ootb. Being a JQ fan it's a must!

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, January 24, 2021 7:42 PM

InternationalRescue

Great job!  It's those simple details like a couple of LED's that make a big difference.

 

Thanks IR! I appreciate the kudos. Yes, agreed. It's the details that make a difference. Yes

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, January 24, 2021 7:46 PM

mach71

Great job Bakster! 

 

I love the lighting, the base, the build! Well done!

 

I built mine 3 years ago ootb. Being a JQ fan it's a must!

 

Great to hear from your, Mach. Lol about being a fan. It looks like there are several on here. The cartoon was ahead of its time! And thanks for the kudos!

  • Member since
    July 2009
  • From: North Carolina
Posted by Back to the bench on Sunday, February 7, 2021 10:17 AM

Very cool and very nicely done. Brings back memories of my brother and me being planted in front of the TV on Sat mornings waiting to see what Jonny, Hadji, Race, Dr Quest and Bandit would survive this time. Only trouble is I now have the opening credits music stuck in my head big time lol.

Gil
  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, February 7, 2021 10:28 AM

I forgot or didn't know this was for your brother. That's really neat.

Did you watch the show together as kids?

-Greg

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, February 7, 2021 12:21 PM

Hey Gil--thank you. Yes--same here. Whenever the show came on it was such a treat!

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, February 7, 2021 12:26 PM

Greg
Did you watch the show together as kids?

 

Yes, we did. My brother was a bigger nut for the show than I was. He loved anything scifi and so did I, but he took it to another level. Stick out tongue Even to this day his living room is filled with scifi toys. 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, February 22, 2021 12:09 PM

Closing the loop. The model was delivered to my brother and he sent pics back. He seems to be enjoying it. Mission accomplished. Wink

 

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