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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 14, 2023 10:11 PM

keavdog

Alclad II Airframe Aluminum (ALC 119) is more shiney like chrome.  I did this little DC3 with it.

  

Hey John, that does look good! Looks like i need to order some of that for future testing and use. Did you use a black base as well?

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, May 15, 2023 12:30 PM

If Alclad has a flaw, it's in that you wind up with like a dozen different metalic colors, often with only the slightest of differences between the hues.

But, the metal-specific hues do tend to be spot-on, and in a way that is more specific than in just suspending those metals in a clear carrier. 

What ever voodoo it is that the they do, they do it well.

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, May 15, 2023 2:58 PM

CapnMac82

If Alclad has a flaw, it's in that you wind up with like a dozen different metalic colors, often with only the slightest of differences between the hues.

But, the metal-specific hues do tend to be spot-on, and in a way that is more specific than in just suspending those metals in a clear carrier. 

What ever voodoo it is that the they do, they do it well.

 

That is so well said, Capn. And when you look at the paint, they often look the same... as in this case. The chrome looks like aluminum and I am willing to bet the aircraft flavor John mentioned looks the same and until sprayed. Which at times, I question, is it the same and they  just relabeled? Consensus seems to say not the same.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 11:27 AM

Okay... so... the clear arrived and I tested. As I feared, it knocked down the shine, and depth. Basically, it turned any sort of chrome to a polished aluminum. So... I will not clear the lamp housings. The paint seems durable enough to leave as is. 

Btw, John. I went and ordered a bottle of aircraft aluminum. I probably won't use it on this project, I am moving on, but for future. Unless, that is, I find something else to chrome. Looking forward to seeing what that does for me.

Next step is to install the lenses. Those should go on relatively easy since they rest inside a recess. The main lights on the bumper will be trickier. It is flush on flush with nothing to grab onto. And btw... after taking another look at those lenses, I am again, leaning towards casting new ones. That center mounting pin detracts from the overall look and it is bugging me. I will deal with that at, or near, completion of the charriot. I need to move past the lights! Already, too much time spent on them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 10:50 PM

Looks great John!!!

I've used Alcald II aircraft aluminum but never compared it directly to chrome. I'd guess they were pretty close though. 

 

BTW: I found out that Amazon Prime has 'Lost in Space' and sat down over the last few days and watched the first four episodes. It's fun, I still can't say I'm crazy about the show but it's entertaining. The last two episodes had the Chariot on them and it is pretty friggin' cool! 

Although in the third episode Dr. Smith sabotages John Robinson's jetpack causing him to crash land on a desolate planet and then used the robot to threaten Major West and Mrs. Robinson to abandon John to head back to Earth. And then at the end of the episode he reprograms the robot and it almost kills Will. Honest to God I think I'd have tossed Smith out the airlock and went John Henry on the robot with a maul hammer....

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

 

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Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 12:40 AM

Hey Gam, i think my job is done here. I inspired someone... to watch LIS... YOU. I am free to leave on a high note. My mission is accomplished! Yes

Smile

Too funny, Gam. Yeah. Smith should have been vaporized early on.

 

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 8:11 AM

Bakster

 

 
keavdog

Alclad II Airframe Aluminum (ALC 119) is more shiney like chrome.  I did this little DC3 with it.

  

 

 

Hey John, that does look good! Looks like i need to order some of that for future testing and use. Did you use a black base as well?

 

 

Yes, I've used Alclad gloss black and Tamiya gloss black both with great results.

 

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 8:14 AM

 

keavdog

 

 
Bakster

 

 
keavdog

Alclad II Airframe Aluminum (ALC 119) is more shiney like chrome.  I did this little DC3 with it.

  

 

 

Hey John, that does look good! Looks like i need to order some of that for future testing and use. Did you use a black base as well?

 

 

 

 

Yes, I've used Alclad gloss black and Tamiya gloss black both with great results.

 

 


Hey John, very good sir. It is something more for me to try. Thanks for advising.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 8:25 AM

Bakster

Hey Gam, i think my job is done here. I inspired someone... to watch LIS... YOU. I am free to leave on a high note. My mission is accomplished! Yes

Smile

Too funny, Gam. Yeah. Smith should have been vaporized early on.

 

 

Hey Gam, when I had Netflix I watched some of a Lost in Space series they released. I say, I watched some of, because it was just too dark for my taste. I stopped watching it. A woman with mental illness played the part of Smith. The role she played was downright evil. Add in some of the surrounding evil aliens and such... it was too cold for my taste. The effects were pretty good though.

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 8:54 AM

"Next step is to install the lenses. Those should go on relatively easy since they rest inside a recess."

Famous last words. Last night, I found out that this was not true. None of them sit inside a recess. In fact, some seem oversized. Kind of weird how they did it, but it is what it is.

In the scheme of things it is neither here nor there, but I had to correct the record for anyone interested in this model. 

I blame my error on old eyes and not removing the pieces for test fitting. I thought, "I will leave them on the sprue as long as possible for risk of losing them. A few are tiny." Smart... right?

Last night, while removing them, the very last one and one of the tiny ones... ping! There it goes! I watched it fall past my leg where I lost sight of it. Checking my pants, pockets, cuffs, and then on hands and knees... it was not looking good. I found a lot of other garbage, but not the missing piece. I had resolved myself to that I am not gonna find it. I began thinking, now what. Stubborn that I am, I tried again. Cellphone light in hand, on hands and knees, I look. In short order I spot something. Sure enough, that was it. How I missed it the first time, I do not know. It was found in an area that I searched thoroughly, and exactly where I would have expected it to be. Bizarre.

Thus ends another chapter in, The Bakster Chariot Build.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 10:25 AM

Bakster
How I missed it the first time, I do not know.

Well, that is sort of the synopsis of most of the LIS episodes-something goes un-noticed, and creates a problem that wants solving, which often requires backtraccking and finding the missed thing.

Or it's the dam durty apes! Big Smile

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Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 11:46 AM

CapnMac82

 

 
Bakster
How I missed it the first time, I do not know.

 

Well, that is sort of the synopsis of most of the LIS episodes-something goes un-noticed, and creates a problem that wants solving, which often requires backtraccking and finding the missed thing.

Or it's the dam durty apes! Big Smile

 

So true! You know what. That Bloop, aka Debbie, seemed friendly and all, but she was probably a spy to Planet of the Apes. Just spitballing here but .... could be.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 11:52 AM


With ears like that... Debbie could garner a lot of intel. Just saying...

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 21, 2023 7:39 PM

Well, three strikes, and I am out. I was wrong again. The lenses on the search lights actually do fit in a recess. All the others, not so.

I thought good and hard about how to glue the lenses in place. Without getting into the idiosyncrasies of all the available glue options, I settled on CA. It offered me the strongest bond, least smearing, better clarity, and the quickest set. In the end, I think that I made the right choice. They turned out great.

To avoid any possible CA fogging, I coated the lenses beforehand with Future Floor Wax.


And at last, I can move on from the lights... for now.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, May 21, 2023 11:27 PM

Bakster


With ears like that... Debbie could garner a lot of intel. Just saying...

 

Actually I'm worried it may be worse. Debbie may be another of Clapper's cousins... 

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

 

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, May 21, 2023 11:30 PM

All joking aside what you've got there looks pretty good to me. I think you're making good progress. 

 

I'm on episode ten now, the one where the Robinsons are rationing water and Smith uses most of it to take a shower... 

 

I think if I were John Robinson I'd let Don strangle him at that point.

 

I heard about the remake but yeah it sounded horrible. Didn't they combine Penny and Will into one character or something like that???  

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

 

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, May 22, 2023 9:32 AM

Gamera

 

 
Bakster


With ears like that... Debbie could garner a lot of intel. Just saying...

 

 

 

Actually I'm worried it may be worse. Debbie may be another of Clapper's cousins... 

 

lol.

Now you done it. Now that you put his name out into the ether... don't be surprised if Clapper shows up like a bad penny. Indifferent

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, May 22, 2023 9:39 AM

Gamera

All joking aside what you've got there looks pretty good to me. I think you're making good progress. 

 

I'm on episode ten now, the one where the Robinsons are rationing water and Smith uses most of it to take a shower... 

 

I think if I were John Robinson I'd let Don strangle him at that point.

 

I heard about the remake but yeah it sounded horrible. Didn't they combine Penny and Will into one character or something like that???  

 

Thanks Gam.

Too funny about the water rationing episode. Lol.

Yeah for some reason John R protected the goof. Maybe for the families sake. I seem to recall mrs R advocating on Smiths behalf.

You know... if they combined Will and Penny, I didn't catch that. And btw... the robot that Will finds, its a scary dude. You can't trust it.

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, May 22, 2023 9:43 AM

Oh no. What did I tell ya.



 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 8:03 PM

Oh noosss, Clapper is everywhere!!! 

Yeah I think John is just a good guy, he seems to want to give everyone a fair shake. And Mrs. R is a sweetheart. 

I'm up to episode eleven or so now. And now we get Don screaming at Smith about missing fuel in the Jupiter II's tanks. But it turns out Will used it for his messenger rockets. So I guess Smith is getting blamed even at times when he's innocent. 

Though later he steals the lifeboat John and Don built so he's still a jerk... 

 

I'm enjoying the show even when it's goofy simply because the Robinsons are such good decent noble people. I miss TV shows and movies like that. Everything has to be so angry and cynical these days. Even with the silly stuff I'd rather watch LoS than anything on the air right now... 

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

 

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Posted by Bakster on Thursday, May 25, 2023 6:08 PM

Gamera

Oh noosss, Clapper is everywhere!!! 

Yeah I think John is just a good guy, he seems to want to give everyone a fair shake. And Mrs. R is a sweetheart. 

I'm up to episode eleven or so now. And now we get Don screaming at Smith about missing fuel in the Jupiter II's tanks. But it turns out Will used it for his messenger rockets. So I guess Smith is getting blamed even at times when he's innocent. 

Though later he steals the lifeboat John and Don built so he's still a jerk... 

 

I'm enjoying the show even when it's goofy simply because the Robinsons are such good decent noble people. I miss TV shows and movies like that. Everything has to be so angry and cynical these days. Even with the silly stuff I'd rather watch LoS than anything on the air right now... 

 

Hey Gam, that is a hoot in more ways than one. I love that you are watching the show, and your commentary is funny. It has been a long time since I watched the show, so hearing about the episodes is fun.

I hear you about the wholesomeness. So true.

Thanks for sharing your LIS journey.

I look forward to the next Gamera installment.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, May 26, 2023 1:36 PM

Gamera
I miss TV shows and movies like that.

Which is why I'm watching Farscape on YT whenever I need a "fix" of good fiction.

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, May 27, 2023 9:50 AM

I recently dropped Netflix and Cable. Something I should have done much sooner. I signed up with Paramount streaming,  fairly cheap, and they have all the old StarTrek and newer movies. They also have a bunch of good stuff such as Twilight Zone and air disasters that I like, and movies. They even have the new Top Gun movie. I also subscribe to Frndly TV that has a lot of old shows, including some scifi. They have the History Channel and that is the main reason I subscribed to them. Again, reasonable price. Then there is Pluto TV that is free. They have a bunch of scifi and old shows. Right now, they have Wild Wild West on demand. I can watch any of the shows. Loved that show when growing up. And they have much more. I stream all thus through my Roku. And like Capn... using YT... I watch a lot on there. Again, through Roku. Great to watch model builds on my TV.

Hoping to do some work on the Chariot over this weekend.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, May 27, 2023 3:32 PM

I removed all of the FOs and marked their positions. It will be easier to paint with them removed than to mask them.

After some testing, I determined I can install the floor pan with the front and rear bumper panels installed. So, those are glued in and I tested fits after. No issues.

From here, I will start fabrication of the curtains. I prefer to do that before paint.

 




End of update.

 

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, May 27, 2023 8:45 PM

The first step toward making my curtains is filling the large holes they give for the equally out of scale curtains that they provide. 

Before

After

Before paint, the plugs will need some refining, but I will do that after I build up the frame ... I think.

 

 

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, May 27, 2023 9:34 PM

I forgot to add this for the fun of it image, to my last post. Kinda gives an idea what might be visible once done. Of course, we need to add the curtains, chairs, and the terrain scanner. But .. with all that glass, we should be able to see some good stuff.

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Posted by Gamera on Saturday, May 27, 2023 10:12 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Gamera
I miss TV shows and movies like that.

 

Which is why I'm watching Farscape on YT whenever I need a "fix" of good fiction.

 

You have good taste Capt! 

FarScape is probably my favorite show after Babylon 5 and the original Trek. 

 

Have you tried it Bakster? I think I saw it on Amazon Prime. 

Frankly Amazon is the only streaming service I'm on right now. It's more stuff than I can watch. To be honest I spend way too much time screwing around on YouTube- it's like a drug that keeps me from getting anything useful like modeling done. 

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

 

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Posted by Gamera on Saturday, May 27, 2023 10:14 PM

The Chariot looks great Bakster, she's really coming along well! 

 

Although now I have the weird picture of Mrs. Robinson picking out curtains for the Chariot in my mind while John and Don stew- 'Does it really friggin' matter!?!?!?' 

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

 

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 28, 2023 12:51 AM

Gamera
 

Although now I have the weird picture of Mrs. Robinson picking out curtains for the Chariot in my mind while John and Don stew- 'Does it really friggin' matter!?!?!?'  

That is a good one, Gam. You know who wears the pants in the family. But I will say this. They will thank her when the next solar flare erupts. Those lead lined curtains may keep their faces from melting off. Hehe.

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 28, 2023 12:55 AM

Gamera

 

Have you tried it Bakster? I think I saw it on Amazon Prime.  

I don't think that I have. I must check it out.

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