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Old 14-09-2008, 12:48 AM   #1
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Default While we're waiting for Warp's Side Boosters... Here's mine!

A few months ago I have decided to build my old SAW Side Boosters kit (without knowing Warp was planning a kit...) It took me a while to complete because I have decided to add a lot of details along the way. Overall I am rather proud of the final result but I can't help to think that it may have been easier (and more accurate) to simply scratchbuilt everything . Still, this was a fun project using a good kit for its time .

The boosters (and Eagle) feature Mike Reader's excellent aluminium bells:


The boosters are kept in place using neodymium magnets (that are inside the boosters and pod too):


Close-up on the boosters. I have used the decals (stickers) from the original kit and a few ones custom made:


Most of the extra parts added 'per' booster (bottom left is unmodified / top right is after reworked):


Again, finished result compared to original parts:


I have used a 10:1 ratio of Tamiya's acrylics Flat White (XF-2) and Deck Tan (XF-55) to get a close match with PE's color. The orange and green are Humbrol's enamels #82 and #131. The orange piping is a mix of ...can't remember (sorry!)

Can't wait to see what Warp will come up!

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Old 14-09-2008, 02:05 AM   #2
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Wow !

Impressive !
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Old 14-09-2008, 03:22 AM   #3
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Don't the bells just set it off. That's great work. How did you attach them to the eagle?
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Old 14-09-2008, 05:45 AM   #4
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh

That's very impressive. Somehow I could never get hold of a kit. Still I hope that Warp will ever release the announced kit.
This is currently my most wanted kit (for the 12" and 23" Eagle)

Again, Alex you're a very talented model builder.

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Old 14-09-2008, 11:34 AM   #5
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How did you attach them to the eagle?
With neodymium magnets just like these ...very strong for their size
http://cgi.ebay.com/50-Neodymium-Mag...d=p3286.c0.m14

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Old 14-09-2008, 12:50 PM   #6
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These are brilliant and certainly add to the Eagle.

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Old 14-09-2008, 07:10 PM   #7
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Nice work, Alex - that's one very muscular Eagle!
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Old 14-09-2008, 07:13 PM   #8
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very nice ,and an excelent job too,well done
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Old 14-09-2008, 07:51 PM   #9
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very nicely done, a great upgrade on the kit
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Old 14-09-2008, 08:18 PM   #10
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Darn it. Now I want a set of these for my fleet.
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Old 14-09-2008, 10:00 PM   #11
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They'll be coming VERY soon from Warp...
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With neodymium magnets just like these ...very strong for their size
I assume this means you placed the batteries inside the boosters. How exactly, and where?
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Old 15-09-2008, 01:27 AM   #13
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Thanks for everyone comments!

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I assume this means you placed the batteries inside the boosters. How exactly, and where?
(Batteries?)

I should have took some WIP pics I guess Well, I have drilled a hole and inserted one magnet at the back of each booster. Then I removed the bottom of the pod (there are screws under the VTol thrusters) and placed each boosters at there location fixed only by magnets from inside the pod (the magnet moves freely in place along the hull). When all the boosters were correctly aligned in place, I glued the magnets inside the pod by dropping CA glue on them. Hope my explanations are clear.

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Old 15-09-2008, 06:28 AM   #14
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How the heck my brain substituted batteries when I meant magnets I will never know.

When you say you used one magnet in the booster and one in the eagle, are you saying you used only one from the set of 50 you show in the link you provide? If so, wow, those tiny magnets REALLY are powerful.
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Here again, the way the boosters can be attached to the pods with the help of magnets.





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How the heck my brain substituted batteries when I meant magnets I will never know.

When you say you used one magnet in the booster and one in the eagle, are you saying you used only one from the set of 50 you show in the link you provide? If so, wow, those tiny magnets REALLY are powerful.
I have used 2 magnets per boosters so 8 in all (one in the booster and 1 inside the pod). They were 1/4" x 1/4" which is a minimum IMO (I have used 1/8" by 1/8" to hold the nuclear canisters though...)


Transporter has the right pics, thanks!

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I have used 2 magnets per boosters so 8 in all (one in the booster and 1 inside the pod). They were 1/4" x 1/4" which is a minimum IMO
Ah, two of the 1/4" rather than two of the linked 1/8" magnets. That makes a little more sense. Thanks
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Old 17-09-2008, 09:55 AM   #18
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These magnets really are outrageously strong for their size. In fact, kids have actually died after having swallowed a few.
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Old 12-10-2008, 01:36 AM   #19
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Alex,

Very sharp-looking. The colors really jump out as crisp and look great! Nicely done. The magnet idea is clever, and so is showing it all on a scale grid.

Curious about Neodymium, I looked it up (Nature's Building Blocks by John Emsley), and found this paragraph:

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Neodymium-iron-boron (NIB) magnets are so powerful that those handling them must wear protective glasses -- they fly together with such force that they can shatter and send splinters flying in all directions. At times young people have used these industrial magnets to attach ornaments to their cheeks by putting one of the small magnets on the inside of the mouth. However, the magnet and ornament have then proved impossible to pull apart, sometimes necessitating a visit to a hospital for surgical removal.
Ouch. Not sure if this is the same or only type of Nd magnet, or if they come in different strengths.
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Old 12-10-2008, 01:06 PM   #20
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Alex,

Very sharp-looking. The colors really jump out as crisp and look great! Nicely done. The magnet idea is clever, and so is showing it all on a scale grid.

Curious about Neodymium, I looked it up (Nature's Building Blocks by John Emsley), and found this paragraphuch. Not sure if this is the same or only type of Nd magnet, or if they come in different strengths.
Thanks! The magnets are surprisingly powerful and brittle so yes, they are to be handle with care and kept away from children...
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