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Old 20-08-2017, 07:48 PM   #41
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Been a busy weekend, painting and decaling and repairing shocking mistakes!

Firstly, masking and painting done for the beak - I'm VERY pleased with how the black came out. In both my 2 previous attempts this needed various touch ups because of paint creep. This time, it was perfect - bloody impressed with*myself *The 'light grey' turned out to be dark grey because I chose the wrong pot of paint from my shelf... oops, however I think it still looks pretty good.



At the same time, the leg pods have now been painted, ready for the decals and weathering next. This time I was a bit more careful about the masking and had much less paint creep. I think I'll always associate these leg pods with the England cricket (esp the bowlers)*team smashing their way through the West Indies batting lineup!



Now that the walkways and the spine are complete, this allows me to join them together and get a measure of their size. It means I can test out the cargo/winch pod and its electrical connections...



When doing this I found another fault in the vertical electrical*connections which meant one of the support struts had*to have some filing done on it to make enough space to fit

It also allowed me to do this test which give me the exact spacing for the support legs. Turns out I had the original spacing wrong as I used by #2 build which has a mistake in that I put the rear walkway lower frame on backwards and so the engine exhausts are in the wrong place on the rear walkway! It meant I had to re-position the support on the right further back



It also meant re-routing the wiring from the junction block I had originally installed which by sheer chance was exactly where the new leg positions were located!



The support legs have now been araldited into the holes I drilled in the base and the lower polystyrene base and the box surrounding it have now been glued to the base with white PVA glue. Once that has dried I'll apply masking tape around the outer wood surround to protect it from the later stages where the lunar surface will be created.

Decals added and some stupid accident corrected - while cleaning a brush I let some of the paint thinners drop on to*the black area on this side which lifted the paint and then I made it worse by wiping it with a tissue! I was fuming as it looked like I'd gone and ruined the perfect finish I'd achieved before. So I ended up remasking around the anti-glare panel and respraying the black. I then had to use the Diamond White paint I'd decanted previously to touch up the white paint along the front. Then to add insult to injury, the masking tape ripped off half of the Alpha decal! Thankfully there are spares, so in the end the damage done was repairable!



The*Nuclear waste canisters*have been painted with a very light grey over the off white plastic, some of which has pooled and caused some irregularities which is good as it adds to the 'used' effect.



The silo base has been painted - in the show I think these were a white colour but I've made them light grey as there is enough white in this with the Eagle itself! I used some 1:48 RAF cockpit decals on the dials of the control panel. All thats left is to take the masking off the LED at the top. I've tested it and it still works



The next task will be to put the decals on the leg pods. This is likely to take a while are there are a LOT to place!
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Old 21-08-2017, 11:41 PM   #42
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Looking very good!!!
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Old 23-08-2017, 02:50 AM   #43
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Great job.

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Old 25-08-2017, 08:38 AM   #44
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Winch and cargo pallet have been painted, decals added and finally weathered to within an inch of its existence










My rationale for the heavy weathering is that its a working bit of machinery in a dirty environment out on the lunar surface...

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Old 25-08-2017, 10:29 AM   #45
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Great work.
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Old 25-08-2017, 02:09 PM   #46
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Now, that's an operational winch pod ( would look great on screen ), well done.
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Old 26-08-2017, 09:04 AM   #47
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Next I'm turning to finishing off the base. This entails creating a lunar surface to hide the white polystyrene *and various gaps around the edges *Here are the basic materials I'll be using to create the lunar surface



In the background you can see the big bag of claycrete that is used to create the foundation layer and then in the foreground is various pots of ground artists chalk and railway modeller ballast to be used for the gritty surface. Next is the pestel and mortar I use to ground the artists pastel chalk - for large amounts like this its cheaper than modellers pigments, which are basically ground up coloured chalk anyway



Ground Black chalk



Ground white with a little black to turn it grey



Railway ballast with some black chalk added and thoroughly shaken turns it darker



The claycrete is white from the package so this just needed some black artist acrylic mixed in to turn it the appropriate shade of grey



And the final result is this:



and for comparison, this is my older UFO Interceptor on its base which was created using the same techniques



In other news, all the various sub-components of the Eagle have been weathered and matt varnished, so the next stage is final assembly of the Eagle and light testing...

Getting close!
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Old 26-08-2017, 02:24 PM   #48
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That is looking fantastic.
Cant wait to see it finished.
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Old 26-08-2017, 02:58 PM   #49
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Its getting there!

Final assembly has begun, with the scariest bit being the connecting of the leg pod LEDs with the walkway connections. The main problem here is that the space inside is limited but the wires must get pushed back inside as the pods get slotted in and I can't control what happens to them, so the best I can do is make sure the joints are string and solid so they'll survive whatever treatment they get while being pushed into place.







and finally, the magnetic hook has been cabled up...



To make sure the electrics all worked, I took this shot last night just before adding the engine bells just to test it all...





Today's job is to add the cotton wool 'exhaust gasses' around the support pillars and to photograph it all properly
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Old 26-08-2017, 10:24 PM   #50
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So here we are at the end finally, its been a tricky but satisfying journey. Today has been about finishing the vertical supports, masking them behind cotton wool to make them look like jet exhausts. Its always a never wracking task as cotton wool can be unpredictable and I also HATE the texture of the stuff!

Anyway, here we go...









These aren't the best quality photos I've ever taken - I did it out in the conservatory and got the angles wrong so the sun reflected off the lens and flared a bit (just call me JJ!) So I left it until this evening and it all went dark...







The last photo shows it in pride of place on the 'Wall of Models'



Finally - well until I re-photograph it properly, here is a little video showing the lighting effects

https://youtu.be/XGz3eM17fAE
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Old 28-08-2017, 05:48 PM   #51
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That looks absolutely fantastic.
Your wall of models is very impressive
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Old 29-08-2017, 01:52 PM   #52
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very impressive, absolutely smashing work.
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Old 30-08-2017, 11:03 AM   #53
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Great job! Truly enjoyable thread, thank you so much for sharing and giving us some fantastic ideas. You know you could probably win some contest with that!

you would get my vote
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Old 31-08-2017, 05:42 PM   #54
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Great wall of models - are some of those plane props spinning ?
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Old 31-08-2017, 06:07 PM   #55
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No its Photoetch called Propblur that gives the illusion they are spinning





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Very evocative composition !

( applies for your planes "in action" series, as well )
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:46 PM   #57
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Thanks ...
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Old 03-09-2017, 04:52 PM   #58
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Thanks Boldman the props and set up are great
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:51 PM   #59
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Looks awesome Andy. Have started mine today as was sorting out my workshop, and am confounded by some of the scales involved. Scaling up the size of the nucelar waste barrels gives us a size WAY too large to match the studio recorded astronaut shots...it just cant be done without artistic licence to my calculations. Your model looks great though and you just got the scale to work with the human eye so it doesnt look so weird. I am so interested in the scale of the next Round 2 kit - if its true 1/48 like the astronauts in the CM I can't see it working. Way too large?

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Old 06-09-2017, 11:01 PM   #60
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The 1:48 scale thing is a holdover from the 44" studio model that uses 1:24 scale Gemini pilots in the cockpit, thus if the 22" is half the size, the scale must be 1:48. However the pilots in my opinion are too large so that breaks the scaling. Just look at the height of the passenger module door, it measures 1.5 inches so multiply that by 48 and you get 72" ie 6 feet, which isn't big enough! The doors in my house are 78" tall, so if the passenger pod door were the same height as my doors, then that gives a scale of 1:52

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