Blackadder's Lucius Pattern Warhound Titan

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  1. Blackadder

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    Thanks for the accolades but there were some major 'F' ups along the way. The legs were a constant source of rebuilding to get the d---ed things right. Studing the images I had revealed the hip barrel was too small in diameter and the upper thigh was too long. The lower leg or shank was likewise too long. This ultimately subtracted about a quarter inch from the leg length but increasing the diameter of the hip barrel would restore it. the overall dimensions were pretty accurate but these discrepancies would not do.

    My solution was to rebuild the offending components.

    I composited the leg in my Photo impact suite to diagram the flaws.

    The rebuild also gave the legs a more robust look,

    Blackadder

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  2. Blackadder

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    Here's Lucie with her new more robust thighs and the hip joint is now two pieces of telescoped PVC. That looks about right.

    There's a few discrepancies in my version but not enough to change what I have. Right now the head armor is a bit too thin. and the angle of the fore to aft run of the base footprint is not extreme enough but it will have to do as you can see by the posted image of this dates work the armor is in place.

    Onward and upward as they say.

    Thanks again,

    Blackadder

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  3. Blackadder

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    I managed to put a little detail on the head after the major rebuild of the muzzle. Once I am satisfied with the overall appearance the fine detail should go a lot faster. Right now I am sourcing the fans that go into the grill on the back between the carapaces. I've seen them before but I don't remember where. Any input would be appreciated.

    Here's a set of not too often seen views of the underside of the head. A pity this detail is never photographed. I'll bet most people who don't have a FW Warhound have never seen this view.

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  4. Blackadder

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    I got tired of looking to buy fans for the upper cooling compartment. I managed to make a few after some trial and error so the last one I took some pictures of the process.

    It took about 20 minutes to make the four after they're trimed and under the cover screen I believe they'll look fine.

    Blackadder

    This is my goal, a shot of the cooling compartment of a real Warhound.

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    This is the empty space to fill.

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    I started by making a box to house the fans and AC units. The fans were mde up of small triangles of 0.25mm styrene. The completed fans are 9.0mm in diameter.

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    After rough gluing the fanblades into the approximate shape I filed them round and drilled an axle hole.

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    The fans installed in the compartment and set in the hull.

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    The AC unit installed.

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    A close up good enough for G'ment work.

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    As this is the only interior detail it got painted first.

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  5. Tirick

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    Really nice custom work on those! I like the simplicity of the fan design, which works quite stunningly when inset into your housings. The level of detail in your finishing touches is also quite inspiring.
  6. Blackadder

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    Thanks for the words of encouragement. I've been agonising over the following step and trying to figure out how to make a proper ring of plastic around the orbit of the ankle and hip ball socket receptacle and the following is how I finally managed to accomplish it.

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    Surprisingly simplicity itself but the most obvious somehow escapes us. I started by gluing with a good grade of thin liquid plastic glue. I use 'Tamiya - Extra Thin Cement :

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    I glued the selected piece to the periphery of the socket using the installed ball as an inner guide. fortunately I used wooden spheres so they are not affected by the glue. I imparted a slight curve to the ring strip initially and started a bit before the desired location so the beginning end could be cut off leaving a curved beginning.

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    Applying pressure with your thumb (or favorite finger) serves two purposes; one it is a clamp you can rely on to make the proper curve and two the heat of your hand speeds the drying of the glue.

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    Following the curve of the ball gluing every 30 degrees or so being careful to not let the glue flow back to the starting point as it may dissolve the original joint and you'll have to start over.

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    working your way around the ball to the starting point, cut off the short straight piece from the beginning and cut the end of the strip to butt with the beginning and voila; a perfect ring of plastic.

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    I needed a second layer to thicken the ring on the ankle and hip but the second layer is easier than the first and my only complaint is; why didn't I think of this sooner?!

    The mentally challenged Blackadder
  7. Blackadder

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    Once the ring was installed the rest of the detail was just hunkering down

    The coiled conduit is 0.025 copper wire wrapped around an undersized round bit of white sprue, same as the AC conduit in the cooling compartment. Once wrapped a touch of Cyno-acetate holds it in place.

    Blackadder

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    Man, it's insane watching this come together. Do you prototype in paper first to work out the kinks and then transfer to styrene for final?
  9. Blackadder

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    I made what I thought was a scale drawing initially just to get started. I needed a base from which to work. I felt somehow that the hull and carapace would be a good starting point. All my work is based on that hull so if my proportions were off on that the whole thing is wrong. As I may have mentioned before; the only actual measurement I have from the FW model is that the beast stands 10.5" tall. Since the legs can be built in an infinite array of poses that is not much help wittness the range of height my hound's legs can attain:

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    Granted either of these poses would look comical but it demonstrates the problem. After I was satified the overall proportions were reasonably correct I started detailing. To do that I study the hundreds of images I have of various hounds I have found on the net. I draw in the detail on the actual model in pencil and put it aside for a day or two and work on something else. occasionally I look at the drawn on piece and compare it to the images. If I'm satisfied it's okay I fabricate the detail and tack it on. If that looks right I glue it on properly.

    I work mainly by eye and all the images I have are in some degree taken in perspective so sometimes the piece I fabricate is elongated or foreshortened such as the bolter. Mine is a tad longer that the original but it works so I needn't rebuild it.

    EB
  10. Blackadder

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    I'm not getting notifications of replies. I look forward to responses. It's been a busy couple of weeks and I haven't got much done on the lascannon but the bolter is ostensibly finished except for the rear and bottom detail. Lucy is so excited she accidentally stepped on one of her escorts. Fortunately the driver was unharmed.

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    Can't wait for the Stop motion movie! ;)
  12. Blackadder

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    My poor showing for this weekend. The hull of the Turbo laser detail and the beginning of the base of the barrel of one of the guns using a wrap of the aforementioned HO boxcar siding

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    Not being a gentleman of leisure I've spent the better part of my past three weekends raking leaves. Fine employment for my time when I should be working on that d---ed Turbo laser.

    Here's the poor showing for this week.

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    Blackadder
  14. Tirick

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    The only timetable is one you set yourself mate. It is looking really good thus far, I will say. I see the head of the titan ins base-coated now; have an interior/pilots?
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    There were weeks when I got a tremendous amount of work done relatively speaking such as the week I managed to rebuild the prototype toes which were too flimsy and tended to break off. I shortened, strengthened and brought the joint cylinders into a more proper scale and still kept the ability of full articulation. Those were the days. If I could have kept up that pace the d--ned thing would be done by now.



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  16. Blackadder

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    Wanted to get this up before the end of the weekend. Lucie has guns, well weapons anyway. It's been a long wait but they came out fairly good. All that detail on the top and all you see is the bottoms and sides. The weapon hanging arms were a real bear. getting the length angle and size was really trying. The whole this is just slapped together temporarily so I size up the proportions. Everything looks okay so I'll finish the detail.

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    I am so close now I don't want to take the chance and rush the end work. I'm working on the leg armour right now; not too much to show but I should have it close to completed this weekend, er; the leg armour that is. Two millimeters seems a bit too thin and the ankle armour is a real bear. Getting the proportions and angles right and still allowing for the flexibility. This model wasn't really meant to walk or my proportions are off.

    Naah! It wasn't meant to walk.

    I reject FW's reality and substitute my own,

    Blackadder

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  18. Tirick

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    The rule of cool applies, I suspect. I somehow doubt the artistic designers were mecha engineers ;)

    Still looks damn good though!
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    I took a week off from building because I was becoming too complacent in my work. It's a telltale sign that I have been over saturated and tend to get sloppy but last night I got my groove back and put the finishing touches on the armour i.e. cut the grooves for the panel segments. I first shallow scored the plasticard with my utility knife and then made a few more passes to deepen the scores. The holding the knife at an angle I made furrows on either side of the scored lines and sanded the raised ridges smooth. Then with a razor saw I deepened and straightened the furrows and filed the surface smooth again.



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    The grooves look about done and the armour as you see it is just clipped in place for now.

    EB
  20. Blackadder

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    I've pretty much decided to go with the FW original paint job.

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    I've seen a lot of colour schemes and I like this one the best. As of right now I've only the void projectors, exhaust stacks, the cable conduit and connectors, the cockpit windows and head armour and a bit more detail on the armament and I'll be ready to paint. I'm hoping to get the void projectors and exhausts completed tomorrow.

    Blackadder