Buck Rogers Thunderfighter built by CrimsonLine, model designed by Martin Saenger

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by CrimsonLine, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    Take your time (your model will thank you for that ;) ).

    I promise, once you have found out how to do it you would like to do it again and again! :)
  2. CrimsonLine

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    Okay, I came back to the model after a little hiatus, both to clear my mind of the frustration of that danged forward sponson piece, and to start building another model as a present for a friend (it's in the picture below, still in progress).

    I decided to build the part anew, to make sure to pre-curve it, and to make the glue tabs twice as wide. I also put the glue on the body section, rather than the glue tab. And I held it in place for a long, long time. I don't know which of those helped the most, but the sponson piece is FINALLY in place, and I can move forward on this ship. PHEW!

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  3. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    What you have so far, looks good.
    If I may ask, what kind of glue are you using?
  4. Revell-Fan

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    Hey, that doesn't look too bad! :)
  5. CrimsonLine

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    Tacky Glue - Scotch brand.
  6. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    You may want to try Aleene's Tacky glue or Zip Dry. Both are strong and fast drying glues.
    With Zip Dry, you can use it to attach other materials to your projects as well.
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  7. CrimsonLine

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    Any chance one of you could give me a close-up pic of what parts 228+229 are supposed to look like together, before they are put in to the nose cone? @Rhaven Blaack or @Revell-Fan ?
  8. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    Assembling these parts are quite easy and straight forward.
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    Wrap part 229 (TIGHTLY) around a thin needle or pin.
    With part 228, bend the tabs back, then roll the center section (into a semi-circle).
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    Glue part 229 into the space at the end of 228 (as shown).
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    I hope this will help.
  9. CrimsonLine

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    Perfect. Thanks. From the instructions, it looks like the thinner portion of 229 doesn't get rolled, and that didn't make sense to me.
  10. Rhaven Blaack

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    Look closely at the instructions, you will see how part 229 is rolled tightly around itself.
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    I know that is shows the thin part of 229 still flat, but continue to roll it completely around, so that it looks like the pictures that I posted earlier.
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  11. CrimsonLine

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    Slowly but surely, or at least slowly, I am still building this model! :)

    My job got really hectic around the end of September, and so not a lot of work has been done. But here's where I am right now... the dorsal and ventral skin of the fighter have been completely attached, as well as the forward weapons cones. I was finding that the aft ventral compartment kept wanting to become concave with the slightest pressure, so I built a little brace to reinforce the interior space.

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    I am working on the forward ventral pieces now that allow for the footwell and landing gear.

    Plugging away...
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  12. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    There are three formers included in the new cockpit interior template. Martin Saenger has it now is is reviewing it. Once he finishes the review, he will make it available on his website. So keep and eye on it.

    You are doing good job.
    KEEP CHUGGING ALONG!!!
  13. mcusanelli

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    Crimson,
    Sorry to comment late in this. When I do the nosecones, I start by gently rolling them with a round file against my leg as a work surface. As it starts to curl, I use a bit more pressure, repeating until one edge rolls over the other. Since the part is sort of an arc, you have to follow the arc as you roll. Eventually, you'll be able to 'over roll' it really tight, then the edges can match up and you can glue it. Don't cut out the cannon ports until the nose cone is glued, then use a tapered dowel for support inside it, and then cut the holes out with a fresh blade. The biggest problem I had was the tiny cannon barrels themselves, so after many failed attempts, I now use round tooth picks painted black instead. Hope this helps! Here's how they look, with painted carved dowels for the tips too. IMG_3468.JPG
  14. Rhaven Blaack

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    @mcusanelli Your Thunder Fighter looks very clean and crisp!
    You did a GREAT JOB on it!!!
    If you want more ideas on greebling it out, please check out the Detailed Thunder Fighter Project. You can use any (and all) techniques that you wish to enhance your models.
  15. Revell-Fan

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    There is even a pilot figure inside!!! :)
  16. mcusanelli

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    Thank you both! I didn't have a close-up of the nosecones so I used this pic instead. Part 229 and I just can't get along, so I use the painted tooth pic sections for the cannons - Hopefully this tip will help someone out! And, if you glue them to the inside blast tube before you insert it into the nosecone, it makes it a bit easier to handle and locate. Coloring the barrel with a sharpie, and rubbing over it with pencil graphite gives it a nice gunmetal look too.
  17. CrimsonLine

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    Wow, @mcusanelli - that's a CLEAN build. Holy smokes! That can't be a paper figure inside, though. Can it?
  18. mcusanelli

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    Thanks Crimson! No, she's a resin casting of a figure i sculpted originally for the old Monogram Starfighter. Had a few casts laying around, so in she went! If you don't mind, here are a couple of pics.......By the way, the cockpit add on that RF and RB created is amazing! Thanks for that, guys! I had to hack it up a bit because my figure was a bit too big for it, but it worked great in the end. I really love the Thunderfighter, and this kit and it's add-ons is very special:)
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  19. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    You did a GREAT JOB with the figurine. She looks FANTASTIC!!!
    However, it you are interested in a (EDD Pilot) paper figurine, you can find it here: http://tcfgaming.com/.
    Just to let you know, there is a detail (screen accurate) version of the cockpit interior now available on Martin's site.
  20. mcusanelli

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    Thanks RB ! I'm going to download it and use it in the next one! So far I've built 4 of them, but it's such a favorite I know there's another build in the near future for me......Maybe with landing gear down this time.