[Free Model #3] - Imperial TIE Fighter

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  1. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

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    Well I figured it was about time I started something for this contest, seeing as how I only build free models. :wink:

    First off though, I'm using a Finemolds 1:72 TIE Fighter model as a reference for thicknesses of parts I'm laminating.

    For the record, this is the TIE Fighter model available here.

    I started out by gluing the large wing pieces to some very thick cardboard donated to me by a friend for building paper models. It's about 1/8 inch thick and when I glued the wings to it the thickness prevented them from warping too much. I just bent it back in place and it stayed.

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    Next I started the "hubcap" on the outside. After I cut it out I strengthened it by gluing a piece of the 1/8 inch cardboard to the inside. I used a pencil to color the edges.

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    The last thing I've done is glue the hubcaps to the wing pieces and put on the "bolt covers." I noticed something weird when I compared this to the FM TIE Fighter. The graphics are accurate to the TIE, but they are rotated ninety degrees.

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    I'll be posting more pics through the course of the day. I hope to finish this by tomorrow, Monday at the latest.
  2. Soaring

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    Ohh!! Pretty sweet looking! Can't wait to see those solar panels!
  3. Gearz

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    Kewl..the TIE Fighter is one of my Fav's [​IMG]
  4. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

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    Okay, Saturday and Sunday were busier than I anticipated. But Monday I was able to get some real work done. However, I was so tired by the time I finished that evening that I just decided to call it a night and post the pics today, so here's my current build report.

    First of all, I decided to do the spokes around the hubcap I basically laminated the part four times, when it was just the right thickness.

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    Then I repeated it five times:

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    After those were done I did the rims around the perimeter of the wing. They are supposed to be raised off the surface, but not as high as the spokes, so I only laminated them twice.

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    After I did that I discovered a slight gap between the pieces, so I used an exacto to cut gaps at all the corners to make the actual gaps not look so obvious. Then I flipped it over and began work on the other side:

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    This time I thought ahead and cut the frame into pieces initially and glued them one by one around the perimeter. Then I glued in the spokes.

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    When that was done I cut strips of blue and glued them around the edge to hide the cardboard.

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    After I did that I noticed that the hub just didn't look right. I decided that it was because the hub isn't nearly wide enough, so I printed a copy of the inside hubcap and used it's detail to widen the part. I also used a spare copy of the solar panels to cover up the glue spills and mistakes I made to the original surface.

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    Repeat five times:

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    It looks a lot better now.

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    I then spruced up the hubcaps with laminated details.

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    I also noticed three ribs on the outer edge of the wings on my FM TIE Fighter model.

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    So I naturally had to put this detail on my TIE.

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    I feel good. Now I just need to do the *other* one. . .
  5. Soaring

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    That looks awesome so far! Great job on the hubs, they look spiffy!
  6. wedge

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    Very beautiful build :) I´m your fan :mrgreen::thumb:
  7. Boba Frett

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    Great work, you make it look easy :)
  8. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

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    Okay its been a week since I posted last, but what a week! I had to go to Tulsa, Oklahoma because my dad had a total knee replacement surgery, and while I was there I decided to finish my TIE. Unfortunately, the only computer I had internet access to refused to let me sign on here, so I had to get back home before I could upload the pics and update my build diary. Thankfully, I had enough free time between taking care of my grand-niece (she's very fun to be around) and my dad (not so much, but who said love was easy?) that I was able to finish my TIE/Ln Fighter! :D

    Here's my rather long build report. I hope it will be useful to anyone building this kit and I apologize for the length:

    When I arrived, I started out by making the connection to the cockpit ball. The first part I made was the solar array connection:

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    When that was glued together I made an additional interior part for the flaps.

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    After that was dry I glued the cap on.

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    Then I proceeded to make the supports for either side. I decided against doing it stock, because the stock kit has you cut a slit in the part, which allows the supports to be a single piece, but this decreases the structural integrity on an already strained connection point. I elected to make them separate pieces and increase their accuracy. I first trimmed the kit part so that the sides were parallel to the pylon, then I glued that part to a sheet of blue cardstock I printed. After that was dry I cut it out of the cardstock, but left a 2mm edge. Then I did the same thing to the other piece, glued on to blank cardstock and cut it out, then I glued the remaining piece to the backside and separated the colored sections. Then I glued the pylon root to the wing, waited for it to dry, and finally I glued the supports to the root.

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    Repeat:

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    I then started on the hexagonal center of the wing. I cut out the piece, leaving off the flaps. Then I glued a copy of it to the inside, making sure to take a little off each edge so the spare part would fit inside. I then closed it up and glued it to the pylon wing root.

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    And as usual, I repeated it on the other side. Then I proceeded to create the part that joins to the cockpit ball. I cut out the side pieces, leaving off the flaps, and glued them both to a piece of the heavy-duty cardboard. Then I cut them out and glued them back-to-back. When that was dry I glued the outside edge to that part, and finally I glued it to the rest of the pylon assembly.

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    After those were dry I glued the triangular supports onto the heavy-duty cardboard and glued them to the pylon assemblies.

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    Then I laminated the front armor of the pylon and glued it to the assembly.

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    After those were done I set them aside to do the cockpit ball. I started with the middle ring and I used a copy of it to add the flaps for butt joints.

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    I thought you guys would like to see a mini-tutorial on how to make a round part really round. First you take the piece and roll it up the long way.

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    Then you give it a curve along the length of the part.

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    Then you glue the ends together and work it into a spheroidal shape. At this time I would also add in the interior flaps, seen here in red. I used the interior parts as a template, because I didn't plan on doing an interior. This is complicated enough as it is.

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    I am pleased at how it turned out.

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    When it dried(while I was out to see a live production on Seven Brides for Seven Brothers! It was great!) I added the cockpit windows.

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    Then I worked on the tail end. I took the liberty to add what I considered a grave omission in the original: the signature Twin Ion Engines! I also added the rear-view window and plating around the reactor core.

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    When that dried I did the most delicate parts last, the twin laser cannons. Nothing really special about them, save that I used those same parts for the engines.

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    After those dried I buttoned up the whole ship and voile'! One Imperial Twin Ion Engine Space Superiority Starfighter! :thumb:

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    Here are some finished pics taken inside a lit case at the house I was staying in.

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    I hope you guys enjoyed this little addition to the contest! The next project I have is my own Moldy Crow. :)
  9. Tim Crowe

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    Great Model - It looks menacing, like its sitting there in the cabinet watching and waiting

    Long live the empire!
  10. col. kurtz

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    :thumb:excellent build m.f.:thumb:
    thnaks for sharing with us.:) good luck in the comp.:)
    (with your build report i can now build this thanks again m8)
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  11. logicman

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    I'm a big Star Wars fan.

    Great build and tutorial. :thumb::thumb::thumb:

    A sphere is absolutely the hardest thing to make in card/paper,
    but you've done a really good job of it.

    Good luck in the competition.:thumb:

    If I understand correctly, you added some detail
    that's not in the kit.

    Could you make a jpeg, or whatever and stick it in the uploads?
    I might want to build this myself, and it would help enormously
    if I could steal your ideas.:rolleyes:

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  12. Lex

    Lex Dollmaker

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    I love this TIE fighter!! Neat build there!
  13. Gearz

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    Yep certainly enjoyed it MF! ~ Excellent build ~ the dome looks great N perfect lighting for the final pics!. :thumb::thumb:

    * The Empire might have been heavy handed, but I don't think you could rule an empire as vast as the SW universe using 'Peace Love and Mung Beans' ..

    TIE PILOT .. where do I sign up.. :yep:
  14. wedge

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    Perfect work M.F. Very nice decoration :) I can imagine another models in this display case , especially The Moldy crow...I really , REALLY looking forward to see you building it !!! :thumb:
  15. DarthPineapple

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    That's one of the cleanest builds of a TIE Fighter I've ever seen... Good job! :thumb:
  16. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

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    Lol, well, I didn't really add anything that wasn't already in the kit. I just printed out a piece of cardstock with a solid 8"x10" rectangle of blue on it and cut out pieces to fit, such as the ribs on the perimeter of the wings(they are about 2mm, IIRC). If I saw details that would be practical to laminate I cut out the spare and glued it to another piece of cardstock and cut out the pieces. This was a mostly stock build, if you can believe that. The hardest part was figuring out how to make the cockpit ball round.

    Thanks for the compliments! I really appreciate them! :D

    Since this TIE is approximately 1:48 scale, I imagine my Moldy Crow will go greatly with it, Wedge. I just need to fix the problem of it printing too darkly. I think I'll just convert the images to another format and brighten them via Paint.NET. :)
  17. outersketcher

    outersketcher Illustrator, Tinker

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    Nice build.. I am particularly impressed with that sphere!
  18. Soaring

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    The Tie Fighter itself is impressive! Excellent job millenuim! If I may ask, what glue did you use :)
  19. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

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    Plain old Roseart white glue. The cap has a nifty little spreader that makes gluing easier.
  20. Boba Frett

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    Excellent build