[Free model #4] Jawa Sandcrawler

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by FlareBaffled, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. FlareBaffled

    FlareBaffled Member

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    No excuses now! I got to build 8 detailed sets of sherman tracks, added outer layers, grousers, drive sprockets and 2 sets of suspension...each with 4 wheels....

    Then I can build the 'boxes' they sit in, and some attachments to hold them to central blocks.

    Easy.
  2. SEBRET

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    eesh!!! glad your doing this and not me, lol. Seriously though, i cant wait to see your completed model.
  3. FlareBaffled

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    OK..after a short 'work induced' break from modelling, I have begunn construction of hte first of 8 track pods. Copying the actual studio model, I have made some simple HVSS Sherman style suspension units, and begun rough assembly. A lot of this will be hard to see on the finished model .. but I will know it is there!

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    With the outer cover on, the thing looks like:

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    Which just leaves me the toother sprocket to build....

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    Then, all I have to do is finish up the external detailing on the parts.... and build another 7 more just like it.....Oh..yes...and 8 sets of tracks...
  4. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

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    I do NOT envy you that task. :wink:
  5. FlareBaffled

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    Track unit 1 completed, and I am quite pleased with the result. True to the original, the thing is Sherman bits inside, but I have simplified the tracks a little. They are a single set, rather than the Sherman tracks with an extra layer glued to the outside.

    With track in place, the finished unit looks like this:

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    Attachment points have been added to the inside where it will join to the blocks that attach to the hull. Cutting out the 4 little holes in the outer track at every link was a chore...but it looks better like that than if I left them flat.

    Quite pleased with how that turned out...so now I can sit back and ..er...make 7 more of these!
  6. shiftdel

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    Looks great!!!

    These are happy days for us paper modellers, tons of cool stuff being created!!
  7. Kjev

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    Flare, I have to admit I've never seen anyone take an art form and raise it to a higher art form. I will gladly trade my existing model in for yours when it's finished.

    K'Jev
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  8. FlareBaffled

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    OK...that took a while! The track units are finally finished and in place.

    A lot of the detail work is hidden to the casual observer...but I know it is in there! Each track unit has 2 full HVSS units plus drive sprocket and idler wheel. The cutouts in the units are cut outs, and the whole thing looks pretty good to my tired eyes!

    Now I can turn my attention to the basic hull, and the detail plating I intend to lay on top of it. The only areas where I have lots of work to do here will be the engine bay. I will be detailing this out to a reasonable degree.

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    Nearly there...just need to adjust a few wheels for neatness and evenness. Then the tracks can go on.
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    With all the pods built, a last check for fit and I can design the supports for the pods. Have to make sure they fit in the space right!

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    Hooray! Job done.....and it sits nice and level, even though the camera seems to make it look bent in the middle!

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    I think I must have been mad to do this......
  9. Toddlea

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    Very cool.
  10. outersketcher

    outersketcher Illustrator, Tinker

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    whoa..... so, how many x-acto blades did you burn through making those track assemblies? : )

    Good, consistent work.

    Keep forging ahead!
  11. Robot Exodus

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    That looks amazingly detailed! I wish one day I could build models as detailed as these...

    Did you make the treads/tracks removable so that you can look at the gears and other details inside?
  12. SEBRET

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    Holy. . . .wow. This just made my day, lol
  13. Boba Frett

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    The build is coming along great :thumb:
  14. Kjev

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    Jeez, Flare! I've seen styrene models with less detail than that. When you get it done, you really ought to submit it to the gallery on Starshipmodeler.com.
  15. CK Styles

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    How big is this model? From the pics, it looks rather large, bu I cannot tell for sure.
  16. FlareBaffled

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    Size wise, it's about 7" long. I roughly ( but not quite ) doubled the size of the original small model I based this off. There was no way I could add detail to the model the size it was...so I upscaled.

    Sadly..the tracks are not removable...but if you peer through the gaps in the track units you can see the wheels...though you do need to shine a light in! Also...when you look at the thing from side on, you can tell there are wheels underneath, not just a solid block with the track wrapped round, and that was the aim here. It was a lot of work, but then this is a competition to detail up a model!
  17. zealousy

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    WOW!!! Superb!
  18. sneaker

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    Oh Man! That is excellent! You went a lot farther with the details, than I thought you would. Very nice job! :thumb: Definitely an exercise in patience. wall1