Model of meritorious mention Sulaco 1:430 scale

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  1. Marco Scheloske

    Marco Scheloske Member

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    First parts of group 25 (reactor section) are built, the ones that are the aft end of the group and the connection to the engine:

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    I added thick cardboard (2.5 mm) to the inner side of the "foot", because it will later be placed upon the third forth acrylic stand, and if everything goes well carry the weight not only of the middle section, but also of the engine:

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    The laser-cut stand fits perfectly - that was a bit thrilling, as I took the measurements directly from Jan's files before the part was build:

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  2. Marco Scheloske

    Marco Scheloske Member

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    I also ordered some laser-cut frames for the 4 reactor rings, made from the mentioned 2.5 mm thick cardboard:

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    Those will make me able to get rid of the tabs of the "ring walls", which should simplify the build. They will also help to make sure that the 4 rings will be of the same size and fit together perfectly while being very rigid.

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  3. Marco Scheloske

    Marco Scheloske Member

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    Outer reactor module rings finished, using the above mentioned laser-cut frames:

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  4. Zathros

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    That ship is so big, you could make openings and hide stuff in there! Motion detectors, Nanny Cans, chocolate, endless possibilities! :)
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    Wait . . . chocolate? :confused: Wouldn't the heat from the engines melt it? I think Zathros didn't get his dose of sweets today. :p
  6. Marco Scheloske

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    Yesterday I finished the reactor core "sandwich". This is how it is looking now:

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    It will be tough to get it mounted correctly, so that the flat end side will be exactly 90 degree to the ground level... otherwise the engine will later stick up or face down. I guess I'll use a couple of bubble levels to check the allignment a thousand times before I glue...

    By the way, speaking about sweets... THIS is what a consequent paper modeler eats while he is building:

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    EDIBLE PAPER!!! :cool:
  7. Zathros

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    Man, they look good and tasty! I would love to make a model and just eat it in front of someone. Take some sheets to one of those places that prints photos on cakes, and make a WW I Tank, then eat it. The tracks could be flattened liquorish! :)
  8. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    That is a GREAT idea for a film where you have someone eating everything insight and everyone else around is wondering WTF is going on.
  9. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    Where can you get this edible paper at?
  10. lehcyfer

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    At printer shop :)
  11. Zathros

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    That's one of those European things. Interestingly, we both will be eating our currencies if things continue.
  12. KGC

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    EDIBLE PAPER!!! :cool:[/QUOTE]

    Marco, in which supermarket you bought the edible paper?
    I lived in Berlin for one month but I've never seen anything like it!
  13. dnalor

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    normally in every candy store you can find that paper..
    maybe a different name/brand or color.
  14. DanBKing

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    Rice paper its sometimes called ......
  15. Marco Scheloske

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    Start of the reactor housing, port side:

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    I used 2 frames instead of just one. If I got the unmarked parts from Jan right his intention is to use only one frame for the housing, but I thought using 2 would make it easier to get the shape right.
  16. Marco Scheloske

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    Reactor housing in shape due to the help of the two frames:

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    I decided to glue the parts of the outer ring edge-to-edge instead of using the glue tabs. Here is the most outer ring:

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    And this is how it looks alltogether. The complete rim is made out of 3 seperate rings. It was easier than I thought it would be!

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    Port reactor cover is now done, the procedure will be repeated for the starboard side.
  17. Zathros

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    That has to be one of the best Domes I have ever seen. To have made one so big, and so clean! Excellent craftsmanship! That would be a great dustcover for a crazy "Sulaco" style speaker cones! :)
  18. Marco Scheloske

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    Yesterday I aligned the two main modules (bow and middle hull) on their acrylic bases and added some magnetic connections for detail parts (pylon, railguns) and to held the main sections together tight. This is how it looks now:

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  19. DanBKing

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    jawdrop WOW.... Now that looks well impressive..........!!!

    Excellant!!!!:thumb::thumb:
  20. Zathros

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    Incredible, I love it! :)