On A-(wing) and a prayer...

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Cybergrinder, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

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    Or, what you can build while on holiday...

    Yup,it's the revised A-Wing!

    To start, the cockpit

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    Sights

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    Joystick(s)

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    And done

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  2. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

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    Now attached into the support and upper hull stuck down

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    Now you may have a seat

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    Stern view

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  3. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

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    And then I left the camera in the car while I built the engines...:headbange::headbange:

    Here we have the engines and upper fins attached. This is as far as I got, hopefully to finish next weekend...

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  4. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    You are off to a really good start!
  5. bigpetr

    bigpetr Designer/Master Modeler

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    Nice work there. Finaly somebody is building it.
  6. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

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    THanks guys, got the lower fins and manovering rings attached. just the guns and canopy to do! (will post pic soon :))

    And the pic!

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  7. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    Nice build. Quick too! :)
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  8. Revell-Fan

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    Awesome! I'm looing forward to seeing how you will be tackling the clear canopy. :)
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  9. starbuck

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    I built the old version some time ago. I really appreicate the model.
    But now with cockpit and clear canopy ......I have to build it too.

    Nice build - looking fine.

    Which paper do you use for the A-Wing? - Just asking because I am not sure which one to use (180gr or 250gr).
  10. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

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    So I can never get the fins 100% straight :headbange::headbange::headbange:

    And the canopy, the rear section

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    And then the front, bit disappointed I didn't get the curve right, think it was the material I used is too rigid. Thatsaid, I don't think it came out too bad?

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    @starbuck ,I used 80gsm, both this time around and when built this originally. I'd be curious to see it in a heavier grade of paper. (hint, hint :))
  11. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    You need to use thicker card stock. 110 lb. card stock is perfect for a model like this. It looks like your using 76 lb. stock, which could be laminated. 110 lb. stock will hold any shape you roll better, and keeps straight edges straight.. I also would connect the fold line dashes together with a Black marker, looks neater. :)
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  12. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

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    Thanks for the tips Zathros, this was also intended as a "rough & ready" build as well, with taking it on holiday and a certain 5 year has his eyes on it.... ;)

    What's 110lb cardstock in metric? :)
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  13. bigpetr

    bigpetr Designer/Master Modeler

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    Starbuck, I would use 160gsm paper. I did some quick testbuild in 80gsm and would not go this way, lots of extra care to make everything smooth and straight. It is doable in 80gsm, Cybergrinder is living proof, but like Zathros said, it would be much easier to prevent wawing and keep strait edges straight.

    You can try 80gsm for outer skin but in that case I would laminate the frame to make it realy rigid
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  14. Gandolf50

    Gandolf50 Researcher of obscure between war vehicles... Moderator

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    I use almost exclusively 199g/m2 Nexact index card in 8.5x14 and 11x17... the only time I use anything under that is when it is so small that the thickness is too great for the part to work properly, then I drop down to some 148/g Coverstock, Walmart special off-white, which has a thin profile but rigid enough to stand being glued while formed or rolled! I would not change now for anything. You might find it a bit hard to get used to, but when you do, you will see what I am talking about!
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    I agree with everything said. Even one layer of card sandwiched inbetween the fin sides makes a difference. :)
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  16. starbuck

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    Thanks to everybody for the discussion/tips on the paper topic.
    I will follow your recommendations by using 180g paper for most parts and to add a layer for the fins with the 250 g paper.
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  17. Cybergrinder

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    Can't wait to see your effort Starbuck!
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    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    I forgot about the metric thing, but Starbuck has it spot on. :)
  19. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

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    So here we go, the guns

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    And attached

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    Some beauty shots with the Death Star...
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    And with it's cousin...
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    So, in conclusion; I know this is not the best I could have done, it was a "holiday project" and work is really taking up time, so my OCD was kept under control with this build.

    It's a really great model with lots of "3rd party" additions that could be done - greebling opportunites abound! I really haven't done it justice.

    So, the next build will start probably in the new year (or festive season, depending on work demands) and in this one OCD will be given full reign, much to the de-light of everyone (I hope) ;)
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  20. starbuck

    starbuck Active Member

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    ;) I will try this model very soon. As mentioned I have also done the "old"version - like you.

    Although it is not the best known ship in the Star Wars universe I like the style.

    Great work - like especially the photo in front of the death star. :King:
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