SR-2 Normandy Mass Effect 2

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  1. anthony344

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    Steve that look great on the unfold & the structure of the fuselage is going to be strong i notice on the first normandy sr1 each section where you join together it started to twist & the fuselage was out of wack but maybe that was just me when i build it.

    by the way if you need me to volunteer to test build for you i would be happy to help in anyway i'm not worry about wasting ink i got 100 ink cartridges :mrgreen:.

    Mark
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    Wow..... $35.00 for a 6.25" model. Glad I've SJS's model.:mrgreen:
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    Hi Mark,

    Yeah, I should have had more reinforcements in that model, but it was a quick development by special request and there was a deadline, so it is what it is. With Cloud_Ratha doing a whole new, and much better one over at papermodelers I doubt I'll ever go back to mine and enhance it later.

    I do plan on building it though, and being a perfectionist I may well be compelled to make adjustments when I do.

    Anyway, check out the next post.....
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    Looking forward to it. I've got this one on my build list as well.:thumb:
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    Test Building Begins

    Greetings Normandy fans,

    A few days ago I finally started test building the SR2. I've scaled it up to have a finished length of about 24" overall. The attached images show the initial parts on page 1 - the nose of the ship. It looks pretty small, but this is only the first couple inches of about 20 inches of hull.

    The second picture is part H1 completed. I added a few inconspicuous fold lines that were missing, and removed some extraneous ones. I always re-color fold lines so they blend in as much as possible. I'll be stretching the limits of Pepakura on this one though. I like to go straight from Pepakura to PDF, instead of Pepakura to PNG, touch up in something else, then to PDF. I wish Pep could draw lines and stuff.

    The third picture shows how I laminated some heavier card to the end panels of the parts for strength. Part H2-3 is a spacer that goes between hull sections 2 and 3 adding some nice detailing (I hope). I laminated it to the heavier card, then covered the outer edge with 32lb card stock and colored it with an art marker.

    The next two pictures show the recessed panels in the second section, and finally the last picture shows the first two sections before joining them.

    Continued in the next post....

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    Test building continued

    Continuing from the previous post...

    I wasn't happy with the way the two sections lined up, and the second section didn't turn out quite right. If you look closely at the last picture in the previous post you'll see that the texture on the upper part of the second section does not line up properly with the center of the end panel. I'm somewhat baffled by that, but it had to be fixed.

    I went back to Pepakura and split the hull skin into two pieces (top and bottom) and rebuilt both sections. The first image below shows the ends laminated to heavier card, the bottom skin has been scored and folded and the bottom reinforced with heavy card. This adds strength, but more importantly helps it hold the shape.

    The second picture shows the end pieces glued to the bottom skin. I ended up making a vertical former to put between the ends to hold them the proper distance apart. I'll add this to the final kit, adjusted to allow for the thickness of the ends - I'll have to assume 1mm card I guess. Gotta assume something. I think mine ended up about 1.5 mm overall. The recessed panels were then added as before and the sections glued together. The third picture shows the two attempts side by side.

    On my first attempt the top texture didn't line up with the center-line properly, but a slight twist between the first two sections compensated for that. The bottom side doesn't look quite as nice though.

    On the second attempt there's a small but annoying gap on one side between the sections. I'll definitely be adding lengthwise vertical formers for these first three sections. I didn't include them originally because they are so small, but the curvature of the hull (see final picture) makes them necessary.

    So far so good. A few problems but nothing major. The textures are looking good, even after Pepakura downsized them. We'll see better when we get to the bigger pieces.

    This is the only thing I'm building now so I'll post progress a little more regularly. Stay tuned.....

    Steve

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    Looking good. I like the "Wescott" steal rule too. Nothing like it for making clean lines, or clean cuts on a straight line. Looking forward to your progress.:thumb:
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    I have just the spot on my shelf for this.
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    Hey Steve great progress on the front nose keep up the good work.
    would balsa wood work in some section of the hull like the fuselarge ribs & support strips aswell or is it to weak for this work.

    by the way i had a great time on my birthday i'm now 22 but time is going too quick & we got to enjoy life while you can life is to short.

    Mark
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    Happy (belated) Birthday, Mark! I just turned 23 myself a month ago. 8)


    Hey Steve, that's a pretty good start. Are those increments on your cutting mat centimeters or inches?
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    Happy Birthday aswell Millenniumfalsehood, My birthday was last months too on the 25 of May (sorry i forget to add that in the post.) I don't feel like 22, i feel like 20.

    Mark
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    Yeah, I've got a 6 inch and a 12 inch and I use them both regularly. They're great.

    Happy birthday Mark. Glad you had fun.
    Balsa wood works just fine. I've read a number of posts/threads where builders have used it to good advantage. I use the card stuff because it's free. I've never tried balsa personally though.

    You guys are making me feel old. If you double your ages you're still shy of mine.

    The increments on my board are centimeters. I'll post a pic with a scale cube next time.

    I had some computer problems the past few days and that's put me behind. I finished the third section but that's all. Once again the top skin didn't line up properly and I had to rebuild it. Once I get another section or two done I'll get a volunteer or two to have ago and see what they think. So far I'm pleased overall, even though it's not perfect.

    Till next time,

    Steve
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    i just go my self a 4 storage shelf for my models & got my high power amps on the bottom shelf , i only pay under $20 bucks for it from Office Works & i'm very happy with the quality & very strong it can hold up to 50kg per shelf.

    Here's my normandy next to my ford mustang.

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    Nice! Gives a perfect example of the size of the finished ship.
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    Great job!
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    Any new progress on the SJS?
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    Unfortunately no. Real life has been interfering lately and I haven't had the required combination of time and energy for model work the past couple weeks.

    Things seem to be winding down a bit though and I anticipate getting back at it this week. Too bad we have to sleep...

    Steve
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    I feel ya. There are times though that I just wish I could sleep. Can't wait to see your progress though. Hang in there.
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    Thanks MTK :thumb: it does give a perfect example size.

    Thank you F131 :thumb: it looks real good next to my mustang. sign1

    i've been real flat out building Mordin Solus that i download from Xenonray, i just started on the legs ,so far it looks pretty good.:cool:

    here what i done so far. i'm using high glossy photo paper 180gsm.

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