Bandai 1/144th Millennium Falcon from SW, TFA

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You are doing a GREAT JOB on this project!!!
Thanks. I'll try to get some pics of "shrinking" the LED strip to make a better light source for the engine.

The engine exhaust grill unlit...
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Lit by just 3 LEDs from the strip in blue mode.
flash on,
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and flash off.
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The "hot spots" from the 3 LEDs is apparent.
 

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Thanks for all the encouragement guys, it helps more than you can know.

Today 15Sept2022, I must add a Happy Birthday to my wife, and youngest stepson... Happy Birthday to Bobbi, and Ryan!

For the update, I was up at 0430 with stomach problems, so I haven't done much today... New soldering iron made it, a cheap Ryobi 18V soldering station, but man it solders.
These are 12V RGB LEDS from a mood lighting kit, 3 in the cockpit, and these thre will light the gun tubs, and boarding ramp.
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I solder both ends of these three, cause, the other elements will get thier power from this one. I soldered solid copper wire across all three terminals on one end, and only to B on the other.
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Then folded so that an LED points up, one down and one into the ramp.
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Also in the above pic, you can see my main power coming up thru the lower gun shield, immediately aft of the stand mount. I am going to pose it in left banking climb.

Then 12 LEDS get folded up, and taped together to light the engine grill. You can see the process I use to fold them here.
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I'll get pictures of the work on the stand tomorrow.
 

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Now a, hopefully brief, interlude, the stand...
I have added the battery pack, and switch to the 'sand base' Bandai provides, Cut a 7" circular plaque from Wally World to accept the battery pack as well, and mated the two together.
First coat of Vallejo Plastic Putty to blend the seam..
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This is going to take multiple layers of putty to blend it in...
I', also encasing the power wire that runs up the support base in the putty.
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I'm sanding high spots, filling low spots, till it looks okay.
 

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"Wally World" if the fictional theme park in the movie, National Lampoons, Vacation. It is also my colloquial euphemism for Wal-Mart Super Centers...
 

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work on the model is at a stop waiting on a new bottle of AV Vallejo black primer.... So I took the base outside and played with the camera on my new S22 Ultra...
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Amazon should deliver the primer by Tuesday, and I can get back too work on the Falcon.
 

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Great fence skills between those two trees - and it sucks having to wait for bits so you can carry on (I'd start another model) :biggrin:
 

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Yea, those two trees are kinda cool, they've bent the crap outta the fence...But I get to continue tomorrow. My primer arrived today actually...
I use those two trees and one growing out of the neighbors fence, to hang my hammock between...
 
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