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well, her is my build on Jan Rukr's Sulaco. i wasn't sure on how BIG this was going to be till i built
the first section of the ship.. now it's like " ohhhh geeessss" .. can't stop now. i will be doing one section at a time and hopefully the Bosslady "wife" will not ask too many questions till its done..hehehe
ok here's what i've got done so far
 

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So you will be joining the worldwide fleet soon, GREAT!! :)
 
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Cutting is the hardest part I think, for me anyways. My hands get so soare, then I make mistakes, and it's back to the printer to pop out another p[age of uncut parts. I have a Silohouette Cameo paper cutting machine, but you have to do each model page by hand, sometimes they don't fit so you have to Photoshop the pages onto a page that will, but if the .pdf is locked, you can't do that, and even if you can, it takes hours, many hours, to outline all the models. Once don, it does work, and very precisely. The first machine I got was flawed and after two weeks of trying and spending an hour with the technician there, they decided it was flaw3ed and sent me another machine. I was so aggravated, I have this new machine, and I haven't used it since I got it. I don't even know if it works, that how disgusted I got with it. The way you outline parts, is with "control points", dragging a line around the part. This is similar to making the part. It's almost like copying the parts, but just the outline. With all the formats available, thy should have made the thing compatible with .dxf, or any of the other 60 or so formats, so you could just transfer the data. In Rhino, for instance, I can just click on a button, and it will give me the outline of the part, but there is no way to import that in to the Cameo cutter. It was kind of a $300+ waste of money.

It loos like you did a great job cutting. I get tired just looking at it! :)
 
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using 2 different pairs of sissors-( the ones i got from a trip to the E.R.) and a egxaco (cant spell) knife. a LOT of cutting, cutting, scoring, cutting, ect..ect.. yes my hands are getting tired
but hey, at my age, i gotta keep the fingers nimble or they're gona stiffen up...hahaha
gilgamesch..boy are you right about antennas. but i got that section done and here are the pic's
not perfict but i'm happy with what i got done and how it turned out...wife still doesnt know on the size of it yet...
 

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Whoa! I can't believe how fast yo have knocked this together, and still have it right. Fantastic! :)
 
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well, there are some pieces that are out of line somewhat, but for the most part its good ( for me that is) . i get to work on it for a couple of hours every other day or so. the worst part is cutting everything out. section 4 is now done and pic's to follow, quick and easy build.. oh and thanks zathros for the tip of adding supports, this section needed it and by the looks the rest will need so also...
on to section 5
 

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The model will sag without them. I think I would use wood on the inside edges. This is a huge model. The cutting is brutal, it really kills my hands. Glad your past that. :)
 
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that is the most time consuming of all... i'm gonna try and make this a 3 piece ship and use magnets to hold the sections togther (i hope). i gotta go back to the last group and cut open 1 box to add the magnets. this section i added them in.. and yes that is a sweet tater being used as a weight...hahahaha
 

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lots of more work done.. magnets in the wrong place so i removed them. more cutting-glueing- cutting... you get the drift. hands are getting tired ( and i woun't talk about the eyesight).
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Great job Lyter, your fingers and hands must be sore!! :)
 
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not too sore but tired... ok last section done and all put togther.. wife saw it and asked " and where is it gonna go ???"...umm in the bedroom i replied.....wrong answer..
 

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