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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This past weekend I raised the floorpan so I would have more ground clearance.

Start by grinding down all the welds so they are easier to break / cut:




Breaking all the welds and prying the sheet metal loose:




Here I have jacked the floor pan up to level, after cutting everything free:




Magically jump forward to when the floor pan is re-welded in place and the pedals are hooked back up. The hand brake is still temporary until I build the console and incorporate the "shifter" to be the brake.




I needed to drill the body mounts and insert these pins and now was as good a time as any, since I had the body off:




I'm very happy with the profile look now that the pan is raised up. Now, to test drive it into the trailer and see if it will clear without the extended ATV ramp setup:




And a couple fun shots:






I still have a lot to do but it's getting there!

... until next time ...

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am in awe of the work that you have put in so far. Smile

So what is there left to do?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Tim!!
I appreciate it very much.

This is my wish list, if I can keep it going:

* Weather the head rest
* Open up the passenger engine pod and build the exposed engine
* Make the greeblies for the hood
* Make the greeblies for the rear deck
* Make the console
* Make the dash panel
* Make the greeblies (hopefully have discovered and received) for the back of the speeder
* A little more weathering touch ups
* Make some more alterations to the brake mechanism, utilizing the aesthetical "shifter".
*Locate the original or replicate the steering yoke for display
* Work with my electronics engineer friend in designing a sound system

And then, if that wasn't enough I want to do the following (although this might be a pipe dream Wink ):

* Purchase a printed backdrop for it, for photo ops.
* Build 5 sandtroopers (or at least 3). I already make the armor and we made the 5 backpack variations, in designing our backpack kits (not available for sale yet)
* Get back to my C-3po project (using a suit cast directly off a screen used one ~ most parts not available yet)
* Make a static, 2 legged R2 to put on the back. I'm not sure if I want to make a mold of my R2 or how I want to go about it yet. I bought a irrigation tube I was thinking of putting decals on and bolting my legs and dome to, for parades.


Whad'ya think? Too lofty of a goal? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This past weekend Kathy added some weathering to the headrest while I chose to begin work on the open engine Smile


Here Kathy is putting on the base layer:



Applying the next layers:






I know...this next one is a shocker but that's what it's gonna take Wink






Like many details on the speeder, especially regarding painting and weathering, this one doesn't make much sense either but we're trying to replicate the original so here we go.





We are going to let our eyes and our minds adjust to this before we move forward. Once we are satisfied with the intense color on the headrest we will try to tone it down by spraying it with a clear coat and applying dust at the same time to give it a permanent dusting.

While she did that I started working on the open engine parts.

The Derwent part needed some cleanup. The registration line happened to be directly on what is the "top" side of the engine so I had to do a little bondo and blending work and of course sanding Wink




It turned out fine. The tubing, wires, and weathering will hide anything that is left.




I fabricated some more jackets:






I had to do a test fit and find the locations of the rings in the engine housing:




I have begun making the rings, I just haven't made enough progress to warrant more photos. I am trying to build as much of the open engine as I can before cutting open the pod, just in case I get stalled on the project and need to take the speeder out for an event.

Until next time...

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, seeing that come together really makes me want to push my TK into TD dirtiness.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It does kinda do that huh? Wink You just can't beat the Original Star Wars. Sandtroopers, Jawas, banged up 3po and R2, the landspeeder, cantina aliens... it's the best.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Progress report from this past weekend Very Happy

I'm currently working on the open engine pod.

When working on the rings I used 1/4" thick styrene. I don't recommend styrene for many projects but this one is o.k.

Drill a 1/8" pilot hole first:




Cut half way through from one side with the hole saw. Go slowly and back the saw out every couple seconds to let things cool or it just melts the plastic:




Flip over the plastic and cut from the other side, using the same method:






And magically they're done (after a bunch of sanding and cleanup anyway):




Here I am shaping the front part of the engine to match the shape of the front cowling:




And glued in place:






Testing it out, with the front cowling:




Time to paint. Primer:






Base color for the body. (coincidentally the same as I use for the HIC):






Color for the rings:




Unmasked:




Now, to make the tubing. I bought some old ski poles at Habitat for the 3/4" tubing:




I had to glue a couple of them in place from the underneath side (after removing the paint and cleaning):




All the tubing in place:



Now I'll have to take most of those back off so Kathy can apply the magic (weathering). Next I will build the little circuit boards and once the wire gets in I'll start making the wire strands.

Until next time ....

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I speak for everyone here when I say...


WOW!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Jason! Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A little more progress Smile

The wire bundles are configured (I am holding photos of the original engine):






Next I started working on the electrical panels on the engine. I had to scratch build some of it.




The best thing I could come up with for the little metal prongs was to remove some from IC sockets and cut them to size.



I think it is supposed to have diodes instead of resistors but for these panels I decided it shouldn't matter that much. I do plan to locate some diodes for the other panel on the back of the speeder though.




I was able to locate some vintage (NOS) transistors, straight from the 70's Wink



It turns out the vintage ones are slightly larger than modern ones.

Vintage one on the left:






Panel assembled:




Next I scratch built this weird little part:




Parts are ready to be attached to the engine pod:




In the meantime I received another actual part in the mail for the console panel. (Thanks Carson).




Next...cutting open the engine housing and weathering.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cal, your build is just AWESOME!!

Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Sigge,
Smile

Thanks!!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay... the engine is almost done Smile

Cutting the top off of the engine pod:




I had to test the fit. I actually can't believe how well it fits. It literally snaps into place:






Next, I needed to reinforce the shell to take the extra 6 lbs of weight:




I added 6 layers of fiberglass along the mounting edge and I put two ribs going around the circumference of the shell. This added about 3/16" of thickness:




After the glass cleanup I put some dark gray primer on the inside:






I really wanted to try and mount this without having the bolts / nuts show but to be realistic and practical, since this will be the better pod to remove during transport I opted to live with the bolts showing and weathered them with some gun blue:




Next, it was time to mount and fill in around the electrical panels. After gluing the panels on to the engine with goop glue, I decided to go with lightweight spackling to fill in underneath them, since it is easy to use and should hold up alright for this application. Of course I sanded the paint off and cleaned, where the panel was glued to the core of the engine.




After the spackling dried I cleaned it up and brushed on some primer:






Next I brushed on the core engine color:






Next I soldered all the wires to their "proper" locations:




I had to do a comparison photo against the original:




Some of the R2 builders will recognize this part that I am riveting on to the front of the engine. (it's a belt for a scooter motor)






Now it was time to put on the weathering.

I hit the aluminum tubing with a sanding sponge:




Next, soak a paper towel with some aluminum black:




Then slowly work the saturated paper towel along the tubing to give it a tarnished look:






Kathy started putting the magic (weathering) on the engine by mixing up some browns and black acrylic paints:






Next she hit it with an airbrush:




She wanted my help with the wiring so she made up one rag with a brown acrylic paint mixture and also one with black acrylic:




In it's final home, attached to the speeder. She just needs to paint on some real dirt and seal it with a clear coat and it will be finished:








Hmm... what to work on next Wink

While Kathy applies the dirt to the engine, maybe I will start working on the console since I am waiting on parts for all the greeblie areas that aren't finished.

.... after these messages... we'll be riiight back
Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On another, researching side note:

I think I know what one of the parts is, thanks to my friend Devin.

Part #1 in this photo:







I think it is a IDC ribbon cable connector:





Of course, after hours of searching I can't find one that looks right.

Any ideas?



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MonCal wrote:

Part #1 in this photo:




Not sure whether you've ID'd them yet, but the row of four parts to the left of part 1 appear to be DIP14 sockets, three of which have a circuit chip and one without.



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