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#1 Posted : 07 May 2015 17:39:57

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I've decided to post updates of my Falcon build as well.

For starters I did up a little mockup photo of my ultimate intentions with this model. I plan on building a table with a glass case to house the Falcon and protect it. Beneath the Falcon will be a layer of glowing LED around the table top. I'm also planning on doing an Arduino board to run lights and sounds for the model from buttons on the edge of the table.

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#2 Posted : 07 May 2015 17:48:58

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I'll be adding fiber optic lighting throughout my build.




I'm using .25mm colored fibers. This makes it a lot easier, so I don't need multiple colored LED's. I can just run all the different colored fibers to 1 single LED bulb.



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#3 Posted : 07 May 2015 18:07:44

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Here is the paint job I've done on my cockpit and nav seats.











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#4 Posted : 07 May 2015 18:09:29

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And my doorway. I started by painting it tan, then did a brown wash.



Then painted black over the top and rubbed away exposing the brown washed tan beneath. I think it gave it a pretty nice look.



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#5 Posted : 07 May 2015 18:12:45

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Fantastic work and congrat's on your first medal Cool
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#6 Posted : 07 May 2015 18:15:55

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Lovely start Colson, look forward to more
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#7 Posted : 07 May 2015 18:33:53

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Really nice work there Colson. I love the glowing LEds for the base idea.I think it will look great.

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I airbrushed the cockpit base with a dark gray. I then did some black wash and weathered with pastels. Colors used such as rust, mud and oil. Did some silver along the edges for a worn look.





Again, with the bulkhead weathered with rust and silver pastels.









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#9 Posted : 07 May 2015 18:39:50

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In addition to fiber optics, I also wanted to illuminate the monitor on the front console. So I drilled a hole though the plastic in the position of the monitor, then squared the hole with a blade.












The monitor looked a little washed out with an LED placed behind it, so I painted the backside of the sticker with some clear blue to color it a bit.



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#10 Posted : 07 May 2015 18:42:21

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Now it's time to run some fiber optics. I used a .25mm drill bit with my Dremel for the holes.









The LED being placed behind the monitor is a little big to fit in the tight space. So I'm having to grind away some of the plastic to make room for it to fit.







Some of these lights will be blinking as well. Ultimately I'll have several blinking LEDs so that the fibers will blink at different intervals. The rest will be attached to a constant LED.

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#11 Posted : 07 May 2015 22:22:10

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Well, next up is working on the quad laser cannon and turret. Even though cast in metal, the laser cannon has some seams that need to be gotten rid of.










Time to prime.



But there is the issue of no holes in the cannon barrels.






So using another small drill bit with my Dremel, I've decided to drill out a little to be filled with black to look like real gun barrels.









Then time to paint and black wash.

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#12 Posted : 07 May 2015 22:31:20

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And last up for pack 1, the turret. Unlike many others, since the model is cast in the actual color by Panetone (according to the video on Model Space) I've decided to just add my own weathering to the existing paint job and adjust where needed. Unless I come across something that just won't work that way, that's my plan for now. So for the turret, I mixed some paint to match and did a light dusting over the red, yellow and grey areas to tone them down a bit. Then with and blade, did some scraping away of the paint for the large chipping.





After the chipping, I then went over the turret with a black wash and did a little airbrushing around the laser blast scorch hits.




While I'm pretty pleased with how this has turned out, until I get more hull parts, this is where it's gonna stand for now. I know I'll add more weathering later. This was only a black wash. No rust or anything at this point.



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So this now brings me up to the current point where I just received my pack 2 yesterday. So once I've begun work on that, I'll have some more updates.
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#14 Posted : 07 May 2015 23:22:31

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Let me just say WOW! The fiber optic lighting of the panel is truly amazing!! I'm really looking forward to seeing the rest of your build. So I'm assuming you are just using white LED's but different colored strands of fiber optics to produce the colors?
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Excellant work Colson, love what you did with the console, might have to steal that illuminated console myself Cool
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#16 Posted : 08 May 2015 00:23:15

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Impatience wrote:
Let me just say WOW! The fiber optic lighting of the panel is truly amazing!! I'm really looking forward to seeing the rest of your build. So I'm assuming you are just using white LED's but different colored strands of fiber optics to produce the colors?



Yes, Impatience, a single white LED with colored fibers for the constantly lit lights. I'm also going to have 2 or 3 blinking white LED's, which various colored fibers will run to so I have alternately blinking lights as well.
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#17 Posted : 09 May 2015 03:40:56

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Amazing work Colson. I'd love to know where you get your fiber optics from. I don't if it's something I'd consider but I'd love to at least price it out.

Nice work on the guns. I really like how you cleaned up the lines from the mold and the holes you drilled on the canons. First rate work all around.ThumpUp
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#18 Posted : 09 May 2015 03:43:33

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Really like the cockpit console. Using the colored fibers and cutting out the scanner looks fantastic. Looking forward to seeing more.
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#19 Posted : 09 May 2015 07:25:33

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Thanks guys. The fiber optics are actually very cheap. I got them on Ebay. 175 ft of various colored .25mm fiber optics WITH and LED illuminator for $10.99. Here's a link. If this auction is done, just look at the seller. He's got tons of fiber optics. For me I got them in 2 days since I'm local. But anywhere in the states should be really quick.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/...%3D2%26sd%3D371303479438
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#20 Posted : 09 May 2015 19:35:27

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Colson

Bloomim fantastic start, great job with the Fibre optics.
will be watching with great interest Drool

regards
Dan
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