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Vector_Scamp
#1 Posted : 31 January 2020 16:57:39

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I've seen a lot of builds with decked out interiors, usually limited to the main hold and cockpit. However, I've been obsessed with the interior of the Millennium Falcon since I was a kid and got the Incredible Cross-Sections book, and then ran across Robert Brown's page. I wanted to make a fully cut-away model of it, but it was too difficult with my limited knowledge of modeling at the time. Fast-forward to now and DeAgostini has put out a beautiful, humongous kit of the Falcon with cutaway parts in the correct scale! Of course, the interior parts lack considerable levels of detail, but it's a nice start!

I already began replacing all the interior stuff with 3D printed parts from Shapeways, and now I'm playing the waiting game for the sidewall parts to get here. I'm up to issue 80, but I need those parts and the interior supports in order to mock up the interior and see which panels I should modify to best see the interior rooms. I'm planning on making several areas cutaway so that all the major interior areas can be seen. I'm also going to ignore certain parts of the interior floorplan seen in the Haynes "Solo" YT-1300 manual that don't exactly fit how I envision the interior to look.

I'm also going to be thinking in terms of how a real aircraft is put together. I've worked at Spirit assembling 787-E wiring harnesses and I'm going to try and use what I've learned there to come up with believable interior mechanical bits and frames, particularly structural parts that would suggest a modular interior. Also want to do other things to suggest a history, like having some scorch marks on the frames to suggest hasty welded repairs, different levels of grime to suggest replaced components, differences in colors to suggest different makes of the same module, etc. It'll be a LONG process, for sure, but I'm used to long, drawn-out projects like that.

I'm also going to be redoing a lot of the battle damage with heavy duty aluminum foil from baking pans to make it look like real metal. I tested it out on a spare cockpit tunnel lower half and while it took a long time to blend it in effectively, the result looks like a real dent in the material.

I look forward to posting more on my build here and on Facebook. Cheers!

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Vector_Scamp
#2 Posted : 02 February 2020 07:11:33

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Decided to sketch out an idea I had for the internal framing and general layout of each segment.

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#3 Posted : 02 February 2020 10:20:39

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Looking excellent, a lot of thought has gone into this.

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#4 Posted : 24 February 2020 11:00:29

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I decided to go ahead and order the remaining parts for my Millennium Falcon, and in preparation for when they arrive I went ahead and modified some of the hull plating to make the cutaway areas. I wanted to show the crew quarters, number three hold, engines, escape pod access, and engine room, so I used the full scale floorplan I printed up to plot where to cut everything and then carefully scored along the panel lines, then I gently popped them apart. The engine deck cutaway areas were a bit trickier because of all the detail. I didn't want any of it to have cut lines through it, plus having overhanging bits and bobs adds visual interest. So I cut the overlapping bits free and glued them where appropriate, and then made one of the armor panels overlap with the hull instead of splitting off. I figure this will be weathered in such a way as to suggest dirt and grime has been gathering under it, plus I'm going to detail the underside with pop-open latches for quick replacement, since the notches suggest to me that they're there to wedge a tool into for removal when they're damaged. I'm really proud of how seamless it turned out, and it'll be even better once the rest of the parts come in the mail and I can do final shaping of the cover panels to make them fit even better!

Also, I learned to use Imgur's image editing function to trim down the size of my photos for proper posting size, so I can post inline photos!







Vector_Scamp
#5 Posted : 14 March 2020 14:17:45

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Got some updates for you guys! The first thing I wanted to show was the cockpit all illuminated, including the red exterior lights on the ribbed band.



Also made a new drawing for the interior floorplan, in order to plan out where each rib frame would reside and how the interior connects to it. The blue lines are the floorplan, the green lines are the ribs, and the red parts are the latches that hold each section in place for easy removal for customization.



I also received the Paragraphix gunpit kit and assembled and painted them. I'm pretty sure the colors of the lights are accurate. I kind of wish Paul had put in decals for the silver areas, and added some details of some kind to the outer panels... I might strip the petals and add some panels or something later. Also probably will scrap the kit chairs and get some from 801Bits on Shapeways. His stuff is top shelf in terms of accuracy.





The biggest update though is that I casted up some copies of the short corridor segment in order to make the extended corridor sections. Getting them aligned was a bit of a task! When I glued them together, at first they didn't fit the floor part I'd made, which was created using the bog standard floor in the kit, so that wasn't the issue. Then I taped them to the starboard kit tube parts and I'd been too inaccurate when trimming them. A few passes per segment with a sanding stick, and they fit perfectly. And after supergluing them together, it was quick to sand them smooth in preparation for painting.

I learned a couple of things when making these. First, baby powder is a WONDERFULLY effective mold release. Second, when using superglue to fill pin holes and thin seamlines, you can set it instantly by whipping a Kleenex over it.













That's it for now!
gedmac66
#6 Posted : 27 March 2020 18:46:50

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That’s looking sweet !

Your modifications are going to be interesting to follow, and I’m wishing you the best with them.
Not sure if you’ve seen another build on this site by a patron name of ‘Warthog’ , but he’s been working on something similar and it’s absolutely amazing !

Anyhoo, good luck with your build and looking forward to seeing more updates.BigGrin

Cheers Ged
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