1/4222 Errant Venture

nicholassagan

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Thanks for the support guys!! I promised myself I wouldn't submit another entry UNLESS it would be a contender. :D

Anyway I got a LOT done in the past few days. But in that time I’ve also learned I have a LOOOOOOOONG way to go…

1) I finished applying all the scribe guide decals to all parts

2) Scribed the frig out of the lower hull. Found a good method to use on the rest of the pieces.



3) Started to add detailing with styrene and vinyl to lower hull based in hybrid fashion drawing from Devastator and Avenger studio models. It may just be me...but even the .005" thick vinyl still looks too thick...impressions?









4) Shaved lower hull trench lips just a little thinner in preparation for trench work and trimmed some pieces to make room for larger trench hangar bays


5) Cut out auxiliary cargo loading dock opening in lower hull and sketched out Gravity Well Projector location

6) Light-sealed the inside of the bottom hull

7) Also got some more Deflector Domes. Now I have an extra to send out to get cast so I can piece together that darn PE+ upgrade kit set I keep thinking about...


And some good old direct sunlight shots...





 

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This is incredible on so many levels....
Yet you haven't really even gotten started
 

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Thanks man. And no kidding! I'm already feeling a little cross-eyed. :-\

Anyway, got some more done over the past few days. Today especially I was able to sit outside on the patio and work without distraction/interruption.

1. Finished scribing the main upper hull and all the super structure layer “lids”.



2. Added side lip strips on the top.

3. Cleaned up ALL the edges on the super structure pieces. Also shortened them a few mm. Something about a shorter “height” on the kit makes it a little more sleek and bad-ass. This took the longest time out of anything because this kit was already built by someone who used some disgusting glue (see all those discolored yellow lines?). I also cut off ALL the details on each piece for rebuilding...


4. Cut out super structure areas to fit Arvey spine into place. Rather than shave parts of the resin piece down I carved out a gap wide enough for the neck/spine to slip through and put a couple ‘stops’ to hold it in place. There is still enough room inside to finish out the trash chute.



5. Mapped out a space for the installation of the Dark Saber-type super weapon.

6. Started to add some of the dorsal nose details and carved out the tip to make room for the detailing.


7. Lastly I used the kit trenches to make some ‘height gauges’ to see how tall the trenches are. Glad I did because if the kit parts are used the trenches would be waaaaay too tall. I’ll have to make them up from scratched styrene strips. The forward trench hangar bays will be nice and big, too.




In the down times I’m starting to get a good lighting scheme in mind so I can order the LEDs. I’ll be using a mix of warm and cool white LEDs in a few sizes as well as a flashing red or two…those will be for antenna tips and docking port beacons. I'm also thinking of trying the side-illuminated clear pieces for the magnetic shield effect on some of the hangar bays. Oh, just wait until you see what I have in store for those...
 

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Another great update there mate, keep slogging away.
 

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Thanks guys! Your support fuels me!! Got about 5 hours in over the past few days. I keep going through these steps reminding myself each step of the way that building for a one-off is very different than building for reproduction. Its not necessarily that it's cutting corners, but that once you don't have to worry about undercuts, parts placement and order of assembly is waaaay easier. And I can always go back in with greeblies to fix up spots. 8)

1. Proper height side trench pieces in place.



2. Additional flap detailing along engine block lips.



3. Cleaned out and mounted bridge to spine.


4. Cut a hole for the Darksaber-style weapon.


5. Modified engine plate and attached custom nozzles. Lotta gaps to fill.





6. Attached Gravitic Amplitude Modulator.


7. Started gathering electronics and such.


My 1/4222 fleet is starting to shape up, too!!
 

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Side trenches look great, really looking forward to see how this turns out mate.
 

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Coming along very nicely indeed Nick. And that fleet looks awesome assembled like that.
 

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Once finished, this is going to be an awesome addition to your great 1/4222 fleet.
And superb idea with the engines btw - they've received a very cool, fresh look.
 

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Still going on my EV!

1. Built out smuggler/trade modules. The frame was first put into place and then all the random parts were assembled in a more or less ad hoc fashion…while still trying to maintain the look of the comic image (see later pic). These shots aren’t final because I still need to run some FO and LEDs into the arrays…and there is now a fair bit of PE attached in key places.






2. Added aux cargo bay roof. It’s just a 1-piece with some openings on the sides so I should be able to pump an LED into it for light.

3. Started engine lighting pattern and extra details. I used the old kit engine nozzles, silvered them up and popped the LEDs into place. They give a nice pattern behind the inside nozzles…but I might still diffuse the light just a little bit and some more detail to the nozzles to clean them up.




4. Added extra turret bays above main turret placements with some PE parts. There will be little barrels sticking out of there eventually.

5. Got my stand for it, too! This is a really nice and professional mount from Panavise. It also came with hex bolts so those big hand-turning keys won’t get in the way. I think I’ve come across a new standard for larger-scale builds….definitely….

6. Starting to look like the picture!

7. And a small example of the laser etching for other Star Destroyer-type kit patterns…
 

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Wow! That is really coming together.
I am unfamiliar with the comic, but it all looks good to me. ;D
 

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Wow....
A lot of work in there. Looking very sharp
 

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Yup. Lotta work going into this. If I do at minimum an hour a day it will get done. :D Here are a few more updates before the big Friday push. That will be the day where a LOT will hopefully get done. All the LEDs, etc have arrived so I can start to place them this weekend, too. Yay!!

1. Finished greeblie-izing the trenches, including the back little lips to the sides of the engine plate. Then primed.




2. Mounted the battery plug. I’ll do external battery in this one just for easy replacement. The mount and plug will sit nicely next to one another.

3. Primed the pods. Notice anything familiar??



4. Ran fiber amongst the pods. There has to be something going on in there, right?

5. Started running the trench fibers…ugh. This is going to take a while. I’m using .25mm fiber and it looks to be perfect for the scale. This also means that there can be more fibers for a better effect.



6. Put auxiliary turrets in place. They still need some detail around them.


7. Started building the Darksaber weapon.


8. Started adding detail to the bridge: vinyl on the antenna, the new domes, the start of an extra array and an extra deflector dome.


 

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All though I class myself as a star wars nut, I'm not familiar with this design (only got into the expanded universe a few years ago). But I really like where this is going keep up the good work mate!
 

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