Aoshima Super Oversize Thunderbird 2 WIP

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Keeps getting better .
So cool :cool:

Thank you.
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Back into it after a brief distraction of real world studio recording adventures with my fellow band mates.

My original plan was to leave some of the back area of the pod bare to house my battery clip but that all change as I redid my wiring for the pod lighting because the normal gauge wire was just too bulky and was a pain to try and route due to it's springing nature that made it awkward to tuck out of the way.

I rewired a set of fairy lights that come with some 28 AWG magnetic copper wire which is perfect for bending and holding it's shape, I may go back and rewire the main cockpit fuselage with this wire as I think it's way easier to work with and besides, since I'm running my LED's from a DC source there's really no need for thick wire since we're only talking milliamps and not high powered mega watts of current.

Also decided that three LED's were plenty to light the pod interior rather than six (two rows of three), I wired three SMD's for the fiber optic filament as I didn't want all the strands (ten in total) to be dependant on just one source as each bunch which consisted of 4x 4x 2x strands were targeted for a specific area.

Dry fitted the new lighting which is way more tidier than the recent rats nest.



As you can see I made a few adjustments to the pod by adding some structural beams as these would also act as support for my lighting, they presented a bit of a challenge to curve to the shape and correct size of the pod interior, they aren't perfect but they serve their purpose, I also drilled random holes in them just for added detail.

For the battery clip, I used the space under the floor for the compartment but then realising in doing that, the whole rear bulkhead had to be removable if I wanted to access the clip to change batteries or even turn the lights on and off. I applied the neodymium magnets trick for the rear bulkhead and the rear doors outer plate.

I'm at the moment trying to source some thin rubber seal to light block around the edge of the bulkhead, I was thinking of using some of the softer foam kind that conforms easily.



Another light test as I've been doing a bunch of them after every step just to make sure everything still works, all seems well.



Now that the bulk of the work is done on the pod I'm left with adding some greeblie detailing here and there to fill space, one final lighting test and finally paint the interior then seal the top and lower sections together.

Thanks for looking.

Cheers :cool:
 

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This is really fun to watch this project materialize. Realy cool work here!
 

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Looking really good with the mods here
Thank you :)

This is really fun to watch this project materialize. Realy cool work here!
Thanks :cool:

Excuse the lack of updates, been getting back into work mode plus weather sux for painting although I managed to sneak a session in today but it was short lived.

Not much moving forward really, just been trying to tidy up work and add details, laid a vallejo black primer and a base coat of tamiya neutral grey over much of the interior sections, tested for any light leaks through the plastic and pretty much just getting things prepped for when I seal the upper and lower sections together on both the main fuselage and the pod.





Painted the rear boosters three times as I wasn't happy with the red colors I chose and the way they looked over my black primer, boxcar red was too dark, firey red was also too drab so after I stripped down the boosters (messy work) and re-primed I eventually decided on vallejo flat red applying six thin coats which actually turned out pretty good... also painted the four lower spot lights? well I think they are as one of my photo's shows them as lights, I thought they were vertical boosters, oh well... I'll ruin everything when I hand paint the rest of the details as masking would be a huge mission LOL.



I like how the grey makes the raised details pop.

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Painted the cockpit and pod sections, didn't follow the colors of the studio model as I just winged it, my wonky paint skills came out better than I expected LOL, also installed the fiber optics but kind of messed up as I trimmed the ends a little short, oh well, at least I can see the effect in person as the end glow doesn't capture as well on camera, sux how the photo's make the grey color seem blueish.

Painted TB4, I'm not going to detail it as it's only a space filler.





Squeezing this in between rehearsals and family so updates have been a little slow lately but thanks all for popping in and looking.

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Cockpit looks good there
Thank you, I think it makes a pretty good space filler.

Extraordinary interior detail on the Pod - Wow!
Thanks, I went a little further on detailing than I planned but I am pleased at how it's turned out.

Amazing work.
Thank you, having a lot of fun with it.
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Thanks guys I really appreciate all your comments and feedback, you all inspire me to keep on going.

A little progress as I've completed the detailing which I think was the best and fun part of this build but I am happy to finally seal the top and lower halves of the pod together which was something I wasn't looking forward too because I knew that I wasn't able to fix a slight warpage which caused about a millimetre of misalignment on one side which doesn't sound like much to the average mathematician but looks like the grand canyon from a model builders point of view. Lots of grinding and filling involved to eradicate the step but I succeeded in getting reasonably flush results and now it's back to my good old friend's 'putty n sandy' in which throwing on some Netflix seems to make the activity less tedious.

I noticed that my rear boosters still feel a bit tacky four days after my clear coat of Tamiya semi-gloss, damn it! I should've just stuck with using future which I have been doing with my previous builds and have had no problems with, I really don't want to strip the paint off and start again but knowing my paint work on it is unsatisfying is annoying the eff out of me.





I almost forgot, I still need to scribe in some panel lines before it'll be ready for a primer and base coat.

Thanks for looking :cool:
 

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Hey guys, hope you're all well and life is good...

Minuscule update... As I have been working non-stop and my modelling time has been scarce, what I could manage during the daytime I now have to sneak in during the evening.

Modifications on the pod is section is complete, it's more or less ready for paint but I want to paint both the pod and the main fuselage at the same time just to keep my colours consistent.

The toughest part of this model so far? not the lighting, not the sanding, nor the scratch building, wait let me correct that, yes the scratch building the bloody windows.

Tried various methods for the windows, my original plan was I wanted the windows to be flush with the exterior but no matter what I tried they just didn't look right, tried everything from Kristal Klear to cutting each window shape out of clear styrene sheet ended up looking messy and con caved, so to avoid further frustration I had to change my plan and install the windows from the interior.

Using paper thin clear styrene sheet I cut out just enough to overlap the window edges, I glued them in place with some Tamiya extra thin cement which worked out well as the cement didn't cloud the clear styrene.

Hot glued the cockpit and the observation deck lighting in place, the cockpit lights I installed more towards the rear of the ceiling as the light seemed to cover the area pretty good because too far forward would've made the rear space look dark, the observation deck lighting I moved the light slightly forward towards the nose as this allowed for a more dimmer look through the windows. I tried the deck lighting in another position so there would be more light but it just reflected too much and killed the extra greeblie details I had installed.

Routed and hot glued all the fibre through the main control panel and the landing lights and also positioned the rear booster rocket LED's in place, you can actually see the different blue and red colours I painted on the fibre ends in person but not much so in photo's as the photos make them look washy, I'll try some adjustments with my phones camera once she's done and ready for exhibition.

I finally sealed both top and lower sections of the main fuselage together, filling and sanding stages are next.

I'm excited at how this looks and I think the modifications don't look too overkill.





More to come :cool:
 

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Hi fellow modellers, hope you are all safe and well out there.

Excuse the lack of updates, I'm still cleaning up some areas here and there but I'm not too far from hopefully laying her base coat as I am waiting on paints to arrive from the other side of the world, yes this pandemic has surely put an inconvenient extension on international shipping so for the moment it's uncle 'fill' with putty and cousin 'sandy' with sticks n paper.

Used some liquid frisket to mask the windows and 2 part epoxy to fill the holes on the intakes.



Cheers :cool:
 

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