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Posted 19/11/2005 22:43


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Well, the days are now short and it's too cold to fix the car so it must be model building season!!

As one so obsessed with TWOTW, I suddenly have the urge to build a three foot tall fighting machine! (As you do!). With the brain safely engaged I thought "how about actually photographing the process?". I don't have plans as such, just the drawings and paintings from the album. Basically I'm winging it so if anyone has suggestions I'll be grateful.

.....And before anyone asks, no it won't be for sale.

This is the progress so far......

The "toilet seat"

That's what it looks like! I'm using balsa wood for the body because it's light and I love working with the stuff!! This is half inch balsa making the horizontal central piece defining the circumference shape. Note the little sticky outy bit which will be part of the bottom "fin".

 

Vertical centre struts

Looking like a bubble car shape are the vertical forming struts to define the centre shape. I also glued into place the outer vertical walls of the bottom fin.

 

Lower body forming struts

These will define the shape of the lower half of the body.

 

Upper body forming struts

These define the upper body shape.

 

It needs some sanding when the glue is dry, then I'm going to start cladding. I'm looking forward to starting the hood, it may take a few attempts but it'll be vital to the finished look. The rear horizontal fin will be a challenge too.

As soon as I have some more pics, I'll post them here so watch this space!!

PS I'll be using technical phrases like "sticky outy bit" again as well!




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Posted 20/11/2005 22:43


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good luck poyks!!
"look! there they are! what did i tell you!"
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Posted 21/11/2005 00:17


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Balsa cladding

This bit was nice and fiddly, cutting the strips against the grain so the wood would flex.

 

 

Filling and sanding

There's nothing more relaxing on a Sunday afternoon than sanding your fighting machine at the dinner table! Here the top is sanded filled and primed.

 

 




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Posted 21/11/2005 09:56




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Looking good dude
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Posted 21/11/2005 23:20


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Bottom half cladding

I've used balsa and plasticard for the bottom half.

 

Shaping and sanding

This bit requires time and patience. It was a good time to put the album on to get into the spirit of things.

 

Filling, sanding and priming

Starting to look the part now.

 

I'm looking forward to doing the hood next, then it'll be time for some body details. Ooo matron!




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Posted 24/11/2005 22:01


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Hood surround

Very careful cutting of hood frame and surrounding bodywork built up with balsa and filler. The "eyes" will slide in later after the main body is completely painted.

 

Filling, sanding and priming

.....and lashings of enamel to smooth out the surface. (Looks like a big grey toffee apple now.)




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Posted 24/11/2005 23:40


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Woah i have just seen this good job!

 

Ogivily called me on my mobile and said had to see what landed at Horsell Common

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Posted 25/11/2005 08:39


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Thats gonna look awesome when its done!! (Perhaps it could shoot silly string instead of a heat ray? lol)www.trig.com/sarah_b
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Posted 25/11/2005 13:19


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"It's bows and arrows against the lightning, they haven't seen that silly string thing yet". Yep, that works for me!


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Posted 28/11/2005 17:39


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Dorsal detail and side pods

Both formed from balsa, and finished with filler. At this stage I've also nearly finished the bottom "fin".

 

Sanding and priming

....with progressively finer grades of sandpaper, then another layer of filler primer paint.




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