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About RichO

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  • Birthday 07/03/1956

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    Olympia, washington, USA
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    Retired art director, art, model building, video games,gardening

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  1. Big As MAZ

    That's a great question Timmas. I have used real rubber from inside a bungee cord before. But also thin tin wire makes a good looking seal. I'll find something that looks good to scale tho.
  2. Big As MAZ

    Hey All, A couple of hours work, and the roof is on. The first sanding finished... Alright Boys, I have reached the biggest milestone to date. The MAZ truck is now finished! I have finely completed all of the major builds to complete this project. Of course I still have to finish all the little details and paint various items, but all are not the vehicle itself. just all the extraneous items to clean this up, and all is done. About another month of work left to do. I have a ton of clean up on the cab before I send it to the paint shop. I'll be back after the paint job. Thanks for watching All........
  3. Big As MAZ

    Hey Guys, The last photos of the interior. I'll be closing the roof in the morning. I'll put the roof on tomorrow, and then start the surface details. Thanks, Rich
  4. Big As MAZ

    You are correct Pete,...not the prettiest girl at the dance by a long way, but the homely ones give the best rides.
  5. Big As MAZ

    I have a couple of projects to build on right after this project is finished. 1) I have to go back and finish my build in the Dio section. 2) The next scratch project for this armor section will be a, 9p113 Luna-M. I can't wait to get started. I'm hooked.
  6. Big As MAZ

    Thanks you silly guys! I have finished with building the interior roof. I had a couple of fun items to build, and then close up the cab. The first thing was to putty up the cab gaps and get it all ready for sanding. Once the putty has dried, the sanding starts... I'm not going to finish this so clean. The nature of the wrinkles and scabs will add to Betty's used look under the paint. Looks like the cab is going to fit nicely. The building of the interior roof was simple enough. I had some details to add here. It all starts with a flat sheet... The making of the sun screens... The roof is not secured in this photo, but you can see how the sun screen looks. I'm starting to consider the exterior paint job. A few more exterior details, and it's off to the paint shop. It seems I see a light ahead and I'm now starting with the finishing faze of this build. Once I get the roof installed and closed up, it will be a race to the finish line. Until then I still have a bunch of small details to add. Be back later All...........
  7. Big As MAZ

    Hey Pete, I already live in Washington. Just not the one that causes all the problems.
  8. Big As MAZ

    Thanks All, You guys are great! Welcome back Timmas. Hey Everyone, The construction of the cab interior progresses. I have built the interior door panels and installed the windscreen frame, along with some small items that needed tidying up. Once I got the windscreen installed and the gaps closed up, things were, not as stressful. The bent and crooked cab walls are straightening up a bit and all looks to be a bit more encouraging. Looks to be a good time to putty the seams and corners. Time to build some doors. You can see, this is just sheet styrene. The handles are rod, and the, O.S.! handle, is bent tin solder. Fresh back from the paint shop... The photo seams to show much more red that green here. Then the install of the Windscreen... I also had to install the interior corner posts...always test fitting... Fresh painted interior corner posts...installed. The cab to date... More situations to arise, ensue, and overcome, I'm sure. I'll be back later...Thanks All!
  9. Big As MAZ

    Hey All, Today's report is small, but important in that I have started with the final outside skin of the cab. This part of the build is a matter of cutting a pattern then test fitting this several times until I get just the correct angles. Slow work but I think it will look reasonable in the end. Once I got the nose skin into place, which was really easy, the rest of the panels have been a pain. I have several pieces that have compound curves that are quite nasty. I started with the nose skin, and side panels... Once I got the skin attached for these three pieces I peeled off the paper patterns and got the seams ready for putty. The curved nose piece is going to be a huge pain with several curves. I have cut the piece into to parts to make the install somewhat easier. Once I got the bends just right...I hope. You can see here that the dash slope to the window is a nice compound curve, front to back, side to side, and top to bottom. In this next photo I am fitting the Windshield Frame. The same as everything else. Cut, test fit, recut... I just thought I would show that not everything goes well all the time. I have some major seam gaps and general fit issues to deal with here. I also have a real nasty compound curve to fill in this corner at the bottom of the window.. Somehow I have to fill this space, with a curve that matches the nose skin and the window slant and the corner brace post...It'll get sorted tho. Hope you enjoy the report, be back later all.
  10. Holy crap Steve! I didn't know you had to be an Electrical Engineer to build that thing! The lighting looks fantastic. If you are building all the interior lighting, I bet the exterior lighting is going to look amazing. Great job.
  11. Big As MAZ

    Hey All, It's been a bit since I've posted so I'll get to it. I had a slight stall waiting for material and tools, so I started with trying to get the geometry for the roof and nose. I started a little work all over for a bit. I'm still working a bit on the card mock-up of the roof, trying to get the bends correct. More to go here. The Headlamp Buckets are also under construction... I found a hundred photos of a Maz dashboard, and it seems, a hundred dashboard layouts. The three kits I'm using for references all have very similar layouts. So, flip a coin and go with it. Drill out the corners, and cut... Always test fitting... Once I got the floating elements worked out, then it was adding the details. Fresh glazed Gauge Glass. Say that three times fast... At this point, I'm sorta building a little bit, all over the cab at once. I'm starting to consider the doors, and finalizing the Interior Roof plan. Be Back Later All.....Thanks for Watching
  12. Hi Manfred, "Cruel Shoes" a local term meaning - to build up anticipation for something, and then not satisfy. The FUD ring looks to be somewhat transparent in nature next to the FXD ring. However no worries when it all comes back from the Pain Dept. The step texture used to much more prominent with earlier printing machines, but of course, things improve. The first items I received from Shapeways a few years ago had a visible/sensible surface. Not so much these days. I hope your foil works out ok.
  13. We haven't heard from you in a while, Badder. ' hope you're feel well. Let us know "wazup".