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About monsterpartyhat

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  1. I finished this model ages ago, but it took a long time to get around to taking studio photos of it. The new animated show "Star Wars: Resistance" is a mixed bag, IMO. I love the animation style (I grew up watching Robotech, the US-import version of the Macross Saga, so I love the anime style applied to Star Wars) and some of the ship designs are quite cool, while some of the characters are.....anyway. I fell in love with the main hero ship, the constantly-in-need-of-repair Fireball, which came about from one of Lucasfilm's showrunners wondering what an X-wing designed around the F4U Corsair would look like. While the actual ship doesn't directly share any parts with the T-65 X-wing or the F4U Corsair, you can get pretty close my mashing the two together, which is what I did with a Bandai Vehicle Model T-65 X-Wing, and an AFV Club 1:144 scale F4U. The AFV club model was very nice to work with, with plastic that's compatible with Tamiya extra fine cement. I had to do a lot of chopping, filing, and repositioning of various parts, as well as replacing the X-wing wing cannons with music wire and aluminum tubing, since they predictably broke off in all the handling. The paint job took ages - SO much masking. There are 4 base colors, and quite a few odd panels. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I didn't really keep a build log outside of Instagram, but there are a bunch of WIP and primered photos in a flickr album.
  2. monsterpartyhat

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    Of course
  3. monsterpartyhat

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    I wish I had room to build models at that scale. There's a reason I stick to 1/144
  4. monsterpartyhat

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    That's all there is so far! There's a few more pictures on flickr, but I still need to come up with a pod. That got sidetracked by the arrival of my T-16 parts :).
  5. monsterpartyhat

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    Yup. I'm really enjoying the CAD-to-hand-assembled-styrene approach.
  6. monsterpartyhat

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    Yeah, for scratching with styrene it really is. I could never cut those typical Star Wars-y plating notches cleanly by hand. The Cricut Maker with its knife blade attachment cuts them precisely down to 0.5mm, and the cut out bits can then be added back onto the plating for more precise raised detail. Check out these podracer engines I built entirely with machine-cut styrene (and cast greeblies):
  7. monsterpartyhat

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    Yup, that's the short version The plugin that extracts the designated faces automatically is really what makes it possible.
  8. monsterpartyhat

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    It's a slightly involved process. * It starts with the Milling Tools extension. That lets you set a "ground plane" for each part that you want to export for cutting. * The extension can then generate new two dimensional faces of every 3D part that you've set a ground plane for it on. * Then I arrange those faces in a minimal arrangement to minimize material waste. I do this in SketchUp, with the camera in parallel projection mode in a top-down view. With the ability to snap vertices to each other, this is pretty easy in SketchUp. * Then I group the faces, adding additional lines to fully enclose them in a rectangular face, merge them all down to a single object (i.e. a bunch of co-planar faces) * Then I export that to SVG using sketchup-svg-outline-plugin * Then I open the SVG in a vector editor (I'm currently using TouchDraw, which has its quirks, but it does what I need) and make sure the whole thing is a single compound path, and re-save as SVG * Then it's ready to import into the Cricut software (which imports SVG and DXF) It's not as complicated as it sounds written up like that, but it is a bit involved and took a bit of experimentation. One thing to note -- SketchUp doesn't do curves. Circles and arcs are just a lot of straight segments, which will take a LOOOONG time to cut. So I replace those with bezier curves manually.
  9. monsterpartyhat

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    It's done! Painted, decaled, and detailed. I'm going to make a silicone mold of the second set of 3D printed parts, in case I need to make any additional alterations to accomodate molding before ordering the final masters. I've already modified the parts to have a couple of the mounting holes for the steel wire pre-"drilled". After making the mold, II'll be building up a second T-16 with the Shapeways parts, which will be heavily weathered, instead of the clean studio model type finish. Highlighting the value of a decal stash - the black-bordered-yellow-bar came from the decal sheet for a 1:72 scale Hasegawa F/A 18.
  10. monsterpartyhat

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    Aight, this is turning out better than I imagined - the physical model basically matches what I modeled in SketchUp almost perfectly. I've assemble all the 3D printed pieces onto the styrene frame. I used music wire to connect the gun to the lower chassis, with .047" music wire running through both the gun body and the lower chassis, with a small length of 3/32" styrene slipped over it for the chassis -> gun connector. The single piece of music wire that holds those together also extends through the bottom of the gun to form the model support, just like the original studio scale model. The barrel of the gun is a piece of .032" music wire with aluminum (err, aluminium) tubing slipped over it. Drilling the holes in the various tiny parts with an 0.8mm and 1.2mm drill bit in a pin vise was a bit fraught, since they're so small, but the Shapeways fine detail plastic both sands and drills very nicely. I've updated the 3D models so that a couple of the holes I had to drill will just be part of the 3D printed masters. I put a couple of quick coats of white primer on it, and tomorrow I'll paint the rest. Here's a mix of photos, with the raw parts and primed.
  11. monsterpartyhat

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    Well, look what arrived sooner than expected! I wasn't expecting these until Monday. Two sets of the preliminary greeblie prints from Shapeways. I've already got most of one set mounted to the most recent prototype build - I'll have shots of that up soon. There will be some minor revisions and another round of prints before I cast them (well, I may make a V1 mold of this round anyway, since it's so small).
  12. monsterpartyhat

    1:144 Custom U-Wing (and landing platform too)

    Just realized I never linked to the finished gallery from here -- just in case anyone comes across this thread later and wonders where the glamour shots are --
  13. The be fair -- that's a completely different manufacturer. Bandai doesn't make a Kylo Ren shuttle kit, and Revell has never produced kits in consistent scales.
  14. monsterpartyhat

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    Sketchup Make - Pro is the $$$ version. About the only thing Make is missing is CSG operations. https://www.sketchup.com/download/sketchup-make/mac/thank-you or https://www.sketchup.com/download/sketchup-make/windows/thank-you (bypasses the registration page)
  15. monsterpartyhat

    1:144 T-16 Skyhopper Scratch Build

    You can still download SketchUp 2017 - it's the last desktop version that can be used free for unlimited time. SketchUp 2018 is now limited to 30 days before you have to buy a $500 license (they introduced a free web version - ugh). It takes some work to make things printable, but it's a really intuitive 3D editor. I actually set out to learn Blender over the holidays, and went back to SketchUp after 4 hours :).