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Old 09-28-2011, 12:56 PM
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That's what we're here for Dave. I heard sctach building described this way once.

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The superglue is what gives the scratch builder his power.....

It's an 'energy fluid' created by producers of several different brand names.....

It's surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds styrene and kit parts together.

You must come with us if you are to learn the ways of the scratch and follow us on some damned fool idealistic crusade.

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That's a quote almost word for word.

I'm fairly certain Sean C will also be joining in with us on this too! I believe he's elbow deep in Chieftain money as we speak!

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Old 09-29-2011, 05:28 AM
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This will be my very first ever Studio Scale build. There's a bit of significance in that.
Right on, Dave! Gotta be careful - SS builds can suck you in and never let you out. It's worse than the mafia. You'll look something like a battleship kit and where you once saw "AA guns" will now see "greeblies."

I pick up the Chieftains this weekend! Budget schmudget.
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:10 PM
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He's hooked Sean. He's ALREADY started converting over to Space:1999 and scratch building is a logical step. When your a fan of Space:1999, you HAVE to become a scratch builder if you EVER plan on getting a decent model.

Guys, I've sorta been going a little slow on this. I am doing things over here behind the scenes, but since a couple want to actually join in here I'm giving them a chance to get a few things together. It's MUCH MORE FUN to do this kinda thing together with folks!

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Budget schmudget.
That's a fact Sean! It's a considerable cost RIGHT UP FRONT! Just buying the Chieftains is a nice hunk 'o cash to begin with. Three is three times worse!

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Old 10-02-2011, 02:22 PM
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While I've been (sorta) waiting on a couple folks who have wanted to join me on this, I've been doing a few things myself. I've sent some measurements to the fellas who wanna join. The same ones I am using (of course). One reason is, so that they can start working on these while they wait on Chieftains. The Chieftains are actually completely seperate from the upper bodies on these builds and we can work on the bodies till everyone has Chieftains. Second, so we can start going through these measurements and checking to see if some adjustments may need to be made............

AND.......

I have found a couple that do need some adjustment and a couple that need to be added. I'm hoping if anyone ELSE finds some changes, they let me know? Guys?

Here's what I've been working on to check things. I'm building multiples of these tanks, so I've started cutting a few pieces of styrene along the measurements I've given to Dave and Sean. Time to start seeing how close I can get these!



Test fitting too!








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You'll need a Plastruct or EMA clear dome for the Flat-Top tank. Vhh-350 for the Falt-Top and VHH-250 for the Dome tank.



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Old 10-02-2011, 03:13 PM
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These clear domes arrive with an 'injection stub' that will need to be removed.




Here, I have removed the stub, sanded the ridges and remainder of the stub and polished the area.




I polish plastic using BRASSO brand metal polish. It is an EXCELLENT plastic polish, for anyone who may not have known that.

(It will bring the headlights on your vehicle back to crystal clear with just a little elbow grease too!)

Here's a test fit with the smooth, polished dome in place.




For the last picture here, for MANY of these tank parts, I make templates to help speed things along. Here's an example.



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Old 10-02-2011, 09:45 PM
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Great stuff Rob. BRASSO is excellent too.

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Old 10-06-2011, 03:54 PM
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Thank you Chris! I've actually known about Brasso polishing plastic for years. I always giggle when I see that "ONLY $19.95+S&H" commercial on TV for about an ounce of this "NEW" stuff that came out for cleaning hazy headlights. For $4.89 you get 8 ounces of Brasso at Walmart and I can't see where that new stuff would be better? Back to crystal clear is back to crystal clear, right?

Any way, it's been slow for updates here for a couple days, but I've been working on getting some templates made. I've concentrated on the Flat tank templates and I've about got 'em! Everything fits perfectly and took about ten minutes to cut out using the templates and it took two days the firts time AND a pile of waste. Now, very little waste and everything glued straight on with NO trimming OR adjustments!

Here's what they look like.



Here's what they help speed up.





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More? Ok!

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Old 10-06-2011, 05:11 PM
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OYeah. Flattop. THAT's my baby!
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Well Dave, your baby is moving right along!

Sorry about the delay here, but I've been a little pre-occupied for a couple days, but back on track now. As I mentioned, I'm building several of these at once and here's a small comparison for y'all.

One of these is being built with all original kit parts. An expensive choice, but the way to go if you're able. The ONLY parts on the one with original kit parts will be the very expensive kit parts, so those show up on both tanks as resin. Once I get the other Flat Top farther along.....probably later today......I'll do a REAL comparison showing original kit parts directly against my cast parts.

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just fucking awesome Rob.

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Those odd square thingies...

A little birdy told me that those are cast off obscure German chocolate bars.

Is this true?
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Let's just put it this way. This particular tank will fit just fine on your kitchen table.

You could just lift it up and VIOLA!

Butter your biscuit!



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