Star Wars A-Wing Kit Masters
On this basis...
I Have To Have A Base...Obvious Really.
Whatho gang, welcome back to the next round of fun, sun and suffering
Well as is goes, we gotta have some kinda base plate to go under this thing and hole the battery and switch.
After some fiddling about with plastic sheet and grey primer, we get this...
When cast, these will come supplied with a switch and battery box.
All the wiring will be pre-soldered to the LED's and will have small
screw down terminal blocks in the fuselage and base to put it all together with.
A length of brass tube will be supplied to hold the model up of course and holes pre-drilled into the fuselage and the base.
The battery box and switch look summat like this...
Well after all the fun and games there, one of the last bits on the top fuselage to take care of was a shallow rebate for the canopy frame fit.
Should make putting that bugger in place a bit easier.
So that bit done, time to turn my beady peepers to the engines and fins.
Well first off is the engine ring right attached to the rear of the fins was in some need of replacing.
Thankfully the fella who had the master set 'fore yours truly had started making a new one...it did need doing..
Here's his with some additional cleanup and the original part.
Well like I said, the original needed replacing.
So taking me trusty Chopper II and a couple of lengths of 1mm square strip, some plastic hacking violence was done.
Added to the new engine ring then some gluing, trimming and cleaning up ensued.
Well a bit better and also properly circular.
Ok, well as you may recall from a previous episode...
I had already fitted what will stand for a reflector dome inside the engine master and cleared up some of the exterior and interior maladies.
Then came the engine and fin setup in some need of a looking at.
And when I looked, this is what I found...
Yeah, well it's a possibility that more can be done and after a good head scratch and a cuppa, summat occurred.
I know, this thinking bit is a dangerous practice but bear with me here.
Now the top fins angle inward, the bottom fins outward, like this...
How to make getting this easier on the builder as the original parts just don't seem to have a fitting for this?
Well very little of the imagination needed stretching here.
Just make the engines and fins one unit for each side.
Some rubber and resin action later and I had some castings of said pieces.
One thing, the tails have some small detail parts on then, shows on the originals as just half round parts.
Time to replace so a bit of greeblie box spelunking took place, some knife violence and the following happened...
Attach part to wood square strip,
Push into plasticine,
Repeat 15 odd times,
Spray with wax,
Trim cast fin parts,
Trim and clean new parts and attach.
Drill holes to take LED's for engine lighting,
Then trim fins to correct fitment glue to new engines pieces that had been reworked and scribed with some panel lines.
So that done, a test fit of the engine rear ring and basic fit test to fuselage.
Okedoke folks, now to fair all the fins in, mucho primer, make fitting lugs for the ring and make sure it all fits together that way it should...
That should be fun...
And it will all be in the next update so that's it for now gang.
You lot go easy and see yo soon for another update!
Won't that be nice eh?