Detailed Thunder Fighter Project

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Rhaven Blaack, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    After the EXPO that I had attended recently, I had given my entire Thunder Fighter squadron (with the exception of the one that I built in memory of my mother) to the children of a member of the PM club that I belong to. I am now rebuilding my entire TF squadron with cockpit interiors, landing gear, and as much detail as I possibly can.
    I will be posting photos of the detailed parts and explaining what all I am doing along the way.
    I have started with the cockpit interior. I know that some (if not most) of the detail will not be seen once the model is finished, but I am doing this for my own pleasure (and torture sign1)
    Here are the photos of what I have done so far:

    Here I recessed the sensor screen.

    I recessed the screens and raised the button panels.

    I recessed the screen.

    Raised all button panels.

    Added seats and some control panels.
  2. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Here are more photos of the cockpit interior:

    The cockpit is now finished.

    Here are more detailed photos.





  3. trt

    trt Member

    It's torture and perverse pleasure at the same time :mrgreen:

    Looking very good so far, as always keep up the good work.
  4. ASC Mclaren

    ASC Mclaren Member

    RB, I am watching this very eagerly! I have been sidelined do to health issues, so my builds have languished. That said, I will be watching and smiling (and stealing ideas). Build one up, ya know, to 1:18, for your Buck and Wilma figures!
  5. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I am sorry to hear that your health is not doing so well.
    I hope that you are able to recover quickly.

    Thank you for the kind words and encouragement.

    As for stealing ideas, you can not steal my ideas, but you (and everyone else that is viewing this thread) can use what ever technique that I post here ( and any other thread that I have posted.)
    It is because of people like you that I post threads like this.
    Even if just one person is able to get inspired by my work, then all that I have done is worth it.

    I am looking forward to seeing your work as soon as you are better.

    Unfortunately, I do not have any action figures of any kind.
    I know, I need to get some.
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  6. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    No action figures??? Not one little Luke Skywalker in X-Wing flight gear from 1977??? ... What a pity! :winter1:
  7. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Are you offering to send me one (especially Buck and/or Wilma) (I would even settle for Starbuck)?
    If so, I will be more then willing to build a mode the TF and LR (and Viper, once I have one to build) in 1:18 scale :twisted:.
  8. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator


    Here is an update on my progress of the project.
    In this set of photos, all I really did was raise a few panels to give realistic texture to the model.

    Here are the photos:





  9. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    More photos

    Here are more photos:


    I scored the lines on the ribbed area that is on the front end of this piece.

    Both halves are now attached.

    Cockpit interior now in place.

  10. ThunderChild

    ThunderChild Active Member

    WOW! This already does, but it will look spectacular when done! Can't wait to see more!
  11. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    WOW! Love the detailing....
    How big is the model, just out of interest?
  12. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

  13. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    This is just the standard model size and scale (1:32) (L: 29.5cm, W: 17.0cm, H: 7.0 CM).

    The only thing that I am doing different, is adding more detail by raising or recessing (or a combination of both) the textured panels, scoring vent lines, and what ever else, I can think of to enhance the overall look of this model.
    Yes, it is more extensive, but it is fun and i am enjoying every minute of the build.
  14. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Update: Engine exhaust

    Here is the engine exhaust.
    As you can see, I raised the textured panels and scored the vent lines.







    More photos to come soon.
  15. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Geeze, that engine is awesome! :)
  16. trt

    trt Member

    Brillant work. This raises the bar on all builds. The detailing is fantastic. :thumb:
  17. ASC Mclaren

    ASC Mclaren Member

    No lie, I think that to top this, I'll need to build it 1:1 scale. (Insert joke here about having a scale Wilma for the build).
  18. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Thank you for the kind words and encouragement.
    This is only the beginning though.
    There is quite a bit more to come.
  19. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    it looks great....i'm watching this from the beginning...
    And there are many great things you do for getting that detail stand out..

    i have a question..

    you score some lines to get a more 3d view of the engine..etc..

    but when you do that don't you get the paper to fold there?
    i wanted to do that with my xwing hull....but was afraid that when bending the hull over the frame that it would folded..
    how did you do the bending without folding?
  20. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    First, Thank you for the compliment. The technique that I am using is a very easy one and (IMHO) it gets some of the best results without really doing much at all.

    Second, to answer your question. Quite a bit depends on the part and where you want to score. The easiest and best way the "STRENGTHEN" the scored area (and keeping that area from bending or folding) is to laminate the back side of the part that you just scored with extra card stock. I hope that helps you.

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