"I've built a podracer. It's the fastest one ever!"

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Re: "I've built a podracer. It's the fastest one ever!"

Postby beowulf » Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:32 pm

started on the decal work on the pod......nightmare!!.....and slow going cos theres plenty to apply

the pod has lots of curves and the decals dont like to conform to them........in particular theres a bulge on the front and the decal that goes over it just not settle down despite lashings of micro sol

also the instructions arnt the best

you would think you would put decal number 1 (and its opposite number 7) on first.....specially since they are the ones that go at the front of the stripes..........but 6 and 8 have to go on first so the yellow bits on 1 and 7 over lap!......shame they dont say this on the instructions...........but ive got a plan to bodge round it although i will have to trim a bit off the stripes

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Re: "I've built a podracer. It's the fastest one ever!"

Postby Vinny » Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:20 am

Stick with it Paul, those decals may be a PITA but your effort is paying off as it's looking great! :o)b

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Re: "I've built a podracer. It's the fastest one ever!"

Postby Simson » Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:28 am

Yeah, go slow
You might cut some decals in pieces if you expect that they won't smoothen out wrinkle free.
Some decals will never stretch far enough despite the stuff you smear on them.

Better to overlap than to have a wrinkled one.
I didn't realise it needed so many stripes...looks very good

Dennis

BTW. from the side it looks like one of my wooden clogs! :D

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Re: "I've built a podracer. It's the fastest one ever!"

Postby beowulf » Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:11 pm

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not as neat as i would have liked......feels like ive used a gallon of micro sol and they still not gone down how i would have liked

going to give it a day and then give it a coat of varnish to seal

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Re: "I've built a podracer. It's the fastest one ever!"

Postby Vinny » Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:16 pm

It looks great Paul! Well done! :DX You fought and won!

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Re: "I've built a podracer. It's the fastest one ever!"

Postby Simson » Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:25 pm

It looks good indeed.

The AMT kit decals are probably old ones that don't get affected enough by softeners.
You risk to tear them on awkward spots before they stretch.

Maybe if you cut them at the inner corners or wherever possible and put another pint of stuff on them unless that will show underlying material.

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Re: "I've built a podracer. It's the fastest one ever!"

Postby beowulf » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:20 pm

so the pod is almost finished....just got to add some antenna bits and the cables that link the pod to the engines

who ever designed this kit obviously never built it!!

the screen is a clear bit of flexible plastic that has a small tab that is inserted in a hole at the centre and then curved round on both sides...........but theres no way to fix it!......even if i had used ca it would have made a real mess and i doubt it would have stayed put due to the tension it would be under.............so i made another screen which is about 5mm lower, folds back just a little lower and snicks in place in a recess, the wanting to flex outwards holds it in place...........it may be a little lower but i prefer that to making a mess of the whole thing trying to glue in the original

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next thing is trying to attach the cables tween the pod and engines.............ive tried a dummy run and guess what.......they dont fit!! lol

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Re: "I've built a podracer. It's the fastest one ever!"

Postby Simson » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:22 pm

good choice to prevent a messy joint, new solution looks good too

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Re: "I've built a podracer. It's the fastest one ever!"

Postby Vinny » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:53 pm

This kit sounds like a right PITA Paul. It's certaining testing your modelling skills... and your patience! It looks great though and I can't wait to see it with the engines on.

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Re: "I've built a podracer. It's the fastest one ever!"

Postby Spud » Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:30 am

Very cool indeed :)
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