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

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

Postby beowulf » Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:30 pm

"I've built a podracer. It's the fastest one ever!"-Anakin Skywalker, Winner of the Boonta Eve Classic

so this is my entry for the GB

Anakins Podracer from Star Wars Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Anakin_S ... s_Podracer

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i was going to do some sprue shots but im surprised just how uch is in the box! :o

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any excuse to watch the race......i mean do some research :lol:


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

Postby Vinny » Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:17 am

Fantastic! Looking forward to this one. Looks like a nice kit too... plenty of detail on those engines and should look great with various metal finishes.

I'll be watching this baby come together.

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

Postby Simson » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:36 am

Yeah, it's something different.
I wonder how long is it?

I totally enjoyed those star wars movies...old and new ones.
Great effects in the race, great designs and great weathering in general.
Dream job to create and build those for real.

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

Postby beowulf » Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:32 pm

not been able to get to the bench for a few days due to stupid shifts at work but now im on rest days ive made a little progress

the engines are weird.......why make something in 4 quarters when it would have been easier to do it as 2 halves?
to give you an idea......they are 115mm long at the mo but still have got lots of bits to be added

the base is done.....sprayed it blue, masked off the design (which will match the design on the pod), sprayed silver, demasked, topped off with some clear coat

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

Postby Simson » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:55 pm

4 quarters creates a better area for detailed injection moulding w/o slide moulding technique.

in 2 halves certain bits would become trapped so the surface needs to be smoother (lower projections) to release from the moulds which don't give (metal)

It looks like it's nicely detailed.

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

Postby Vinny » Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:00 am

Lovely work on the base Paul... and those engines look wicked! :twisted:

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

Postby beowulf » Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:30 am

Simson wrote:4 quarters creates a better area for detailed injection moulding w/o slide moulding technique.

in 2 halves certain bits would become trapped so the surface needs to be smoother (lower projections) to release from the moulds which don't give (metal)

It looks like it's nicely detailed.

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lol...thats not what i meant.........trying to make 4 quarters into a circle is impossible, 2 halves would have been so much easier

ive got a F16 kit somewhere with an engine that is only two halves

by the way...i work in the plastics industry.....stuff we make on injection machines are 6 times the size of these engines and we have no probs............in fact thinking back 10 years to a previous job we made stuff 100 times bigger in abs and pe with no probs

to me its poor design work that makes the whole process harder, even three parts would have been better than four

if i knew in advance how hard the engines were going to be (took me 2 days to stick together a total of 8 parts...and then not to my satisfaction) i would have approached it differently and made some kind of jig to hold them together correctly

they have now been sprayed black ready for a coat of silver tomorrow

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Postby Simson » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:14 am

Challenges for the old hands and eyes, F16 kits are a lot simpler than pod kits :D cannot compare those!

Your engines have large side cavities in them too, they are a fine design with all small detail, great stuff.
I think they kept the moulds as simple as possible, so cheaper, to produce a probably not so very great amount of kits.

They could have added internal filler discs to keep it steady during glue up.
I know what you mean now, it's unhandy to fiddle with 4 pieces trying to keep away from the glue with fingers.
I use the very thin glue that runs into the seams so I glue after dry fitting....that way you can apply a few drops and "tack" the pieces, form them round and then fully glue the seams.

I worked in the plastics too for a while in 4 shifts, great colleagues but it wasn't my game. :o(p
They make pvc window frames, pipes, gutters, ground pipes, fittings and all stuff around the house.

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

Postby Spud » Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:00 pm

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

Postby beowulf » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:47 pm

todays progress

the pods put together......filled 'n sanded

engines had a coat of black and then silver.............blue band been added...........started on a few other bits

main prob with this kit is the paint call outs.........totally wrong....ive watched the movie clip so may times to work out colours .....ive sprayed silver some of the engine parts that will be the sandy yellow or red as my plan is to do the hair spray technique to put some wear on the edges

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