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New Edwards Test Pilot

New Edwards Test Pilot (9/15)



  1. Thanks guys! I worked very hard to get it that way! lol Seriously though, it's good to know that Luke passes muster with the gang here! Just need to dirty his helmet up a bit, then get the canopy on. I decided against putting in the horrifically thick glass in the rear windows of the cockpit and instead used acetate for that task. Meantime, I photocopied decals for the cockpit panels and glued them onto the control panel areas in there. So now the cockpit is glued into place along with the pilot. Hopefully, this looks more convincing than Ertl's "suggestion" (*cringe*) : Stay tuned...we're moving on to wings 'n things...
  2. VERY nice super-detailing with the copper wire, silver wire and some bits and sprue! This is one reason I come to the workshop: every time I think of just "doing it OOB", I get my rear-end kicked by folks doing this stuff and I have to up my game! Speaking of which: The difference some bits of plastic, tape and paint can make...
  3. Really looking the part of a Federation Starship there! I love the pre-shading/ post-shading you did on her; it gives your Excelsior that slightly worn "military" look. 👍 I'm looking forward to seeing this lady with decals applied! UPDATE: I got a good look at the wing insets on my X-Wing, and found they were wrong: (Had to borrow a pic from online, as I forgot to take one before I worked on them!) Here's how they're supposed to look (from MR Replica's photos of the actual screen-used Red-3 filming model): So... I fixed that: The openings were the wrong size, shape and position, so I simply used parts that I removed to fill in the opposite side, and then added styrene to fill in the rest. A little rescribing of panel lines later and we have progress. Still some remedial sanding to do, but it shouldn't be too bad. Stay tuned...
  4. Actually, it's true; the Bell 222 used for Airwolf got sold to a German company that used it for an air ambulance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airwolf_(helicopter)
  5. Who says it has to be Earth (or reference Earth) at all? Maybe a fleet that built replicas of Earth monuments as part of their culture, and had a Macross class ship in their fleet?
  6. O.O WOW!!! Serious detailing there! Wish my 'cat's cockpit looked that good! UPDATE: reworked the hinge for the S-foils: Using a hardwood dowel, I replaced the "plastic peg" that came with the kit. The dowel has a very slightly larger diameter, so the wings aren't flopping around. I added plastic bulkheads to the inside top of the main body and ground a semicircle into each one (to mimic the lower body's versions). This way, the dowel remains compressed on all sides and provides enough resistance to keep the wings in position, but not crack the joint or bend the plastic. On that note: I'm going to add sheet styrene to the part of the wing near the hinge on the outer top and bottom (between the hinge and the engine housing) , as that plastic looks way too thin to support much weight for any length of time. I'll trim a little from the wing opening top and bottom on the main body to make up for thew added thickness, but I don't want to have to try gluing a broken wing back on at that junction; it's already a pain with it accessible. Trying to get in there with the fuselage closed would be a screaming nightmare. I also cut the rear cover off the back panel and rotated it to match "Red 5" as per the movies: Planning on redoing the detail in the lower corner of the plate to match Red 5 a bit more closely. I also plan on replacing the laser barrels with dowels that plug into the cannons (for safer transport and repair if needed). Stay tuned...I'm going in...
  7. I believe that is mentioned somewhere in the series, but not 100 percent sure.
  8. Yeah, I thought of mentioning "chunky salsa" (first found the term in the ST:TNG Technical Manual by Rick Sternbach and Michael Okuda), but I felt I had overused it on the several occasions we talked on this topic. Col. Johnson: "Someone want to pour Lt. Dyson out of his flight suit?"
  9. It just shows that with a big enough propeller, aerodynamics don't mean squat.
  10. They could at least provide figures of String and Dom with it...
  11. Or Tone-Loc EEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww......
  12. Meat glue? Did you break a steak or something? O.o
  13. And without the ISC, reduce a pilot to a thinly-spread paste in less time than it takes to set the time for nachos and cheese in a microwave oven...
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