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SKIN JOB 66
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IN AWE ONCE AGAIN !

I can understand why you'll need a break after completion of this project Colin, pfew what a ride... but really worth it, at least from my fan of your work POV.

As Phil and JB previously underscored, this is an impressive build, a true masterpiece in itself... and the best is yet to come with the final touch : The painting and weathering of the piece promise to be epic, I personally can't wait to see that !

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, understood Colin; some project are just sucking all of our energy
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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm getting really close to finishing now.

A few things have cropped up during the final assembly that I thought were worth covering in an update.

Also there are still some aspects of the fabrication to cover.

I heat treated the emitter to give it some colour.


I bent the feed pipe for the pilot flame.
There is not really enough room to get the bends I needed. I wish I had bored out the emitter a bit deeper.
I used a bit of steel pipe to help bend it after annealing the copper tube.


It took me two attempts as I realized I'd cut my original copper pipe too short.
These are the first two bends.


It didn't quite work out like this!


But I got it to bend in the right places in the end.


I had to re-drill and tap the end of the copper pipe whist in position on the unit. Because it was now bent I couldn't remove it.
Also I realised, when test fitting it, I would have to solder it in position to stop it unscrewing when connecting the neoprene feed (Its soldered on the actual units).


I thought I should solder the fitting at the other end too.


I soft soldered the copper tube where it enters the rear of the emitter to stop it slipping backwards or forwards.



Apart from the spark plug cap I still have to make one more thing which are some extra details for the white tank. They go here. I hope to get them laser cut this week.



I toyed with the idea of fitting a back panel in the body to help support the valve.


It made the connection to the propane bottle more difficult. I thought it might help secure the propane tank in it's tube!

But I went for another idea which was to put three grub screws at the end of the tube to lock and center the bottle.

I think some shorter grub screws may be in order.


I don't think a fixing like this appeared on the original units. It looks like they used white Gaffer tape to hold the bottle in place. I'm still undecided if I want to apply the tape.

Whilst gluing the detail on the white tank today I noticed I had a decision to make.

Where did I want the 'tank detail' to lie when the tank was screwed fully in position.


Here it lies at the back


Here it faces out from the left side.


I decided this probably wasn't the best position for it as it may get broken off being against the body.


So I've opted for this position.


Hopefully I'm still on track for finishing at the end of the month!

Painting is going reasonably well.

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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep on truckin' Colin! Yep, that detail on the tank will defo look better on the side. Cannot wait for the paint job to be finished
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good lord this is a thing of beauty!

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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work once again Colin !!!

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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank-you Harry and Fred for your comments.

Okay time for the final pieces of the jigsaw puzzle!

I got the missing detail parts for the white tank laser cut.


Now I just have to fit them.



The rear tube on the actual flamethrower is steel and is welded onto the steel grip frame. I guess this is to protect the propane bottle and valve connection during use.

Because the rear tube on mine is aluminum I have had to do a mechanical fixing.


So I had to create a mock weld/wedge to take up the gaps at either side of the tube where it joins the grip frame.



I made this by using some filler on a base of styrene. I then moulded it and cast it in white metal, to give it some strength.



I moulded my spark plug cap in silicone in the end. Mainly because it was quicker and a fact-cast one would be okay for the photographs.


But I also managed to get hold of some urethane rubber so I cast one up in that too.


Its probably not as ridged as a vulcanized rubber but it wont snap off like the fast cast one if it gets knocked.

A few air bubbles but not a bad first attempt.





I decided the entry hole for the feed from the bottom of the white tank should be in the underside of the body rather than connecting to the yoke on the red bottle.

I drilled a hole and turned a little insert for the tube to locate into.





I hand stitched the fittings I got to make up the sling. I went for 25mm black webbbing but 38mm may have been more comfortable. I think I can improve on this later.

As the whole unit weighs 17 pound or so a leather strap my be more hard wearing!


I finally put a coat of paint on the pony tank.





Colin
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished (finally!) Very Happy

At some point I hope to take some better photographs in a more Nostromo like interior.

But for now two Ikea tables and a garden fence will have to do....

























Colin Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy fuck! That is crazy awesome!!! WOW Shocked Shocked Shocked

Nice job, Sir!
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It really is just perfect. Even the flame is dead on. This is definitely up there in best prop builds of all time.
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's perfect!
I salute your skills and patience.
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buch, veektohr & Futurepig, thank you for your comments.

I'm glad you like it.

veektohr, high praise indeed, thank you again.



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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing work!

And my dream prop project list now grows a little bigger...
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY BY THE END RESULT, BRAVO COLIN !

(use it next time you'll have to start a barbecue !)



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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic work Colin and the paint job is wonderful.
Hope you had a few cans of Weylan Yutani beer to celebrate.
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That prop is A+ in my book: the paint job is Pro Cool Just noticed that the pilot flame is close to your rubber plug (better in the end for the wear & tear look)!

Love the uniform also...and the wooden fence Great job and very cool result!!!
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nickdaring, ProMod, Fred and joberg, thanks for your comments.

Joberg the uniform was a token gesture. I have all the stuff I need for a full costume but it needs lots of work to make it how I want it. A project for later in the year.

The spark plug cap in the picture with the flame is painted fast cast. It almost got slightly cooked.


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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is an INCREDIBLE looking prop.
From the construction, attention to detail and finishing, superb.
And it works too, just don't fry the cat with it.
Very well done indeed.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Space Jockey.
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What can be said ?? It's simply PERFECT !!. Congratulations Colin for
this Masterpiece. It must be great to hold this prop and feel as a
Nostromo crew member... a surviving one of course
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