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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Superb JTP! Looks fantastic. Great work indeed.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow JTP. You have done so much work on this thing it may have been easier to do it from scratch. When you are finished detailing are you going to create new molds from it?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

andy wrote:
Wow JTP. You have done so much work on this thing it may have been easier to do it from scratch. When you are finished detailing are you going to create new molds from it?

Andy


The answer is YES this mold will be created in a couple hours..just fine tuning i am doing now... I have the port front Nacelle to redo, and maybe a quick redo of a main engine..and its finished...

I have been a little obsessive about this I must admit, but I want this thing looking good!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You do realize that once you get this all done, someone's gonna want a version that can be lit up...
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Guys, the whole docking module has been remastered, all that is left now on the kit is the Port front nacelle with the new VTOL angle, and a new more accurate insert (small easy part) for the 3 main engines, and the kit is DONE!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WHOA! I just found the strips of hanging lights like they used on the Nostromo as landing lights draped from front to back along the bottom, Wow! I can maybe add some accurate looking lighting to it!





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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:21 am    Post subject: NOSTROMO model... finished? Reply with quote

jtparker wrote:
Well Guys, the whole docking module has been remastered, all that is left now on the kit is the Port front nacelle with the new VTOL angle, and a new more accurate insert (small easy part) for the 3 main engines, and the kit is DONE!



Would it be okay to post some pictures of the model once completed and put together? It would be cool to see it from the front and a few profile shots to see what the overall ship looks like... maybe some "before painting" and "after painting" shots?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great find, now we'll be able to light this properly and land softly on that damn planet... Oh my !
(and great remolded docking module photo BTW !!!)



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good work JT! Hell, why not add those lights? Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are they in the right scale? that's gonna be hella cool if they work
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

clutch wrote:
Are they in the right scale? that's gonna be hella cool if they work


Hi Clutch,


they are 2 milimeter tiny led's on long strings.... I would say its as close as anything i have seen yet! they use a simple 12V power source I plan to conceal in the removable docking module...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well tonight I had to kiss the mold for the port front nacelle good-bye.

I cast 3 of these things tonight and the 25 year old mold started to deteriorate...hence why I did 3 of these. This is the last major part I intend to recast, so I made 2 to redo, and one to keep as a plug of the original AEF kit.
The mold will never be used again, and is stuck in a box for storage.

Now I am in the process of chopping off the port nacelle VTOL thruster for the correct angle, and adding more detail. This part should done quick, as I can take all measurements off of the Starboard side, and simply mirror it!!

so maybe If I can get this endeavor finished this weekend, I can get back to the building part! I just thought it would be interesting for people to see what the process is

Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look awesome. Man you have so many projects going on at the moment. See if you liked Aliens, you'd have so many more LOL
Have you had any more updates from the people that have already started building their kits at all?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not heard from Mike lately, He was building it fast, He had the landing gear done, and most of it ready to assemble, and then he had to go back to work I guess (he had a month recovering from surgery)
The Professor.. I am sending a pair of these redone Nacelles... and a Guy In Denmark is doing one.. and then a guy in Lousiana is doing one. I will need send them an email for progress pics. The small ones are going everywhere, 4 to the UK in the last week, and one to France (Freds)

On these nacelles, if you look closely, you can see some problems, which is why this particular mold needs replaced. besides the incorrect VTOL angle Mad
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well when you do work on the new angle, definitely check out those new pics on the restoration site. They're really helpful, I've found them to be no end of use on the blueprints.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually used a huge Nostromo Mosaic I have in my living room to get the angle of the front VTOL thrusters...that was the most difficult. I redid the first side 4 times before I got it right, and then I molded it. I am sitting here now cutting out the side panels for the VTOL thrusters. I simply etched the side panels with charcoal crayon and paper, and I reversed it to make the opposite side. It should go much easier than the first one I did...that was a nightmare! I used a small hobby saw to cut off the VTOL grill. It is a ton of work, but with modern silicon molds, it will be much better. These original AEF molds are polyurethane, My materials suppliers eyes about bugged out when I told him the material the original molds were. He said they probably cost thousands of dollars and required expensive equipment to produce back in the 80's... I am just glad there are better materials nowadays and for a couple grand, stuff can be restored. It is a ton of work, but in a way its fun...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Impressive work once more, bravo JT !!!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How does the size of this model compare with the model built for the movie to pull the refinery?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one is about 2 feet 3 inches long... I dont recall how big the mid size model was, probably Fred would know.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a pic of Freds Kit almost ready to go. I have 2 more items to cast, and box it up.. I did a complete new hull for him today... 88 ounces of resin.. So it is Solid... and actually even though it used more material, it is a better way to go. Now trimming pieces!

many parts are now made with new molds, and I have solved many molding problems to make a higher quality kit.

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