Builds By Baz - Full scale MKII Colonial Viper

Discussion in 'Non-Halo Costumes and Props' started by Sandbagger, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. Sandbagger

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    Demolitions complete, (of one wall at least). Area all cleaned up and rubble removed. I have a lot more room to continue the build now. Smoothing and detailing along with the engine exhausts to finish and clad the legs in steel housing.

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    A mate dropped off an air filter/water trap/ It's not exactly the same as the screen-used prop, but it's pretty close.

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    I managed so steal a bit of time here and there, then pulled an all-nighter last night. Had a beer and went to bed around 2:30am. Tired, but got a lot done.

    Assembled, painted and mounted the last engine exhaust module, then started cutting the second of the three turbine exhaust fans.

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    This time I made sure the fan can be passed through the module exit without having to disassemble it.

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  4. Dirtdives

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    Just when I thought it couldn't look any cooler........You just keep upping the ante.
     
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  5. Sandbagger

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    ^^^ Thanks mate. :D

    I started getting the engine circles cut with a CNC plasma cutter yesterday, out of scrap metal sheet, thanks to the kindness of my boss at work.

    He's going to cut all the spider vanes for me as well, saving me hours of work.

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    Dam...that's a nice boss......Is he hiring?
     
  7. Sandbagger

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    Take two. I'm approaching the engine maintenance panels a different way. The plastic barrel idea didn't work. Trying wooden arcs of different diameters, shaped and carved then sandwiched together.

    Using pieces of timber of the demolished pergola to make engine forms.

    Here's a shot of the production prop, the part I'm trying to replicate from my scraps.

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    Here's the workflow over the last couple of days.

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    Working out the location of the cannons.

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    One completed inspection panel on the port side of the Viper's engine nacelles, made out of scrap ply and some timbers from my demolished pergola. The thing that strikes me humorous is the air filter/water trap that is not only installed upside down, but probably wouldn't work in zero G anyway. Still, it looks cool. I think I've got it pretty close, considering the limited materials and detailed photos I have at my disposal.

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  9. Sean Anwalt

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    Sandbagger that panel looks legit! A lot of detail, man. Great job.
     
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    looking really nice! the only thing i notice is that the smaller model had an oval with some bumps on the cylinder thing
     
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  11. Sandbagger

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    Thank you sir.
    Yes, Different type. I had to use what was available. I was thinking of carving that oblong shape out of wood as nd glueing it on.
     
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    Today's work. Take three on the engine inspection panel. I don't like the angle it is sitting on at the specified height so I've smashed it off. If it was a complete barrel, the top would be outside the nacelle housing. Keeping the details, but changing the sides and base to adjust the angle once installed.

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    That's looking better. I put a lean-back on it, so now the representation of the whole, by seeing only a part, is more effective and convincing.

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    Avionics access panel. For lack of detailed dimensions, I'm doing this by eye from photo references. Plotting it all out first, then I'll fabricate in wood and plastic.

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    I came home to find the tarp is getting old and the d-rings are starting to perish and let go. With an impending thunderstorm approaching, it was a good opportunity to re-set the tarp and change the orientation of it to better cover the Viper. I took a shot from the roof while I was up there.

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    I'm trying to find the origins of the central box and the fan in the picture below. What model was the fan? It is considerably larger and different in appearance than your standard PC cooling fan. Was the box a cast aluminium transformer box, telephone connection box or wifi? Image credit Tony Celliers.

    I have a 3D STL file of it, but if I could find the real thing it would save a lot of hassle.

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    In the mean time, I've started work on other greeblies around the ship, using up all the scrap wood in my shed.

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    I found all the info I needed on the bits on the aft panels. Looks like Galactiguise has been updated since last I looked there. Looks like a lot of people who have been digging for answers for me also found the same links. :D Thanks everyone!

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    In the meantime, it's been interesting trying to find all the useful bits of scrap wood and coming up with a way to use it all to make the avionics details.

    I've made a good start, using PVC pipe, some bolts and blocks of wood.

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    Today's update:

    All of the details that make up the aft engine access panels are off-the-shelf products, many of which are still available today in your average hardware store. The rest, is easily reproduced using wood and some imagination. Below are some photographs from internet image searches, of the original prop uses for the series.

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    Starboard engine access panel fuel lines complete. I'll tidy up the ends and re-paint. One of the props had an extra pipe so I put it in.

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    Continuing with the main fuselage avionics panel details.

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  16. Dirtdives

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    You know I have been following this since the beginning......I'm still in awe at the amount of time, effort, ingenuity, and yes a small amount of blood, went into this build. We need a new word for it......Something beyond AMAZE-BALLS.
     
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    Mate, I really appreciate your faithful encouragement and it warms me to know there are folks like yourself out there who are enjoying this project, perhaps purely for entertainment, perhaps inspiration, who knows?

    Thank you for riding shotgun with me on my projects, I have always hoped that people look forward to my updates, and are not annoyed that I post so often.

    Cheers,

    Baz.
     
  18. Dirtdives

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    Annoyed that you post so often? I think you're slacken.........you don't post often enough!!!! Joking.......but seriously I'm completely amazed that you have what to post about.......Enough that I think you are a time traveler or live in a pocket of space/time outside our own a to do all this work and bring it back to show it off........
     
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