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Re: Halcyon Drop Ship Build

Marten Richens » Feb 5 '14
As we have an Alien(s) theme week, I thought it would be an apposite time to start the build blog. This is going to be a rather sporadic blog as I am waiting for parts to arrive for the copious amount of scratch building required, so if the build doesn`t seem to be following any logical pattern, it`s probably because it isn`t!

Firstly I must give a shout out to Kailsti`s build of this kit, he has done an excellent job with this kit and has given me something to aim for.

I thought the best thing to start with would be the missiles (all 32 of them!) as the moulded kit parts are really no good for anyone. I came over all Blue Peter and discovered that the handles of Johnson`s baby buds are the perfect diameter for what I want, so I PVA`d a cocktail stick down one end and waited for them to dry.





Whilst these were drying, I carefully cut the rear section off the moulded back to give me the fins, as there was no way I was going to be able to build those. Out with the trusty Tamiya Photo Etched Razor Saw. If you don`t have  these in your kit I`d highly recommend them, you get 5 different blades and they are just beautiful to use. Anyway enough with the adverts.





As you can tell they are tiny, so the obligatory sacrifice to the modelling gods ensued on a couple, but thankfully Halcyon had a bit of brain freeze and gave you too many on the kit, so the lost ones weren`t missed. After cutting off 32 of them I used CA to get them onto the rest of the missile.

I chopped off the points, sanded them to a nice domed top and here they are ready for paint.



Next onto the missile pods themselves...
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Re: Halcyon Drop Ship Build

Mark » Feb 6 '14
Great work on the missiles - never thought about the potential of cotton buds before! Interesting razor saw too.
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Re: Halcyon Drop Ship Build

Marten Richens » Feb 6 '14
Thanks Mark

I did kinda feel as though I was on a production line with them, so it was good to get them finished. The cotton bud handles worked really well and took to CA & PVA beautifully, I don`t know about regular plastic glue though. I can`t recommend the razor saws enough, they are really good and the blades are only 0.1mm thick, so a little care is needed to prevent them folding as you use them.

I`m going to be a bit of a masochist with this build and am using it as my first lighting project as well. Our beloved leader (Alun) has given me a few pointers and links, so hopefully it should all go well...
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Re: Halcyon Drop Ship Build

Paul Collins » Feb 6 '14
Damn marten this is going to be one helluva build.
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Re: Halcyon Drop Ship Build

Marten Richens » Feb 6 '14
I wish I could crack on with some of the scratch building required, but I am waiting for the APC to be recast and then sent over from the States, so I won`t be seeing that anytime soon, I received the strips of styrene for the ribbing in the cargo bay, but the sheeting was out of stock so I will get that when it comes in (no idea when) and the 9v battery switch boxes are coming from China, so I don`t know when they`ll be here.

I was going to use an Apache cockpit, but my local model shop was being very tardy in getting it ordered, so I have decided to scratch a cockpit as well!

Thankfully I did have a couple of spare seats from the Airfix 1/72 TSR2 which work so much better than the very oversized kit parts. I have also got a couple of resin Apache pilots, which I have painted up and are sat in their seats waiting for the office to be built. The I`ll put lights in it (I hope). Here are a couple of shots of getting Ferro & Spunkmeyer ready.


Crew painted and ready to go.

Unpainted TSR2 seats, I should have put the kit seats in the shot as well for comparison. You know that your kit suffers when a standard Airfix part is a quality upgrade!

This is one of the elect handles I made with some beading wire, tweezers and swearing.


The eject handles are in place.



A couple of shots of the finished seats. And finally for this bit a shot of Ferro & Spunky in their seats.


I will upload a better shot of them to highlight the arm insignia I painted on. I know there is no real detail on their faces, but this is 1/72 after all.
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Re: Halcyon Drop Ship Build

Paul Collins » Feb 6 '14
Ive got a canopy from an apache martwn if you want it. Just let me know. I actually hink ive got most of an apache which is only miasing several parts.
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Re: Halcyon Drop Ship Build

Marten Richens » Feb 6 '14
Cheers Paul, the canopy from the kit actually is OK. It was a little scratched and foggy when I took it out of the box, but the Klear bath seems to have filled in most of the scratches and made it clearer. If I do discover any needed parts I`ll be straight on to you with my begging bowl!
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Re: Halcyon Drop Ship Build

Mark » Feb 6 '14
Lol "tweezers & swearing" - sounds like every model I build! The figures and seats look great.
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Re: Halcyon Drop Ship Build

Marten Richens » Feb 7 '14
Thanks, I`m happy with the way they turned out and any lack of facial detail really shouldn`t notice under the canopy.

Here are two more shots of the figures, the one in the fore ground is a little blurred, but your get the gist. My camera doesn`t have a good macro mode I`m afraid.


Now I know Ferro is a Corporal, but there is no way on Earth that my 43 year old eyes could see well enough to have painted a separator line in the rank insignia.


Again I thought a blue dot would suffice as the USCM patch on the sleeve. Not a chance of any more detail than that really.

Now for the scary, but cathartic part; cutting big holes in stuff:



These had to be cut out, the kit only gives you a decal for these rockets. I will create a pod for the rockets when the styrene sheeting eventually turns up from Wonderland Models.  As for the rockets, I will probably return to the trusty cocktail stick as they seem to be a really good diameter for this.

And here is a shot of the scariest hole I have cut in a kit to date. No going back if I buggered this one up!


Again, when the styrene turns up, I will have a cargo bay instead of a bloody great big hole.

More soon (I hope). I`m starting to run out of things to do whilst I am waiting for the rest of my bits. I can crack on with the legs I guess. There`s even some scratch building required there as well as they have missed out a strut from the back leg entirely.

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Re: Halcyon Drop Ship Build

Marten Richens » Feb 13 '14
Well, I have now got the landing gear put together. The front legs go together without any issues at all.



They aren`t really anything to write home about, they look the part, so I am happy with them. The back foot/strut, however, was an entirely different story. As I alluded to above, Halcyon seemed to forget to cast a couple of pieces leading us intrepid adventurers in model land, to get all creative with random bits & bobs again. This time I returned to my tried and trusted cocktail stick & cotton bud handle combination set and knocked up the couple of hydraulics the kit was missing. I am happy with the way they turned out.


Here is the rear foot with the new hydraulic in place.



This is the rear hydraulic on the landing gear. Painting should be a bit of a laugh, but I`ll cross that bridge later.



Here are the two components put together to show how it`s going to look. I had to drill and file the bit in the middle as it was a solid lump of plastic, so I had to cut some lightening holes in it as the `real` one would have had.


That was very tedious to do, but I think it will be worth it.

My battery switch boxes arrived today, so I can start to plan how I am going to make this illuminated. But that`s for another post...
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