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Re: USS Chunky

Eric Moore » Sep 25 '14
Oh dear...

Was up in my Mum`s attic today and i stumbled upon this half built monstrosity.




It began way back in `78 or `79 and the starting block for it was being given a whole bag of clear plastic boxes and wanting to make something with them.

I knew it`d be pretty clunky because of the boxes but that was ok because back then i was deeply into Dan Dare in 2000AD and he had a nifty, boxy Space Fortress to fly around in - sort of like a Star Destroyer really.

So that was my insperation, with a bit of the Draconian battle cruiser from the Buck Rogers TV thrown in too.

Looking at it now, i`m pretty impressed by the basic shape i came with, and i can see i then cladded it with Plasticard, something i`d do now.

But then...

Just chuck a whole bunch of kit parts at it, why don`t you? And, while you`re at it, stick on crudely cut out panel lines.

And hand paint in Humbrol enamels as you finish a section.

Like i say at the top, oh dear.


 







First thought when i found it was to chuck it.

But then i thought i`d bring it home, prise some of the kit parts that are pretty hard to find now, strip them off, and use them on something else.

But then i thought how this is a snapshot of what the 16 year-old me was doing, and he obviously must`ve put it away to finish. So why not the now me finish it?

Would be the longest build i`ve ever done from start to finish!

One thing though - was hoping someone might be able to recommend a product that i can put on these large surfaces that`d take off the enamel paint without having to try and get the whole thing in a big a la how its done with oven cleaner.

Any thoughts?

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Re: USS Chunky

Anthony Hughes » Sep 25 '14
Give Fairy Power Spray a go - works well on Acrylics but is much safer than oven cleaner
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Re: USS Chunky

Alun » Sep 26 '14
The Power Spray works well on acrylics but if it was Humbrol enamels you might need something with more oomph. So oven cleaner might be needed.  Get a big bag and pop it inside and spray the stuff in.  Just leave it for a good while (maybe a day?) and then scrub it with an old toothbrush.  Make sure you wear gloves while doing it though.


Looks an interesting shape but you`re going need a heck of a lot of greebles to cover it....


Needs some more engines too I suspect.


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Re: USS Chunky

Eric Moore » Sep 26 '14

Ta for the pointers folks.

Tried that Fairy Power Spray - didn`t phase it at all. Someone told me today that they`ve changed the ingredients and its not as powerful as it once was. Maybe that, or maybe its that enamels are just so darn tough?

Alun, the oven cleaner method of putting it in a bag isn`t really possible as its so darn big.

But was thinking of trying it on a section at a time, or spray it on and just leave it.

Failing that, any other product i could try?

Someone suggested Dettol. Worth a try?

Or a proper paint stripper?

Failing any of the above, might have to just leave it as is and put new paint over it.

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Re: USS Chunky

Eric Moore » Sep 29 '14
Success!

After a total fail with both the Power Spray and Dettol, i was starting to think of just putting a new coat over everything.

But then remembered i had a bottle of Wilkensons own brand paint stripper that i`d bought to strip some white metal figures.

Thought i`d try it on the clumsy tank section in case things went wrong i`d only be losing the naffest part, i slopped some of the gloop on and waited an hour.

Went back - and the paint just scraped right off!

Phew!

Off to get another bottle then.



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Re: USS Chunky

Mark » Sep 30 '14
Got love Wilkinson`s own brand stuff! 


If you are on the hunt for greebles, give me a shout and you can have a rummage through my spares box (oo-er!).

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Re: USS Chunky

Eric Moore » Oct 6 '14
May just take you up on that Mark!

Here`s state of play today - everything covered in the stripper then washed off, then rubbed all over with cream cleanser applied by toothbrush, and given a good wash off.

Really wish i`d taken close-up shots of the different areas, as quite a few bits pinged off in the process and i`d like them to be put back where they were before, to be true to it.

I`ve also had sections of Plasticard snap off (its pretty tin stuff and 36 years in an attic must not of been exactly good for it) and whole parts too, like the Galactica middle that was at the rear here.

That`ll be going back on and the patching up starts as soon as its dried out. Which`ll take a while - building the basic shape from open boxes means there`s a LOT of trapped water in there.



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Re: USS Chunky

Eric Moore » Oct 11 '14
Right, the USS Chunky has dried out nicely, so time to pay some attention to it.
Pic 1: The Battlestar Galactica midriff that sit at the back and fell off during the stripping needs attention first before sticking back on - i can see i covered up the gaps by sawing off the stuctures that held the landing bays on with Plasticard. But some of them came adrift too so they need replacing.
Pic 2: I decided to first start with one of the lower rear sections that suffered during the stripping process by losing a lot of its Plasticard sheeting. Not surprisng really - you can see by the pencil here that its only 25mm sheet and that must`ve suffered a lot all those years it was in the attic. And i guess, as i was either at school or college when i built this, that that`s all i could afford, even at the what seems now bargian price of 19p a sheet  You can also see clearly that the boxes i used for the basic shape were open on one side and i guess i was planning on having these newly revealed areas as some sort of thruster areas judging by the remnants of glue in each - think i had nozzles in there before changing my mind.
Pic 3: Where i am today with this section. I`ve covered up the uncovered areas and started to put new panels on. This is as far as i`m going for now as i want to hold off on putting on any more until i`ve put on some detail. 
Also, i`m guessing i never thought back in `78 about landing gear (and, if i was using the Star Wars Star Destroyer and Buck Rogers Draconian ship as insperation, i didn`t need to) but i will now. So the area in the middle here i`m leaving blank for such a thing.







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