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Re: Aliens Power Loader

Marten Richens » Apr 21 '15
Well I thought it was about time that I made a start on my eBay bargain from a while ago. I managed to get the Power Loader and Alien Queen for the price of just one of the kits. This sort of generosity comes at a price, however. The downside was that they had been started. A phrase to send shivers down our collective spines!

The Alien Queen was OK just a bit of tidying up on the filler that had been plastered all over the joints.


The Power Loader, however, is a different story. Many of the bits have been glued (badly) together and Ripley has been painted in gloss paint! From the colour used I`m guessing the Ripley I`ve got was Conchita Ripley, not Ellen Ripley!



As you can see I`ve started stripping her down, currently using nail polish remover which is working (slowly). Of bigger concern is her arms; I may have to try some surgery to reposition them for the diorama I am wanting to make, so any suggestions would be gratefully received.


The limbs of the Power Loader have been glued and painted but as I said earlier, this has been done badly. I now have the joy of getting rid of the seams. I`m thinking that scribing down the seam line and then filling with Vallejo Plastic Putty will work but we`ll see... Here are a few shots to highlight the issue:






I have already removed the pincers from the left arm so I can reposition them ready to hold the Queen`s head.




I now throw a question out for you all. With the light on the top should I:


1. create a static light 


or 


2. have a flashing one to replicate the rotating light on the top (or if anyone knows of a way to get a rotating light).


Personally I am inclined to go with a static light as the diorama isn`t moving so represents a kind of 3D photograph of a moment in time, but I`m open to suggestions...

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Re: Aliens Power Loader

Alun » Apr 21 '15
Looks like you`ve got some work to go there.  Seams don`t look SO bad, should be relatively easy to fix.


For the light don`t know if this would work?


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RC-Model-Car-Police-Night-Flash-Bright-LED-Light-360-Degree-Rotation-Amber-503B-/231390949508?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item35dff9b084



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Re: Aliens Power Loader

Marten Richens » Apr 21 '15
Thanks for the link Alun, that does look rather interesting. The seams don`t look so bad in the photos, it`s just up close and personal when they become scary!
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Re: Aliens Power Loader

Alun » Apr 21 '15
Not as scary as that half stripped Ripley.  That`s going to give me sleepless nights.



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Re: Aliens Power Loader

Ellenbethsdad » Apr 21 '15
Just out of mild curiosity when you say it was a bargain, exactly how much of a bargain?....
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Re: Aliens Power Loader

Marten Richens » Apr 21 '15
I picked them both up for £28 with £8 postage from eBay. I`ve seen the Queen go for upwards of £75 on her own, so I was rather happy. OK so there`s some work to be done (OK shed loads of work to be done!) and now I`m thinking of seeing if I can make the claws swivel slightly to make it all look a bit more dynamic. One step at a time though.


Sorry about the nightmare inducing Ripley photo Alun, I should have put a warning up first.

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Re: Aliens Power Loader

Gareth James » Apr 22 '15
Looking forward to this Marten- lot of work involved!!!. 

Are you going for the loading bay base?. I think the rotating light would work better in a diorama if not then a static light.

Seen the halcyon Powerloader on Fleabay and its always attracts loads of bids no matter what condition its in so you did well to get them for the price.

" I got signals. I got readings, in front and behind." 

"Where, man? I don`t see shit."

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Re: Aliens Power Loader

Marten Richens » Apr 23 '15
Hi Gareth


You are correct I am going for the loading bay base and wanting to pose Ripley & The Queen in eternal conflict. I do agree that the rotating light Alun sent the link to would look great, I just have to figure out the voltage to run it.


I was very happy with the deal I got, but as you say there is one hell of a job on! I have realised that I am going to have to dismember Ripley after I`ve stripped her (that doesn`t sound wrong at all!) so I can reposition her arms. In my head this is looking great!


When finished I`m looking forward to being able to shout the immortal "Get away from her you Bitch!"

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Re: Aliens Power Loader

Alun » Apr 23 '15

Quote from Marten RichensI do agree that the rotating light Alun sent the link to would look great, I just have to figure out the voltage to run it.




Odd they don`t list it.  Found one that looks similar on another listing which says 4.8-6V.  You could always send them a question through ebay.  I bookmarked that one ages ago when I thought it might be what I wanted for the nacelles on the Nu-Enterprise.  Didn`t get that in the end.  Ended up using a rotating light, but still not quite happy with it as the spinner is still clearly stationary.  Thinking it might be better without the spinner and to make the inside surface of the nacelle cap opaque.




Sorry, drifting off topic....

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Re: Aliens Power Loader

Marten Richens » Apr 23 '15
Hi Alun


No worries regarding drifting off topic. Theoretically if these rotating lights work, could you attach the spinner to it somehow?


Anyway I have emailed to company selling it and their first response was that it plugs into a control board, so you don`t need a battery. So I asked them again, to which they repeated that it plugs into a control board. I have just sent a third asking "if I cut the connector off the end and expose the red & black wires, what voltage battery would make it work?"


I am expecting them to answer that it plugs into a control board at which point I`ll give up with them and I guess I`ll just have to experiment by starting with a single AAA and working up from there!


Still it has taken my mind of Ripley! I`ll keep you updated as to their response. No work on the thing at all over the last couple of days due to a visit to migraine city (and they don`t even have a model shop!).

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