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Introducing Miss Ellen Ripley (finally)

Marten Richens » Nov 18 '15

Well everyone, it has finally happened - I have finished the Power Loader with Ripley (or more accurately, her stunt double!).

This was one hell of a build due to the amount of modification that was required. Here's a quick run down of what I had to do:

Ripley
Cut off head and repositioned
Cut off left arm at the shoulder, repositioned and filled the chasm left behind
Cut off her fingers and thumbs and reseated them to make them grasp the joysticks
Cut off her legs at the waist and put a twist in her torso
Filed off the existing thick harnesses (which didn't make a connection with the pad the the beack!) and replaced with .1mm plasticard

Power Loader
Cut off the left fork prongs and repositioned them.
Added new 'metal' tracks to both fork areas.
Added fuel lines for the welder.
Added the rotating light **Special thanks to Ant for this unit!**
Added joystick coiled cables.
Cut and repositioned the left rear actuator.
Added foot straps, which was a bit of an arse as Ripley's legs are too short to fit properly.
Sanded the hydraulic hoses to matt them down.
Recreated the decals as the originals were brown and brittle (I still have the file if anyone wants it).

Painting was relatively straight forward, blat it with a shed load of Vallejo Model Air Golden Yellow (RLM04), pick out the black areas. The metal is done with AK Interactive's True Metal Steel and I used the Dark Earth, Smoke and Black Humbrol Weathering Powders in a mixture I like to call 'Sludge Brown'. Spray it all with Vallejo Matt Varnish and job done!

Here are a few pics of it











And here is a Video of Ant's Light in action. Please excuse the Creedence in the background, I forgot my camera was recording sound as well!

Just got the base left to do now, and then I can marry up the Power Loader and Alien Queen for their eternal battle.

As a side note, to anyone having trouble with the editor, if you want single line spacing, press SHIFT and ENTER, ENTER on it's own double line spaces.

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Re: Introducing Miss Ellen Ripley (finally)

Alun » Nov 18 '15

Lovely build there Marten!  The face is dodgy but there really isn't all that much you can do about that!  But everything else is absolutely top notch! The flashing light is very cool.  Ant really does know his stuff!

 

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Re: Introducing Miss Ellen Ripley (finally)

Marten Richens » Nov 18 '15

Thanks Alun I do agree, the face is terrible, but I have bugger all sculpting skills so thought I leave it well alone. They could have at least tried to make her look anything other than bored!

It's good that we have Ant on board to help us mere mortals, but I wonder if he knows that he's never allowed to leave. Ever.

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Re: Introducing Miss Ellen Ripley (finally)

Anthony Hughes » Nov 18 '15

Cracking work there Marten - looks the biz! She's got a really good "swing" in her arm

Glad to help out with the lights - maybe I should give up my day job ;-)

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Re: Introducing Miss Ellen Ripley (finally)

Gareth James » Nov 18 '15

Came out really well Marten!- I like the extra's you dropped in which really helps to give detail to the kit. Think the weathering looks good as well- I like to see the loader looking well used. Like Alun said the face isn't quite right, but full kudo's to you for giving it a go and carrying out all the mods to Ripley. 

Watched the light video, looks great, really brings it alive and worth the hassle of fitting it. Looking forward to seeing the Queen. Not an easy build mate. That Creedence soundtrack didn't hurt your street cred too much dude, better than that hair metal you subject yourself to!wink

 

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Re: Introducing Miss Ellen Ripley (finally)

Marten Richens » Nov 20 '15

Thanks for the positive responses guys, your feedback means a lot, unless you're a cheeky bugger like Gareth! Hair metal indeed, it's sleaze rock I'm afraid. I don't do Bon Jovi or any of that nonsense.

For those that can't remember the Queen, here is the Photobucket link.

Does anyone have any thoughts on how I should go about making the base? It looks like the Sulaco hangar bay has all sorts of different surfaces and I could print them as a decal, but that may look a bit naff. But I really can't think of another way (I don't have access to a computer controlled laser cutter) so any help would be greatly appreciated. I have measured an approximate size and it will need to be 30 x 60 cm!

 

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Re: Introducing Miss Ellen Ripley (finally)

Alun » Nov 20 '15

That's a big base!

Been a while since I've watched the movie but could you go with some small scale checker plate and maybe cut it into squares with a border between each one to simulate individual blocks?

Maybe something like this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Slaters-Embossed-Plastikard-No-0448-1-25-Scale-Double-Tread-Plate-/381364940913?hash=item58cb1f3071:g:SLwAAOxyYSdTD1ql

The only bit I recall at the moment is when the Queen lifts out the plates to get at Newt and seem to recall they're grids, but that would be really tough to replicate.

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Re: Introducing Miss Ellen Ripley (finally)

Anthony Hughes » Nov 20 '15

I vaguely remember someone doing "correct" Sulaco floor tiles in a variety of scales a while back - may have been a shapeways thing... whill have to rummage

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