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Old 01-20-2019, 08:56 AM
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The "working" hydraulic arm is a great addition. The whole model is outstanding.
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Landing gear and more surgery

Thanks Don, I appreciate the kind words and encouragement. This thing is kind of taking on a life of its own, I hope I can ride it out

I've been thinking about the landing gear. I would have like it to be retractable. But given that the original model looks like the gear is supposed to piston out, this doesn't seem likely, so I'll settle for having closable doors and removable gears if I can make it work.

The rear legs are housed in very oddly shaped external boxes. The feet of the gear form the doors. So what I have done is to glue a short stub of plastic pipe (drinking straw + lollipop stick) into the main hull, then the landing gear box slips over top of that.






For the front gear, it seems to have to have retract into the narrow space between the two front cannons. For that to happen, the stub has to go inside the nose, underneath the cockpit. So I first performed some surgery to the bottom of the cockpit to give me some space, then added the lip that goes underneath the front cannons. The lip is custom built, since the template's version is... just plain wrong.


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Interior priming

I've been away for a while, but back now and starting to make progress again.

This first shot shows how the interior will fit together: once painted, all panels will be glued into place. The rear ceiling/top will be glued in too. The front ceiling/top will be removable.



Here are all the parts pre- and post-primed. I'm painting the cockpit in this session too. I love how primer ties everything together...




You can see that I'm deviating (again) from the official model a bit - I don't have a separating bulkhead between the two ball turrets, plus I have built a kind of a socket for each ballturret.

Oh, and a ship needs a crew So here is the start on the sculpt, using a 24 gauge wire, coated in greenstuff and bulked out with kato clay. Now adding details using a mix of greenstuff and apoxie sculpt.




I plan on finishing him up, then making two more casts of him to make the gunner crew.
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Some more progress on the pilot, plus I made a quick model of the caged lights that are so beloved on the Imperium wargear, then press-molded it with sculpey a couple of times.


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Final Pilot and interior painting

Here is the final pilot, ready to mold & cast into two gunners for the ball turrets too.



And here are the interior panels, painted up and ready to be glued into the body of the Fire Raptor:




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Oh crap, the food just fell out of my mouth . Really amazing work. You're certainly multi talented. The space marine sculpt is wonderful.
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