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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby Thor » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:27 pm

Take a look at this link:

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Just register and go read. It is very long but details all of the molding techniques and products you will need to successfully mold your boat with ease. If you have any questions....just ask!

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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby the dark knight » Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:24 pm

thank you so much Matt!
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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby the dark knight » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:54 pm

more progress.

applied a coat of resin.....

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then i sanded said resin down. wow this stuff is tough...

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so i dug out my trusty bondo to finish smoothing out the plug

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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby Thor » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:40 pm

It helps a lot if you add thixotropic silica to your resin mix. It sands a LOT easier....It is also known as cab-o-sil....

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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby the dark knight » Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:08 pm

gotcha Matt! ill keep that in mind. :lol: more work done today..... more to come soon

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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby the dark knight » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:29 pm

well, have to say, the bondo is going much faster than before. i might get to mold this this weekend i hope!

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and here is where it sits now. its bed time boys and girls! good news is we had a bad ice and snow storm roll through. so i have all day to work on this tomorrow! 8)

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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby the dark knight » Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:35 pm

more bondo work today. here is where it sits now.

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i feel confident that it is now smooth. however..... i have a question for you guys. should i primer the hull, wetsand, primer, wetsand till its smooth and then mold it?
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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby Bill Rogers » Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:50 pm

Yes, but try alternating two different colors of primer. Then sand down only to the previous color of primer to avoid too much sanding in that area. Keep the photos coming.
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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby the dark knight » Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:01 pm

gotcha! thanks bill! i have grey here and dark grey rustoleum primers. photos soon!
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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby the dark knight » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:08 pm

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found some small spots that i need to patch. not too bad! im happy with the progress so far.

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filled in the low spots. re-priming her now

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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby the dark knight » Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:45 pm

ok. back to this project! i was sidetracked last week, a friend of mine asked me to repair a broken stormtrooper helmet that he owns that was cast from the screen used helmets. long story short, i replaced the ears, fixed some cracks and repainted the whole helmet. hope he likes it.

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updates soon!
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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby GreyAkula52 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:48 pm

ahoy Captain!
Lookin' Good!

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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby the dark knight » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:27 am

so! i went to the hobby store today (mark twain hobby in st. charles mo) and picked up some more apoxie sculpt.

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ive used this stuff before on a vader reveal helmet i built for a friend. it has a 3 hour work time, and untill that point, you can smooth it like clay and detail it. once it sets its rock hard and stronger than the fiberglass on the reveal helmet, and supposedly water proof. in the morning i plan on testing sculpting a dive plane out of it. time will tell!
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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby the dark knight » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:13 pm

well, im happy to report that after lots of tests, the apoxie sculpt seems like a good canidate for this project! it sculpts like clay, and after it cures is like fiberglass as far as hardness goes.

here is the rough shape of the lower rudder
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here is where the rudder sits now. its been shaped, and i filled the low spots with more apoxie sculpt. waiting for that to cure now.
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so thats where i sit now! the upper rudder is curing as we speak! updates tomorrow i hope! 8)
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Re: 1/72nd scale alfa class ssn

Postby the dark knight » Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:33 pm

more progress on the rudders! the upper is roughly shaped, the lower is almost done. primered the hull again, and disaster struck.... the primer reacted.... i know why. in my rush i forgot to prep the surface again. oh well, i can fix it.

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