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    Time to get some strength into the build guys! This build is going to have some weight but who cares =) it is only going to be a display build, so lets get stuck into it!

    Starting to fibre glass the body everyone, i started by coating the body with the resin before applying the first layer





    As i add the layers i brush more of the resin stuff over it to make sure there are no dry patches.



    Three layers later and this is what it looks like



    All dry now and cured so its time to cut off the excess fibre glass.



    On to the windows of the TIE fighter now everyone, I got the vinyl plotter out to stick some vinyl down to use as a cutting guide



    weeding the bits of vinyl off that we do not need





    Now i am sticking the vinyl down on some application tape so i can apply it easier



    cutting it to shape



    Sticking it onto the acrylic, there are a couple of rough spots but lucky this is only a guide =)





    Time to Jigsaw the acrylic with our plastic cutting blade



    Final result!



    A bit of sanding to clean up the jigsaw marks





    Here are some other windows we cut out using the same process.



    Anyone want some BBQ acrylic?



    The heat of the BBQ heats up the acrylic evenly where as the heat gun is good for maintaining heat in areas. I used the cut outs of the ball i had left over as a mould to get the curve in the acrylic. After that any waves left in the acrylic i can hit with the heat gun.



    I plan on etching panel details into the build so today i am layering a 3mm thick layer of body filler over the body. The body filler is also a good surface for me to paint when smooth.





    I hope you are all enjoying the progress =)

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    Progress 9 video! i hope you are all enjoying the progress, i need to get moving on the build, only 9-10 days left!


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    You guys know how much i love the sanding so i have more for you today and a nice looking TIE Advanced body.

    Starting off with the orbital sander to bring the body filler down nice and smooth, was a very fast process with the 80 grit paper.



    Finishing off the side sections with the delta sander as it is much smaller.



    Also took the time to get the join of the two sections nice and sharp



    And here is the shaped up body







    Will need to add a bit of grease back into the sliders



    Time to start some detailing! Firstly with the front cut outs. I need to wipe down the wings to apply some vinyl as a cutting guide









    Now that the vinyl is applied it is time to get the grinder out



    A bit of hammering and using the flat head screw driver and we get it out.



    Just a bit of dremel work to clean it all up



    Now to install a back piece in there to work off of. I cut out some acrylic pieces and sanded them to side





    A bit of araldite will hold it in place



    Now i am using our foam again to fill in the edges





    I also removed some of the steel rod on the guns so that i could foam around them to form up the guns.





    This bigger piece that i put on the BBQ was a bit too big for the mould so it got a couple of waves around the outside. I concentrated the heat gun on each individual wave to get them all flat.





    As you can see, the front half has been fixed, time for the second half of waves.



    Here is what the TIE Fighter looks like with the windows on



    Foam is finally dry! time to carve!





    I hope you are all enjoying the progress, more shortly.

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    Here is progress video 10 =) i hope you all enjoy


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    Mundi a good friend from ICEMODZ.COM Has provided the build with some custom sized cables made from quality MDPC-X, these cables are longer than standard lengths to create some loose cable for the sliding PSU tray. The colours also suit the star wars theme a lot better!








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    Lots of progress here guys! Some custom reservoirs, starting the details of the build, priming the build and working on the wings.

    To kick things off, i measured up the mesh and used some painters tape to mark my cuts out for the wings





    This is only one layer of mesh, there will be one layer on the inside and on the outside





    Welded some legs to the steel rods inside the ball. The core P5 feet are made from steel so then have been welded to the legs and the plastic core p5 feet slide right over them



    Starting to put a couple layers of prime on





    Had an old reservoir so i decided to create two of my own custom reservoirs out of it. Removed the threaded part, sanded it down, and cut the tube in half.









    I then cut out a bottom section for the two halves.



    Time to Tap a G1/4 threading through the acrylic panels.







    And now for the end caps, I also put a threaded hole in the end caps for an easy fill port.





    Time to mend it all together and clean it up






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    Now what would a TIE Advanced be without Darth Vader himself? So I decided to vinyl our reservoirs









    The vinyl will be getting peeled off later on. Time to prime the reservoirs!





    A really old dead motherboard comes in handy for some detail parts, I have sourced all kinds of junk from the shed to use for details.



    As you can see, by sanding the motherboard a tad, it reviles the copper circuit inside, i think its a nice touch to that inside area, also got some small pipes to add in.





    Printed out an image of a TIE Advanced to i can circle the detail bits i have complete as i progress through.





    Working on some of the ball detail so i need to get that curved shape into the detail so it sits flush with the ball.





    Lots of hours later and we have some details all glued and ready to go. I used a few old capacitors/caps for some of the details.



    Time to work on the top section of the ball. Measured out where i want my cuts to go.







    Some more details heated up and formed into the dome shape, that mould i kept really comes in handy.



    A bit of acrylic cement and this becomes a permanent fixture =)





    The glue marks will not matter as this will all be painted =)





    Added a couple more details so fill in the empty gaps.



    And taped some mesh down to show you guys what i want to do tomorrow.





    This mesh will be glued in place with a strong adhesive.

    I hope you all enjoyed the progress.

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    Hey guys, sorry for the lack of updates the past few days, been so busy working every day until midnight to get this PC complete so i hope you all understand. I have the footage recorded so i will eventually get it done. But for now here is a sneak picture of where i am at. I used a pencil to draw up the panel lines then etched the whole thing top and bottom with the dremel and it took a **** tonne of time but well worth it.


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    Here I am drawing up the panel details on the tie-fighter. This will be the guide lines when etching into the surface.



    To create the panel detailing I used the dremel tool to etch into the tie-fighter following along the drawn up lines. Both top and bottom of the tie-fighter has the panel details.







    This is the result from etching into the surface. This took alot of time, patience and most importantly steady hands.







    Further details of the tie-fighter panels where made by filling the etched surface with thinned down black enamel, aka black wash. Once again, both top and bottom of the tie-fighter had this black wash.





    More progress on the wings.



    I painted the inside of the tie-fighter black.


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    Grills being glued for the top of the tie-fighter.



    My customer reservoirs have now joined the dark side.





    Starting to come together now! More details being added to the tie-fighter.




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