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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Worky bitz

The major task today was detailing the cockpit.  While I was doing that I came up with and interesting idea for lighting that I'll test tomorrow and see how it plays out. Basically I'll mount a 5mm blue LED inside the center console drill out an indicator light and drill a hole to illuminate the under dash area.  If that leaves insufficient glow I'll add another hole  to allow more direct access to the seats.

Other tasks were filling gaps in the Battle Cannon and the turret housing section, base coating the forward heavy bolter array, and working on the Runtbot display base. 
The Battle Cannon promises to be a chore.  Its not really round, even after a tremendous amount of filing.  the two halves are also not well cast and seem to really be only distantly related.  I'm going to add some wire piping to even out some of the details that are unbalanced looking and see how convincing I can make it.  Ultimately it may be easier and more visually satisfying to just fabricate a replacement barrel.  Because the model is rare I'm inclined to keep to the original parts as much as possible and have limited wholesale scratch building to  things not included in the original design... like the cockpit and the search lights. 

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