[PROJECT] Builds By Baz - Full Scale MK II Colonial Viper

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  1. OP
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    The last former templates have now been printed and cut for the top engine. This is the last major module of the ship. After this it's just wings and armaments. Ready to trace onto plywood.

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    Photos of what I have so far. Accessories on their way - gloves and gun belt pouches. Still to find - shoes. Flight suit in chromoflair under construction. I think I may have a prop addiction...

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    I've taken longer than this to build custom cases, and still never actually finished them :shock:. Your dedication to your projects is incredible mate.
     
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    An absolute credit to you and your friends. Looks amazing already.
     
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    Thank you, beautiful people!

    Baz.
     
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    Final module!

    Tracing the templates for the top engine nacelle formers.

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    Everything laid out, measured and marked. Ready for my fortnightly big day to get as much done on the Viper as possible. If I get this undercarriage finalised tomorrow, I can move straight onto building the top engine. All the formers bar two, are cut for that. I also have all the steel I need for it's internal support frame. Let's see what the day brings.

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    Top engine formers cut and now the internal support frame holes are also marked, ready to cut out and slide over the frame.

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    Making all the frame bolts tool-less and high vis. They will be chained inside the frame, hanging next to their fixing position so I never lose or forget to bring them. Some bent ones in there. Easy enough to bend straight tomorrow.

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    The last of the large modules of the Viper construction is now well underway. After this all I need to build is the wings and cannons, then it's onto all the finishing and detailing.

    This is the top engine nacelle. I will make this in three parts, I think. The intake, the main body and the exhaust cone. It's a bit of a challenge because of the floating shroud at the rear, but I have worked out a simple solution.

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    Soooo bloody sick for the last 72 hours. Took me all day yesterday after sleeping in until 2pm , to work out that it was food that was making it worse. Once I worked that out, my belly started thanking me. End result, I couldn't sleep last night. Went into the shed around 9:30pm to enjoy the cool night air. Ended up tinkering, which led on to cutting and gluing polystyrene to the top engine nacelle. In bed by 4am this morning. I went back to work today and spent the day plasma cutting very slowly, feeling pretty ordinary. Not sure if it would be a good idea to go to work tomorrow. I tried to go out again tonight to do some more, but I think I'll just go to bed.

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    Yeah it's been all over the BSG forums. Thanks mate. I looked at it a while back. Interesting. It's made almost entirely of polystyrene and a single person could lift it.

    Any OCAUers up for a build challenge?
     
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    Don't think anyone is game to challenge you to a build.
     
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    Surely someone could beat the pants off me with their skills!? I'm only playing around with a bit of steel, wood and ply, after all...
     
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    Flipped the top engine nacelle over on it's back to fill in the forms underneath. By crikey this polystyrene makes for a very solid shell, once it's all glued together!

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    A quick walk along the fuselage to the shed where the top engine nacelle is under construction.
     
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    I think you are going to need bigger fan motors to get that thing off the ground, even without a pilot... :D

    Damn its really starting to show its scale now.
     
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    YeeeHAARRR!!!! FINALLY! One set of Viper pilot shoes. Right colour, right size, right price. Found in Australia for $120AU free postage. One happy Baz. One less item to find. Starting to wrap up on all the bits now. All I've got to find is the gloves and 5-point seat belt harness.

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    Installed earth magnets into the neck-seal to close it and cut padding to size. Gotta get some silver fabric to wrap the padding in. Fourth photo is the prop from the show. That's what I'm aiming for.

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    Does it need to be a particular type of five point harness Baz?

    I may have a couple of out of date ones you could have in the shed somewhere from last time we had to update the ones in the rally car.
     
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    Thanks mate. Looking for this one by RCI in particular. OutlawSpeedShop sells them new for about $130 plus postage, but seeing as I don't require the harness to be in date or up to spec, then second hand, expired or even damaged is fine.

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    Mine are a different brand with a different buckle setup. I'm gunna be at drag challenge all week next week, I'll ask around in case someone has a out of date set.
     

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