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Case Mod - In Progress Battlestar Galactica Mod: Complete!

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Boddaker, 27 Mar 2007.

  1. vaderag

    vaderag I know what a Dremel is...

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    Amazing Project - i'm a big BSG fan - great work :)
     
  2. IncBot

    IncBot What's a Dremel?

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    Great project and a late congrats on the baby :D
    Just keep her away from the finished article when she gets toddling! :O
     
  3. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

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    "The details are details. They make the product.
    The connections, the connections, the connections.
    It will in the end be these details that give the product its life."


    Another appropriate quote I found. This one is a bit more obscure, but see if you can get it. You are free to use Google too. :)

    Here we go, more detail pieces. These will run along both edges of the top armor panel.
    I cut a bunch of wedges off a piece of styrene, then a bunch of smaller wedges from a tiny piece
    of scrap .040 sheet.
    It looks tedious, but once I got going, it didnt' take long. I had to make 28 of them.
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    Gluing the small wedge onto the big wedge.
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    I used a piece of tape to keep all the small wedges in place until it was time to use them.
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    All 28.
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    Gluing them to the top panel.
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    I had this package of detail pieces lying around, so I thought I would throw some onto the armor.
    I will be doing some kit-bashing later.
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    Glued in place.
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    ...And primed.
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    Here's a few shots of the landing bay on the case.
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    The top being pretty much done (other than final paint), I started on the interior panels, which will include support beams with lighting.

    8)
     
  4. wbdog206

    wbdog206 not me

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    sweet.
    looking really good.
     
  5. Mother-Goose

    Mother-Goose 5 o'clock somewhere

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    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm bsg

    It's looking good bod, really good! Your attention to detail is amazing. Kudos to the swiss army knife tweezers btw!
     
  6. jokkos

    jokkos too busy to mod *sigh*

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    thanks to the pic of the landing bay on top of the Stacker, one gets a very good idea of the size and how it'll look (great!). Nice work, respect for the detailing you put into it.
     
  7. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

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    Thanks everyone for your comments and positive feedback. It really helps motivate me more to continue on this build. I can't wait to show you what I have planned in other areas of the case. :naughty:

    lol you noticed the tweezers! Yeah I have a small swiss army knife on my keychain I use for everything. It also has scissors and even a retractable pen! :D
     
  8. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

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    Is there a good way to remove anodizing from aluminum panels? I plan on gluing more ribs to them and then painting them, and the glue doesn't stick well to the coated surface.
     
  9. dacust

    dacust What's a Dremel?

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    Anodizing is actually a chemical process that alters the surface of the aluminum down to a depth of a number of (10?100?1000?) molecules. Sanding would be the only way to remove it, and it would take quite a bit of sanding.

    This is looking AWESOME BTW.
     
  10. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

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    Thanks Dacust! I have just read that using oven cleaner will remove the anodizing. People have also used Drano with seemingly positive results, although some have reported subsequent corrosion and pitting because they left the part in too long. I have not tried it, so I dont know. Would be a good experiment!
     
  11. dacust

    dacust What's a Dremel?

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    Doing it that way you are etching the surface. Basically you ARE corroding it on purpose. To get all of the color out, some of the etching will dig deeper than the anodizing. If you are going to leave the surface looking like that, then it works OK. But if you want a smooth surface then you have to sand it. You'll actually have MORE sanding to do to get it smooth, because of the depth of the etching.

    I'd try to oven cleaner and Draino on a scrap and see if it gets you a surface you like. If not, I'd just sand it from the start. You'll have less sanding that way, and more metal left.

    Hmmm, I wonder if wet sanding with Draino or oven cleaner would give good results.... I wouldn't think there'd be any advantage, but who knows.

    I'm just talking theory here. I haven't actually done any of this.
     
  12. IanW

    IanW Grumpy Old Git

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    Remember that such chemicals are HAZARDOUS (caustic?)! Wear plenty of safety gear if you want to try this. Goggles, facemask, rubber gloves. No exposed skin at all would be a good idea in case of the inevitable splashes wet sanding will produce.

    We don't want you in ER when you should be modding! :duh:
     
  13. TNash

    TNash What's a Dremel?

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    This thing is so cool! Nice detail work!
     
  14. dacust

    dacust What's a Dremel?

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    IanW: Important post. Thanks.

    I'd add that with chemicals like this, I wouldn't trust normal rubber gloves. I have a set of very thick acid-proof gloves that I use for stuff like this.
     
  15. IanW

    IanW Grumpy Old Git

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    Even better. :thumb:
     
  16. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

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    Thanks guys. Yeah, I wouldn't even think about attempting something like this unless I had the proper safety equipment.

    I'll do a test piece to see how it comes out. Also, my buddy has a blasting cabinet, so I'm thinking I might bring another test piece over to see if it does a better job at removing the ano.
     
  17. razzta010

    razzta010 mod addict

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    Hi Bod, really nice little details work. I love it. Keep on!!!!
     
  18. E.E.L. Ambiense

    E.E.L. Ambiense Acrylic Heretic

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    Yeah, depending on the media he uses, you can get a great 'grain' on the pieces after they've been done. I personally would do this if you have access to it. By all means, it's less grunt-work for you to handle! :thumb:

    EDIT: This thing rawks, by the way. Forgot to add that important part.
     
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  19. Tyinsar

    Tyinsar 6 screens 1 card since Nov 17 2007

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    I think those two pics (esp the latter) say a lot about this build. :thumb:
     
  20. karbonKid

    karbonKid Minimodder

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    mmmmmmmmmmmmmm...... greeeebleeesssssss

    awesome work dude :jawdrop:
     
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