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PostPosted: Wed 02 Dec 2015 02:00 am 
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Couldn't find any other builds of this kit on here, so I guess I'm the first! This was picked up at a bargain price in an original Empire Strikes Back box. Saw them going for £100+ on eBay so I thought about selling it on... for all of about 2 seconds :lol:
The detail, even for 1/4200 is pretty poor, so I did make a few adjustments and added more detailed and prominent turbolasers to the superstructure. According to Wookiepedia (who knew such a thing existed?!) the 'real thing' would be a mile long! This one measures out at about 15". The same source also informs me that this is an Imperial II-Class Star Destroyer.

I decided a big, plain grey wedge might look a little too much like a door stop, so I decided to take the plunge and order some LEDs and fibre optics. I could have done with more, but made do with 13 white lamps with c. 250 strands of fibre for lit windows and 7 blue flickering LEDs for the engines (which fit into the engines beautifully, incidentally). I managed to make the 'hangar' removable and mounted a 9V battery and a very discreet and rather Heath-Robinsonesque switch to it, so all the electrics are contained within the hull, rather than the stand. The interior is now a nightmare of wires, resistors and fibres but I think the effort has been worthwhile. The real thing looks so much better than the pictures let on (you'll have to take my word for it!) and it feels like a fitting time to have completed it what with the next instalment of Star Wars about to start.

Anyway, forgive the picture quality! Here it is!

MPC 1/4200 Star Destroyer (8915)
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PostPosted: Wed 02 Dec 2015 11:08 am 
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I've been after one of these for ages, but as you say, the prices on eBay are a bit steep!

Fantastic job, especially the lighting!

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PostPosted: Wed 23 Dec 2015 17:57 pm 
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Well done - The lighting looks great!

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PostPosted: Wed 23 Dec 2015 22:05 pm 
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Excellent lighting and build too.


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PostPosted: Fri 22 Jul 2016 20:22 pm 
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Impressive work! :shock:


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PostPosted: Fri 22 Jul 2016 20:36 pm 
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That is simply fabulous.


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PostPosted: Fri 22 Jul 2016 23:21 pm 
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Looks absolutely brilliant.
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PostPosted: Wed 10 Aug 2016 14:47 pm 
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Thanks all! It was time consuming, but well worth it!


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PostPosted: Wed 10 Aug 2016 16:53 pm 
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That's class! Big love for the lighting work, looks fantastic!

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Sep 2016 19:20 pm 
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I am very impressed with your lighting job UWB! As a contrast I offer my very low tech version.

I made mine possibly over 25 years ago for only one reason and that was to try to photograph it in space.
This was pre digital camera era or lap top era for me, (and fibre optic I think), so I had to use a bit of cunning. The plan was to rest it on a dark stand in a darkened room and illuminate it with the light of a slide projector, then try to capture it on my SLR camera with a long lens and on a tripod. The problem was a grey coloured one would not catch enough light and with a longer exposure it would light up the rest of the room, so I had a brainwave, paint it silver!

The silver would really bring out the detail in the shadows as long as I got the focus right and I think I have got this. Amazingly, I only had three goes at this but I was not clever enough to use black and white film so it did look silvery! Now years later with the press of a button, I have corrected this oversight and I think I have got the result I was after.
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The Kit got repainted spaceship grey, given to a nephew and is 'missing in action'. So no second goes I am afraid. Please let me know what you think. It was an expensive bit of fun at the time!


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PostPosted: Thu 15 Sep 2016 22:39 pm 
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Nice! Great job at photographing that, it can't have been easy pre-digital!


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PostPosted: Fri 16 Sep 2016 06:00 am 
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Great looking model.
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PostPosted: Sat 17 Sep 2016 06:19 am 
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I've been wanting to do mine with a miniature Millennium Falcon in the exposed bay.

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Sep 2016 13:52 pm 
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Thank you all!
I may just see what I can do with a digital camera. I think I have a few other spaceships about the place so I will have a play.


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PostPosted: Fri 23 Sep 2016 05:45 am 
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It looks like a real screen prop with that effect, well done!


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PostPosted: Thu 20 Oct 2016 23:44 pm 
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Ditto! :thumb:


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