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Hi all,
A new project to start with and probably my most longest cherished wish. The construction of the Imperial Star Destroyer from Star Wars. The model will get extra added detail AND... lighting!
I will not be doing a extensive kit review, as there are plenty of that on YouTube. Of course I will show 2 pictures of both the box and it's general contents.

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Review:

Of course this will not be a playable miniature in the game as it will just be to big. But I do think I will set it offside the playarea as part of a mission story or objective marker.

The extra detail sets are from GreenStrawberry. They mainly make PE and resin detail sets for sci-fi models. Because I am going to build the Imperial Star Destroyer 2 (ISD2), I bought the stuff below. 

General details
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https://greenstrawberry.cz/star-wars/star-destroyer--86.html

Replacement hangar bay
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https://greenstrawberry.cz/star-wars/star-destroyer-hangar-bay--95.html

Screen accurate engine bells (please note that the flaps will not go on. They are for the ISD1)
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https://greenstrawberry.cz/star-wars/star-destroyer-engines-bells--89.html

Lighting set
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https://greenstrawberry.cz/lighting-kits/star-destroyer-lighting-kit--44.html

I'll probably going to remove/alter the 4 turbo laser turrets on each side and draw and print my own (or go shopping on ShapeWays), but that is something to decide on during the build.

Arno

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Really looking forward to see how this goes, especially with all the extra bits and lighting.

Unfortunately, now I want a Star Destroyer as well.......as if I don't have enough plastic to assemble and\or paint 😄.

 

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3 hours ago, Jiwestone said:

Unfortunately, now I want a Star Destroyer as well.......as if I don't have enough plastic to assemble and\or paint 😄.

Sorry about that 😇

I found the best priced one on Amazone for 78,80 euro's and free shipping. Just to add a side note ;)

The details on the kit are already great OOB. So adding another 200,- euro's or so is not necessary for having a good looking model. But of course it will help in getting it more accurate. In my case it will become the eye-catcher in my glass cabinet.

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11 hours ago, Bullox said:

Welcome to the club. This is a bit out of date (first addition). I’ll get around to updating it to second some day.

 

Would be cool if you can update the rules... I always play casual games with friends, so it's easy to give it a try.

Alhough it will still be seriously out of scale of course...

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The first 2 pages of the building manual have been completed. And it must be said, this kit fits perfectly up until this point. Although rated a difficulty level of 4, it is more likely to be a rating of 2, it's so easy.
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All parts a beautifully shaped, as in nicely crisp and fitting. When two parts need to join, the corners are angled towards eachother, minimizing seams. And often another part is placed over the seam afterwards
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Although this last picture shows the worst fitting I've seen so far, it's hardly to be seen when de model is on my desk. Especially when a lot more greebles will be added during the build. I will determine a bit later if I need to resolve this.
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All is fitting perfectly, making this an easy build. After just a few hours most of the top part is asembled. I left a few segments unglued so I have easy access for adding the fiber optics.

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While waiting on the upgrade sets to arrive, I've started marking all the holes that I need to drill (all small black dots). If I can dril all these holes nicely... I will be putting 116 of them on the bridge alone!
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I've made a start on the upper deck as well
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Arno

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Yesterday I received the PE, resin and lighting detail sets. That stuff is beautiful. I carefully started on the first parts on the secondary hangar in front of the main hangar. The big door you can see on the photo can be build open or closed. I will leave it open :D showing the TIE fighter storage. Unfortunately the are no TIEs in the set. Probably because they would be about 2mm in size.

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A beautiful feature is that all room's are prepared with holes and slots where light can shine through from build in lighting.
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Arno

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The small hangar is glued in place. I left all the small additional rooms unglued to I can get my airbrush in them
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Then I started working on the main hangar bay. Main work was bending all walls upright and creating again some small rooms. As with the orthers, these will remain unglued until everything has been painted
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A lot of work done on the main hangar. First a start on the bidge that is looking out over the entire hangar bay. Because there is hardly any room on the bend metal edges to put glue, I've added a super thin ridge of styreen. That will make the bonding a lot stronger.
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Then I continued work on the ceiling. A lot of small greebles, but the main thing you can see is the rail from which they can launch and taxi shuttles and equipment.
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And finaly an existing kit part needed to be modified. This is the docking arm that, like a tug boot, can guide larges shuttles into position while docking.
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Arno

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GreenStrawberry's update set is really beautiful, but I did spot a small mistake. So for the ones watching this meaning to build this set themselves, pay attention to the following.
The instruction is telling to stack part 10 and 11 onto eachother. You can already see a clear pattern on part 11.
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On the sprue there is a part 67 that matches that patern perfectly and needs to be stacked on top of part 11
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And there is another part called 67. However, I can't find these in the building instructions either
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I have been in contact with GreenStrawberry about this and they are looking into it to see what is the best way to correct this

Then let's continue the build. I've put in all trusses into the big 'garage'
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Just above the main hangar door on the left, I glued in a strip of styreen. On the kit there was a bit a detailed plastic, but I prefer a smooth surface when applying the PE parts
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Then the bulk heads were up next.
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When all is done, a nice light will be emited from underneath, a bit like a flood light. This is were we now stand
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16 hours ago, CyCo said:

You are insane. 

I am? 😅 Please don't tell my boss...

I am still working on this, but I don't have many pictures to show. I've been mostly drilling holes... During the grand prix of Silverstone I drilled 78 holes. Almost broke my drill in the last lap 😉 This is about as much as you can see from the progress
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And then I was anxious to see how easy the fiber optics would go through the holes and how they would shine. As seen from the picture, on the right side the 5 dots light up.
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And finaly the famous 'garbage chute' that was shown in part V - The Empire Strikes Back when the Milenium Falcon escapes by drifting away with the rest of the garbage.
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Arno

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While I just keep on drilling all the holes, a small little something was in the mail today.
A couple of those TIE fighters I want to hang from the trusses in the hangar bays. For the rest, well perhaps I find some opportunities. 😉  The shuttle I want to park in the hangar... hopefully that will fit. 
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Everybody knows TIE fighters and the Lambda shuttle. Or at least the main shapes. But these are the de tractor beams that can be used to capture and guide ships into the main hangar.
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One of the challenges to figure out, I guess. But the designer had a tip to leave the fighters on the sprue head rail and use that to glue the fighters in place. So I will probably go that way and paint the fighters one full row at the time. 

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Wow, this looks great so far, and all the extra detail really adds something to it. I`` m getting a headache just looking at all those tiny details :D. I just (re)watched the behind the scenes film from the original trilogy, some cool stuff there about the original ISD film models.

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