Bigturc's HIC buildSubscribe
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    Jan 14, 2016, 3:22 PM - Bigturc's HIC build #1

    Hello everyone,
    I'm from Montreal, Canada .. been around these board for a long time: Rebelscum a long time ago, RPF for a while too .. and long time lurker in here. I was in the 501st with my TK and TB although I didn't have time to troop for a while!

    I recently registered here when I decided to build a HIC. There was lots of info in here and I needed to do my homework. I have a build thread on the RPF and here's my build thread here.

    First of all, that represents about 1 year of research before I started my own build. Even a year ago, there was a huge lack of parts available so I decided to produce my own!

    Got a Volvo panel from Philip @ Rebelscum, found the original t-levers, Michell arms and we also figured the panel nipples with the help of Kurtyboy. Lots of info to be found on this!

    Here's the list of parts I got:

    Full front : Darthchromer
    Box : Zenix
    Panel set : Me (check my run in progress on the RPF or contact me if you need any)
    Greeblies
    Metal grill and clips : Zenix
    All the rest: Bronica, knobs, t-levers, nipples, acrylic : Me (check my run in progress on the RPF or contact me if you need any)
    Hero Panel #1 electronics : Darthchromer
    Hero Panel #2 electronics : Warpcell

    Next post, pictures!!!
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    Jan 14, 2016, 3:37 PM - Re: Bigturc's HIC build #2

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    Original volvo panel checked against the box. Perfect!
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    Last edited by Bigturc; Feb 8, 2016 at 7:49 PM.
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    Feb 8, 2016, 7:54 PM - Re: Bigturc's HIC build #3

    Box construction
    1/2" MDF backed to prevent sagging (it would never have sagged but better safe than sorry).

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    Feb 8, 2016, 7:59 PM - Re: Bigturc's HIC build #4

    Front panel
    Since Zenix's box is about 5/8" thick MDF, I wanted to build my front with the thinnest depth possible to not have to fill with 1/2" of glue. So I built it first, than added a 1/4" thick plywood over the backing. In the end, I should have added more like 1/2" and only kept 1/8" .. you'll see later why!

    You can see here the 1/4" backing beside the KingJawa 3 parts cast. What's left is about 3/8" of space. That should have been narrowed down to 1/8" instead.

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    Feb 8, 2016, 8:02 PM - Re: Bigturc's HIC build #5

    Box cutouts
    Side cutout made of plywood .. they will mostly be hidden by the panels anyway so we don't mind for the rougher surface. I just wanted to save the MDF for later, in the end, I didn't use it so I could have done it smoother with MDF anyway!

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    Feb 8, 2016, 8:08 PM - Re: Bigturc's HIC build #6

    Han Cast
    Work had started on the Kingjawa cast to make it cleaner. Mostly around the fingers where there was a lot of extra material.

    Before
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    After the dremeling .. much better now!
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    Feb 8, 2016, 8:29 PM - Re: Bigturc's HIC build #7

    Volvo panels
    For those not on the RPF, I made a mold and cast my own panels and offered them. Here's some pics of the process

    Original panel
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    Box construction (To this day, I've done 7 of those molds .. and will probably do a 8th soon!)
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    Feb 8, 2016, 8:32 PM - Re: Bigturc's HIC build #8

    Prepping the box ..
    primer, 400 grit sanding, bondo, sanding, primer, bondo ...

    First pass was done with wood filler but I really didn't like it ...

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    Second pass was with good old evercoat filler .. smooth as butter!!
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    Feb 9, 2016, 12:10 PM - Re: Bigturc's HIC build #9

    Looking good. I am ready to paint mine once the weather gets warmer. It was 60 degrees in December, finally found all the paint colors and the temperature dropped. Spring cannot come fast enough.
  11. Jul 16, 2016, 9:45 AM - Re: Bigturc's HIC build #10

    you said you have the original Volvo panel, do you offer a set or even one in a resin casting for sale? I've got most of my other panels finished(just built using foam board and such) but I wanted a really nice hero panel for the green lit part

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