New member here and wanted to start off with my HIC build that had been put on hold for about a year. Here's the frame built with the panel slots cut out. I do not have a pic but the slots will be backed with MDF screwed in place. The panels will then be glued with 5 min epoxy to the MDF. This way, I can remove the MDF when I need to move the HIC frame around and not damage the panels.
Here the notches are cut out with a jig saw. Still need to fill all the screw holes, sand the entire frame down, and round off all the edges before I can attach the front panel I got from Stormrider.
Here's a shot of the panel glued to the MDF backing plate. The panels were blocked sanded to get the bottom as flat as possible. There are still some gaps but were easily filled in with Apoxie sculpt.
There are holes on the panels that will need to be hollowed out. I used a 1/8 size drill bit to do this and the tape help keep all the holes the same depth.
most of the greeblies were casted a little long so there's flash on the bottom. I just used 150 grit sandpaper and sanded it down in a circular motion. Then again with 220 grit to smooth it out.
Here's one of the panel primed with grey primer, gloss black, then aluminum all bought at an automotive store. I made templates of the four squares in the panels so I can trace them on a thin sheet of aluminum. The sheets of aluminum were then superglued in place. That's where I'm at now just chipping away at each panel getting all the greeblies cleaned up and ready for paint. Thanks for following along and hope to have an update soon!