HIC WIP

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    HIC WIP

    Hi
    I just wanted to share my work in progress. I have been working on it for almost a year, and now it is worth showing. Not finished yet, but I am very happy about how it is looking already. Now I need to mask the dark grey area and paint all front silver. I did paint silver the front to see how it looked, but did no mask it when painting grey and now I need to repaint it. Once painted, I will try a black acrilyc wash.

    hic_jmhe_1-pnghic_jmhe_3-png

    I have built some details for the base and the top, a vent grill and some cilinders. I like the look of the Gentle Giant Statue (the one with boba and the two stormtroopers), just as some people have already done.

    hic_jmhe_2-png

    And this is next step, I am about to start painting greeblies.

    hic_jmhe_4-png

    I would like to say thank you to everybody on this forum, I have got so many ideas and references from this forum....

    Once I really finish it, I will try to take some decent pictures with a "real" camera and not my cell phone.
    Last edited by juanmatroop; May 18, 2014 at 3:21 PM.

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    Re: HIC WIP

    That looks great! How did you create your vent grill? I really like that look and will most likely add some lighting to the top and bottom through the vents. Also, what HIC panel did you use? I have a Stormrider full rubber front and am curious as how to blend it with the mdf box kit edges. It's a Zenix kit.

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    Looking good!

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    It was a stormrider full rubber front, with frame. But I did cut the "frame", since the box I built was slightly bigger. Anyway the rubber height on the frame was not even all around and I was having a hard time trying to sand it where it was too thick and fill it where too thin. So I just cutted just where the frame ended and the carbonite surface started and I rebuilt the frame with plastic.
    hic_jmhe_frame-png

    This a picture of the leftovers
    hic_jmhe_rubber_frame_cut-png

    To fill the gaps between the rubber and the frame I used hot glue and bondo to fill the gaps. The hot glue helped to keed the sides of the rubber on place, too ;-)

    hic_jmhe_rubber_plastic_blended-png

    I have built the vents with plastic, just cut a piece the size of the big hole on top and bottom, to use it as base, and using that as pattern, cut another piece the same width but a little higher. Then cut that second piece in 6 pieces horizontally, and put one at the top of the next, just a few millimeters, to give the vent grill look. Not my idea, somebody else did on this forum before!

    hic_jmhe_grid-pngIhic_jmhe_grid_side-png hic_jmhe_grid_back-pnghic_hmhe_grid_top-png

    I used some extra plastic to make that "step" a little bigger.

    I added a couple of PVC cilinders
    hic_jmhe_cilinders-pnghic_jmhe_cilinders_installed-png

    And this is how it looks:
    hic_jmhe_top-png
    I am happy about it.
    Last edited by juanmatroop; May 21, 2014 at 12:20 AM.

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    Re: HIC WIP

    That looks awesome! Thanks for the info.


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    I just wanted to share how I built the "holes" on the box out of a flat kit. The box was built out of a kit done on plastic by a guy here in Spain. To make the "holes" for the vent grill and the PVC cilinders, I used some thin plastic, made a few cuts on the corners to allow bending, and then nailed it to the box with very thin nails. And then applied a lot of bondo to it to hide the cuts.
    hic_jmhe_building_holes-png

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    Very nice! Thanks for sharing.


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    Re: HIC WIP

    How did you decide to secure the rubber panel to the box?


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    Re: HIC WIP

    Great work!! And there are a few new ideas how to do it. Thank you.

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    I glued the rubber front to the box with glue, but I did put a few nuts and bolts through the rubber to secure it to the backpanel on top of the box. Actually I did use a few bolts around the head, the body, the legs, and then down around the feet, and I did put some on the corners, too, just to make sure the rubber would not come over when the HIC is on upright position. I hided the nuts heads with bondo. The hot glue that I used to fill the gaps between the frame and the rubbers helps to keep it on place, too.
    Last edited by juanmatroop; May 21, 2014 at 4:29 PM.

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    Thanks for that info!


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    Re: HIC WIP

    That's pretty cool.

    How deep are the "holes" on top and bottom?

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    The holes are about 5.5 cm deep.

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    Nice work. I'll have to make sure that I post some pics of mine once I start.

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    Hey juanmatroop..awesome looking HIC mate!

    Ive made my box out of MDF but what did you use to seal the box before priming etc so the paint doesn't get absorbed by the wood especially on the ends?

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    Re: HIC WIP

    Fantastic Job !!! Waiting more progress

    Genial,me encanta!!!

    Saludos
    Juanma

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    Re: HIC WIP

    My box was made of plastic, I used plastic primer before painting.

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    Re: HIC WIP

    Some pictures of my panels with electronics:
    hic_panel8_jmhe-jpghic_panel7_jmhe-jpg

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