Sooo, i've finish my E-11 project using a de-activated Sterling and genuine M38 scope & Hengstler and feel like doing something a bit bigger, more challenging and without a doubt more of a moneypit! I must be mad....
ESB is my favourite film of all time and the HiC scene always amazed me so i thought i would give it a go!
I'm sticking to the plans to be a screen accurate as possible but am doing a few bits to save £££.
So far i have been to my local DIY store who very kindly cut my pieces of 12mm MDF to create the side, top, bottom and frame pieces. The sheet cost £18.00 and the cuts were free! They have been cut so precisely and look fantastic - the blueprints that are available online are so useful and i have stuck to them to the nearest 16th of an inch.
I have drawn out the holes for the side panels and will ask my chippy friend if he'll cut them out.
The buckets in the top and bottom panels are available but quite expensive but i luckily sourced some Tupperware storage tubs approximately the same size so will fit them for size and bondo in and hopefully they will look ok!
FIND OF THE CENTURY!!
I have been extremely luckily and after a good few days of searching and 'my friends, uncles, sisters, dogs grandfather might know someone' type thing, i have managed to source 8 ORIGINAL VOLVO 1979-81 INSTRUMENT CLUSTERS!
One has arrived and the others on the way next week.
Here is one as arrive, as disassembled with its guts and then without all the gubbins.
I've got a family friend who makes resin & fibreglass molds and casts so will see if he can run off some sets - watch this space!
Really pleased with this find, i'm not sure whether to use all 8 in my build or to make casts and sell a few - let me know your thoughts!
At least if i've got all 8 i can start to make progress on the panels over the winter.
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Update - ordered plastic greeblies from Zenix (Shapeways). Will order metal clips and plate closer to finish time.
I been wondering what to use as a backing plate in the panels and after looking at some good hi def pics (http://www.rebelscum.com/gallery/carbonite/ ) i have decided to use some 1mm thick aluminium plate as it looks the closest to the pictures and gives that shiny look that i like. I can trim to size, fit behind the panel and then paint and attach the greeblies to them (http://www.rebelscum.com/gallery/carbonite/image7.asp ). I found a seller on ebay who cuts and ships the sheets to size and i got the lot for £13.00 so a bargain!
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So today was the day and my panels arrived - bit nervous as wasn't sure what condition they would be in but when i opened the box, i was very happy!
All of them were in great condition bur required disassembling so what better thing to do on a wet day than to put ESB on and get tinkering
I decided that since the wife was out, i'd make full use of some device in the kitchen called a 'dishwasher' ...worked wonders on getting 30 odd year old grime and muck off
My aluminium sheets arrived today so i will tidy up the panels (had a few rusted screws firmly attached) and make a template to trim the aluminium panels to.
The MDF panels are currently with my chippy friend getting chopped and having the holes made in them - i should get them back next week!
So i've spent the afternoon cleaning them up, removing rusty screws and fused bits of plastic and given them a final clean. I have measured the aluminium panels and they'll need to be trimmed but i've test fitted them and really like the look! I'll get some primer and paint and try and get the panels painted next week if the weather is good...fingers crossed!
I'm really pleased with the look and think they'll look cracking with the greeblies on them.
Right, time for a beer and a bit more research :-)