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1/12 JPG Probe Droid

Post by Uwe Kaeding » January 27th, 2020, 5:40 am

Been working on this one for a while but am finally making some progress. It's the JPG Probe Droid kit mastered by Nick Sagan, with the lighting kit from Tirydium Models - my first try at lighting a model.

I started by drilling some holes for the wiring and building a conduit between the head and body:
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Then I drilled out the light and glued the LED in place. Note the rookie mistake (the battery box needs to be hidden in the main body, so its wires had to be cut after this):
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Conduit added to the head base plate:
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Head pieces glued and filled/sanded:
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Milliput was used to make a more positive location for joining the top and bottom of the body. Rare earth magnets (they come with the lighting kit) glued in place - the parts need to come apart to allow access to the batteries and switch:
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Some styrene rod and details added to the blaster part and hole drilled in the body top to locate it:
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I decided the arms need to look like they should rotate so I cut a set of discs to glue them onto:
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Discs detailed with holes around the circumference and set into recesses milled into the body:
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Re: 1/12 JPG Probe Droid

Post by Uwe Kaeding » January 27th, 2020, 5:48 am

Arms cleaned up and with brass tube replacing all of the pistons, and pins glued into the ends:
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Test fit of all of the parts put together:
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I eventually found some connectors small enough to fit, soldered them on and tested the light:
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Painting completed for main body and arms and rubber hoses added to underside of body:
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I've milled out recesses for the cabochon eyes as I didn't like the way they looked sitting flush. I also rounded the eye bases into a more circular shape as they were oblong on my kit (maybe a leftover from the 3D printing process for the master?):
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I also milled out a recess for the small eye which was also more oblong than circular - it will be replaced by a 6 mm cabochon ordered from E-bay:
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Aerials added and the head primed:
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Re: 1/12 JPG Probe Droid

Post by computergeek » January 27th, 2020, 11:53 pm

Wow, that is looking quite nice! Are the aerials brass tube as well?

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Re: 1/12 JPG Probe Droid

Post by Uwe Kaeding » January 28th, 2020, 8:17 am

Thanks - no the aerials are supplied as wire with aluminium tubing for the tops, all of which needs to be cut to size.

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Re: 1/12 JPG Probe Droid

Post by Uwe Kaeding » January 28th, 2020, 10:28 am

All the painting is done now, ready for some chipping and weathering:
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And the light still works!
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Re: 1/12 JPG Probe Droid

Post by dark kyp » February 6th, 2020, 9:10 pm

great job!
What color did you use?

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Re: 1/12 JPG Probe Droid

Post by Uwe Kaeding » February 6th, 2020, 10:34 pm

Thanks - I've used a Tamiya spray can, TS-48 Gunship Grey

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Re: 1/12 JPG Probe Droid

Post by Bauble » February 7th, 2020, 8:05 am

I missed your posts earlier. This is coming together so well!

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Re: 1/12 JPG Probe Droid

Post by Uwe Kaeding » February 7th, 2020, 8:27 am

Thanks - its almost done, just waiting on it's last new eye, which should get here next week.

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Re: 1/12 JPG Probe Droid

Post by Uwe Kaeding » February 12th, 2020, 11:08 am

Well the new eye I ordered came in - got it out of the packet, popped it in, and its done! Final pics can be found here: https://www.keeperoftheforce.com/viewto ... f=8&t=2536

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