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Two space fighter cockpit interiors, 1:144 3d printed

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Two space fighter cockpit interiors, 1:144 3d printed This is the stuff you get for one of the two ships
Two space fighter cockpit interiors, 1:144 3d printed This is the stuff you get for one of the two ships

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Two space fighter cockpit interiors, 1:144 3d printed And here's the stuff you have to cut out to fit the interior. Bandai kit NOT included!
Two space fighter cockpit interiors, 1:144 3d printed And here's the stuff you have to cut out to fit the interior. Bandai kit NOT included!

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Two space fighter cockpit interiors, 1:144 3d printed
Two space fighter cockpit interiors, 1:144 3d printed

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Two space fighter cockpit interiors, 1:144

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Ships as soon as 6 days
3D printed in matte translucent plastic that showcases incredibly fine and intricate details.
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Product Description
So you've got the amazing Bandai Vehicle Kit 007, which includes a miniature Dark Lord spacefighter, plus a hexagonal-wing ship for his disposable colleague. The detail on the ships is amazing. Beautiful stuff! But - the cockpit and hatch windows are solid! And there are no interiors. Drat!

You could spend forever carefully cutting out the window openings with a sharp knife, or you could buy this superdetailing set. This includes a replacement octagonal front window frames, replacement top hatches with windows, cockpit interiors, and both Mr Dark Lord and his disposable pilot! Woo. (in other words, this is a combined set for both ships in the 007 set)

Though if you'd prefer a single cockpit for the Dark Lord, or a single cockpit for the disposable Imperial pilot, I have versions of those also.


Installation

You'll obviously have to cut out the internal bracing on the models, and also some of the plastic around the window holes. This is slow and fiddly work, and requires an extremely sharp knife and a good magnifier. Take your time - it's best to cut off too little than too much. Cut and test the fit iteratively.

Be sure to clean the printed parts extremely thoroughly before installing them! There tends to be a lot of residual wax and oil left on the parts. I recommend flowing hot water, and using a fine brush to gently but persistently rub the parts to clean everything off. Be super careful - these are insanely delicate parts!

I'd also use a sprue cutter to snip the sprues. Put the blades at the base of each part, pushing up against the flat edges. Don't use a scissor-type or shearing sprue cutter. Always use a flush cutter where the blades meet and touch. The side-shearing blades tend to crack the brittle 3D printed plastic.

Interior

The cockpit interiors for this set are sort of squashed spheres. The reason why the rear half is so flattened is because you can't really tell from the outside that it isn't round, and the squashed shape allows for more clearance at the back side of the sphere. This means that there's space for wiring and LEDs if you want to illuminate the cockpit.

That's also why there's a hole in the back wall at the base, plus an open area under the seat. You can easily run a tiny 0401 SMD LED in there for creepy red backlighting of the interior. Or, for more realistic lighting, you can glue the LEDs on the front interior at the top, either side. Just don't make the LEDs too bright, as the cockpit shouldn't look like a glowing red explosion is happening in there.

The interiors can be installed by putting a blob of thick glue, such as epoxy, on the interior of the craft, and carefully allowing the interior to settle as it hardens. It's not designed to fit precisely against the interior, since the fit of that would depend on how much material you cut out first. Accordingly this whole process is kind of fiddly!

The inner surfaces should have red stripes on the triangular internal panels. You could implement this by scratching fine lines in a black-painted interior, then shining red light onto the outside surface of the walls.

Pilots

This particular set includes both a Dark Lord pilot figure and a black-suited Imperial pilot. There's a hole that can accommodate a 0.25mm fibre optic in the back of each figure. If you want to illuminate the buttons on the chest boxes, run a fibre through, then scrape off a tiny amount of paint on the box button. Note that you'll have to put a ton of light-blocking paint on the figure first. I recommend a coat of silver paint, since the metal particles in the paint block light pretty well. Admittedly the episode IV costumes didn't actually have illuminated chest boxes, but whatever. It's optional!

Note that the pilot's chair is not meant to be glued into the recess at the bottom of the front half of the interior. The back of the interior, with its protruding tab, fits into the opening at the bottom. And the pilot figure fits on top of that. (ie: the pilot's feet are flush with the floor)

Finally, remember that the pilots and seats are incredibly tiny and thus incredibly easily broken parts! Treat them with immense care.

Hatches and Windowframes

This set includes replacement hatches and windowframe parts. They're fully open, allowing visibility into the interior. The bars are slightly oversized for printability.

These weren't designed to install window glass, because that blocks the view of the interior. You could probably install really thin flexible plastic in there if you want, but it's tricky fiddly work.
Details
What's in the box:
TIE fighter cockpit 1:144 x2
Dimensions:
2.15 x 5.24 x 0.79 cm
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0.85 x 2.06 x 0.31 inches
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Mature audiences only.
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