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Docking Bay High-rez Details, 1:43, 2 of 2 3d printed

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 Docking Bay High-rez Details, 1:43, 2 of 2 3d printed
 Docking Bay High-rez Details, 1:43, 2 of 2 3d printed

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Docking Bay High-rez Details, 1:43, 2 of 2

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These are high-rez details designed to match my Docking Bay props, and scaled to 1:43 to match the De Agostini and Master Replicas Falcon models.

They must be printed using Frosted Detail plastics for improved details and for optional lighting. The parts are:

- Six ground lights. Both episodes 4 and 5 feature these round lamps on the ground. I've designed the beacons in two halves so they can be lit. There's a recessed area for an LED. Experiment with the correct location for the light to be positioned vertically inside the beacon for your satisfaction. In real life the incandescent bulbs were roughly a third of the way up the glass section, I think.

You'll need to prime and paint the lower half, and clear-coat the upper lit half with varnish to protect the acrylic resin. You may want to paint the interior of the lower half with some thick black paint, such as T-shirt fabric paint, to avoid light leakage into the lower half of the beacon, since that looks really unconvincing.

Note that the hole running through the pole is pretty small, and will probably need to be thoroughly cleaned of support wax. This means running it under very hot water and gently poking a thin wire into the hole until you can scrape out the softened wax.

- Two top lamps and the control panel for the Docking Bay power box. The panel has holes for three 0.25mm fibre optics.

 The lamps are on a sprue, to save money with Shapeways' new per-part pricing structure. To cut the lamp parts off the sprue, use a razor saw to the cut the lamp at the point where there's a notch running the circumference of the protruding tube. Once it's cut, you will need to clean out the wax that's trapped inside the lamp component - use hot water and a fine wire.

- Six optional wall lights. Scattered around the set are the same type of lamps found on the power box, only fastened directly to the wall without the white enamelled bases. A red and blue one, not lit, are seen to screen left when our heroes first enter the docking bay. And three more, lit in a flashing sequence, are on the far wall when our favourite smuggler greets them.

See above for the procedure to cut the lamps off the sprues.

- Control panel on a post. This is the panel located between the three curved pipe objects. I've printed it using Frosted Detail plastic so that the buttons and greeblies on the panel would be printable. Holes for 0.25mm fibre optics.

- Six ground posts. Two or three of these are underneath the Falcon, to the left of the blue power box. Two are visible next to the double barrel thing in the initial docking bay view. And another one is by the control panel on a post.

Fun fact:

The ground lights are actually US military runway lights - “Bartow” type D-1 beacons built by the Line Material Company of Pennsylvania. These were widely deployed in Britain during World War II to illuminate the runways of US airbases. Thirty years later some of these beacons were bought as surplus scrap by Roger Christian and the set decorating team, and became a minor footlight, er, footnote, in movie history.

Please read the following if you're interested in these items.

These accurizing parts are not mass-market commercial products. I made them for my own use, and have put them here in case they're of interest to someone else. Possibly you, since you’re reading this.

These are components for the serious model maker who wants to build a more accurate miniature. They require finishing. If you don't want to trim, file, sand, and glue, then these aren't the parts you're looking for!

The parts are tiny, and easily broken. They push the limits of today's 3D printers. The detail in the digital previews is all there, but it won't always be visible at the miniscule sizes that this scale requires!
What's in the box:
Docking Bay 94 High-rez Details, 1:43
4.45 x 7.73 x 2.43 cm
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1.75 x 3.04 x 0.96 inches
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