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Resin Klingon Bird of Prey
LionsDen
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 09:24 AM GMT+7
Here are the components I used to attach the Bird to its perch. There is enough surface area to spread out the stress across a fairly wide surface and the U-bolt at the bottom locks into place with the fan's original brass retaining pin:

LionsDen
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 09:27 AM GMT+7
Here's how it all comes together: one Bird of Prey on a stick!



There's still a lot of painting and wiring to do but I was beginning to doubt I'd ever get this far, so I'm a happy camper.
LionsDen
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 02:52 AM GMT+7
Now that the Bird is mounted, it's time to test the wiring and lights - again:

LionsDen
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 02:56 AM GMT+7
Since everything worked as planned (which rarely happens), I bundled the wiring and ran it inside the pedestal. Here she is side by side with the repainted the AMT 1/350 Bird of Prey:

LionsDen
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 04:34 AM GMT+7
....and again with the lights off:

LionsDen
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 04:40 AM GMT+7
As you can see, there's still a lot of painting that need to be done but I thought I'd try a portrait using the camera on my phone:

LionsDen
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 08:00 AM GMT+7
Smoothing out the Bird's feathers with a whole lot of dry-brushing in order to convey the water color-like appearance used by the studio on the Star Trek III Bird of Prey that went on to become the USS Bounty. Also started weathering and adding some light battle damage to the wing hinge plates:



Still a lot of work to go.....
LionsDen
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 09:08 AM GMT+7
LionsDen
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Minnesota, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM GMT+7
Still a work in progress but it's never too late for suggestions or recommendations to make a better end-product. Please share any ideas you may have. Thanks!
LionsDen
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Posted: Friday, March 09, 2018 - 05:40 AM GMT+7
Here's a head-on picture with the big bird and its 1/350 little brother:

LionsDen
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Posted: Friday, March 09, 2018 - 05:53 AM GMT+7
Here's a low-light pic that shows the main cabin lighting...

LionsDen
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Posted: Friday, March 09, 2018 - 05:59 AM GMT+7
Probably about as done as I'm going to get it for now....

LionsDen
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2018 - 02:36 AM GMT+7
What's next? Northern Lights' 1/350 USS Enterprise which I'll be building as the USS Lexington (NCC-1709). Here's a picture of the saucer section on top of the big Bird of Prey.

LionsDen
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2018 - 02:38 AM GMT+7
Here's a pic of the 1/350 Bird of Prey on the Enterprise saucer:

Tojo72
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Posted: Monday, April 09, 2018 - 04:10 AM GMT+7
It finished up real nice
LionsDen
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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 04:53 AM GMT+7
Thank you, I appreciate that!