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Han Carbonite build UPDATE 19/12

Postby _Lee_ » Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:57 pm

Right, i did say id be doing R2 after the Jawa but im gonna go with a scratch built lifesize Han carbonite to give me some cutting practice first. Its always been a favorite of mine and the time is right. So this thread will be dedicated towards my build. The only thing im buying for the build is the Han body cast from a guy in the USA. I have already cut the box frame and will be cutting the cutouts for the panels this week. I will be making the panels themselves ( which are actually old Volvo dashboards on the real prop) from found items, and will not be buying anything, just to show what you can do with diddly:) one of the panels will be working with lights etc.

So hang in there, and enjoy the ride. I aim to be done within a year :) it will take time, and even more time to convince the wife it is going on the wall above the stairs when complete:)
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Re: Han Carbonite build

Postby grinchy » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:12 pm

Good luck on your build mate, i sculpted the face section years ago but thats as far as i got with it, its an impressive piece when finished and should look great on display
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Re: Han Carbonite build

Postby walkie » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:40 pm

Which bit will take a year, building or convincing the missus to let you hang it on the wall?
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Re: Han Carbonite build

Postby Michael Sith » Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:02 pm

Look forward to this one 8)
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Re: Han Carbonite build

Postby ScruffyLookingNH » Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:50 pm

This I want to see! Any chance of a step by step guide as you do it? Always like to see the process and pitfalls.

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Re: Han Carbonite build

Postby _Lee_ » Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:06 pm

Ok guys,here we go :D

Total spent so far £9 and a bit of sweat :D got the frame cut out today from a free sheet of ply that was a top sheet on a pallet. All cut with a handsaw. I had done one in hardboard but wasnt happy with it.bought a sheet of mdf and cut it into lengths for box walls. Will be cutting the 8 side control panels over the next few weeks, aswell as the top and bottom so recess parts.
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Re: Han Carbonite build

Postby _Lee_ » Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:08 pm

Forgot to add, it helps when you work as a Tool hire manager for a large merchants :)
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Re: Han Carbonite build

Postby Michael Sith » Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:13 pm

Step by step is going to make for a great thread, will watch this avidly :D
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Re: Han Carbonite build

Postby _Lee_ » Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:07 pm

Got the top and bottom panels cut to size today. Will be cutting out the recesses tommorow :D
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Re: Han Carbonite build

Postby theforceuk » Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:12 pm

Fantastic project, look forward to seeing your work unfold Lee. :)
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Re: Han Carbonite build

Postby ScruffyLookingNH » Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:54 am

This is going to be awesome. It's like doing it myself but without the cost, use of time, mess and (by far the worst of all) nagging! Looking forward to it, Lee.

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Re: Han Carbonite build

Postby _Lee_ » Sat Nov 07, 2015 5:42 pm

Wassup fellas :D

Quick update on my build. I managed to get quite a bit done today as it was raining all morning. I have finished the box and am quite happy with how it turned out. Im trying to stick to a budget so used odd bits of timber I had lying around to do the braces etc. The panel cut outs are pretty rough but I intend to bondo the edges and smooth to a nice finish. I also left the corners of the box clear so I can bondo them and add the slight corner.

Staying with the budget idea, I found 4 pallet corner protectors at work and thought they would be a great basis for scratch build panels. Ive used a heat gun to shape one into a similar shape to the original panels, although not perfect.

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Re: Han Carbonite build UPDATE 7/11

Postby Michael Sith » Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:06 pm

Looking brilliant, love it :D
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Re: Han Carbonite build UPDATE 7/11

Postby Joe » Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:35 pm

Nice work Lee! Can't wait to see how it turns out!
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Re: Han Carbonite build UPDATE 7/11

Postby theforceuk » Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:46 pm

Nice update, I was beggining to wander if work on this had frozen.
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