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So it has been decided i will be building the NSD. parts are already starting to accumulate, and the mk5 mod has now been built and working, yes it's probably a little early to be making it talk.but al will become clear s the build takes shape
Moving along. Slowly but surely. Steady as she goes.
Last night I .......
Started filling in and sanding one side of a gun box. and began filling in around the mid section and the belt in front of it. Looking better and better.
So I'm out in the shed using Bondo on my Dalek to fill in gaps, make things look good. Having fun. Listening to David Bowie's Best of Bowie, and it starts raining, and it starts getting worse and worse and louder and louder. So I check the weather. Big old salad on the screen on my tablet. Looks like lettuce underneath a whole lot of tomato coming our way, lots of red and green on the weather map. Well, I leave the Dalek in the shed, wrap the tablet in a plastic bag from the shed, Bowie and Freddie still playing "Pressure" as I make the run from the she to get indoors. On the way the Freddie Mercury sings "These are the days it never rains but it pours". Well, I thought it was hilarious anyway.
Today I worked on the interior of the gunboxes. I never routed out the back of the gun boxes inside so I had to use a dremel to sand it back and then regular old 60 sandpaper to smooth it out further inside. It's not perfect but it will work. You can also see the interior patch job. It's a little rough but it works.
I have a lot of cleaning up to do inside the shoulders. When I stopped working on this years ago I never got around to removing the excess fiberglass inside the shoulders that I used to make the top of the shoulders level. The bottom section of the shoulders is pretty rough as well as the base warped. I'm going to try to sand and fill this to and nice even level that will wrap close around the top of the skirt.
Hi Marley. Weight is a massive issue with these things. There are lots of variables depending on choice of materials and there thickness. As a rule fibreglass is the lightest then probably plywood then lastly MDF which can be fairly heavy but does give a better finish.
So ive finished carboarding the shoulders. I then transferred the templates to my choice of cladding which is 3mm MDF.
I cut out the MDF templates with a jigsaw and also cut out the gun ports using great care. These were then sanded square and test fitted.
Im very nervous about now fitting the actual cladding as it seems very fragile and I'm worried they will snap and break when I try and fit them. I know some people say soak them in warm water first and some don't but what is the best way to fit these to avoid any breakages? How long do I soak etc etc.
The below picture shows the area I'm most worried about breaking as well as the rear panel bottom corners.