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Very nice ! great work !! i want one. used to have a few when i was a kid, but where are they now ? Hmm ? i need to find another and this time KEEP IT !!!
 

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Very cool... spooky... maybe add a wolfman down below looking scared!


just kidding.

Did you do the interior? (I'm a sucker for insides...)
 

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ebay ebay ebay! atleast at the last resort.
i seen tons at toys r us years ago, i should of grabbed some then. thats when they sold models anyway.:cry: :cry:
 

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hI LISFAN, I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN. YOU JUST CAN'T FIND ANY MODELS AT STORES LIKE YOU USED TO. I GUESS THEY THINK TODAYS KIDS WON'T LIKE MODELS, SO THEY DON'T EVEN GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES. sEEMS LIKE MOST STORE MGR.S AND CORPORATE DECISION MAKERS NEVER TOUCHED A MODEL AS A KID OR AT LEAST THEY ACT LIKE THEY DIDN'T. GO INTO OUR LOCAL WALMART AND ASK IF THEY SELL MODELS AND THEY LOOK AT YOU WITH THAT SMIRK OF " WHY ? THEY TAKE UP TOO MUCH ROOM AND ONE STORE MGR. [WALMART] SAID THAT EVEN AS A KID HE THOUGHT HIS FRIENDS WHO "WASTED TIME" BUILDING PLASTIC TOYS WERE DUMB, AND THAT his STORE POLICY IS NOT TO SELL THEM, AND IF ANY do COME IN, HE JUST STICKS THEM IN THE BACK UNTIL HE CAN FIND TIME TO SEND THEM BACK TO THE WAREHOUSE, now, that is what i call DUMB, and i told him so!
 

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hi modelmaker
i hear ya! tell those managers. they shouldnt censor what we buy!
im lucky in that the walmart i go too sells models but a limited selection.
phil
 

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Thanks everyone- Yes I did the interior- no added bells & whistles (or lights for that matter) Just normal build & paint. When I get a chance I'll take some less dramatic shots to share how I wired it- The landing lights & center light operate from separate switches on the base.
 
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Fantastic!

Wow is right,what a cool idea. I thought of something similar,but did,nt incorporate the clear tube "beam" effect. Do the lights stay lit all the time,or do they blink,rotate? You did an excellent job!! That tree looks real! I love the boxart from this kit.I'm trying to find some blue LEDs for my domes(5). I dissected a blinking bicycle safety light (clip-on type)from Wal-mart,and am replacing the existing red LEDs with blue ones-hopefully. Nice work man!:thumbsup:
 

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thanks Mysterion. The lights don't blink or oscillate. They were bright led's taken from key chains. The low light effect does add realism to the tree.
 

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A very nice effect, I have to admit!

However, why did you not clean up the seam around the saucer bottom? Do you need to take the saucer apart to access the wiring for repairs or to get at the power source?

Would it have been possible to include the wiring and power inside the "cabin" area and just not include an interior?

It'd be cool if you could publish a wiring diagram or a photo of the setup for those of us envious of your work to copy!
 

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NTR-- You are exactly right. I must access the wiring by lifting the ship from it's circular underbody. I use windshield sealer (like black, super strong "fun-tak" to keep the seam closed. In prepping the model for the photo, I guess I didn't close the rim as tightly as I can.
As for the wiring, I'm not experienced with much miniature electronics. I used the flat batteries supplied with the pocket lights and connected them in series, letting the wires exit through the landing gear and into the tree, where lead wires were molded into the center of the tree (molded with sculpey) The wires then travel under the base to the switch.
 

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Re: MODELS

model maker said:
hI LISFAN, I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN. YOU JUST CAN'T FIND ANY MODELS AT STORES LIKE YOU USED TO. I GUESS THEY THINK TODAYS KIDS WON'T LIKE MODELS, SO THEY DON'T EVEN GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES. sEEMS LIKE MOST STORE MGR.S AND CORPORATE DECISION MAKERS NEVER TOUCHED A MODEL AS A KID OR AT LEAST THEY ACT LIKE THEY DIDN'T. GO INTO OUR LOCAL WALMART AND ASK IF THEY SELL MODELS AND THEY LOOK AT YOU WITH THAT SMIRK OF " WHY ? THEY TAKE UP TOO MUCH ROOM AND ONE STORE MGR. [WALMART] SAID THAT EVEN AS A KID HE THOUGHT HIS FRIENDS WHO "WASTED TIME" BUILDING PLASTIC TOYS WERE DUMB, AND THAT his STORE POLICY IS NOT TO SELL THEM, AND IF ANY do COME IN, HE JUST STICKS THEM IN THE BACK UNTIL HE CAN FIND TIME TO SEND THEM BACK TO THE WAREHOUSE, now, that is what i call DUMB, and i told him so!
Hi,
The UFO from "The Invaders" is great. It just cries out to be issued as a larger kit although the model that was available is OK. I recall telling someone at a local store chain (now defunct) in the last couple of years that I was shocked they no longer sold model kits at their store. The worker told me it was because of issues with selling the paint and glue to kids. I suspect there are many reasons as to why models are not sold everywhere. But if a company purchases models as merchandise to be sold, and a lower level management person has arbitrarily decided not to sell them, that's wrong. I'd tell the home office if I knew.
Jim
 

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I know what you mean !!!!! these so called store mgr.s never built models as kids, so they have no idea how it develops imagination and SKILLS, and patients. but they would rather sell violent video games to kids. go fiqure ?
 

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So, those who wasted time building models grew up to be interesting, and creative, and the manager is a manager of the walmart. Who's sorry now?

I have found that retail managers are not very creative, and they spend too much time blaming others for their own lack of knowledge and experience. This is especially true in more remote areas when a corporation wants a new location - and they hire the lumber mill manager for the job. He takes it for more money and the store ends up serving the community poorly.
 
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