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Hi Gang,

Early Morning Update!

Got home yesterday and just didn’t have enough sunlight to start cutting the angles on the new nose pieces.  So I sanded the edges down and did a basic dry fit – and it’s perfect!

Look at that angle… nice

The gap you’re seeing between the top of the rib and just below the shelf is for the horizontal tie-in piece

Moving on… I hope I remember how all this goes together – prepping for paint

Dry fit

The canopy box lever mech

The MDF piece attached to the lever itself rests around the other MDF piece. Note the small stopper just between the two brass screws

Once nestled into place the lever can rotate around the dowel – the small stopper allows a certain amount of travel

Now if I can just figure out how to put it all together…

I then weathered this new greeblie – start with a wash

Then get into all the little nooks and crannies

This is where the greeblie mounts

Image flipped for basic look and feel

Now what to do with this guy and this back area????

More to Follow!

Jumping All Over the Place

Hi Gang,

Happy Monday!  Another weekend come and gone.  Believe it or not I didn’t take as many pics as I would have liked.  We have been busy busy all weekend but there were more behind the scene goings on – planning, dimension taking, designing, CNC cutting etc…  BUT we did manage to get a few things done and we jumped ALL over the place…  Enjoy!

We found out the issue with the new nose frame and got that taken care of.   Jessie and I dismantled the nose cone

We’ll jump back to that in a sec…

We also started work on the seats

HUGE disappointment… these are NOT the same style seats used in the original MF set.  These are just tad bit too small.  It’s the same shape but it would appear to have been scaled down by 5-10%

BUT… we’re going to recover and have fun with what we have.  Daniel has taken the material off in prep for new screen accurate covers  :)

I spent Saturday morning with the laser cutter.  I designed this new greeblie

Jessie applying filler

First of many passes with the sander, primer filler, etc

Slowly coming together




Def needs some weathering!

Fab’d a new one of these instrument panel greeblies

I laser cut this interesting light bar that sits atop of the console

And primer

I laser cut donuts for the yokes

Laser cut these smaller square tiles

I also spent a LOT of time trying to figure out how to make these canopy box handles move

This idea worked but it wasn’t beefy enough

Cover plate


I didn’t get any detailed images of how the mech works – I’ll explain on a later post

I’m not happy with the overall design

We’ll figure it out

I pulled this lever assembly from the old console – I will be repainting and adding to the new console

A LOT of attention was also given to the front window – cut these spacers

They will fit into these openings to keep the “petals” from flexing and give support

Jessie and I then added expandable foam to the center ring!

This fills ALL the gaps and def keeps the weight down

We then added filler

I then trimmed the foam

Jessie and I then attached the inner “petals” to the window – some material had to be removed so edges could meet

Interior “petals” in place – needs lot of attention!

With the “petals” in place I added more foam

This is a FUN process!  I’m really enjoying working on the window

Waiting for the foam to dry

Interior side

Jessie and Samantha stopped by on Sunday to help out again!  Samantha trimmed out all the foam

After sanding the wood filler I added Bondo to all the exterior seams

Sanding the Bondo took me back to my fiber glassing days!  Sanded and added first coat of primer on exterior

Once all the edges are cleaned, the “petals” secured and everything is all in place I will then cut and add styrene to cover the openings!

And Finally… Another HUGE Thank You to OperaScot and Daniel for getting all these measurements down and Daniel spending most of Sunday at the CNC cutting the ribs and Volvo panels for the boat frame!

Main arch

Volvo Panels

The big question… does it fit?


This is only a dry fit but from what I can see and once everything is aligned… SUCCESS!

As always, Thank You Scot, Daniel, Jessie and Samantha for all your help!

More to Follow!

1 Step Forward… 10 Steps Back

Hi Gang,

1 Step Forward… 10 Steps Back

Yesterday was not a fun day!  After building the 4 new riser panels I quickly discovered something wrong – horribly wrong!

Back panels appear to be ok

Uh Oh… The panels did not align with the new nose

I did a double take and rechecked.  Yup… we have a serious problem!

I built up the panels and found the error!

I don’t know exactly where or how the error happened.  I blame myself for not relaying the correct measurements to OperaScot…

That’s ugly!

Really UGLY

I moved one of the nav chair platforms toward the exterior.  And the panels aligned perfectly!

BUT… We’re approx 3 3/16″ off the center line

So what does this mean and what we do?  The front of the nose frame is fine but the rear needs to be pushed toward the center.  How do we fix?  Each one of the nose cone ribs must have a certain amount of material removed from their respective center mounting points then slid toward the center – the rear ribs having the most material removed.  The front of the nose stays the same to accommodate the new window.  We’re looking at it more in detail this evening.


On a lighter note I frustratingly got the door finished

Back side of door greeblie panel

I frustratingly worked on misc greeblies

This panel is going to get another major greeblie added very soon

I frustratingly added this little guy

I frustratingly sanded the throttle housing

I frustratingly Primed

I frustratingly Painted

So… all is not lost but a minor setback for sure!

Little Things Here and There

Hi Guys,

Not much of an update.  Rain prevented me from doing anything significant outdoors but I did manage to get a few things done

Applied more filler to the yoke body

Sanded smooth and added primer

Another round of sanding and more primer this morning

Drilled holes in the canopy box lever mounts

Sanded, primed and painted the throttle housing – another round of sanding needed

I’m going to add dowels to the bottom to keep it from moving around – or Velcro?

Then measured and added the final door greeblies

One side is done!

It’s supposed to be nice today so I HAVE to push myself to get those riser panels finished and a new main platform up so I can start putting everything together!

More to Follow!

We’ve Got Seats!

Another Early Morning Update!

Let’s start with the awesome!  This arrived yesterday – a HUGE THANKS to Wavey for carrying the weight of this transaction!

We’ve got seats!  These are very close to the original style seats used in the original MF!

Also tucked away in the box… another Volvo Panel greeblie!

SWEET!  Thank you so much, Wavey for your continued efforts!

Tough to see anything here – added 1/2″ ply and more supports to the nav chair platforms

Finally finished the door

Painted the mounting hardware

Applied several layers of primer filler to the yoke body 3D print

Just a teeny tiny bit more filler

First round of sanding

Still lots of work to do

Throttle housing got some filler and primer

More filler

Console greeblie finally getting painted

Adding more details/greeblies to the new center console

Bolted the Vickers Vents into place

The other vent has a black surround / housing that I have to design

Finally applied the 1″ tiles

Then switches

Final details

We’ve got rain the next few days so we’ll see what happens next!  Stay Tuned!

Got to Get the Angles Right!

Hi Guys,

Early Morning Update!  Got home from work and jumped right back into the nose frame.  After chatting with OperaScot he pointed me in the right direction to smooth out a few troubled areas.  After a few hours… I was wiped out.

Trimmed the remaining required 17 degrees so the interior panels would lay flat

These two panels (same on the other side) overlay one another.  I’m going to temp mount the bottom panel and trim the top panel (this afternoon) so each panel is snug and fits perfectly.  The top panel rests under the shelf so I’m not worried about the cut lines

Perfect angle – panel still needs to be trimmed

All the ribs also needed to be trimmed up to accept another support beam

I left a lot of overhang until the new window arch/mount is cut and installed

I then applied the first of many primer filler coats to the “Volvo” Panels

Before completely crashing out I adhered the sides and the acrylic top to the throttle housing

And finally… I’m trying to figure out how to hang these canopy box handles

I think the dowel might a bit too thick.  I’m going to get a smaller diam dowel and see how that looks.  If it works, I cut adapters to fit the new diam

The ends of the dowels will be capped with these acrylic ends.  I’ll have to cut new ones for a smaller dowel

Not much of an update…  BUT… we should have some new seats today!

More to Follow!

More Important Update Ever!

Hi Gang,

Although not a lot of photos this might the most important update this build has ever seen!  No really!  😉

Sunday morning started with the usual… the laser cutter.  I designed and laser cut this greeblie for the back panel of the console

I also laser cut the red tiles for the back panel

Jessie stopped by and sanded and added primer

Mounted into place

I removed the yellow tiles and replaced with white and added a few more pin stripes

Added some more visual interest to the canopy box handles

Let’s get serious!  Before we put together the nose frame I had to cut all the correct angles on the “ribs”

Daniel, Jessie and then took apart the nose frame and began to reconstruct.  This took the rest of the day and well into the evening

Our good friend Micheal, from our Mind Gear Days, also stopped by to help – it was great to catch up!

Frame slowly coming along

There were lots of little angles to be realized and eventually trimmed to make everything fit

The Money Shot!


Still LOTS of trimming and angles to be found/realized.  But she’s really coming along!

Not a lot of leg room

Look at that curve just aching for a skin!

My goal was to get to this point by the end of the weekend!  Achieved!  :)

Half to build new riser panels and reinforce the nav chair platforms – this week

Also, I’ll be finishing up the new throttle housing

Whew…  A HUGE Thank You to Jessie, Daniel and Michael for helping out this weekend!  And equally important, thank you to OperaScot for getting all these files CNC ready, staying by the phone and walking us through this entire part of the build!  You Sir, are the hero of the week!  :)  Thank you!

More to Follow!

Panels and Pin Stripes!

Hi Gang,

I promise to get to all your comments and PMs VERY soon!  :)  Another early morning update!

Finally finished the pin striping

Added a chrome pin stripe around the edge

Satin Clear!

When that dried I added the 1″ tiles

Tiles in place

Getting closer!

I was going to finish the back panel but realized I had no red 1″ tiles – back to the laser cutter!

Most of the morning was spent working the new “Volvo” nose panels.  As many of you know the nose is essentially a cone so there are a TON of different angles.  We didn’t CNC those angles so I had to cut them all by hand – Scot designed the pieces to ensure enough material for hand cutting – these are the sides


Dry Fit – BAM!

I added two center strips so the panels could adhere to something  😉


Time to get all these pieces sanded smooth


I believe there was a comment re: the EP VII Canister and where it was and what it replaced from the ESB Version.  ESB Left – EP VII Right

I have to admit, I had doubts when I first saw this MAJOR change to the cockpit.  Now, I LOVE IT!  I can’t wait to see it lit  :)

The nice thing – they are both interchangeable

Simple Flashlight

And… More work on the canopy boxes

As I was cleaning up… this suddenly appeared!  Look for it!

WHEW… More to Follow!

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