Cockpit

Pots and Bolts

Hi Gang,

Little updates…  I’m still closing loop on a lot of little things…

The ESB panel had many changes compared to the ANH version.  Including knobs.  So, lets start by drilling holes for the pots

I then dug through my collection and found these that closely resemble the ones used in ESB.  I had to drill out the press fit to allow them to slide onto the post

The rear was back far enough to bump the edge of the console so I drilled out the space required

Pressed and fit into place – and they turn!

I never finished bolting the nose panel cover plate greeblies in place.  The lower bolts actually drilled directly into the nose panel – causing issues

We still wanted to be able to remove JUST the cover plate so I had to cut down the bolts and counter sink an area deep enough for the nut

Trying some greeblies – I’m not happy with them at all.  Gotta go back to EBay to see what I can find…

More to Follow!

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Garage!

Hi Gang…  I ummmmmmm…  I’m gonna let the pics speak for themselves!

Got this greeblie finished – mostly

So now its time to put the back wall together… right?

This WAS the top of the door frame

12″ gap…

Panels are perfectly aligned

I stood back…

You can see the gap where the top of the old door frame sits

Back

This thing is GINORMOUS!  More to Follow!

Playing Catch Up

Hi Gang,

UPDATES!  It was time to knock out some of these little jobs that I should have done a while back!  So…

Finished up the pin striping on the lower back panels

I’m now working the console!  Time to greeblie this part of the console…

Fix some of the scrapped off paint from the arm rest cover

Holes drilled and aligning whatever the heck this thing is!  😉

Looks good!

The console is getting light coat of satin clear – wait for it dry before permanently mounting everything

When I dropped the laser cutter off at the local Maker’s I found this wire loom… I think it works perfectly in this mystery greeblie

More to Follow!

And Then There Were Two

Hi Gang,

We have ourselves a near finished platform!

The foot well platform

Sitting in place with the console extension in place

With seats posts in their basic configuration

Still have to create the two 6″ risers / panels under the nose panels – I might add a conical shape to these to reflect the shape of the front window

She’s a beast!

More to Follow!

Give me a Lift

Hi Gang,

Let gets these platforms done!

Started working the final and upper platform for the console

Added the cross support

Needs a lid

That’s better

The next is a step ladder to even reach the console  😉

I wanted to leave a little bit of between the side panel in case of flex and movement

With one of the seat posts for visual ref

Creating the foot well platform along with the center console extension platform

This platform is actually giving me headaches!  Nothing is aligning and I’m afraid I’m going to have to “wing it”

Once I finally figure it out all that’s left are the two remaining side openings

I then moved to the panel greeblies

This greeblie has a knob.  Instead of just adhering in place only to “pop off” at a later date – let’s make it functional

Stay Tuned!  More to Follow!

Platforms Rising

Hi Gang,

Whew… it’s time for an update!

This greeblie is almost ready to be mounted

I then sanded all these greeblies down and removed the cracking

Then it was Back to Black!

Once the black dried I gave them all a shot of the silver paint

Waiting to be mounted

Then Daniel and Jessie nice enough to pop over and help out with the new platforms – the new nose platform starting

We’re leaving/create a foot well area – note the starting of the center console extension platform

Framed in

Starting of the center console riser platform – it’s like these platforms never end!

I have a few measurements to figure out but these dreaded platforms should be done by the end of the holiday weekend!  :)

Drop and Give Me 12!

Hi Gang,

Threat of rain prevented me from moving too far forward…  But yesterday Jessie and I were able to get the two nav chair riser platforms near finished and in place…

Chewie’s side – checking for square and correct height

Han’s side

Checking alignment

The small area just in front of the door will be the only visible area left of the original platform – everything else is being removed or replaced

Boxes enclosed

Drilling the bolt holes – this took more time than I thought

Added shelves, checking alignment prepping for nose platform (note the 1×12)

Giving everything a look over

Not much to look at… but it is progress  :)

This Cracks Me Up!

Hi Gang,

Not sure how exciting an update this will be…

I’ve spent the last few days cleaning both the garage and the house – too much junk!  But I did manage to do this

Sanded these lawn trimming covered greeblies

 

I actually kinda like the worn out look against the orange and black acrylic

 

I painted the “vent” – WAY TOO DARK.  I know I have a lighter color somewhere

 

 

Daniel and Co installed new shocks on the laser cutter lid – no more SLAM on the fingers

 

WOW… something is seriously wrong with the paint I used!  CRACKS!

 

Not sure what’s going on… same paints I’ve been using.

 

More sanding ahead

 

UGH

 

From REALLY far away they look good!  😉

 

That’s it for now.  Today?  Who knows what might happen…  :)

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