November 6, 2013 in General
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We’ll be posting overflow stories, pics, interviews, etc from our weekend at GMX…
Funny story… Chris and I had some down time and we had our faces buried in ESB screenshots doing some investigative work. Not 20 feet away was the cockpit… Game of Thrones actors Amrita Acharia (IRRI) and Kristian Nairn (Hodor) took a few pics inside the Pit! We were SO preoccupied we never heard them, never saw them, et… we had no idea! Enjoy!
Photo via SecretLipService/Reddit
Just a quick weekend overview of the GMX show and to help catch you guys/gals up on MANY of the side conversations Chris Lee and I had re: the next phases of the build. Just like the Makers Faire a few months back, it was non-stop. From the moment we opened the doors to our room to the moment they were closed… it was a steady stream. Every now and then the crowd would thin and then there were times we were packed. It was only during panel discussions we were able to get a break. I spent most of the 3 days manning the door letting people in and out of the Pit to have their photos taken. There was one woman who refused to leave the Pit – she was in heaven – Jackie and the gang from Mad, you’re a NUT!! I even ran into the woman helped me with the arch padding – she said she was impressed! Lots of great folks and good times!
OK… the good stuff! Chris Lee and I chatted several times during the show and exchanged MANY ideas on how to continue to raise the bar. We discussed several lighting and then thought it would be cool to add different sound options. We both agreed that each panel will have the same flashing pattern as seen in the all the movies. This flash pattern would then be interrupted by the use of misc toggle switches. Some of the toggles will have MF specific sounds related when they are activated. These various switches will be represented by small white dots on each toggle. We even had the idea that it one switch was turned on all the LEDs to include the bar lights would turn a BRIGHT RED! We finally approached and figured out the bar light housing (we think) so I will be tackling that very soon!
Sound: There will be several speakers placed through out the Pit. We’re planning of course the engines (low grumble), going into hyperspace, misc sounds, etc… It’s going to be HUGE task but after seeing the images of the temp light bars… we were pumped!
Although there is no immediate deadline, work continues! I will be finishing the trim work on the canopy and then of course LOTS of touchup work (filling, sanding, filling sanding, painting, etc). And then we can finally add the canopy greeblies – piping, hoses, etc… Chris is going to vacuform the overhead black “lids” for the ESB panels – that gets us one step closer to the finish line. Finally… after hauling those STUPID platforms… there has to be a better solution. Those things are terribly heavy…
Hope you all enjoyed the pics. Wished all of you could have joined us! What’s the next show? We’re not sure. Chris, Leah, me and the gang are discussing different options…
GMX was AMAZING! There was SO MUCH going on… But I am exhausted. I’ll get to all the gory details later but I wanted to post more pics… As always, all my thanks to Chris, Leah, Jeanette, Patrick and Scott (thanks buddy), and everybody who helped out, for all your help. And of course the entire GMX team! Enjoy!
More pics, videos and hopefully interviews coming…
OH! Chris and Co… I officially hate those platforms! ; )
Day 1: it was primarily setup… whew… we had 3 accidents. One knob and convex lens from the instrument cluster popped off. And I inadvertently, because it was already cracked and thinking it was the lower part of the door frame, broke off the part of the door frame where the door track mounts. But we’re fixing it this morning… grrrrr… WHAT A BLAST SO FAR!
Day 2: Who knows? Stay Tuned!
Well… the packing is done and I finally have an afternoon to do nothing. Of course my mind is racing with all the things I SHOULD be doing (door greeblies, ESB panel greeblies, etc…)
I made packing and assembly a bit easier for myself and the gang when I get to GMX. Last time I unbolted EVERY panel – dumb. This time is MUCH easier…
The painting continues…
Panels filled and sanded
The parts are beginning to pile up
All painted and waiting for pinstripes
I’m going to wait until tomorrow EARLY to add the pinstripes. Then a coat of clear satin to seal them in place… Looks like these will be the last to be loaded up. It’s supposed to storm tomorrow so I’m not sure how the load up in going to go exactly…
More to Follow!
Disassembly of the cockpit has now started. And with that comes work on the ESB extension panels. The first layer of paint has been applied. I’ve also painted the rear canopy arch and finishing up the beams… The ESB panels need to be sanded and have filler added before I can apply the pinstripes. I’m going to sand them and fill them when I get home and hope then add the final layer of paint tonight – fingers crossed!
The rear window arch
Tomorrow – a bit more work then… complete tear down and load into the trailer. Stay Tuned!