JOHN THOMAS Something a little different. I have had these TRON Light Cycles for several year just wanting to make it to the work bench. Well now they have made it. The base and the light trails are from the web site Starship Modeler. I printed them out years ago and I dont know it they are still available. the hardest part of the project will be the base and light trails. The cycles you just paint. I will use blue and Yellow. The paper Game grid is glued to the wood base and the paper light trail is glued to the cycles. More photos to come so stay tuned.
3. March 2015, 14:33
JOHN THOMAS I did more work on the game grid base. I am not going to use the wood base but a thin plastic photo frame and will use bass wood strips for the light trails and not the paper ones. I have the resin cycles cleaned up and ready for paint. So stay tuned.
8. March 2015, 18:23
Choppa Nutta Cool project, I do like my sci fi
had an idea though, could you print the light trails onto clear sheets of acetate ?
that way you could get the semi transparent quality of the light trails etc, just a thought
8. March 2015, 18:40
JOHN THOMAS Hey Choppa nutta thanks, I did think about it, using clear acetate but in the movie the light trails are solid and I am trying to match the movie. The 2010 Tron movie had the more transparent light trails.
Choppa Nutta was easy
but yeah you are dead right about the light trails, funny how you remember stuff wrong sometimes
the making of Tron was interesting
10. March 2015, 18:35
Cortex wow didn't know there were models for Tron! can't wait to see them when finished. good luck : )
10. March 2015, 21:51
JOHN THOMAS Cortex471, there are also the Tron Game Tanks in resin from Federation Models. Federation Model has lots of SyFi stuff. you can go to federationmodels.com and check them out.
11. March 2015, 12:23
JOHN THOMAS Have the first color coat on. Starting work on the light trails. More photos to follow.
15. March 2015, 18:11
JOHN THOMAS The project is now done. I redid the base with no light trails, I was not satisfied with what I was doing with them, so I will rethink it. For now I am calling it complete.
19. March 2015, 12:24
Choppa Nutta they look sweet ! good enough to eat
shame about the light trails but a tricky feature to add, my temptation would be to get some clear coloured perspex perhaps even though it aint movie accurate it would look very cool and be very suggestive of a light trail, just a thought
19. March 2015, 14:16
JOHN THOMAS Choppa Nutta, thanks. I need to find something better than painted wood or colored paper. I will keep looking for something
19. March 2015, 19:34
Choppa Nutta best of luck ! very tricky though to get that glow effect to make it look like a light trail
19. March 2015, 20:37
JOHN THOMAS Thanks Choppa Nutta, that is my problem. I will keep looking. IPMS National Contest is at the end of July, I may try to do something by then.
20. March 2015, 12:02
Bart Goesaert Lovely work.. I'd also think of a thin plexiglass sheet, sanded matte on both sides for better reflection and some yellow and blue LED's underneath...
20. March 2015, 12:18
JOHN THOMAS Bart, that a great idea I will look into that thanks.
Starbase101 The plan for mine, 6 lightcycles with game tank, is a translucent white acrylic base with glossy black painted (or self-adhesive glossy black vinyl) squares, back-lit from beneath with a blacklight so the white grid-lines glow (and also resulting in glowing back-lit graphics on the base sides), and acrylic jet-walls lit with white SMD LED's embedded into the rear wheels (wires running through the wheels into the base). All the proof-of-concept experiments are done and everything has a nice neon "glow" from the hidden blacklight.
25. January, 07:20
JOHN THOMAS Wow Mike, that sound really cool. I would like to see what you come up with.