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Post by poncho on Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:18 am

back in june 2015 i went into a local junk shop. i casually asked the owner do you have any old starwars toys as you do. he said 'No sorry'

as i walked out i noticed what looked like the star destroyer playset. tucked away high amongst some tat! see below

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cut a long story short i paid £5 for my 'spaceship'

its missing everything bar the escape hatch and gun holder the rest is the shell even the stickers are missing ripped bar 1 and 3/4  lol! out of 20+ . I couldn't leave it there could i?

spin on 18 months till now, i have now have all the parts to bring some life into this old playset.

i know i could of bought a pristine one for the price i paid in parts. but thats no fun

the only thing im gonna swap out of the initial purchase is the back blue panel and top panel as they are very yellowed

the main play base and chamber unit will remain and be cleaned with old sticker residue removed and original decals reapplied bar the 1 sticker that has remained intact and the 3/4 of another sticker as i like its patina and is original to its roots from it was first played with.

To be Continued................


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Re: Darth Vaders Star Destroyer Restoration (UPDATED 11.02.16 Finished)

Post by Commander Clint on Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:34 am

Chris, I'm looking forward to seeing it come to life. cheers
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Post by grinchy on Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:01 am

Glad you rescued it from the shop and will bring it back to life, I imagine the parts are pretty expensive to buy, but as you say its part of the fun in restoring it
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Post by hellhippie on Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:53 am

cant wait to see it either , if its anything like your vc jawa fix it should come out stunning

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Post by Nico on Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:31 pm

I look foreward to seeing the build Chris cheers
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Post by the89thchris on Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:00 pm

Nice job sourcing all the parts, what do you mean by "original decals reapplied"? Surely you weren't able to source an unused sticker sheet? lol
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Re: Darth Vaders Star Destroyer Restoration (UPDATED 11.02.16 Finished)

Post by poncho on Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:04 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Nice job sourcing all the parts, what do you mean by "original decals reapplied"? Surely you weren't able to source an unused sticker sheet? lol

old stickers can be lifted off using lighter fluid. I have used a hair dryer in the past to lift old stickers. These are previously lifted stickers from a knackered dvsd presumably. That I'm going to reapply see. Very Happy
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Post by the89thchris on Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:28 pm

That's advanced chug
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Re: Darth Vaders Star Destroyer Restoration (UPDATED 11.02.16 Finished)

Post by poncho on Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:35 pm

chamber fix update

assembled the mediation chamber (bulb,batteries, spring button) there was no light

button batteries and bulb are fine so its the terminal inside the chamber housing. tried the vinegar trick by soaking some paper towel and pressing it against the electric terminal for a few hours.  the terminal now works and we have light.

beater vader was most pleased with my efforts

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beater vader inspecting the working metal terminal

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Post by the89thchris on Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:29 am

I didn't even know that thing had a light inside! Hats off bowwing
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Post by Commander Clint on Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:15 am

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:chamber fix update

assembled the mediation chamber (bulb,batteries, spring button) there was no light

button batteries and bulb are fine so its the terminal inside the chamber housing. tried the vinegar trick by soaking some paper towel and pressing it against the electric terminal for a few hours.  the terminal now works and we have light.

Well done. This shows the new collectors what a little bit hard work will do. yay
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Post by ChristianC on Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:24 am

What a great find!

Must be a lot of fun restoring it. I'm so impatient I'd give up after five minutes....
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Post by poncho on Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:56 am

update.....had a spare a hour away from the kids

i cleaned the main playing base today. i cleaned it thoroughly with wet wipes and scrubbed the old worn stickers with mentholated spirit.

if i just washed it all in the wash basin the remaining few stickers would come off/ shed away. so this is why i scrubbed an wiped. it would of been easier i know

my goodness it was dirty the wipes were grey when i finished

beater vader was pleased with my efforts and even chipped in and then took a rest is soon to be operational mediation chamber!!!!

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Post by hellhippie on Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:29 am

great job chris and the photos are hilarious and well done

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Post by Nico on Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:47 pm

Beater vader inspecting the working metal terminal lol! That was a great pic mate clapping

It's coming on nicely Chris cheers I'm getting ideas of maybe doing something similar myself Very Happy
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Post by Commander Clint on Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:52 pm

Chris, It's looking good. clapping
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Post by grinchy on Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:08 pm

nicely done mate, glad you got it working again, the pics are great Smile
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Post by the89thchris on Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:01 pm

Great to see it come together. Haven't had a nice find like that in a local store.
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Post by poncho on Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:11 am

get reapplying those old decals beater vader

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Post by poncho on Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:32 am

Woop - Finished Smile

The reveal

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Post by poncho on Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:35 am

The Reveal

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one of the original stickers kept i liked its patina. all other stickers are original just been reapplied
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Post by poncho on Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:37 am

finally lets play

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Post by Nico on Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:02 am

Awesome restoration Chris clapping Thanks for sharing the journey mate cheers
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Post by ourchickenshack on Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:38 am

Very Cool Cool

It turned out nice and you did a awesome restoration job bowwing
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Post by Commander Clint on Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:46 am

That turned out fantastic. Well done. cheers

Any plans for another restoration?
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