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KevinD 29-10-2013 03:56 PM

Hooded Swan
I have always been a fan of the 1970's Brian Stableford novels featuring the Hooded Swan. The novels are excellent, but what attracted me to them in the first place were the superb cover paintings by Angus McKie (on the UK versions only). I have started to build a replica.

So far, I've begun the lower hull in plywood and balsa, covered in plasticard and edges made good with milliput. I have fitted the leds from a torch to represent the drive and also two warm white (as opposed to the harsh bluey light) LEDs which will hopefully give a glow from the cabin eventually.

TonyB 29-10-2013 09:31 PM

Blimey seeing those books was a blast form the past, I read all those back in the late 1970s!

I always liked the ships design so will watch this build with interest.

The Firefly series hero ship Serenity had design features that were similar, neck and cockpit, and I wondered if the designer of that ship had been influenced by the covers on the these books! 30-10-2013 03:10 PM

News to me.....
Gentlemen, showing my appalling ignorance, these books are new to me, as is The Hooded Swan herself. As always, I can rely on the ETF to show me something I've never seen before. The Serenity link is, indeed, very strong. In amongst all of the amazing Anderson stuff, it's good to see something completely (in my eyes at least) leftfield. Please continue to post any updates, and I'll be on the lookout now for these historical documents....

Kindest regards


Howard 31-10-2013 08:10 AM

I've not read them, but remember the top left and right, and the bottom left covers.
Looking forward to progress on this build.

Exterminator 01-11-2013 01:09 AM

I've ordered the books off eBay. I haven't come across this series before, so it'll be fun reading them ... and of course, I'll be keeping an eye on this thread!!

The Hooded Swan is a great-looking ship, and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished result! Any more updates, Kevin?

Aries 1B 01-11-2013 02:59 AM

I read all these books in 1979 - the first one was my favourite but I enjoyed them all.

Crimson Binome 01-11-2013 01:57 PM

I recognize the ship from the old TTA space books - never knew ship had a real name or had been featured on book covers and will watch this build progress

KevinD 01-11-2013 03:32 PM

Hi folks, glad people are interested in this one (enough to get the books in Exterminator's case!), didn't really think anyone except me liked it! The similarities to Serenity are interesting, it is never established why Serenity has a moving 'head' and 'neck'. In the Hooded Swan's case, it is to enable it to traverse heavily distorted regions of space (rather than the nice, well behaved bits between main sequence stars). Having said that, I have decided not to articulate mine, it would just be too much hard work and I'd still end up displaying it in the configuration I'm going to use.

On that score, I have now built the neck, using the same method as the main body and I have added some detail with random kit parts. It was necessary to put a door in the neck section so that I'll be able to change batteries.

The model will not stand up by itself, so when complete, I will make a stand for it. I've fitted a jack plug socket to it so that the stand can plug into it, rather than have it fixed to a stand.

Exterminator 01-11-2013 05:37 PM

Looking good, Kev! :thumbup:

C-B, I remember the Terran Trade Authority books, a great series. Something else I'll have to look out for now!! Thanks for jogging my memory, I've not seen/read them since they were first published in the mid-late 70s. :yes:

KevinD 01-11-2013 07:50 PM

Thanks. In the TTA books, the Hooded Swan was called the Interstellar Queen and was meant to be a luxury space liner, exactly the sort of ship that the hero of the Swan novels despised!

Exterminator 06-11-2013 10:26 AM

Just for laughs, here is a link to an image of the Interstellar Queen drawn in the Anime style!

The first couple of Hooded Swan books have arrived, I'm going to wait until they're all here 'til I start reading them!

Crimson Binome 06-11-2013 03:34 PM

Can you still get the TTA books?
I had at least 4 - all gone to ebay and unusually most went to Australia
Would have loved some models of the ships in the artwork
I'm sure I saw the cover of Space wrecks done - might have been on Starship Modelller
Think I still have Space Wars although think its an art book not TTA

SteveDix 06-11-2013 05:53 PM


Originally Posted by Crimson Binome (Post 375286)
Can you still get the TTA books?
I had at least 4 - all gone to ebay and unusually most went to Australia
Would have loved some models of the ships in the artwork
I'm sure I saw the cover of Space wrecks done - might have been on Starship Modelller
Think I still have Space Wars although think its an art book not TTA

There is, according to Amazon, an omnibus edition containing all of the books.

Exterminator 06-11-2013 06:34 PM

On the strength of this thread, I've just bought the TTA "Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 AD" book off eBay. There's quite a few of the other TTA books on there as well. :yes:

KevinD 07-11-2013 12:10 PM

It's surprising where these pictures crop up, I've got a gaming magazine with one on the cover and a VanGelis album with another. 'Pan' books did a poster for their SF range with the cover to 'Rhapsody in Black' on it, I've tried to find one for years, but failed so far.

Back to the model, I have put a rear bulkhead on it and made the engines from a couple of plastic lenses out of solar powered garden lights (yes, I keep a lot of rubbish for just such eventualities!). I have also put a lid on the main body and added a flared edge that should link with the lower wings. 07-11-2013 12:40 PM

Oh, but that's clever.....
Kevin, I've just left a comment on another thread about the high quality of your 17 year old Commlock. Anyway, I too get quizzical / disbelieving / occasionally irate looks whenever I pick up a small piece of plastic / non-functioning device / packaging, and stroke my chin while I ponder......into which box of discarded items will I file THAT?.......

Keep going with The Hooded Swan - this is a most unusual build and I can't wait to see more pictures.

Kindest regards


Exterminator 07-11-2013 03:43 PM

A very important question - what size will it be when it's finished? Judging by your funky floor tiles, it looks like it'll be a foot long?

KevinD 07-11-2013 04:17 PM

It'll probably be about 20 inches nose to tail. Now you're unimpressed with my floor tiles aren't you?

MoonbaseAlpha 07-11-2013 05:10 PM

Dont you think that the design has a look of the Privateer from the Doctor Who story Warrior's Gate ?

Andy H.

KevinD 07-11-2013 05:14 PM

It hadn't occurred to me until you mentioned it, but now that you have, definitely. The privateer looks like the Swan with a tin hat on!

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