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Old 26-11-2006, 07:12 AM   #1
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Here we go with my Wilco Models Martian Manta Ray.
A lovely kit that was a joy to build but...
It's just sitting there in the cabinet.
It's 1/72nd scale which means making a diorama would be a snitch but...
how do i support the thing?
I want it to look like its hovering above the ground which, at this scale, would be about 5 inches from the surface.
Now, i don't want to drill holes into the underside as its very well detailed, so i need some sort of clear cradle that it can sit on.
Don't have access to anything like a lathe so turning a perspex rod is out of the question.
I was thinking of using a plastic bottle shaped to the underside but the ship is solid resin so fear it might buckle.
Anyone got any ideas?

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Old 26-11-2006, 12:35 PM   #2
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Would two large magnets to allow the thing to hover in mid air work?
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Old 27-11-2006, 04:21 AM   #3
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Actually, the "manta ray" Martian machines were tripods. Unlike the metallic tripods of H. G. Wells' original novel, the George Pal film's machines moved about on invisible energy tripods. In some of the first scenes of the mantas rising up out of the pit, one can notice energy sparks scintilating between the machine & the ground, causing sparks to ignite on the ground. (Though the sparks were real, the energy effects were animated.)
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My point? You could use clear acrylic rods attached to a diorama base for the tripod, and rest the model atop the rods. The rods should connect to the little green circles on the machine's underside. Of course, I just realized this isn't a vacuform kit; the solid resin model might be too heavy for acrylic... how about glass rods?
Good luck, whatever you decide to do!

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edited again to fix typo in the first edit note... sheesh!
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Old 27-11-2006, 06:47 AM   #4
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That's a nice idea, and the green underside circles are recessed so it should be do-able - but i don't want to permantly attach anything to the ship so it'd have to balance on it.
Which'd be ok as long as nothing jolts the base...
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Old 27-11-2006, 07:34 PM   #5
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That's what I was getting at, just balancing the kit. I figured you wouldn't want to have it permanently mounted. You could remove the kit from the base for transport to shows & displays.
As for not bumping the base, surely you have a wall-encased titanium & transparisteel display case with inertial dampeners and proximity alarms, don't you?
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Old 27-11-2006, 07:40 PM   #6
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By the way, it just hit me how freaking huge that kit is, given the size of your hand holding it in that first pic! Even though you described its size, I assumed it was only a few inches across, because I've seen models that small and smaller. (Funny how preconceptions stick with a person!) Thing must weigh a bit, being solid resin.
Are the green parts on the front and wingtips also solid resin? If so, nice paint job to make them look translucent!

Please post more pics when you get the display base completed.
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Old 28-11-2006, 12:05 AM   #7
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Will do.
It's 1'72nd scale so, as well as being nice and big, means it'll be a doddle to do a base for. Thinking of a wrecked Sherman and loads of rubble.
Would that my painting skills can simulate clear parts so well!
The wing tips, front section and underside circles are all in clear green resin, with the Heat Ray end in clear red.
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Old 11-09-2007, 04:24 AM   #8
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Just a bump to see if you've done anything more with the base for this model.
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