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Old 15-01-2014, 11:21 PM   #1
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Default Colony Ship Arcadia

Here's something a little different...

Took some photos of my latest model project last night and wanted to share them with you. (Hopefully, some of you may get a chuckle!) This one is called the Colony Ship Arcadia and was initially inspired by current (serious) asteroid mining concepts. In addition to incorporating some 'retro' elements, it was difficult not to ignore the humor inherent in the design and so I've decided to name it 'Deuce-Zero-One.' The model is about thirteen inches long and is lit with .020 fiber optics and LEDs.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos. Now I can get back to my probeship (in another thread), which has been gathering dust. After a bit of thought, I've finally decided on a name for it- -Probeship Centauri. Hopefully, I'll have an update on it soon.

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Old 16-01-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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Nicely made model, although cant help but think that it looks like a spaceship havein a dump
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Old 16-01-2014, 01:16 PM   #3
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Precisely! Perhaps the word 'deuce' doesn't have the same meaning everywhere...
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Old 21-01-2014, 09:01 AM   #4
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The Arcadia looks really, really good - there's lots of detail, and you've attained a very high quality of workmanship. The lighting looks great.

If the asteroid was a different colour (the normal grey or off-white) I don't think anybody would have noticed what the ship was up to. I guess for every star fighter, freighter or research ship, there has to be another kind of ship which deals with the day to day dirty stuff - and the Arcadia fits that bill perfectly.....

Look forward to seeing the Centauri when she appears,

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Old 21-01-2014, 04:14 PM   #5
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Thanks for the kind comments Patrick.

At first, I intended to paint the asteroid just as you suggested, but with so many sniggering comments from co-workers, I gave in and decided to just have some fun with it! Since I'm doing the Arcadia as a resin kit, one other factor I needed to consider was how big of a box the finished kit would require. Had I made the asteroid considerably larger, or changed the shape so it had less 'taper' (both of which I thought of as I was sculpting the master), it probably wouldn't have looked so much like a 'deuce,' but again, it was just too much to pass up! Maybe I watch too much South Park...

By the way, here's the original concept: Employing a 'live-off-the-land' approach to space travel, the colony ship Arcadia utilizes small asteroids or cometary nuclei to derive fuel and water for its centuries-long journey to nearby star systems. Once captured, massive clamps at the rear of the craft hold the asteroid (or comet) firmly in its grasp, whereupon a network of heaters, pumps and piping would extract water from its interior, which would then be broken down onboard for use as fuel.

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Old 26-01-2014, 02:21 PM   #6
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Superb design and model !!!
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Old 26-01-2014, 02:57 PM   #7
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Thanks Andrew!
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Old 26-01-2014, 05:53 PM   #8
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Hi BP!
Very nice model! Asteroid should be grey/white in colour (we had similar problems on Red Dwarf X) to stop it looking like a dog ****. Also , some remote work droids connected to the main ship could help the 'seperated look'.
Only my opinion! Good Luck, All the Best, Bill.
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Old 27-01-2014, 12:03 AM   #9
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Thanks Bill!
Fortunately, in this case it was actually my intention that the asteroid look like dog****!
Since I'm producing this one as a resin kit, I may build up another version in which the asteroid is painted a more acceptable grey for those whose delicate sensibilities are offended- -certainly not anyone here, of course!

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Old 27-01-2014, 08:21 AM   #10
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I love it, just shows you can polish a turd and makes something good from it.
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:23 AM   #11
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Perhaps the word 'deuce' doesn't have the same meaning everywhere...
In Australia it is more usually known as " number twos".
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