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Old 24-10-2013, 10:11 AM   #41
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Corrrr love them landing gears... Think the bells could do with a bit weathering tho...
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Old 24-10-2013, 12:17 PM   #42
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Best wiggeting ever!
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Old 24-10-2013, 10:36 PM   #43
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Darkview, the aluminum bells seen in the images were ones acquired from Paul Gray. I've since replaced them with painted resin copies and airbrushed a bit of scorching which definitely looks much better. Overall, I'm pleased with the way the Ranger looks now but feel it might benefit from some 'heavier' weathering considering the fact that it was intended as a planetary survey vehicle...
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Old 25-10-2013, 07:18 AM   #44
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The ranger really looks like its from the Space 1999 universe - perhaps an American private company design - really lovely and superb modelling old chap!
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Old 25-10-2013, 12:35 PM   #45
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Love the Ranger, that's an awesome design and the paint finish is something else.

Quick trivia question for all of you. Many many years ago when I was a nipper I remember someone appearing on Blue Peter with a frigging humongous home made Spaceship model, it must have been 15 feet long and scaled to 1/144 ( the guy who made it showed the airfix Saturn V pilots to demonstrate scale) Was that martin in his younger days I wonder? To show how old Peter Purves was doing the article!

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Old 25-10-2013, 01:06 PM   #46
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Love the Ranger, that's an awesome design and the paint finish is something else.

Quick trivia question for all of you. Many many years ago when I was a nipper I remember someone appearing on Blue Peter with a frigging humongous home made Spaceship model, it must have been 15 feet long and scaled to 1/144 ( the guy who made it showed the airfix Saturn V pilots to demonstrate scale) Was that martin in his younger days I wonder? To show how old Peter Purves was doing the article!

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I think I remember that. One of the spacecraft was made from the front cowling of an upright vacuum cleaner and panels were made by putting paper labels on it before painting.
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Old 25-10-2013, 05:04 PM   #47
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Both ships are so very impressive: if you built the Ranger from scratch then you have really excelled, because the finish and the final paint job both appear to be flawless. You and other ETF members set the bar when it comes to workmanship, and that's a good thing because it pushes us mere mortals on a wee bit ("no, I WILL spend a bit longer sanding that bit down, or I WILL unpick what I've already done just to improve things a bit").

Well done and don't dare drop the Ranger!

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Old 25-10-2013, 05:21 PM   #48
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I think I remember that. One of the spacecraft was made from the front cowling of an upright vacuum cleaner and panels were made by putting paper labels on it before painting.
I remember that interview fondly. It's one of the influences that got me scratchbuilding back in the day. The kid said (IIRC) that he thought massive structures like his would be built in space, using zero g to manipulate concrete! Very bright and articulate kid - whoever he was!

Awesome build and paint/finishing job BP!
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Old 25-02-2014, 09:14 AM   #49
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Ranger 5 is gorgeous, very nice lines, detail and colour. Could maybe do with some subtle weathering, but what a prized possession. Top work there
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Old 25-02-2014, 11:24 PM   #50
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I can definitely see your point about the lack of weathering. It will stay as it is for now, but at some point I would like to slather it with some 'poo juice,' to use mung's descriptive phrase for his method of weathering. I've also seen images on Martin Bower's website where he smothers a model in powder paint and wipes away the excess before sealing everything with a clear lacquer. Either method would probably improve the Ranger...

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Old 26-02-2014, 05:53 PM   #51
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There's something about Martin Bower's stuff that always looks solid. Like there is a working, functional interior to the ships! Superb.
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