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Old 01-01-2007, 05:59 PM   #41
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Come on Mark - let's see some photos...perhaps we can help :-)

Without wishing to hijack this topic, I've been sitting here painting & weathering my Kaldorian ship and Pilot Ship models...

Finally solved the drooping pilot ship VTOL engine pods by cutting off the resin tabs and mounting the pods on a brass rod, sleeved through an aluminium tube through the ship. The advantage is that they now rotate as I'm sure the original was intended to (going on the rotation markings on the pods).

Anyone else been Space 1999 modelling today ?
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Old 01-01-2007, 06:08 PM   #42
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Looks easy the Meta probe, doesn't it?...

Update later tonight.
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Old 01-01-2007, 07:17 PM   #43
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Well, after much waling and gnashing of teeth, she built. She's a big old beast - and heavy too, what with the steel bar running through her midst!

Looking curvy? That's just the wide-angle lens.

Panels assembled to - will just have to sleep on how I'll attach them...

Clean-up, paint, decal and weather tomorrow.

Do you get the feeling this'll be another Speedbuild™?



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Old 01-01-2007, 07:40 PM   #44
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She's looking good !

So what was the problem ?
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Old 01-01-2007, 07:53 PM   #45
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Rushing to get it done (as usual).

Alignment. Worked out pretty true in the end but it's a bit of a bugger, innit?

Pinning the cylinders. I don't have any vices (apart from that! ) or specialist drilling jigs - just a Dremel used freehand and spare shoulder to rest it against - tongue sticking out; you know the score!

The panels. What a pain in the tits getting the join done!

Dropping it! Busting the nose cage work, then not being able to find the busted bit and having to scratch it.

Spacing. No easy route there...

The mess! I have to use my studio/model room and building models (especially in resin) wrecks everything. Another 'deep clean' ahead...

Ah well, it's built now.
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Old 03-01-2007, 04:38 PM   #46
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Update:

Coming together nicely now. Fully painted and decals applied. Not anywhere near your standard of course.

Should have it up on the forum tonight!
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Old 03-01-2007, 05:01 PM   #47
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Looking forward to seeing it...

I'm hoping to have my Kaldorian finished by this evening too...
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Old 03-01-2007, 05:48 PM   #48
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What a beauty.Now you just have to paint it,add decals and weather it.Then finally put it against a black background to simulate the Meta Probe being in outer space.
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:28 PM   #49
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Looking forward to seeing it...
Don't look forward too much...


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Old 04-01-2007, 11:39 AM   #50
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Now we know who's glass is always half empty then......
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Old 08-02-2007, 06:30 PM   #51
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I left mine for a little while over Christmas but I've got it back on the workbench now in between working on other things. I've bought the brass and perspex for the solar panels which I'll tackle next week. Meanwhile I've been adding a bit of detail (which the original didn't have but should've) in respect of some frame clamps that hold the CM to the frame behind it, and I've adjusted the contours and panelling of the CM to reflect the 44" CM shape a bit better. I ended up sanding almost 1/8th of an inch off the back and it now sits in a lot closer. The clamps are made from various Evergreen styrene strips and sections. Boy, they were fiddly!

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Old 08-02-2007, 06:56 PM   #52
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Now you're putting us all to shame DX...

Perhaps there's a market for little white metal CM clamps now...
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:12 PM   #53
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It's unlike me to invent stuff that wasn't there as you know but in this case I figured go for broke.
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:26 PM   #54
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I must admit I thought about the clamps when I was building mine - because it was fairly obvious that they're supposed to be there even though the original didn't look like it had them.

Having seen yours I might now have to retro-fit some to mine because it looks so much better with them applied. Only trouble is I really don't fancy re-working the rear end of the CM so it may not sit close enough to the frame to allow me to make and apply clamps anyway...

Then of course there are those solar panels - I'm almost dreading seeing what you come up with for those because I know they will be so much better than the kit vac-forms. I might be driven to having to replace mine too...with yours having provided the inspiration to do so.

There again, I could just say sod it and leave mine hanging where it is as a complete model, and not touch it...

But there's always that nagging feeling it is not as good as you could make it...

Decisions, decisions
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:40 PM   #55
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Ah, yer just showin' off now!

Nice work from the master.
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:55 PM   #56
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Fantastic clamps, DX! Showing off or not... well, you should show off!

Speaking of solar panels, is it just me, or do the solar panels on the studio model look like they have scribed parallel lines, rather than a scribed grid pattern? I'd always thought they looked like parallel lines.
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:58 PM   #57
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The right way for the connection frame - CM, Chris. Looks super great
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Cool, I haven't thought of these I guess this will slow down my building process of my Meta Probe.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:08 PM   #59
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.... is it just me, or do the solar panels on the studio model look like they have scribed parallel lines, rather than a scribed grid pattern?
It's you.

Seriously, the grid pattern gets lost at some angles but there is a square pattern. More interestingly, the underside of the panels has the same grid lines but the panels look grey rather than black. Curious. Heading for the DVD to watch spinning Metaprobe blow up.
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:06 PM   #60
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Wha...? Your DVD show the probe blow up?! I knew I'd seen it that way all those years ago! Ha! Vindicated at last!

OK, I'm sure your DVD footage is the same as mine, and the Spacedock blows up after the Probe & Eagle spin away off-screen, their fates unknown. But it's fun to dream a little...
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