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Old 10-10-2015, 11:38 PM   #21
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That's looking rather good!

A couple of additional things. Just to keep everything in one place, MarkIXHawk mentioned on the other thread that the black and white chequered decals on the tanks are from the Airfix SR-N1 hovercraft kit.

One of Andy's (clanger68) photos (shamelessly stolen from the other thread and added here) shows the Ore Carrier displayed upside down. There are a few recognisable parts I can see off the top of my head that I've labelled in a separate image. The main "lump" - could that be part of the engine from the AMT kit you've got, MangaMax?
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:07 AM   #22
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Hey there Exterminator!
First up, many thanks for the blown up view and input!
To address your points:

Yeah, i noted what MarkIXHawk said about the decals - i bought the hovercraft kit years back as i needed something off of it for some build or other.
Stil have some parts - but the decal sheet is long gone. I was thinking i'd mock some up and glue them in place rather than buying another kit just for them.

Ha! Funny you should suggest the "lump" being from the AMT - i figured Mat would've used what was around him and started offering pieces from the donor kits i've used so far up to it. And the truck cabin could well be it!

Yup, spotted the very distinctive Manaway part in one of the sides photos, so bought a couple when i got the stairs.

Already spotted the LM parts on the underside but, blimey!, i would never have spotted the Girder Bridge part - well done matey!
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Old 11-10-2015, 08:37 AM   #23
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Not got the SR - N1 decals? I've got some spares.

PM me when you need them.
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:27 PM   #24
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Smashing, i'll take you up on that - cheers!
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Old 12-10-2015, 10:31 AM   #25
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Hmmm....
On the one hand, that's a bit of a let down that the only bulky piece of the Hauler kit that could straddle the stairs and be the right size, doesn't look like it was used.
On the other, while studying Exterminators excellent blow-up of the area, i spot yet another X-Wing part - this engine piece that goes at the front!
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Old 14-10-2015, 03:56 PM   #26
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Curiouser and curiouser...
I'd already spotted that the prong on the front of the Ore Carrier in shots of the models at shows clearly isn't the original - earlier pics have something more than just a featureless rod, but something a wee bit more complex.
Now, watching and rewatching its appearance in "Star One" (oh, the hardship), two toher things come to light:
The pod thing the prong is attached to isn't flush with the end of the cage, but set inside a tad.
And, there's some sort of tubing connecting the ball with the R2 halves on it to the Shuttle external tank:
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Old 14-10-2015, 05:38 PM   #27
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Hi Mangamax,

Looking great so far.

I've taken a few more shots of the Ore Carrier since you started your build.

I don't think I've posted them before.

I'll see if I have any more but I hope they are of use.

Cheers,

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Old 14-10-2015, 06:06 PM   #28
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Old 14-10-2015, 06:28 PM   #29
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Found some more.

Hope they are helpful.

Good luck with the rest of the build.

Cheers,

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Old 14-10-2015, 07:50 PM   #30
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Whoah, great timing Clanger68 - and thanks SO much!
I'd decided, after studying and studying the one solitary shot (till now) of the underside, that a match for the shapes would be pretty much impossible to locate, so had decided to make my own, figuring it was a "U"-shaped box that straddled the stairs, with a sloping front and maybe two more shapes on top.
Very happy to see then from these stunning new shots, that the "U" shape looks very much to be what i made today - a purpose-cut Plasticard shape.
The other bulks don't ring a bell for me, and i'm thinking they lack the detail or finesse of kit parts and could be switch boxes or lids etc.
So am happy to go my one way with my take on them.
Bit dismayed to see its EMA Tube Caps that act as spacers for the spheres (looks to be the same one's up top at the rear) - i'd figured they were hemispheres from previous shots and drilled two ready.
Good see to i was right about the prong/pod thing being set back!
In the shots of the underside of the ship, that's clearly an X-Wing landing leg - gawd Mat liked to use that kit!
Two things missing from your photos:
The X-Wing engine part on the underside that sits below the prong/pod is missing. Which is odd, as its clearly there in later shots, when the pod has been re-glued further forward and the prong has been replaced.
And, in the upper shots at the rear, its very clear from lack of paint that there was another shape on one of the external tanks but by then gone. But what?
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Old 14-10-2015, 07:57 PM   #31
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Oh, and just spotted in the first pic you posted - the prong is one of the weapon prongs on the end of the X-Wing wing, facing backwards.
Truly, this kit is the gift that keeps on giving!
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Old 15-10-2015, 12:24 PM   #32
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Oh, and just spotted in the first pic you posted - the prong is one of the weapon prongs on the end of the X-Wing wing, facing backwards.
Truly, this kit is the gift that keeps on giving!
LOL, rarely happens, usually you end up shelling out loads of cash for one single piece. It is very nice when a donor kit gives you multiple parts.

I forgot to add this latest batch of photos were taken in 2014.

I get the feeling it gets damaged and repaired a fair bit.

Cheers,

Andy
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Old 15-10-2015, 03:09 PM   #33
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Damage doesn't quite cover this one!
The way i see it, these are the incarnations so far documentated:

1. The original filming model - has the pod set back from the front, X-Wing prong, some sort of rod joining the tanks to the spheres.

2. Your latest shots - bit damaged, the connecting rods are gone.

3. The shots where the pod has been stuck to the front and the prong replaced with plain rod, some of the cage is missing.

4. The most decrepid state - most of the cage at the front has gone, as has the pod.

Bit of a mystery going on with the above - if the latest shots Andy provided are from 2014, how come its in better condition than in the shots from five years ago?
Has it been repaired in the meantime?
Could explain the reason its seems to have changed colour - it looks a much darker grey in the older photos.
Any thoughts anyone?
Bit more progress for you today:

The pod thing at the front looks to me like some kind of fuel tank, but its not from any kit i've ever built before, so chances of me finding one were pretty slim.
That left me having to fashion my own.
First thing i did was study the pods dimensions in relation to the cage it sits inside and eyeball the size hemispheres i'd be needing and order some from EMA.
Luckily, i got it right first time, so i then need to find a tube to fit between the two.
Looking around, i realised the external rockets from the Space Shuttle kit were just the right diameter and decided to cut one down for it - after all, the more i use from these donor kits the better.
That's where i was until yesterday, when i was planning a trip to the local model shop to find a substitute for the prong thing.
That's when immaculate timing Of Andy happened and the whole bunch of new, excellent, very clear shots of the ship came to light!
Including the pod/prong, which clearly shows the prong is in actual fact a cut-down weapon prong from the X-Wing kit, and stuck backwards into the hemisphere.
Wow!
The BBC must've bought up a whole bunch of the X-Wing kits, as they're used a heck of a lot in their effects models, and Mat Irvine really has used a lot here on this build.
So, "X-Bit Number One" - Weapon Prong.
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Old 15-10-2015, 08:43 PM   #34
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Don't forget the Airfix/Dapol Footbridge parts
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Old 16-10-2015, 04:56 AM   #35
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Yup, on their way!
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Old 17-10-2015, 12:04 PM   #36
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Slowly pulling things together now on the Ore carrier.
It looks to me that Mat Irvine started with a blank plate of Plasticard to build the front underside detail onto, so i'm going the same way.
Figure it'll be a LONG wait to find out what goes on next to that section, so am going my own way.
It looks like some sort of engine detail etc making up a bit of a grid pattern, and i was going to go with some Baco Bricks.
Far too clunky though, so instead i'll be cutting down this much thinner car chassis for my basis.
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Old 17-10-2015, 02:41 PM   #37
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Are you sure these are dapol/airfix footbridge parts and not Airfix pontoon bridge parts?



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Old 17-10-2015, 02:46 PM   #38
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Y'know - think you're right!
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Old 17-10-2015, 09:03 PM   #39
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The "X's" on the pontoon bridge aren't slanted, but they are on the footbridge.

It's the bit I've cunningly marked "THIS BIT" on the attached image! Oh, I'm good, me.
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Old 18-10-2015, 06:19 AM   #40
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Ping-ponging back to the Girder version then!
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