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Old 11-09-2013, 02:31 PM   #101
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Moving right along, I've had a little bunch of parts sitting around since Christmas for the 'refinery' section on the top of the neck, so removed all the TB1 stuff I'd built before and used the correct railgun, er, railings instead.



VERY fiddly work, but it looks cool when done. I was joking with Phil today that I should use a couple of my 1/700 figures to show a little crew doing maintenance on the pipes! He suggested that they be Apollo and Starbuck laying charges on the hull (Fire in Space). The background plate in that episode showed this area when they were supposed to be on the landing bay. Oh, I've kept the little Celestial Chamber from 'Hand of God' on top of the pylon. Which, in the episode, was supposed to be above the main engines.

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Old 12-09-2013, 07:45 AM   #102
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Thanks mate. Who is your friend, it's a fairly tight circle and most of the builders know each other.

Mike

My old boss at Modelzone...will take a few shots of it hopefully sometime or ask him to send a few. :-).

Btw you do know that budgies a Cylon...
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Old 19-09-2013, 07:57 AM   #103
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That would be cool to see what he is building. Can't have too many Battlestars around!

Before Cricket died, I was wondering what that strange whirring sound and glowing red eyes in the dark were all about...:p

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Old 23-09-2013, 11:16 AM   #104
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With so much delicate work going on here, it's not difficult to see why the studio model had so many missing/broken parts.

That piping/railing looks so fragile up there on top!.

It certainly wouldn't be difficult to forget yourself and knock it whilst working on other details.

Looks nice though!
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Old 24-09-2013, 02:24 PM   #105
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Thanks mate, luckily all the top panels are removable. When I turn over the model (it's 20kg without any electrical gear inside yet!) to work on the underside, the head, body, engine top panels, exhaust outlets, nose cap, bridge and bay end caps are all removable to prevent damage. It's like a Swiss army knife when everything is laid out!

A few more update pics:



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Old 24-09-2013, 02:32 PM   #106
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Another ship design that just never gets old. Stunning build, LastBattlestar, absolutely beautiful!
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Old 29-05-2014, 03:24 PM   #107
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OK guys, update time again. Been a very busy summer, got married to the lovely Nikki (after 20 years!), came back from a honeymoon cruise to New Caledonia recently, more landscaping around the house and the usual Aussie summer shenanigans.

On to the galactica, I've torn out all the original styrene inner bay trenches from 1999 and replaced them with aluminium and Plastruct C channel like the outers I refurbished last year. It's all locked in with CA and construction glue, so the bays are really tight now.

I've been wearing grooves in the BG DVD looking for missing parts. The shuttle flying out and overhead pass scenes show how much is missing from the inner bay areas, a lot. I've ID'd a few, but due to the low res image, I've had to guess a few, but there are definitely a lot of empty spaces that clearly had parts on them. For the others, it's the time honoured process of IDing missing parts from the faint shapes left on the paint, eek!

My fave pic, it's really coming together now!



Take care all, Mike
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Old 29-05-2014, 03:44 PM   #108
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Default Up on the ramps....

.....hahahahahaha, that's just great, a Battlestar up on the ramps with its hood / bonnet up. Cue technician peering into the innards, cigarette dangling from his lips, scratching his head - "This is going to cost, I'm afraid mate...."

Anyway Mike, in all seriousness, many many congratulations to you and Mrs Battlestar, here's to many happy years together for the two of you. Will your better half be working on the greeblies, or is she handier with spray paints and weathering?

The shot of your Galactica from below really brings home

a) just how big she is
b) just how much work's gone into her so far
c) just how lucky you are to have her

Good to hear from you again, Mike - wishing you continued success in all that you do.

Kindest regards

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Old 29-05-2014, 04:16 PM   #109
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Wow Patrick, your kind words really are appreciated and thank you.

It might seem crazy, but anyone can build one of these. It just takes a lot of time, patience and learning how to overcome the engineering problems in a model this large. I had only built a few plastic kits as a kid and just really wanted to build a Galactica! I have a huge network of like-minded friends who have been an enormous help, but it all takes time to develop.

Nikki is actually a Degree Illustrator but doesn't work in the field (how many do?). She wants to produce her own children's books in future but won't be anywhere near the Galactica at painting time. I'm gonna be very particular about how the model gets painted after so many years of detailing. I won't be able to blame anyone else if I stuff it up!

Thanks again mate!

If I'm careful, management won't see me slipping in a wedding pic of my family...
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Old 29-05-2014, 04:34 PM   #110
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Seeing this really shows how well thought and carefully put together this is....

That you're willing to just pore over this over and over again to make sure that you've got it right really shows dedication. I think you ought to document this heavily, it would really help out others considering this project.

Also, it really reminds me of how much better the 'classic' show was.....

Oh, an you did really well with the marriage thing too, congrats.
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