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Old 25-01-2007, 12:45 AM   #1
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Does the PE Starbug stand on it's own (without the daft figures) as a reasonable replica?...
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Old 25-01-2007, 05:36 AM   #2
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For the price, yes I would say so. I mean it may not quite be studio model accurate, but it looks good enough to me (as I have one). Of course how accurate it is depends on what they based it on, but proportionally it looks right.
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Old 25-01-2007, 09:10 AM   #3
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Are you talking about the playset or is there another one I'm not aware of? I just got the playset from WhoNA and I think it looks pretty good the stabilizer fins seem undersized but I like it. I thought of making a Diorama of it in the hanger bay surounded by eagles and personel with "What the hell...?" looks on thier faces.
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Old 25-01-2007, 08:46 PM   #4
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The prototype was better, with 'finer' landing gear, and details, and, despite the figures being around 1/72 (or 25mm) scale is meant to be around 1/96 scale, I also made a 1/48 lit model, and a 1/144 master for a garage kit that never happened.

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The main reason that this toy came about was that Steve saw my 1/48 Starbug, and said that if I could make a playset that looked that good when closed, he'd produce it!

Oh, and yeah, it's a pretty good reproduction, even if I do say so myself!
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Old 25-01-2007, 09:11 PM   #5
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Oh to have airbrushing skills like that...

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Old 26-01-2007, 03:29 AM   #6
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Practice! The best way to learn is to do. (Heck, I wish I had an airbrush!)
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Old 26-01-2007, 06:06 AM   #7
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Now that type of appearance can be done with ground up pastel chalk as well. Simply tape off the panel line area, apply the chalk with a cotton swab or microbrush, then pull off on viola! It may not duplicate the appearance exactly, but it gives a nice faxsimilie of a worn panel area in similar manner to what an airbrush does. Plus the technique can be scaled down as well if you use a tighter application tip. Microbrushes work wonders for this sort of thing.

Nice work on those Starbug masters there Doctor. You certainly did a lot better with your stuff then the original Comet kits (of which I have one, expensive little bugger).
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Old 26-01-2007, 05:07 PM   #8
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Ta, I started on the garage kit master long, lonnnng before I contacted PE, and that nearly ended up as the playset, but I'm glad I had to make it bigger, more bang for your buck!

As to airbrush weathering, it's all down to practice, I've had to airbrush a (fake) marble fireplace surround this last week, and when I started it, I had no idea what I was doing, by the time I'd done two thirds of it, I had to go back to the first bit and do it again, 'cos I'd got the hang of it!

I tend to weather using post-it notes, they can be used over and over, and give you suberb straight edges!
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Old 27-01-2007, 02:49 AM   #9
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I tend to weather using post-it notes, they can be used over and over, and give you suberb straight edges!
Tip of the Day, that!
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Old 27-01-2007, 01:37 PM   #10
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Okay, I've watched this thread for a while, and I just gotta say it... that's cute !
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Old 28-01-2007, 03:21 AM   #11
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Of course the member named after an insect thinks something called the Starbug is cute! (Just kidding, cricket!!)
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Old 28-01-2007, 03:40 AM   #12
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Of course the member named after an insect thinks something called the Starbug is cute! (Just kidding, cricket!!)


I didn't even think about that! Actually, named after a cat who is named after the sport. Bizarre, I know.
But the little ship is cute!
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Old 28-01-2007, 10:44 AM   #13
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An American? Who Knows of the Game CRICKET?!

I don't understand, how..?

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Old 28-01-2007, 12:47 PM   #14
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An American? Who Knows of the Game CRICKET?!

I don't understand, how..?

Military brat who grew up 'overseas' (from a US perspective, of course ).
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It was Buddy Holly who had the Crickets...which inspired the Beetles.
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Old 28-01-2007, 03:51 PM   #16
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An American? Who Knows of the Game CRICKET?!

I don't understand, how..?

Military brat who grew up 'overseas' (from a US perspective, of course ).
Oh, that makes sense. Which is more than the rules of cricket do.

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It was Buddy Holly who had the Crickets...which inspired the Beetles.
[pedant]Beatles, a bad pun, shurely?[/pedant]
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