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Old 18-06-2012, 09:26 AM   #1
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Default SULACO in 1:430 scale - made out of paper

Well, after I registered a while ago I thought it is time to start to show some of my models.

So here you can see the current state of my actual project: The starship SULACO in 1:430 scale, made entirely from paper. The final length will be approx. 2,20 meters.

Here is the bow, this module is 96 cm long:






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Old 18-06-2012, 09:31 AM   #2
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Top and bottom railguns:




Engine nozzle:




Middle hull:




Closeup of the hangar section:




Pylon:

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Old 18-06-2012, 06:27 PM   #3
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Impressive Sulaco.
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Old 18-06-2012, 07:46 PM   #4
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That is extraordinary, are you using a kit or is this your own invention?

I would love to try a build like this it's just amazing.
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Old 19-06-2012, 06:12 AM   #5
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That is extraordinary, are you using a kit or is this your own invention?
It is a free download, constructed by Jan Rukr. The model is not completely available yet (he is releasing it in groups), but will hopefully be at the end of this year. Here is the website: http://www.sulaco.cz/
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Old 20-06-2012, 07:50 AM   #6
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Port side reactor cover done:




The angled rim was tough!

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Old 20-06-2012, 12:38 PM   #7
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Looks stunning !!!!
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:52 PM   #8
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That is fantastic. Is this the one on the RPF?

Amazing to think its paper based. Cracking work.

Thanks for showing it. Keep up the great work.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:51 AM   #9
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That is fantastic.
Thanks!

Mine is not on the RPF, but I'm not the only one who builds that beast, so it might be another SULACO builder there.

By the way, here is a little progress update:



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Old 06-07-2012, 01:11 PM   #10
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I got unfinished parts of the engine for a kind of beta-build (thanks a lot, Jan!), this is the result:





Then came the critical moment: Will magnets I want to use to attach the engine to the middle hull be strong enough so that I don't need an additional stand for it? See by yourself:



In fact the magnets are that strong that I needed a little dull knife to be able to seperate the engine from the hull! Should be strong enough to hold it in place when all remaining parts are mounted to the tube, too.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:17 PM   #11
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This is a truly delightful thread, one of my favourite subjects in a large scale model, what's not to like?

It's interesting to see the shading in blues rather than black or dark brown, I might try this on a model I am building as it makes an interesting effect.

Keep 'em coming...
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:22 PM   #12
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That photo you posted yesterday of the front of the ship with all those antenna spires looks amazing, I'm sure if this had been filmed on a motion control rig over at Arkadon back in the day it would have looked almost as good as the actual studio miniature on film, hard to believe it's all paper !!!!
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It's interesting to see the shading in blues rather than black or dark brown,
I like that, too. It is the on-screen look of the SULACO in "Aliens". Sadly it changed to the usual gray in the following movies.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:28 PM   #14
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That photo you posted yesterday of the front of the ship with all those antenna spires looks amazing, I'm sure if this had been filmed on a motion control rig over at Arkadon back in the day it would have looked almost as good as the actual studio miniature on film, hard to believe it's all paper !!!!
Thanks!

I did the following one a while ago "by accident" (hey, I'm a modeler, not a photographer! ), it is my favourite one fo the antenna array area:

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Old 06-07-2012, 01:31 PM   #15
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How accurate do you think this model is?

I have just ordered a set of drawings for comparison, I think it would be a great idea to mock up in paper first before attempting the replica build. There are a number of parts that could really benefit being vac formed in styrene.

As I said though love this build, what a beauty...
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:32 PM   #16
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This is a fantastic model and Jan Rükr is really a genius in point of view of paper model construction.

I am wondering if there is some kind of plastic sheet which could be used instead of paper. Does anybody know about such a material which works for inkjet printers?
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How accurate do you think this model is?
Jan Rukr is a great ALIEN fan, and as far as I can say this model is VERY accurate. Ok, a lot of details are not made 3-dimensional, but faked by texture (and that is what I love regarding papermodeling: It looks like it is there, but it isn't!), but the dimensions, shapes and proportions are veeery well.
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:18 PM   #18
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great looking build can't wait for the finished shots
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:20 PM   #19
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That's a truly mind-blowing piece ! ( And the fact that it's a paper kit makes it even more so ). The only thing is .......where will you display it , it's enormous !!
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Old 23-07-2012, 06:59 AM   #20
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Some progress... engine section complete:







The large dark area at the front plate in the last picture is a magnetic foil that I use to attach the engine to the reactor section. That way the model can be seperated for transport.
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