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Old 20-05-2015, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default Zero X

In 1994, I started a scratchbuild of Zero X. I got as far as the main body and the MEV, then I stopped as I wasn't totally happy with it. So, I have decided to have another go. When I looked at the main body I'd made 21 years ago, I realised that it was basically ok but the front was wrong. So, rather than start that part again, I cut down the offending part and remodelled it. The model was made from balsa covered in aluminium sheet (a method I used to use a lot, to give the effect of panels by actually making panels!). I took a couple of (pre-digital) photos of construction, they are old but here they are.





I have completely resprayed it and applied biro panel lines and shaded with a 2B pencil. I've then put about a mile of striping tape on it. I still need to do the intakes but then the hard work really begins as I need to make all the other parts from scratch!



This will be a lengthy process, so bear with me!
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Old 20-05-2015, 04:47 PM   #2
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An unusual approach, but cracking result!
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Old 21-05-2015, 09:12 AM   #3
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Default We'll happily bear with you Kevin.....

Zero X was, is and always will be one of a kind, a unique and beautiful spacecraft based on a spectacular leap of imagination at the time the film was made. The feature film showed her in all her glory - I loved the comic strip in TV21 which showed her continuing adventures (well that was Mk3, of course). So it's with a real delight I chanced upon your photographs Kevin, real aluminium sheeting and all!

You're right about the real slog you're going to face in scratch-building all of the other components but, honestly, think of the stunning spacecraft with which you'll end up. Envious isn't the word to describe my feelings - after 20 years you rekindle your interest with the main body, and consider completing her. Go for it Kevin, and please keep us posted with your progress.

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Old 21-05-2015, 11:10 AM   #4
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That looks impressive.

I took a look at other pics on your PhotoBucket site - there's some incredible work there and great diorama settings too.

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Old 21-05-2015, 11:25 AM   #5
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Thanks very much.
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Massively impressive!
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Old 21-05-2015, 04:29 PM   #7
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Looking really gorgeous

Love the panel idea.
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Old 23-05-2015, 01:24 PM   #8
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Thanks people. I have started the MEV. I've made the hull from plasticard and milliput. There is a magnet in the back of it (and one in the main body at the front), but I don't think it will be strong enough to hold it!

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You really don't horse when it comes to accurate detail and quality!
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Old 24-05-2015, 09:05 AM   #10
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More great work Kevin main body looks stunning
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Old 24-05-2015, 09:51 PM   #11
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Default As previously stated.....

Just keep going Kevin - she's going to be beautiful.

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Old 27-05-2015, 11:09 AM   #12
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Thanks folks. I have painted up the MEV the same way as the main body. Surprisingly, the magnet just about holds it in place but sudden movement is ill advised.





I want to make undercarriage for the MEV as well before I turn my attention to the other parts.
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Old 27-05-2015, 12:29 PM   #13
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What a marvellous model Kevin, and beautifully done as well. This bodes really well for the rest of the project.

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Old 27-05-2015, 02:24 PM   #14
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Default The Long and the Short Of It...

Beautifully evokes the spirit of the original!

Definitely no hairpin turns, though...
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Old 27-05-2015, 04:58 PM   #15
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Fantastic work, Kevin!
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Old 27-05-2015, 05:25 PM   #16
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I'ts a terrible rotten shame that the model builders and artists at ITV Studios
who did the reboot for Thunderbirds didn't care to design the new versions
of the rescue vehicles and ships to reflect the true spirit of the classic machines
the way you are doing for your model of the Zero-X.

You are a true fan for the classics!
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Old 28-05-2015, 07:32 AM   #17
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Superb Job,Kevin! I own the Thunderbirds Movie the Zero-x is From and I Almost thought it was a Studio Prop! Great Work & Keep it up! Dan
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Old 28-05-2015, 11:17 AM   #18
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Fantastic job... I too started a Zero X some 20 years ago. I must finish it.

I have all the parts made, inc the wings (lifting bodies). Yet to detail and paint though.



What is the overall length of your ZX ???
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Old 28-05-2015, 03:21 PM   #19
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Thanks for the nice comments folks. So far my Zero X is about 77cm long, it will be a bit longer with the nose shield obviously.
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Simply beautiful
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