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Old 22-08-2015, 03:43 PM   #1
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Hey folks.
LOOOONNGGG time since i was on here - life and othewr non-relevant hobbies have kept me away, but i've just embarked (sort of) on a new one (sort of) that i thought might be of interest here, hence the return.
First up, a recap:
This was a project i actually started some 36 years ago!
Back in about '79, all fired up on Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Blakes 7 and the like, the teenage me attempts to turn his old Six Million Dollar Man Repair Station into a spaceship. Before giving up on it.
Fast forward about 6 years ago and i stumble on it in my mum's attic and wince at the crudeness of it.
But thought, as it was one of the projects that got me onto this scratchbuilding lark, i'd finish it off.
And that's what i've been doing every few years until i get bored with it each time.
And now's the time to try again.
These shots are how things are right now, and its a real mix of different bouts of building - the original, painful parts are visible in there, but i'm slowly covering them up.
The underside was just a blank sheet of cardboard (yes really) when i re-discovered it and, last time i was working on it, i addressed that with this pipe and girder work, heavily influenced by the Valley Forge in "Silent Running".
And i'd made a "head" for it two out of a couple of ribbed tupperware bowls stuck together.
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Old 22-08-2015, 03:48 PM   #2
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And here's the "head", both when i rediscovered it and how it is now in its primer state:
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Old 25-08-2015, 06:00 PM   #3
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Nice. I could imagine a backstory where you have a very old ship that has been re-fitted several times.
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Old 23-11-2015, 10:25 AM   #4
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Completely forgot to keep y'all updated on this build, but here's where i am with things this morning.
Its basecoated, decaled and ready for weathering.
I've kept to a black/orange/white colour scheme, partly in homage to the Space:1999 Hawks, and the odd bit of gunmetals.
Looking forward to the next bit
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Old 23-11-2015, 11:37 AM   #5
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Looks great! Can't wait to see more pics from different angles.
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Old 23-11-2015, 03:53 PM   #6
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Me too, it's looking great!
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