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Old 18-10-2015, 09:54 AM   #41
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Hmm they are similar in design - I thought the distortion in the shape was due to perspective in the photos
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Old 20-10-2015, 03:16 PM   #42
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Things are coming together nicely now on the Ore Carrier.
A big head-scratcher is the teeny engine it has - it looks to me like one of those old syphon capsules that were around in the 70's to make your drinks fizzy, but the chances of tracking down a vintage one to check was pretty slim.
So i've gone my own way by sticking an EMA hemisphere of the right diameter onto a tube i found in the plumbing section of B&Q, and then the Saturn V engine bell on top.
The tube is just right but, alas, that plastic that no glue can touch.
So i've stuck the hemisphere on with Hot Glue.
There also seems to be a panel or something on the original tube and i've suggested that with a Go-Fasta Stripe.
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Old 20-10-2015, 10:33 PM   #43
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It certainly is coming together!
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Old 24-10-2015, 05:55 PM   #44
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As i'm building the Ore Carrier, i'm thinking ahead not only the painting, but the weathering too.
Weathering of course is crucial to convey a sense of scale to a model and to stop it looking pristine and toy-like.
And i'm thinking something like an Ore Carrier would have a fair bit of weathering, dust/dirt etc wouldn't it?
But to guess how much to apply depends on the scale of the model.
So what's the scale of the Ore Carrier?
Watching "Star One", we get a brief glimpse of the ship as it collides with the Nova Queen.
And, eyeballing it, its almost the same length as the passenger ship.
So, how big is the Nova Queen?
A clue is the Captain of the ship stating "there's four thousand passengers on this ship."
To give me an idea of just what they means in terms of size of a vessel to accomodate so many people, i Google'd "largest cruise liners" and found that the Quantum Of The Seas can take 4,180 passengers and is 1,139 feet long.
Taking that as a guideline, and the Ore Carrier being slightly smaller, lets make the Ore Carrier 1,000 foot long.
Quite a size, and much bigger a ship than i'd have thought (unless its the same case as the notorious moment when a Pursuit Ship stops short of colliding with the supposed to be much bigger Liberator but they didn't have a smaller scale model of the ship, so it appears enormous).
My model, which is pretty much studio scale, measures 19 inches long, which makes it then a 1/632 scale model - so that means any weathering i do has got pretty tiny for a ship that huge.
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Old 24-10-2015, 06:50 PM   #45
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I would go with the way it was aged during production; which looks like a blast of dirty thinner dabbed off with a rag.
But you could go with a subtle paneled effect (ala' the Pursuit ships), only with Greys. I would use Humbrol Paints as the Matt and Satin greys were used in the series.
Looking at the Nova Queen - I never realised that the pads were Eagle cages!
That ones crying out for a build at some point - pity the original miniature is no more.
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Old 24-10-2015, 06:57 PM   #46
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Yup, there's TONS of Eagle parts on there - you'd think it was the Number One SF kit on the market at the time
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Old 24-10-2015, 08:41 PM   #47
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The original Nova Queen still exists, though badly damaged...
That's why Mat doesn't bring it out !
And bigger than what you think, well over 3 feet long and made of thick fibre glass, just some of the kit parts that have gone...

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Old 25-10-2015, 10:08 AM   #48
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Nova Queen ... I've got plans for that!

MangaMax, when I've built the "Queen", we'll have to run into each other!

EDIT: Oh yes, the Eagle cages! I've got eight Eagle Transporter kits in my stores (a mix of Fundimensions, Airfix and ERTL), all for chopping and spare parts, particularly this. The underside still has most of the kit parts in place (I remember a small tank turret and bits of Airfix/Dapol turntable kit), but the top is completely stripped, common practice at VisFX, as the Nova Queen was a "one shot" model, not used again, and the bits on it could be reused on something else.

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Old 29-10-2015, 08:07 AM   #49
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First part of the Ore Carrier done, and i've painted it up already as i'll be adding it at the very end when the rest of the ship is painted and weathered.
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:17 PM   #50
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With regards to the weathering, I'd be inclined to paint the ship a slightly darker shade than you want the finished model to be, then use either thinned down dark grey paint or one of the Army Painter or Games Workshop ink washes to add depth, then finish off by lightly over-spraying with a slightly lighter shade than you require. It should give the right colour, with a slightly battered and weathered appearance, without going too 'Star Wars' with large burn marks or exhaust stains. Nice subtle dry-brushing on the engine there!
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Old 02-11-2015, 11:54 AM   #51
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I'm indebted to a guy over on the RPF by the name of Tazman2000, who's been able to identify the "curvy bit with holes in" that's just forward of the spheres.
Its from the rear arm of the AMT Caterpillar D8H kit.
Trouble is, that's a pretty rare kit now, 65 quid from the States is all i can find then there's the, gulp, p&p.
So, getting one is out and the fact that it'll be mostly hidden by the spheres when they're on, has made me have a go at turning these bits, which have the same sort of curve on them, into a substitute.
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:51 AM   #52
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Ooh, that's a new one on me!
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:01 PM   #53
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Me too. Thing is, if it was half the price i would get one - the rest of the thing has real potential for a SF vehicle.
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Old 04-11-2015, 04:43 PM   #54
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MASSIVE thanks to Andy for helping me out with the X-Wing landing leg, plus a certain *something* for my next B7 project - cheers matey!
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Old 04-11-2015, 07:29 PM   #55
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My pleasure...

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Old 22-01-2016, 02:25 PM   #56
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Time for an update on this build, and its a pretty darn nifty one - thanks to Top Bloke that is the Exterminator, i now have me the actual curvy bits from that tractor kit, along with castings he did me of the odd shape with holes in.
Cheers matey!
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Old 24-01-2016, 09:24 PM   #57
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Right, that's my crappy recreation detail pinged off of the Ore Carrier and the redeals put on.
And i've also added two chrome parts from the truck kit that i'd bought for the piping on the top of the Shuttle tanks - always great when a donor kit offers up more than one part!
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Old 23-02-2016, 11:18 AM   #58
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Massive, MASSIVE thanks to Andy H for supplying me with the very last piece of the jigsaw needed to finish this build and start painting.
Andy, you one top bloke!
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Old 23-02-2016, 07:16 PM   #59
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Alrighty, hoping for an opinion on this please folks?
I've been trying to decide what colour to do the Ore Carrier, as it varies a bit from shot to shot, i'm guessing due to light sources and whether a flash was used or not, as you can see in these examples.
I've put on a coat of Halfords Grey Primer, and it looks darn close.
So, what do you think?
Could Mat have used the primer as a basecoat to save time do you think?
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Old 23-02-2016, 11:41 PM   #60
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Looks like Halford primer colour to me but it looks a bit glossy so maybe a gloss or satin coat over the primer?

I wouldn't put it past Mat to just use the primer colour
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