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Old 25-08-2010, 11:41 PM   #1
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Gday everyone. this is my second build thread for my Studio Scale Battlestar I am building. I have been working on her for about 8 months now. It has a stainless steel armature & is constructed out of acrylic & Styrene. I am using as many actual kit parts as possible though will cast some that are in multiples to reduce costs of this expensive build. I have been building this jointly with a mate who is also building a Battlestar. I have added as many pictures as I could to start with. The last pictures are where i am currently at. I a started with the engine section & will soon start building the body, arms & Launch/Landing bays. She is a big model. Thanks for looking.
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Old 26-08-2010, 01:56 AM   #2
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I prefer the original BSG '78 Battlestar too. I think it is an impressive ship to undertake your build, awesome seeing your work in progress.
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Old 26-08-2010, 07:20 AM   #3
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Wow. Nice project! I bet the part map for that is a prized possession. I thought finding out which bits go the Eagle was hard enough!
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Old 26-08-2010, 07:45 AM   #4
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Thanks for the kind words. The parts map can be found at my site www.studioscalemodelers.com in the 'Parts Maps' section. It was started by SeanC & continued with support from others. I thanks SeanC for his work on that map & if was not there doubt I would ever try & build this monster. I have used a mixture of plans & the old exrapolation method. There has already been much 'reworking' & 'snapping off' of parts. Unfortunately when building these Studio Replicas one tends to become a bit obsessive on detail.... I like to have a couple of projects going so I can have a break from one or the other but mostly due to waiting for kits & supplies...
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Old 26-08-2010, 08:57 PM   #5
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I am thoroughly jealous. Congrats. Amazing piece of work. How long is she going to be when complete?
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Old 26-08-2010, 10:05 PM   #6
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Thanks for the compliments. She will be 76" long & about 38" wide I believe. I will either mount her in a display case or inside a dining table.
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Old 28-08-2010, 12:20 AM   #7
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Jason, you are doing a fantastic job on your Galactica.

I am very jealous, but looking forward to your progress and any "top tips" you have along the way

Is Jim Key still producing "detail" sections for the Galactica? my link for his web site does not work anymore (perhaps he has just moved providers - - -I will try a goggle search later)


Keep up the great work, i am loving it

Just found Jim's new web site http://www.customreplicas.com/index.html
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Old 29-08-2010, 03:54 AM   #8
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Thanks greatly Big Rab for the kind words. You can get this as a kit from Custom replicas. Its not cheap though can buy it in stages & sections if required. They have updated their site. Heres a new link: http://customreplicas.com/ If your interested contact them & am sure they will get back to you promptly. Im choosing to go the hard way. It would be cheaper & faster to use their products but just want to do it the old way.
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Old 29-08-2010, 06:14 AM   #9
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Jason, thanks a lot for sharing these pictures with us. It's amazing your Galactica build.
Also I had a look at the Galactica on Custom replicas. You guys make me feel very small with my modelling skills. This what you are doing is top class model building.

Keep up the good work on this impressive build and please continue posting the pictures here.



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Old 29-08-2010, 09:05 AM   #10
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Thanks greatly for the support. I worked a little this afternoon lining up the parts for the engine bottom. I have borrowed the studio scale Raider parts needed for section off a friend until I get some from a Mr Salzo SS Raider kit. Starting to take shape. theres some difficult cuts required on parts to fit right. I made an error on one of the Wostok parts & will now need to get another one...
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Old 29-08-2010, 10:35 AM   #11
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Tanks for the work in progress shots (sorry, coudn't resist). That is an amazing build and will be one huge work of art when finished.
My hats off to you sir,
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Old 27-09-2010, 09:40 AM   #12
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. Greatly appreciated. A little more done. The body is now partially on. Just a bit of adjusting to have her lined up right & need to cut the bottom acrylic so it can be joined around the armature. Things I should have thought of before getting it cut the way I did but we all learn from our mistakes.
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Old 28-09-2010, 07:52 AM   #13
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Today I have aligned the body & got the floor on. That was difficult as it had to fit around the armature. She's starting to come to life now. I can now start work on scribing the top sections & bevelling the raised panel edges as they need to be. The bevelling will actually be done first. Getting the floor on as was a huge relief. There have been some modifications made to all my acrylics as I go through not considering every aspect of the assembley but I love the challenge & anything workable if you put your mind into it. Thanks for looking.
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Old 28-09-2010, 11:05 AM   #14
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The project is coming on very nicely, the WiP pictures are great to follow, keep up the good work.
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Old 28-09-2010, 03:42 PM   #15
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this is one of my all time favourite space ships and would love one of these, your build is very impressive and am looking forward to more progress shots
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Excellent build & thread, I would love one of these too, but I think that its a bit big even for my tastes.
Theres a guy over on Starship modeler thats in the process of building a three footer and i'm trying to convince him to produce a kit but he's not sure that there would be a market for it.
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Old 04-10-2010, 03:37 AM   #17
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Well i rekon you build & kit it people will buy it. The market is massive now & not enough builds getting kitted. Thanks for the kind words.
I have just shredded a perfectly good Salzo V1 Raider to start building up the details on the bottom engine deck. I was just waiting for this to come so I could get a start on it. I had previously borrowed another builders parts to check my placing etc. Now I have my own Raider parts I can assemble the deck.
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:18 AM   #18
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Have drwan up lines on the body & raised panels for scribing. Once I have scribed these I will bevell/angle the edges.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:52 AM   #19
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8hours later the scribing is completed. Have given a light dusting of primer to mark the raised panel position & will now bevell the raised panel edges. The arms will go on next. Thanks for looking.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:11 AM   #20
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Looking pretty sweet there Jason

I am at capacity with projects or I would be jumping right in there..

I now have many questions:

Could you tell me which model tank that is decorating the engine section in such profusion?

Will you be pulling rubber molds for the detail as panels?

Any chance of a link to the plan you are working too? I am very interested in the cut acrylic frames to make the superstructure and a map of the etched lines. Luckily I can make those parts in house.... soooooo tempted.

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