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Old 05-08-2007, 06:44 AM   #1
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Default 1:18 scale Command Pod Scratchbuild

O.K. I quickly realized that I would encounter difficulties with the inset panels unless I installed them first, before I fiberglassed the hull., so I removed the clay and cut and installed the panels. then re-introduced the modeling clay to give the pod it's shape:
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...ighters032.jpg
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...ighters033.jpg
I sealed the whole form with some cheap acrylic paint for a release agent and applied the fiberglass and resin.
After it hardened, I coated it all with a layer of Bondo:
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...ighters035.jpg
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...ighters036.jpg
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Old 05-08-2007, 06:57 AM   #2
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Alright, After I shaped and sanded the whole thing, I carefully and slowly removed the hull "shell" and then I did it all over again to make the bottom half.After which, I removed all of the modeling clay and scrubbed both halves clean.:
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...ighters038.jpg
I glued the bottom half to the plexiglass armature and began detailing it:
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...ighters043.jpg
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...ighters044.jpg
I didn't glue the top half down as I plan on doing a fully detailed interior. With a project this size, it would be a crime not to!!!

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Old 05-08-2007, 06:59 AM   #3
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Default This is the first part

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Here's the first part , I posted it at the Launch Crater by accident
OK, this is the third time that I've tried to post this. I'm building a 1:18 scale Eagle Command Pod.I don't even want to start thinking that I am going to tackle the full Eagle at this scale, But the command pod, in itself, doesn't seem too intimidating!!!
Here's the begining of the plexiglass armature,shown with my 1:350 scale Eagle for comparison:
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...ighters026.jpg
And with the center ridge in place:
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...ighters029.jpg
And filled in with modeling clay:
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...ighters031.jpg
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Old 05-08-2007, 07:38 AM   #4
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That's a very large CM. Worth the three attempts at posting. I look forward to watching it unfold... or build up in this case.
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:37 AM   #5
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That looks to be an interesting project, as Tony42 mentions it will be very interesting to watch this project unfold.
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Old 05-08-2007, 03:29 PM   #6
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At 1/18 scale, you could modify some Star Wars, GI Joe and/or WWII figures to be pilots.
I thought about making some home-made S99 figs in that scale, but I don't know if the idea will ever get past the planning stage. Still, I bought a Darth Vader figure (Bespin lightsaber duel version) just for the accessories that came with it... one of the storage boxes looks like the film cases used on Alpha. (Yeah, I know, easy enough to scratchbuild, but it was on sale and I felt lazy.)
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Old 05-08-2007, 04:12 PM   #7
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Right, CR. I've done 3 and 3/4 in. conversions, before, G.I. Joe into a Keaton batman, And I once turned a Bespin Gown Leia from the SW two-packs, into a Hoth Leia, minus the vest. So I intend to convert a few action figures for my Eagle pilots.There are plenty of figures on the market, right now, that will convert quite nicely.It's amazing what one can accomplish with a little imagination and a little epoxy putty!!!This glorius site has all the reference pics I need,so making the clear amber face-plates will be the biggest challange.
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Old 05-08-2007, 07:00 PM   #8
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Here's the figure that I'll use for the pilot.It's a 3 and 3/4 in. action figure that I got at Kmart a few years back. It was a 8 pack, I believe, of non-military construction workers. I got these for my son as he had no civilian figures, only GIjoes and Star Wars figures this size. They are great for conversions, 'cause the clothing detail is minimal.
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I am a firm believer in the playability factor.No static displays for me, thank you.Otherwise, I would just sculpt a couple of figures to sit in the seats
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:22 PM   #9
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And I thought I had a big beak! Very interesting process and well executed, I will look forward to more.
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Old 06-08-2007, 07:26 AM   #10
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Cool! I thought about mentioning the Lanard Construction Corps figures while I was away at work today... nice to see that you are already going that route!
Those are hard to find nowdays. Seems Lanard has abandoned their Construction line, as well as their Fire & Rescue line and their STAR Force sci-fi line. They even had a line of 'Girl Power' female action figures for about a year and a half, which I think was way cool! Sadly, I guess only military stuff sells now, or else the manufacturer believes that that's all that sells now.
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:45 PM   #11
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THAT"S IT!!!!!Thanks for filling in the memory gaps. I've got another one of these Construction Corps figures floating around here, somewhere, It's a dude with a beard, short pants and some serious looking workboots. I just saw it here, 2 months ago, I just haven't opened the right box, yet.
When I do, I'll use it for the co-pilot. And, yes, it is too bad that these type of figures are not available anymore.They gave a certain 'human' aspect to the toy chest.
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Old 21-11-2007, 07:51 PM   #12
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OK, I've been working out the rear interior bulkhead.I'll post some pics as soon as I remember my photobucket acct. password.I am attempting to reconcile the interior, full-size set detail with the interior's command module dimensions.The rear bulkhead translates fairly well, but the seat placement is a little trickier. In the live-action set, the seats are mounted well below the access walkway. Placed in this position, it is impossible to achieve a forward view through the viewports.I plan on mounting the seats above the walkway, perhaps with steps and hand-holds inset into the newly imagined platforms. This will allow the pilot to have a forward view, restricted as it is anyway, and it will allow the pilot and co-pilot to be seen from the outside, as in the studio model.I'll post those pics right after lunch, today
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Old 21-11-2007, 09:12 PM   #13
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A very interesting project, Steward_R! Are you planning to build what's behind the CM?

I'd love to have an Eagle in this scale to put it beside some 1:18 scale cars...
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Old 22-11-2007, 08:03 PM   #14
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Here's a pic of the rear bulkhead, this is a test, only a test, made from card stock and acrylic paint: http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...lkheadtest.jpg
The details aren't worked out ,yet, but I have some awesome reference pics, found right here!!!And I plan on detailing it as accurately as I can. Of course, the seats will be jacked up higher than the full-size set, but I think I can make it work.
And , no, Transporter, I had not intended to make the rest of the Eagle. But an Ultraprobe command module, in this scale, would not be too overwhelming of a project! And given the modular nature of the Eagle, I could see, eventually, doing the whole Eagle over the course of a few years
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Old 07-05-2008, 07:59 AM   #15
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Any new developments, Steward_R?
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Old 01-07-2008, 02:18 PM   #16
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Nothing new, yet, sorry.I am at a standstill trying to work out the entry walkway and seating juxtaposition.

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Old 02-07-2008, 01:47 AM   #17
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Saaaaaay... as long as you're in Peru, would you mind sending me a post card? It would be the first South American one for my postcard project!
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Wondering about how this was going too. Post card. I must remember to get a post card.... rude word.
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Old 04-07-2008, 05:15 PM   #19
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I haven't forgotten about the post cards!!!! I have your address, right here with me, CR.I do alot my modeling, here, so Ill be posting some photos, soon. My first Stingray scratchbuild is here[ it's pretty awful ] and my Dinky Thunderbird 2, in metallic blue, with the small Thunderbird 4 still intact!!! I'm working on a 1/48 scale Y Wing scratchbuild and I just gave my Polar Lights C 57 D a fresh coat of paint.This is the land of U.F.O. landing strips, It's all about flying saucers, here, so I have plans to start a SHADO Intercepter, large scale scratchbuild.We'll see!!!
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Dude! I'm in awe of your talent. Very nice work. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your project.
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