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Old 09-12-2007, 07:38 PM   #1
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Default Planetary Surface Vehicle

I've been in something of a modelling doldrum for some time. I keep starting kits but lose enthusiasism when I see how many modifications are needed and the accuracy I need to adhere to (2001 Discovery and Apollo Soyuz Test Project being two such models I've abandoned for the moment). This is not at all like me!

I decided to scratchbuild something which requires no research or accuracy and something I could have fun with, in an attempt to get me back on track.

I remember seeing an article on a modelling project where the author used the two halves of a Saturn V first stage seperated by plastic card to widen the fuselage. Thought it was in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Modeller but have been unable to find the article. Anyway took a shuttle ET and did likewise and here it is so far - a Planetary Surface Vehicle (deliberately vague so I can use it in any setting for the photos.). I'm sure a lot of folk will be able to identify many of the parts.










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Old 09-12-2007, 09:25 PM   #2
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This original model is very impressive saturnapollo.........well done
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Old 09-12-2007, 10:24 PM   #3
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That's looking very cool. The modelling doldrums is a very nasty place, and this is a good way to get through it.
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:05 PM   #4
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If this is what you produce whilst in the duldrums ...

Looks really nice and not too far off something that Alpha might have for those long haul trips.
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:38 AM   #5
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Beat me too it JD - as soon as I saw it I thought Space Voyager - and I've sold my collection so I cant tell you which issue now. Saturn - looking great - I need to do something to get back into modelling. After the Liberator I've gone into a long hiatus - I need cold wet weather so I can go down and hide in the shed.
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Old 10-12-2007, 08:58 PM   #6
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Thanks chaps!

Wasn't Space Voyager a magazine from ages ago? There may well have been something similar there, but the model I'm thinking of was a lot more recent than that, perhaps it was FSM.

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are you going to put tracks on the wheels?
Yes I will do, once I get the paint job done. There will also be two drivers - photo just shows one as I was testing where best to place them.

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Old 10-12-2007, 09:28 PM   #7
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Keith! This is too funny! I was redesigning my website yesterday,
working on My links page and checked your site to make sure I
had the right link fo it. While there I ran across this model on your
In-Progress page and meant to write to you about it in regards
to posting it here. Today, what do I find?

Well done Sir! Love the idea and what you have in progress so far.
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Old 11-12-2007, 12:37 AM   #8
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Nice work! Can`t wait to see the finished vehicle.
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Old 11-12-2007, 03:18 AM   #9
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Nice avatar Moonbuggy BTW
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Old 11-12-2007, 05:19 PM   #10
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Nice work, Saturnapollo But for the lack of any boosters, that last shot almost suggests the cabin and fuselage sit atop a platform, so it could separate for launch - a very "Anderson" approach.
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:34 PM   #11
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Russell

Thanks very much. And I like your new site. Great photography there too. Hadn't realised you had a link to my site - I will reciprocate!

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Thanks also. Must admit before I added the chassis, I did contemplate turning it into a spacecraft, but thought I'd keep with my original idea for a land vehicle for a change.

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Old 12-12-2007, 06:18 AM   #12
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Very clever idea, and nicely executed so far!

The Seeker from the 1970's tv show Space Academy used Saturn V halves 'widened' like that, and an article in Fine Scale Modeler featured Jim Small's model Seeker. Might that have been the article you saw?
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:59 PM   #13
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I thought the shape looked familiar right enough, though it still isn't the model I'm thinking of. I found a photo I took of the model which featured in the article at Telford a few years ago (see below)



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Old 12-12-2007, 09:40 PM   #14
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The way the photo was taken it looks like the laser has a skull with viking helmet on the end of it. Very nice build
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Old 13-12-2007, 06:50 AM   #15
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I thought the shape looked familiar right enough, though it still isn't the model I'm thinking of. I found a photo I took of the model which featured in the article at Telford a few years ago (see below)



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It looks very similar to the one on the cover of space voyager - but I recall it being red- but who knows another year along - another memory cell or two(thousand) gone
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I'd certainly be interested in seeing that please!

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Old 14-12-2007, 06:50 AM   #17
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Crikey - I remember that Space Voyager cover!
That vehicle was a great build.
Thanks for jogging the cogs of my memory.
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Old 15-12-2007, 10:18 PM   #18
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Well, I've got the first coat of paint on it. It is a dark turquoise colour (Humbrol 221), but the camera does not pick up the right colour at all. I used this colour a while ago on a model, and my old camera couldn't capture the colour either. In this case I used flash, but 500W Photofloods with the correct white balance setting doesn't give any better results.

As the white balance is OK I can only imagine it is something to do with the pigment in the paint. I have heard that some pigments can look different to a camera.

Just as well, in the long run it doesn't really matter whether the real model looks different in the photos as it is an imaginary vehicle after all, but it is a bit annoying.



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Old 16-12-2007, 01:52 PM   #19
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I am Humbrol 221 with envy, Keith.
Looking cool.
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Old 16-12-2007, 04:18 PM   #20
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Thanks Russelll, but I decided to change the colour to a more military green, but it has come out a bit like TB2 green which I had hoped to avoid. It's one of these times when you don't really know what the colour will look like until the model is painted in its entirety. Once I dirty it down and add decals I hope it won't look so similar as TB2 (though I was intending to put on some yellow stripes).



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