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Old 25-07-2008, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default Building a Psydon ship.

Or is that Sidon?
Been considering attempting a studio scale build for a while now.
Was going to go for Dione's Escape Craft but, looking at the two Hawk beak underside vac forms for the hull, i remembered they were used for this ship.



MUCH prefer it to the flying egg so changed direction. The build should be straight forward as a lot of the parts are readily available, plus i've an invaluable article from an early Drone which was written when the author had access to the original.
He also did a very accurate blueprint, which'll help no end:




Here's two of the three subassemblies - the Triumph Herald light assembly for the body (tenner for the pair from 'Bay) and the Caddy Mattic for the propulsion (2 quid from Australia 'Bay).
Alongside it you'll see i've blown up the blueprint to the right size. This is brilliant - the guy who drew it was spot on with the details and'll really help in identifing unknown bits:



So that's as far as i am at the moment. I'm still umming and ahhing over just how to go about the Command Module section.
So, there may be questions and queries soon, both on that and in figuring out parts.
Speaking of which, anyone know what this is long piece that gors along each side is?
Martin remembers it only as a "truck kit chassis", while the article elaborates further as being from a "1/24th AMT Truck".
Anyone recognise it?

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Old 25-07-2008, 01:38 PM   #2
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Kenworth. Either the 'Moving On' version or the cement mixer or indeed any of the six wheeled units (not the cabover type).

This guys asking silly money but this is the type:

http://cgi.ebay.com/AMT-Kenworth-Con...2em118Q2el1247
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Old 25-07-2008, 01:50 PM   #3
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Blimey, that was quick - ta Chris.
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Old 25-07-2008, 01:54 PM   #4
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Also available in a Matchbox branding for a short while too. Other pieces in the same kit turn up on the Hawk, Ultra Probe and a few others.
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Old 25-07-2008, 02:29 PM   #5
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Isn't that half an Eagle CM molding under the 'eyes' on the front of the craft ?
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Old 25-07-2008, 02:38 PM   #6
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Isn't that half an Eagle CM molding under the 'eyes' on the front of the craft ?
Yes, it is but I think Martin used a cast off his own 44 inch CM
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Old 25-07-2008, 03:15 PM   #7
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I'm not certain if that's the right upper part of the caddy matic. There was one where the sides were curved rather than the more common straight tapered one. I think deraenged used the right type on the Space Hawk.
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Old 25-07-2008, 03:20 PM   #8
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I'm not certain if that's the right upper part of the caddy matic. There was one where the sides were curved rather than the more common straight tapered one.
That's well spotted Chris and I concurrrrrrrr
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Old 25-07-2008, 03:27 PM   #9
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Just yesterday, I came across a site that sells Sidon ships and various other things. They are all tiny wee resin models.

I think it is something like http://www.minimodelmadness.com/store/
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Old 26-07-2008, 06:18 AM   #10
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Curses.
I kept thinking the tapers not quite enough on the Caddy Mattic - and now i've the reason what was bothering me.
There's different shaped one's, although eveything else is the same?
Curses again.
Once i've put the yogurt pot on the end, i don't think it'd notice too much. But i'd know, and it'd bug the hell out of me.
So, the search starts again.
Thrice time curses.
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Old 26-07-2008, 12:03 PM   #11
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Crap that's bad luck. I love the fact that so many of the lesser ships are being built at the moment.
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Old 26-07-2008, 12:53 PM   #12
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Crap that's bad luck. I love the fact that so many of the lesser ships are being built at the moment.
Lesser ships, Tony? History has changed! Not going to give plot sploilers, but man! Space:2099 end of season two! What a downer. Those Sidon ships are more deadly than Mk.IX Hawks!!!
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Old 26-07-2008, 02:17 PM   #13
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Y'know, i'm still not sure about this Caddy Mattic i've got.
Here's the one Phil used on his Spacehawk, which shows its shape nicely:



And here's the main part of my one. Looks far too tubular right?:



But put the rest on and it looks like this, which is much more of a match, especially if i lose the "waist":



And the thing is, if i offer it up to the blueprint, its a perfect match.
What to think?
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Old 26-07-2008, 02:25 PM   #14
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That photo at the top, of Phil's Spacehawk, I'm certain shows exactly the same combination of parts as the Sidon model. That blueprint you're working from doesn't look the most accurate to me IMHO. Check the large photo I sent you last week. You can clearly see the curve in the outline.
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Old 26-07-2008, 02:35 PM   #15
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I agree with Chris....the blueprint's not the best.
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Old 26-07-2008, 05:12 PM   #16
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Very interesting project MangaMax !

I was thinking to do the same and started to collect the parts too, but with only the Triumph Herald lights so far.

The "curved" Caddymatic is obviously the right one; none found on ebay those days, just the "straight" ones....

Where did you find the blueprint and the other parts ?

Note that the thing at the end of the "head" is not the part udes on filming ( a repair at a later date ? ), as it looked like a second stage (?) baffle from the Airfix Saturn rocket...

Can't wait to see your taking shape
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Old 26-07-2008, 05:42 PM   #17
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Well, that's settled it - taken the "waist" off my Caddy Mattic and the shiny point is a totally different diameter to the red part.
*sigh*
That's going back on eBay again, and the search restarts.
Yup Eaglenut, there's a few differences from the original shooting version and later when it's been photographed at shows.
The "sting" is one of them, the almost complete absence of the clear perspex wings being another.
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:12 PM   #18
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MangaMax, I too have been building this project, giving it a go anyways. The frustration has set in regarding top and bottom kit bits. Have you figured these parts out? Here are a couple of progress shots:


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Old 02-08-2008, 05:20 PM   #19
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Here are a couple of pictures that Phil passed onto me some time ago


Can anyone tell me what those x3 oval large pieces are on the bottom, or what kit they are from?
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:24 PM   #20
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And some more.....

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