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Old 16-10-2008, 09:32 PM   #1
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Default Help identify Blake's 7 Scorpio parts

Hi All,

I'm after some help please.

I'm hoping to tackle the Scorpio from Blake's 7.

The main studio scale model was over 4' long, built by Ron Thornton and I thought it, and still do, looked fantastic!

Unfortunately there's not much reference material about, and the main model was destroyed whilst filming the final epsode.

Not sure where the other smaller versions ended up, or any of the broken parts for that matter, anyone know?

Several years ago there was much excitement as it was thought one of them was found, in my neck of the woods no less, I hurridley rushed over with another collector, who now owns it, to see it!

Turned out it was the shuttle from Orbit, still very exciting and very cool, but not quite as monumental as The Scorpio turning up!



The shuttle was also built by Ron Thornton, hence I believe the initial misunderstanding of its identity.

The design, albeit CGI, bears a very close resemblance to the early Earthforce shuttles used in Babylon 5, funnily enough also designed by Ron Thornton!


Anyway, back to the topic in hand.

I'm going to start by asking if anyone recognises the kit part used to make the Scorpio bridge area, pics below:









I assumed an airliner kit or something similar, but I can't find it anywhere.

Assuming this was a kit part and not scratch built.

Any help is greatfully appreciated.

Cheers,

Andy
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Old 16-10-2008, 10:06 PM   #2
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looks as though it may have come from a ship, the bridge of an aircraft carrier.looks like some gun barrels on the side. hope that helps
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Old 16-10-2008, 10:36 PM   #3
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Thanks for that Paul, I've had a quick scan on the web, can't see a match yet.

Most ships bridges seem to have equal sized windows and all on a level line.

Due to the different heights of the windows I thought it may have been a helicopter, although it's not one I've seen.

I'm dreading it if it is a large ship of any sort, the kit will be huge and expensive!

I've flipped the image, possibly a gondola from an air balloon.........clutching at straws I know!



Ah well, back to google for me!

Cheers,

Andy

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Old 16-10-2008, 11:23 PM   #4
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Well I've found one part so I can go to bed happy!



I'm pretty sure there are more MPC Falcon parts on the Scorpio.

I'll have to break out my kit.

Cheers,

Andy
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Old 17-10-2008, 08:01 AM   #5
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Best of luck with your Scorpio. About time this neglected shhip was done.
Looking forward to seeing this!
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Old 17-10-2008, 10:54 AM   #6
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Looks like the top of AMTīs Falcon Canopy.

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Old 17-10-2008, 05:12 PM   #7
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Maybe contacting Alfred Wong might shine some light?
He made the master for the - sadly aborted - Scorpio for Titan Find and might know something:

http://www.alfredsmind.ca/
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Old 17-10-2008, 10:59 PM   #8
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Best of luck with your Scorpio. About time this neglected shhip was done.
Looking forward to seeing this!
Hi Stu,

Thank you. I agree, I've seen a few fantastic replicas, but I don't think anyone has tackled the large studio scale version.

There is probably a very good reason for that!

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Looks like the top of AMTīs Falcon Canopy.

Matthias
Hi Matthias,

It would have made sense, given there at least one other falcon part on the scorpio. Someone on the RPF also thought so.
I'm not so sure though.




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Maybe contacting Alfred Wong might shine some light?
He made the master for the - sadly aborted - Scorpio for Titan Find and might know something:
Good idea, thank you.

That is a real shame about that, and the whole situation.

Between Titan Find, Alfred and SMT some very fine Blake's 7 kits were being produced.

Hopefully it will all be resolved one day.

What are people opinions about the mpc falcon's quad guns and ramp support struts being used, as shown in the pic below?

Possibly the other way round to how I labeled them!



Cheers,

Andy
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Old 19-10-2008, 08:32 PM   #9
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Now quoting up a 2ft and 4ft version of this beastie!
Tamiya's 88mm is all over the bigger version as well as selected parts from the old King Tiger tool (35057).

Wish there was some better reference available?
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Old 19-10-2008, 09:20 PM   #10
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From the underside of the MPC Millenium Falcon kit



Also from the Falcon kit.


More parts.



Some links to more reference, hope they are of use:

































Hector's House, are you thinking of making one as well?

What Tamiya 88mm parts do you recognise?

Cheers,

Andy
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Old 19-10-2008, 10:24 PM   #11
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The round grille is not necessarily from a King Tiger. The Panther and Jagdpanther had similar rear decks and there's Panther storage box from the rear bulkhead located just below and forward of the MF cockpit looking part, just forward of one of the question marked items. Chances are it came from the same kit. It always made me wonder why one of the most recogniseable piece of WWII hardware (that grille and rear deck) kept getting used on futuristic spacecraft.
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Old 19-10-2008, 11:05 PM   #12
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Thank you.

As you said Panther has those parts.

I'm guessing Tamiya 1/48.



Who knows why a lot of futuristic models used that part, I'm just glad you can still get them!
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Old 20-10-2008, 05:24 AM   #13
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1/35th more likely. Tamiya didn't make their 1/48th scale range of tanks until only a couple of years ago.
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Old 20-10-2008, 09:15 AM   #14
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Aha, Thanks again.

Andy
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Old 26-10-2008, 12:50 PM   #15
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Yeah; I'm looking at building a 2ft or 4ft version next year.
Wish I'd laid down more AMT falcons when they were cheap!
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Old 19-11-2008, 05:19 PM   #16
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Does anyone know what edition of TV Zone magazine this picture of The Scorpio is in http://s274.photobucket.com/albums/j...=scorpio11.jpg
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Old 19-11-2008, 08:02 PM   #17
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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=220303102254

TV Zone Number 4 is the issue you seek!

Andy
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Old 19-11-2008, 08:04 PM   #18
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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=220303102254

TV Zone Number 4 is the issue you seek!

Andy
Cheers !!!
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Time to wake up this thread :-)
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Wow, a "Thread From The Dead"!!

Steve, you are right, it would be rather nice to pin down more details.
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