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Old 20-07-2011, 05:04 PM   #41
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There's so much to see, my eyes are confusing my brain

It's... It's gorgeous.
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Old 21-07-2011, 02:15 AM   #42
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Thanks guys, I still get overwhelmed by the whole project sometimes, but can't believe I have got it to this point! Surprisingly, there is a lot more to go. I've been working on the port side, rear and top to possibly get it in primer for our local SAPMA show in October. Maybe.

w8, thanks, but in all honesty, I consider your 44" Eagle to be a far greater achievement. All that brass soldering, the fabricated brackets, landing gear and especially the paint job with it's fine panel colours, biro(?) panel lines, cage stripes, tiny decals....now that is something I'm not capable of yet. I just make up big styrene boxes and glue kit parts onto them!

Captain, yeah, it all gets confusing to me too. Where to begin, what needs modifying, tiny little parts still to be stuck into awkward recesses, a whole lighting system to be designed, the list goes on. A friend of mine is also building a Battlestar, but he is incredibly organised with folders full of reference pics and part maps, storage boxes full of resin parts, model supplies...I have it all in my head which explains the long build time. That and money!

JD, you may be right, but that bay module is my design based on an extrapolation of Andy Probert's matte painting. But I was a 1999 fan before BG arrived, so it could be my subconscious at work there.

if anyone can supply me with a 1/960 Eagle, I'll proudly park it in that bay!

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Old 22-07-2011, 01:09 PM   #43
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So, is that a 'yes', JD?

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Old 09-09-2011, 07:46 PM   #44
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She's getting there Mike. Looking good mate.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:48 PM   #45
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Hi guys, not a lot of detailing going on, I've been mainly working on the structural side of things after a bout of modelling demotivation. But the port side/top is getting close to finished!

I just took a few pics to show some of the further mods I've done to the old Gal recently. Here are the units I constructed to house the hexagonal mesh and semi-opaque white perspex diffusers for the engine ports. It's a single removable unit to allow me to paint the engine ports from inside and out. The centre diffuser has a gel to provide the red glow for that engine.



Assembly in place, also showing new bulkhead to provide strength to wall, lid and floor. I can now insert chrome cardboard panels to stop light leaks and tidy things up in there. I've been waiting to remove that temp. timber support strut for years.





A couple of final touches to the neck top panel: main gun added.



Can anyone see what is different in this pic?



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Old 20-09-2011, 08:00 PM   #46
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If I had the room, I would not mind building a model of that size, but I have to do with the two amt BSG models I have hanging in my living room and one of them was built back in the summer after they showed the first year of the BSG.
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Old 20-09-2011, 08:45 PM   #47
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Looking into the engine section plays with perspective quite nicely, it looks deeper than it really is, the detail is also quite amazing.

Nice work.
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Old 21-09-2011, 07:00 AM   #48
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Wow...just....wow.

It's enough to make you want to remake the show.

I wonder if he's gonna do the 'fire' effect fiber optics?
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Old 21-09-2011, 07:02 AM   #49
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Can anyone see what is different in this pic?

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You put in the 'hand of god' observation dome. HAR!
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Old 21-09-2011, 01:06 PM   #50
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You put in the 'hand of god' observation dome. HAR!
And Ham gets the Golden Centurion award for keen observation! In the show, Apollo says that the dome is directly above the main thrusters (hence everyone wearing ear protection for the noise), but the miniature is matted over these detail pieces on top of the neck section. So that's where I put it.

Fire effect? Damn, that's been one of my super-secret lighting ideas for quite some time now...d'oh, not any more! Just keep it to yourselves OK? I've been looking at LED fire effect systems recently and they look really convincing. I hope to scatter several around the ship to simulate battle damage. SO many ideas and possibilities, so little time/cash...

Thanks guys, Mike
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:26 AM   #51
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Well, it has been a little while since my last update, but rest assured that I am still on the build. I have had some stupidly late nights at the bench recently and came close to burnout a few times! The reason was my determination to build the port bay physical interior to be as much like Andrew Probert's original tiny matte painting as possible. I'm pleased to say that it has worked out well so far.



I'm using some really cool, remote-colour changeable LED light strips for the roof lighting. It's not complete yet (the sequencing landing lights are proving to be a MAJOR challenge) but I can change the flight deck lighting from normal to red alert via remote. I'm tickled pink about that! The bay opening is only about three inches across.



The resin opening surround piece is yet another I have had to custom fabricate for this build.



Bay interior module. The good news is that I have to do all this again for the other side...



I have finally turned the model around to begin a total re-detail of the starboard side now that the port is almost complete. Yet another, larger Custom Replicas resin detail parts order is on the way too, so fun times ahead. I'm pretty economical with build costs, but this year's final push towards the end could have bought me a couple of very nice laptops.



First areas to address were the bay outer trench rebuild and a new nose cap. This cap has been scrapped and a new, more accurate one is underway. Will this ever end?

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Old 10-12-2011, 03:59 PM   #52
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LastBattlestar your build in progress is truly impressive. I love that you have included the observation dome from "Hand Of God".
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:24 PM   #53
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Two nice laptops or a SS Galactica?

Well to me there is no contest, this build is just the beans, I absolutely love it.
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that looks to be about a 1/250 scale as the real BSG was at lest 1 mile long and about 1/2 mile wide.
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that looks to be about a 1/250 scale as the real BSG was at lest 1 mile long and about 1/2 mile wide.
The 'real' one? You mean there was a 1:1 scale ship built?
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Old 11-12-2011, 06:40 AM   #56
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Hah, I wish! The generally accepted scale is 1/960, based on the size of the launch tube openings. I personally think that is far too large when the Vipers are seen landing through the bay opening in the show. However, based on that FX shot, there is no way a shuttle let alone an Eastern Alliance destroyer could ever land in there!

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Old 12-12-2011, 01:49 AM   #57
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Hah, I wish!
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Hmm...I wonder if land is cheap enough down under so someone with more money than sense could actually do that? Somebody here built a full sized millennium falcon out of plywood, just to do it. It didn't last though, they lived in an area of extreme weather, and a windstorm basically wrecked it....
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:08 AM   #58
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There is a building somewhere that is an incredibly similar shape to a Battlestar. I'll search around and see if I can find it on the web. It's a university building IIRC.

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from the data that I've read in some magazines, if it had been real, it would have been at lest a mile long. one I read said it would have been up to 2 miles long.
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Your landing bay looks better than the original.
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