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Meet the Kestrel…

Interesting…to say the least! :yes:
Model will be featured in SciFi Modeller 15
I assume the model was built by one of our resident members as I recall to have seen it in someone’s avatar…good job! ;)

(photo Fabgearusa.com)



Jorge 8)
 

CR

Alphans
COOL! There's an article about Robot Chicken's Star Wars stuff! I'm SO buying that issue!

Oh, nice Kestrel, too.



Seriously, though, I can't wait to see the Kestrel article. (Anyone remember a loooooong time ago how I'd suggested on one thread or another using that name for an Earth spaceship, in keeping with the 'bird of prey' theme? Neat to see someone else has the same idea.)
 

Howard

Forum Supporter
That's my little baby.
Here's a pic - I don't want to spoil the article so this is the only pic I'll post for now.



The design has been in my head since 2005, but life really got in the way of me building this - my daughter was born 2006, so you can imagine as a house husband I've had my hands full! :yes:

The craft comes from a story treatment which is included as an explanation of the Kestrel and its role in volume 15.

Thanks for the kind words guys!
 
So it was indeed the Kestrel that I saw (momentarily) in your av a few days ago…now I “understand” ;)
Great design (reminds me of flying squirrel) and I like the main body surface panels and details...love the redesigned footpads too!
Looking forward to see more pics in the upcoming SF&FM, namely of its engine section and underside.

Jorge 8)
 

Howard

Forum Supporter
Many thanks, Jorge.
The flying squirrel is quite apt - as was Bishop's 'Sugar Glider' comparison which when I Googled it I understood.
My wife says the model looks like 'roadkill'!
 

Fozzy

Alphans
In that case, very good looking 'road kill'. I love the design and cant' to see it in the magazine. Good job!
 

CR

Alphans
Flying squirrel? It does rather resemble that, doesn't it? The design looks robust, even a little aggressive. It also appears to be fast, like it's moving just while it's sitting there. Can't wait to read the article & the back story!
 

Howard

Forum Supporter
Cheers Fozzy - I'm really pleased (so far) the design has received a warm reception here. I resisted the temptation to post this myself, following issue 15 being shown on Mike's site - mainly for fear of member's thinking it a terribly realised idea.
I would have shaken my head - 'Oh no, nothing to do with me mate!' :no: :lol:

Thanks Craig!

I think the aggression comes from the forward facing intakes, making it look like an Eagle with its head (CM) down, the intakes appearing like arms outstretched perhaps...

I did want it to appear faster and more agile than an Eagle, hence the six main engine bells and the two forward facing thrusters, suggesting it can break and reverse rapidly.
It's nice of you to say it looks as though it's moving when still - that's a great compliment to the design - many thanks!
I did resist the temptation to add any weaponry however, leaving the combatant role to the Hawk.

Oh - a few of the kit parts I received from you in our trade of a while ago found their way into the build, so you're thanked in the article. :thumbup:
 
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CR

Alphans
Thanks Craig!

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Oh - a few of the kit parts I received from you in our trade of a while ago found their way into the build, so you're thanked in the article. :thumbup:
:eek:
Wow, Howard, I'm humbled. I'm also pleased to know that you got use out of the parts.
 

Lee S

Alphans
Great idea, really like the double wide back end!
I think we need a new forum competition, the 'Pod-u-like' was some time ago :)

L
 

Howard

Forum Supporter
Many thanks Known Space!

Cheers Lee!
I've just seen your site - a very impressive CV to say the least!!!

Do you remember / know a guy called Myles Asseter? He worked on New Captain Scarlet, animation department IIRC. His sister introduced me to my wife.
 

Tim Smith

Alphans
Cool! I like it a lot, many good features. I noticed the backward facing thrusters in front, and that seems a needed feature for any fast moving ship for braking. Maybe instead of numbering the Kestrels each could have a name. Like, say, Kate. SOS!!! ;)
Really outstanding work and congrats on the article!
 

Howard

Forum Supporter
I'm really pleased the design has the Commander's seal of approval - thanks Mark!
Keith and Tim, thanks for the kind words - everyone's been very kind, and I'm at last happy I've contributed in a small way to this community. :)
 
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