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  1. RPF Premium Member Volpin's Avatar
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    Oct 7, 2013, 7:31 PM - 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #1

    So I've never built any ships or models before, at least not from scratch. My typical fare is weapons and armor but I have always been a fan of Futurama and I figured it was high time someone sat down and cranked out a PlanEx model.

    I'm pretty well into the build now and so far I've been incorporating my techniques from space gun projects into this ship. Most have worked out well and the project has definitely taught me a few things about fine details and symmetry. I'll try to skip some of the boring stuff so here's a couple pics of where the project sits as of this moment:




    It should go under rubber by the end of this week, barring any major crap-ups.

    The main body is mostly urethane foam, MDF and bondo. Lots of time spent sanding with a contour gauge.




    Underside has recessed details for bay doors, landing gear, and front strut staircase




    Stairs are my only indication of scale on this thing. Taking an average step height of 7.75", the steps on this project are .15" which works out to a wonderfully round 1/50 scale.

    Windows all have deep recesses in case people want to add clear panels for illumination. The eventual kit I make will come with 8 plugs for these portholes - that should make painting the recessed panel easier. Just paint the plug and drop it in!



    Rear engines will also be packed with LEDs. Tubes are just wide enough for a 5mm LED.



    More updates as they happen!
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    Oct 7, 2013, 7:38 PM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #2

    That is an amazing build. Great work.
  3. Formerly cobalt crimson Wes R's Avatar
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    Oct 7, 2013, 7:49 PM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #3

    Looks beautiful. Can't wait to see more.
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    Oct 7, 2013, 9:08 PM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #4

    Beautiful, I can't wait for a kit of this to be made.
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    Oct 7, 2013, 10:45 PM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #5

    such a great build! really looking forward to seeing the final results its going to look insane with lights for sure
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    Oct 8, 2013, 2:30 AM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #6

    Amazing. I'd kill for a kit. (Actually, I would have to kill for it as I'm flat skint!)

    Beautiful work!


    -Grimm
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    Oct 8, 2013, 2:34 AM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #7

    Very cool, not seen one of these before.

    Nice clean work as usual
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    Oct 8, 2013, 4:15 AM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #8

    Pants-wettingly gorgeous. Eagerly awaiting the Junkyard thread.
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    Oct 8, 2013, 5:17 AM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #9

    Very cool indeed! Love the show and the ship. What's the overall length? Looks pretty big.
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    Oct 8, 2013, 9:58 AM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #10

    Very nice
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    Oct 8, 2013, 10:20 AM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #11

    Incredible work!
    I'd love to assemble and paint a kit of this!
  12. RPF Premium Member Volpin's Avatar
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    Oct 8, 2013, 10:37 AM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #12

    Ruddigger said: View Post
    Beautiful, I can't wait for a kit of this to be made.
    The whole thing has been built with ease-of-kit-construction in mind. Big mounting tabs for all the fins and turret, and the body will be slush cast for ease of electronic installation.



    Robiwon said: View Post
    Very cool indeed! Love the show and the ship. What's the overall length? Looks pretty big.
    Nose to tip of rear fin is 24" long. Main body itself is around 18"
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    Oct 8, 2013, 10:52 AM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #13

    Perfect size.
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    Oct 8, 2013, 10:58 AM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #14

    That is looking absolutely gorgeous.
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    Oct 8, 2013, 12:11 PM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #15

    Please kit it. I've been waiting forever for one of these.
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    Oct 8, 2013, 12:36 PM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #16

    great job.
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    Oct 8, 2013, 12:46 PM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #17

    Awesome, Congratulations
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    Oct 8, 2013, 3:01 PM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #18

    Looks great! Looking forward to more updates.
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    Oct 8, 2013, 5:14 PM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #19

    Wow! That's excellent. I love Futurama, and that model looks perfect.
    It'll look great after being painted in what Leela called, "electric mucus."
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    Oct 8, 2013, 7:30 PM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #20

    Nice work. And a good size-not too little, not too big.
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    Oct 9, 2013, 12:52 AM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #21

    this is so awesome! Can't wait to see it done.
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    Oct 9, 2013, 1:01 AM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #22

    WOW she looks beautiful!
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    Oct 9, 2013, 2:18 AM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #23

    I saw the thread title and immediately thought, "oh hey, I wonder how this will compare to Volpin's progress." Then I noticed the username.

    She's looking spectacular!
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    Oct 9, 2013, 12:33 PM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #24

    Skyhook does a 10" kit but this scale is more up my alley and it's beautiful work to boot. Nice!
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    Oct 12, 2013, 4:51 PM - Re: 1/50 scale Planet Express Ship, Futurama #25

    Looking really nice! Do you know if the bottom part of the staircase fits properly into the recess of the fuselage for the stair?

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