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!