Last edited by Chrisisall; Feb 29, 2012 at 8:36 PM.
Jesus Christ that's perfect, blows my model out of the water.
Here's my FP build, the dude sent me a kit that didn't have the right side fins, but using two right sided ones I decided to finish it up while I was waiting for the replacement to arrive. This is what the X-71 would have looked like if it were landing in Florida, surely.
If anyone intends to buy the FP kit, do know that the decals are ****. They have no adhesion and fall apart like coffee cake.
Last edited by BTTFSpencer; Mar 1, 2012 at 12:53 AM.
What you talkin' about? That's pretty dam cool!!
That came out fantastic great job with the clay
and getting it all worked out!
Very nice work, Chris!
This is gonna be amazing when totally done
Last edited by Chrisisall; Mar 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM.
I think ya have to change the title of the thread to "Hey I really did this".
But it does seem to be working out.
Honestly, it won't be perfect. But I think it will turn out nice enough for the time I'm putting into it.
Coin: $25 for the kit, $4.00 for the additional epoxy putty, $3.00 for more masking tape, $4.00 for the Global Blue Krylon spraypaint-
$36.00 total cost (I had the rest of the various paints, lacquers & stuff on hand) for this project.
Well, the gray shades look excellent (and the rectangular patches break up the silhouette rather nicely, disguising the areas that might not be 100%) . After decals and flat coating, I would say some pastel chalk work to give it a few debris dings will finish it off rather nicely.
I still wish you would reconsider though and stick the auxilliary rocket boosters on it to give it some color and MORE power. But hey, it is your build afterall. I am just glad you invited us along for the ride.
Nah, it was always intended to be a threading through the s**tstorm of meteor-bits shuttle. But thanks for all your advice & suggestion through my build! It's been really helpful. We'll see if it turns like I hope.I still wish you would reconsider though and stick the auxilliary rocket boosters on
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And it's a studio filming miniature.....
I doubt that it's a filming miniature, it's not detailed enough. I'm bettin' that it was used in storyboard video's, or in some sort of planning for the camera moves etc.
Okay, this is where I stop today. Just carving the windows, and I have a problem. My tool is a FAIL. Not sharp enough & not SMALL enough. Gotta go to my hobby store.
Funny thing- that's sort of how I'm gonna paint the windows, very light grey/white to simulate it in space and kind of show bits of the interior.
Last edited by Chrisisall; Mar 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM.
That's looking awesome, Chrisisall!
Hard to believe it was once just a shuttle orbiter! You have taken it to the next level, sir.
And as I have no pieces in the correct shape lying around, I have to make it from sheet styrene layers glued together. Oh joy- more sanding ensues...
Glutton for punishment is right! But I know the feeling. If I see something not right in my builds I try to convince myself to correct it now, because it'll eat at me later if I don't.
As for your cockpit surgery, rather than carving out windows, how about once you get the shape back on, use some dark gray, then cover with a smoke tint (to simulate window gloss) THEN tape over the window outlines as though you were masking clear windows and repaint? Then when you pull the masks off after a couple layers of paint (and they can even be left on for the decal and flat coating process) you can end up with some nice simulated glossy windows which are ever so slightly recessed on the nose contour (the ridge of paint right at the edge of the glass simulating the window frames themselves). Since there is no interior, you don't necessarily have to see the inside and it works pretty effectively (better than using straight gloss black IMHO).
Last edited by JMChladek; Mar 3, 2012 at 1:39 AM.
If I had gone this far I would definitely go the extra mile. You could finish the pattern for the cockpit up, and then do a nice vacuum formed clear cover. That way you can add a little bit of detail and have see-through windows, and paint it up like JMChladek suggested. It'll make a really perfect model all around.
Like the Cylons, I have a plan...