A few more pics...
A few more pics...
Last edited by frightzone_4_you; Sep 5, 2009 at 8:45 PM.
My small collection
Just one little model I still have. I built this several years ago for a local Hobbytown contest. Won 1st place for the sci-fi category.
After many moves and such it's the only thing I still have in one piece. It's amateur work compared to most here but I'm kinda proud of it. Took 2 BoP kits and I scratch built the landing gear and ramp. I was aiming for a Star Trek IV size BoP, the B'rell Class. I even included that in the plaque. It was the last model I built that i really spent alot of time on.
These are some of the stuff i done over the last several years
The next items were made buy me when i was a boy when the 1st show came out in 79 and now hang in my sons room.
I used to work on a lot of film/TV related car models. Here are some of the ones I've done.
The vehicles of Team Knight Rider
Dante and Beast
Kat and Plato
Now, I will admit, back in 2005, before I went off to FSU, I got fed up with seeing all of the KR users posting pictures of flashy and expensive cars for their idea on what KITT should be. I've seen Jaguars, BMWs and several other exotic vehicles made. One day in March, I finally put my foot down and told people the truth about KITT in the original series. That truth was this: What made KITT so cool was not the fact that it was a technologically advanced vehicle, but a technologically advanced vehicle INSIDE an ordinary average car! From the outside, KITT didn't look at all different from any other Trans-Am out on the road (it was a running joke throughout most of the series, for crying out loud!). If KITT needed to trail someone, no one would notice it because it didn't stick out. All those exotic cars people posted about went against that concept. And since the 2005 Ford Mustang was about to be released, I felt it was the best vehicle for KITT because there would be a lot of them on the road and it would be easy to integrate the technology without it standing out when the situation called for it. So, I took a die cast 2005 Ford Mustang model and made light alterations to create my idea on what KITT should be. I used a piece of a bottle cap to make a scanner light unit and I used a piece of window tinting to "tint" the glass T-top pieces for the roof. Ironically, three years later, "Knight Rider" came back on the air with a new series, in which KITT is in a 2008 Shelby Mustang GT500KR (man, I was close!). Anyways, here's the pictures of the die-cast KITT:
Now, I did do a similar thing with KARR. I had bought two 1999 Pontiac Trans-Ams back in 2000 which I had planned on making a modern KITT and KARR in (at the time). I never got around to doing the 1999 Trans-Am KITT, but I did do the 1999 Trans-Am KARR. I used half of a bottle cap to create the scanner unit, and I used a dremel tool to cut into the metal to fit the piece in.
I am a fan of the movie "Vanishing Point" (1971). I was probably the only person in my town that knew what "Vanishing Point" was before Tarantino brought it to the front of pop culture once again with his movie "Death Proof". This is a die cast model, built straight from the box.
Now, this is one I'm definitely proud of. This is a 1969 Pontiac Firebird. But it's not just any Firebird. This is meant to be a representation of the 1969 Pontiac Firebird driven by the character of Niobe (Jada Pinkett-Smith) in both "The Matrix Reloaded" and the "Enter the Matrix" game. The model isn't 100% constructed (mainly the engine is only partially constructed with the hood glued down. Since we never see the engine in the film or the game, it seemed rather fitting gluing down the hood and only constructing the bottom of the engine to give a complete appearance). This was built straight from the box, utilizing pieces from the race car version of the vehicle and mixing them with the stock version so to get the muscle car appearance from the film and the game. And I used window tinting on the windshields, but the front mainly because of the glue I was using messed up the windshield. It definitely helped in keeping the problem from being noticed.
newby here, here is a part of my small collection
We move our son to the up stairs bed room so i made his old room my collection room .( i collect nascar diecast too)
( i collect nascar diecast too)
Last edited by cylon75; Sep 4, 2009 at 2:57 PM.
I take it you like NASCAR????
nice collections, mate!!
What a great post!
Feeling a little under the weather today and stayed home from work . . . and finished-up my Botany Bay.
I've been posting her a couple of weeks now so its time to show my work. I have built plenty of kits but I also worked for the Estes-Cox Co. in Penrose, CO. as the lead model maker from 2004 - 2007. You may see some photos of projects that never made it to market! One of my designs that did make it into production and has been quite successful is the Porta-Pot-Shot.
I led the design team for the Porta-Pot Shot. I did the flight engineering, proof of concept, and built the flight prototypes. Ron McLaren did the CAD work and designed the surface shape. The Estes art department gave us the decals.
This is a hand-sculpted prototype for a styrofoam radio control airplane. The wingspan is about 24 inches. This one was all mine, starting with blocks of white high-density styrofoam.
Estes was developing this as an entry into the die-cast market. The project was canceled but three prototypes were finished out of cast resin. One now lives on Paul Allen's desk. Rob Romash did the sculpt, I created the decals and painted the prototypes.
If that one sold well, this would have been the next die cast model. Alas, neither was to be.
This one is for Gigatron. Its another prototype foam airplane. Rob Romash did the sculpt on this one, I created the decals and painted it.
This next one was for a friend. Revell put out a series of 1:24 RC cars. We had the idea that we could take any of Revell's 1:24 plastic kit cars and fit the body over their RC chassis. Now THIS is driving radio control IN STYLE.
Academy released a new tooling of the F/A-18 in 1:72 a couple of years back. It build out quite nicely. This is one of the best engineered kits I have ever assembled.
Ain't she just beautiful? Polar Lights 1:1000 kit.
I also paint...
I've just joined so please be nice
Anyway here's a lot of my stuff,
Most the forums I'm active on are about cars. Hence, I have no pics of my aircraft or Sci Fi models. I have most the stuff available for Firefly and snagged one of the Firefly shipworks Serenity replicas. So I'm fairly serious when it comes to models.
There are some really great examples posted here, kudos to you all. I thought I was doing well with one ForceFX lightsabre then I see someone has a bunch of them! Excellent!
Some of my 30+ years of model collecting:
Last edited by Gigatron; Nov 23, 2009 at 11:05 PM.
WoodChuck here. I made this Intarsia sculpture for my son-n-law, who is a green clone trooper. Contains almost 175 pieces. I titled it
"The New Recruit" His armor is still shiny, and he is running to catch up with his squad because he had gotten lost in the maze of tunnels behind him.
Well, I may as well introduce myself in grand style with some images of my recent model projects (I don't exactly have one of the whole collection and it is small anyway). First up is my crowning SF achievement, the Fine Molds Millennium Falcon built out of the box, but done up with the most accurate paint and weathering job I could muster. References came from several books and the Phoxim german website which had some excellent images of the ESB studio model. Battle damage scoring was done with a Dremel Mini Mite loaded up with a #105 engraving tip.
Next up is an MPC Imperial Shuttle done up as a Rebel shuttle from the Lucas Arts X-Wing games (I loved that big rebel crest on the tail when I first saw it in the game). Not my best build, but it was a fun build.
How about Columbia from STS-107 (built from the Airfix kit with some accurizations)
And I'll leave you with my favorite of the bunch, a 1/72 scale shuttle done up as Atlantis from STS-117. This one is on display at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland, NE
Woodchuck here. Great models, Harlock.
This is a small part of my collection. I have more toys and stuff then I know what to do with.
Well, my collection is rather small (and mostly incomplete builds), but I did recently finish one model. My first attempt at replicating the original 33 inch Enterprise (at two-thirds scale for this attempt), mainly using my first draft of plans for that model (which can be found here) as reference.
This model isn't anywhere close to perfect... actually it is the first model I've finished in more than 15 years, so it was quite a learning experience. I'm currently trying to take what I learned from this first one and applying it towards a second attempt (also at two-thirds scale), and depending on how that model turns out, I hope to make a one-to-one attempt in the near future.
Here are some recent comparison images with the original model (click any to enlarge)...
And some by itself...
New member here. I've been a fan of the forum for a while and admire the talents and skills of the members. Here are some shots of my Fine Molds Millennium Falcon. It's pretty much OOB, but I couldn't resist putting a few extra geegaws here and there. Also, I used some PE grills on the engine deck. I tried to follow the 5' paint and weathering scheme, that's my fave.
Hope you like!
[QUOTE=JMChladek;1048489]Well, I may as well introduce myself in grand style with some images of my recent model projects (I don't exactly have one of the whole collection and it is small anyway). First up is my crowning SF achievement, the Fine Molds Millennium Falcon built out of the box, but done up with the most accurate paint and weathering job I could muster. References came from several books and the Phoxim german website which had some excellent images of the ESB studio model. Battle damage scoring was done with a Dremel Mini Mite loaded up with a #105 engraving tip.
I followed your build on the SSM site. Very inspirational. I think you saw mine? (Space Garbageman)
Shaw's Enterprise also looks really good as well with its small Enterprise studio model appearance. BTW Shaw, how big is your model? And by full size, do you mean you plan to tackle another 33 inch inspired model or are you going to try doing an 11 footer?
I'm hoping to work towards as accurate a match to the 33 inch model (including size) as possible as my skills improve and I gain experience.
The first one (pictured above) is about 22.5 inches long (two thirds the length of the near 33.75 inches of the original), as will be the second one that I'm currently working on. The size was picked because I found that when I printed out my plans at 66.6% I could make use of many of the 22 inch cutaway kit's parts and third party parts and decals, cutting down on the amount of scratch building I would have to do (in both the first and second attempts the primary hull and dorsal are completely scratch built).
The other aspect of the first build was that it let me cross check my plans against the original model while building it by doing image comparisons. I was able to find a number of errors/omissions in my first draft of the plans and will be releasing a second draft based on what I learned while building the first model.
When I started the second model I had put serious consideration into attempting a one-to-one scale (33 inch) build, but when I realized that I didn't have any place in my apartment where I could roll out the full scale plans, I decided to take another attempt at a smaller scale while fixing concessions I had made during the first build. The concessions were made because when I had started the project seemed overwhelming and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to finish if I attempted to do everything on that attempt (being the first model in a long time and extensively scratch built at that).
I'll throw together a thread on my current build (I'm about a month into it), which uses the same techniques as the first one... only better executed. It should look a lot more like the original model than my first attempt.
I haven't nailed down a method for a full size build yet. Honestly, I would love to have a one-to-one build made of the exact same materials as the original model (a kiln-dried sugar pine), but that type of thing would require more resources than I have available at this time (or can see having in the immediate future). But I think it would be nice to have at least one historically accurate version of the lost model around (though it would be even better if someone found the lost model itself).
While I absolutely love the feel of the 33 inch Enterprise, it is sort of nice in that because everyone else is obsessed with the 11 foot model no one has spent any time on this one. It is sorta like being the first person to attempt K2 while everyone else is racing to be the first atop Everest. It seems like I got this mountain to myself.