I really enjoy lighting scale models and the Moebius Models Battlestar Galactica poses some unique challenges in scale model lighting.
Lighting the Battlestar Galactica engines is a two part process. There's the outboard engines and the center engine complex.
The outer ones are easy to light, I use a single blue light emitting diode (LED) for each 'pod'.
The center is a bit different, it's not a self contained unit so there are light blocking considerations to be aware of. Also the engine lens is a clear piece, so you have to light block/detail paint. Not difficult so much as time consuming.
For the center engine I used two segments of LED strip tape, one upper, one lower. This provides indirect light that doesn't 'blow out' the engines.
For anyone building the Battlestar Galactica model kit you have several options as far as lighting the engines. Throughout the series the there was considerable variation in 'engine output'. Sometime it was only the outboards, sometimes it was all, sometimes the smaller ones in the 'center complex' were not on.
Whatever your choice, adding LED lighting to your scale model kit of the Battlestar Galactica is quite rewarding.
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More Photo-Etch! And yes, it's still one of my favourite aftermarket accessories for scale model detailing.
In part 8 of my Moebius Models Re-Imagined Battlestar Galactica Scale Model Build I'll be covering the addition of the Photo-Etch gun Turrets.
There really are a lot of Photoetch parts!
Paragrafix Modeling Systems (Paragrafix) makes wonderful products and I have never been disappointed. Nor, have I ever received a sub par product.
Moebius Models did a wonderful job on their Re-Imagined Battlestar Galactica.The guns, however, are another minor issue. The kit supplied turrets lack detail and are too large.
Moebius Models produces a Battlestar Galactica accessory detail kit with enhanced gun Turrets. More detail but still too large.
I was hesitant to use the gun turrets provided with the ParaGrafix Photo-etch set. The moment I assembled the first one and did a test fit I was sold. The scale is much better and there's decent detail, even if they are flatish (compared to the kit supplied ones)
If you've never worked with Photo-Etch before, this instructional video is definitely for you. In it I detail the tools and techniques used to add more detail to your scale model.
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Acreation is, to my knowledge, the only supplier of aftermarket decals for the Moebius Models Re-Imagined Battlestar Galactica. They provide two sets, armour and armour and rib detail.
Having done both, and given the scale of this model kit (1/4105) the rib details are unnecessary. I've found they're also too dark.
That aside, I really enjoy apply decals. It's very satisfying and it tends to signify that the journey is ending soon.
In this build of the Battlestar Galactica I was undecided as to how many decals I was going to apply. In the end I chose only to install the armour decals. The amount of work required to install the rib detail decals wouldn't have justified the end result
In today's video, however, I do show you how to add the rib detail decals. That's more for builders who haven't used aftermarket decals before. As such they may not be aware they have to be cut out of the decal sheet individually.
On top of the decals I also take a few minutes to discuss filling the major gap between the 'gator head' and the rest of the hull. Initially I was going to use some styrene, but decided to use perfect plastic putty. Its ease of use and easy clean up with water were appealing to me.