A L I E N Narcissus

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  1. GF

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    Top notch!!!!
     
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    The plating for the top of the ship is now complete.
    Not much to write about as it was just a case of cutting, sanding and gluing into place (repeated over and over!)
    I'm happy to report that it all fitted, matching my templates and the CAD/photomatched model.

    I have glued the clamps to the armature plugs and attached the "Evergreen" sheeting to the top of the engines - as per the original.

    I've included the obligatory Coke can for scale in the last shot and a pic of the original model for comparison.

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    I'll move onto the plating the underside next...
     
  3. pnag

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    Drooooool (again ;) )
     
  4. NS4

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    Lol - thanks Peter :D
     
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    In-progress shots are always my favourite part of any thread. Especially for old-school physical models. Will be sad when you actually finish it, because you've done a man's job on this!
     
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  6. NS4

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    Mine too!
    Thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate it.
    Still a fair bit to do before I wind it up though!
     
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    I can't corroborate this, but when I watched Alien at the Odeon Leicester Square in London in 1979, as the credits rolled and the special visual effects crew names came up, a loud series of cheers rang out from the circle audience. Must have been them and I'm sure they were pleased with their efforts -- as they surely would be with your fantastic replica!
     
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    Thats very kind - thank you :)
    The guys working in the model shop in Bray Studios, really did an oustanding job on all the models in the movie.
    I think they were having a great time doing it too.

    lol - that's so cool.
    It would have been quite something to see it during its opening run in London!

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  9. sliuman

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    It was a normal showing only I'm afraid...and as a callow 17-year-old at the time (bravado got me past the box office for an 18 rating), had no access to special screenings. It was great though... a seminal film for me.
     
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    I remember seeing it in the movie at the time and it was quite the shock to say the least: a classic:cool As for that model of yours, it's looking mighty great(y)thumbsup
     
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    Outstanding!!!:thumbsup :popcorn

    Also saw the movie in original run, it was intense to say the least!!
     
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    Work continues on the underside plating this week.
    I've started at the rear and have made good progress so far.

    The central armature cover plate is now in place, but is hard to see as it isn't painted and still looks clear (the pink is glazing putty underneath).

    The panel between the engines is removable and fixed in place with magnets (the original was screw fixed - note the four holes in that panel).
    This will allow access to the airlock interior (which is also removable) so that it can be detailed at a later stage.

    I'm hoping to get the rest of the plating finished off over the weekend.

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  13. pnag

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    Oh, wow!

    Delighted to see it, and yet so jealous! Haha!
     
  14. NS4

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    lol - thanks Peter.
    I will be glad when all the plating is done!
     
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    It's so beautiful...I'm without words thinking about the final product that it'll be when painted, aged and everything :cool
     
  16. NS4

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    Thanks Joberg - getting closer :)
     
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    And the styrene plating is done (thank God!).

    There are a LOT of pieces that need to be glued on to this ship (be warned anyone that decides to tackle it!)
    I am glad that this stage is now finished.

    This is how we currently stand in the order of things to do:

    Stage 1 - Acrylic frame - completed
    Stage 2 - Styrene plating - completed
    Stage 3 - Kit part and styrene detailing.
    Stage 4 - Painting and weathering.
    Stage 5 - Decals.

    I now need to spend a bit of time mapping out the kit parts so that I can produce template layouts, similar to what I have done for the styrene. Once again, there are a lot of parts! Should be fun though 1f642.png

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    More updates soon...
     
  18. joberg

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    Great job on that plating...as you said, the greeblies will be another challenge, but I've total confidence in your skills to make it look great:cool
     
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  19. seven

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    Love how this is turning out! Your build is infinitely more awesome than if it was 3D printed! :D
     
  20. NS4

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    Thanks Seven!
    It does include a fair few 3D printed elements too! :)
     
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    Well, that took a little longer than expected!

    All 600+ kit parts are now assembled and sorted.
    All 1:1 layouts have been drawn to accurately locate each part.

    Let the kitbashing begin!

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    Wow - am in utter awe of your dedication to this! It looks fantastic!
     
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  23. NS4

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    Thanks Peter :)

    Now comes the fun bit - sticking all the bits on!
    Over the next few updates it should really start to take shape...
     
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    What kind of glue will you use?
     
  25. NS4

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    Weld-On 16. It has been great for the acrylic panels - very strong.
    Had a few issues using it for the styrene as it tends to eat away material if you use too much!
    I've also had a few styrene parts pop off. I have to make sure I remove all traces of primer and glue directly to the acrylic then it seems to hold OK.
    Works very well for the kit parts though.
     
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    Yes!! Greeblies/widgets/nernies Central:D eager to see the next update!!!!!!!
     
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    I started with the most detailed section of the shp - the underside engine area.
    Everything is fitting together nicely (the 1:1 templates are are big help for this).
    Just taking my time getting everything in the right spot - and having fun too!

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    Here it is completed, along with the detail strips on either side of it.
    Between the "nose", the armature cover plate and the rear between the engines is also finished!

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    Very happy with the progress so far.
     
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  28. NS4

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    A couple of comparison shots with the original model:

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  29. pnag

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    Oh, to have your skills!
     
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  30. NS4

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    Thanks Peter - you're too kind!

    TBH I think it's more about patience than skill.
    The modelmakers who built the original (primarily Martin Bower and Phil Rae) have skill, and it took them a relatively short time to build.
    It has taken me more than 5 years to get to this stage! lol
     
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    I had to do a double take between original and yours:eek That's how great your research/work are(y)thumbsup
     
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    Thanks Joberg!
    Wait until the primer goes on!
    I'm hoping it will be indistinguishable from the orginal.
     
  33. NS4

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    Working my way around the back of the ship.
    Both the lower rear quarter panels are now complete.

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    Next up will be the area forward of the lower engines - that will then finish up work on the underside.
     
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    !!!

    I may have just peed with excitement a little :D
     
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    Epic(y)thumbsup
     
  36. NS4

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    lol - thanks guys :)
     
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    I've added the last few pieces to the area in front of the lower engines....and the underside is done!

    I can't wait to put some primer on it now.
    I had planned to give it a spray today, but the weather is not playing nice (storms and rain). I'm hoping to get a chance later in the week.
    Once that is done, I plan to take some photos to compare against the original at the same stage of construction.
    Having digitally matched all the reference photos, I know the exact (relative) locations of the camera to the model, as well as the focal distances.
    I'll set my camera up in exactly the same location using the same settings to get a true comparison photo!.

    In the meantime here are the latest progress shots...

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  38. srspicer

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    (y)popcorn:thumbsup
     
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  39. joberg

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    AMAZING(y)thumbsupWill be cool to see it in grey!
     
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  40. Alan3

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    This is an incredible build!!! Looks amazing
    It looks so good with all that detail!! It’s spot on.
    Keep up the great work.

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  41. NS4

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    Thank you Dave!
    I really appreciate the comments.
    Great to have you following along with the build
     
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    I took a small detour these past few days to ID a couple of parts that I spotted in the shadows of the reference images.

    I only had two photos of the mystery part, each only showing a (slightly different) partial view.
    I had no clue what the parts could be, but this is where having a photo matched 3D model comes into its own.
    Modelling over the reference images, I created a part with the exact size and shape of the unknown piece.
    Armed with this info, I then went trawling through my kit scans and lo and behold, I found the part - an exact match!.

    With those parts now completing the underside of the ship, I finally got to put the primer on 1f642.png

    I will post a comparison with the original model tomorrow.

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  43. pnag

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    Oooh, primer! Something about primer always makes it more 'real' :)
     
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  44. Popeguy

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    That's some VERY interesting technique for bringing back old models. Beautiful work.
     
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  45. NS4

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    Thank you!
    Yeah, some of the software availbale these days is pretty amazing, allowing you to do things that only a few years ago were impossible.
     
  46. stevielewis

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    Beautiful work. It just keeps getting better with each post you make. :thumbsup
     
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  47. NS4

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    Thanks Stevie!
     
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    As promised, here is the comparison photo with the original model (at the same stage of construction).
    I'm pretty happy with the match.

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    I continue to make minor tweaks as I go, but I think this will only end when the model is finally finished - which I hope is not too far away!

    The clamp assembly covering the top armature opening doesn't appear to match well, but this is because it was later shortened to fit into the release arm that Martin Bower built for it.

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    Next up, is detailing the top side...
     
  49. postmanpat

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    Incredible build!!!! Can't wait to see the final product.
     
  50. NS4

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    Thanks Pat - me either :D
     

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