A L I E N Narcissus

Discussion in 'Studio Scale Models' started by NS4, Nov 15, 2017.

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  1. joez2391

    joez2391 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow this is absolutely amazing, the primer really brings it all together. love the comparison pics too. keep up the good work can't wait to see the final piece
     
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  2. NS4

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    Templates are my secret weapon for kit part accuarcy...

    While I am working my way across, detailing the front of the ship, I though I'd make a post on the methodology I use for positioning the kit parts.

    The goal (obviously) is accuracy.
    With that in mind, I had full size layouts printed of all the kit parts on the ship.
    As they are taken directly from the 3D model (which is photomatched to the screen used ship) it means that these positions are as accurate as I can get them.
    To transfer this to the physical build, I use the templates as (destructive) guides.
    I simply cut out the part that I want to position, fit the template and glue the part inside the hole.
    It's then just a matter of "rinse and repeat"! (lots and lots of times!)

    The photos illustrate the sequence of how the parts in this section where placed.

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    It takes a little time, but the results speak for themselves.

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    I have also been looking ahead and have started laying out the artwork required for the decals.
    I will take the same appoach as with the kit parts, and as they are drawn (in vector format) I will overlay them onto the reference photos to ensure that I get both an accurate representation of each decal and an exact location.

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    Again, this will take time, but I only plan on doing this once! 1f642.png

    *big thanks to vectorzero for helping source a decal image for me too - cheers mate :thumbsup

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  3. lunadude

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    "It takes a little time, but the results speak for themselves."

    That has been the case through your entire build. The time and attention speaks volumes. :cheers
     
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  4. joberg

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    Yep, Pro-Job all the way: "The Devil is in the details" and you certainly nailed those perfectly(y)thumbsup
     
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  5. NS4

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    Work on the top front of the ship is now done.
    I love how the detailing is restrained and focused in specific areas - wonderful design work from the original modelmakers (none of which is visible on screen as the model was only shot from the underside!)

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    I'll move to the rear of the ship and detail the area around the airlock next...
     
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  6. joberg

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    I'm running out of praises man:) It's up there with therpf top builds:cool
     
  7. NS4

    NS4 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Joberg - much appreciated :thumbsup
     
  8. NS4

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    The section around the airlock opening is now done.

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    The only remaining area left to do is the two rear upper panels.

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    These will take a little bit more work as they have Plastruct tubing to add as well as the kit parts.
    I'll work on these next...
     
  9. joberg

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    Soooo beautiful:love:(y)
     
  10. 32buds

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    A true artist at work!
     
  11. NS4

    NS4 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys!
     
  12. NS4

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    The styrene tubing has now been added to the rear panels.
    Pretty happy with the fit and match.

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    I did notice on review against the reference pictures that a couple of the styrene plating parts were a little undersized (0.5mm - 1mm), so I have removed them and replaced them with more accurate ones.

    Will move onto fitting the last of the kit parts now.
     
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  13. vectorzero

    vectorzero Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looking fantastically clean!
     
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  14. NS4

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    630 kit parts have now been added to the ship (and most of the tiniest ones were in this section!).
    ...and with that, the rear panels are done, which concludes the construction portion of the build!

    Apart from some minor tweaks along the way, everything fitted pretty much as it should.
    The comparisons with the reference photos show that it is a close match to the work done on the original :)

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    I will add some primer to the top of the ship over the next few days to finish it off, and take some final comparison shots against the original (in primer).
     
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  15. stevielewis

    stevielewis Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful! You have done a fantastic job of building this.
     
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  16. NS4

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    Thanks very much Stevie!
     
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  17. NS4

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    I managed to get some primer on the top of the ship.
    It's cool how the single tone brings it all together.
    The kit parts really pop.

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    I will take the comparison photos shortly, once I get my camera setup.
     
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  18. NS4

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    With modelling now complete, here is the full set of comparison images with the original at the same stage of construction.

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  19. Firefox3D

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    Amazed you can match your photography that well, or did you just take hundreds of pics to get ones that worked?
     
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    Lol - the 100's of photo menthod would be one way to do it but no, I was a little more scientific with my methodology:

    Having done the photomatching in sketchup, you can create an "advanced camera" for each match.
    This will do two things:

    1. Create a physcial camera model in your scene and will locate it correctly and
    2. Tell you the exact focal length used.

    You can then import the sketchup model into your modelling software and measure the location of the camera relative to the model.
    Set the camera up on a tripod and using the focal length given shoot away!. It''s not 100% perfect, but it gets you very close.
    I then take both images into photoshop and overlay them to match as close as I can and create the above images :)
     
  21. Scott Graham

    Scott Graham Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Stunning!
     
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  22. OlivierC

    OlivierC Active Member

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    Wow this is amazing. It's like looking at two photos of the exact same model except one is much crisper
     
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  23. NS4

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    Thanks very much guys!
     
  24. joberg

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    * you!! I looked at those pics over and over again (with a magnifying glass no-less) and I didn't find any piece missing between the original and your model...you're a machine:cool:(y)
     
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  25. NS4

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    Thanks Joberg! It's taken a looong time to get here, but I'm really pleased with how it has turned out :)
     
  26. NS4

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    Between work and organising for Xmas, I haven't had much time to spend on the ship, unfortunately.

    I have made a *little* progress, and have managed to give it the once over with some "wet and dry" in preparation for its final coat of paint.
    I'm hoping to have that done in the next few days.

    From there it will be another light sanding, and on to the weathering.
    I will also be adding the "E1" markings, which were simply masked off with tape and sprayed on.
    I just need to confirm their exact location and size using the 3D model overlay.

    Work is also continuing in the background on the decal artwork, which will be added last.

    More updates soon...

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  27. joberg

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    It's worth the wait!
     
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  28. NS4

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    And we have a white ship!
    Painted with auto primer - as per the original (according to Phil Rae).
    She looks just as she would if she'd just rolled off the production line - not a scratch or mark on her.
    That will all change shortly...;)

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    I have mapped the "E1" markings to the 3D model and will be adding them shortly.

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  29. pnag

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    Wow! That looks amazing! Love this thread (and your work, of course!) so much!
     
  30. NS4

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    Thank you Peter!
     
  31. dtssyst

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    What you have done here is beyond words. Fantastic job with this. I can not wait to see it finished.
     
  32. NS4

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    Thanks very much - I'm looking forward to getting to the finish line myself!
     
  33. DesertDan

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    Outstanding!
     
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  34. NS4

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    The "E1" markings have been added.

    On the original model, they were masked off with tape to create stencils.
    You can see them on both the front and back of the ship in Martin Bowers BTS photos below.

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    I believe they were then painted with grey auto primer.
    I have also added minor damage to the front "E1" to replicate the marks seen on the original.

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    Next up will be the weathering, which will probably take some time, but I hope to work on it over the festive break...
     
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  35. satazius

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    Insanely gorgeous. So much hard work really is paying off now. Thanks for sharing all the build pics!
     
  36. NS4

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    Thank you so much - that's very kind.
    It wouldn't be nearly as much fun if I didn't get to share it :)
     
  37. joberg

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    Fantastic work! I'm eager to see it finished: it's going to be the bomb:cool::cool::cool:
     
  38. NS4

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    I took a step back from the ship over the break and spent some quality time with my family.
    Sometimes it's more beneficial to do that rather than force yourself to keep pushing on and make a mistake.
    I'm now back and refreshed and ready to take on the last steps to finally finish the ship off (just in time for the 40th anniversay!)

    I've gone over the model with some wet and dry and brought it all back to smooth, ready for weathering - a blank canvas.
    I will be using only graphite powder, brushes and an eraser for the majority of the weathering (in keeping with the how the studio model was done). I will also add the pencil and drafting pen markings used on the original and some black acrylic for the inside of the engines and some of the deeper crevices.

    This should be fun!
    More updates soon...

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  39. blastmaster

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    Absolutely awesome work!!





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