Anyone tackle the Polar Lights C57-D?

TheSt.LouisKid

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If so how did you do? Any suggestions or things I should look out for? I bought one 3 weeks ago and and am gearing up to put it together. Any input or pics as a heads up would be appreciated.

Thanks.
 

SSRN Seaview

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Get yourself a copy of CultTVman's Ultimate Modeling Guide to Building Classic Ships of Sci Fi. Article by Marc King on building the C-57D.
 

phase pistol

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Houdiniguy has one in his collection thread.

http://rpf.prop-planet.com/viewtopic.php?topic=54231&forum=1&start=0

I haven't built my copy of the kit, but what I hear is that the six-panel main hull is hard to construct without warpage. I imagine it might be sturdier if you put a big disc of plexiglas thru the equator of the saucer, for strength.

Here's a partial buildup, using paper clamps to hold the wedges together...



http://www.culttvman.com/bench_161_william_powell__jeff.html

Here's a non-canon buildup...



http://www.culttvman.com/kyle_clark_s_polar_lights_c-57.html

- K
 

TheSt.LouisKid

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I haven't built my copy of the kit, but what I hear is that the six-panel main hull is hard to construct without warpage.
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I thought that six segment hull design was.....a different idea.
 

Raygun

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Get some bondo or whatever you like to use for filler. The six panel hull for your new coffee table...er...C57-D is supposed to be smooth, so you're going to have to fill in all the seams.

I never built mine. After building two PL Jupiter 2s, I decided to sell my C57-D. I just couldn't bring myself to go through the trouble of polishing another smooth hull. It's amazing how many scratches that you can't see show up after the first coat of metalizer spray paint!! Get some sandable primer and a lot of wet sanding paper/pads for getting out all of the tiny scratches.

BTW, this would be an awesome project to try out the Alclad paints.

Raygun
 

phase pistol

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TheSt.LouisKid wrote:
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I thought that six segment hull design was.....a different idea.

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I don't follow you... what?


- K
 

TheSt.LouisKid

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Cool. Thanks Phase.

With a 28 inch diameter the only place for this model is going to be on my media cabinet.

I am going to have to go back and look at the film. I seem to vaguely remember the dark areas indicated in the last picture you posted. I am trying to remember if the bottom spun.
 

phase pistol

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You MAY be thinking of Ray Harryhausen's UFOs from "Earth vs the Flying Saucers", which DID have markings on the bottom, and which DID rotate...



The C-57D had no such markings but the engine core may have rotated, I'm not sure.



- Karl
 

TheSt.LouisKid

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phase pistol wrote:
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You MAY be thinking of Ray Harryhausen's UFOs from "Earth vs the Flying Saucers", which DID have markings on the bottom, and which DID rotate...
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That is probably what I am remembering.
 
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