Dark Star

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samster27

Well-Known Member
Has anyone built the scout ship Dark Star and therefore have detailed blueprints available?

I guess there would also need to be an accompanying list of kits required to detail it with.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks
 

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JMChladek

Sr Member
Only thing I've seen is the small sketch Ron Cobb did showing Dark Star with gear. As I recall, it was a Greg Jein creation and while maybe it was based on some Ron Cobb stuff, I doubt it had any detailed blueprints made. At least there was a three view, which formed the basis of the damage schematic Talby looked at in the film.

As for a Studio Scale Dark Star, I've never seen one. But, there should still be a Dark Star Bomb build somebody did here a couple years ago (an SS build, using as many of the original kit parts as possible). I suppose maybe the Dark Star is scaled to that, but it would be a BIG model if that were the case. So I have a feeling the open bomb bay was a large section model, unless of course Greg Jein really did make the ship that big. I've never seen a shopping list for kitbash bits used either.
 

JD1

Well-Known Member
Only thing I've seen is the small sketch Ron Cobb did showing Dark Star with gear. As I recall, it was a Greg Jein creation and while maybe it was based on some Ron Cobb stuff, I doubt it had any detailed blueprints made. At least there was a three view, which formed the basis of the damage schematic Talby looked at in the film.
From Ron Cobb's interview in Fantastic Films #9, July 1979:

"we sat down at the same House of Pancakes and drew up kind of a re-entry shell. Dan said "That's it, that's it! Could you give us three views of that by tomorrow morning?" I said "Sure." I went home and I drew up a little plan of it which I still have and Dan had a beautiful model made and off it went."

:)
 

robn1

Master Member
Here's the 3-view. Greg Jein described the model in Cinefex, issue 2 or 3. It was made from foam, cut and sanded to shape, then covered in fiberglass.
 

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micdavis

Master Member
I have this.

There was this "model" company back in the day called S.F.M.A, they did a bunch of Vac-formed spaceship.

This is about 6" long Dark Star.

Very rare to see any model of this ship.

 

JMChladek

Sr Member
I've got that vac kit along with a tiny white metal one (Comet Miniatures I believe might have done it). The best Dark Star kit to get right now IMHO is a resin one from Stargazer models. It is 9 1/4" long and according to the instructions scales to 1/288 scale. I've got one and it is not bad at all (certainly better than the SFMA vac, which is a bit bloated in spots).
 

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