DONE! TOS BSG - Laser Turrets Replica

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  1. t2sides

    t2sides Sr Member

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    7/1/12 - Model is finally completed. Check out Post #29
    http://www.therpf.com/f10/done-tos-bsg-laser-turrets-replica-143826/index2.html#post2337537

    Been a while since I've dropped in here, some amazing things going on!!

    Well, a few weeks ago it dawned on me I had all these Leopold kits sitting around doing nothing in the boxes. So, I just had to put them to good use. (It only took 13 kits!):facepalm Not a lot of reference to go off of (except endless hours of screen shots and long, long pauses on the DVD). Certainly used a fair amount of artistic interpretation along the way, but for the most part, the cannons and walls are pretty close as far as I could reference, but I did have some of my own fun with them. All the main assemblies (walls/floor/ceiling/main cannon) are just standing in place for these pics. After they get primer and paint and a few more small bits and channels, then the assembly will go together.

    Both guns rotate, the lower one is on a small lazy susan, the upper one moves both up and down side to side. This is a terribly fun and quick project if you like a good distraction.

    -Sean
     
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  2. IEDBOUNTYHUNTER

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    Re: TOS BSG - Laser Turrets Replica

    The Gun looks cool. reminds me of the range finders on the 16 inch guns of a battle ship
     
  3. GKvfx

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    It may be fun and quick, but it's not exactly small, is it? :rolleyes

    Gene
     
  4. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Sean's display hangar has ample room for this... it's staggeringly swanky ;)
     
  5. Apollo

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    Frackin awesome!!!!
     
  6. Borjis

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    way cool!
     
  7. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Transfer control to probe craft. Launch when ready. :sleep
     
  8. t2sides

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    Thanks guys! Yeah Jason, I took some queue's from your swankiness!

    Ha! That's true. It's about 44" in width (I estimated the original was 48", so I shaved off some of the 'right' side for this.

    I'm sure most everyone has seen these, but here's a couple of the stock Apogee photo's of it and where I'm going....

    -Sean
     
  9. LastBattlestar

    LastBattlestar Well-Known Member

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    Wow Sean, that is just amazing work, mate! How the hell you ID'd all those greeblies I'll never know. Just spectacular and a cool addition to your Galactica collection. Now I'm about six major builds behind you....:(

    I'd like to build that lower turret and ring surround sometime. No room for the entire diorama!

    Mike
     
  10. GKvfx

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    Re: TOS BSG - Laser Turrets Replica

    Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Come on, everybody chant - Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it! Kit it!............

    :rolleyes

    Gene
     
  11. micdavis

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    Re: TOS BSG - Laser Turrets Replica

    I don't venture into the SS scale builds too often and I don't know the players or the culture.

    Does USING all those original parts make you the devil in your world, or is that the expected usage?

    Why not cast up each part needing replicating for multiples? Or is that the sin?

    Which is more cost effective?

    Just kind of curious. Each of the "subcultures" here have their own quirks.
     
  12. Boba Flint

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    "Does USING all those original parts make you the devil in your world,"

    No. It just an expression of our madness.:lol

    If a kit is rare, making casts of the parts is usually the way to go. If you can afford buying multiples of a kit that is still being made, then go for it.

    It really is no different than someone wanting to use all original parts to make an Obi Wan ANH saber or Han's blaster.
     
  13. star-art

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    Or, it's simply a practical matter of whether the time/cost of using actual kit parts is less than the time/cost of making castings. Resin casting takes materials and time and that costs money as well. In the case of the railgun kits, there are lots of tiny bits that may be impractical to cast or would be too much trouble. Sometimes it's just quicker and easier to cut the parts off the sprue and glue them on.

    BTW, that is looking fantastic Sean as always. Of course, what else did we expect? LOL :)
     
  14. jedimaster

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    To give you an idea, the entire spend on model kits for bashing by the ILM guy's for Star Wars was $2,900. I reckon I'm nearly at that just in original vintage kits for the Turbo Laser. The ILM guys used cast parts on most models in some way. Even they weren't as CRAZY as some of us.
     
  15. Falk

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    Considering inflation since 1976, that would be at least four times the amount today.

    Anyway, still an amazingly little number!
     
  16. LastBattlestar

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    Thanks for bringing that to our attention Gene. I think you are the perfect man for the job!:cool

    Mike
     
  17. Laser Brain

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    Looks great...nice idea for using up those kits.
     
  18. GKvfx

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    Ha! I've been involved on these boards for TOO long to take that bait! If I ever say I'm gonna get into the kit business, someone smack me.

    Given that..... again, someone should kit this........ :rolleyes

    Gene
     
  19. t2sides

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    Here's a few updates of the model in the base color. Next I'll flatten it down, then move on to weathering and darkening here and there, along with the red stripe. You can clearly see a rusty/orange finish on some of the screen grabs in certain areas. I'll look into adding that, but don't want it to look too cartoonish.

    Thanks for the feedback so far! Micdavis, good to see you here!!

    Regarding using kits vs. casts, Charles pretty much nailed it. I already had all these kits on hand from the SS Galactica and rag tags replicas, so why not put them to use? No need to go through the effort to mold and cast. Besides, personally I like to use as many real kit parts as possible in my builds. I don't mind the extra cost for kits sometimes, it just 'feels' better.

    Mike, I wish I could say I've ID'd 'all' the right parts, but I didn't. However, I think on the gun turrets, I got pretty close. But a lot of the base is definitely just artistic license.

    Did someone say KIT?? Hmmmmmm.:love
     
  20. timeslip

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    Great work Sean. Love it. Hope to see you at WF.
    George
     
  21. t2sides

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    Quick progress update. Got the stripes on and first round of basic weathering. Next is to weather the strips and a bit more dirtying up.

    Thanks George! Unfortunately, I can't make WF this year, work got in my way this time. Next year for sure though!!

    -Sean
     
  22. LastBattlestar

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    Oh yeah, that's looking the duck's guts now Sean. That must have been a nightmare masking over all those railgun parts? Too many Leopolds lying around? Wish I had that problem!:D

    Mike
     
  23. moffeaton

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    DANG that is glorious!!!
     
  24. Wolvster1

    Wolvster1 Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Just GORGEOUS Sean !!!!:thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup

    * shame you can't make it to WONDERFEST
    as I would have begged on you to BRING that
    so we could drool properly in person !

    :lol
     
  25. Treadwell

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    Extremely cool!

    I always wondered--does this even vaguely match up to anything on the surface of the galactica model?
     
  26. Wolvster1

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    Re: TOS BSG - Laser Turrets Replica

    Do you mean the NEW Series, since the
    turrets are from the TOS G ?
     
  27. mslz22

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    This looks awesome, fantastic stuff as usual....
    mike
     
  28. LastBattlestar

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    Nope, but I've always thought that it was supposed to represent guns in the landing bay side and head side trenches.

    I just love the little railings on the lower cannon; they really give a sense of scale. Too cool.:cool

    Mike
     
  29. t2sides

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    Re: TOS BSG - Laser Turrets Replica

    Well, it's finally done! Got her all weathered up as close as I could to the final filming miniature. The upper and lower turrets do rotate in any position manually. This was such a fun project (and HUGE), it's pretty cool to imagine them filming this model and how real they made it look!
    Thanks for looking!
    -Sean
    [​IMG]
     
  30. jawsmodels

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    Oh WOW!!!!!
    Thats incredible Sean.
    Another nice piece for the collection mate.
     
  31. Tiberius Kirk

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    By the Lords of Kobol, that's a work of ART!
     
  32. Tsophika

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    That's incredibly cool! Great work.

    Craig
     
  33. Wombat

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    Outstanding work once again, Sean. That really is a cool piece and something a little different thats for sure. Your pictures really do highlight how good a job you did with it.

    Looks fantastic!!
     
  34. Lee S

    Lee S Sr Member

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    BRILLIANT!!!! Great idea and great use of left over kits!
     
  35. Vinyl Guy

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    Fantastic!!!
     
  36. IEDBOUNTYHUNTER

    IEDBOUNTYHUNTER Sr Member

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    Great job, brings back memories when i would watch the show as a kid
     
  37. Guy Cowen

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    Beautiful work, really great stuff indeed. Going back in for me views :)
     
  38. Wes R

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    Beautiful it really does look like it should be opening fire at any time.
     
  39. NAZGÛL

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    It turned out great! Love the paintjob and details!
     
  40. Shadowknight

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    Wow, this is just great! It makes me want to watch the original series for the umpteenth time. :)
     
  41. JMChladek

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    Way incredible. So when are you going to build the REST of the Galactica in that scale Sean? ;)

    Dang this thing is big!
     
  42. Apollo

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    Man what a thing of beauty and awesomeness!!!
     
  43. Wolvster1

    Wolvster1 Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Just GORGEOUS Sean !

    Gotta' love the old girl !

    :cool
     
  44. GKvfx

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    Just because it hasn't been said in a while -

    :cool

    Gene
     
  45. micdavis

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    Holy freakin' cow that is nice.
     
  46. t2sides

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    Wow, THANK YOU ALL so very, very much for the kind responses!! You guys all rock, and I appreciate the support!! It's one of the many reasons I enjoy building these models. Sharing it with a group of folks that appreciate it, and understand the work that goes into it.

    Gene, appreciate you keep trying!!

    Jay, now that WOULD be impressive, wouldn't it. If I wasn't married..... :love
     
  47. moffeaton

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    :lol *, Sean, I guess it's cool... build something big next time though?

    :angel
     
  48. ringa

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    Sean, that's a thing of beauty! It looks perfect!
     
  49. cygnusmodels

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    Hard core modeling!
     
  50. cygnusmodels

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    Keep it up - I love the inspiration!
     

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