Filmation's Flash Gordon - Ming's Drone Ship

AZSneed

Sr Member
This is a scratch built model of Ming the Merciless's Drone Ship from the Filmation animated series.
All of the line on the model are decals. The main body is from 1/2 inch tubing, and wings from sheet styrene.


 

robn1

Master Member
Very cool! That was a great show. I remember seeing a behind the scenes show about it. They made models painted white with black lines, that were shot motion control to be traced by the animators.
 

MooCriket

Master Member
It's great to see love given to the classics. I hope to see you do some of the other ships as well.
 

JMChladek

Sr Member
Very cool! That was a great show. I remember seeing a behind the scenes show about it. They made models painted white with black lines, that were shot motion control to be traced by the animators.
Yup, they used the motion control rigs used in Space Academy and Jason of Star Command to do the shots. Now if only there were some pictures of the models themselves, studio scale version would not be all that tough to do (although I doubt the models had much paint on them other than the grid lines). Only minor drawback to that process was EVERYTHING shot that way had a grid. Even the Stukas used in the opening scenes of the first episode did.

BTW, very nice model of a subject I don't recall ANYONE else ever doing before.
 

AZSneed

Sr Member
Thanks for the kind comments, much appreciated!

I plan to do more, but, not until I catch up on some other models.
 

JMChladek

Sr Member
BTW, what did you use for the display base? It looks like half a yo-yo (and if that is what you used, it looks GREAT!)
 

AZSneed

Sr Member
No yo-yo, it was an resin base to another model. Also, on the base is a decal I made from a DVD screen grab.
 

punkrockpub

New Member
Hi, could you elaborate on the building & research done for this particular build? First, where can I get info on the "Ming Sun Emblem", that would be considered "screen accurate" for my build? Any more info that you could share about this ship will greatly be appreciated. I thank you in advance and hope to hear from you soon!!! :)
 
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