Ian McQue: The Last Airborne

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joeydee

Jr Member
Hi again,
I was asked to show my build of the "Last Airborne", which was started in May and finished in October last year.


This hovering dieselpunk ship is not from a movie or game, but designed by a famous artist, Ian McQue. It only exists as a painting:

http://mcqueconcept.blogspot.de/2010/10/last-airborne.html said:
In the background, there are two more ships of the same type, but with different numbers and varying details. So I decided to build another version of the series, not exactly the 1506 in the foregroud.


I found this kit of a harbor tug boat. According to scalemates, the molds are from 1956, and the sprues really look like that. But it seemed just to be right for the basic size.


Needs a new scratched outer hull and some engine details.




First priming and painting, because later the interior will be covered.


Plating with single parts of styrene sheet.



Typical decoration: holes, rivets, stripes, bars, pipes and so on, as if they once were parts of other vehicles or airplanes, now patchworked to form a new hull.



All the white parts are scratched from styrene sheet and profiles. Rivets are wood glue.




More to come ...
 

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joeydee

Jr Member
Detailing the upper parts, more wings and sheets and pipes.
By the way, scale of the kit is 1/108.


Planning the roofs with paper.


The upper decks and crossbars required proper planning to be removable until the end so they could be painted in every detail.


And more details...







one of the back wings, it will be mounted vertically.


Trying to get the right look of this organized chaos with "flying" sheets at different angles, heights and layers.


I call those sheets "flying" when mounted with a distance to the wall and when it's not clear to which wall they belong or where exacly they are mounted. This is essential for the whole look.


These pipes are for holes in the hull and at the engines.



The kit also contained some small figures. I added a backpack with antenna, that's what I see in the artwork.


At this stage, both Ian McQue and Michael Fichtenmayer (Industria Mechanika, with the licence to sell McQue Designs) saw this photo and were amazed :)

Michael Fichtenmayer on FB said:
You did amazing work. Well done!
BTW, Ian McQue just emailed me about this. He loves what you did.
Ian McQue on Twitter https://twitter.com/gausswerks/status/619205107633270784 said:
OMG, I had *no idea*!! That's amazing, thanks for the link! *falls off chair*
So it was no question I HAD to finish this project soon :D


To be continued with paint job stories in the next few days.
 

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joeydee

Jr Member

These are all upper deck parts together. First part got a rust layer of differend red acrylics.


More rust...


Some of the pipes inside the hull.


Fully rusted except some joints.




First test for the color scheme. The rust layer was fixed, then a layer of hairspray, finally the green coat. Then chipping, marking, weathering, streaking,...


The deck walls get a slightly different look, starting with gray and some greenish washes, then rust streaks.




Roofs are in the more saturated scheme with yellow/black markings.


Tech details are rather dark/black.


I always try to avoid this "all-parts-same-base-color-look" of some airbrush paint jobs, it might be ok for camouflage, but not for other themes. Keeping parts separate and treating them and their sub-parts by their purpose, material and age is a better way.


Rust chipping details at the stern ...


... and at the bow. Weathering was the most funny part :)




Borg assimilated this ship ... muahahaha ;)


The stern crane.






Mask for my individual number.




The coffee tasted a little strange this morning ;)













Done.
There are some final hi res photos on my deviantart account: http://joeydee-artworks.deviantart.com/gallery/56520001/McQue-s-Last-Airborne
 

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CAPTAINCOX

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Amazing build! and what a cool theme for a Model, absolutely inspiring stuff.

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Amazing build! and what a cool theme for a Model, absolutely inspiring stuff.
You are not Fichtenfoo by any chance :p
 

Bigturc

Sr Member
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Wow!!! That is an impressive model!!! Two thumbsup!!!


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Vacformedhero

Sr Member
Absolutely stunning work, I'd seen some shots of this on Pinterest and wanted to know more about the build, thanks for sharing
 

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