Ken's Salzo Half Scale Battlestar

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Tordoc

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This is not really a build thread, just a thread so that I can show my work and get some critical feedback. All comments are welcome. I didn't start taking photos from the get go but you can see what I've done:

Basic plumbing pipe support for the main assembly. Lots of gaps soon to be filled with putty and greeblies. Hundreds of 0.75mm holes drilled and filled with fiber optics.

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Shapeways bridge drilled for 0.5mm FO:

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Engines with grill from honeycombgrids.com:

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extras:

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Battlestar guts:

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Robiwon

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Awesome work so far Tordoc! I think your build is the first I've seen using Tony's bridge! Looking forward to your progress. Any idea on what color your going to use for the finish?
 

Tordoc

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I bought some Tamiya Grey Fine Surface Primer on Amazon.ca and I'll see how that looks first. I don't want to have to mix custom colors because painting with an airbrush will take me forever but a rattle can is fast.

The build will slow down for a while until the weather improves. One landing bay top is a good 6mm longer than the other and I need to use the belt sander in my garage to fix it. It's still too cold here in Toronto.

In the mean time, I just fiddle. I'm still trying to figure out where to put the circuit board for the landing strip lights. It's bigger than I'd like... no room left.
 

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Robiwon

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Mine fits in the coffin area after sanding that cross member out. I like the Tamiya primer as well for the color.
 

Tordoc

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Started up again. I was waiting for my Tamiya spray primer to arrive so that I could spray the bays before gluing them to the body.

I made a jig to help me align the 2 landing bays:

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They are flat and straight and parallel.

I then put the G on top and used sheet styrene under the arms to level the body. Once level, I glued it with 5 minute epoxy and flipped it over and sunk a screw thru the bay into each arm.

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trooper

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WOW! nice work ken, your further along then I am, I need to get going on the fibers optics next.
 

Tordoc

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It was such a beautiful morning here in Toronto so I decided to put a light dusting of primer on the top of the G. I have 90% of the greeblies attached. Still waiting for Troopers package.

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Here are some closeups so to can see the details I've added.

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Next I'm gonna turn this sucker over and start on wiring the landing bay lights.
 
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trooper

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looking at the tracking you should have it in the next day or so.
nice work so far :thumbsup
 

Tordoc

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No worries Trooper. I know it will get here.

After looking at the photos I see lots of rough edges and gaps that I could never see with my 50 year old eyes. Even after applying primer.

I think it looks better in person,... without glasses! LOL
 

trooper

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i'll be the big five o in six months, I know all about the eyes. I have to use 7 and 10 power optivisors or I cant see my own fingerprints lol
 

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Tordoc

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That's not the only large seem I need to fill. I'm waiting till the end. Even though it's pretty solid, all the flipping over back and forth might crack it if I fill it now. It will eventually be filled with styrene and maybe some bondo.
 

Tordoc

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Thanks. BTW, I am happy to receive all criticism, pointers and suggestions. I only do this for my own enjoyment and hope to learn from all my fellow modelers.
 

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