Ken's Salzo Half Scale Battlestar

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by Tordoc, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. 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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  2. Tordoc

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    Let there be light:

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    Landing bays:


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  4. 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?
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. Robiwon

    Robiwon Master Member Gone but not forgotten.

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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.
     
  7. 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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  8. 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.
     
  9. mslz22

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    Wow, that is a great idea for the landing bays!!
     
  10. 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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  11. trooper

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    looking at the tracking you should have it in the next day or so.
    nice work so far :thumbsup
     
  12. 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
     
  13. 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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  14. Robiwon

    Robiwon Master Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Tordoc, your build looks fantastic. That bridge looks great perched up there!
     
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  16. 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.
     
  17. edge10

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    Makes perfect sense. Keep up the good work.
     
  18. 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.
     
  19. jarroth

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    isnt that the only good reason to do this? :)
     
  20. Tordoc

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    Some of Troopers new parts in place:

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    Thanx Trooper
     
  21. trooper

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    very nice :)
     
  22. Tordoc

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    Brief update


    I added piping to the 'eye brows':

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    and primed the added greeblies so you can see how they integrate:

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  23. Robiwon

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    Very nice Tordoc!!
     
  24. trooper

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    great job ken !
     
  25. 32buds

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    Looks really good. I'm impressed!:)
     
  26. Tordoc

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    She's upside down again.

    I lined the top of the landing pods with reflective aluminum tape. Then I put the self adhering light strip on top and reinforced it with more tape:

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    A test fit and a look at how it may appear when finished:

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    Drilled holes for the landing lights and threaded thru the fiber optics:

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  29. Tordoc

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    Finally finished all the wiring and fiber optics and closed up the body. What a learning experience! If I have the pleasure of building this model again, with what I've learned I could do it better and in half the time!

    The landing bay. The blue lights strobe:

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    The body closed up tight. It was hard to get the coffin on after all the wiring was run thru. Finally did it. Still a big gap between the coffin and the body. I will fill it with styrene and greeblies:


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    It's finally coming together. :)
     

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    I added detail to the front caps:

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    And since the kids are out for the day and my girlfriend is napping, I made a decal sheet:

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    Feel free to download it and enjoy.
     
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    I also made decals for the end caps:

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    What do you think?
     
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  32. gonzman70

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    Wow - great ! :p
     
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    More decals:

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    The bottom is finished. I just have to flip her over, touch up some paint, trim the fiberoptics and apply the decals. It's as straight and level as I could make it. Ignore the camera distortion:

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  35. Robiwon

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    Looks great!
     
  36. edge10

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    That is beautiful.
     
  37. Tordoc

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    All done. Criticism welcome:

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    [video]https://youtu.be/8JqQBCbWIiA[/video] Landing bay and lights are dark because my 9v battery is dying.
     

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  38. Tordoc

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    A few more pics of the fiber optics:


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  39. trooper

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    wow, nice build ken (y)thumbsup
     
  40. Tordoc

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    thanks everyone
     
  41. GF

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    Beautiful build !

    At that size why not paint the red stripes instead of decals? would have looked much better over those "T" strips.

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  42. Tordoc

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    my airbrush is buried deep in my basement closet and I'm too lazy to dig it out. LOL
     
  43. sqbiedoo

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    What a beauty! One of the non Starwars that I really like. Nice job.
     
  44. jarroth

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    only thing wrong wit that model is that it is displayed the wrong way.

    the only correct way would be in hy house. :D

    that is a real beautifull model, great work!
     
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  45. Pcoz

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    This is pretty sweet...I love the lighting effects and FO, nice work.

    The only thing I would suggest is to add some "depth" to the paint job for realism. You could simply use a black acrylic wash and apply to all the nooks and crannys....build it up in layers. Try it on an inconspicuous area and see how you like it. I think it would bump this piece up to the next level...

    Regardless, well done
     
  46. Robiwon

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    She looks great!! Glad you finished her. Love the lighting effects too.
     

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