Moonraker Docking Bay

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Nick K

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Hello there.
It has been a while since I did a build thread so I thought I had better get cracking and share one of my current ones with you. I was surfing the Net as we all do, and my love of anything James Bond brought to my attention some pictures of one of the Docking Bay Miniatures that featured on the Drax Space Station in "Moonraker" . Using these I did some calculations and drawings and asked a friend of mine if he could turn it into a Pepakura Model. The station is approximately 450mm in diameter, so a good size.
Once this was done I had it printed on the normal card stock I use, and set about cutting out the roof sections and gluing them together with PVA. The first thing I noticed was that the card was not thick enough to support itself and "flopped". So I glued the remaining card stock to heavier card and this has worked out well. I decided to do this build from the ground up so the weight of everything as it goes together, will be better supported.
 

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Nick K

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This is the base portion going together.
 

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joberg

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As you saw, the cardboard has to be thicker to make sure the surface area doesn't sag. A 2mm thick cardboard of good quality will do the trick!
Eager to see your next update ;)
 

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Nick K

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Thanks joeberg. This is going to be a slow build as I have other projects on the go. The build started off as a saucer, then a bowl and now a hat.:lol:
 

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joberg

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You're doing well; as you know, you'll have to apply a coat (or two) of resin or epoxy, so as to solidify your paper structure. If you had used a thicker cardboard, you could have done it without. Eager to see your next update:)
 

Nick K

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Thanks joberg. Yeah, can't wait to get some resin onto this so I can start sanding and filling. This is as far as I have gotten with the build. I need to straighten things up a bit and make a former to hold the whole thing in place so I can apply the resin and have it cure properly.

I have spent some of the time listing the Plastruct shapes used to decorate it.:)
 

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I have now glued the top portion of the main body and I am pleased with the way it is turning out so far.
 

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Nick K

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The Lower section is now ready for the application of resin so won't be active on this for a wee while. But "I'll be back".;)
 

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