My 3' Imperial Star Destroyer

Discussion in 'Studio Scale Models' started by Laser Brain, Dec 10, 2004.

  1. Laser Brain

    Laser Brain Sr Member

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    Hi guys,

    I've been busy on my first studio scale scratch build project... my WIP 3" Star Destroyer. 3 months of on/off work so far (when the girlfriend permits)...I'd say I'm half way to completing this project.

    There are untold 1/700 battleship/destroyer parts, Karl Morser parts etc....way too many to list right now (I can't even remember half of them)

    I've worked from pics and drew up some very rough plans before making a start. Most of the work has been eyeballed so I'm sure it's a bit off in places.

    It has lights in the engines and all around the body and bridge. More pics when I'm nearer to completion [​IMG]

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    Thanks to BigVade for inspiring me to tackle this project [​IMG]

    Cheers
    Neil
     
  2. Lord Abaddon

    Lord Abaddon Sr Member

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    OHMYGOD! Neil that's great!!!

    What did you use for the primary hull?
     
  3. Laser Brain

    Laser Brain Sr Member

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    Thanks Mike [​IMG]

    The hull is made from 2 layers of 2mm thick styrene. I used brass rods to strengthen the frame. I am running my electronics along these too.

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    Cheers
    Neil
     
  4. Jedi Dade

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    Good Lord! I really wish that you guys would make plans for the basic construction though. If I had instructions for the basic shape I think I could tacle the rest - but Man that is one hell of an impressive model! Awesome work. Is there any way to convince you to take csome measurements of lengths and angles?

    Jedi Dade
     
  5. Laser Brain

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    Thanks JD!
    I don't see why not [​IMG]

    I have a template that I made for the hexagonal supports. Once you have the distance that these are spaced apart you can create the shape.

    I'm not sure how accurate it is to the real thing, but it seems to have worked OK.

    Neil
     
  6. Lello999

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    Looks really awesome! I wish I had the skills to build something like that!!

    Really great work!!
     
  7. EchoLeader

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    Neil, as Vader would say......

    "Impressive, most impressive"

    I can't wait to see it completed and lit.

    Rolando
     
  8. STEVE THE SWEDE

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    Neil, as I've already told you! AWESOME!!! This is one thread that I will follow VERY closly![​IMG]

    Steve.
     
  9. Zaphod

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    Beautiful work. Have you thought about making kits?? [​IMG]
     
  10. cking

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    Neil,

    You already know what I think about this! FANTASTIC work.
    Can't wait to see it finished and I REALLY wish it would be possible to have a kit of this. I just don't have the skill to build one from scratch! I HATE YOU! [​IMG]

    Chris
     
  11. DARKSIDE72

    DARKSIDE72 Sr Member

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    VERY nice man!!

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  12. Lord Abaddon

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    </SPAN><TABLE BORDER=0 ALIGN=CENTER WIDTH=85%><TR><TD CLASS=$row_color>Quote:<HR></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS=$row_color>Can't wait to see it finished and I REALLY wish it would be possible to have a kit of this. I just don't have the skill to build one from scratch! I HATE YOU!</TD></TR><TR><TD><HR></TD></TR></TABLE><SPAN CLASS=$row_color>

    Okay, it's a concensus then, we all hate Neil! [​IMG]

    The tubing for the structure and wiring is a great idea. *! I so want one of these now!
     
  13. Laser Brain

    Laser Brain Sr Member

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    Cheers Mike [​IMG]

    Thanks a bunch guys!
    So far this project has been a massive lesson in patience. I'm not the most patient of people and usually if I want something I want it NOW. After all my work I just hope the dodgy electronics don't set fire to it [​IMG]

    There are so many undercuts from the detailing on the model, particularly on the sides, the engines and the docking bay that, unfortunately it would never survive being wrapped in silicon. It would be torn apart removing it from any mold.

    Neil
     
  14. bowjunkie35

    bowjunkie35 Well-Known Member

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    Incredible Neil!!

    Having seen and held your work in person, I know how sweet this thing will be! [​IMG]
     
  15. Stormy320

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    Wow - that is really fantastic.

    I can't wait to see more pictures.

    Your training is now complete. [​IMG]
     
  16. Laser Brain

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    Thanks guys.
    Here are a few more pics. The lights come out blue from my camera, but they are white in reality. I went for LEDS to light the main engines rather than halogens. I'm sure you can see BigVade's influence on this part of the model.

    I'm off travelling for a month so I'll be packing the model away until my return....then I'll finish detailing the lower section and begin work on the upper half. Who knows, I might get it finished by Easter [​IMG]

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    Neil
     
  17. PHArchivist

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    Unbelievable! That is such a cool ship! Scary good talent at hand here!
     
  18. jcuri1

    jcuri1 New Member

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    Very Nice! I hope i can do mine that knid of justice.
     
  19. Laser Brain

    Laser Brain Sr Member

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    Thanks Again guys. [​IMG]
    Good luck with you model jcuri1. Have you started it yet?

    Neil
     
  20. jcuri1

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    Neil
    Have not started assembeling, but have many donor kits. I'm trying to get a pattern going, i think getting the shape is the main thing. Once the hull is done, easy going? Again yours looks great and so do the rest of the others I have seen. Keep the pictures coming. John
     
  21. Sci Fi Smoker

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    That's a really cool build.
     
  22. Laser Brain

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    John, Yeah...I think once the shape is done, the rest is the fun part I think. I built my structure without having many kits, so I've been buying as I go along..mainly 1/700 Hasegawa kits. You can see, I'm using a fair bit of artistic license with the model. It's ANH size, but it's got an element of the larger model in it.

    Here's my last update for a while. I've difused the light in the docking bay area. Sorry for the crappy pic, but I had the lighting down and had to alter the levels to compensate.

    **EDIT**
    Fixed the docking bay orientation issue.

    [​IMG]

    Neil
     
  23. stonky

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    Wow, that is really impressive. I can't wait to see more!
     
  24. DARKSIDE72

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    Just a word of advise if I may. I would personally tone down the outer skin texture detail as the original model was very subtle.
     
  25. Robert McLain

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    HOLY.........My god man thats AWESOME!!!! I just found this thread and I have to say that I'm humbled by your work! I'm stunned to hear that my ISD was an inspiration to you...I'm honored....thanks so much for the mention. It's so cool to see someone else doing in of these suckers. I can't wait to see how your upper superstructure/bridge turns out. You da MAN!!! [​IMG]

    Robert[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  26. 12Rogues

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    I don't know weather to drool first or put my eyes back in my head. That is one of the most beautiful models I have seen. Let me know when it's done so I can give you my shipping address [​IMG]

    MORE PICS!!
     
  27. PHArchivist

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    Just keeps getting better!
     
  28. Laser Brain

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    Thanks guys [​IMG]

    Jamie, you're definately right about toning down the detail. I'm going to sand back many of the small panels slightly so they are not so raised.

    Thanks for the feedback
    Neil
     
  29. DARKSIDE72

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    Neil,

    Hey no problem [​IMG] BTW glad to hear you are ok!
    Here are a couple of shots which may help you. I took 150 photographs of her in Chicago on Monday. * another project to add to the list... [​IMG]

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    Thanks to ImageShack for Free Image Hosting
     
  30. Robert McLain

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  31. Treadwell

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    Very impressive work!

    I agree with Jamie about the prominence of the raised details. I hesitated to say anything for fear of threadcrapping. Glad to see constructive criticism is welcome. [​IMG]
     
  32. DARKSIDE72

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  33. Jedi Dade

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    Jamie,
    Your pics above are of the 3 footer from ANH yes? I ask because they look a lot differnet from the pics I took at MoM in Brooklyn a while back of the ESB SD... Just calrifying so we all know what we are looking at [​IMG]

    Jedi Dade
     
  34. DARKSIDE72

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    Yea the ones I posted are of the ANH 3'. The model is in Chicago right now.
     
  35. Robert McLain

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  36. star-art

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  37. Laser Brain

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    A bit more progress on the top.....

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    Neil
     
  38. Robert McLain

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    Neil, that's BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait to see how the bridge piece turns out. Looks like you have a lot of kool detail along the sides, too. Keep it up!

    Robert [​IMG]
     
  39. Laser Brain

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    thanks Robert. I'm gonna finish the bridge area once I have completed the lighting inside. I think I'll find the angles on the bridge quite a challenge to be honest. I'm running out of kits to use to detail the flipping thing too [​IMG]

    Neil
     
  40. Chewie15

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    Geez, that's a great project! Fantastic job so-far [​IMG]

    H
     
  41. mr.predicta

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    Thats incredible detail!
    great job!
    I am guesing you are trying to use the same kits the studio used to detail the prop ships?
    here are a few shots of a six foot Star destroyer made completely out of cardboard even the side detail .the whole thing is lit with christmas tree bulbs !
    this was built before the plastic kit was released back in the 70's and had a lot of guess work because of the lack of any detail photos at the time. after a time its sagged a bit in places ,should have started with wood or plastic ..

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  42. bwize

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    OH...MY...GOD


    vos, dude, you are awesome! that SD is so deliciously detailed that it makes me want to eat it[​IMG].
    How do you plan to display it? i seriously hope that you scratch a scaled blockade runner/falcon or shuttle to go along with this beast. i am quite sure your masterful skills are up to it.

    Bryan
     
  43. Laser Brain

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    hi mr predicta,
    Great cardboard destroyer...wow.
    I'm not using the exact kits on mine. I'm just using what I think looks good...plenty of 1:700 battleships etc

    Bryan, thanks dude! I'm going to get an MR style display case made with a mirrored base (like the AT-AT)
    I want to make a mini Falcon to sit on the rear of the bridge (waiting for the garbage to be dumped)

    cheers
    Neil
     
  44. Laser Brain

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    Here is a little preview of the upper level detailing that I have been working on. I've still got a long way to go yet though [​IMG]

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    Thanks to wackychimp for hosting

    Neil
     
  45. bobasfett

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    Looks incredible Vos!!!
     
  46. stonky

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  47. PHArchivist

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    You guys make this look easy!
     
  48. Laser Brain

    Laser Brain Sr Member

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    I wish it was as easy as it looks. [​IMG]

    I'm very much a beginner at scratchbuilding and am learning (and bodging) as I go. Building models in a kitchen doesn't help, but I'll have a workshop one day! I'm going to try something smaller and more delicate next.

    Neil
     
  49. Robert McLain

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    Unbelievable! It just keeps getting better and better!

    Robert [​IMG]
     
  50. Laser Brain

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    Thanks Robert [​IMG]

    Here's the bridge structure roughed in:

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    Neil
     

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