My TOS Viper Squadron project

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by Chrisisall, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. Chrisisall

    Chrisisall Sr Member

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    Hi guys, I'm now working on a group of six Vipers from the Revell kits, at least one will be part of a diorama with a Cylon Raider...

    Taking the ridge off the intakes:
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    Just the beginning here, updates to follow for TOSBSG fans!:cool
    Estimated time to completion of first Viper: three weeks from today- we'll see if I can make it so.
     
  2. Underdog

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    Can't wait to see it. I've got one of those kits that I've never posted anything on. I did my own paint scheme. Looking forward to your updates.
     
  3. DS Operative

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    This will be fun to watch. I have a few vipers in storage that I'm looking forward to building soon. I want to try some slightly different paint variations on them so that they all don't come out looking identical. I have the ones with the solid canapy-- I haven't decided if I want to bash them and install cockpits or not. I hope you document each step! I'm already learning something-- I didn't realize the ridge on the intakes were innacurate!
     
  4. Chrisisall

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    I'm ripping through the easy, crude stuff now (getting rid of the intake ridge is SO time consuming...).
    The nose 'torpedo hole' has to go. On my last Viper, I cleaned it out & left if open. This time I'll add a greeble of some kind later. Some folks have put in a mesh, but I just don't see it on mine.
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    Gotta thrash the little triangles on the guns- not only are they too thin, they aren't hollow in their centers, & they are 90 degrees off. More on that later.
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    The greeble in the middle of the pipes is toast (I don't know where the sculptor got it from; it's not in any pic I've seen), as are the pipes themselves. They were totally toy-looking. Styrene tubes will replace them.
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    I assembled the pilots (except their heads, the faces need some plastic surgery) but haven't glued them in yet- painting must ensue first.
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    This is going too slow... I need caffeine!:lol
     
  5. Griffworks

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    This is gonna be way kewel! :thumbsup


    A company called Fireball Models has very nicely done replacement lasers for your Vipers. I purchased two sets directly from him a couple years back for a Viper diorama I'd thought to build, but never got around to. They're not in stock right now, but they're for listed in the Starship Modeler Store: Colonial Viper Replacement Cannons.
     
  6. Chrisisall

    Chrisisall Sr Member

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    I haven't even begun with all the necessary mods to make these Revell kits accurate!:lol The guns are easy...
     
  7. Underdog

    Underdog Sr Member

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    When it comes to something like this, IU don't sweat it to much, still I'm looking forward to your build.


     
  8. Chrisisall

    Chrisisall Sr Member

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    I carved on the exhausts.
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    Now, the wing-to-gun bits are too thin... attending to that here.
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    I see putty-N-sand in my future...:cry
     
  9. 3d-builder

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    * you Chrisisall no wonder I cant find a Viper you bought them all!!:lol
    Cool stuff......one at a time....and yea lots of putty and sanding!
     
  10. jedimaster

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    Nice work mate. I have on it's way the cockpit interior and launch ramp for my Monogram kit. Looking forward to your build finally after teasing us with bits of viper all over your * shuttle build.
     
  11. Chrisisall

    Chrisisall Sr Member

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    LOL, there's ones on eBay RIGHT NOW!!:love
     
  12. DS Operative

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    What references are you using for all of your modifications? Are you going off the studio models, or the full-size mock-ups seen with the actors in the hanger bays and when they (every week!) crash-landed on a planet?
     
  13. Chrisisall

    Chrisisall Sr Member

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  14. Captain Han Solo

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    Wow!!!

    Really???
    Excellent!!!
     
  15. Chrisisall

    Chrisisall Sr Member

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    In DESIGN, not SIZE you silly!:facepalm:lol
     
  16. Captain Han Solo

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    still excellent!!!!!!!
     
  17. Griffworks

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    Nice work on the wings! I never really researched just how full of inaccuracies the original kit is, but knew it had a lot of issues. That looks to be a pretty kewel way to get those wings worked out. (y)
     
  18. Chrisisall

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    After sanding, it's just about right. Now 11 more.

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  19. Chrisisall

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    I finished the wing mods on all of 'em, & I just got done drilling 180 tiny holes on all the little thingies on the side parts with an exacto knife I broke the very end off of for the job...
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    Someone pass me an Advill...:facepalm
     
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  20. robn1

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    Here have the bottle, looks like you need it!
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  21. Galactifan

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    It's coming along nicely!
     
  22. Chrisisall

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    I used it all up! Thanks.

    Well, I hadda go back & reshape my wing addition bits; it's my way- I keep comparing to reference & adjusting. Some concessions have to be made, but these will be my most accurate Vipers ever. The kit has a few angles & proportions wrong, but short of tossing it all out & going from scratch, it's what I'm working with. If I can hit a percentage of accuracy in the higher 90's, that'll be great.

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  23. ObiDon

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    I love what you're doing. I have one of these kits and I'm excited to see what you do next.

    Don
     
  24. Chrisisall

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    I took a break yesterday to paint up my WOK Enterprise AA toy, starting on them again tonight; more pix tomorrow evening!!
    That's mostly what you see at my house, Vipers & Enterprises... :confused
     
  25. Chrisisall

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    Tedium watch: 48 (+2 in case) styrene rods of proper thickness cut & hairdryer-ed to 90 degree angles for installation on the cleared areas on the sides of the 6 Vipers. I averaged a minute per rod, not including time for breaks to go embarrass myself on the John Carter thread...

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    I must be nuts...
     
  26. robn1

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    Looks like you had some help from B9, bet he comes in handy :)
     
  27. Chrisisall

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    LOL, I got that one for the tiny help, a middle range one for clear parts, a big one for holding stuff while drying- all interconnected by a positronic mainframe that allows interconnected time share intelli......\
    Ah, it was there so I shoved him in the picture.:rolleyes
     
  28. Troy Downen

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    What is your primary reference for accuracy? Not having done much research into the Viper, I am not sure what references are considered "accurate" to the studio models.
     
  29. Chrisisall

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  30. Atlanthia

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    This thread is like the window of a Victorian sweet shop on Christmas Eve.....so much eye candy on display and the promise of so much more to come! I love the vipers from the original series. Wouldn't it be cool to build one big enough to fit an Action Man / GI Joe......Hmmmmmmm
     
  31. Chrisisall

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    Wow, at that size they'd be a little hard to hold with one hand to zoom around with...:rolleyes
     
  32. Captain Han Solo

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    Hey Chris!!!

    Love seeing your work mate!!

    I am really looking forward to seeing your Vipers! Your courage and determination in ths project is to be praised!
     
  33. Troy Downen

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  34. robn1

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  35. Chrisisall

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    Rob!!! Thanks- there are some pix there I'd NEVER seen B4!!!!
    And they confirm some of my earlier choices with the models I've made in the past... plus given me a new idea or two as I'm working on these.
    Most of my work is based on original miniature #7 (though until NOW I didn't know a # reference for it)- the most commonly seen piloted Viper IMO.
    #20 is the most highly detailed, yet most of that detail was washed out in the optical process, so my choices have left out that detail in favour of 7 (mostly in terms of panel lines).
    My research continue now....
    You rock man, thanks!!(y)love
     
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  36. robn1

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    I'm sure those numbers refer to the pictures, not the models.
     
  37. Chrisisall

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    You're right- in my exuberance I rush to stuff. I've been to BYC before, but I've never seen a plethora of Viper pics like this before there. Maybe I was looking in the wrong place...
    In any case, you've just been of more help to me with these builds than you can know. Nothing huge, but a lot of small details to adjust in small degrees. And that makes all the difference. :cheers
     
  38. robn1

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    Yeah I haven't looked there in a while, there's some pics there new to me too!
     
  39. MwNN

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    I'm looking forward to seeing what you're up to!
    I love your WIP's. Vipers are my faves!
     
  40. Chrisisall

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    Doin' some heavy research... new pics brought to my attention by Robn1 halted me for a moment to check; sure enough, I spotted 2 areas that needed adjusting before proceeding. I need to get everything as right as I can. This is my favourite fighter of all time.
    (sorry, X-Wing):lol
     
  41. robn1

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    Hey bud, don't blame me for your extra work :lol
     
  42. Chrisisall

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    I know I'm going slow on these, but if I work when inspired (as opposed to doing it just to do it) I find it comes out a whole lot better...

    I just finished putting the 12 scratched greebles on the 6 exhausts, and the 48 pieces on the 12 guns.

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    When all solid, I'll putty some & sand/file to the proper finished shape(s).




    ...in memory of Kennyd...
     
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  43. Chrisisall

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    1st filing assault on the guns:

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    2nd & final go at them will be easier & more subtle. I'm good at subtle.:lol
     
  44. Atlanthia

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    Looking Great!!!! It's good to have threads that capture your imagination :)
     
  45. Chrisisall

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    Thanks!
    Here's some new pix:
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    Working on six at the same time slows progress some...:rolleyes
     
  46. Atlanthia

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    Chris, you are leaving my build in the dust, Dude......AWESOME work!
    I wanna Viper! :cry
     
  47. phase pistol

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    Hey! When did Cloudster come back up?! :lol
     
  48. Apollo

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    Can't wait to see the finshed pics of the squadron!

    Too cool for school!!! :thumbsup
     
  49. Captain Han Solo

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    Looking forward to seeing thes Vipers completed!!
     
  50. Chrisisall

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    If I go by the book, like Lt. Saavik, weeks could seem like months...

    Never before have I put into play this number of simultaneous builds combined with an attempt at your level of detail, sir.
    We shall see.
     
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