RagTag Fleet WIP's - 1/4105 Scale

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Griffworks

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These are all Revell-ogram scale (1/4105), a mish-mash of scratchbuilds, scratch-bashes and already existing resin kits. Enjoy.


This has been repeated elsewhere years before, but here's the RTF I'm slowly workin' on. I'm recently getting back in to modeling after about a two year hiatus, other than occasionally picking up amodel and dusting the shelves, I've only finished one model in that time.

Anyhow, I've got a lot of different Battlestar Galactica ships in various stages of construction/painting. About a third are in the primer stages with about half of those still getting detail added to their hulls. These I'm calling in-scale w/the old Revell-Monogram "Battlestar Galactica" battlestar kit - 1/4105 scale, as previously mentioned. They're workable for either TOS or TNS, so far as I'm concerned.

These initial pics are just a small part of what I currently have. I've built up my RTF - and Colonial Fleet - to be somewhere around 60 ships, IIRC.

The Colonial Fleet ships will be in another thread or two later.

For ease of identification, I've numbered the various ships in the first pic so that the kitbashes, scratchbuilds and scratch-bashes are easier to identify. If nothing else, it's less confusing for me! Click on the thumbnails to go to a larger image.



Slightly Overhead View.

In these pics, I've got a total of 19 ships. Six are actual ship designss from BSG - appearing in both TOS and TNS - and are also resin kits from various GKM producers. Eight are kits in the mediums of plastic or styrene and from a couple of different vendors. Three are "scratch-bashed" ships, using almost entirely pre-existing model kit parts or toys as the majority of their construction. Two of ships are completely scratchbuilt. Two of the other three I've got that are still under construction are scratch-bashes and one is mostly a scratchbuild with some resin castings of model kit parts - mostly armor and plane - being included in the mix. Many thanks to the Techmanges for their assistance!

1) is one of scratch-bashes that uses the base of some sort of toy - from the Star Wars line, I think - as the basis for the main hull. She's got a pair of 1/10,000 Imperial Star Destroyer engines from Odyssey Slipways and a detailing pieces from my spares box, the origin of which escapes me, but it's shaped like a spoke. I'm debating adding more detail or leaving her pretty much as-is as I sort of like the utilitarian look. I'm calling her the Aquarius Freight Hauler Easy Does It.

2) is my almost entirely scratch-built, original design agro ship. I scratchbuilt the main hull and then used piecesparts from various seconds I'd received from Odyssey Slipways and a cut up ERTL/AMT Reliant kit for detail pieces and engines. The forward command piece is from a 1/10,000 Imperial Star Destroyer from OS, the engines are from the accurizing kit from OS for the ERTL/AMT Star Destroyer kit. Not shwon in these pics are several other detail resin castings of parts from various kits, to include a detail piece for the central engines interior. The agro-pods are from the MiniModel Madness Valley Forge kit from the 1972 movie url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067756/]Silent Running[/url]. I was able to purchase several sets of these directly from Chris Larson w/o having to purchase a complete kit. I'm leaning towards the name Dern for this particular ship.


3) another scratch-bash. This one uses the aft section of the S.I.D.S. Konami "toy" from U.F.O., part of a broken chip-clip for the forward section and various pieces/parts from my spares bin. Most notably is a pair of the aforementioned Odyssey Slipways 1/10,000 scale ISD engines and a command section from an OS Victory-class star destroyer. I figure this one to be some sort of research or communications ship of Aerelon Registry.

4) is a work-in-progress, meant to be a tanker. It's the main hull for one of the small Bandai Starblazers kits - I forget which number in the series- and will get some additional detail at some point in the future. The main things I'll likely only be adding is a main engine and some sort of superstructure for the bridge area. Otherwise she'll be pretty much as you see her here.

5) a small transport ship which is the Odyssey Slipways Old Republic Heavy Cruiser. It's a straight build, no extra's. I've not given her any background as she's mostly just a filler ship, so to speak.

6) is the Arra Shuttle from the series "Space:1999" available from MiniModelMadness. It serves as a passenger liner in my RTF, but has no other background.

7) a small transport ship which is the Odyssey Slipways Imperial Interdictor Cruiser. It's yet another a straight build, no extra's nor any background given. [NOTE: I've since removed this from my RTF]

8 ) Is another scratch-bashed model. The base kit for this is the Valley Forge model from MiniModelMadness. . I used castings of engines from Chief 400's scratchbuilt Daedalus-Class USAF Battlecruiser from "Stargate:SG-1" that he took to WonderFest 2007 - and for which he won an Bronze. He had several seconds castings of the engines he'd manufactured for it and gave them out at our suite at WonderFest. The main hull section and forward framework is from the MiniModelMadness kit, there's some Evergreen hollow tube-stock running down it's center, two pieces from the C.E.D. Models VF-1B Conversion kit for the forward command section and a piece from an unkown model kit as the lower section for the primary landing bay. She'll have a total of seven agro-pods along the framework - three on the top in a row and two sets of two along the bottom, set at angles from the top. This ship will be named Saturn, I think, after the Greek god of agriculture.



Another View.


9) another Odyssey Slipways kit, this time the 1/2256 scale Blockade Runner from their Star Wars line. As with many such ships, it's just filler, thus has no background. It's a nice, small ship that needs a little cleanup, but not bad overall. [NOTE: I've since replaced this w/the ARVEY Model Products 1/4222 version, scaled to the old MPC Imperial Star Destroyer]

10) is the very nicely done Mineral Ship from ARVEY Model Products. I've not sat down and compared this kit to the pics of the TOS studio model or the TNS CGI model, but it looks very darned close, going fro memory. The only problem I've encountered with this kit is that the aft section sags rather badly past the third circular pod causing the engines to hang down too low. Otherwise a great representative of the ship seen in both the TOS & TNS RTF fleets.

11) is another of the very nicely done kits from ARVEY Model Products - the Flattop/Foundry Ship. While lacking in some minor detail - mainly the visible engines on the underside of the main hull - it's a excellent representation of the ship from TNS BSG and another kit that I highly recommend for your own RagTag Fleet. I've got two more unbuilt and will add at least one of them to my RTF as-is. Might modify the second, tho....

12) is the Prison Ship/Astral Queen from Timeslip Creations. This is a beautifully done model of one of my personal favorites from TOS, as well as TNS. Well worth the money, IMNSHO!

13) the Cylon Tanker from MiniModelMadness. It's got issues, but can be built up to a decent enough representation of the ship from TOS BSG with a little work. I had to cut out a 1/2 or 3/4" section in the middle to get it the proper length, then also drilled out the engines a bit to give them more of the bell-shape they're supposed to have. My background story for this one is that the tanker was captured by the Colonials at some point and pressed in to service w/the RTF.

14) is yet another ship from MiniModelMadness, this time the Colonial Movers freighter/transport. Like the Cylon Tanker, it's got issues, but can be built up to a decent enough representation of the ship from TOS & TNS BSG with a little work. My main issue w/it is that the forward section only barely represents that seen on either of the TOS model. [NOTE: I've since replaced this w/the Timeslip Creations version, scaled to the old rest of the fleet and MUCH more accurate!]



Four RTF Ships.


15) is yet another a tanker from the aforementioned small Bandai Starblazers kits - I forget which number in the series this is, as well. This one will also get some additional detail at some point in the future but not much in the way of extra's as I sort of like her as she is.

16) happens to be one of the few scratchbuilds in my fleet and is a Work In Progress. I'm designating it an older-style destroyer/escort from the Colonial Fleet, pressed back in to service and slowly upgraded as the Colonials are able to do so. The forward command section is part of a base from the aforementioned S.I.D.S. Konami miniature/toy. The engines are seconds castings which I picked up at a WonderFest past, being from an all-resin Buck Rogers kit. Everything in between is Evergreen stock of one sort of another - angle stock, square stock and regular sheet stock. She'll eventually get more detailing done to her and possibly get a new set of engines. DEFINITELY still a WIP, tho.

17) is the Event Horizon from the movie of the same name. The kit is from Mini Model Madness. Like the Cylon Tanker and Colonial Movers, it's got accuracy issues, but can be built up to a decent enough representation of the ship from TOS & TNS BSG with a little work. My main issue w/this kit is that the neck section is starting to sag a bit. I figure it for a research or exploratory vessel.

18 ) next up is the Timeslip Creations Rising Star model, originally from TOS BSG, but mentioned a few times in TNS, as well as another ship of the same type was seen in the special "Tele-Movie" for TNS entitled "Razor" as part of the small Civilian Fleet that Admiral Cain and her ship Pegasus came upon - and then raped for technology and foodstuffs that were deemed critical, as well as personnel with specific skill sets that Cain deemed required for her to continue her one-ship war against the Cylons. This is yet another beautifully done model of yet another of my favorites from TOS, as well as TNS and is very worth the price! I can't wait for their version of the Gemini Freighter and Colonial Movers to be released.

19) is one of the older - no longer produced - Component Ships line from Ravenstar Studios, designated in that line as the Clewis-class strike cruiser. In my RTF it's serving as a manufacturing ship, currently producing spacecraft parts and complete Vipers.


A few group shot pics of my RTF ships.


Far Left of the first two pics





Moving to the right...



Moving a skosh more to the right...



And the far right.



Outboard view featuring my Aquarian Freighter, Easy Does It...



Aft View. I've added a detail piece to the center engine bell on the agroship since this pic was taken, as well as painted these ships.



Left outboard view showing my Aerelon registered research vessel.


And that's it. I hope you've enjoyed these pics of my RTF ships. I'd like to remind folks again that these are older pics. I'm posting them to show the history/progression of my work.

More to come.
 

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Griffworks

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More pics, as promised. The BSG projects continue! More than half of them aren't canon BSG ships, with five of them being my own kit/scratchbashes.

In this series of pics, I added a new addition to my Kitbashed RTF - a water reclamation/distillation ship.

First up are pics of the two MiniModelMadness Cylon Tankers that I've purchased. I have no clue whether this is an accurately scaled representation, but I can tell you from my own researches that this model is a representation in name only of the Cylon Tanker from TOS BSG. For starters, it's too long, having way too many "hangars" for the Cylon Raiders to dock. I cut out rougly one inch from the middle section. I then somewhat hollowed out the engines, applied putty to some of the voids/air bubbles on the surface and then applied putty over a large area of the surface of the "hangar doors". It appears that wooden dowels were used for the main hull of this kit and the wood grain shows.



Comparison view to show the difference in length.

Anyhow, it cleans up fairly decently. As you can see, it'll never be 100% perfect, but doesn't look nearly as bad with a little lovin' to take away some of the blemishes



Tauran Tanker, Outboard View.

This is what I'm calling my Tauran registered Tylium Tanker, one of the two that were originally Bandai's Starblazers/Space Cruiser Yamato models. I have no clue which of the ships it is in the lineup, but it's one of the two which pretty much screamed "Tanker!" at me when I looked it. Funny thing is that I originally bought several different of these Bandai kits w/an eye towards parting them out for my 1/2500 scale Star Trek kits.



Stern Dorsal View View.

I used more of the engines from Chief 400/Bart's engines he made for the scratchbuilt Daedalus-class battlecruiser from "Stargate:SG-1". I also added a piece of strip styrene to the aft section to make it more "smooth" and then added some greeblie from my spares box. I've added a piece of superstructure for the upper aft section so that she's got an immediately identifiable bridge area. She's still not painted as of this post here on the RTF, but she's fully primered and finished.


Now we're up to what I'm calling the Water Recycling Ship. The main hull of this was some resin bit that I picked up from another of the ResinDrops from either a past WonderFest or LesterFest'06. I think it was an engine on some sort of long extension. The front section was effectively "broken off", so I flattened it out, then "rounded" off the forward ends a bit.


Port Outboard View.

The forward "command section" is a bit off of a 1/72 VF-1D Valkyrie conversion kit from C.E.D. that I purchased from the Starship Modeler Store a while back. I drilled in to the main hull section, then the command section and put a snipped section of a wire coat hanger about 1/32" long in to secure the two parts together. I thought this piece might be "routine detachable" so that the main hull could be left at a site in an asteroid belt or on a comet and the main command section could rove around for whatever reason. Nothing that immediately comes to mind and I thought it sounded good. I never said it made sense.



Head-On.

These blue bits... I have no clue what the frak they're from. Heck, I don't even remember where I got them from for sure! I'm calling them chemical - or maybe water? - tanks. I think I might have gotten them from VA Miniatures in one of the box of resin bits I occasionally buy from him. Regardless the source, they're now tanks and are on both upper side surfaces, as well as a smaller set on the bottom hull.



Outboard View.

The engine exhaust piece is a resin bit from the TechMages pile of greeblies. I think it's from a Hot Wheels car or something similar. I might be wrong, tho. I've got some other pieces I tried that sort of fit in there, but I prefered the look of this one over the others. [NOTE: I've since changed the engine to something different]



Stern Dorsal View View.

The final pieces on the dorsal surface are from two different locations. The forward piece is what I'm calling the landing bay/docking port. I plan to put a piece of corrugated Evergreen stock - or something similar - over the opening so that you won't see any detail. I figure it's just barely large enough for a standard Colonial shuttle to fit in to with room to move crates and small handeling equipment around, as required.

Those two pieces towards the aft area are from my TechMages greeblie stash. I have no clue what they go to, but I figure them for some sort of engine spaces or maybe fuel cells? Doesn't really matter, I mostly just needed something to balance that section out a bit better and those fit nicely to my personal sense of aesthetics. I've since painted her, tho you'll see those pics eventually.

And that's it for now. I hope you've enjoyed these pics of my RTF ships. More to come within the next weeks.

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Joseph C. Brown

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Cool - Griff's doing models again! :thumbsup

If you are going to Wonderfest this year, drag along some of the in-progress ships.
 

Griffworks

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Thanks, Joe! I was inspired to get back in to it by both a certain someone and seeing a lot of the awesome work out there. Plus, I've been going thru my stash, getting stuff ready to sell again - mostly MISB Trek, with a few oddball genre kits.

It's not looking good for WonderFest this year. Funds pretty much suck. Hoping to find a better paying job in the not-too-distant future, tho. If I make it, tho, I'll definitely bring several of these - both finished and in-progress.

I've still got that one lil' ship you sent me. Thanks for that, as well! :thumbsup She's built and base color is painted. She'll be one of the first I plan to finish once I get my final paint situation sussed out.
 

Griffworks

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I've been going thru my models, looking at which models to start on in a sort of triage pattern - the easiest or closests to being finished will get attention first. I also have yet to go thru my paints to discover which are still viable.



This shot was taken last night and is of my TNS RTF, featuring the Ringship Zephyr from Timeslip Creations. Zephyr is another of those models I've not finished, tho she's close. I need to get back to masking off other areas to paint w/the blue you see here. I wish there were decals for this one, but there aren't. Once I'm completely done painting Zephyer, I'll remove the masks (a sample set from Aztec Dummy) from the windows so we can see the interior.


You can also see the TOS Enterprise, Sulaco (from ALIENS), Event Horizon (move of the same name), USS Independence (from Space: Above and Beyond), the Rebel Transport (from The Empire Strikes Back), several non-canon Star Wars ships, a Trek ship and a two from SPACE:1999.



Here is my Timeslip Creations Galactica, still in need of masking of the armor plates so I can then mix up a custom color that's just a bit darker than the armor plates. Also featured are the TC Valkyrie, Nebulon-B frigate (from TESB), the Foundry/Recovery ship from TNS BSG, two small resin kits from... somewhere... and a couple of small kitbash models.



Second to last pic for the day. From left to right, we have: Fantastic Plastic Berzerk, TC Colonial Movers painted with non-canon colors on the containers, Ravenstar Miniatures modular starship (top), TC Prison Barge, TC Gemini Freighter, finished Colonial Movers, TC Rising Star, FP Colonial Defender and from MiniModelMadness - the Liberator (from Blake's 7) and a TOS Cylon tanker.



Last pic I'll torture you all with is of my two Timeslip Creations Colonial Movers. The one on the left is painted in different colors than is canon, as I wanted something a bit different instead of two twins in my RTF. In TNS BSG, there were four different CM's, each with a different color set on the containers. I'll also possibly be using one of my extra sets Gemini Freighter decals on it to further set her apart from the regular CM.


That's all I've got for now.
 
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Griffworks

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Instead of polluting the section here with another thread that's related to the above pics, I figured to just add to this one.

Anyhow, here are pics of my Timeslip Creations Ringship/Space park Zephyr. One of the more easily recognizable members of the RTF, IMNSHO. These pics were taken this afternoon, tho the work shown here since the last showing of pics was done almost two years ago now.



Starboard view, showing where I painted some of the "pinstriping" on the forward hull. You can also make out some of that painted on other areas, as well.




Showing the work done on the aft section for the "pinstriping".

You can also see the masking that was done - and is still there! - on the windows.

That's all I've got for now. Most of my old paints look to still be viable, thus far in my investigations. Hoping to sepnd the time to finish it tonight. I've got a lot of other stuff going on in the Meat World, so have only taken about a hour or so each day over the last couple of days getting this stuff looked at. I still need to finish cleaning off the last of the stuff from my workbench, as well as clean my display shelves!

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ozzyguanche

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Thats going to be one hell of a fleet.

I love the ring ship. Its the model that most stands out in my mind from when I first saw 2001 space odyssey. It is the same ship right?

Keep plodding along.

Ozzy
 

Griffworks

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Thanks, Ozzy. I'm likely going to pare down the RTF a bit. I don't want quite so many non-canon in-jokes (on my part) to take away from the presence of the canon ships. I'll definitely be keeping Enterprise and Sulaco in there, plus some of my kitbashes, but might well take out some of the ships such as Event Horizon, Tantive IV and a few others. Well, at least for my TNS Rag Tag Fleet. I might include some of those in the TOS RTF, tho, along with a tennis shoe.... ;)

As to the ring ship, no that's not even close to the same design - beyond the obvious "it has a ring that rotates" aspect. The station in 2001 was a simple wheel in space w/o a "front" or "back" like this one has. They both appear to use centrifigul force for gravity, tho. Plus, Zephyr moves in space -and jumps! - while the habitate ring rotates, which I think would require quite the engineering for the mechanisms. The entire space station in 2001 rotated, thus the scene where the shuttle starts to spin as it approaches the docking port.

Not a bad catch, tho. :)
 

Griffworks

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Going backwards a bit on the pics of Zephyr. Because I never started a build thread here as I did at Resin Illuminati or HobbyTalk, I wanted to show the work I originally did on the interior.







I just hope that the CA held up and half those "trees" aren't all bunched at the bottom of the ring! LOL
 

opal1970

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Hi Griffworks,
looking very good! I am/was playing with the idea to doing the ragtag fleet as well for my Galactica build that I am doing currently, the major problem standing in my way is the necessary additional space needed to display the Galactica and the additional ships vs. the Galactica alone. I have not really decided one way or another yet, knowing my self I will probably start creating them just to see where it goes from there. :)

As you mentioned the old Revell-Monogram "Battlestar Galactica" battlestar kit above, I am assuming that that is the Galactica that you are doing. Do you have a progress report on that?

Will be watching for further updates!

Jason
 

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Griffworks

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Hi Griffworks,
looking very good! I am/was playing with the idea to doing the ragtag fleet as well for my Galactica build that I am doing currently, the major problem standing in my way is the necessary additional space needed to display the Galactica and the additional ships vs. the Galactica alone. I have not really decided one way or another yet, knowing my self I will probably start creating them just to see where it goes from there. :)
You could always just give a "snapshot" of the RTF, so to speak. Show Galactica leading half a dozen or so ships? That's sort of what my plan had been at one point. Now I've got close to 50 or so ships (I forget the exact count and am tried as heck, aboutto go to bed).
As you mentioned the old Revell-Monogram "Battlestar Galactica" battlestar kit above, I am assuming that that is the Galactica that you are doing. Do you have a progress report on that?
Well, there are actually a couple of TOS battlestars in my Colonial Fleet, as well as several other ships.


Left to Right, top to bottom: Hades-class destroyer, Agememnon-class battlecruiser, by herself is the Timeslip Creations Battlestar Galactica from the new series, Timeslip Creations TOS Battlestar Galactica, Revell-ogram battlestar kit (prolly going to be Pegasus), Colonial Defender (an original TOS design), Cylon Tanker and the Berzerk-class Escort Carrier (from the TNS episode "Razor"). Not pictured is the TNS-type Cygnus-class escort and the 1/4105 scale Valkyrie kit from Timeslip Creations.


Here are my two TOS Colonial Battlestars (click on the pic).


The top one is the Timeslip Creations resin kit, the lower the first of the Revell-ogram kits I started attempting to accurize several years back. This was before the ARVEY Model Products parts. I plan to strip her down again and add some more accurizing parts at some point in the future. The TC TOS Battlestar kit is a beautiful kit, well worth every penny, IMNSHO.

You can see the Photobucket album of my Colonial Fleet ships here: Colonial Fleet Pics pictures by Griffworks - Photobucket

Will be watching for further updates!
Thanks, I appreciate that. Don't hold your breath, tho, as I have no plans to rush myself. I still need to finish going thru my paints to see what's still viable. Between my job, doing some instructing on the side and spending time w/my family, I just don't have as much time to devote to the Hobby as I would like to, so am not going to push myself at this time.

Thanks again. It's nice to be around others who are just as obsessed w/The Hobby in general and BSG specifically as I am. :)
 

opal1970

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You could always just give a "snapshot" of the RTF, so to speak. Show Galactica leading half a dozen or so ships? That's sort of what my plan had been at one point.
I imagine the same would happen to me, it is just too cute to have all of those teeny-tiny ships following the Galactica that a backdrop wouldn't do it justice... on the other hand what is a guy going to do with 200 odd "accessories". I don't know, I will cross that bridge when I get there but looking at my track record I think I will end up doing at least a couple. As to whether I stop at 5, 10 or 60, is anyones guess. ;)

The TC TOS Battlestar kit is a beautiful kit, ...
yes it is, the more I work on my Revell kit the more I am convinced that I will end up getting the TC kit. the only thing is that (out of the box) the TC kit won't let me do the lighting effects that I want to do. Which does not mean I couldnt find a way to solve that, but it will probably involve the same amount of effort to "ramp-up" the Revell kit. The big plus for the TC kit is that the detail is just amazing, accurization kit or no, I doubt I will ever get the Revel kit up to that level. Just last night I was looking at one of the landing bays and thinking... "If a guy was to do it right, he would have to sand down every single detail and build it back up from there." needless to say i quickly went to bed before I did anything that I might regret in the morning. :love


Thanks, I appreciate that. Don't hold your breath, tho, as I have no plans to rush myself. I still need to finish going thru my paints to see what's still viable. Between my job, doing some instructing on the side and spending time w/my family, I just don't have as much time to devote to the Hobby as I would like to, so am not going to push myself at this time.

Thanks again. It's nice to be around others who are just as obsessed w/The Hobby in general and BSG specifically as I am. :)
Me too, family comes first (even though "family" is not always of the same opinion) and I am a freelancer between projects, so finding "the next project" always will be a sort of priority, and on top of that I am doing night classes to finish up my degree. The time that is left over is not a whole lot to submerse oneself in the world of model making but like I mentioned in my thread, I am not doing this to have a masterpiece on the mantel, but rather to just enjoy the path and to learn a whole bunch of new topics.

Jason
 

Griffworks

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I imagine the same would happen to me, it is just too cute to have all of those teeny-tiny ships following the Galactica that a backdrop wouldn't do it justice... on the other hand what is a guy going to do with 200 odd "accessories". I don't know, I will cross that bridge when I get there but looking at my track record I think I will end up doing at least a couple. As to whether I stop at 5, 10 or 60, is anyones guess. ;)
I need to build and paint some sort of transportable backdrop, speaking of such, so that I can have a black background w/stars. Something along the lines of what cylon75 did w/his BSG display would be pretty kewel.
yes it is, the more I work on my Revell kit the more I am convinced that I will end up getting the TC kit. the only thing is that (out of the box) the TC kit won't let me do the lighting effects that I want to do. Which does not mean I couldnt find a way to solve that, but it will probably involve the same amount of effort to "ramp-up" the Revell kit. The big plus for the TC kit is that the detail is just amazing, accurization kit or no, I doubt I will ever get the Revel kit up to that level. Just last night I was looking at one of the landing bays and thinking... "If a guy was to do it right, he would have to sand down every single detail and build it back up from there." needless to say i quickly went to bed before I did anything that I might regret in the morning. :love
I know, right? Ifyou've not seen it before, check out Marko Osterholz's rebuild of the old Monogram kit. It's where the detailing parts that AMP sells came from: 1978's Battlestar Galactica. Marko pretty much built a new hull from scratch and added in some of the kit parts, as well as scratchbuilt quite a few detailing parts.

Me too, family comes first (even though "family" is not always of the same opinion) and I am a freelancer between projects, so finding "the next project" always will be a sort of priority, and on top of that I am doing night classes to finish up my degree. The time that is left over is not a whole lot to submerse oneself in the world of model making but like I mentioned in my thread, I am not doing this to have a masterpiece on the mantel, but rather to just enjoy the path and to learn a whole bunch of new topics.
True on all accounts. :)
 

opal1970

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I know, right? Ifyou've not seen it before, check out Marko Osterholz's rebuild of the old Monogram kit. It's where the detailing parts that AMP sells came from: 1978's Battlestar Galactica. Marko pretty much built a new hull from scratch and added in some of the kit parts, as well as scratchbuilt quite a few detailing parts.
Yes Marko's work is top notch, I have his site listed as source in my Galactica thread (along with others). I am concentrating my work on the 300 high res pictures of the studio model (which I am sure Marko did as well).

I am also collecting information or pic of any of the RagTag fleet that I happen to come across... Just in case. :)
 

Griffworks

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A good resource for reference images of all kinds is the Reference Section at Resin Illuminati. Specifically the TOS BSG section for your TOS needs. I used to have a number of great refernce links, but it appears the best of those sites are now down.

If you can get the Chris Pappas CD reference images, I highly recommend them. I have a set I purchased several years ago. Website link: ChrisPappas.com
 

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opal1970

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A good resource for reference images of all kinds is the Reference Section at Resin Illuminati. Specifically the TOS BSG section for your TOS needs. I used to have a number of great refernce links, but it appears the best of those sites are now down.

If you can get the Chris Pappas CD reference images, I highly recommend them. I have a set I purchased several years ago. Website link: ChrisPappas.com
the Chris Pappas DVD sounds tempting but I am not sure if I am willing to spend that much, actually with the studio model pictures I have more than enough detail to keep me busy for the next 2 or 3 lifetimes :lol. Thanks for the RI link, that looks very promising, I had to create an account to view the page but from what I did see there is quite a bit of Galactica material.
 

Griffworks

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Dredging this old thread back up again....

After completing my Battlestar Triton build, I started cleaning off my RTF ships in anticipation of both moving my office downstairs - swapping rooms with one of my kids - and finishing up a half dozen or more that only need some little bit of work to finish them. Several just need some decaling or weathering - or both - and they'll be done.

Anyhow....



Starting to see the light.... ;)

Pulling off the masking that was given to me by AztekDummy. It's adhered very well these last three plus years - almost too well! LOL But, it's coming off w/o too much trouble. I'll have to - very carefully! - go back and do clean up on each of the frames with an xacto, tho. No fault of the masks, just my not quite getting some of the masks to conform perfectly in the windows.


Painting off and on today.




Perusing my reference images - after I'd already started doing some painting on the fore portion of the habitat ring! - I started hitting areas with the Testors Model Master Bright blue that I'd already hit on a few other areas, most notably the back of the "neck" and a few of the "pinstripes" along other areas of the hull and arms.

I also painted the inside of the docking hangar bays (I'm assuming, anyhow) Testors MM Radome Tan, w/the "floor" MM Medium Gray. I added a small strip of styrene to the upper interior of one of the starboard hangar's just for a little something different.




I used Testors Gloss White in the engine exhaust areas and will mix some Tamiya Clear Blue and Red to try and get some purple out of it. That's the color they appear to be in my screencaps from various episodes, so that's the color I'll shoot for.

All of these colors have been hand painted, BTW. I've gone back in several instances with a toothpick and cleaned up the bulk of my sloppy painting. To my thinking, it would likely be just as sloppy trying to mask off each and every individual rectangle and other areas, plus take three or four times longer to get this done.

That being said, I've got to do some masking tonight and in the morning in preparation for more of the Bright Blue. There are almost a dozen other areas that need the pin striping, but I won't be able to free hand them, as they've got some very straight lines. There's no way around it for those unless I just don't add them. The only real problem I foresee is getting the masking proportions accurate.




I also used MM Gunship Gray, MM Jet Exhaust and Testors Steel for some of the additional detail painting.

I just wish that there was some way to get the INTERSUN LINES logo and lettering on the hull. It's just not practical, tho, as there are no markings on this version of the CGI model for the Zephyr. The original CGI model was much "cleaner" in it's look, having a lot less surface detail. One thing it did have, however, was that it had the aforementioned Intersun Lines logo at several points on the hull, to include on the habitat ring itself.

Still, if I had a set of two logo's, I'd place one on either side of the main hull, just forward of where the hull goes conical.


Anyhow, more later.

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Joseph C. Brown

Active Member
Good to see that you are pushing forward!

I did actually recognize the blue detail parts shown above; they are part of the 'parts-dump' that Sparky (The Other Joe) did at Wonderfest a few years ago. We'd had a huge greeblie casting event for the Jefferies Station build, and those parts were distinctive. I ran across some of those in my parts stash from that yesterday...
 

Griffworks

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Hey, Joe! Yeah, I know I've got parts from several of the old Parts Dumps at WonderFest - before that part of the fun was stolen away from the vast majority of us and redirected to Iron Modeler.

I also have a bunch of parts from the Tech Mages group in Chicago when Sparky Joe made a bunch of "sheets" of pieces/parts from a veritable ton of different kits. Lots of nice greeblies to be had - and I've barely used a fraction of a fraction of what I've got just from that, let alone the past Parts Drops. Those parts come in handy for all kinds of builds.

Speaking of, I'll have an update tomorrow on the Molon Labe. ;)
 

Griffworks

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This particular post is about my Deep Space Survey Vessel, the primary parts of which were given to me by Joe Brown, above. My version varies a bit from how he did his, tho I've kept the main components there, just added to her a bit. Anyhow, I decided to honor Joe and name as he named his, so she's Molon Labe.

Various in-progress pics below. Main PhotoBucket page can be seen here. I'm calling her a Deep Space Survey Vessel, designed to go in to deep space and... uh... survey... and stuff.




Here's Joe's original version. I thought he did a great job on that and told him as much, so he sent me come cast parts!




My pieces/parts, just prior to assembly.




Comparison shot with a Timeslip Creations Colonial Movers.




Pre-primer shot. I added a large antenna to the nose of the ship. I figure it's a part of her sensor rig. Maybe. Sorta.




Main base coat of paint.




The most recent pic I have, taken just a couple of days ago. I plan to go back and finish her up later tonight. Not much left to do to her. And yes, she's got a hole lot of black-heads on her. I figure those are... uh... sensor ports. Yeah. Passive sensor ports.
 

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