Scratch-built thirty years ago: Exlar M-70

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  1. lunde

    lunde New Member

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    I scratch-built this when I was 15 years old (1981), and called it the Exlar M-70:

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  2. lunde

    lunde New Member

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    According to the inscriptions on the inside of the battery compartment, I started working on this on 09/14/1980, and finished on 01/29/1981. I did the lighting and electrical system on my own. There are two red reactor lights, visible from the front, and a white engine light, visible from the rear. It once had a fairly large cannon on the right of the cockpit, which somehow managed to get lost. Given that it is over 30 years since I made it, it is in surprisingly good shape. The electrical system still works, as evidenced by these crappy cell phone photos.
     
  3. Solochaser

    Solochaser Well-Known Member

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    Wow, great job!
     
  4. jedimaster

    jedimaster Sr Member

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    Looks good , now lets Id those kit parts.
     
  5. lunde

    lunde New Member

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    I'll try to take some better photos today using my Nikon D300.

    In terms of identifying kit parts, I was heavily into Tamiya tank models at the time. The main piece that is visible on the top-rear in the fourth photo is the stand from a Star Wars model kit, if memory serves, perhaps from the Darth Vader TIE Fighter.
     
  6. lunde

    lunde New Member

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    Here are some better photos:

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  7. lunde

    lunde New Member

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    Four more photos:

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  8. Ray22

    Ray22 Sr Member

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    If you did this at 15 I would like to see what your doing now, awesome stuff can I borrow that $20? Lol.
     
  9. lunde

    lunde New Member

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    Of course, the $20 bill was included in one of the photos for scale.
     
  10. lunde

    lunde New Member

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    Some memory is coming back in terms of where some of the parts came from. A few panel-like parts came from the interior of an original Flying Sub model kit. I also used some parts from a V8 engine model kit. I also built an accompanying spaceship of the same basic size, but sadly it did not survive. While this one (the Exlar M-70) was a freighter-style spaceship, the other one was more of an attack-style one. I drew, from memory, a side and top schematic of the ship a few years ago. I will try to dig it up.
     
  11. lunde

    lunde New Member

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    I found the schematics of the attack-style spaceship that didn't survive:

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  12. robn1

    robn1 Master Member

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    Great work, I like it.

    The Vader TIE stand was a clear dome. This one looks like the Cylon Raider stand.
     
  13. lunde

    lunde New Member

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    Thanks, Rob, for jogging my memory. I did have a Cylon Raider kit, so it makes sense that I used the stand.
     
  14. DaddyfromNaboo

    DaddyfromNaboo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I think I can see parts from a B-29 in there :lol

    One of those twin "below the belly" gun pods and those distinct WW II bomber wheels bring back a lot of memories...
     
  15. lunde

    lunde New Member

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    Hmm. I don't recall ever buying a B-29 model kit. I should have kept notes…
     
  16. Maelstrom

    Maelstrom Sr Member

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    Pretty hardcore build for a fifteen yr old! Very nice! Love to see some of the stuff you do now.:thumbsup
     
  17. yuumi2891103

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    This is the great build. Even for now, I can feel the enthusiasm for what you have built.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
  18. lunde

    lunde New Member

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    This certainly brings back a lot of memories. I would buy 1/8th or 1/16th inch sheet styrene plastic for building these models. I would even make my own glue, by using thinner to melt leftover plastic struts.
     

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