The NEW Cylon Basestar!

Discussion in 'Studio Scale Models' started by Wolvster1, Sep 9, 2005.

  1. Wolvster1

    Wolvster1 Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Well, it WAS mighty quiet around these parts
    { until Frank posted up his Pilot figure.. :D } but anyway
    I figured it would be a good time to show off my latest
    attempt at a BSG kitÂ….

    While I know it’s not “ studio scale “ { CGI and all that.. }
    I’ll stick it in this Forum since I am “ hoping “ a 1/2500th
    scale Battlestar will show up soon to accompany this ship..

    { cough, Coby, coughÂ….. } B)


    As I mentioned above this is a 1/2500th scale ship and at that scale
    measures in at just a tad less than 30 inches in length.


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image2_3.jpg[/image]


    DEFINITELY for the more serious modeler in you . LOLÂ…



    Right from the get-go this has been quite the excruciating build .
    Of course, made all the more WORSE by me since I wanted from the start
    to have a ship that could have a lighting kit put into it to light up.
    I know itÂ’s hard to tell from the fast fly byÂ’s on screen but this ship
    REALLY is loaded with tons of lights and I wanted to
    show that off in this model. Of course, once you start down that path you
    run into a whole new world of headaches. Namely, you have to worry about
    the “inside” of the model just as much as the outside during construction.

    Anywho, hereÂ’s some progress shots of the thing.

    I started off with the basic shape, while simple looking still VERY
    hard to get everything “straight” on it and symmetrical. The “arms”
    of the ship have a flattened bell shape that runs down their lengths
    so that was ALLOT of fun to copy and get right.



    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image5_1.jpg[/image]

    After that was out of the way came the innards of the arms. They
    presented their own little headaches. Once again, I “could” have made things
    easier on myself by making the innards one or two pieces.BUT,since I was going
    for lighting this thing I broke all the parts down since all up and down the
    Innards light LEEKS from various areas and to duplicate that effect I had
    to break up the parts. ItÂ’s actually a very slick design, as all the parts overlap
    each other so it made my job easier in the sense that all the innards go
    together like a long jigsaw puzzle one overlapping the next going towards the
    center section.

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image27.jpg[/image]

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image21.jpg[/image]

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image1111.jpg[/image]

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image12.jpg[/image]



    After the innards were done came the center section itself. This one was
    particularly nutty because of the Raider Launch Bays. They by themselves were
    a pain because of all those “slots” for the Raiders to launch from. And again,
    since I wanted this kit to light up I had to have actual HOLES in those parts
    for backlighting later on and not just scribed slots. So, I got some help from
    a Board member here { Coby.. :confused } who made me up some nice laser cuts
    sheet of plastic WITH holes. After I got them I made some molds to cast up
    some resin parts and used what I call the “ poor mans vacu-former “ to put
    those casting over wooden plugs to get the desired shape I needed for the
    Launch Bays. And whatÂ’s in the picture is the end result.


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image645.jpg[/image]


    Next up was the fun MAKING the centere section. Since the entire center section
    “flows” around those Bays, so if even ONE of them was out of whack with the
    center of the ship the other two would show it. So, I had a fun time getting
    them oriented to one another AND keeping them in line with the center of the ship.


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image33.jpg[/image]

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image4_2.jpg[/image]



    There's still a WHOOOOLE bunch to do on this,
    TONS of scribing to do on the " tops & bottoms "
    for one. But, it's comming together nicely so far... B)




    And, as always, THANKS WACKY CHIMP .
     
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  2. Lord Abaddon

    Lord Abaddon Sr Member

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    You are insane. But lordy that is beautiful. Sleek looking beastie.
     
  3. rocketeer25

    rocketeer25 Sr Member

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    :eek

    You must have the patience of Job. Lots of engineering going on here... Awesome looking job, Kip.. :thumbsup

    Lonnie
     
  4. Wolvster1

    Wolvster1 Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Thanks.... :$

    I spent MANY an hour before I even started trying to figure
    out HOW to break this thing up into pieces for casting. :unsure

    Took me awhile, but I got it down to what I felt was the
    barest minimum of parts... Well, if you count over 60
    pieces when DONE the " minimum " ??? :lol

    And yup LA, I have always had a love
    for those organic designs. NOTHING
    against the Vipers or Battlestar to be sure.

    But those organic ships have that
    <span style='color:red'>" sleek creepy cool "</span>
    thing goin' on...

    :love
     
  5. Lord Abaddon

    Lord Abaddon Sr Member

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    Oh I agree. I think that's what I loved about the Vorlon and Shadow ships from B5. The way the skins..."moved"...just made them even more creepy.
     
  6. Dymerski

    Dymerski Well-Known Member

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    You kick *..
    Looks amazing.
    Dean
     
  7. Jestefarean

    Jestefarean Sr Member

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    WOW. Looks amazing so far. Thanks for sharing.
     
  8. Dobber

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    INCREDABLE.......................... I past on your Raider because I had just bought Frank and Moes Viper....but this one might need to be purchased..... Tiny raiders in the slots would be neat too.

    Chris
     
  9. szarchie

    szarchie New Member

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    This will be a kit, right???? Please say it will be a kit.
     
  10. KrokoHunter

    KrokoHunter Sr Member

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    This is simply amazing.

    I was just looking at the RU Basestar the other day, and found it a tad to small, so this is great news.

    So many cool BG models to buy, so little money. arghhhhh .... Have to do a couple of website projects to raise the money, I guess ;-)

    Lokking forward to see progress shots on this beauty.

    Cheers
    Niels
     
  11. fistius

    fistius New Member

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    Well thanks for that Wolvster.. I just picked up your beautiful Raider and know you do this.. Now I have to justify to a heavily pregnant wife just WHY we need a Cylon Basestar. Lovely work, as always and if it is anywhere near the quality of your Raider, I will get one. Are you going to sell these through Federation Models as well? Cheers, Chris
     
  12. KrokoHunter

    KrokoHunter Sr Member

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    Fistius, I can so truly understand your situation. My girlfriend is in her fifth month, and as this is our first child, there are SOOOOOOOOOOOOO many things to buy, so money is very short. I haven't even been able to raise the money for neither Kips Raider og Frank and Moes Viper :cry

    Kip, don't you need a website in trade for a couple of kits :D

    Cheers guys, and congrats on the upcoming event to Fistius.

    Niels
     
  13. Wolvster1

    Wolvster1 Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    EVENTUALLY they will be sold thru Federation Models,
    but the inital run will be from me... I'm doing something
    I don't " NORMALLY " do and that is I will start selling them
    BEFORE I have a kit painted up and ready to show off.

    I really do like to have images of a built up kit to show
    BEFORE I sell so people know EXACTLY what they are getting.
    But, since I am giong with a lighting kit for my own ship it will
    take considerably longer to get a build DONE . So, I'll sell kit's
    to any that ask before I have pic's of my own build... B)


    Ok, small update..

    { And break for me as I'm getting a HEADACHE scribing panel lines.. } :lol


    ALL the main ships parts are done . { THANKS THE GOD'S . } :lol

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image5ffe.jpg[/image]

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image8eff.jpg[/image]


    All I have been doing lately is " cleaning out " the guts of this thing to
    make it more hollow. It will help greatly for lighting and make this
    monster ALLOT lighter. :lol

    Oh, and the current progress of panel scribing..


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image5sa.jpg[/image]

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image9tr.jpg[/image]


    I REALLY hate scribing, { and compund curves are FUN to scribe over. }
    but it's an evil that must be when it comes to this kit.

    BTW, the arms won't look NEARLY as garish once they get the
    400 grit wetsand like the center section has had.. B)

    I only hope that someone
    out there who is MUCH better at me when it comes to painting will send me
    pic's of their build with a nice wash on it. I'd hate too see all these
    headache inducing lines I'm making covered over by allot of paint... :cry


    And again, THANKS WACKY CHIMP .
     
  14. KrokoHunter

    KrokoHunter Sr Member

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    Wauw .. Can one be in love with a WIP kit. If so, then my love is torn between this magnificent WIP kit, and the WIP Raptor.

    What to do, what to do.

    Kip, endure the pain of near eternal scribing, and thou great projects end will be forthcoming :angel (ok, ok. I'm not the regular church goer) ;-)

    Kip, it looks great. On one hand, I can't wait to see it finished, but on the other hand, I love to see these progress pics. I'ts really inspiring to see, how all you talented scratchers work.

    Cheers
    Niels
     
  15. Captain April

    Captain April Sr Member

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    As nice as that model is, give me the original Basestar design, the new one just doesn't have any impact, it's a peace symbol.... :cry
     
  16. cobywan

    cobywan Sr Member

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    Shut your pie hole. :)

    I love this ship. The old one is iconic, but you HAVE to admit that the new Basestar is DIFFERENT. I mean "short buss" different.

    Oh...that may have been in bad taste. :(
     
  17. KrokoHunter

    KrokoHunter Sr Member

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    I'm with Coby on this one.

    The TOS model has a certain charm, that nothing will ever take away from them.

    At first I wasn't much for the new Raider and Basestar, but where I've finally watched a couple of episodes (the miniseries + 1st Season DVD box, should be in my mailbox in a couple of daus), they've really grown on me.

    I really think, that the designers have been true to the TOS designs, without making ripoffs. The new designs are truly new and inspiring.

    Great piece of work.

    Cheers
    Niels
     
  18. Wolvster1

    Wolvster1 Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Thanks guys, it's appreciated...

    Well, except the Captain... :p


    { I keeeeed.... } :D

    But honestly, I like the ORIGNAL series
    designs too, I just have a preferance for
    the " re-imagined " ships from the new show.

    No reason ya' CAN'T like both.. B)
     
  19. saintg

    saintg Well-Known Member

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    WOW Kip, you have out done your self. Put me down for one as soon as you start casting. Keep up te incredible work.
    George :)
     
  20. Captain April

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    Ok maybe I came off wrong, your model looks topnotch, I love the new series. If a there was a model company worth anything they would license the new show and yes I would buy a model kit of the new Baseship if for nothing else to support the show. That said I still like the old Baseship better :p
     
  21. KrokoHunter

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    KIP ... I HUNGER FOR AN UPDATE..

    I think I'm in love with this WIP model ... :love

    How can you keep it away from me, like that ???

    You wicked, wicked man :p


    Cheers
    Niels
     
  22. Jestefarean

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  23. spacenut

    spacenut New Member

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    WoW... I'm away from the site for a few days and you guys do it again . Kip, you are wonderfully insane ... I'm just finishing up your Raider ( ya, I'm slow) and now this... Please put me down for one of these. If it goes together like your Raider it'll just fall together. And keep us updated... love the build up pics .
     
  24. Wolvster1

    Wolvster1 Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Little Holiday UPDATE . :D


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image3wrr.jpg[/image]


    More to come this weekend, lot's more
    pictures and info ..


    Its's FINALLY almost THERE .

    :love
     
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  25. Kuhn Global

    Kuhn Global Sr Member

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    Looking Great Kip. :D
    I have been wondering how this project was coming along.
    I want to confirm that I am on your "First Run" list please.
    Very Kewl.. :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  26. RickDTM

    RickDTM Sr Member

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    Incredible work on this. You indeed must have the patience of Job....*.. :thumbsup
     
  27. cobywan

    cobywan Sr Member

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    Me too on the waiting list.
     
  28. JP05

    JP05 Well-Known Member

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    Me too Me too..
     
  29. Griffworks

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    I'll re-instate my PM request to be on the waiting list, too. :D
     
  30. Wolvster1

    Wolvster1 Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Few more " goodies " to look
    at for the upcomming weekend crowd.. :D

    First up is the Center Section TOP & BOTTOM..

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image1tttt.jpg[/image]

    Next the addition of a Fighter Launch Bay..


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image7tter.jpg[/image]


    Then all THREE...


    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Imag.jpg[/image]


    And lastly { for NOW.. }

    The " arms " with all their various parts ..

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Im.jpg[/image]

    Close up for the detail nuts.. :p

    { And YES, there's LOT'S of places for light
    to shine thru for the lighting kit lover in you
    modeler types out there... }
    ;)

    BTW, you will need to make your OWN windows
    if that's your intention. Wayyyyyy TOO many holes
    to drill out and at this scale the poor molds wouldn't last long.. :(

    [image]http://www.wackychimp.com/uploads/Image18errww.jpg[/image]



    Of course, these are ROUGH images ...
    Nothing sanded ..
    Nothing made to fit " just right " ...

    I just laid the parts out to show off what they look like
    for now....

    More to come soon... :D




    Oh, and I forgot to thank Wacky Chimp
    above so here it is TWICE .


    THANKS WACKY CHIMP,

    THANKS WACKY CHIMP ..



    :)
     
  31. szarchie

    szarchie New Member

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    Sign me up for one of these please. How big is the Basestar?

    Cheers

    Archie
     
  32. KrokoHunter

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    Kip ...... I' ... I' .................................... I'm speechless ..

    It's so fantastic.

    I need to rob a bank or so, will all these great models you guys are producing these days.

    Cheers and merry christmas

    Niels
     
  33. REL

    REL Sr Member

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    Wow this is excellent, lots of detail. Nice job.
     
  34. Jedi Dade

    Jedi Dade Sr Member

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    Dude that thing is making me wish I hadn't just bought a new house ;)

    Jedi Dade
     
  35. Kuhn Global

    Kuhn Global Sr Member

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    Back on 10/5/05 Kip had emailed me that this Basestar would be 29 inches from tip to tip. AWESOME. It looks like he has really been working on the details since then.
    I can't wait to get one.
    If it turns out anything like his New Raider did, which was TOP NOTCH, ..I predict he'll be a very busy man.
     
  36. szarchie

    szarchie New Member

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    Anything new on the release of the Basestar?

    There is one up on eBay so it should be close.

    Basestar on eBay

    Cheers

    Archie
     
  37. Wolvster1

    Wolvster1 Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Yup, the kit is ready for anyone who wish's one.. :D

    {{ I just tossed one onto Ebay for the
    start of the second half of Season two .. }}
    :love

    If you would like ordering info just email me
    at

    kiphart@cfl.rr.com

    and thanks for looking .

    B)
     
  38. Kuhn Global

    Kuhn Global Sr Member

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    Just sent ya an email with price inquiry for total buildup. :thumbsup :thumbsup :D
     
  39. RedTwoX

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    Email sent. Very impressive looking kit.
     

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