An amature scratch builds the shuttlecraft in 1/50

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An amature scratch builds the shuttlecraft in 1/50

Post by kryptosdaddy » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:07 am

This is my first ground up scratch build. These were posted on another forum so if they seem familiar well they are`!

I'm posting this to help some of the folks here that would like to try scratching but feel daunted by the math- well I'm terrible at math!

Sometimes a little mechanical intuition is enough- enjoy CR

Based this on the OLD Technical manuals 2 pages on the shuttlecraft- copied the pages and made a paper form.. ... escrap.jpg ... scrap1.jpg

Built a little frame into the top of the paper form out of sprue and then realized the solution was right in front of me- the centerline- as a plumber by reflex, the center is always a great place to start... ... pbase1.jpg

I 'm not that great at math, but I can measure- 5/16 brass came near perfect for the engines, a little wire and some .080 sheet built the 'plate' and a good bit of the supports ect. ... frame2.jpg

Now the fun part, building the thing- I started at the top, did the sides and corrected my errors then began the bottom. ... anels1.jpg

I used my drawings to cut a depth scale for the rear- now I'm building this according to those old Technical manual drawings, so this will differ from some of the other shuttle build ups I found online while researching- as the build progressed I began to add elements from other sources, after all it is make believe! ... fixed1.jpg

After several attempts I finally got a solution to the impulse engine that was satisfactory- I made a ladder and tied the ends together.. ... ngine4.jpg ... ngine5.jpg ... prime2.jpg

Now I'm ready to finish!
nacelle ends were made from brass tube... ... lhell1.jpg ... lhell2.jpg ... lldone.jpg

Then some paint... ... pprime.jpg ... ryfit3.jpg

Alot of sanding and two coats of primer later it's painted... ... inted1.jpg

and then done! ... apdone.jpg

The wings were thickened, the windows and door are recessed, the globes at the ends of the nacelles are glass beads. Decals were made with a free graphics program.

About 6 weeks from paper form to finished shelf queen- there were times when I thought I had over stepped myself, but later i realized this was when I was at a point in the build where I was about to overcome a major problem. Just hang in there and try it out, you may be suprized! Be good CR
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Post by Joseph C. Brown » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:47 am

Nice build sequence - it really does help to show the steps of the process. :thumbsup:
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Post by MillenniumFalsehood » Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:33 pm

The end product speaks for itself. Well done, and a very informative article. :8)
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Post by kryptosdaddy » Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:07 pm

Thanks fellas, its a great feeling to beat something into shape from a pile of flat sheets!
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Post by Thundergod » Fri May 17, 2013 3:40 pm

Great build log . The first scratchbuild I ever did was that very craft ! ( Obviously nowhere as good as yours !) I've long considered re-visiting the subject and doing another , your thread has pushed me that little bit closer . Good , clean build . Well done . :wink:
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Post by Tankmodeler » Fri May 17, 2013 8:44 pm

Well done! One of the best things about scratchbuilding is the satisfaction of finding solutions to the problems that always come up in a scratchbuilding project.

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