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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:41 pm    Post subject: flying dinnerware! Reply with quote

Due to raster13's post in general si fi modeling I just discovered the plates in space challenge. Can't believe I missed this for two months! I have some interesting plates in the basement POC I had been tossing around for quite awhile for just such a project. I hope folks don't mind someone coming late to the party.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

welcome to the party! can't wait to see what you have and what you come up with.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started slapping plates together! Plastic appetizer plates from Walmart.

https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5516/30877707470_7f427e15de_c.jpg

I wasn't sure what kind of plastic these were made of. I thought they were polystyrene but no way to be really sure until glue is applied. The liquid glue worked fine so that was a relief. I removed the ridge the plate sits on on the bottom plate. Pain in the butt but I got it sanded smooth.

https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5751/31101414382_c95134fedd_c.jpg

The low flat dome on top is one of the plastic lens from a projection TV. I CA glued this one and added Aves Epoxie Sculpt to fill in around it out to the ridge.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5805/31245225745_285f914423_c.jpg

Nice stack of plates plus a plastic container and the dome shape piece my daughter thought I could use.

https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5578/30423932444_087c05f9eb_c.jpg

I was thinking of lighting it as the parts were all molded in clear. It would probably get complicated quickly so I'll pass on it. Maybe next time.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spread some Bondo spot putty around the edges of the plates. Not much to show yet.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good! Smile So far you've made more progress - at least, shown progress - than anyone else. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep more than me . i'm still finding pieces and letting the parts talk to me and tell me how they want to go together.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PSR stage, not much to show. Part of me wants to add fins, other part says no.....
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude I'm loving this. You can go in different directions: forbidden planet, Mars attacks, mid century postmodern when the future was shiny, et al.
Very nice.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found some Krylon paint that is supposed to look metallic, we shall see.
I also am going to try using the lights from a Christmas tree star that change color. Prewired with its own walwort.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a pic of the latest. Everything is slow motion for me lately.
https://flic.kr/p/Ry1DDW

The white is Perfect Plastic Putty and the red is Bondo.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm perplexed by the question of what to do for landing gear. Some kind of stalky legs, just let it rest on the "drive unit", or something else...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kerick wrote:
I'm perplexed by the question of what to do for landing gear. Some kind of stalky legs, just let it rest on the "drive unit", or something else...


You could always borrow the main landing gear from an airliner. Then there's a lot of choice:
1: dispense with the wheels and just use a skid;
2: dispense with the wheels and put an anti-grav thingy under the bogey
3: keep the wheels and wrap tracks around them
3: keep the wheels but enclose them some other way

Maybe use clear rods but have LEDs behind them shining down; clear rods holding magnets so it really floats but the clear rods keep it in situ?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to go with having the ship sitting on its "drive unit" like the ship in Forbidden planet. I have the lights installed for the "drive unit". Kept it simple. I still need a ramp or stairs coming down. I need some tiny astronauts.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kerick wrote:
I'm going to go with having the ship sitting on its "drive unit" like the ship in Forbidden planet. I have the lights installed for the "drive unit". Kept it simple. I still need a ramp or stairs coming down. I need some tiny astronauts.

IIRC the landing gear on the C-57D consists of the central "foot" that descends from the central section and "legs" that stabilize the ship and contain the stairs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diRx8nRk6e0
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

naoto wrote:
kerick wrote:
I'm going to go with having the ship sitting on its "drive unit" like the ship in Forbidden planet. I have the lights installed for the "drive unit". Kept it simple. I still need a ramp or stairs coming down. I need some tiny astronauts.

IIRC the landing gear on the C-57D consists of the central "foot" that descends from the central section and "legs" that stabilize the ship and contain the stairs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diRx8nRk6e0


I was searching photos about that. The central "foot" will hide the wire for the lights. I'm going to get some 1/200th scale navy figures and paint them up for crew.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lights installed in the "drive unit".
https://flic.kr/p/R377mz

PSR is done and a coat of primer has been applied. Now I have to let it dry a few days so I can do a couple touch ups.
https://flic.kr/p/S63Ap8

https://flic.kr/p/R3746g

I'm thinking of adding some visual interest with black decal stripes after I apply the silver.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea Ha!! I painted something and it came out right the first time!!!
https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3666/33166274621_ae44a2425c_c.jpg

Krylon really came through on this one. I think the silver says 50's space ship just right.
I wet sanded with 400 grit paper that had been used already so it came out really smooth. I painted as soon as it was dry so it wouldn't get dust on it.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3901/33294420265_9bea4bd737_c.jpg

Plus I found some tiny figures in the drawer of doom. N gauge railroad guys but with a little paint they should look like astronuts.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3730/32911426900_22bb7e5186_c.jpg
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great layered look.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!
Working on a base.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work! I half expected to see Gort standing sentinel nearby. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scotaidh wrote:
Nice work! I half expected to see Gort standing sentinel nearby. Smile


Ooh! Giant worker robot to go with the base.......
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some astronuts....
https://flic.kr/p/SUGnrr

I glued the tinyest gold colored beads I could find over their heads and painted them a nice 50s silver. They need backpacks yet.

The base so far.
https://flic.kr/p/SUGkwz

I found some drywall mud in the basement closet that is "filling in" for soil.
The boulders are limestone rocks from a parking lot that had a layer of pyrite deposited on them. Good old "fools gold". It will look good for some interstellar mining.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good, Kerick! Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice scratch build.

Looking very good.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Painted the base and attached the astronauts. Now for some decals. I'm thinking of naming it Atlantis using space shuttle decals.
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