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Terrain Train Authority Handbook scale models?

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Terrain Train Authority Handbook scale models?
Posted by hellwarrior on Sunday, February 12, 2017 10:34 AM

Hi, when I was younger, I read the Stewart Cowley's book series called Terrain Train Authority Handbook. There are a lot of very beautiful spaceships there and I am wondering if some of those spaceships can be bought as scales models?

Here are some photos of Stewart Cowley's work.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, February 12, 2017 11:06 AM

Awesome looking ships! Most of the SF kits are from shows and a few movies. You would have to scratch build them I'm afraid. You would have a better chance getting a manufacture to produce a new Coast Guard ship than a SF ship from a book series. There is a SF author in our modeling club here in Boise and he scratches his own ships. Not bad looking at all. I can't remember his name as he only shows up once or twice a year.

I like Anderson and McDevitt myself.

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, February 12, 2017 6:57 PM

Oh gosh!!! I had the 'Great Space Battles' and 'Spacecraft 2000-something or the other AD' back as kid! Loved both of them!!! Hadn't thought of them in years and now I do a websearch and there were two more and some off-shoot books. Gee friggin' whiz, Amazon has some dealer that wants over seventy bucks for the Spacewrecks one...

Thanks for the memories!!! I'm going to go dig them out, I still have both somewhere...

I'd love to see anything based on these, they were some awesome work both in imagination and the quality of the art itself. But as Steve says you'd pretty much have to scratchbuild it, you could probably just aim for something in the spirit of their work though instead of a direct match.

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  • From: Canada
Posted by hellwarrior on Monday, February 13, 2017 7:26 PM

That's what I tought. 

I have never done scratchbuilding. I consider myself as a beginner. I just started to paint a little so it will take time for me to start scratchbuilding because I really dont know what to do.

Thanks for your comment :)

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  • From: Canada
Posted by hellwarrior on Monday, February 13, 2017 7:28 PM

You are lucky because I am searching for them on amazon and I even saw some people selling some of those books around 300$ canadian. If you dont want to keep them, just let me know ;)

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Posted by cabrown1 on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 6:51 AM

Loved those books. I may still have "Spacecraft 2000-2100A.D." somewhere in storage. I scratchbuilt a Proximan K-13 Shark from a 1/48 scale F-4 Phantom C/L fuel tank. It is long gone now, unfortunately. Like you, I'd love to see some of these models produced commercially.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 9:04 AM

Hellwarrior: I wish I could but I have too many memories with these books. And they are in kinda ragged condition from dragging them to school and back. Guess I did luck out then and end up with the more popular of the four books. 

Cabown: Dang, wish you had some photos. I'd love to see that. 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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  • From: Third rock from the sun.
Posted by Woody on Sunday, March 19, 2017 1:14 PM

I thought somebody on the Starship Modeler forum offered a few models a couple years back.

 


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