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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 24, 2019 11:09 AM

She's coming along great, love the idea of the sensors on the bottom of the hull. Can see them being used to scan a planet from orbit. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:43 AM

That's really neat, she's coming along great! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, February 14, 2019 11:05 AM

Tamiya makes a great Kure Gray in a spray can. That's an awesome ship.

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Friday, February 15, 2019 12:08 AM

Thanks guys.  I was thinking of painting the small verticils recesses on the sides of the quad and outer sided turrets to show a slight rainbow effect or prism effect.  Any idea how this might be done?  A second option would be to just paint them gloss black or forget the idea completely.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, February 15, 2019 8:10 AM

Well, you can paint it silver and then put a thin coat of Tamiya or other brand of translucent paint over it to give a tinted effect. Not sure how you could do a rainbow effect though. I know Alclad makes a prismatic paint but I've never used it and not sure if you can hand brush it. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, February 15, 2019 9:00 AM

Go over to CVS or the Partry Store and see what you can find in stickers. You'll only need small pieces.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, February 15, 2019 10:42 AM

GMorrison

Go over to CVS or the Partry Store and see what you can find in stickers. You'll only need small pieces.

 

Good advice, sounds cheaper, simpler, and cleaner than what I'd proposed... 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Friday, February 15, 2019 8:53 PM

Thanks, I hadn't thought of that.  That sounds like a easier way to get the look of special optical lenses, and ifit doesn't look right it will be easy to take off.

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, March 03, 2019 9:15 PM

Here's the next set of pictures as we get close to finishing.

 

The lower area under the landing deck   Partway down the dark area is the hanger door that protects the launching bay for the ship's fighters.  A similar door is on the other side and each is protected by a triple gun turret just below the opening for the launch bays.  The turrets can slide out for a short distance to provide a extra amount of protection.

 

 

Here's the engineering section showing the housing for the main exhaust.  The twin tail stinger turrets are mounted and can give a wide field of fire if necessary.  The upper engine shielding has been painted since this picture was taken and the main engine nozzle will be mounted after a little more detail work is done.

 

 

Almost a full length shot.  I considered adding a couple large fins but this is a new class ship with a different mission.  The idea is to get as close as possible to its objective without being seen.  The larger antennas might be spotted and could end up having the ship mistaken for the Yamato, which would attract a lot of unfriendly and unwanted attention.  Her job is similar to the small carriers I use today but with more firepower but not as much as Yamato or other class space battleships.

 

The gravity plating for the landing deck has been added.  A red and green beacon will be added to the front of the side mounted antennas which will have the ability to move up and down as necessary to keep clear of weapons fire, moving small craft, or just to signal by their position, like the old semaphore system, except you are using high power antennas instead of people outside.

 

 

 

Some of the most delicate work are the photo etch antennas on the to of the pagoda superstructure, both at the end of the horizontal supports as well as on the front of the bar as well as the rear of the tower and on the deck near the bow.  Some of these are ship's radars in a different scale and the others are pieces I threw together from various parts.

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, March 03, 2019 9:27 PM

Looking very cool!!! Yes

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Friday, March 08, 2019 5:18 AM

Almost to the end now.

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The bow looking form the bridge.

 

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The rear of the superstructure and the two missile tubes in the funnel.

 

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The heavy energy cannon located just under the bow.

 

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Two flight deck support vehicles and a possible visitor.

 

 

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The main bridge and the rotating missile banks on each side.  The forward floodlight as well as the one on the starboard side can be seen.  The forward light has a shield to protect the bridge.

 

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Finally, the main engine nozzle.  You can also see the smaller auxillary engines under the ship.

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 08, 2019 7:45 AM

She looks really cool! 

Great idea and she's shaping up into a super model! 

 

Thanks for letting us follow along. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Friday, March 08, 2019 8:55 AM

Thanks.    The forward missile boxes and the two deck vehicles are left over parts from the Battletech game system. My next project will probably be a fire support ship or a interdiction type ship similar to what a destroyer might do.

If you or anybody else has left over photo etch parts, warship parts, or maybe even a complete or partial kit that you can afford to get rid of, let me know.  If I can use them, Ill trade for them or buy them.  Even scraps of P.E. come in handy, some of it comes from aircraft as well as armor sets.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 08, 2019 11:23 AM

Well, I've got boxes of scrapped kits. But I keep telling myself that one day I'm going to build something scratchbuilt like your model. I just never seem to get around to it... Sad

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    October, 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Friday, March 08, 2019 6:53 PM

Message sent.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:01 AM

Question !

 Are you going to convert the main Guns to Rail Guns ?

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, March 14, 2019 3:40 PM

Rail guns.....I haven't considered that before.  It might be a good idea for the smaller interdiction type ships with a complement of short to mid range missile launchers and smaller weapons.  Just not too many.

What would a rail gun look like to make it stand out as one?

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