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  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
U.F.O.s Anyone?
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, May 29, 2020 8:16 AM

Hi,Ya'll!

      All you modelers that built Revell airplane kits back Years ago listen up ! How many of you used your imagination after the plane got damaged beyond repair. Well, what do I mean? Simple. Some new kind of craft from the leftovers!

     C'Mon now admit it. There are some of you that created new Fighters and Fighter-Bombers with your Bomarc and Snark missiles too! How many of you totally went ape with the leftover parts from a sub or other model. Turning it into some fearsome space ship of the dreaded Omnicroms or something.

 Now here's where I did my mods. The wonderful old Global disc bases and their accompanying swivel ball! Did you know they made, for the longest time a fleet of Saucers on my bookshelf coming from earth to fight the "Bad Guys"? Yeah. Seven of them glued base to base on the stand part and then to a board to simulate flight. In formation no less! At slightly different heights

 I think I built a flying sub before the T.V. guys did. Also imagine a saucer coming to the aid of Marines trapped on Guadacanal! These little often overlooked items, I am sure brought many imaginations from the deep cold of plainness to the full and unexplored space of fulfilled imagination. How many did you do?

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Friday, May 29, 2020 8:46 PM

I ended up with a 1.350th Yamato battleship and a on of left over parts from a second kit.  After haaving it sit around for some time I decded to build it into teh Japanese Space Battleship from the old series Starblazeers.

After taking a good look at what I would have to do I put it away for a while.  A few months later I remembered that the Hapanese tad a tendency to combine warship types, making them part carrier.  It didn't take too long to come up with teh Space Assualt Carrier Toronaaga.  I changed all but the forward turrets with their heave shielding and added a flight deck, slightly differend antennas and engine system.  It was a different class ship afterall.

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, May 29, 2020 9:51 PM

I tried to build a Millennium Falcon out of two saucer shaped Lindberg airplane stands, sheet plastic for the mandibles, some parts from my junk box, and a plastic sake cup for the radar.  That was in 1977 and a total fail.  But it was my first attempt at scratchbuilding.

I supposed if I got in a time machine and paid myself a visit, I could have helped put it together.  But that would have disrupted the time continuum, and threatened my very existence!  Stick out tongue

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Posted by ikar01 on Saturday, May 30, 2020 7:38 AM

Not necessarilly, you might just end up living on Easter Island, or Bikini Atoll, never can tell.  Or, worse yet, Temporal Investigations coiuld pay you a visit.

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, May 30, 2020 8:03 AM

Real G
I tried to build a Millennium Falcon out of two saucer shaped Lindberg airplane stands, sheet plastic for the mandibles, some parts from my junk box, and a plastic sake cup for the radar. That was in 1977 and a total fail. But it was my first attempt at scratchbuilding.

That lit up an old memory bulb!

At the age of 13 or so I built a 2001/Star Trek-inspired space 'exploration bus' from a hinged hard-plastic shaving razor packaging case with a long clear lid. Used whatever spare car and airplane parts I could scrounge for interior and propulsion thingies...then started adding guns, missiles -- and even a 'space torpedo' -- to turn it into a mayhem-wreaking assault craft with perfect 360° visibility.

With a bigger spares box...and hopefully a more refined design sense...it might be an interesting 'nostalgia' project to try and re-create it, one of these days.  Propeller

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, May 30, 2020 9:55 AM

Ikar01 ;

   You watched Shogun didn't you? Remember Toranaga Sama? The Shogun and top Samurai warlord over his part of Japan?

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, May 30, 2020 11:54 AM

I built the old Monogram Cylon Raider from Battlestar Galactica. I added the cockpit from the 1/48 scale Monogram B-24 Liberator along with the ball turret. I made a sort of Millenium Falcon inspired ship.

I did several Star Wars inspired space ships using space shuttles, jet fighters, etc.

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, May 30, 2020 11:59 AM

Nah, imagineering takes all of the fun out of rivet counting.

 

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, May 30, 2020 12:50 PM

Hi! 

      It looks like we will have to Imagineer a new " G " LOL! LOL! " G " yer missing all the fun. Just think how many rivets there on SteamPunk models!

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, May 30, 2020 1:11 PM

You guys are killin‘ me!

Thanks TB for stirring up that MF memory.  That was the start of my journey to scratch building.  Before that, I just marvelled at those Shep Paine diorama sheets, thinking there was no way I could ever attempt such things.

That was so long ago, in a childhood far, far away...

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, May 30, 2020 1:14 PM

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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Posted by Gamera on Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:50 PM

Hmm, I can't remember a flying saucer or spacecraft. But I did try to build a model of the MiG-31 Firefox from the Clint Eastwood movie way back in the mid '80s. I used posterboard with some model parts. I wish I still had the thing...

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

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, June 1, 2020 7:43 AM

OUCH!!!

    That is awesome Bird. It went to fast in the movie. I think they accelerated the scenes and to me it didn't add to the story. That is, Now that I can see it! One bad%^$ looking Bird.

    This is what aggravates me about movies. The Firefox never was clear ( really) in most of the movie.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, June 1, 2020 7:45 AM

 Hi " G " 

     You missed a rivet on his helmet. LOL.LOL.

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Posted by Robotism on Thursday, June 4, 2020 2:31 PM

I'm having a good clear out at the moment and torn between keeping my "cool shaped bottles" rub or not. For the last few years I've been saving shampoo bottles, pill bottles and cool looking caps ready to build some sort of space habitat. You guys are making me wonder if I should keep it instead of tossing it since I never made any progress on doing so..

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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, June 4, 2020 3:45 PM

Many years ago, aroiundthe turn of the century, I started a scratchbuild of a battlesuit based on the book, Starship Troopers.   It's still in the early production stage brcause it got pushed back by other more pressing things, builds for a friend, work, and so on.  I still have to get it finished, or at least restarted, before something else pops up.  I wouildn't throw your supplies away too quickly, you may find out that you would be missing the parts you tossed and now need.  If you're working on a project, keep it up and if there's a break in the build cycle, go back and start on a design usable for those parts.

 

Love that guy from 20,000 leagues, where did you get him?  I saw the original suits on display at Disney World once along with the sub.  Now if I can just find the pictures...

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, June 4, 2020 5:19 PM

ikar01
 

Love that guy from 20,000 leagues, where did you get him?  I saw the original suits on display at Disney World once along with the sub.  Now if I can just find the pictures...

 

He's a Monsters in Motion 1/6 Captain Nemo figure with a fair amount of mods. He was in the Heroes and Villains GB  years ago when Aaron and Tim ran several. Needs a good cleaning.

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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