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One more time
Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:10 PM

Once again it's time to anouince a new member of the fleet based on the Starblazers idea.  

This time a British warship has been salvaged and resurrected into a space going warship.  Its name....Space Battlecruiser Prince of Sherwood.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:19 PM

Hmmm;

 Don't have to worry about landing on a water world, Right??

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Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:16 PM

Never was designed to land anywhere.  In keeping with its British origins,, I added two engines, like the old English jet fighter.  I added a lower docking bay from the Enterprise NX-01 P.E. set.  The three barreled defensive guns came from the kit but originally had four barrels.  I cut two off and added a small brass gun to each turret.  A lot of modifications were added as I went along.

Can you guess what the original ship was?

 

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Posted by Caveman on Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:52 PM

Prince of Wales?

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, May 7, 2021 10:23 AM

I love these Ikar! A heck of a lot of imagination and skill involved here.

Have you taken any photos of her with your other space fleet vessels?

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

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, May 7, 2021 12:04 PM

Hmmm;

 I am thinking either the H.M.S.-Rodney or the H.M.S.-Nelson.

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Posted by ikar01 on Friday, May 7, 2021 1:06 PM

Actually it was Prince of Wales.

I have been busy with people doing work on the house, VA visits, and a few other things but hopefully tomorrow I should have a group shot or two  posted.

I was looking at the Nelson but the only one I saw here was a 1/700th scale kit.  When you look aat some of the British designs you sometimes you have to wonder, what were they thinking and have the designers, or the Admirality for theat matter ever been on a large warship?

Some ships have three main turrets up front and others put AA guns on top of a gun turret just below the second turret.  Can you imagine being at the AA gun when the big guns go off right above you?

 

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Posted by ikar01 on Friday, May 7, 2021 8:49 PM

There's a little detail work to be done, but here's the Expeditionary fleet so far:

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, May 8, 2021 7:54 AM

You Know;

         I always wondered about this kind of S.F. Why? Can you even begin to imagine the complexity of the seals to keep atmosphere in and the crews alive in the Vacuum of space. I admit it is one neat way to save ships that could've gone into the round file.

          What I do is different, but This does fascinate me to no end. I believe I'll try it with more modern American Units. Say a Arleigh Burke? Or a really Big carrier with Firefoxes on them on a flight deck above the regular one, So you could launch them off the sides say maybe 200 of them at once? 100 from each deck, 50 per side on two levels. Watch out Spuringians!

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Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, May 9, 2021 6:48 AM

Axtually, these wern't kits I was going to toss.  Yhey just never became their original design.

The largets, the Assualt ship Toronaga was the Musashi.

The next, the Fire Support William Tell, was teh Bismark.

The little guy, Interdection ship, Sweeny Todd, started out as a German Destroyer.

The Battlecruiser Prince of Sherwood, was Prince of Wales.

All are in 1.350th scale and in each case, with the possible exception of the Todd, I tried to keep something of their original natiuonal identity or something from theri home country or region.  The Prince has the double stacked engines while the Twll has the cross bow design at its bow as well as a new variable thrust system  thet is set to turn the ship more rapidly than usual.

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, May 10, 2021 11:42 AM

That's such a neat line-up!!!

Thanks for sharing with us Ikar!

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

 

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Posted by ikar01 on Friday, May 28, 2021 5:13 AM

I'm debating the next one, maybe a carrier, freighter like a support ship, or some type of cruiser or picket ship, or something else.  What do you think?

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:07 AM

ikar01

I'm debating the next one, maybe a carrier, freighter like a support ship, or some type of cruiser or picket ship, or something else.  What do you think?

Yes, something like the Edmund Fitzgerald style freighter would be cool.

As a child, I always thought the turret guns were all aligned together at all times (much like twin .50s), so it's always odd for me to see the guns in the same turret up and down.

While the concept of the Yamato is farfetched in terms of sci-fi, the series was good and these starblazer ships are awesome! Keep going!

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Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, May 30, 2021 3:03 PM

Or a Exxon Nebula or a mooving drydock type ship.  Wait that would require two builds, a drydock does need a ship requiring maintenance afterall.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, May 30, 2021 4:45 PM

Well;

     Now that ypu mention it, why Not a BP/Shell support ship, In the Drydock?

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, May 30, 2021 9:03 PM

In the mid 1990s, a Czech company produced a series of sci-fi models that looked like they used odds and ends from civilian train, ship and industrial model kits. Squadron.com sold these things for little money. The series was called "Colony" and the model company Andromeda.

Many of the kits had bridges from some sort of ship, hulls created from parts of train tanker bodies or silos and parts of train set light poles and support work.

I bought a few of the "cooler" looking kits, but they were literally a bunch of scrap parts that you just glued together; nothing really affixed to anything. The plastic was standard eastern European, very brittle and hard. Regular plastic cement had little effect on it and you had to resort to super glue.

If anyone ever bought an old off brand Atari style video game by Imagic, the ones that used kit bashed Star Wars and Star Trek models as box art spray painted silver, you'll have an idea of what these models were like.

The "scale" varied even though the kits used some of the same parts trees, just for different uses.

COLONY | Other - Science Fiction (scalemates.com)

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, May 31, 2021 4:11 PM

Hi Rob:

         Oh! good gracious! I see what you mean! My old Hawk and Lindberg and I can't the remember the third, Oh, and Revell ships look better! Even some I have built from just an idea look better. I guarantee you can't tell except for one what consisted the original kits. The identifiable one is very aged now. 55 years old and modified some more. It's Monogram's M-48-A-1 turned into a closed system Lunar Mine Detection Rover. No!  Not  Explosive Military Mines, Hollows where mines can be started without hurting the Moon. The command deck is covered by a dome that fits the Turret ring on the body perfect! . Betchya you can't guess where it came from!

        I have taken plastic, cardboard and leftover stuff from Model RailRoads and Ships and created some fun stuff just to see if I could do it. Shoot! I even threw some Plane and Car stuff in there for interest!

       

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:48 AM

Ohhhhhhhhhhh, I like those suggestions!!

 

I was thinking maybe have an open aft deck and then put a bunch of pod-like items on there and call it a space mine-layer.

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

 

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