Battlestar Berzerk

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    dirkpitt289 New Member

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    My favorite ship from the Battlestar Galatica series(s) was the barely seen Battlestar Berzerk. The Berzerk (From Old Norse berserkr (n.) "raging warrior of superhuman strength." ) was a support ship much like today's destroyers, designed to protect the Carriers, they prospected the Battlestars. The Berzerk was seen for only a few seconds docked next to the Pegasus at the Scorpion Fleet Shipyards when the Cylons struck as part of their attack on the Colonies.

    I thought I posted this build when I first joined the forum last year but I guess I was wrong. I originally build this about 4 years ago. I will be posting the video series on my Youtube channel sometime soon. I hope you like it

    The kit comes on 4 sheets and builds up to about 16 inches in length IMG_20140919_204409_020.jpg
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    I started with the engines, 4 in total IMG_20140919_222811_555.jpg IMG_20140919_231225_036.jpg
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    The Berzerk, Unlike Battlestars we've seen in the past has just one small landing bay and its tucked under the belly of the ship.
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    The Flight deck
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    The roof of the flight deck
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    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    It looks like you are off to a great start. I will be following this thread.
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    Building the gun platforms

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    The initial folds

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    Final shape (Yawn... Boring)
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    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    Eventuallu, you will stop using tabs, and use 90 degree folded pieces of paper. that allows you to do one edge at a time, you fit one side, let the glue dry, and then when you glue the next side, it will be lined up perfectly, without the gap from that tab. :)
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    Someday.... Maybe once I get the hang of doing these first thumbsup
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    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    It's actually an easier way to build a model. The pictures below I made show why and how. I thinks the pictures are self explanatory. ;)

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    Just think..you won't have to cut around all those fraking tabs!!;);)
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    That's true, but I've found some models work well with the tabs. For example, the head for the Vorchan. I don't think that I could have built it without tabs. Maybe I should try building a sample model one with tabs and one without just to see the difference.

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    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    Cutting off tabs always works better, unless you try to do it all in one step, then you a creating a mess. You first glue the locating tab on one surface, using a piece of paper the proper size to push the tab back the proper amount, which is how you locate the separate tab or fold tab (above left picture), you do the same thing on the other side after the fist day has dried. When both sides have dried, you will find that the last parts will fit in perfectly, if you located you separate tabs right, and just glue it in. The corner whipp be sharp and you will see glue gaps in the edges. I see these gaps and wonder if people just are in denial, or just don't get it. Those gaps will kill the best of models, and I have seen some by really good builders and though, if it wasn't for that one gaping gap, the model would be perfect. I guess it could be posed that way, to hide the defect.
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    Its been some time but i'm back at the Berzerk. Here is the building of the spine of the ship
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    The Engine mout for the 4 engines

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    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    These very clean, straight and true parts show the foundation of a great model. ;)
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    Thank you
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    I started work on the massive head of the Battlestar. Everyone keeps saying to get rid of the attaching tabs. After my first attempt at this part I get it now. For my second try I decided to remove the tabs for a much better result.

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    I did the same on my Berzerk. It gives a much cleaner and smoother result. Make sure you are pre-shaping the parts carefully. Roll them over a pencil or a rod where the hull bends into a curve. Crease it on sharp edges to make them sharp. You may use left-over / scrap paper to make small tabs and glue them to the back of the hull. So far everything looks great! :)
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    If the parts fit tight when dry, they will fit even better with glue on them. ;)
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    dirkpitt289 New Member

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    That big ole head is coming together

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