Battlestar Galactica: Dr Z's antigravity ship

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  1. Revell-Fan

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    Hello again!

    The Galactican fleet will soon be enriched by Dr Z's antigravity ship (the Galactican ship of lights, so-to-speak). I know, it's a ship from Galactica 1980, but it gives me the opportunity to practise texturing curved surfaces and it is a nice design from the guys of Universal Hartland. Fortunately, their design work was not as bad as the series :mrgreen: !

    This ship is similar to the light ships seen in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (mixed with some elements from E.T.'s mothership) which makes me believe that some of the designers were involved in the making the movie. In CE the VFX were made by Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra's mentor; it is highly probable that Trumbull would have won the Oscar for VFX for CE if he hadn't lend his equipment and facilities to Dykstra who then was able to build the motion control systems for Star Wars; another example of how an apprentice surpasses his master :twisted: .

    Unfortunately there are not many pics available. I based everything on screenshots from the series and two tiny pictures from Ken Larson's site which reveal the true Galactica style colouring (in the series the surface was completely blacked out). The panel structure was improvised and could have been more authentic if I had had better refs. So it looks a bit like a starfleet vessel from above. BTW, the black twin dots on the surface are maneuvring thrusters and no phaser emitters ;-) . The final model can be built with or without landing struts. Modeling is complete, I'm now unfolding it and making the instructions. Stay tuned! :wave:

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  2. Goncalo Mendes

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  3. Rhaven Blaack

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    Granted, it is from G-80, but it does make a great addition to the collection as a whole.

    I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
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    I'm sure that your model will turn out better the G-80. I'll be watching this one!
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    Make the edges really laminated, and it would make an awesome Frisbee! :)
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    The model is unfolded and will become 33cm / 13" in diameter. Here are the parts pages and some close-ups. The texture was made in CorelDRAW. I then edited it in TheGimp with a star brush to add some sparkles.

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    Wondering if a dog would catch it... sign1
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  9. Zathros

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    Coat the edges in Bacon oil and he'll eat it! :)
  10. Rhaven Blaack

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    This looks absolutely AMAZING!!!
    It looks like it will be an easy build. Do you have interior supports (formers) for it?
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    Coat the edges in bacon oil and *I'll* eat it! :p
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    With or without Dr Z inside? sign1
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    Since it is a symmetrical saucer shape I have cut the model in two halves and will add a series of cross sections as formers which will be arranged around the center. I hope they'll do their job.
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    Ola, muchachos! I proudly present to you the latest hat collection - olé! :mrgreen:

    Assembly is very easy, however, I had some problems with warping parts because I used water-based glue on the bottom ring. I'll cover that up later. The model is big enough to be equipped with LEDs; I suppose it is almost studio scale. If you like to get a smaller version, just print two sheets on one page.

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    I really like the textures! BLING!
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    Now all we need is a good old fashion Mexican feasta with some of "DAVE'S INSANITY SAUCE" and we will have a hot time in the old town tonight.sign1
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    This is really turning out to be a GREAT looking model.
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    The internal skeleton in place and both halves assembled. That little warping was caused by water-based glue; wall1 I was a bit too enthusiastic about it... But hey, it's only a test-build, and everything fits so far, so who cares?!! :mrgreen:

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    Hello, ekuth! Nice to hear from you again! Have you got your copy of the Colonial Blaster? Do you like it? Have you started tackling it?