Buck Rogers Thunderfighter mods

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Revell-Fan, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. ASC Mclaren

    ASC Mclaren Member

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    RB, That looks great!
  2. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    Really now McGee, you must learn to govern your passions. They will be your undoing.
    OH FRAK!!! Wrong series wall1! I have that, when it happens.sign1

    The Thunder Fighter is one of my TOP 10 Sci-Fi Fighters of all. So when I found out that Martin Sanger had created a paper model of it, I too (to some degree) had the same reaction as you just had. Then once I met Revell-Fan and started working with him on this project, I was even more ELATED!!! So being able to make ad-on kits for this (already WONDERFUL) model is a REAL JOY for me!!!
    Not only that, but I get even more joy when someone (like yourself) appreciates such. I am looking forward to seeing your build of this plane!!!
  3. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

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    Martin's TF really opened my eyes, it showed me what could be done in paper and made me develop paper models myself.
  4. DanBKing

    DanBKing Dan the Man

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    Beautiful build, R-B.
    The detail you put into these models is exceptional.
    As usual, you have set a very high standard for us to follow.
    :thumb:
  5. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    Thank you for the compliment Dan. I am glad that you like the work that I have done.
    To be honest, I am not doing this to set any kind of standard. I am doing this to give everyone here the best kits (available) and the opportunity to build the best model that they can.
    My build threads are not to intimidate anyone. They are meant to be a guide of possibility and to show what can be done. Not only that, but also to inspire others to try something new and to improve their own skills. I truly hope that they have done just that!
  6. McGee

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    I have a still as yet unbuilt model kit of the Thunderdfighter from back in the old timey days. The cockpit is pretty INNACurate abd spartan. Besides building up the paper models of this kit, I would love to be able to size the cockpit upgrades to scale, print them on nice matt photo paper and build up a really nice cockpit, all detailed out to the nth degree with the work done here, and install it, so It's a mixed media kit.
    Partly because I too love the sweet bejeebuz out of the Thunderfighter, but also because I'm still one of the loves to build anything out of anything kinda guys.
    If I was really good at sculpting and carving, I would carve different sci fi ships out of different beautiful really rich grained woods. when I say different, I mean each ship would be a composite of different woods for different components. That would be incredible looking.
    NOT PAINTED......NOOOOOOO PAINT.
  7. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

    It has been a long time since there has been an update to this thread (NO IT IS NOT DEAD).
    Revell-Fan has finished revising and cleaning up the two seat cockpit interior for the Thunder Fighter (and is currently working on the QUAD).
    I am now testing the parts and fitting of the two seat cockpit interior. Here are the photos for your viewing pleasure.

    Here is the parts sheet for the two seat cockpit interior
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    Starting with the tub. The tub had to be redesigned in order for the figurines to fit inside properly.
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    Here are the seats and backrest
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  8. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    Here are the rest of the photos of the assembly of the seats.
    As you can see, the seats are fairly detailed.
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    The seats and backrest are installed.
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  9. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    Here is the rear console
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    Rear console installed.
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    Here is the joystick and joystick control box.
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    Joystick and control box install.
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    Now on to the rest of the build.

    Please stay tuned to your local Earth Directorate Broadcasting channels for further updates as they happen.
    Thank you for watching.
  10. starbuck

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    Wow - beautiful - I think I am gonna build it somewhen - looks really perfect.
  11. Revell-Fan

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    This is looking very good, RB! :)
  12. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    Here is an update of my progress.

    Revell-Fan made a GREAT set of formers that goes under part 247 (that way, it will not collapse if you squeeze it too tightly).

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    Now, you will need to attach the front end of part 247 first, then you can attach the formers (otherwise, you will have problems).
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    Part 143 has a hole in it so that the cockpit tub can poke through.
    (this will not be seen once the rest of the undercarriage parts are attached.
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    The cockpit interior is attached to part 33 (assembly).
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  13. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    I have attached the whole top part to the rest of the plane.

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    The front consoles are attached.
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    Next up will be the canopy.

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  14. Revell-Fan

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    Excellent, RB! I'm preparing the parts for the quad version now. ;)
  15. vulcan8630

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    Love the detail!!! You are truly a "Zealot" to the Papercraft! You make a detailed model and detail it more!!!! Thank you for your design and vision!!!!
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    bgt01 Exemplary Confidant

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  17. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    Thank you one and all for the kind words of encouragement!!!
    I GREATLY APPRECIATE IT!!!
  18. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    Here is a small update.

    I have attached the canopy. So far everything fits well. I will be making a couple of (sitting) pilots to check how they fit inside.

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    Please stay tuned to your local Earth Directorate Broadcasting channels for further updates as they happen.
    Thank you for watching.
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  19. Revell-Fan

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    I guess you will be busy soon! So far everything is looking good. I am now testing and revising the parts for the quad and then I will approach Martin and ask him to upload the new kit to his site. :)

    I'd love to see the build in the mixed medium section once you are doing it! :) I would be glad to revise the tub to make it fit in the Monogram model if you like. (Just PM me on that once you are starting ;) .)

    As for the wood models, I have seen quite a few fan builds using that medium. I was most impressed by a wooden version of the Warhawk (Hawk's ship). I can't find the original link to it any more but a quick google search led me to a similar model:

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    source: http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Warhawk-Buck...==/$(KGrHqVHJ!8E-E7jRHUzBP)Dhgq70g~~60_35.JPG

    The other one I am referring to has only painted windows; I found it before TC has released his beautiful paper kit. I was very surprised to see this because at first I was unable to tell which material the builder used for his model.
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  20. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Here are a few photos showing a pilot inside the cockpit.

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    Granted, the pilot is a bit small (1:35 scale) compared to the cockpit (1:32 scale), but it still works nicely!

    I have given Revell-Fan the GREEN LIGHT on this cockpit to be submitted to Martin Sanger for approval and to be uploaded to his site.
    Once Revell-Fan finishes a few touch ups on the QUAD, I will test build it as well.
    In the mean time, I am going to build a DETAIL version of this plane now (I will post photos, of course).

    Please stay tuned to your local Earth Directorate Broadcasting channels for further updates as they happen.
    Thank you for watching.