Detailed Thunder Fighter Project

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Rhaven Blaack, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2009
    Messages:
    7,416
    Likes Received:
    2,253
    Thank you for the compliments.

    With the detailed parts, I opened the parts sheets in MS PAINT and isolated the parts that I wanted to use for detailing and copied them to a new sheet and then built accordingly.

    As for the canopy, I have to admit that the slide system was an after thought, after the plane was 90% finished. If I would have planned to make the canopy slide much earlier in the build, I would have (more then likely) done things differently.
  2. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    These are so freakin' awesome!! :)
  3. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2009
    Messages:
    5,889
    Likes Received:
    3,532
    :thumb: Efficient and true to the real thing! :thumb:
    (Is there a bigger "Thumbs-Up" Smily available?)
  4. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2009
    Messages:
    7,416
    Likes Received:
    2,253
    As soon as I am finished with the Ford F-15 beta build and the Raptor build, I will build another TF (with the same level of detail, of course)

    Although I am not certain which one I should do next .
    Do any of you have a suggestions of what TF you would like to see built next (Yes, eventually I will rebuild the entire squadron of course)?
  5. trt

    trt Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2011
    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    7
    You go on holiday and wonder what's happened while you've been away.

    Utterly fantastic RB :eek:

    It should now be a legal requirement that all Thunderfighters must be detailed :twisted:
  6. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2009
    Messages:
    7,416
    Likes Received:
    2,253
    Thank you for the compliment. As stated before, I will be remaking my entire squadron with this level of detail.

    I also have a few ideas for a few repaints that I am playing around with in my head right now.
  7. ASC Mclaren

    ASC Mclaren Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2011
    Messages:
    761
    Likes Received:
    204
    RB, those canopies are amazing!
  8. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2009
    Messages:
    7,416
    Likes Received:
    2,253
    You now have a few options for your build once you get to that point.

    I do have to say that when I was thinking of starting this detailed project, I had people like you in mind.
    Not only am I rebuilding my entire squadron for my own enjoyment, but I am also doing this for everyone (including you) who are building (or are planning to build) these MAGNIFICENT planes.
    So if there is a technique that i have used that you (or anyone else) is interested in using to modify your build, by all means go ahead and do so. The only thing that I ask is that you post photos of your build.

    I look forward to seeing how your project turns out (as well as seeing other people out there build a TF or two).
  9. leofirebrand

    leofirebrand Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2012
    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    0
    I love all the detail. It can be a chore but man does it literally make a model pop. I will also have to remember that slide setup as it is really ingenious.

    I hate to admit I don't know what these ships are from but I love the design.
  10. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2009
    Messages:
    7,416
    Likes Received:
    2,253
    Thank you for the compliment.
    These Fighters (actually only a couple) are from the old 1978 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Starring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray.

    You can find these model here:
    http://www.paperaviation.de/index.html (look under SCI-FI).

    If you decide to build one (or two, or more) and you need help or advice, please feel free to PM me and I will do what I can to help you out.
  11. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2009
    Messages:
    5,889
    Likes Received:
    3,532
    EEK! 1979!!! (1978 was BSG!) :mrgreen:

    Ahem, but Buck was in pre-production in 1978, so... well... leave it! :p
  12. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2009
    Messages:
    7,416
    Likes Received:
    2,253
    :p:p:p
  13. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2009
    Messages:
    7,416
    Likes Received:
    2,253
    Quad Thunder Fighter (Blue Paint scheme)

    Hello Ladies and gentlemen, I am back to this project again.
    This time I am building the QUAD Thunder Fighter (Blue paint scheme).
    I have started with the cockpit. As you can see, I have recessed the screens, and raised the buttons and panels.

    IMAG1173.jpg

    IMAG1174.jpg

    IMAG1175.jpg

    IMAG1176.jpg

    IMAG1177.jpg

    IMAG1178.jpg
  14. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2009
    Messages:
    7,416
    Likes Received:
    2,253
  15. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2009
    Messages:
    7,416
    Likes Received:
    2,253
    Here are the rest of the photos of the cockpit.
    IMAG1185.jpg

    IMAG1186.jpg

    IMAG1187.jpg

    IMAG1188.jpg

    IMAG1189.jpg

    IMAG1190.jpg

    I will next start on the rest of the plane.
  16. Patron_zero

    Patron_zero Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Messages:
    113
    Likes Received:
    4

    My understanding is that Ralph McQuarrie originally submitted the Thunder Fighter to ABC for BSG but the design was dismissed for the iconic Viper aircraft.

    [​IMG]
  17. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2009
    Messages:
    7,416
    Likes Received:
    2,253
    You are correct, the Thunder Fighter was originally designed for BSG.
    I have made two different TFs with both new and old BSG paint schemes (The old paint scheme was made as a tribute to my mother. Here is the thread: http://www.zealot.com/forum/showthread.php?t=168988)
  18. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2009
    Messages:
    5,889
    Likes Received:
    3,532
    BTW, the Ralph McQuarrie Concept Viper will be part of the next Thunderfighter add-on package we are making. The CG model is set, I only have to adapt the texture and unfold the new parts.
  19. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2009
    Messages:
    7,416
    Likes Received:
    2,253
    Update

    Here is an update of my progress.
    I have started on the main body.
    Here are the body halves.

    As you can see, I have raised a few of the panels and detailed texture of the engine section.
    IMAG1191.jpg

    IMAG1192.jpg

    IMAG1193.jpg

    IMAG1194.jpg

    IMAG1195.jpg

    IMAG1196.jpg
  20. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2009
    Messages:
    7,416
    Likes Received:
    2,253