Micronauts Un-Produced Prototype Space ship

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  1. johnmiic

    johnmiic New Member

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    I do a lot of modeling in foam board and saw this design on Facebook in the Micronauts group there. This was a proposal for a toy by a designer/artist named Steve Hodges. I like the design a lot and went about making models as close as I could to the design as well as variants. I have no pattern for a paper-model as of yet but if anyone wants I can trace the parts of the models I still have and you can come up with something. I am open to collaborating with anyone wanting to make this. Please refer to the album I created for more views.

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    Many more photos here-even if you don't have a facebook account you should be able to view the album as it's set for public viewing:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10207762609491508&type=1&l=29d1a6275f
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  2. johnmiic

    johnmiic New Member

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    Here is a somewhat typical white version. I made several white ones for people who wished to add color to it later.

    This one is unique in that the pilot's compartment is narrower and more angular than most that I made. This was also one of the hardest parts to make. I came up with 4 ways to make the pilot's compartment and simplified it quite a bit.

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    This version also has a lip I didn't duplicate on any of the other versions.

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    From this angle it looks rather like the Nostronomo from Alien. Tho some people requested an all white version I added a grey plate to the engine surface. On other colors I added a rust/speckly foam board color. Tho these mock-ups were supposed to resemble toys but I kept forgetting that. I kept thinking these should be hardened, used, lived-in vehicles like you might find in Star Wars or Heavy Metal comics.

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    Here is an example of the rusty/speckly surface used on the tan model.

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    An action pose/angle.

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    Micronauts figures fit snugly in the pilot's seat.

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    Many more photos here-even if you don't have a facebook account you should be able to view the album as it's set for public viewing:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10207762609491508&type=1&l=29d1a6275f
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  3. zathros

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

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    Take a X-acto knife, and start cutting out those holes on the inside of the line, and begin recessing them. These models cry out for what we call, "greebling". you do this, then spray paint them (after filling the holes with the appropriate materials, and you will take you models way over the top! :)
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    johnmiic New Member

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    I did hollow out the intakes on one ship and it didn't turn out too well. Maybe the knife was dull or the foam had been sitting around too long. I think many things effect the foam board, even temperature.
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    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

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    Actually, the stuff is quite stable. That is why many photograph and picture frame makers use it to back expensive photos or paintings. The technique for cutting into it is to determine the depth, take you razor sharp cutting tool, wrap tape many times to leave out only the amount of blade that represents the depth you want. You then go around the perimeter of the cut vertically, going straight in plunging till you see the surface reach the tape edge. you do this, then gently, cut around the perimeter and you will isolate the part to be removed, if you do it right, you will also have a panel that can be hinged to open and close. you either pull off the center paper off the foam, if you need to save it, if not you the do the same thing you did around the perimeter inside on the interior, cutting it till there are a bunch of little squares, at the center you go side ways, using a nice machinists rule works best, and the little squares pop of and this process take far less time than it did for me to write this post. You could have down a 4" x 2" panel in the that time, and I type fast.

    All this is done with finesse, and extremely sharp blades. This is also why I recommend starting to use more 110 lb. card stock, as you won't get that boxy look and can star making wings that have an airfoil shape and look like the crafts you are trying to design. With 110 lb. card stock, you could cut a strip, use a dowel the same thickness as the foam board, and make leading a trailing edges that would enhance the models you have already made greatly. I could get a piece of foam board and show you, but I think you can do this on your own. Better too make one exceptional model than many O.K. ones. Only one life.

    With the model you made below, you could use the same technique to make the engine inlets tapered to the actual inlet, and add much realism to the model. You have the foundation for fantastic models, you just need to take it up a notch. If your satisfied with what you have made, that's fine too, but the reality remains the same. You can see this by looking at the works of all the other members. People join this forum and virtually every single one's has seen there modeling technique grow because of interaction with other members, and are producing, and designing their own models that could be sold commercially, and many have. :)
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  6. johnmiic

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    Many of these were a learning experience trying to interpet the original painting. I made these from August 2014 until August 2015 with a huge break for the cold NYC winter, (because I worked on these in my friend's construction garage which has no heat during winter. So at that point I have to shut it down). I know I have much more to learn and from the amount of sketches I do on variants of this design this is only scratching the surface.
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    DanBKing Dan the Man

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    In other things, and in paper modelling too, the more you tickle it, the more fun it becomes .......;)
    But, if you have cold fingers, it's never gonna work!:);):)
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    johnmiic New Member

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    My fingers don't get cold but do get a little numb when working actually. Maybe I hold the x-acto knife too tightly.:)
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    The work environment really can put the kibosh on projects. I like the way this ship works. If you could get me a sheet of the line drawings, I could make them through my CAD program, and you could glue them right over making the panels lines square and no so course. Cool looking model, and it can be played with, something not done enough. Remember, I am not criticizing, I am offering to help, I'm just a P.M. away! I have helped many people, I only ask that I not be credited. :)
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    Sorry, I've been away scrounging up some extra real-life work to pay the bills. At least I wasn't gone for 2 years again tho, lol! Your constructive criticism is most welcome! I don't have line drawings as of yet but I have a variety of templates I worked with that I cut out of oaktag. The size of the ships varied. I started out large and one of the Mods at the FB Micronauts group said it was coming out too large so I kept building until I got close to the size he thought it should be. I can trace the templates and mail you tracings if you like. My scanner is in storage but I can take pics with a digital camera and they don't come out to badly but maybe the tracings are more to your liking. I have no trouble mailing some pages over to you.

    I haven't even posted the variants or the sketches, color schemes or even the decal ideas I have for these ships yet. I filled nearly 2 sketchbooks with ideas for stuff and I haven't stopped yet. The design really captured me and I am "playing" with it. It's almost as versatile as the SPACE: 1999 Eagle because you can alter the modules, change shapes and turn parts to different orientations to get a new look. This fits with the original idea of it as a Micronauts toy. The toy line was marketed as "interchangeable". You could make new and different toys with the parts over and over. If you go with that theory when you build this the possibilities are almost endless.
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  12. ARMORMAN

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    I like it! Just to let you know, a friend of in the industry said there's a Micronauts animated series in the works (if they go off the Bill Mantlo/Mike Golden 11 issue Marvel series, I'll be verrrrrry happy)!
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  13. johnmiic

    johnmiic New Member

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    That would be great but I have heard the rights are split 3 ways, (Takara, Abrams/Gentile Entertainment and Marvel), so there's mountains to move if they want to do it. Same problem if they wanted to do ROM Spaceknight.
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    Hasbro Entertainment is producing it...
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    I hope it happens! I want to see it badly.
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    This is a silver version. I added some additional detail to the design and it reminds me of another well known spaceship. Anyone...?

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    I really like posing the figures with the ships.

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    A nice close-up of that speckle pattern foam board. Also, the neck that holds the pilot's seat was too thick so I cut it in 1/2 and removed some foam board from the center. When I re-assembled it I had this nice detail line in the middle. I liked how that came out actually.

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    Coming soon; The variant designs.

    Many more photos here-even if you don't have a facebook account you should be able to view the album as it's set for public viewing:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10207762609491508&type=1&l=29d1a6275f

    Silver in this link:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10207762615891668&type=1&l=e6236c49f8
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  17. zathros

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

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    I have deleted your gallery photos as they do not go with the rules of the forum. Use the Forum's Build threads for your pictures, not the Gallery. P.M. sent.