Model of meritorious mention Sulaco 1:430 scale

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Marco Scheloske, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. Marco Scheloske

    Marco Scheloske Member

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    Hi fellows,

    since December 2010 I'm building Jan Rukr's amazing 1:430 SULACO papermodel (http://www.sulaco.cz/), and I thought it is time to share some pictures, now that I finished the bow section (which is 1 meter long!). The antennas are all strengthend with carbon profiles, so they won't bent over time. Here we go:

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    Meanwhile I started the middle section. I LOVE this papermodel!
  2. lehcyfer

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    And it is visible. Very nice, clean model. Great job!

    I plan to make it too - when all the parts will be available.
    The printing alone will be a big job by itself...
  3. Marco Scheloske

    Marco Scheloske Member

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    Indeed. I have the luck to be the site manager of a small printing company, and my parts are digital offset printed. It is very good to be able to use different weights of paper for the parts, so I can choose the best for each part (250 g/sqm for parts which form the structure, 160 or 120 g/sqm for parts that are just "eyecandy" and have nothing to do with the structural integrity). And because our machine is being calibrated before each print the color of the parts is the same, regardless when I print them.
  4. Zathros

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    Wow, excellent workmanship. Nice paper advantage you have too! :)
  5. lehcyfer

    lehcyfer Member

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    Ahh. I thought about digital offset, but wondered about cost - perhaps I'll be able to convince a few friends to order a printout together...
  6. Marco Scheloske

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    Middle structure and bottom railgun done:

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    Next is the engine mount.
  7. F131

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    Lucky *******!!!!! Oh, great job on the model!
  8. Marco Scheloske

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    Port reacor mount done (without "greeblies", those will be glued onto it when the starboard part is also mounted):

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  9. Zathros

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    Excellent Marco!! :)
  10. Marco Scheloske

    Marco Scheloske Member

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    Time for anther update about my SULACO buildup. I finished all parts that are online: The middle section is complete, the guns are complete (but not mounted yet, they are so fragile that I will mount them as the very last parts), the pylon and the main engine. Here are the pictures... and I hope that Jan will upload new parts soon:

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  11. Zathros

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    Excellent looking sub assemblies there. They all look so nice and square. The engine nozzle is excellent also! The nose piece with the antennae array sticking out of the wall makes for a great piece on it's own! :)
  12. ThunderChild

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    Still blows my mind how big this thing will be once finished!!! :O
    Great work so far!
  13. Zathros

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    I think my town would charge me property tax on that ship!! :)
  14. Marco Scheloske

    Marco Scheloske Member

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    Thanks!

    I'm especially taking my time when building the "frame boxes" of the ship. It depends on them wether or not the complete assembly will look straight. Using square steel angles of different sizes I check the parts fit countless times while the glue sets... that way I need very long for a simple box, but the whole project is not a quick one, and the model will be shown on several exhibitions here in Germany once it is done, so I will be sure to do the best I can with it.
  15. Zathros

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    I sincerely think with the right lighting and cameras, the most impressive space flight scenes could be created. :)
  16. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

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    Have you ever tried using a machinist's square? It's got this big weighted end that makes it perfect for getting absolutely square joints and making sure the assembly is true. I am in love with mine; it's an essential item for doing work like this that is dependant on a near-perfect 90* angle on every part.
  17. Zathros

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    At Sikorsky's, any machinist square off more that .0005" was not considered suitable for use on the factory floor, and was then considered a carpenters square.

    An Excellent tool for forming extremely sharp angles, I most definitely agree! :)
  18. Marco Scheloske

    Marco Scheloske Member

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    I meant exactly such one... I just didn't know the correct english term. wall1:wave:
  19. Marco Scheloske

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    Today I mounted the pylon under the middle hull - with the help of magnets!

    That way it is removable and the model will be much easier to transport than a fully glued-on version:

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  20. Zathros

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    That's really smart. Makes a lot of sense. Smart memorable idea!:)