Ranger-3

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  1. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    ThunderChild has finished the design of Ranger-3 and has sent me the kit to test build.
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    There are 15 sheets of parts for the shuttle alone.
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    I am starting off with the main engines.

    Internal formers.
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    The skin of the engines.
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    formers inside the skin.
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    Please stay tuned to your local EDD channels for more updates.
  2. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

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    GREAT! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished model. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
  3. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    Cockpit Interior

    Here is the cockpit interior. Even though you may not be able to see much of it once it is inside the shuttle, there are quite a few panels ans consoles that can easily be greebled out.

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  4. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    Interestingly, just the cockpit interior makes for a GREAT model, on its own.
  5. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

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    This is a wonderful design!
  6. zathros

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

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    Thunderchild rumbles the world with another great model! :)
  7. Maverick65

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    WOW - This is great, and that cockpit...WOW. What a geat start, what a great model. Thank-you Thunderchild for a cool addition to the BRit25thC. Thanks RB for a cool testbuild.
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  9. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    Formers

    Here are the formers. When working with these formers, just remember to take your time and use a bit of finesse. They will go together.

    Here are the formers for the nose section.
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    Here are the formers for the rest of the ship.
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    Start off with formers I1, H1, F2-F6, G1 & G2.
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    I2 & H2 added.
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    The rest of the formers are added.
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    Then formers are now assembled. Next is applying the skin.
  10. Rogerio Silva

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    Subcribed and already astonished! Two artists teaming up to produce a masterpiece, that's what that is.
  11. zathros

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

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    That cockpit is amazing! I wish I could see this, I would watch it with English subtitles, I watch many movies with subtitles. I can't find it in the U.S. though. AAaargh! :)
  12. ASC Mclaren

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    Great start!
  13. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    Well not disappoint anyone, here are more photos of my progress for your viewing pleasure.

    Here are some of the parts of the skin for the main body.
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    Parts are assembled.
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    Skin, tail, and cockpit interior attached.
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    Here is a close-up of the tail.
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    Here is the canopy.
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  14. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    More canopy parts.
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    Canopy fully assembled.
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    Canopy attached.
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    Nose formers attached.
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  15. mcusanelli

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    That looks incredible!!!!!
  16. DanBKing

    DanBKing Dan the Man

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    WOW, That canopy looks brilliant. Keep going RB. :thumb::thumb:
  17. Rogerio Silva

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    Absolutely fabulous, but that is no surprise, considering both the author and builder. Fantastic job as usual, RB! A great, must-have model from Thunderchild.
  18. Revell-Fan

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    Wonderful! That is going to be a great model!
  19. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    It is now time to skin the underside.
    Starting with the wings.
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    Underside skin assembled (with landing gear bays attached.
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    Underside attached to the body.
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    Top skin of wings attached.
    ("NOTE" When attaching the skin for the top of the wing it is best to attach it to the body first, then attach it to the trailing edge, then finish attaching the outer edge. That way all of the texture lines match up properly.
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    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    Now for the nosecone.
    The nosecone assembly went to easily.
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