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Soldado’s former paintless boredom killer – A scratchbuilding attempt

Soldado’s former paintless boredom killer – A scratchbuilding attempt

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About the Project

Project edit.... So with most of my hobby stuff (still) packed away for a sort of completed relocation im left with a few small painting bits, mostly characters for my Burrows and badgers stuff. However the Great British weather didnt co-operate, the heat meant there was little to no chance I could paint. So I decided to try my hand at building a small shuttle craft useful for Infinity, Black-ops, Pulp Alley Sci-fi infact any small scale sci-fi game Im playing this week... And its kind of snowballed..... Theres not a lot in the way of instuctions on this as Im mostly making it up as I go along, this includes the design of the shuttle, Im a rubbish artist and any attempt by me to transfer an idea from my head to paper generally ends with me utterly frustrated and the idea abandoned. So onwards.....

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I'm lovin' it

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The four bracing struts are made, time to start thinking out the rest of it.The four bracing struts are made, time to start thinking out the rest of it.

Golden Arches - bulk foodstuffs hauler.

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The Golden Arches is a medium/ bulk foodstuffs hauler, she  carries processed carbs and protein supplements to whichever moon wants it.

There are those who say she doesnt seem to carry quite so much as she could given the size of her holds……

 


 

so this is just me messing around in the first stages after inspiration whacked me around the head and said so this is just me messing around in the first stages after inspiration whacked me around the head and said "look, see that pringles tube, you can use that you can!" It didnt help that this occurred at silly o'clock and kept me up for way longer than it should have.

Why are pringles tubes not an easy to measure diameter? 7 point bloomin 5 cm! yeah that bits easy, but then to draw the circle with a compass, yep the radius is 3.75 &*%”&^^&^%”%**!&^*!& (insert swear words of choice at this point)

the living spaces will be off set, im thinking that they’ll be running down the port side of the top most tube…. but thats a bit of a way off as yet, I still need to finish Daisy.

 

Thoughts?

 


 

I'm blue! da ba dee da ba da!

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not much progress but I have managed to base coat her.... and go on, get that song out of your head now :Dnot much progress but I have managed to base coat her.... and go on, get that song out of your head now :D

one small ship for me, one huge amount of cardboard and glue for.... uh me as well

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Well the Dreaming of Daisy build is complete. Here she is next to the Cicada, next up is the painting phase I'm thinking Blue and Grey, any thoughts?Well the Dreaming of Daisy build is complete. Here she is next to the Cicada, next up is the painting phase I'm thinking Blue and Grey, any thoughts?

Light speed is to slow, we need to go to ludicrous speed!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Scuppers are in, so that the underneath detailedScuppers are in, so that the underneath detailed
4 engines, currently blu-tacked in place, discovered shes reallllllllly rear heavy, I migh need to cut into her to put some weight up front. I shouldnt have done the ruddy scuppers 4 engines, currently blu-tacked in place, discovered shes reallllllllly rear heavy, I migh need to cut into her to put some weight up front. I shouldnt have done the ruddy scuppers

We have lift off!!! For a given value of lift and an unexplored fraction of off....

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so engine no1 is sort of there, sheesh these are a pain to do....so engine no1 is sort of there, sheesh these are a pain to do....

The darker colour to the card is because I used a quick drying wood varnish to harden the card so it became sandable (is that a word? well it is now). worked a treat I think.

Scratching the back...

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As I updated the Project heading image, it puts the project back to the head of updated ones, so heres a little update as to what I got done last night. I added the curve to the As I updated the Project heading image, it puts the project back to the head of updated ones, so heres a little update as to what I got done last night. I added the curve to the "wings" and added the sun rays.

So my missus, when I showed her what I was doing asked if it was a dog, so it is now..

The Stardog class shuttle, Registration mark W.I.7.5, Currently named “Dreaming of Daisy”, current owner Jacarinth Yeau.

Like Captain, like ship. Battered, scarred, patched up and parts replaced. She’s been all over, carried everything, lost vital fluids in all the star systems from Brizzle to Gasglow. But she keeps flying, ticking along looking for the next big score. Funny though, there ain’t that many stardogs left flying and rumours are going around about assassinations and disappearances  and stardogs feature in more than a few, like when Antos Leeva and his entire crew were taken down hard, a stardog was seen taking off just before the lock-down orders arrived. Coincidence, maybe, I think I’ll just find a docking berth somewhere where there ain’t no stardogs..

An update..of sorts

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So if you read(did I even say?) previously I’ve been moving house. Well the main part is done, however chaos reins, I cant find very much so am reduced to fairly simplistic project parts at the moment.

I dont even have a decent sized working area currently so have even had to stop work on the Tangerine Dream.

Soooo instead heres another little shuttle craft 😀

 

Basic box form completed, a bit more square/ true than the last attempt.Basic box form completed, a bit more square/ true than the last attempt.
Cockpit shape changed and banding added to strengthen the box.Cockpit shape changed and banding added to strengthen the box.
Hull expanded and cockpit and hull details started.Hull expanded and cockpit and hull details started.
Leg struts and engine forms in place (albeit temporarily) Deadzone minis for scale.Leg struts and engine forms in place (albeit temporarily) Deadzone minis for scale.

 

Well i hope you like it, I’ll add more as it gets done.

Its here, Where? Somewhere!

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The shuttle has landed... Specifically on the shuttle dock on the Port forward quarter of the Tangerine Dream.The shuttle has landed... Specifically on the shuttle dock on the Port forward quarter of the Tangerine Dream.
Here's the dock without the shuttle, the throne looking bit is the mating collar that matches the shuttle ramp the rest will just form bulkheads.Here's the dock without the shuttle, the throne looking bit is the mating collar that matches the shuttle ramp the rest will just form bulkheads.

Once I start detailing I’ll be adding a bucky cable that would guide a shuttle into place without the shuttle having to use its engines to close to the hull.

Sarge,it's allgonea bit ... metaphysical, like

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A bit larger than I was imagining, this is where you realise that what youve been thinking of in your head is a whole lot bigger than you realisedA bit larger than I was imagining, this is where you realise that what youve been thinking of in your head is a whole lot bigger than you realised
here it is with a couple of 28mm figures for scalehere it is with a couple of 28mm figures for scale

Bish bash, splish splosh....

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So a fairly cool (but Oh so Early :( ) morning meant I was able to spray and start applying some paint to the Cicada Shuttle.. A very limited pallette so farSo a fairly cool (but Oh so Early :( ) morning meant I was able to spray and start applying some paint to the Cicada Shuttle.. A very limited pallette so far

A small history of this paticular craft…..

The JetBug(TM) class shuttle “Cicada” registration mark “RP-142” was an executive surface to orbital shuttle belonging to the Rolande Pilowsky Corporation for the personal use of Rolande himself. Despite being fairy new, it was disposed of by the corporation board after the shuttle was found in a decaying orbit, the chairman, advisors and crew were all found dead inside. Bearing marks of extreme violence but no sign of the attacker was found or of their entry or exit point.

Although sent for full material recycling, the disposal company quietly sold the craft on as she was still fairly new, after passing through various hands “Cicada” ended up in the hands of a trader captain of slighty dubious rep Calvin Swift, Captain of the “Tangerine Dream”…..

More neck than a herd of giraffes!!

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Basic bridge section form done and access corridor started.Basic bridge section form done and access corridor started.

Size matters...

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tonights efforts produce a cockpit window for a slightly bigger craft....tonights efforts produce a cockpit window for a slightly bigger craft....

And on to painting her......

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...wait I cant, this is where we came in :(...wait I cant, this is where we came in :(

So this little diversion has kept me occupied for the best part of a week while Im not sorting out a house move, school change for my little un etc etc etc.

 

She will get painted at some stage, hopefully before long and I’ll update this thread once thats done.

 

Sorry if theres a lack of detail around certain things, my only excuse is that I didnt really think it would work as well as it has. There lots wrong with her but I’ve learned loads about scratch building in cardboard and to think geometry wasnt my favourite subject at school 😀

 

I hope whats here is of some use to you even if its just as inspiration. Shout if you want me to explain anything in a little more detail..

 

until its painted….. 😛

Bugs glorious bugs!

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Full frontal depravity! having decided to call her the Full frontal depravity! having decided to call her the "Cicada" shes almost complete, the turbines are pounland superglue lids cut down (30 of the things, glad I kept all of the ones I have over the years/ months :S)

Up Up and away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Directional thrust engines in place and detailed, lesson here do the detailing before you glue the engines in place, its far easier, these are the 2nd set for that reason.Directional thrust engines in place and detailed, lesson here do the detailing before you glue the engines in place, its far easier, these are the 2nd set for that reason.
A view from above, the green on the tail is milliput, I used it to give a smoother surface to the A view from above, the green on the tail is milliput, I used it to give a smoother surface to the "wing" the main wings would also get this treatment.

Super hero Landing!! nope not really....

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So the undercarriage is built and inplaceSo the undercarriage is built and inplace

Details, details, details....

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Starting to add Starting to add "stuff" window surrounds, edgings, panels etc
The rear door/ ramp, nope it doesnt open...The rear door/ ramp, nope it doesnt open...

Superglue and confusion...

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Initial bodywork blank, made from the parts on the initial drawing. Initial bodywork blank, made from the parts on the initial drawing.
Tail and horzontal flight engine pods added, these didnt get drawn out so a snafu'd here, the engine pod on the RHS is smaller than the LHS one (RAGE FACE), Tail assembly was also warped.Tail and horzontal flight engine pods added, these didnt get drawn out so a snafu'd here, the engine pod on the RHS is smaller than the LHS one (RAGE FACE), Tail assembly was also warped.

An Idea congeals....

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So My poor attempts at a technical drawing, mostly this is correct however changes were needed, lots of cereal boxes were wasted by the mistakes.So My poor attempts at a technical drawing, mostly this is correct however changes were needed, lots of cereal boxes were wasted by the mistakes.

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