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Another Star Destroyer?!?

Another Star Destroyer?!?

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Project Blog by fourtytwo Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

The Imperial II-class Star Destroyer DOMINATOR I built from april to september this year could use an escort ship. So, I have embarked on another rather ambitious model building-project. I will build an Interdictor Cruiser in scale to the 60cm-model of the DOMINATOR. The Interdictor Cruiser has been introduced in the Star Wars REBELS animated show and seen some significant action there. Since no kit exists of the ship - no less at the size I need it to be - I will scratch-build the whole darn thing using renders of the model used in the show as a reference point for shapes, angles and proportions, but adding details and changing a few things to translate the simplified art style of the show to the bristling look of the models used in the original movies. And this time, I plan to light it up right from the get-go.

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"It's a Star Destroyer!" "No, this is something else..."

Tutoring 8
Skill 12
Idea 11

I started by building the basic structure of the upper main hull. I used the front 42 centimeters of another 1/2700-scale Zvesda Star Destroyer I had lying around, and cut it in half along the middle axis. I then cut and filed away approximately 0.4-0.5 cm from the middle edges of both new halves to make space for the characteristic trench, which I then built from plastic card and conneted both halves to it. I also started to build the large flat superstructure to both sides of the middle trench and started adding detail to the build:

Next, I built the basic shape of the bridge section and the neck connecting it to the rear of the upper hull and dry-fitted it to see if everything aligns neatly.

With that done, I proceeded detailing and finishing the bridge section. I used some details from the Star Destroyer kit like the shield projector domes, the communications/sensor array as well as the front and back elements of the neck to create some visual paralles between both models and represent the modular building style of the Galactic Empire. As you can see on later photos of the build-progress, the shield projector domes will both move a bit more inwards later.

The flat domes of the gravity well-generators proved to be challenge. I couldn’t build them and make them all look nice and even, so I had to find something with the right shape and size. After some searching, I purchased a few white door stoppers in 4 cm and 6 cm diameter. Fortunately, the material was way more rigid than I thought, so I didn’t need to support them from the inside.

With these glued in place, the upper half of the ship is starting to take shape. I proceeded to build and add details – loads of details, especially to the middle trench, and the build of the upper half is now almost finished:

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