Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Bubble Bath Ship - all done.

Skipped a few steps, sorry about that, but here's my Bubblebath ship all done and, as the basis is a 70's bubble bath bottle, i've chosen to paint in a 70's SF paperback cover style.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Blakes 7 Ore Carrier - done. For now

Right, the engine has been put on the Ore Carrier and mind has turned to the weathering.
I knew i couldn't go overboard with it, becuase of the scale of the model - this is studio scale, and only time we ever see the ship, it crashes into a passenger liner that looks to be slightly larger.
Its stated in the episode that the passenger liner has 4,000 passengers on board, which makes for two huge craft, so therefore weathering has got to be pretty small.
So i've left it to just some basic dark shading with pastels around edges etc.
That's it almost done - last thing is to put on the two "45"'s at the rear of the tanks, the search continues for a match and may take a while, so i'm resting this project now.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Blakes 7 Ore Carrier - almost there

With the panel lines and Hovercraft decals applied, the Ore Carrier is nearly done.
The final hurdle looks to be the "45"'s that are to the rear of the tanks - its looking very likely that they're Letraset dry rub numbers, or maybe they're kit decals.
Either way, i'll be darned if i can narrow the search down.
So i'll be sticking the engine section on next and then i'll be weathering.
It looks to me that Mat Irvine's clock was ticking when he made the original as it seems that he's kept it to some squirts of black.
I'm not going that route, but rather the pastels one.
And, when i do get me some 45's, i'll put them on then.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Blakes 7 Ore Carrier - base coated

So, my search for a suitable spray can match for "Humbrol 128" for my Bales 7 Ore Carrier came to nowt.
Figuring i've tried to be as accurate as possible on this build that i can't compromise now, i've bitten the bullet, bought a couple of cans of the stuff and the biggest, softest brush i could, taken a deep breath and hand painted it.
Its turned out okay, with no streak marks or lines at all.
Very glad i did - its considerably lighter than leaving it in the grey primer would've been. But its a struggle to get used to a satin finish ship.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Bubble Bath Ship - assembled

Right, finally nabbed something for the engines of my Bubble Bath ship.
I didn't want anything too conventional, as its not a conventional ship so am going with this nifty top to a smoothy bottle.
With that on, its prime-time.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Blakes 7 Ore Carrier - almost there now!

Been quite a while since there's been any sort of an update on my Blakes 7 Ore Carrier as the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is this build has proved elusive.
Mat Irvine used the really quite naff R2D2 that came with the Airfix/MPC X-Wing back in the 70's and attached the two halves to the globes at the front.
Trouble is, that kit is pretty rare and therefore pricey these days - especially since the Force Awakens has driven up the price of all Star Wars kits - and i couldn't justify the expense for such a small part.
But, the top bloke that is Andy H over on the Eagle Transporter forum has come up trumps and sent me this unused one.
Cheers Andy - now, let the final stage begin!

Thursday, 18 February 2016

The Moebius - more of the underside

So, i've finished cladding the underside of the Moebius, and now i've added the strange flanges on the sides, the bigger shapes and starting on the smaller detail work.
Looking at the drawing its seems Moebius is doing something that Martin Bower does a lot - have very busy areas alongside quite blank one's.
So i'll be doing that, keeping all the busy details to the sides, leaving lots of open space in the middle.