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Old 16th Jan 2008, 03:24 AM   #31
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Old 16th Jan 2008, 10:59 AM   #32
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that its very very cool, the shine of the engines makes it even better great work!
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Old 16th Jan 2008, 10:31 PM   #33
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Man! That is some incredible work. I mean, the lighting and everything. It makes me think of the days, not so long ago, when physical models were used for all the special FX shots in movies and tv shows.

Have you posted this on the StarshipBuilder forum yet? This is as incredible as Cobywan's model (in progress) of the new Galactica.
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Old 17th Jan 2008, 12:38 AM   #34
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Ah very nice dude. Being an ol' scratch-built practical modeler myself, I can totally appreciate your efforts.

My only crit would be the paint-job. For myself, it works well for mid-to-long shots, but I feel it could use some more extensive detailed weathering and variation. Kinda almost looks like a die-cast replica up close as it is IMO.

But, that nit-pick aside, awesome work I must say.

Congrats on the job well-finished, as well as the well-deserved front-page here.

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It could be the size of the image that makes the paint job look slightly off. It may magnify any small errors in my paint job.

My first painting attempt was less then satisfactory. For this model I started with a base coat of Alclad II White Aluminum. I then airbrushed Testors Metalizer gunmetal in various areas for variety. I then went over it with rust coloured weathering powders.

Interestingly looking at references the ship does not have many metallic colours. There is a lot of browns. What people think the colours should be and what they are can be completely different.

Thanks to everyone for the comments.
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Old 17th Jan 2008, 09:03 AM   #35
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Okay, i'm sold....
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Old 17th Jan 2008, 12:58 PM   #36
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Man! That is some incredible work. I mean, the lighting and everything. It makes me think of the days, not so long ago, when physical models were used for all the special FX shots in movies and tv shows.

Have you posted this on the StarshipBuilder forum yet? This is as incredible as Cobywan's model (in progress) of the new Galactica.
I took your advice and posted on the StarshipBuilder forums. I looked at Cobywan's Nu Galactica and it is amazing. Any idea what happened to it as the blog stops
http://nugalactica.blogspot.com/2007...e-nozzles.html
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Old 17th Jan 2008, 05:32 PM   #37
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Good to see it finished! Well done Alex! BRAVO!
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Old 18th Jan 2008, 05:03 AM   #38
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Cool Alex. Nice to see it fihished, as Sean said. The detail is a lot better than I thought you would be able to get.

Did you do anything about starting the Mule? or have you had enough?
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Old 18th Jan 2008, 09:13 AM   #39
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Cool Alex. Nice to see it fihished, as Sean said. The detail is a lot better than I thought you would be able to get.

Did you do anything about starting the Mule? or have you had enough?
I have started the mule but it is early days still.

I have also started a Wraith Dart which is turning out more complex then I thought.
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Old 18th Jan 2008, 09:02 PM   #40
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I have started the mule but it is early days still.

I have also started a Wraith Dart which is turning out more complex then I thought.
Whoaa! You're doing the Mule too? Sweet! Will it be in scale with Serenity?

As for Cobywan's blog, I think the poor boy went completely mad, probably while trying to do those flight pod retraction pockets on the Nu-G.
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Old 20th Jan 2008, 12:06 AM   #41
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Mule will be 1:18 or 1:20 scale. I started the build for 1:18 scale but now have conflicting info on the size of teh thing so it maybe 1:20. If it were in scale with my Serenity it would probably be less then half an inch long

Too bad about teh Nu-G. The detail looks amazing. Hate for all that work to not get finished
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Old 20th Jan 2008, 04:12 AM   #42
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It's looking really. Only crits would be the lighting setup; it's a bit flat and the shaders that you chose make it look a little plasticky.

/me runs

Seriously tho; it's an awesome model and I can't even imagine the amount of work that went into it. Great job!
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Old 20th Jan 2008, 11:00 AM   #43
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Awesome!!! All it needs is a Reaver Paint job
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Old 20th Jan 2008, 12:59 PM   #44
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Fantastic work. I give a look at your making of... excellent. Years of art.
Now I'm going to learn basic of RC foam electric planes, in the past I did some plastic 1:72 plane models... so I can imagine what was your totally enthusiastic work.
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Old 20th Jan 2008, 01:05 PM   #45
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I'll bet you guys have never heard of RC warship combat---folks the world around build electrically driven WW2 warships scale models armed with co2-powered bibi guns for the sole purpose of beating the hell out of eachother and sinking in dramatic fashions.

Don't do something like that with your boat. Great work!
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Old 20th Jan 2008, 01:22 PM   #46
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Styrofoam_Guy I'd love to see the ref you have for the underside of your Wraith Dart. I want to update my LW Dart.
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Old 20th Jan 2008, 05:36 PM   #47
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Has Hollywood caught wind of you yet?
If not, they are missing out!
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Old 20th Jan 2008, 05:49 PM   #48
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It could be the size of the image that makes the paint job look slightly off. It may magnify any small errors in my paint job.

My first painting attempt was less then satisfactory. For this model I started with a base coat of Alclad II White Aluminum. I then airbrushed Testors Metalizer gunmetal in various areas for variety. I then went over it with rust coloured weathering powders.

Interestingly looking at references the ship does not have many metallic colours. There is a lot of browns. What people think the colours should be and what they are can be completely different.

Thanks to everyone for the comments.
Still a great job dude.

The thing about the powders (ah I remember the day I first found them), in addition to putting them on with make-up brushes I add water (and then sealant) and/or sometimes even thinned out dope-coat to simulate grimey liquid-based dirt and weathering. And while the rust color is grand, the powders come in a vast array of colors now (I think I have about 30+ or so by now). The variation of color alone adds so much depth to a model's weathering.

If you do mix them with dope, or another like sealant, you have to do same surface tests to make sure what you are applying the powder-sealant-mix to does not have an adverse chemical reaction to the chemicals in the mix, perhaps causing it to mar or melt the surface. YIKES!

Again, great job dude.

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My god that is actually a jaw dropping sight and I bet the pictures dont do it full justice to see it in person must be awe inspiring. Bet a model like that would fetch a large amount on ebay, but after 2 years work I wouldnt blame you if selling it was the last thing on your mind.
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Old 23rd Jan 2008, 02:02 PM   #50
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Styrofoam_Guy I'd love to see the ref you have for the underside of your Wraith Dart. I want to update my LW Dart.
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Old 23rd Jan 2008, 02:11 PM   #52
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Still a great job dude.

The thing about the powders (ah I remember the day I first found them), in addition to putting them on with make-up brushes I add water (and then sealant) and/or sometimes even thinned out dope-coat to simulate grimey liquid-based dirt and weathering. And while the rust color is grand, the powders come in a vast array of colors now (I think I have about 30+ or so by now). The variation of color alone adds so much depth to a model's weathering.

If you do mix them with dope, or another like sealant, you have to do same surface tests to make sure what you are applying the powder-sealant-mix to does not have an adverse chemical reaction to the chemicals in the mix, perhaps causing it to mar or melt the surface. YIKES!

Again, great job dude.

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Looking at the full size images again I do agree the model does look a bit overweathered. It could be that the photos do make it stand out more then seeing it in front of you.

I do have a variety of shades for weathering. The ones I have come pre-mixed with some other agent so they are actually fairly durable once put on the model. So much so that trying to rub it off will remove maybe about 20%. Of the ones I had the rust coloured one seemed to match my references the best.

I have had moulds made and am getting castings made. For my next one I may have to make my own weathering powders to get the various shades as seen in my reference photos.


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Old 23rd Jan 2008, 02:14 PM   #53
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My god that is actually a jaw dropping sight and I bet the pictures dont do it full justice to see it in person must be awe inspiring. Bet a model like that would fetch a large amount on ebay, but after 2 years work I wouldnt blame you if selling it was the last thing on your mind.
Actually for me it is the build process I enjoy. Once I finish models they normally go in a box and are stored away. I have no room to display most of my models. Serenity maybe different because of the amount of time I spent on it but there is still the lack of display space.


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Old 30th Jan 2008, 08:55 AM   #54
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wow, this is fantastic
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Old 30th Jan 2008, 09:15 AM   #55
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OMG! you rock.
I am doing a 3D rendering, website, and physical model of Serenity for my Senior Guided research Project for my school. I have been looking around and stumbled onto this forum and saw your model and I was amazed. I can barely carve a stick much less create such an intricate model such as yours.
Your model is so awesome, by the way is the shuttle detachable?
ne way I love it.
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Old 30th Jan 2008, 04:03 PM   #56
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Thats pretty incredible! I wouldn't even know where to begin.
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Old 30th Jan 2008, 10:39 PM   #57
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One word - Wow!

I really cant express how impressive that is!!!
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Old 31st Jan 2008, 10:57 PM   #58
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OMG! you rock.
I am doing a 3D rendering, website, and physical model of Serenity for my Senior Guided research Project for my school. I have been looking around and stumbled onto this forum and saw your model and I was amazed. I can barely carve a stick much less create such an intricate model such as yours.
Your model is so awesome, by the way is the shuttle detachable?
ne way I love it.
The shuttles are separate little items. On this model I glued them in
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Old 1st Feb 2008, 12:15 PM   #59
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Thats just jaw droppingly awesome..
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Old 1st Feb 2008, 06:50 PM   #60
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This is one of the most difficult ships to model. No matter how you do it. CG or physical.
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