Monday, 5 October 2015

Blakes 7 Ore Carrier - unglueing

If you look carefully in the middle near the rear of the Blakes 7 Ore Carrier, you may spot that busy part is comprised of two parts from the Airfix/MPC X-Wing kit.
I had them from the last time i attempted to build one of these but, alas, it was from a part-built kit that i'd bought off the 'Bay.
Pic 2: Trouble is, i only needed one half of the engine and the original owner hadn't exactly been sparing with the glue, meaning things were stuck tight.
Pic 3: So i got my Dremel out and crudely cut off the rear engine parts that had been stuck on, then very carefully cut close to the join between the two halves.
Pic 4: After that, i just sanded down to the join line.
Pic 5: And here it is joined to the other X-Wing part, which is the forward section of the engine assembly, glued horizontally. There was a fair bit of glue residue in the bottom of this piece, so i've covered it up with some corrugated Plasticard.

Friday, 2 October 2015

The Saturn Ship - nearly ready for weathering.

Right, that's the decals and colours on for the Saturn Ship.
I don't want to put on any more colours as i want to retain the industrial look.
Know that makes it a tad bland at the moment, but weathering's next so hopefully things will be broken up and more interesting.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Blakes 7 Unmanned Ore Carrier - tanks

So, i've glued the two Shuttle External Tanks together, minus their middle sections, and then added two pieces of tubing on each side as seen on the original.
I do like the detective nature of studio builds, that also up silly little unimportant nuggets, but they're fun anyway - Mat Irvine definetly was using an Imperial ruler when he made the ship - each tube is exactly 6 inches long.
Anyway, that's them done.
I've not added the hexagonical shapes from the R2D2 kit to the pointed end of the tanks i've only the one in my bits box. I do have some casting resin though, so will be popping out later to get some Playdoh to use as moulding material.
I've finished accurising the cage section and i'm doing things a bit different next to what i did five years ago.
You can see in Pic 2 from where i was at this stage back then that i just stuck the cage between the tanks.
Indeed, that's how it looks to be in most photos of the original.
But... take a close look at it here in Pic 3 - i'd assumed the tanks were stuck to the middle "was vertical but now horizontal" bar of the cage.
Not so.
The tanks don't touch it at all, and must be attached to some structure on the underside, the photo of which is Pic 4. But, no sign of anything there, so it must be something passing through the cage section.
But, what?

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The return of the Ore Carrier

We've been introducing our son to Blakes 7 and, just like recently with Battlestar Galactica, when i get back into a show, the modeller in me starts to think what can be built from it.
So i'm having a think when we get to the episode "Killer" which features a 600 year-old Wanderer Class spaceship (Pic 1).
"Hmmm..." thinks i, "that looks pretty easy - the bulk of it looks to be mainly Airfix Space Shuttle external tanks".
After doing a bit of research, that proved to be correct - four external tanks, some EMA shapes and parts from the Saturn V and Lunar Module also in evidence.
Already having the last two. and it looking to be a nice simple build, i thought i'd go for it and started buying up cheap Shuttle kits.
But, when i'd gotten two, i laid the halves out, one above the other the correct distance apart to gauge the diameter of EMA tube i'd be needing for the main hull.
And that's when it hit me - not only was the original model long, it was tall and bulky too. Too big and bulky to share space on my ever decreasing shelves.
So, talking of shelves, i shelved that idea.
But, that left me with two Shuttle kits that i'd bought for no reason.
Then the lightbulb went on - i'd started another studio scale Blakes 7 model five years ago, that used the two external tanks i now had sat there doing nothing.
I'd given up on that one about halfway through, but i still had parts needed for it, as well as these new parts, so why not try again?
Pic 2 is the ship i'm on about, it uses Shuttle parts, EMA shapes, X-Wing parts, R2D2 parts, plus bits of some, maybe all of these kits here in Pic 3.
I say maybe as there's still a huge amount of conjecture as to what was used in a lot of places, especially around the ball things and the underside, but that's what i like about this type of project - the detective work that goes into indentifying, or finding substitutes for, various parts.
So this will see me retracing what i've done before and i've already noticed a difference - looking back on what i posted here five years ago, my approach is quite different, i don't know whether i'm more keen now or if i'm just more of a river counter, but i feel the need to make things more accurate thatn last time.
Case in point, the girder affair in the middle as seen in Pic 2.
It is definetly the cage you get from EMA that encloses a ladder - but the ladder is wrong, its far too skinny.
Pic 4 is how last time i just went ahead and used it.
Its niggling me this time now that its not right, it needs a louvre effect to it and i think Mat Irvine didn't use a ladder but a set of stairs.
Pics 5 and 6 is what i've done to correct it. Put in PLasticard strips angled down to replicate it.
And that's where i am today.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Saturn Ship - basecoated

After priming, i had to decide what colour to go for with this ship.
Didn't want a bright 70's colour as i didn't think it'd look too good.
Didn't want white, as that might reinforce the ships Saturn V origins.
So instead i've gone for an industrial grey, "Ford Polar Grey".
Next up, decaling and weathering.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

The Saturn build - assembly done.

Think that's as far as i'm going to go with my Saturn build - i want lots of empty space for markings etc.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Revell Battlestar Galactica

I mentioned to my good friend Mark that i was on a bit of a Galactica kick at the moment and, top bloke that he is, kindly gave me a Revell kit of the craft.
Ta Mark!
He mentioned the build wouldn't take long and is sure right - just a case of simple halves stuck together and added to the rest.
Its much smaller than the old Monogram version that i'm used to but the detail and casting is far superior to that ancient kit.
Something a bit different to usual - the bare areas here are to take a whole slew of detailing decals, so i can't put the side things on until i've done that.