Friday, 16 March 2012

Blast from the past - the Six Million Dollar Man ship

What you've got here are two modelling projects, seperated by about 20 years.

Project 1:
Back in the late 70's when i'd just started scratchbuilding and converting things into all sorts of SF craft and devices, i'd gotten hold of my old Six Million Dollar Man repair station/spaceship thingy with a view to making it into a spaceship. I'd gotten some way with it before losing interest and consigning it to the attic.

Project 2:
Fast forward to a couple of years ago when i discover the long-forgotten project while up in my Mum's attic.
Dusting it off, i thought i'd give it a bit more of a go.
First up, i remove some of the pretty clunky detail i'd put on and replace the cereal box cardboard i'd used in places for Plasticard. And then i started adding new pieces.
Looking at the above photo it goes, left to right:
New Plasticard strips in that recessed area,
the next raised slightly section is original, hand painted in Humbrol Matt Grey (!) and 2 years ago i've added bits to cover it up,
new panelling and bits immediately below that,
another original grey section,
more new panels,
the raised area next and the rest of the ship has parts from the X Wing, which i'd put on in the seventies,
and finally, the colourful part at the end is a bit from a toy submarine that i'd put on 2 years ago.
You can also see everywhere orange marking, which are the remnants of the glue where i'd removed things.
I'd kept the bottom blank back at Project 1, but at Project 2 you can see i've started adding detail:

And that's what it was like two years ago until - Groundhog Day! - i lost interest and put it in a new attic.
But found it today and it got me to thinking:

New Project:
To start this up again. Its in the bath right now having a soak and when dry i intend to first cover up all those orangy bits with panels and continue with the detailing.
I'm not quite sure, but i'm thinking the insperation when i first started this was the Rag-Tag Fleet in "Battlestar Galactica" and was looking to have something in that style.
Can still see that now, but something about it is saying "Star Wars" - held at some angles, its got the look of the Blockade Runner about it.
Whatever, it'll be needing some sort of cockpit at the front there, so am keeping 'em peeled.

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