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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 3:07 am    Post subject: Re: MIkes Nosttromo Reply with quote

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WOW JT, great pics !!! Those thrusters are amazing !!! GREAT detailing, indeed !!! Can't wait to see more !!! (Yes, noticed "the professor" has registered here last WE...)

Cool

Fred

PS : BTW, do you know if everybody is doing the screen-accurate version ? Any yellow Nostormo in the works from one of your customers ???
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My MOdel is actually taken from the yellow version, sans Thruster unit in front and detailing from that version... I suppose you could do it
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very appropriate box to put your hull on Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

joberg wrote:
Very appropriate box to put your hull on Very Happy


Yeah, Mike has a better camera than mine, the detail on his model really shows up well here, His Nostromo will be finished before mine, I told him to get registered on this site so he can be introduced here. I sent him his kit about 3 weeks ago or so, and he is progressing much faster than mine Shocked

and an appropriate box.....
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jtparker wrote:
My MOdel is actually taken from the yellow version, sans Thruster unit in front and detailing from that version... I suppose you could do it


Goddamn NO, your wonderful model really deserves to be built has the screen-used ship !!! I'd rather turn my Halcyon Nostromo into the yellow version when I have time to work on this !

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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Starting the finishing touches on the bridge before final assembly...





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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It alreday looks like the real thing... but I can't wait to see the front completed with the radar dish, antennas, windows and docking arm !!!

Considering the size of your model, do you think it would be worth it to try to print a set of small decals to reproduce the markings seen aside the cockpit windows ?

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and now starting the "tow module" (Umbilicus Interface).....

Here I have started to assemble the shell halves and an intake on the front of the module. The side I added some extra vinyl as I am going to do a bunch of details. The interlock section has fantastic detail, so that I am not even going to touch that part. I have applied a small bit of oil based painters putty to the joints, then sanded smooth with a light coat of gray primer for a nice fit.

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope this is the right place to post this - I don't want to hijack your build thread, JT.

I decided to have a go at sculpting a scale Nostromo astronaut while I get my funds together to buy one of these kits. It came out fractionally larger than I'd intended - it measures about 4mm. Still needs a bit of a clean up, but I think it will do the job. I hope to cast them in clear resin and light them from underneath so that the helmet lights will seem to illuminate. Making a functional mold for a figure this size is going to be a challenge!

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is fantastic! This thread is the perfect Place for it! Shocked Shocked Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is an excellent idea Knightjar, and nice start.
Love the progress parker, great work.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW, cool idea and great sculp (considering its size), Knightjar !

Shocked

Are you also going to work on a sculpt of Ash in his blister ? (just kidding)



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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

SKIN JOB 66 wrote:

Are you also going to work on a sculpt of Ash in his blister ? (just kidding)

Actually that's got me thinking now...! Lighted interiors of the cockpit/bridge and Ash's blister would be extremely cool.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knightjar wrote:

Actually that's got me thinking now...! Lighted interiors of the cockpit/bridge and Ash's blister would be extremely cool.


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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I guess I will need to cast the bridge and windows in clear resin...
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a MUST Knightjar! If I'm ever able to get this kit I'd love to detail (ability withstanding) the bridge interior, perhaps have a crew member standing inside near one of the bridge ports.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jtparker wrote:
Now I guess I will need to cast the bridge and windows in clear resin...


That would be perfect for lighting, but might not work as well with an interior. Both sets of windows are angled, so I think you'd get a prism effect that would distort your view of the interior. Maybe they could be vac-formed in clear plastic? Alternatively, actually embedding a painted interior in clear resin might work - or it might just look horribly distorted too!
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Parker that Nostromo is looking gorgeous.
One of the classic starship designs, that definitely deserves a thread all it's own.
Thanks, please keep the updates coming
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey JT and everybody!!!
Working on JT's Nostromo and have been puttying like a madman and sanding. The massive top part where the ship connects to the refinery is where I have been primarily working and have just puttied a little more to close some gaps and fill in some stuff. Once that is sanded I will start adding vinyl strips and model kit greeblies to this part. Next will be the main hull/fuselage than the nacelles. Lots of vinyl and plastic strips to put on will hide any imperfections and really make this thing look like its screen used counterparts. I plan to go crazy with the greeblies as I have a crapload of unused model kit parts.

See ya!
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool Professor!

We cannot wait to get some of your pictures posted here, feel free!

The next kit goes out to Skinjob66, I am having to remold the Starboard Nacelle as the mold blew when I did your kit: ( I will forward you the templates to make the VTOL thrusters more accurate. They are getting remolded since I need to remold the other side anyway....In this pic you can see a little crack in the hull (actually a thin spot to be puttied later..the hull is a few pounds) this was the first hull I ever did, even though I used 40 ounces of resin, so I kept this hull for myself cos it is still usable and straight. 8 of the 10 last hulls I have done are perfect, but these are 35 pound mother molds with silicon and 40 ounces of resin I rotocast by hand myself for 15 minutes. It is better than working out in a gym aside from remolding the forward nacelles, Skinjobs is almost done.

Here is my Docking interface module with a first coat of detail:





and here is applying some cheap solvent based painters putty and light sandpaper to the seams.. I actually applied vinyl along the sides before the detailing I started...


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