Battlestar Galactica models?

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by doc_harvey, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. paulhbell

    paulhbell Guest

    Thanks ekuth and Gearz for the reply. I can't wait to have a go at building it. The model looks good.
  2. dragolad

    dragolad New Member

    hey gearz could you post a new link for the viper the old one doesnt seem to work. please and thank you. oh and i wouldnt mind helping in the beta build.
  3. Gearz

    Gearz Member

    Yep.. sorry about that dragolad, the free server I was using along with my site has disappeared into cyberspace, so dead links are floating to the surface all over the place. For the time being you can grab the tiny Viper HERE


  4. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

    Nice nose!

    Well, I finally got the nose done on my latest test build of the bridge module, and it looks pretty good. :grin:


    This time I assembled parts 1, 3 and 6 and then added an additional former at the nose. This was made by simply copying the outline of the nose flap. You can see in the inset that I also left off part 2 so there would be easier access to the inside while gluing the remaining parts in place. I think this helped a lot.


    You might also notice in the inset that I added an additional former at the back. Don't do this. :( I had to cut it loose later to allow the back edges to move while I attached part 2.

    @Gearz - on part 6, the two reinforcing tabs on the top aren't clearly explained anywhere. In a previous incarnation of the instructions (or somewhere) you had a note that they just fold over to strengthen the former but this note has disappeared.

    After assembling parts 1, 3, and 6 with the new former I added parts 4, 5, 8 and 9 as directed in the assembly guide. When attaching the top piece (part 10) I started at the front and worked towards the back gluing the entire center line to part 3. Next I started gluing part 10 to parts 8 and 9, again working from the front to the back. This ensures that the effects of any alignment errors appear at the back of the module. I ended up with one small misalignment that will probably never be noticed. Once the first couple tabs were solidly glued I just folded the nose flap down over the extra former, glued one side in place (holding the side at the proper position while the glue set) then glued the other side.

    Here's the back:


    Now I just have to slap on parts 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14, and it's a wrap.

    Based on what Doc's done in his build thread it looks like the center module is pretty clean, so I'm going to move on to the engine module next and see if I run into similar issues.

    Stay tuned....
  5. Gearz

    Gearz Member

    Thanks Steve ~ Looking good! build tips noted ~ also added additional notes to AG and part for strengtheners 'parts 6' brace.

    As pointed out, it would be a shame to go to these lengths and not provide a stand of some sort. So I fiddled with a bunch of ideas with multiple variations there of. Without building something more complex than the model, I settled on these two styles. The textures can be changed, if a better suggestion comes along, so anyone have a preference for either style.?

    * The BSG art is by Frank Frazetta

    Style 1

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  6. Gearz

    Gearz Member

    Style 2 ?

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  7. modelnutz7

    modelnutz7 Member

    Battlestar stand

    Hi Gears,

    I prefer the second option, I think It fits in bettter with the style of the ship.


  8. Stormeagle

    Stormeagle Member

    Deffinately the second one. I hope you include that in the BSG files whenever they get ready for Download.
  9. paulhbell

    paulhbell Guest

    Both look good, but 2nd one is best.
  10. Gearz

    Gearz Member

    yeah # 2 would probably be the easiest to build, it still needs a little tweaking, size etc. + have to check for a balance point on a finished model. Sounds good, style 2 it is. Thanks guys
  11. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

    Engine done

    Hey everybody,

    I finished the main body of the engine module last night. Went together without a hitch. You do need to take it slow and be precise with the alignment of parts. The only tricky bit was getting those small side tabs on the rear assembly glued. It would help to leave the top (part 2) open until the rear assemebly is in place so you have easy access to the tabs inside. If I had my druthers I'd switch steps 1 and 2, and in step 2 leave the top unglued, then step 3 is insert and glue the rear assembly, then close the top.

    Comments and observations:

    On parts sheet 16 there are some tabs missing as indicated here.


    The engine brace also includes tabs along the top and bottom that I assume are to be folded over and glued for strength like the ones on part 6 in the bridge module. This should be noted in the AG or on the parts sheet. BTW, not sure if it's been mentioned, but on part 6 of the bridge module you have the text "Fold to 90 degrees". This should actually be 180.

    I haven't started the engine ducting yet, but on page AG11 at the top, the overview for the lower surface shows parts F2 in place, but those parts aren't part of that step. It's confusing when you try to match that overview with the parts on the page ( because they don't match :wink: ).

    And also BTW, consider adding page numbers to both the parts pages and assembly guide pages.

    That's it for now. Engine ducting is next, then on to the mid section.

  12. Nothing

    Nothing Longtime Member

  13. doc_harvey

    doc_harvey Member

    ooops...I just glued them as butt joints...didn't think there was supposed to be tabs there...I'm pert near finished with the duct work on the top (6 more pieces).
  14. doc_harvey

    doc_harvey Member

    couple of pics...

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  15. doc_harvey

    doc_harvey Member

    coming at ya!

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  16. Stev0

    Stev0 Active Member

    I can only make ooooo shapes with my mouth and OOOOOOO with my eyes and ~~~~~~~~~~ from my lips with * on the floor.
  17. Stormeagle

    Stormeagle Member

    WHEN???????????? So I can stop drooling around like an idiot?

  18. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

    Not an oops

    Not really an oops doc - I just butt jointed them as well, but flaps would be easier. With this kind of edge the flap is really optional, but in my opinion they would be advisable there. Like everything else there's more than one way to do it, and no one way is really right or wrong.

    Great build you've got going there. It's funny how pictures of other peoples always look better than my own - even when it's the same model and mine is probably just as good. I guess we're always most critical of our own work eh?

  19. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

    The mark of a true perfectionist! Or card model designer:grin:

  20. Gearz

    Gearz Member

    Steve ~ Aaaa..huU .. I can see the missing flaps you pointed out before on the Engine 'Shoulder' Parts.. TYSs ~ sjsquirrel 2 ~ Gearz 0 ~ I was looking at the wrong side of those parts...= FIXED

    Yeah... no matter how you look at it, the engine 'insert' step isn't the greatest of designs, it is going to be a love it or hate it . When the method works, its great!. Your alternat sequence sounds valid,. building just for myself I'd probably have done the same, designing for others, I try to balance ease of building V likelihood of building a twisted form. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. ~ It would be interesting to give one form to the designers here and see how many 'cutting' solutions they come up with ~ all workable I'd say,

    All other points noted and actioned ~ err...except 90 V 180 on Bridge part 6 ~ perhaps a moot point in that position, but 90 is actually stronger ~ reduces lateral movement etc.
    Great work, almost time for the beers!

    Doc ~ Most excellent! I didn't think the Toooobz would make it that far without disaster. Btb love your poetic licence ~ 'Coming at ya' ~ nice angle! Those pesky Cylons will be filling their pants with rivets!

    One question ~ Can you give me a finer balance point? From the pix it looks like the dome ~ Just need a finer point so I can fit the stand that point.

    :-D :-D :-D

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