BSG Defender

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  1. Sky Seeker

    Sky Seeker Well Established Member

    OK I will only if it produces a "bug eyed monster effect"!:)

    Sky Seeker
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  2. Sky Seeker

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    NO new pics at this time. I'm almost finished with the Omega Destroyer. I guess sometimes you need another project to get refocused on an old one.

    Sky Seeker
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  3. Sky Seeker

    Sky Seeker Well Established Member

    OK It's been a while on this model. Finally got some down time to focus a little bit on greebling and making of some turrets.

    Turrets - One assembled - one unassembled


    Some greebling on the bottom.

    Hopefully by this evening a couple of more turrets will be made.

    Take care and have a GREAT Thanksgiving!! Gobble gobble!:)

    Sky Seeker

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  4. Chadepotts1273

    Chadepotts1273 New Member

    Wow Skyseeker! That model is looking great! Your seams look so clean. Really look forward to seeing more pics of this model! Are the turrets the ones you designed? They look good too! I know it's hard to find time, but keep it up! :)
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  5. Chadepotts1273

    Chadepotts1273 New Member

    & I love the greebling, you've been inspiring me to do more of it on my models.
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  6. Sky Seeker

    Sky Seeker Well Established Member


    Hey there it's great to hear from you! Thanks for the compliments. I really appreciate them.:) The greebling was inspired by master builder Zathros regarding a Voyager model he told me about in one of the posts. See here:


    The voyager model looked really good (like plastic) so I decided to try this technique on the Defender. BTW when you do your model of the Defender the trickiest part was the mid section when it does a backwards fold also joining the engines to the main body was surprisingly tough due to overgluing and misjoins.

    Also, Revell Fan inspired me as well.

    Thanks again for stopping by. I like your models as well keep up your good work.

    Sky Seeker
  7. Sky Seeker

    Sky Seeker Well Established Member

    Hey everyone - here's another post with the turrets.

    Here are the templates cut out and scored along the blue lines.
    The top templates have been folded and glued.

    The side of the turrets that are going to attach to the gun barrels are fully folded and glued.


    Main center section is folded and glued.


    The side pieces have been glued along the center of the center portion. Alternatively, if you want you can attach the gun barrels to the side members before you glue the side member to provide an elevated effect / raised or lower gun barrels. once joined to the side members you can rotate the side members to the desired orientation and and glue in place.


    The gun barrels are folded. Note that to fold them they were simply rolled between the thumb and forefinger.


    Next, the tips were colored black on the inside. The gun barrels are glued and rolled. As the gun barrels dry feel free to continue to roll them between your fingers to get a rounded, cylindrical appearance.


    This isn't a very clear shot, but what was done the knife that you see above my finger was used to cut a cross in the forward section of both side members.


    The scoring tool you see with a blue handle was positioned though the cross in the side members to form a hole as seen below. After that glue was placed in the holes and the rear gun barrel portion with the glue tabs in the back are placed in the hole in an upright vertical position. Gluing the gun barrels in place can be tricky. Try to find a stable area away from curious cats (and kids).


    All ten turrets done (at last)!

    Hope you've enjoyed this post and I hope this helps you out if you choose to build the turrets.


    Sky Seeker
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  8. Sky Seeker

    Sky Seeker Well Established Member


    Yes the turrets are my design due to the old design have nine parts. See here:

    Original turret design.

    If you want to build this turret and can make heads or tails out of this design please do so. I'm curious as to what it would actually look like.

    As you can see the parts are quite tiny. Although since you made the viper I'm sure you could probably do it.

    The turrets were the bane of my existence until I created a new design having only 5 parts with two extra gun barrels just in case. See here:


    I copied the above template into word and adjusted it accordingly until I achieved the right size that would fit the top of the forward control sections of the Defender.

    Have a great day!

    Sky Seeker
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  9. Sky Seeker

    Sky Seeker Well Established Member

    Hey everyone.

    I've figured out a good way to emboss card stock.

    Here's a link that could help you out.

    I'm trying out another technique to get some raised / lowered features. The ring area proved to be a little tricky to cut out so embossing it seems to be a better option. I traced the black lines with the scoring tip, lightly, while positioning the pieces on top of a mouse pad (it's squishier than the rubber cutting board and has a little give while providing support to the rest of the piece you are tracing).


    Once you trace the surface, you flip over on the back side and rub the area you want to raise up. Try not to apply too much pressure and use a rounded spherical blunt end for the embossing.


    I hope this helps.

    Sky Seeker
  10. spaceagent-9

    spaceagent-9 Right Hand Man and Confidant

    as an admin, I have to warn you, that you are getting JUST TOO COOL!!!
  11. Sky Seeker

    Sky Seeker Well Established Member

    Cool! :animated:

    Thanks Spaceagent!

    Sky Seeker
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  12. Chadepotts1273

    Chadepotts1273 New Member

    Christine U's Voyager is just awesome! Can't wait to do my own build on it! ;) I'm hoping to finish a few other models before I start on it though, it's going to take a lot of focus methinks. I was looking at your build pics of your Prometheus, & I love your idea of using small magnets to "connect" the sections. Keep up the good work! :)
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  13. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    Sly Seeker, your posts are a great example of how sharing advice and being supportive make this forum great!! You really offer and showed solid technique here. :)
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  14. Sky Seeker

    Sky Seeker Well Established Member


    Hey thanks master builder!:)

    Sky Seeker
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  15. Sky Seeker

    Sky Seeker Well Established Member

    Hey everyone . A little more greebling has been done on the mid section. When finished with the mid-section, I'll post a couple of pics.

    I'm almost tempted to call it the U.S.S. Braille due to some of the greebling blending in with the ship coloring. You almost can't see what was done, but you sure can feel it.

    Sky Seeker
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  16. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I like the detail that you are putting into this project!
    I like how you are turning the printed texture into physical texture!
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  17. Sky Seeker

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    Hey thanks Rhaven! :) That's a high compliment coming from you. :biggrin: I really appreciate that. :robot2:

    Hopefully in the next couple of days I'll finish greebling the midsection and start on one of the rear engines.

    Take care and Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! :toast:

    Sky Seeker
  18. Sky Seeker

    Sky Seeker Well Established Member

    Here's another post. I'm almost done texturing the mid section. Here's what is done so far.

    Top view mid section

    Bottom view mid section

    Right inside view mid section

    Back of mid section top view

    Back of mid section bottom view

    Left Side view pre-texture

    Left Side view with texture

    The side texturing, when you have a series of slats, should probably be cut a bit thinner to accent the spaces in between. As you can see it got a bit too close together in the center areas, but are spaced ideally at the top and bottom.

    There's one more side and the mid section is DONE! (Finally) Next it's onto the texturing of the engine nacelles both inside and outside. After that the engines are to be made recessed, then the turrets, and shuttle bay will be mounted. I might add a mini display mount with a nameplate for the model. There are several examples on this forum which look great with the Galactica lettering.

    After that the ship should be done. Although, I'm sure someone will say "hey won't you add some lights to it".

    That's it for now.:)

    Sky Seeker
  19. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    Very nice greebling there! Patience and dedication, that's what it's all about... Nice work! :) :)
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  20. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    This looks really good. I like detail and greebles that you are putting into this model!
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