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Colonial Landram from Battlestar Galactica

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Revell-Fan, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    This is am OUTSTANDING model. You are doing a FANTASTIC job. I am GREATLY looking forward to building this model.
  2. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Blaster Master

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    Yep. They used the core of the Landram and put a new outer shell around it (including a "snout" similar to the old railway transports). And they changed the hinges of the driver's door so that it opens to the front and no longer to the back. The first time they used the re-dressed vehicle was in the pilot episode, then in "Escape From Wedded Bliss" and "Flight of the War Witch". The production team used every means to keep the costs low on the Buck pilot. They even used the Viper joystick in the Thunderfighters and a lot of stock footage in the fights. Fortuntely they spent a bit more on the series (more ships, more costumes and more explosions). And I'm glad you like it! (BTW, I have just finished the turret and gunner station!) :wave:
  3. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Blaster Master

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    Thanks! Once I have the instructions standing by, I'll send you the parts for a quick and dirty test-build. Which one would you like to build, the traditional one or the A-Team version?
  4. Danscrew

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    HO ! WOW REVELL-FAN !!.............Very pretty good job you've make. I will be please to try it but no time with my galacica project and my renovations. For the futur..........a BIG YES !!!

    You really are very talented.

    That's very cool :thumb:

    Have a nice life
    "So say we all"
  5. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    For the test build, I would like the original,:thumb: but for my collection, both of course, :twisted:
  6. Millenniumfalsehood

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    Actually, unless you're specifically barred by a hush order from whoever owns the pictures, you're free to post screenshots. They fall under fair use, because they represent much less than ten percent of the finished product (the DVD you got them from, the book in the library, wherever . . .).

    So go ahead and post them. I personally love behind-the-scenes stuff like that. :thumb:

    And your Landram is looking better all the time! I'm not a fan of the vehicle, personally (very little "swoosh-factor"; might look good in Rebel Alliance stripes, though . . .), but I can tell quality when I see it. :thumb:
  7. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Blaster Master

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    Colonial Landram standing by!

    Hello, my fellow warriors. After two long years (including a one and a half year "creative break" spent in the Buck Rogers universe ;-) ) the Landram prototype is finished! I made a little joyride in the wilderness, tested the weapons and took some pictures for you to enjoy. And yes, the turret rotates and tilts! Once RB has finished the test-build, the kit is passed onto Zathros to be added to the download section. Stay tuned! And thank you all very, very much for your patience and creative support!!! :wave::wave::wave:

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  8. Zathros

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    that is so Frakkin cool!! Send me a P.m. when you upload it so I can approve it quickly. If it's more than 2 mb. send me a P.M., I'll give you my e-mail so you can send it to me and I can upload it for you. Excellent!! :)
  9. Kjev

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    Awesome! I have to ask (because I want to copy the technique): How did you do the laser blasts?
  10. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    As always, you have done an OUSTANDING job in this model and presenting it in an AMAZING manor.

    I do have the kit and I will be testing it very soon.
  11. ASC Mclaren

    ASC Mclaren Moderator

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    YES!!! And on St. Patrick's day!!! You have made an Irishman happy! This will move to the top of the build pile.
  12. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Blaster Master

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    Quite simple: I bought some laser torpedos at the local ordnance depot, aimed at the skies, fired ... and took the picture. OR DID YOU REALLY THINK THAT WAS A VFX??? :twisted:
  13. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Blaster Master

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    Well, I guess you already know it. I opened the pic in Gimp, created a new empty layer, drew a path with the path tool, made a selection from the path, filled the selection with red, unselected everything and ran a Gaussian blur over it. Then I played around with the layer modes, added a blurred white streak to it on another layer, and that's it. I'll add some howto pics soon. :wave:
  14. Zathros

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    Geez, you make it sound so simple, I would love to see a tutorial on that! :)
  15. ASC Mclaren

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    I like the idea of going to the hardware store and picking up the laser cannons better then VFX in GIMP :mrgreen:
  16. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Blaster Master

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    Laser beam tutorial

    By your command!

    Here comes a little tut on the laser beams. You can make your own light saber, flash and halo effects with it, too. Please note that this is not an in-depth tut on how The Gimp works (that will be covered in other tuts or can be found out on various sites dealing with TheGimp). There is a special light saber script for Gimp available which produces a similar effect but the results are not so good when you are working with large images. You may replicate the effect with other graphic programs which can handle layers, of course (e. g. Photoshop). The basic principle is always the same. And if you create another layer and use an effect brush on the muzzle (e. g. a star-shaped brush) you can enhance the effect further.

    In the old days VFX artists made this effect virtually BY HAND when it came to animate laser beams in a film. It was called "rotoscoping": They in effect painted the effect onto each frame, and 24 frames make one second of film. So it was a tremendous amount of work when the Millennium Falcon escaped the Death Star, the Cylons destroyed the fleet and Buck saved the day (once a week) ;-) ! Have fun and enjoy!

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  17. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Blaster Master

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    RB has completed his test-build and helped me improve the kit. I have revised everything and declare the kit as "ready for distribution". If the admins approve, you may grab the LR from the download section soon!
  18. ASC Mclaren

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    You are so awesome RF!
  19. Zathros

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    Everything pending Approval has been approved. Thank You so much for this wonderful, bad a$$ed, Battlestar Galactica homage! :)

    This is the way to design, make, and release a model!! :thumb:
  20. Patron_zero

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    Waiting patiently but admittedly anxious for this model, thanks !