Launch when ready!

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Revell-Fan, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    ... Alright, just for the record, the final model will NOT be in 1:100 scale (I was just kiddin', folks :D:p:cool:) ..! ;)
  2. ASC Mclaren

    ASC Mclaren Member

    But you have been hinting at 1:1!!!! :D
  3. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    1:1 was NO joke..! ;)

    But the unfold will not be 1:1... :cool:
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  4. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    To quote a well-known reporter:

    "... we'll be showing you the first pictures of the most significant event in history."


    (Graphics are not final yet. I may check if it is better to have the seam on the top side and have it covered by the orange stripe later.)

    To be continued..! :)
    Last edited: May 17, 2015
  5. blake7

    blake7 Member

    Looking good! :Bravo:
    Waiting to see the rest when you finish it.;):)
  6. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    I'm working on several models parallel, so you might see some of the older projects pop up from time to time now (depending on time and mood). Rest assured, ALL OF THEM WILL BE FINISHED. ;)

    I have come to the point where I have to think about proper support of the model. To prevent the nose from sagging or waggling under its own weight I have added a beam which extends from the back and which will be held in place by a recess in the engine block and the formes that go there. At first I thought it would be elegant to let the beam penetrate the formers in the nose but the first try showed that it would go right through the cockpit interior. Not good. Hence the other way round. :) The model should be as sturdy as the Colonial Blaster. :cool:


    So far I have unfolded the whole nose (without formers). I am experimenting with the texture and think that unlike my first plan (to use the projected texture) I will follow the example of the Aurora in order to ensure that the thickness of the lines remains consistent in all parts.

    Several lines have to be cleaned up and altered because the right side differs slightly from the left side. This fact is not well known because the Viper model was prominently photographed from the left side (as shown above). :snaphappy:
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  7. blake7

    blake7 Member

    Maybe it is just Chrome browser, but every time the coffee/ tea ad starts my page jumps to center the commercial. Revell Fan that looks a little like the toy (SCARAB FIGHTER). If you look at the front of the toy.

    toy 01.jpg toy 02.jpg toy 03.jpg
  8. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Hey, cool! Indeed, Mattel re-used the nose section of their Colonial Viper toy for the Scarab. It was supposed to be a mix and match system for extended and creative play. I was thinking of alternative ways of assembly but the design dictates that a separate nose piece and one solid engine block are the only ways to go. BTW, it seems that the toy cockpits were better equipped than the real ones, including the mockups. :)
  9. ASC Mclaren

    ASC Mclaren Member

    I hate to say, the Scarab had a much shorter nose then the Viper. I would post pictures, but I am afraid to go searching in the garage. :(

    That said, I am happier then Starbuck with a new, can't lose system for Pyramid!
  10. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    Great work in progress! Every time I hear the word "Texture", I cringe! You have this aspect mastered, so that leaves us with anticipation of aa hot looking Viper!! :)
  11. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Six pages have been unfolded so far. Now I have to decide how to break down the engine assembly. One critical step is to align the wings and fin correctly. Since the engines are simple tubes there is no straight surface to anchor the wings and the fin. However, there must be a straight surface to place them correctly and keep them in that position over a long term. A conventional "glue-it-to-the-surface" would result in floppy wings which are undoubtedly going to sag and break off. To combine both premises I have decided to deviate from the mere tube design of the engines. Each of them will consist of two halves which are glued to a strong and straight middle piece. The wing / fin is put over it like a hat then. This sketch should show you what I mean:


    This technique was a bit influenced by the wing construction of Martin Saenger's Thunderfighter. :cool:
  12. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    I keep reading the title of this thread as "Lunch, when ready", then I get hungry! :)

  13. starbuck

    starbuck Active Member

    Thats a plan which should work fine. I have build two different existing models of the Viper, and it is really not easy to fix the fin correctly without any helpers like the middle piece.
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  14. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    ROFL!!! I haven't thought about that but it makes sense... :rolleyes: Well then, all hands proceed to the lunch bay! :D:D:D

    Another pag-erh, ... PART is ready. ;)

  15. Sporak

    Sporak New Member

    It's looking real good :)
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  16. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member


    Well, almost ........... ;)
    Just a few more views ................. :)


    Best you get your finger out of where ever it is..............:mooner:

    and GET ON WITH THE BLOODY VIPER!!!!!!!!!!!:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
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  17. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    And, see! I'm even helping you with your cause, by posting here .......... ;)
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  18. ASC Mclaren

    ASC Mclaren Member

    I came looking for updates, rats......
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