TOS Gigantic Galactica Mega Build

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  1. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Year of Hell (In brief)

    So, what's taking so long? Where have I been?


    Well, long story short. Due to the economy, my position with the city was eliminated. That was in March of 2010. I'm still looking for work. Enough said about that... but that was just the beginning.

    My wife, Kim has had the *worst* luck of anyone I know medically. She was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at age 7. She lost her left leg due to a workers comp accident. We met 3 months after her amputation... that was 10 years ago. Due to the diabetes and complications from the amputation/infection, her health has been fragile at best. The pregnancies from our two kids took their toll too. We don't regret it one bit, the kids are our blessings. Literally- she wasn't supposed to be able to have kids.

    The Lord had other plans, obviously. Shows what doctors know...

    She lives in constant pain or discomfort every day.

    In spite of this, she rarely complains or lets it get her down. She has never asked for, and refuses sympathy or pity. Despite having every reason to give up, she never does. She puts up with me and my hobbies. She even indulges in them. We watch geek stuff and even went to our first comicon this year. I cannot say how lucky I am to have her.

    The shoe dropped in August of last year. She got progressively more ill, vomiting daily and losing weight. Finally, the doctors diagnosed her.

    End stage renal failure.

    That's kidney failure for those not medically inclined. Her kidneys are functioning at about 5%. Anything under 9% and your body is killing itself with the toxin build up.

    We've been the rounds with her doctors, the renal specialists and now Mayo Clinic. The good news is that she's a great candidate for a double transplant- kidney and pancreas. The bad news?

    Our out of pocket cost is gonna be around $8,000. That's IF she gets a donor. Needless to say, all we have left is a wonderful collection of pocket lint. Everything else has been liquidated to keep us afloat and it's gone.

    I care for her as best I can (ex-medic) and take care of the kids. I may be unemployed, but I'm not idle, I can tell you that. Each day is a struggle, but we hold on with hope, faith, trust and pixie dust.

    That's the long and the short of it.

    Now, here's my offer:

    The Galactica here is almost complete. It's one of a kind, and I'm *not* gonna be making another one. I've but blood, sweat and tears (literally) into this build. It's about as close to studio scale as you can get, and to my knowlege is the *only* paper based build of the Galactica at this size out there.

    I've thought long and hard about what to do with her when done, and I've decided I'm going to try auctioning her off.

    Why am I giving a heads up now?

    Because she's unique- no, she's not screen accurate for the Galactica, but you know what? She's cooler than sliced bread and there's lots of other Battlestars she could be. So, I thought I'd give the winner of the auction the option to have her customized as the ship of their choice. You pick the name, I'll make it happen.

    So stay tuned, nuggets. The opportunity to own several years of my life and a one of a kind collectible model is coming soon...

    Thanks for listening, and all your support through the years.
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  2. ThunderChild

    ThunderChild Active Member

    This one deserves a sticky too!

    Chris, I can only imagine the toll all this places on your kids too... our hearts and well-wishes go out to you and your family.
  3. Bhelliom

    Bhelliom Member

    OMG, Chris, I wondered how things were with you, due to your lack of posts for a while, but I had no idea! What TC said, and then some! My family and I are going through some rough times ourselves, so I can sympathize. At least our health is (relatively) good.

    That said, your Big "G", WOW! And your going to auction her off, too? My situation is going to force me to part with a rather large number of things I'd rather not to, but I can't imagine giving away a work like that, even in exchange for what it must be worth.

    Best wishes and good luck to you all.

    Scott K.
  4. MTK

    MTK Active Member

    I hope it all works out for you, hope you get a good home for it and hope you get a little cash for all of the hard work and hours you put into it.

    "A workman is worth his wages."
  5. I can sympathise. I recently went back to work after two years of unemployment. Three an a half years ago the door company I was working for went under, after four months of looking I found something, worked there seven months then got laid off then spent two years looking, I just hit my ninety days last week on the new job. As far as health I battle with kidney stones last week I passed one nine mm in length six mm in width, although this doesn't compare with kidney failure I know the pain and problems associated with kidney problems.

    I must say the battle star is by far the biggest and best I've seen and to post 180...flexy straws.

    Best wishes and hope for healing.
  6. Cuthbert

    Cuthbert Member

    My heart goes out to you. I myself was out of work for over two years and just started a new job recently.
  7. clif52

    clif52 Banned

    You have created a great looking model. That is a great deal of work. Are you going to sell it on ebay? It looks like something that needs a home with a Battlestar Galactica collector. Only a collector would appreciate the amount of work and skill that has gone into this model. After all it is a one of kind that would be very hard to duplicate. I know how hard it is to find a job in the current market. I ended up out of work in 2001 and couldn't find anything until 2005. I worked for the company as a temp for 3 1/2 years, got hired full time, worked 2 1/2 years, and got laid off last month. Really sorry to here about all the medical problems. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Good luck selling the Galactica. Is there a Battlestar Galactica forum where you could offer it up for sale?

  8. skoda

    skoda Genius Designer Master Builder

    Very nice work, how do you make such a big model
  9. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

    With all the work you've put into it and judging by how good it looks, I wouldn't ask less than $800-1000 for it, more if you can. It's a darn good build, probably the best one out there aside from the studio scale build going on in Monsieur Tox's workshop over on the Starship Modeler site.

    I sure am sorry to hear about your misfortunes. When it rains it pours, I suppose. You tell your wife that the guys here are sending their best wishes.

    You really need a donate button near the site banner. If I could, I'd send some your way to help cover your medical costs.
  10. MTK

    MTK Active Member

    After what you've put into it, I would say at least $1000.00 to start. Who doesn't want a hand crafted starship to put on their mantle, or diorama, or just to hang in their livingroom?
  11. gogu13

    gogu13 Gogu

    Wooow... :eek:

    it's... HUGE and just GREAT... congrats. i guess it's @ 60'' long. am i right? :twisted:
    as for your health, all the best

    keep it going :wave:
  12. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member



    I'm very sorry to hear about the hardships you and your family are facing. Economically I'm in much the same boat, but at least I'm healthy. I can't imagine adding in all the complications you have.

    Wish I could afford to buy that beauty of a ship, but I hope you manage to get what it's worth.

    Blessings to you and your family,

  13. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member


    Thanks for all the well wishes guys.

    Work on the Big G continues apace...

    Finally got the landing bay skinned and ready to greeble. So from here on out it's greeble, greeble, greeble...


    Overall shot showing the skinned landing bay. You can see there are (were) some light bleed issues in the front corners of the bay and especially the rear... these will be taken care of by hull plating/greebling.


    Another shot of the light bleed issues. Plus, there somehow is a warped area there that will have to be dealt with.


    Greebling continues on the underside of the nose trench. Trying to do some under/over lighting to increase the depth effect. Pic really doesn't do it justice. Although there are a few light bleed issues here, they actually contribute to the overall effect, so I'm leaving them.


    Same landing bay with basic hull plating/greebling in progress. I'm using a layered effect all over the ship that is working out really well.


    Close up of the basic greebling. What I'm doing is cutting the underlying pattern of the photo and making it 3D to "pop" it out.


    The other end of the bay. Grey paint is to deal with light bleed issues on the joins, and will disappear shortly.


    I'm actually already ahead of the pics shown here, but I need to do more photos. More to come in a day or so...
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  14. MTK

    MTK Active Member

    Dude! Totally frakkin awesome!:thumb: You inspire me!:mrgreen:
  15. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

    Dude, if I wasn't Christian, I would worship you! This is totally awesome so far! Those lights really make it look like a city in space, and the greebling is really selling it so far!
  16. MTK

    MTK Active Member

    You have to wonder if the guy that posted about the resin model isn't a little chagrined looking at these pics!:mrgreen:
  17. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Update time...

    A greebling we will go...
    A greebling we will go... (sing it with me, now)
    Hi, ho, the dairy-o
    A greebling we will go.

    Greebles, greebles, everywhere. Specifically, on the landing bay arms and the "neck" area that connects the bridge/nose to the middle body.

    And believe you me, some of these proved a puzzle. Most notably the water/fuel(?) tanks. I hate rolling tubes, and at this size I wasn't able to get a smooth rounded end. So, as usual, I cast about trying to find a suitable way to do this.

    I'll see if you can guess what I did from the pics.

    Oh, the pics! Duh. Get to the point, Ekuth. We don't read your prose, we just come here for the pretty pictures.

    Fine, fine...


    Okay, first up is a beauty shot of the "neck" area greebling. This little area packs alot into a small space. Compare to previous pics of this area and you can definately see how it pops now. I hate doing it, but in for a penny, in for a pound...


    Same area and the bay arms with tanks. You can also see I've worked more on the piping on the bay itself. My fingers are superglued together now...


    Close up of the tanks on the mid body area. The arms are still a work in progress, as is the sides of the mid body area. But the tanks were bugging me, so I did those first.


    Tanks and greebling on the rear bay arms. At this point, I'm trying to do one section at a time, but with larger bits like these I'm doing both sides at once.


    Closer shot of the "neck" area. You can see the multi-level effect I've been using to good advantage here. And the ever-present pipe greebling, of course.


    More soon, stay tuned.
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  18. ColonyDude

    ColonyDude New Member

    This is awsome
  19. MTK

    MTK Active Member

    Yes, but your work is...... Wait.... where is your work?:rolleyes:
  20. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

    You might leave the moderating to the moderators, MTK. :wink:

    Anyway, ColonyDude, please be a bit more substantive in your posts.
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