TOS Gigantic Galactica Mega Build

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by ekuth, Jan 8, 2008.

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  1. CJTK1701

    CJTK1701 Banned

    Anything new ekuth? Looking for those pics.:mrgreen:
  2. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Yeah, I'm tardy, I know. Working on it now, should have some pics up tonight or tomorrow. :mrgreen:
  3. CJTK1701

    CJTK1701 Banned

  4. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Progress for Today

    Had to step away for a few days due to other commitments, but got some solid build time in today.

    The high res pictures I got off of the Resin Illuminati link have been a godsend for this project, and I've already found things that didn't show up in the original textures on this model.

    I did, however, discover that my work thus far has been pretty darn accurate for mostly guesswork.

    That said, NO, it is not my intention to make this build "screen accurate". That word seems to be floating around the various sites I visit alot lately, and I'm building this for fun and relaxation, not to pick apart the placement of a greeble or two. :mrgreen:

    That said, I will be using the reference pics to get it as close as I can... :rolleyes:

    Finished detail work on the "trench". This is one of those areas that I could drive myself bats with, tweaking here, tweaking there, so I'm just gonna walk away from it and call it done. If I don't, I'll never finish the model- and I still have the left side of the nose to duplicate before I can move on to the bottom!

    Thanks to the reference pics, I discovered several greebles I was missing from the sides, so I had to custom make several of them as they didn't exist on the texture of the model. I'm fairly happy with the results. Added more piping too, and now the right side doesn't look so bare.

    I'm calling this side done, and moving on to the left side.


    First, side shot of the "insert" area and trench below. You can see the addition of more piping on the lower right corner of the insert area. Note the box greeble just in front of the insert area. This is one of the new greebles shown in the reference pics I had to custom build. Looks good, methinks.


    Moving along the side from rear to front. More layering work in the trench and more panel greebles and pipework on the side. You can get a clearer look at the layering on the box greeble to the front of the insert. That's all cardstock layers on top of the main box.


    Further up the side, showing the tip of the nose area. After looking at the reference shots, I was pleased to find out that the vertical stripes on the nose there were in fact five raised panel lines. Added those and the diamond shaped "widget" to the rear of them. Painted darker grey to make these stand out more, per the reference pics.


    Looking aft from the front of the nose. You can see the depth of the trench now. Compare this shot to the previous ones and you can see how much I had to build it up. Interesting thing I learned studying the ref. pics: The black lines on the top of the nose there and the ones on the landing bay arms are red on the original model, not black as can be seen in most screen pics. I'm guessing the red darkens under the low light conditions they filmed under. I've thought about changing it, but I'm gonna leave mine black. Just looks right to my eye.


    Moving back along the side. You get a better look at some of the layering I did in the trench to give it depth.


    Good closeup shot of the trench layering/greebles and the box greeble I built.


    Next up: Left hand side. Second verse, same as the first... wall1
  5. CJTK1701

    CJTK1701 Banned

    Absolutely magnificent and a perfect example of what can be done with paper. Amazing detail. though some may say it's not "Screen Accurate" I guarantee you that if you put it in front of a green screen and composited in some background would fool a lot of people. Great job ekuth!:thumb:
  6. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Ahead by a Nose...

    Okay, I needed a mental break before tackling the left side of the hull, so I decided to work on the tip of the nose instead.

    On Gearz' model, the nose is completely flat, which is fine for the size it's meant to be printed at. I'd hate to try to build it if it wasn't. Of course, mine is 200% larger, so... :mrgreen:

    After close examination of the reference pics (god I love those things!) I built up my nose as close as I could get.

    All the greeblework you see below had to be custom done. I utilized the textures where I could, but actually had to create/combine/alter several different sections of the textures to produce what I wanted.

    For example, the main greeble is angled in several directions, so I had to extrapolate the flat texture and create a 3d part from it. No different than the other greebles I've been doing, just more complex.

    But enough jibber, jabber. On with the pics.


    First shot is a good side perspective view showing the whole area. You can see the shape of the main greeble was a study in angles.


    A little more to the front on this shot.

    Nothing special to create these, just layers of cardstock, grey acrylic paint for edgecolor, and a few small sections of dowel for the round greeble bits that were just too small to do by hand with paper.

    Since wood and paper are essentially the same thing, I don't feel I'm breaking the media with these parts. :twisted:


    Shot from the underside, looking up.

    The "gridwork" on the shield shaped piece on the front there was produced by layering two pieces together after piercing the top layer with a thumbtack to produce the holes.

    You can see the underside of the trench area here, and the bottom of the hull. Lots of work to do on this area.


    Very close view from the left side of the nose.


    I hesitated to include this shot, because it was taken about 1/2" away from the actual parts, and it's amazing how a 6 megapixel lens picks out detail flaws that the eye doesn't see at that distance.

    It looks rough, but gives you an idea of the actual placement issues involved. I assure you, it looks much better in person than it does in this shot.


    Well, that's all for today, most likely. Next up will be the left side of the hull.

    Joy. :rolleyes:

    Whatcha all think of her so far?
  7. smyfe

    smyfe Member

    Ekuth, I thought you were pushing it building the Galactica at such a large scalesign1but this is beyond belief, i'm half expecting to see a squadron of vipers escorting her. You say its not strictly studio accurate but I'd challenge anyone in their right mind to find the slightest fault. You must have bionic eyes and tweezers for fingers:thumb::thumb: Can't wait to see more progress, keep up the fantastic work.
  8. CJTK1701

    CJTK1701 Banned

    Jeez, I can't believe it. Every time I look at the new updates it looks ever better. You've set a new standard!:thumb:
  9. cgutzmer

    cgutzmer Guest

    need.... more.... detail.... NOT!
    Looks awesome!
  10. jaffro

    jaffro Long term member

    I've placed an order for a bigger "WOW" than this one, I hope it arrives before you post more pics cos this current one is just way to small to do justice to what you are doing to this masterpiece of yours.

    I looked at the pic before reading the text and the first thing I said to myself was "wow, lots to do under there"... :D Good luck with that, I can't wait to see how it turns out.
  11. Hot4Darmat

    Hot4Darmat Member

    Fantastic. Keep the pics coming!
  12. Millenniumfalsehood

    Millenniumfalsehood Active Member

    The Tamiya 1:35 Panther part #35 is missing. hamr

    Just kidding! As far as I can tell, the textures are photos of the miniature, so it's downright impossible for someone to find something wrong with this model.

    Excellent work, Ekuth! And if you think the head is bad, wait till you get to the body. Greeble central. . .
  13. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Oh, I know... I know... I'm not expecting to finish her anytime soon. :rolleyes:
  14. OylPslyk

    OylPslyk Aspiring Usurper

    I just love seeing a model all greebeled to hell and back like that!

    (I bet if the cut us open our brains would have extra folds all mashed together on top) sign1
  15. ajmadison

    ajmadison Member

    Chuckle, I'm waiting for the day when someone says...

    "Clearly you used Italeri tank deck instead of the *correct* Tamiya tank deck in your studio scale project. The Italeri tank deck detail is soft and is missing bolts in the left rear corner."

    Once upon a time, I wanted to build FX miniature recreations that would be difficult to differentiate from the original. Please note the phrase "wanted to". I now realize that I will not be able to do this for one of two reasons. I will have to start building exactly *AT* studio scale using as many original kit parts I can find, which has many issues; the one project I want to do most is 6 feet long at studio scale. Or I will need to gain access to CNC tools that are way beyond my current modeling budget.

    I too want to say, excellent work. Your workmanship and dedication are inspirational. My own efforts don't resemble yours, but certainly, my future projects will be of a similar bent.
  16. Odysseus

    Odysseus New Member

    I'm sorry if I missed mention of this earlier in the thread, but did you resize this yourself, or is the larger version available as a file somewhere? Fantastic work BTW, especially all the miniscule conduits..:thumb:
  17. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    No, this is a custom job...

    What I've done is to take Gearz TOS Galactica and enlarge it by 200%, using MS Paint. This sounds much easier than it is... wall1
  18. Odysseus

    Odysseus New Member

    Oh believe you me I know its not easy, I've been trying to resize The Digital Navy V108 German Torpedo boat to 1/72. I tried enlarging then printing screen, moving the image, printing the screen, and the parts still don't match...:curse:
  19. CJTK1701

    CJTK1701 Banned

    Any new updates?
  20. jaffro

    jaffro Long term member

    ^^ what he said :D
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