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June 20, 2009, 04:08:37 PM
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Herr Doktor

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I'm still a bit new here, so bear with me:

There's a rather good online comic book called 'Bugsport', by Ted Bastien- you may know some of his work, he used to do character design for Nelvana, and draws the odd comic book- it's set in a small town right on the US/Canadian border, and it's where various alien species have been relocated and integrated after arriving on earth, dating back to the first arrival back in 1947...

One of the cleverest parts of the back story is the assimilation of alien technology by earth corporations, including the manufacturing company Studebaker still making cars, but saucer shaped, anti-gravity cars...

One of the earlier strips caught my eye a long while back, it was such a striking image I filed it away for future reference:


So, I'm building myself a tri-engined, push prop flying saucer, circa 1950, the genesis of which was the lid of a plastic Homer Simpson cookie barrell and two acrylic BBQ plates from Marks and Spencers, here's where I am after about 5 hours of hitting it all with science hammers:



And a close up of the engine, I'll be taking a mould of this to make all three:



More later!
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June 22, 2009, 12:57:37 PM
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Added the engines and faired them in, also made and moulded the prop:



Also added the upper dome and the fairing behind it.

I really need to start thinking about how the pilot and crew see out of the thing before I get too far...

June 22, 2009, 01:05:21 PM
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Well, on the note of them seeing out, it could be like something from Star Trek, in that they have a massive viewing screen... or just some small ports. Either way this thing is quite simple, yet very cool at the same time.
"We dine well here in Camelot, we eat Ham and Jam and Spam-alot!!"

June 22, 2009, 03:00:00 PM
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Great scratch building. I really like the design too.
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I really need to start thinking about how the pilot and crew see out of the thing before I get too far...

I don't think it needs to be explained too much though, just say "alien technology" and your golden. What ever looks good.

It's kinda difficult to tell from your angle. Are the engines parallel or radial from the center?
I wonder about the guy that can sit through a David Lynch movie and say, "I saw that coming."

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June 23, 2009, 12:28:56 PM
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I gotta get me some of those "science hammers". Looks great so far and I love the retro alien craft look.

June 23, 2009, 04:07:01 PM
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Great scratch building. I really like the design too.
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I really need to start thinking about how the pilot and crew see out of the thing before I get too far...

I don't think it needs to be explained too much though, just say "alien technology" and your golden. What ever looks good.

It's kinda difficult to tell from your angle. Are the engines parallel or radial from the center?

The engines are parellel to each other, and are angled so that the props point down slightly- I could have straightened them up, but I really like the way they look in the original illustration- there must be a reason, wonder what it is?  :-)

I recommend science hammers, and technical mallets for the bigger jobs! :-)

June 24, 2009, 11:59:25 AM
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I like the downward angle. They provide more lift for loopy-de-loops.  :lol:
I wonder about the guy that can sit through a David Lynch movie and say, "I saw that coming."

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July 21, 2009, 10:42:19 AM
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Not forgotten, just been a bit busy!

Small update: faired in tubes for the headlights, and three portholes:



(incidentally, the two smaller portholes above the three main ones are where the strings that were the handle for the Homer Simpson cookie jar located...)

July 21, 2009, 10:45:06 AM
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Looks very machined and awesome! Nice work!

July 22, 2009, 08:32:49 AM
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This looks great, very professional looking build.
I wonder about the guy that can sit through a David Lynch movie and say, "I saw that coming."

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April 13, 2010, 03:50:25 AM
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I bet you all thought I'd forgotten about this, didn't you?

I know I did.

;)



Finally done, with a desert hard standing style base.



Gave it a base coat of car panel silver, then airbushed on some pre shading with Alclad jet exhaust, followed by a light topcoat of Alcald copper.



Single landing wheel, as the anti gravity engine is always running at low power, keeping it perpendicular to the Earth's gravity.  8)



Propellers in Alclad chrome, for that polished aluminium look. Incidentally, the anti-gravity engine only works against the mass of the Earth, it has to be pushed along with conventional engines...



Why not step inside?



The portholes were a stumbling block, this is at least partly what held this model up- until a member of the Starship Modeller forum posted how he did such windows- 'wobbly' eyes from a craft store- just sand the back off, and hey presto! Instant domed windows in a variety of sizes!



^Wobbly eyes, yesterday.


And where is it now?



It's in the Boneyard, down in Arizona, the only dust-free 'plane in the yard- the anti-gravity engine keeps the dust floating above it...
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April 13, 2010, 05:50:09 AM
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Very nice. Great idea with the googlie eyes. The copper finish looks very nice as well. Great design all around!

April 13, 2010, 07:49:07 AM
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It looks pretty damn fantastic, I love the base and the copper finish!

April 19, 2010, 08:44:04 PM
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Wow!

Very Cool looking model :) Nice and clean build, and nice paintjob :) Well done!!!

April 20, 2010, 12:12:18 AM
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Very nice! (Oh, and I lol'd at the Google Earth pic!)
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April 23, 2010, 04:44:24 PM
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Whoa, cool paint job. Sure looks convincing for a retro saucer.  And surely gonna take advantage of the wobbly eyes ;)

October 16, 2011, 11:53:04 AM
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I love it,I love it,I love it. :twitch:  that is so cool. 8)  Glad I ran accross your thread.