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nebulon frigate scratch build

barrie clucas » Jan 17 '16

Hello everyone, here is my latest scratch build the Nebulon frigate from star wars, all hand built with the addition of a few kit parts, over four feet long and has taken nearly six weeks to build, she will soon be on display at TRANSPORT MODELS OF PRESTON Lancashire in the next couple of weeks. Let me know what you think of her as this will help me on my next scratch build all comments are welcome we model guys have to stick together.

 please check out my album of the frigate for more images.

regards barrie ( the old guy )

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Re: nebulon frigate scratch build

Paul mather » Jan 19 '16

Wotcha Barrie!

 

Lovely work so far. Its looking good! 

Are you going for mega-accuracy or just going for the 'feel'of the Nebulon B. 

I started planning one a few yeara back but postponed it when I tried to scale down some of the doner kit parts. there are an awful lot of boat hulls in the sail for instance.I can't tell from  your pics but it looks like you might have settled on a 'close enough' approach, which is pretty much  what I would have to do I think if I had another go. 

 

how have you spined it? metal rod? wood? Pastic ducting?

 

It's looking very very good. can;t wait to see more pictures. 

 

 

 

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Re: nebulon frigate scratch build

barrie clucas » Jan 19 '16

Hello Paul,

               if you check out my albulms you will see more images of the nebulon frigate and other bits I have done, the spine is a plastic card box covered with more bits and bobs along with a load of old sprue from kits once this is all glued together it is very strong.

I have never used metal or wooden supports in my models I just build strong from the word go, so strong that even when dropped they more the likley will stay together only things like ariels and the such which are a bit fragile my be damaged. as for the look yes its my interpretation as the originals had so much stuff put into them and to try and replica a studio build costs a great deal of money.

thanks for the comments if you want any more info let me know.

regards Barrie ( the old guy )   

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Re: nebulon frigate scratch build

Paul mather » Jan 19 '16

I used to not spine, but I find that, no matter how many times you measure, when gluing boxes to boxes there is a danger of twisting in the spine. so these days I tend to run something down the centreline. even if its just a square section duct. keeps me 'true'all the way down. but if you can get accuracy without that, then huge respect!!

 

I looked at the gallery, very cool work. 

 

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Re: nebulon frigate scratch build

Alun » Jan 20 '16

This is cracking stuff Barrie!  You'll have to do us a masterclass in scratchbuilding!

 

So how much plastic sheet do you get through in a given week? tongue-out

 

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Re: nebulon frigate scratch build

barrie clucas » Jan 21 '16

Hello Alun,

               YES I would like to do a class in scratchbuilding HOW do I go about it ?, where do I put it on the site ?. As for how many sheets do I get through in a week the answer is not that many as a large 2feet by 17 inch sheet goes quite a long way though it does depend on the size and type of model that you are making. My feet long star destroyer got though about 15 sheets and loads of good old sprue the scratch builders gold. My local hobbyshop Transport Models of Preston gets in large sheets and they are well priced they also have a great stock of evergreen rod and tube which I use plenty of. Please let me know how to go about doing a scratch build class and I will get on with it as soon as possible thanks for you knid comments you and all the people on the site are very good people model makers should ALWAYS stick together.

 

regards Barrie ( the old guy )

 

 

 

 

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Re: nebulon frigate scratch build

SFMuk Admin » Jan 25 '16

Hi Barrie

 

Sorry for the late reply.  Never seemed to quite get around to writing something at the end of last week or over the weekend.

 

What I would suggest is a series of articles which might take through a single build which describe some of the key techniques and methods you use to get from a set of flat plans to a 3D model. Maybe think about doing something when you start your next build?  Any details for people like how to make square cuts or creating a sub-structure?

 

If you think that's something you could do then you could send the text and images direct to me and I'll put them into a webpage with images in the right places etc.

 

How does that sound???

 

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Re: nebulon frigate scratch build

barrie clucas » Jan 25 '16

Alun, 

          that sounds good to me, I have spent the last few months putting some comments on some of my scratch build efforts, puting more detail in on a project will not be a problem I know many people would like to ( Have a go ) but fear that they result of thier efforts will not be good enough. I never worry about that I just build as you know. I shall get on with the project soon, where do you want me to send the images and text ? I think I have your e mail but could you send it to me any way just to make sure. Many thanks for getting me fired up once more ,

 

regards Barrie ( the old guy ) we;; not that old yet 62. 

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Re: nebulon frigate scratch build

SFMuk Admin » Jan 26 '16

Drop me an email at sfm.uk@sky.com and I'll get back to you.  Have a very nice example you might want to look at before doing anything which I can email you.

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