About this Blog

This is about the combination of two interests, Radio Control vehicles and Science Fiction models. Its also about vehicle design. The models have to satisfy two main precepts.

1. The vehicles have to work, ie be driveable, but not nescessarily win any races or rock crawling competitions.

2. The main thing is that they have to look cool.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Kit Bash Shuttlecraft part 4

Some modifications have been done which I think will go a long way to camouflage the obvious "helicopter" canopy and some extra detail has been added to the sides.
I also removed most of the rivets.







Next up is some more detail to be added to the engine casings.
More soon....

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Kit Bash Shuttlecraft part 3

First coat of grey primer is on.














What the primer tells me is that along with the usual bit of filling and sanding, I probably need to do some paneling to the sides and most importantly I need to disguise the very obvious helicopter cockpit front.
What I am thinking of as a solution to that problem area is to cut the curved canopy off at an angle and replacing it with some flat angled pieces of styrene , helping to blend with the slab sided shuttle cockpit better.

More soon...

Kit Bash Shuttlecraft part 2

A great deal of detailing has now been applied,  the cockpit window frames have been added and the windows masked up.




Angled extensions have been added to the engine wing mount leading edges.


Below you can see the mounting point access hole.
The entire rear door can also be removed for access.
A threaded chunk of grey PVC has been super glued into the rear of the hull for a rear mounting point. A DC power connector needs to be fitted and then the back end finished off.







The next step is to apply some grey primer to see where any further detailing (if any) may be required.

More soon...

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Kit Bash Shuttlecraft part 1

About a year ago I picked up a Heller Super Frelon 1/35 scale helicopter kit for half price from my local hobby shop which has since closed down. I thought there may be some useful kit parts for detailing inside the box, and there were but the quite large hull also presented some possibilities for some future kit bash spaceship action. The future is now, inspiration suddenly struck (if inspiration strikes run with it I say) and true to form I started another project without finishing the numerous projects already on the go.


I followed my usual trick of separating the two halves of the fuselage by adding 2mm styrene in between, making a wider form. Bulkheads were added and an attempt was made to keep it all square. Unfortunately the fuselage moldings exhibit some warpage and a slight twist crept in once the solvent had set, not so too many people would notice and these things do happen even when being diligent.




I rummaged through my box of plastic shapes and dug out three acrylic wineglasses purchased from a charity shop which would make good engines. The bases were cut off and the stems rounded of on the disc sander and finished with wet and dry sandpaper and water.


In the same way as previous projects, I heated and formed some 2mm styrene over a wooden former to make a strong engine mount panel for the two side engines. A wooden jig was made up to glue the engine cups at the right angle and position. Some extra strips of scrap styrene were added to increase the area of the glue joint. This whole assembly then gets glued to the under side of the tail of the fuselage and another styrene panel gets added  between the engine and the tail to thicken the "wing" mount.



Below you can see the taest placement of the engines.




I had a look around my local hardware store for some usefull shape I could use for engine nozzles but couldn't find anything suitable so I decided to fabricate something. I turned a conical ring on the lathe from a pvc pipe joiner. The rings had a slight rebate machined on the back edge so they are a push fit into the back of the engine cups. I super glued a strip of ribbed evergreen plastic sheet to the inner surface and then made a jig to glue some evergreen strips to the outer surface. The strips are located at the correct height by a chunk of styrene and the jig is marked around the circumference in even steps. As each strip is superglued, the ring, which has a small mark at its base, is rotated to the next marking and the next strip glued and so on.



Once all the vertical strips are placed, a strip of 1mm styrene is glued up against the end of the strips around the ring. The picture below shows the three steps. Note that the strips are slightly oversize and are then sanded flush and rounded off to finish.


Again following my usual practice I employed LED downlights and ceramic connectors for the engine lights. A rebate was also machined into the back of the nozzles to seat the downlight bulbs. These are a bit of a loose fit so I am planning to secure them with a few spots of superglue. I don't envisage ever having to replace them as they have fairly long lifespans and will barely ever be turned on, but they can always be cracked out if desired at some stage.



A cockpit section was built from 2mm styrene. The kit pilots and some of the cockpit parts were employed along with some other random kit parts and some red led interior lighting. The two 2volt leds had a suitable resister added in series to allow for the 12volt power supply. here you can see the cockpit insert with white primer applied.



Below is the cockpit LEDS and resistor mounted from the top. This will be covered with some detail paneling. The cockpit has to have clear thin perspex windscreen panels added and the interior painted before finally sealing it up when it is glued to the rest of the hull.




Down the back end you can see one of those 3/8 whitworth threaded furniture leg mounts I use as a solid mounting point from the top and the bottom. It is screwed to some plywood which is super-glued into the hull. I still have to get hold of some DC power connectors to install to provide the power.


Here is the project so far with the engines mounted and some detailing ( my favourite bit) started on the top. I always make use of any openings that exist in the kit and make them part of the detail design. I usually back holes with some ribbed evergreen to make vents and ports of some kind.






More soon...