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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, 9 June 2013

Old Spaceship model Part3 (Sony Spaceship)

This model was made in the late 90's. It was again made from a disparate collection of shapes.
There is a central spine made of some PVC conduit, with everything strung along it.
The  rounded front command module was part of a bedside lamp housing, with some added volume at the bottom. The next module (with the X shape) was built out of two protective plastic covers from some small Sony bookshelf speakers.

The next module along was built from two Sony di-sub video printer cartridges. Sony really contributed a lot to this model.

The engine housing was scratch built from styrene sheet. the engine nozzles were more wheels from a micronaut toy.

Model railway bits and pieces are a good source of detail parts. Note the nicely molded AEG transformer part from some HO scale wagon.

The cone shapes object that connects the engine housing was a baby's plastic clown shaped toy. It's had evergreen strips added but you can still make out the hand shapes in the thumbs up position. I probably should have cut those off, but as is usual with these things if you don't know what the object was in the first place you probably don't notice it. A prominent piece of the Hasegawa 1/72 Morser Karl sitting on top of the engine housing.

This model was finished in white automotive primer, with various panels in grey and red oxide primer. The usual weathering method of "Poo Juice" and dry brushed white student acrylic as previously described ( see old-spaceship-model-part-1).
Model length 850mm.

Here's a shot of the three of them together.

Excepting the Foss model, most of my spaceships end up around the same length, around 900mm. I'm not sure why that is, it's probably for me a comfortable size to work on and not too big that it needs heavy engineering to support. Not too small either, as I don't like working on small models, too fiddly.

As it happens the original star destroyer from Star wars was 3ft or around 900mm and that is what got me started on this whole obsession in the first place.


  1. Really stunning work !!! Fab blog !!!

  2. unbelievable. absolutely unbelievable work. nice detailing and weathering. looks like from a movie. one small note is that I see a mercedez front of a car in the top view, its nice detail gives texture, but maybe... cover the merc. logo. so its not visible.. in general this is outstanding work. A +

  3. Amazing work! Easily my favorite blog.

  4. I really like the design of this ship. So much that I decided to make one like it in 3D for a personal project. I hope you don't mind.
    Here is my first test shot:

    1. Nice job, you really captured it well without slavishly following all the details.

  5. Do you work professionally for movie production people? If I were, you'd be the first I'd call.

  6. Fabulous work, I especially love your design of the Sony Spaceship. Makes me want to get out my boxes of parts and join in on the fun.
    Gattaca Models and Props

  7. Muito bom mesmo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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