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Old June 21st, 2009, 08:42 PM   #1
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Default The (Colonial!) Fleet Is In!

Various of my Colonial Fleet ships, both from TOS and TNS. First shot, from Left to Right, top to bottom is Colonial Destroyer Hades , battlecruiser Agememnon, TNS Galactica, TOS Galactica, TOS Pegasus, Colonial Defender, Cylon Tanker that's part of my RTF (not sure why I included it in this shot, really) and the Colonial Berzerk Escort Carrier. Not pictured is the BamBam Productions Cygnus, which is in a shot a bit later....





Closeup of the Defender and Berzerk, both from Fantastic Plastic.




Timeslip Creations TOS Battlestar kit on top, w/a modified Revellogram battlestar below.




Destroyer Hades on top and the Battlecruiser Agememnon below. Both are cut-down versions of the Revellogram kit with a few added bits-n-pieces.




Another view.




This is the BamBam Productions Cygnus-class escort, a fan design. It's a neat little kit, but needs a bit of extra luvin' to get it to lookin' as good as it could, IMNSHO. Still, a fun build.

In the primer stage, obviously. I've since shot the base coat of paint on her. The guns are what take forever and a day, tho - I have to use a pin-vise to drill out holes in the front, then use some itsy-bitsy small Evergreen tubestock for the barrels. I used extra guns from the Berzerk kit (purchased from Fantastic Plastic) on the upper "wings". I'll do the same on the bottom "wings", too.




This and the following are views of the Fantastic Plastic Berzerk Escort Carrier. I like this one because it's so different than the norm for TNS designs. This is a design featured in TNS' "Razor" "Special Episode", shown at the Scorpio Shipyards.




The base coat is Tamiya AS-16, USAF Light Grey. I plan to color her to the best of my ability based off of the JT Graphics matt poster I purchased at WonderFest this year. I love the views on the poster and it's what made me pick this kit back up and start work on it again.

















And that's all I've got for now. I've got several builds going in tandem - as I always seem to do - which include these seen here, as well as the Timeslip Creations SpacePark Zephyr, a second Rising Star and Colonial Movers and some small kitbashes for my RTF. I'll update this thread as I get more pics taken of my painting.

As always, constructive criticism is appreciated. I'm definitely one of those who doesn't just want someone to say "Kewel!" I want some suggestions on what I can do to make these better and/or what I need to go back and fix before the final dullcote is applied.


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Old June 22nd, 2009, 08:11 AM   #2
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Jeff -

At least I can see the pics on this posting. When you posted this at Hobby Talk, I couldn't view the pics.

Some very nice work there - I've never seen so many BSG models in one place!
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Old June 24th, 2009, 11:12 AM   #3
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At least I can see the pics on this posting. When you posted this at Hobby Talk, I couldn't view the pics.
Yes, that was likely when I was working on trying to re-size the pics. A couple of folks have commented on that fact, but all seem to be able to view them now.
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Some very nice work there -
Thank you very much. I appreciate that.
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I've never seen so many BSG models in one place!
Yeah, it's pretty kewel, neh?
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Old July 13th, 2009, 06:08 PM   #4
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OK, more schlok from my workbench. This time just pics of the Berzerk and Cygnus. The main guns on Berzerk and on the top "trench" of Cygnus are from an extra two sets of guns I purchased from Timeslip Creations. I was looking for scale guns to better show these ships as being companions to the marvelous NuGalactica kit from TC and George was kind enough to sell me some.

Berzerk will get all ten guns on the topside positions - five on each side - and I'll use some Evergreen .030" Rod for the gun barrels along the sides. It won't look quite as good as if I had some similar gun barrels for those side guns, but it'll still look better than nothing, IMNSHO. I've only added two of the NuG guns to Berzerk, but intend to eventually add them all. I just sort of tacked these on so I could get an idea of what she'll look like. I still need to do detail painting on the model.

For Cygnus, I'm giving her a total of eight of the quad guns from the Fantastic Plastic Berzerk kit. I purchased several of those from Fantastic Plastic for various 'bashing projects. I figure those quad guns are meant more for anti-Raider-ish applications, especially since this design has no anti-starfighter guns as Galactica, Pegasus, Berzerk and others do - at least, nothing that's immediately obvious in the CGI images.

And speaking of painting... Ugh! Dang, this is a seriously lousy paint job on both of these! Serves me right for hand-painting details w/o using masking tape. Hell, even then, the red stop on the upper starboard engine looks like crap.

Oh, well. These are meant to be sort of quick builds - no major alterations on the original kits other than to add a few detail pieces here and there. I've got another Berzerk and that kit will get some surgery - a bit too much in the way of asymmetrical detailing on her, especially on the "head", as seen in the top view - done to her as I would like to try and make her more like what we see in the most recent CGI renders from [url=http://www.irrationaldesigns.com/]Irrational Designs.

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Hope the crap paint job isn't too offensive. I'm having fun w/these builds, tho do wish I had used masking tape in more areas.
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From someone who enjoys building model kits, I definitely can appreciate the work you have done here Griff. Lord, I gotta get back into building again. I do miss it. Excellent work. Would love to see more. Thanks for sharing these photos.
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OK, new TNS Colonial Fleet shot, along w/a Timeslip Creations battlestar Valkyrie kit teaser. :twisted:







I'll start a separate thread for the Valkyrie build once I finish editing all the pics. Eventually I'll even finish the model!
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We seem to have lost the pics again.
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