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At long last, and so long as the bucket place works,

I can post pictures of my latest scratchbuild.

The parts were accumulated over a long period.

The main body, the big black thing in the picture,

was a device for playing mp3 in the car, the tanks

on the sides are, I recently discovered, No2 bottles,

I just found them on the ground.

The pilot is over 45 years old and was an Airfix Ford Escort

driver, you may be able to see an Escort hubcap on the nose.

The wheel for the top hatch was an Escort steering wheel.

The 'arms' are from a minesweeper tank, the skids once held

pencil lead. Nearly everything else is bits of tank models.

Oh, the 'radar arm' over the top was a free pen that came in the

post, various other kreiger space models have something similar.

So, hopefully you'll enjoy Orbital tug 42.

 

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With British standard Humbrol tinlet to show the size!

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The thruster nozzle came off a toy space shuttle.

 

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The round bits above the cockpit are lights. I later added lenses.

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here you can see the Escort steering wheel. The side thrusters were from a pair of earbuds.

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The Sherman suspension parts are probably where a larger ship would clamp the tug for long distance travel.

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Yes, a pair of tank turret cupola's were used to mount the main thruster.

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The intrepid pilot. He and the cockpit details are rudimentary, I mostly wanted to concentrate on the exterior.

The Escort hubcap is visible here, some sort of scanner, I imagine.

As always, comments are welcome.

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Thank you.

I just realized I forgot to post a picture

of the component pieces, doh!

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So here it is. Obviously I didn't use all of the parts shown, this was early days. Last Summer I think. Modelling time is precious!

Ah, someone is bound to ask about paint. Grey primer with a quick light pass of white primer on the upper surface. Any other

colour is brushpainted acrylic.

 

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That's an amazing build Pete. Love the amount of greebling you've added, and the imagination in the use of parts. I thought the radar arm was from the Camel until I read you explanation. I'm assuming one of those flat pens they put in envelopes?

 

Andy

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Now that's truly stonking.....Really creative old-school sci-fi modelling, just my cup of tea!  :thumbsup:

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6 hours ago, AndyRM101 said:

I'm assuming one of those flat pens they put in envelopes?

That's the one. I knew what it was going to be as soon as I saw it!

It's a bit big really given the size of the tug but I like it.

Yes, it's  the same as on the Camel and smaller versions are on other

kreiger space suits for instance.

 

And thanks, guys, for all the good comments, high praise indeed.

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Here are another couple of pictures that

show the nose and underside although

the focus isn't that brilliant. Hopefully you

can see that under the nose is a motorcycle

fairing while underneath we have the base &

exhaust of a 1/24th Ferrari. The small oblongs

are ancient Airfix platform luggage pieces that

I dug out of an old stash I have.

 

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Yes, that is a tank on the left!  Bits of tank track are along the bottom of the skids.

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Thanks for looking.

Pete

 

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Love it, 'specially the gripper-effector things and the sub-like handrail. The only thing I would add would be some diagonal bracing from the "skids" to the body?

 

Cheers,

 

Will

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way cool!! I am not sure how I missed this already but that's all kinds of neat.

Love it

 

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Thank you kind Sirs.

The skids are suspended on a bit of old sprue, TBH.

I was going for the 'This is springy carbon fibre type stuff'' effect as a suspension medium.

The handrail on top is a German WW2 tank antenna and

the grippers are part of the mine roller tank kit. (Trumpeter Finnish T-55, I think)

I have two of those sans turrets (used on the Sternail build)

So the next few builds will probably feature some ex Soviet bits instead of Wehrmacht.

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