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  1. Greetings, Recently completed XD-1 from Moebius in 1/144 scale. Details about the build can be seen here in the works in progress - Many thanks for having a look - questions and comments always welcome! Bill
  2. Greetings! This is one of those subjects I thought would never be seen in a styrene kit. Moebius has done a good job, just a few issues that I hope will be addressed in a future release. Having struggled with the ancient Lunar Models resin version of XD-1 - - this kit from Moebius was a pleasure to build. The build is almost complete now and I wanted to share some of the details from the construction. Build includes a full interior with lighting, EVA pods (with lighting), lighting for the engines, 9 volt external power, remote LED controller, display base and stand, and clear acrylic display case. In addition to LED lighting, Paragrafix brass PE, HDA Modelworks decals, and Green Strawberry EVA Pod set all add greatly to the kit.
  3. This is a model of the classic "Space Station V" from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey: The kit is the resin and photoetch steel kit from Fantastic Plastic: "Variable scale" means that three different sizes of Orion space clipper are provided. Of these, only the smallest seems to be a reasonable match for the movie's docking sequence: I decided early on that I wanted to include the Orion spacecraft, but didn't like the idea of having it attached by its nose to a long stick connected to the station. Eventually I used some transparent rod and modelled the Orion departing from the station, in the manner of Bob McCall's movie poster, which at least provides some sort of visual explanation for why there might be a mysterious trail linking the spacecraft to the station. Apart from that, very minimal scratch building was involved. There are rectangular plates on the outer rim (visible in the movie still above) which aren't included in the kit. I added these using sheet styrene--as well as being "realistic", they neatly cover the joins in the resin rim parts, which featured some rather ugly pour stubs (especially in the partial ring). I removed and discarded some poorly moulded and damaged "outrigger" strips on the kit spokes, and replaced them with brass strip. I printed my own decal sheet to detail the blank interiors of the docking ports, as well as to produce a selection of greeblies to add a few features in emulation of the movie model. The kit required a lot of work to adjust the shape of the resin rim parts, to fill small holes, and to fix poorly moulded detail (some very unsightly grooves) on the partial ring sections. I could have spent three times longer on that, but eventually got to the "good enough" point at which I just wanted to get on with the build. It was a pretty demanding build--certainly the hardest I've attempted. The build log is here: Paint is Tamiya. I mixed up my own shades of pale grey and red-brown to try to get something close to the movie appearance. (I really don't like Fantastic Plastic's garish red-and-white box art.) I used LifeColor Liquid Pigment washes, and sealed it all with Humbrol acrylic varnish. I also attempted some images on a black "space" background, with variable success: Finally, here it is poised on Marco Scheloske's lovely stand, which really makes all the difference to displaying this model:
  4. This is Fantastic Plastic's resin and photoetch model of Space Station V from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. After trimming, filling, sanding and washing, the resin parts look like this: Surface detail is good in parts, but there's a little damage to detail here and there, particularly in the short rim sections. Also a missing corner from one of those sections, fragment not present in the bag, but I should be able to patch it with styrene sheet. Above, I've already assembled the two ends of the hub, each of which comes as two parts. Lots of pour stubs to be removed from the hidden surfaces, and quite a bit of sanding, trial fitting and then a little filling to get a good fit. Fantastic Plastic helpfully include a set of scaled diagrams, helpful for trial fitting. They suggest immersing the long rim sections in hot water if they don't have the correct curvature, and the plans are invaluable in getting that right, though I got them pretty soggy as I dipped, stressed and then checked each rim section! Getting the spokes and rims all neatly aligned with no gaps is going to be a challenge. Again, the plans are excellent templates. Here, I've discovered that the thick end of the spokes is just the right width to support the rim section as a height gauge to keep the positioned spokes level while glue dries. Given that the kit provides a spare spoke, I may actually be able to repeat this trick all the way through. Any guidance on washes to bring out surface detail will be appreciated. I'm more used to marking up panel lines and applying oil and grime to aircraft.
  5. Greetings! Recently completed, this is the Atomic City Orion Space Clipper resin kit. For me, this is the most beautiful of the vehicles from 2001: A Space Odyssey. From tip of nose to the end of the rear stingers, the model is 44 inches long (not 42 inches). Being large and heavy, a sturdy display stand is essential to prevent tipping and damage, so I made one from a pre-cast concrete paver - it will never tip! External battery powered LED lights for the cockpit and passenger cabin were added but I did not do an interior. The wing is secured into position from the bottom with 6 small screws to allow access to the interior and lighting. The kit decals are very nice, but the Pan Am logo blue seems a bit too dark? Details about the construction will be posted soon along with more images of the completed model. In the meantime I wanted to share these first images of the finished kit . . . . Thanks for having a look, questions and comments are always welcome. Cheers, Bill
  6. I have just come across this interesting two part build blog of the Moebius Moonbus using the Paragrafix 'rocket & thruster' set and their photo etch set too. Its interesting there is still no definative references/evidence of the colour of the interior of the Moonbus. This is a very good build, but I'm not sure I totally agree with all of the colour choices. I have the Stargazer 'accurate interior' set (as well as the Paragrafix sets featured in the vids below), which has incidently recently been reissued by Timeless Hobbies. Which the blogger of this vid agrees would make a huge difference to his model. Anybody got any thoughts on the interior colours? It would certainly be interesting get other thoughts and observations, particularly as we now have a 4k version of the film. Pt 1. Pt 2. Tommo
  7. Moebius Models via MiM have announced a styrene 1/1 model of HAL.. Moebius models: 1/1 scale prop replica model kit has been meticulously researched and is now available for the first time. -From Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey -Highly detailed styrene model is based on meticulous research -Precision-tooled styrene with superior fit and crisp accurate detailing -Completed kit is 350mm tall -1/1 scale -Skill level 3, ages 15 and up -Features LED light-up eye and logo display stand https://www.monstersinmotion.com/cart/2001-a-space-odyssey-c-9_345/2001-a-space-odyssey-hal-9000-model-kit-with-lights-by-moebius-p-26704.html?fbclid=IwAR0go623wf-_9FCIeBOhFG8fRfSdSFYYexSDUZDpUjA92lrFtvwYJDgh9N8
  8. This build is complete and can be seen here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235060208-atomic-city-pan-am-space-clipper-orion/ Following are images and details of the build construction. Described by Scott Alexander of Atomic City Models as being studio scale and 42 inches in length, the kit is approximately 1/48 in scale and actually builds out at 44 inches. Most of the parts were well cast resin with few flaws. Exceptions being - the top engine area which was infested with countless pin holes from air bubbles, poorly cast passenger window detail, and large gaps where the forward inside edge of the wing and fuselage join. There is room to scratch build a cockpit and cabin, but not in 1/48 scale - something smaller, maybe 1/60 or so. I decided not to do an interior, but did add lighting. No instructions are included, but construction is straight forward. No provision for landing gear or a display stand is included. The kit does include 2 sets of excellent decals. This is a large, heavy, and impressive model which displays well with a display stand and some LED lighting. Many thanks for having a look, questions and comments are always welcome. Cheers, Bill
  9. Greetings! Recently completed build of the Aries 1B in 1/32 scale. This is a large and heavy 15 inch resin kit from Scott Alexander (CaptCBoard)) at Atomic City Models with full interior, LED lighting, and custom built display base.. Details of the work in progress can be viewed here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235057170-aries-1b-2001-a-space-odyssey/ Questions and comments are always welcome. Many thanks for having a look. Cheers, Bill Images of the completed model begin here with views of the exterior:
  10. http://www.hobbytalk.com/bbs1/275-moebius-models/552073-moebius-2001-products-17.html As well as a retooled Orion, but no Aries! Thomo.
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