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Studio Scale UFO Interceptor

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There are just too many excellent designs to chose from the worlds of Gerry Anderson.

UFO, his first live action series, is full of incredible designs, especially the Moon Base Interceptors.

Three were on standby in their silos below the lunar surface, ready for launch against the Alien's craft as they approached Earth.

 

Each Interceptor was armed with a single low yield nuclear weapon (The often criticised failing of the Interceptor, namely one missile apiece, was a deliberate script ploy so that the UFOs stood a chance of getting through to Earth). as well a three machine guns (in space?) which were never seen used in the show.

 

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Now courtesy of Studio 2 Models http://studio2models.webs.com/ there is a studio scale model, 23" length, approx 1:24th scale.

 

The main body halves are cast in fibre glass reinforced P-38 car body repair putty: (150mm/6" ruler for scale.)

 

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The missile, as well as other parts, are cast in white resin.

 

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Main engine bell:

 

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RCS side pods, landing skids, cockpit rear wall:

 

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Aluminium sheet and sections are provided if you want to build the landing gear from metal, rather than use the resin.

 

Close up of the cockpit wall, and main engine insert:

 

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Winglets, cockpit instrument panel, RCS thrusters and some rather familiar looking greeblies for the engine bays:

 

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Close up of the greeblies:

 

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I have already cut open the cockpit opening, creating a blizzard of dust!

It will be a slow process, as it is no shake and bake kit!

 

Thanks for looking,

Angelo

:)

 

 

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What a splendid project, shall be following with much interest!  :coolio:

 

PS - Nothing wrong with MGs or other conventional weaponry in space, in fact it is massively more deadly up there.....One of the Soviet Salyuts was armed with an auto-cannon!  :o

 

The Salyut 3, although called a "civilian" station, was equipped with a "self-defence" gun which had been designed for use aboard the station, and whose design is attributed to Nudelman.[1] Some accounts claim the station was equipped with a Nudelman-Rikhter "Vulkan" gun, which was a variant of the 23 mm Nudelman aircraft cannon, or possibly a Nudelman NR-30 30 mm gun.[12] Later Russian sources indicate that the gun was the virtually unknown (in the West) Rikhter R-23.[13] These claims have reportedly been verified by Pavel Popovich, who had visited the station in orbit, as commander of Soyuz 14.[12] Due to potential shaking of the station, in-orbit tests of the weapon with cosmonauts in the station were ruled out.[1] The gun was fixed to the station in such a way that the only way to aim would have been to change the orientation of the entire station.[1][12] Following the last manned mission to the station, the gun was commanded by the ground to be fired; some sources say it was fired to depletion,[12] while other sources say three test firings took place during the Salyut 3 mission.[1]

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salyut_3

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I made my own cockpit rear wall as the one supplied is too narrow.

It was made from perspex with various pieces added to detail it.

 

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Once installed, I brought the two fuselage halves together, using 2 part epoxy resin, and then sealed up and filled the gaps with P-38 car body filler:

 

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I added the VTOL exhaust with a suitable piece of tube.

 

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Close up of the painted interior:

 

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Thanks for looking.

Angelo  :)

 

 

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This is the instrument pane as it comes in the kit.

Just painted it and used some spare cockpit decals from Airscale.

 

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:)

 

 

 

 

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Quick update.

 

Engine, side pods, winglets, spine faring added, and missile built.

 

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Angelo :) 

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You've clearly got through some wet & dry on this one.....Really looks the part to me.  :coolio:

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37 minutes ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

You've clearly got through some wet & dry on this one

 

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It looked like a blizzard! 🤣😂🤣😂

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A coat of Halford's Filler primer has been applied. More filling and rubbing down!

 

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Some work in progress on the pilot:

 

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:) 

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Pilot fitted and canopy attached.

The central frame is a strip of plastic card.

The piping around the canopy was made using solder.

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I have upgraded the kit's resin main undercarriage legs.

I made a quick drawing, dragging up my technical drawing skills from many, many moons ago and took it to a local engineering company who machined them up out of aluminium for me:

 

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Angelo :)

 

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Love the cockpit! When I built my Bandai Interceptor I scratch built that rear partition and uses some PE for a Wellington bomber for the instrument panels :) I also used a 1:48 scale pilot figure from PJ Producctions - I think it was a French Helicopter pilot.

 

Does the kit come with decals? The ones in the bandai kit are pretty bad "spanglish" nonsense and I had to print my own.

 

This does look like a fun, if dusty project :)

 

This was my build from 2013 (so long ago blimey!)

 

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Kallisti said:

Does the kit come with decals? The ones in the bandai kit are pretty bad "spanglish" nonsense and I had to print my own.

 

Hi there,

Yes it does, but I have a set of decals for it from Jbot which are superb.

 

Love your Bandai Interceptor, impressive work :)

 

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A nice coat of Halford's Appliance white, followed by lots of masking and various shades of Humbrol's Metal Cote paints.

Next it will be decals and panel lines.

 

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:)

 

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3 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

Lovely.  :wub:

 

How are you doing the panel lines?  :hmmm:

Thank you.

 

I'm going to pencil them on, as per the original studio models.

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Have moved on a bit since the last update.

Decals, courtesy of JBOT Decals added.

Panel lines done, Pencilled on as on the original model.

Coat of mat varnish, which yellowed! :(

 

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Now it's the undercarriage! :)

 

Thanks for looking,

Angelo :)

 

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looks incredible - nothing more challenging than a resin kit - lots of grinding, sanding, dust, goggles, face masks etc - been there and got the T-shirt twice in the last 12 months - nice to see what you endured during the earlier dusty messy stages has paid off into a fine looking soon-to-be Anderson masterpiece.

 

please bring it along to Telford this year if you are attending.

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On 7/30/2018 at 3:18 PM, Gimme Shelter said:

please bring it along to Telford this year if you are attending.

Thank you, I'll do my best, shifts permitting! :)

 

Quick update, I'm getting her up on her legs:

 

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Thanks for all the comments and compliments, greatly appreciated

 

Angelo :)

 

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On 5/4/2019 at 5:41 PM, BrankoSa said:

Were your halves missing fit for about 5 mm?

They were not a perfect fit, but not by that much😁

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