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Starbug and Blue Midget V2


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I built these a couple of years ago. Blue Midget around a year after I finished Starbug.

 

Starbug is the JPG Productions 1/72 scale kit. I was fortunate to get one before they went out of production.

I made a number of changes to the kit to improve it. One of the fins was lower than it should have been so I repositioned it so it matched the other one. I also remade the segmented section the engine bells attach to using a 40mm pipe coupler as the original piece didn't line up evenly around where it attached to the main hull.

The doors were also made from scratch as I found the original ones were too big.

The decals were custom printed and all of the striping was done using vinyl tape cut to length.

Weathering and detail panels were airbrushed on. The burn mark on the starboard side was actually sone as the decal accidently lifted after I had masked the area off for weathering so I decided to make the damage look deliberate.

I added basic lighting which is just 4 led's running of a 9v battery. The front just unscrews so replacing the battery is easy. I hid the switch so I need a rod to turn the lights on and off.

 

Blue Midget is a kit from Larson Designs. I made a lot of modifications to make it look more accurate. The legs were shortened and positioned higher with the extra hull section at the bottom removed so it sits lower down.

The back hull detail was scratchbuilt using plasticard and tube. The front mouthpiece is a 3d printed part which I designed.

The decals are custom printed. The JMC decal says Jupiter Mining Company rather than Corporation as this is actually what it says on the studio model.

Weathering was very basic, just using tamiya weathering master over the model.

 

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Boys from the Dwarf! Cool.

Very nicely done, both of them. Shame kits weren't more widely available.

You should be able to copy and paste the URL from Postimage onto here so the pictures come out bigger.

Just don't make them too big or the Mods'll get you! I use 640 x 480. Quite adequate.

Got any more to show?

 

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That's truly awesome!  😎

 

A great pity that the Starbug kit in particular isn't still available.

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1 hour ago, Pete in Lincs said:

Boys from the Dwarf! Cool.

Very nicely done, both of them. Shame kits weren't more widely available.

You should be able to copy and paste the URL from Postimage onto here so the pictures come out bigger.

Just don't make them too big or the Mods'll get you! I use 640 x 480. Quite adequate.

Got any more to show?

 

I've just opened the account with post image so I'm still getting used to it. I'll try and remember for future posts. Just had a look and saw the upload options and have taken a few more pics close-up. I remembered I also made up a set of steps for Starbug. The figures are from the toy so are a bit out of scale.

 

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