Uncle Monty Posted August 29, 2022 Share Posted August 29, 2022 Hi All Time for another scratch build. You'll be relieved to hear that I've decided to move on from UFO and instead have decided to use Space 1999 as my source of inspiration, hence the Space Bus which, hopefully, is in the style of Martin Bower's most excellent designs for the series. OK there never was a 'space bus' in the show, but if there had been, it might have looked a bit like this, only a lot better quality. This project had a shaky start. initially, I wanted to build a heavy lifter in the Thunderbirds style, so I made this sketch which is basically a mash-up of some 60s classics, including the Valiant, Victor and the Hercules C-130E, with a touch of B29 around the nose. And then I made a fuselage from plastic pipe, clad in MDF 'wood'. This is when the problems started, because I made the fuselage too short, so the proportions were all wrong. No one wants a short, fat lifter. After some sulking I decided that perhaps I could salvage at least some of the work by making something that actually needed to be a shorter, fatter design, so I retired to the man cave with Mr Bower's book and some liquid refreshment and came up with this: It's supposed to be a space bus for moving people and cargo between spaceships and space stations. Unlike all my previous builds I want to add lighting, but this won't be anything ambitious as this will be my first attempt so I'll keep it simple. The model will be hollow so I'll probably put some battery powered lights inside, drill a few holes and let nature take its course. The photos below show the fuselage taking shape. The three tubes are the engines, these were made from some plumbing pipe I had lying around. If there's one thing I've learnt from @Pete in Lincs it is that anything that is "just lying around" is fair game for the spares box. I have now realised that making stuff from wood does involve a LOT of sanding and filling, and then more of the same, for quite a long time, so I suspect that this build might take a while. However, seeing as it's too hot to do anything else and too expensive to go anywhere, I don't think this will be a problem. Thanks for watching, comments always welcome cheers Monty 11 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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