Doc72 Posted January 24 Share Posted January 24 I guess there comes a time in the life of every modeller when you want to build something from outer space. I am not very much into Sci-Fi, but I became fascinated with the idea of scratch-building something without any regard for historical accuracy, technical feasibility, or common sense. So my UFO project is not based on any particular movie or TV series, but the style with the heavily-structured surface is undoubtedly in some way influenced by the space crafts from the original Star Wars trilogy. Moreover, of course, I took inspiration from many Sci-Fi-scratch-build-projects by other modellers that can be found on the internet. Unlike others, I did not recycle old shampoo bottles or other plastic wrappings (maybe later on another project) but used plastic sheets and profiles for most of the construction. A classic Flying Saucer design served as a starting point which I tried to vary a bit. The basic disc is made from two circles of plastic sheet separated by some profiles as spacers. I made the disc from rather thick plastic but afterwards switched to more or less paper-thin sheets that are much easier to fold and cut. For the bottom of the disc I envisaged a kind of conus or truncated cone. First, two blocks of balsa wood were added to give support to a pole or stick on which the model will be displayed. Getting the right shape for the surface of a truncated cone isn't trivial. Fortunately, I found a very useful online tool on the website of a rocket modelling club (they build rockets that really fly): https://www.rmc-sachsen.de/?nav=konus Adding bogus and nonsensical details on the basic shape is the fun part: 20 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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