Thursday, March 8, 2007

Making the "Mini-G"

Once I had a set of hull slices I preceded to make a small study model to verify that my planned construction method would work the way I hoped it would.

The scale of the "Mini-G" was based entirely off of the two thinnest material thicknesses that I had readily available to me. The hull slices are made of 0.060" white acrylic sheeting and the ribs are made from 0.015" vinyl sheeting.

All the slices had alignment holes in them so that I could easily put them together. The first step was to "string" together just the hull slices and sand the compound contours across the slices. (Otherwise the hull would have an ugly "stair step" appearance.) Next I pulled the pieces apart and place the ribs in between the hull slices.

Mini G construction 01
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This little "maquette" study model proved to be so popular that I ended up kitting it for sale. (It is available here: Mini G kit )

Sprue setup 01
Sprue setup 02

Here is the finnished model all painted and pretty:

Buildup 01
Buildup 02
Buildup 03
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Buildup 05
Buildup 06

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

OHSHI-! Awesome work; excellent detail!

Adamma said...

Well written article.