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Stargate X-303 and X-304 Completed

These two kits have been in their box for an age and deserved some attention when I rediscovered them up in the loft.  I had left them previously in a built state but that was nearly 2 years ago.  They were a bit dusty in the box and looked like a spider had got in and made it’s home there at some point as well.

I had started to do some painting on them and tried using the Games Workshop Badab Black wash on them, which was a disaster.  So they had been reprimed and put away in shame.  As I was going to be at the Brampton Show I thought I’d take them along and see if I couldn’t get some painting done on them.  Also the original review seems to be one of the most popular pages on this little blog, so thought there might be people wanting to see the final result.

So sitting behind the table I painted a few of the raised blocks in Games Workshop Iyanden Darksun for some contrast and a few panels in a lighter grey.  This was pretty much playing it by ear and I hadn’t referred to any reference pictures, so this isn’t an accurate representation of the actual vessel as it appears on TV, but my own version of it using my own colours etc. The rockets all got a coat of Boltgun Silver and the ends had some MIG Pigments Plasma Burn applied to give them a bluish effect.

The whole model then got a comprehensive wash with ProModeller Black wash.  I’d used this previously on the Star Wars hanger base I’d been working on for the show but this was the first attempt on an actual model.  When you apply it the instant reaction is “Oh my God, I’ve ruined the whole thing” as it’s covered in a thick black mess.  I’ll take a picture next time I use these washes to show what I mean.  But a little work with a slightly damped cloth and the worst comes off and it all evens out.  I left a decent amount of the wash in place around the raised block to give a lot of contrast and give a nice grimy appearance.  Think it came out pretty well.

I decided late on to add some antennas to the X-303 (the small one) to make it link better with the follow on X-304.  They aren’t there in the ship seen on TV and again this is just my take on what it might look like.

I applied the decals afterwards so they wouldn’t be hidden too much by the wash, they are tiny anyway so hardly notice.  Then a coat of satin seal and the jobs a good one.  Don’t know why it took me 2 years to get to that point as it was a quick job in the end.

The stand is the same as I used for the Moebius Galactica (or in my case Excalibur) model which is a magnetic acrylic picture block from Muji.  Really like these and will probably use them a bit more I think.  They are nice and heavy and inserting an image is dead easy.  Look nice and modern too.

So here are the completed pictures.

X-303 and X-304
X-303 and X-304
X-303 and X-304
X-303 and X-304
X-303 and X-304
X-303 and X-304
X-303 and X-304
X-303 and X-304
X-303 and X-304
X-303 and X-304
X-303 and X-304
X-303 and X-304
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X-303
X-303
X-303
X-303
X-303
X-303
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X-304
X-304
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X-304
X-304

And finally a little attempt to put them into orbit (which I should have spent longer on really, so it’s not very good).

In Orbit
In Orbit

Stargate X-303 and X-304 Part 1

I got these two models an age ago and have been fiddling with them for ages every since but never really made very much progress.  So thought they would be a relatively easy build for the Crewe show so I could bring something along which is new.  Both models are by Saltire Technologies and available from Starship Modeler.  The first of the two models is the X-303 Prometheus which was the first Earth built ship capable of faster than light travel and the second is the Human X-304 Class Deep Space Carrier of which there were a number seen in the SG1 and SG Atlantis series, including the Daedalus, Odyssey, Korolev, Apollo and Phoenix.  Both models are 1/2500 scale, so also fit nicely with the 1:2500 Star Trek kits.

Box
Box

Inside the box for the X-303 you get a number of small parts:

X-303 Parts
X-303 Parts

However there were a couple of small issues with the casting on mine at least.  The engines (which look like Wave Option Parts to me) weren’t well cast and the front of the ship was slightly misaligned in the mould to make it trapezoid rather than square.

Mismoulding
Mismoulding

However, these were not major issues.  The engines were replaced with similar Wave Option Parts (not identical but fine as far as I am concerned) and the front section was sanded until square.

X-303 Assembled
X-303 Assembled

A small amount of filler was required around the points where the top section connects to the main body, but nothing exceptional.

The X-304 is a different affair and I would imagine was cast by someone else.  The parts of a consistent resin (as you can see from the above picture there are at least 2 different types of resin in the X-303), are finely cast and have only 1 or 2 small airbubbles.  Much nicer.  You can clearly see a lot of those Wave Option Parts on there, which makes me think the X-303 engines are definitely from those sets.

X-304 Parts
X-304 Parts

Assembly was simple and relatively easy.  Couple of minor gaps (probably easily dealt with if I had sanded down better to start with) notably where the engines glue into the underside of the pods which were filled with Mr Surfacer.

X-303 and X-304
X-303 and X-304

It was at this point I basically stalled on the build.  A number of small antenna are supplied for the X-304 as a resin wafer but they were a little distorted and had a huge amount of flash on them.  Clean up is entirely possible but thought I could do better with some fine metal tubing or rod.  So went hunting for this again at the Scalemodel World show in Telford.  Found some eventually (wasn’t much choice to be honest) which I thought should do the trick.  These consist of a short length of tube with some fine rod inserted into it.  Needs a little bit of cleanup to get the excess superglue off but you get the idea.

Antennae
Antennae

There is a larger antenna on the front which I did with a set of tubing to build up something a bit bigger

Front end
Front end

So that’s where it is at at the moment,  Basically complete and ready for some primer.  Will give the parts a gentle wash to remove all the finger oils that have built up and then hit it with some Halfords Grey Primer to start with.

X-304
X-304
X-303
X-303
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X-303