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Battlestar Excalibur

In catching up with posts just spotted that I never posted anything on the build of the Moebius Battlestar Galactica kit which I built for the SFM:uk Viper Squadron Build.  Basically this was the basic Moebius kit  assembled according to the instructions, although I left off attaching the two landing bays until after the model had been painted and decaled.  The model was painted with Halfords Aluminium or Silver (I can’t remember which now) from a rattlecan.  This was then washed with Games Workshop Badab Black and then sealed with Halfords Clear.

I had got the Acreation Decals set which have very pale armour detailing on them which covers the entire model and applied these.  Shortly afterwards the Deluxe Set was released but to be totally honest I’m not sure there is enough difference in them to a) justify the additional cost and b) the additional time in applying them.  It was  a massive task as it was and pretty tedious!  To begin with I wasn’t even sure they were making any difference but once one side was done it was very clear that Acreation had done an excellent job of getting the feel of the CGI model and they produce a good sense of scale.

Some custom decals were made to show the name of the Battlestar as Excalibur rather than Galactica.  These had to be done in black as I had to do them on an inkjet printer.  Some landing bay strips were done at the same time with the battle group number.  Finally the model was sealed with Games Workshop Purity Spray which gave a nice satin finish.

These pictures were taken in an attempt to be arty and light the model in the same sort of way as the show did, with a single bright light source.

Excalibur
Excalibur
Excalibur
Excalibur
Excalibur
Excalibur
Excalibur
Excalibur
Excalibur
Excalibur
Excalibur
Excalibur

And finally a bit of a composite image.

Excalibur
Excalibur

Viper Squadron

Very pleased to say that all the Vipers for the build made it to the South Cheshire Militaire show in Crewe on Sunday 27th February 2011 and the whole thing looked fantastic.

Must say the show itself was very quiet compared to 2009 (which was the last show I attended there) and from what others were saying also compared to 2010.  Not sure why as the weather was OK, but the Carling Cup was on the TV…?

The main hall

Main Hall
Main Hall

The Viper Hanger was the main item on the SFM:uk table (in fact we concentrated on it so much we were a little short on models to fill out the rest of the space…will have to watch for that in future years).

So here are an absolute stack of pictures:

Individual Builds and Details

Apologies to those I didn’t take as many pictures of-thought I had them all pretty evenly covered but doesn’t seem to be the case.

Merolink

Merolink
Merolink with Suki in background
Merolink with Jay to the right
Merolink with Jay to the right
Merolink
Merolink
Merolink
Merolink
Merolink
Merolink

Cleric

Cleric
Cleric
Cleric
Cleric

Ellenbethsdad

Ellenbethsdad
Ellenbethsdad
Ellenbethsdad
Ellenbethsdad
Ellenbethsdad
Ellenbethsdad

Mangamax

Mangamax
Mangamax
Mangamax
Mangamax

Jargonking

Jargonking
Jargonking
Jargonking
Jargonking
Jargonking
Jargonking
Jargonking
Jargonking
Jargonking
Jargonking

Archer

Archer
Archer

Suki5150

Suki5150
Suki5150

tak5haka

tak5haka
tak5haka
tak5haka
tak5haka
tak5haka
tak5haka

Blitzspear

Blitzspear
Blitzspear

Jay

Jay
Jay

Finally, my build

Alun
Mine, with tak5haka in background
Alun
Alun
Alun
Alun

The Stig’s Colonial Cousin made an appearance. “Some say his mother really is a toaster and that if he had his way all Vipers would be V12 powered.”

Stig
Stig
Alun
Alun

Overall Display

Display
Display
Display
Display
Display
Display
Display
Display
Display
Display
Display
Display
Display, with MkVII snuck in
Display, with MkVII snuck in
Display
Display. Sorry this one is a bit blurry but in my defence I was balanced somewhat precariously on a chair to take this

8 members of the build group:

Group Build Members
Group Build Members

At the back (L-R): Blitzspear, jargonking, Tak5haka (in his drive by attendance), SUKI5150, Chris (Cleric)

Front (L-R): Me, ellenbethsdad, Paul Mather

Not present were Merolink, Mangamax and Jay

Viper Squadron Part 7

So got the wiring done and everything bolted down. Got to touch up the weathering a bit and add the posters but that shouldn’t take long. Also add the little wing bits and a dab of red to the ends of the wings…

99% Done
99% Done
99% Done
99% Done
99% Done
99% Done

Had originally planned for a missile rack, as can be seen in the Galactica walk around, but run out of time for that now.

Battery for the lights is in the rather plain box by the wall. Can’t find my box of bits (assume it is somewhere but seems to be the only box I haven’t managed to locate in the last 12 months since our move) so hadn’t got very much to add to it. It will get a bit of a rubdown with some pigments when I touch up the Viper.

One thing to note is that I’ve done the decals around the rear engines wrongly. The red line should be broken by the engine gubbins and not run behind it.

Decal Plan
Decal Plan

I think a few of us have done this by mistake so I am at least not alone in this error. Also explains why I had a bit of a wrestle getting the decals to fit probably.

So there you have it. Another one to add to the done list and this will probably be the last post on this build and just some completed pictures to follow.

Viper Squadron Part 6

Well weathering nearly done. Need to retouch a few spots where the decals are noticable. Decided not to go the ProModellers route in the end and used the MIG pigments instead.

Weathering
Weathering
Weathering
Weathering

These are a bit washed out (taken on the windowsill this morning on my phone) and the weathering is a bit more than it appears.

Nearly done. Just the following to do:

-finish wiring the engines

-glue the engines into place and fill any gaps

-touch up the paint and weathering

-paint the canopy and fix into place

-paint and weather the battery box

-run a channel under the base for the wires from the Viper to the battery box

-paint the pilot

-put up the posters

Viper Squadron Part 5

OK, decals on. Bit of a cock up on a couple of them and left a small gap but filled it in with some of the extra bits Mark thoughtfully provided.

Decals
Decals
Decals
Decals

Shiny and fresh at the moment. Needs some seal on the decals then set to work with the ProModeller wash I got at Telford. Slightly nervous about it as not used them before and could all go hideously wrong. Will try and rewatch their videos on You Tube tomorrow before setting to it at the weekend.

Viper Squadron Part 4

So most of my list of things from my last post have been done. Model now got a gloss coat on it and may get a chance to start some decals tonight.

These were taken just prior to putting the gloss on:

Viper
Viper
Viper
Viper
Viper
Viper

Gettting there!!!

I thought it looked a bit monotone in the engine and gubbins parts so freshened it up with some brassy coloured bits. Also decided that the ribs at the front looked better white than gunmetal as breaks up that area a bit more. Know it doesn’t match the boxart etc but sure there would be some slight variations amongst the Vipers in service.

Do need to tone down the “plasma burn” pigments on the nozzles a bit as bit too blue at the moment. Probably dry brush on some more gunmetal and silver to knock it back into the recesses.