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Battlestar Galactica Mod: Complete!

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Boddaker    15

Minor update:

Did some work on the side skirts. Got them smoothed down,

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and trimmed. This is how they will fit onto the main piece.

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I taped them into place, and will add some support braces for strength. Once those are in, I will bondo up the seam and smooth out the edges.

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Boddaker    15

Another productive weekend! :D

I managed to get the side skirts integrated onto the main piece. Here's how I did it:

First I needed to make a paper template for the inner braces that will hold the side skirts in place.

Since I formed them on the same foam buck as the main piece, they should be a mirror image of it.

So I took a piece of paper, folded it in half and cut it to fit the curve with the fold facing up. I strung a

piece of tape across for something to square off of.

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I unfolded it and cut my braces. Made two of those, then made two smaller shapes and cut four

of each so I ended up with five braces per side.

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Next was to cut a floor with notches for the braces. I used the built-in line in the plastic (made from the

wood base of the foam buck) as a guide to glue down the floor.

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Then I glued in the braces, making sure they were square.

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When those set up, I tacked down the side skirts. It didn't matter too much that there were some

gaps here and there, as you'll see in the next step.

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Out came the Plasti-Paste once again for a good helping of reinforcement. I cut the floor out temporarily

so I could get to both sides.

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Even so, it was a bear getting the stuff in the inner pockets. That was a good stopping point,

so I let it set up overnight.

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The next day I rolled the table out for some more sanding and bondo filling. Oh what fun.

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Didn't need much, and only a few areas needed minor spot putty.

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After working the edges a bit more, I blew all the dust off it and brought the case out for a test fit.

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Not bad! I may not even have to shave anything off. :)

You might think I can put the ribs on now, but there's one more thing I have to do first. I want to

add some detail to the surface: Pipes, various sized squares of paneling and such. It will be much

easier doing it now, than trying to work in between the ribs. If all goes well, I can get that done this

week, then rib next weekend.

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Fireheart    0

That looks super-slick, Boddaker!

Not that I'm surprised - you do good work.

Be Well!

Fireheart

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Boddaker    15

Time for my Sunday evening update. Not much has transpired since my last significant update.

Last time we left off with finishing up the side skirts and preparing the surface for the detailing.

Well I got most of it done over the last two days. It was good because this type of work could

easily be done in the living room with the wife and our 3-yr old. :) Although when my pile of

styrene piping disappeared, I knew who to ask!

Here I had just finished cutting up the first batch of squares of various sizes and shapes. You can

see the printout of high res reference photos of the Galactica on the right (thank you Starshipbuilder.com). :)

In order to save myself some work, I drew a rough outline of where the outer armor plating will be,

so I knew where not to add the detail (since it will be covered up anyway.)

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...And after I got one side completed. I basically followed the ref photos loosely, just using them

as a general guideline. I proceeded in a random fashion so as not to look too uniform.

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Some close up shots. Keep in mind all this will be painted the same color in the end.

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For the detailing I used .040 Styrene sheet, and half-round styrene rod for the piping. The sheet came with

ultra-thin flexible strips, so I decided to use them as well for a smaller size pipe.

After adding a bit more detail on the side skirts, I think I can finally prepare the landing bay for the ribs.

If it works out, it's going to look awesome! Stick around.

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kabello    0

Owww, the theme i amazing!!

The colors of your choice i pretty,

And the new forms will go to Stacker, stayed

very good!!

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Boddaker    15

Thank you Kabello! :D

So my internet at the house has been down, so I brought the pics into work and posted them. :P

Here's what I was trying to do with the foam strips, but they wouldn't stick.

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So I cut up a bunch of styrene strips and went to work.

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I have to fit each strip over the detail pieces. (had I known I was going to do it this way, I would have added the

detailing after laying down the ribs.)

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The styrene is very soft. Doesn't need much heat to become pliable.

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Here's where I'm at, about 1/4 done. But you can kinda see what it will look like.

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Once all the ribbing is in place, I will add the outer armor pieces over select areas, then add detail to them.

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Boddaker    15

Small update. Basically got more of the same done. Almost got one side completed! :D

Anyway, here's a few more shots:

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pedrofilho    0

Nice working dude. I´m working with PVC instead estyrene, but, it seems to be easier to work with. Am I right?

What is that resing you used, reinforced with fiberglass?

Keep the good work and bring some more pics...

Glad to see you´ve started your 2007 mod.

See you !

Pedro Torres.

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Boddaker    15
Nice working dude. I´m working with PVC instead estyrene, but, it seems to be easier to work with. Am I right?

What is that resing you used, reinforced with fiberglass?

Keep the good work and bring some more pics...

Glad to see you´ve started your 2007 mod.

See you !

Pedro Torres.

I think styrene might be a little bit softer than pvc, but they are both about the same.

That resin is called Plasti-Paste by Smooth-on.com, and it is reinforced with fibers, but not fiberglass. Really neat stuff to work with, as it doesn't sag or droop at all when applied to vertical surfaces. It's mainly for making mother molds to provide support for flexible rubber molds. But it works well here too!

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