Saturday, July 23, 2016

Scratchbuilding Spaceships - The Enemy Appears

A bit of an update on the spaceship project.
I recently received my exploratory order from
These ships are from his Retro range's Earth fleet. I like the style of the ships and their sleek, supersonic age lines. The counter the powerful but bulky looking ships,of my scratch built fleet.
I have them arranged here in a general approximation of equivalency. I was not able to order all of the ships from Ravenstar's Retro Earth range, so there are some gaps.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Scratchbuilding Spaceships - Out of Control Designs

It seems the more I go on with this project, the more ship designs I come up with. As of the writing of this update, I have designed no less than ten (10) different styles of ship ranging from battleship down to frigates and escorts.

I have yet to fully detail any of the designs and have only duplicated one of them. The techniques used in their construction have been evolving as I go on and gain confidence with the materials I have at hand and what works and doesn't.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Scratchbuilding Spaceships - Group shot and parts

Here is a pic of the six different classes of ship I have developed for my fleet so far. I like how things are shaping up.

The second and third pics show a ship before any paint or detailing and a sampling of the materials I use to build them.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Scratchbuilding Spaceships - Happy Accidents and Unwanted Decisions


While designing a cruiser as shown in the first picture, the rear part of the hull came off. Unexpectedly, it looked rather nice that way.

Without the rear section, the cruiser looks a lot like a smaller version of the battleship (also pictured). So, now I have to decide if I want to reattach the rear section or keep it as it is.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Scratchbuilding Spaceships - The Big Ships

The project continues...

After a couple of setbacks involving an unfamiliar brand of spray paint, I lost a couple of completed ship models. A light cruiser I had modeled up was trashed but will work for a wreck. The battleship, a brand new design for me, was toast beyond salvage. 

I have now rebuilt the battleship as well as a dreadnought design. After getting a handle on the new paint, I managed to get it work rather nicely for the models and so I now have all the ships in their red fleet color. Detailing remains but I have decide on whether these will be human or alien vessels and what sorts of markings they need.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Scratchbuilding Spaceships - On to Larger Vessels.

So in my side project to create my own scratchbuilt retro 70's style space fleet, I have started from smallest, working my way up to larger designs. After designing a frigate and two destroyer class vessels, I now venture into the bigger ships - a light cruiser.

This one was a bit more involved as I found myself challenged by the larger open spaces and a need to fit heavier weapons to the design. This design incorporates a substantial bow missile launchers, two medium cannons on separate turrets and four light cannons mounted primarily for defensive purposes.

Friday, June 3, 2016

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