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Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Fleets Gather...

With Krazygit's offering to the Aeronef setup, I was inspired to put something together myself. As I had notted before, I was hoping to go with something different. Using the Anatoray Battleships from Last Exile as inspiration, I cobbled some ships together from scrap balsa wood.

Using plastic sprue for detailling as well as a collection of metal brads in various sizes for turrets (along with the road wheels for some 1/72 scale tanks). The results have been crude by most modelling standards but this is a judgement made prior to any serious detail work and panting. Many of the designs are experimental and may not be put into "production" as I flesh out the fleet.

So far, I have managed to come up with a battleship, carrier, escort carrier, two types of crusiers, something I am calling an invasion barge, and what will be either a frigate or a destroyer. I've also managed to build a dreadnought, a couple more cruiser deisngs and a destroyer as well. Below is a picture showing a general idea of the theme I am going with.

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The battleship and carrier are massive, with the battleship measuring 9cm long and the carrier at least 10cm. Do keep in mind that these ships are not the conventional, flat-decked style common in Aeronef, but rather are proportioned to be tall and narrow (cutting through the air easier?). The carrier is designed to be a mammoth beast with a cavernous internal landing bay. This will likely be a one of a kind ship in the fleet...okay...maybe two of a kind.

I'm not sure if these are VSF enough, and I am still working on ways to detail them properly. But this is my first stab at building ships in small scale, so who knows what will happen.

4 comments:

  1. Smashing job old boy! I posted a link to my blog to drag more people over here to see your 'Nefs.

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  2. I like these, very 'Skies of Arcadia'.

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  3. Thanks!

    Thisi s my first time working in such asmall scale and with balsa. There is a definite progression from the early experiments to the ones that come along later. The use of plastic model kit parts is helping to add some detail on the later ones.

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  4. Very nice, Eli.

    BTW, we have moved from Everett down to W Seattle ('bout a year ago now).


    Greg

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