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SFMA Big Spring Build Contest => SFMA Big Spring Build Contest 2014 => Topic started by: Macupar on February 28, 2014, 02:30:46 pm

Title: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on February 28, 2014, 02:30:46 pm
I hope you are able to see the time stamp on my phone. I could not find a widget that made the time and date bigger. I look forward to this build and following everyone else  that is participating. Good luck all!

https://plus.google.com/photos/106167212221119251958/albums/5985549459904575937?authkey=CL3s-_6Yhpbzdg

Mike
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer
Post by: dlots1701a on February 28, 2014, 02:39:42 pm
Good to go Macupar good luck
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer
Post by: billski on February 28, 2014, 02:41:18 pm
Never seen this kit before Mike, good luck with your build
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer
Post by: The Model Dude on February 28, 2014, 02:43:39 pm
Like billski, I have not seen this kit before.  I will enjoy seeing how it builds up; I hope that you have fun and success with the kit and the contest!   8)
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer
Post by: Macupar on February 28, 2014, 03:00:49 pm
Thanks all! After going over the instructions in detail, this kit is very interesting. It is able to transform into 3 different vehicle modes and comes with a Gatling gun, a laser gun and a few missiles. This Shuttle is ready for anything!
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer
Post by: Lufty on February 28, 2014, 03:04:07 pm
I concur I'm excited to see your project come together. It reminds me of a Dune Ornithopter!
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer
Post by: AnythingSciFi on February 28, 2014, 04:37:48 pm
Been interested in this kit for a while!

Might pick up one while watching your build!
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer
Post by: DizWhiz on February 28, 2014, 05:20:20 pm
Same as others I haven't seen this kit before, glad to see another entry that will be totally alien (cough) to me.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer
Post by: fumblethumbs on February 28, 2014, 08:47:52 pm
Yeah, that definitely looks like a cool kit!
It's a new one on me too.
Best of luck and have fun with it Mike!!  :)
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer
Post by: big game nerd on February 28, 2014, 08:55:40 pm
Looks cool,  I have never seen that one.  Looking forward to it.
Steve
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer
Post by: Macupar on March 01, 2014, 06:13:35 am
I was cleaning my parts this morning and I noticed some empty spots where parts should be. So I did an inventory and sure enough I am missing 6 parts. Who ever must have originally owned this kit must have played around with it. They are not the most important parts but it will make the Hoppers cockpit look a little empty since I am missing part of the cockpit chair, the astronaut, the forward control consul and a few extra details. 
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer
Post by: big game nerd on March 01, 2014, 06:45:03 am
That's too bad.  Well, that's an opportunity to do some scratch building.  Not sure what scale that is but you might something you could use from aircraft models.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer
Post by: Macupar on March 01, 2014, 06:54:12 am
I was thinking about doing a scratch build on 2 of that parts. I have never done that so this would be a good training opportunity. The Hopper is 1/48 scale so I am not sure what aircraft build would work. I am heading to the hobby shop here in a few hours to pick up a few supplies and will take a look around at that.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on March 01, 2014, 04:59:30 pm
So I spent the day working on the aft cockpit of the shuttle. I was missing several parts to the cockpit so I had to make my own. I made a little storage section out of strip styrene and bought a 1/48 fighter jet seat to replace the missing section of the shuttle seat. I cut the back of the fighter jet seat off and fit it to the shuttle cockpit. I came out pretty nice.

To see a step by step process of the build so far visit my google+ page
https://plus.google.com/photos/106167212221119251958/albums/5985549459904575937

Mike
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: The Model Dude on March 01, 2014, 05:19:06 pm
An awesome recovery on the missing parts!  I like how the chair came out; you didn't even miss a beat.  Keep up the great work!   :)
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Lufty on March 01, 2014, 10:20:22 pm
An awesome recovery on the missing parts!  I like how the chair came out; you didn't even miss a beat.  Keep up the great work!   :)

Right on! I agree with The Dude...nice work on replacement/fabrication!
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: fumblethumbs on March 02, 2014, 01:14:57 pm
It came out very nice Mike!
Snuggled in there beautifully.
Well done man!!  :)
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on March 04, 2014, 12:51:09 am
good luck sir! excellent progress so far!
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on March 04, 2014, 06:46:07 pm
Well it was a busy day today. I finished the rare cockpit of the shuttle and got some other parts painted and working. This is such and interesting build. All these parts that move and turn it's just so much fun to build. Until my next day off. Have fun with your builds!

For step by step pictures of my build visit my Google+ page.
https://plus.google.com/photos/106167212221119251958/albums/5985549459904575937
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on March 10, 2014, 11:00:36 pm
Well got some more work done tonight while watching the TrekWorks Hangout. You guys are a blast! Finished the the shuttle cockpit with decals and astronauts. Painted the inside of the cargo bay and attached the wings. Tomorrow I hope to finish off the engines and get the rest of the shuttle together. This shuttle is so detailed compared to the  1/144 Revell. The panel lines that are all over the shuttle are just so nice. This shuttle is by far superior to the Revell. I wish they just made the shuttle to build. I am also fighting the urge to paint this shuttle the with the normal silver and black underside. But when this combines with the Eagle Lander the silver abd black underside may look silly which is why they recommend it in all white.

For step by step pictures of my build visit my Google+ page.
https://plus.google.com/photos/106167212221119251958/albums/5985549459904575937
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: jguard68 on March 11, 2014, 01:02:38 am
Very cool ship. Your work and very clean and sharp.  8)
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: billski on March 11, 2014, 01:27:19 am
Nice detailed logs you are showing us, your build is very clean indeed
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on March 11, 2014, 07:46:06 am
Thanks guys! Oh yeah. In order to get the astronauts to fit in their seat, you will need to cut of their feet.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: sabreuk on March 11, 2014, 09:00:27 am
looking good there buddy are you doing a diorama with the shuttle? sorry if you answeared this already im catching up on everything :(
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: DizWhiz on March 11, 2014, 01:22:13 pm
Great work on this so far
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: fumblethumbs on March 11, 2014, 06:14:12 pm
Excellent work Mike!  Really looking great!
 :)
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on March 11, 2014, 10:03:23 pm
looking sharp! keep plugging away!
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: wolf 359 on March 12, 2014, 10:18:40 am
Looking very Nice, keep up the good work.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on March 19, 2014, 08:39:24 pm
I did a little more work on the shuttles engines then I took a break from working on the shuttle and started on the eagle module. The shuttles engines detach a from the shuttle and attach on the back of the eagle module and the shuttles small engines rotate and face the front of the shuttle. I also painted a few missiles that come in and out of the rare of the eagle module.

Mike

For step by step pictures of my build visit my Google+ page.
https://plus.google.com/photos/106167212221119251958/albums/5985549459904575937
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: jguard68 on March 20, 2014, 07:21:27 pm
Enjoying your progress. Missiles look really nice.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on March 23, 2014, 07:02:37 pm
I finished two of the engines for the Eagle module today. These are pretty cool. Depending on the vehicle that is being used, the wheel tracks will either be out or in as shown in the first picture. The left side is out and the track is inverted to have it in on the right side. The rest of the pictures have both wheel tracks out. In order to reverse the tracks you have to unscrew the back of the engine then slide the wheel out, turn it around then slide it back in and screw the back of the engine on. This this is just to cool! This process is shown on my Google+ page so please have a look!

Thanks all for the motivation and kind words!

Mike

For step by step pictures of my build visit my Google+ page.
https://plus.google.com/photos/106167212221119251958/albums/5985549459904575937
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on March 23, 2014, 07:04:01 pm
looking good there buddy are you doing a diorama with the shuttle? sorry if you answeared this already im catching up on everything :(

You know I have been thinking about doing that. I would have to ask to see if I can switch from Modified category to Diorama category if I do decide to do it. Making a nice lunar surface would be pretty fun.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: The Model Dude on March 25, 2014, 10:14:53 am
I love how this kit is building up, you are doing awesome work here man!  Clean looking build, and some nice detail with the ship (the first shots of plastic did not do it justice).   8)
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Kila2000 on March 26, 2014, 03:31:24 am
This is gonna open a can of worms, been discussing at work lately over whether or not man has really been to the moon  ;D

But this is a model site, and this model is looking good. Nice work so far
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: sabreuk on March 26, 2014, 05:25:29 am
This is gonna open a can of worms, been discussing at work lately over whether or not man has really been to the moon  ;D

But this is a model site, and this model is looking good. Nice work so far

funnily enough this is something I have been discussing recently also defo worthy of discussion in another thread :)

macupar your build is coming along realy nicely looking forward to your next update :)
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on March 26, 2014, 06:08:20 pm
first off, of course we've been to the moon. Buy a telescope!!! :)
Now back to the show. I got a lot done today. Finished engines 3 and 4 and put the lunar lander together for the first time! Still some detail painting to do but it's about ready for final touches and decals. The front 2 engines are on backwards but that is no big deal since they are connected by screws and they are meant to come apart when you combine this section with the space shuttle.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: fumblethumbs on March 26, 2014, 07:22:19 pm
It sure is looking neat and sharp!
You're doing a great job on this Mike!!
What a cool kit this is too.  :)
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: billski on March 27, 2014, 01:57:03 am
I agree with Jeff, looking fantastic!!
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on March 31, 2014, 12:52:28 pm
I did some work on the landing platforms for the lunar vehicle. The first picture shows the parts on the section that holds the shuttle in lunar mode. It has a spring inside of it to give it a little bounce when landed on or landing depending on the vehicle mode it is in. These are also the landing gears when the shuttle combines with the lunar vehicle. I used one of my old shuttles to show how it sits on the lunar vehicle.

For a step by step process of my build, visit my Google+ page.
https://plus.google.com/photos/106167212221119251958/albums/5985549459904575937

Thanks all!

Mike
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: wolf 359 on March 31, 2014, 02:27:55 pm
That looks cool!
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on April 01, 2014, 09:52:14 pm
Construction is completed! All that is left now is some touch up painting and detail painting then I can gloss her and begin putting on decals. The final part I worked on the the Gatling gun that is stored in the cargo bay. It has a nice little set up that auto rises and lowers the gun when I open and close the cargo bay doors. I do need to fix one of the flaps that broke. Last week I dropped the shuttle on the floor when taking it to be painted and broke both of the flaps. I managed to fix them but one broke again today and I have not yet been able to find the part that broke off. And just as I type this I found it!!!! Here are a few new pics.

Thanks again all for checking out my build.

Mike

For a step by step process of my build, visit my Google+ page.
https://plus.google.com/photos/106167212221119251958/albums/5985549459904575937
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on April 01, 2014, 10:06:16 pm
Here is a little video of the gun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLm1uUSQrZA&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Lufty on April 01, 2014, 11:22:39 pm
Man, that chaingun puts a whole new "spin" on the shuttle.  8)
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on April 02, 2014, 08:18:56 am
Man, that chaingun puts a whole new "spin" on the shuttle.  8)

Haha Lufty. That it does. I also think my Sky Lynx is getting a little jealous of my new build. 
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on April 02, 2014, 09:34:23 pm
And one last update for today. I finished the Space Shuttle part! I still have a few slight touch ups to do with paint, but other then that, she is ready for her final coat of gloss and she is done! And really, is there any other name I would have named her? :) Since the decal sheet that came with the model was very small, I used a full decal sheet from a Revell shuttle model that I had not used. I was able to give her the full and proper look of a shuttle. I just hope that all the extra decals do not interfere or get damaged when it combines with the lunar section. I also had a 3rd decal sheet laying around. Can anyone tell me what the extra decal is?

Mike

For step by step pictures of my build visit my Google+ page.
https://plus.google.com/photos/106167212221119251958/albums/5985549459904575937
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Tankton on April 02, 2014, 09:58:58 pm
UFP Decal.  Looks great, a fine name for a fine ship.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Lufty on April 03, 2014, 02:17:51 am
Shuttle looks great! Man, what a cool kit. Thumbs up Mike!
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: fumblethumbs on April 05, 2014, 08:15:32 am
Excellent work Mike!
 :)
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on April 05, 2014, 09:20:33 pm
UFP Decal.  Looks great, a fine name for a fine ship.

UFP decal it is! It looks pretty nice on it. So I finished with the decals on the lunar lander today. I will put the final clear coat on tomorrow and take pictures of the final assembly on Monday! One again I used many decals from the Revell shuttle kit on the lunar lander. All of the red and black stripes, the yellow and white panels and a few other decals came from the Revell kit. I think it came out really nice. I did a little testing of combining the 2 vehicles and only a few decals I added will get a little beat up. But nothing major. I have started working on blueprints for making a lunar display base. I went to the hobby shop the other day and they gave me some ideas on how to go about doing it so I think I will go ahead and make a custom base.

As always, thanks to everyone who has been following along and cheering me on. You have all given me the inspiration to do my best!

Mike

For step by step pictures of my build visit my Google+ page.
https://plus.google.com/photos/106167212221119251958/albums/5985549459904575937
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on April 07, 2014, 09:28:04 am
Here is what the shuttle looks like when the Lunar Lander and the Space Shuttle are combined to make the Eagle Lunar Explorer. Now the Space shuttle and Lunar lander are a 1/144 scale model. When you combine the two to make the Eagle Lunar Explorer, it becomes a 1/48 scale model. The model may be done but I am not done with it yet! I will now start work on the base that I am going to make for it. I am going to make an 11x14 base with a lunar surface on the top and maybe do a background with the earth in it. If you want a step by step detailed process, please visit my Google+ page. The combining process is about half way down.

Thanks!
Mike

For a detailed walk through of the combining process, please check out my Google+ page.
https://plus.google.com/photos/106167212221119251958/albums/5985549459904575937
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on April 07, 2014, 09:31:10 am
And I totally just realized that I did not take pictures of the Completed Lunar Lander. I'll have those up shortly.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on April 07, 2014, 09:36:06 am
Decals look great man! I am so not look king forward to decaling mine! Can you do it for me? Lol
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on April 07, 2014, 09:55:12 am
Decals look great man! I am so not look king forward to decaling mine! Can you do it for me? Lol

lol, oh man 3rd, I would think the decals on that ship for be the simplest part of your build!! I take it you are going to have to custom make all those as well?
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on April 07, 2014, 12:39:16 pm
Decals look great man! I am so not look king forward to decaling mine! Can you do it for me? Lol

lol, oh man 3rd, I would think the decals on that ship for be the simplest part of your build!! I take it you are going to have to custom make all those as well?
Actually I lucked out. Richard Campbell from the RPF is gonna send me some that he has leftover from his build of the same. The paint masks however...
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Lufty on April 08, 2014, 04:09:55 pm
Man that is one of the coolest looking ships I've ever seen. Reminds me of the Dune carryall a little (I don't think there was ever a model of it, but from imagination anyhow). It's looking fantastic!

Is the shuttle hull a part of the Explorer? Backwards kinda?
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on April 08, 2014, 04:46:01 pm
Man that is one of the coolest looking ships I've ever seen. Reminds me of the Dune carryall a little (I don't think there was ever a model of it, but from imagination anyhow). It's looking fantastic!

Is the shuttle hull a part of the Explorer? Backwards kinda?

Yeah, that does look a little like the Carryall. Might have been some inspiration on this model. You are correct. The aft of the shuttle is the cockpit of the Explorer. If you check out the link to my google page, I posted the process of how the 2 are combined to make this vehicle. It's just such a neat model.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: billski on April 09, 2014, 12:48:32 am
Love this Mike, what a great build!!!
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: DizWhiz on April 13, 2014, 10:35:44 am
Really nice build so far I've never seen this one.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: wolf 359 on April 13, 2014, 01:06:28 pm
I have never seen this one either. Looks great! great work.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: The Model Dude on April 18, 2014, 01:12:22 pm
You are doing a fantastic job on this!  Your build is very clean and uniform, congrats on this.  Keep having fun man!   8)
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on April 28, 2014, 12:20:32 pm
I have just about all of the construction done for the display base. I need to make the top still and buy a power supply for the lights. I also need to buy the stuff to make the lunar surface. The last picture I have in this post is what the background should look like. I will have rows of LED tape. I will then light block the clear plastic everywhere except the earth, sun and some dots for stars. the earth and the sun will be a decal I am making that will hopefully glow.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Quarky on April 28, 2014, 01:07:23 pm
How did I miss this build!

Nice work sir!
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: ImWolf on April 28, 2014, 02:11:49 pm
My thoughts exactly!   Looks like a lotta fun.....   :b
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: jguard68 on April 29, 2014, 03:03:24 pm
Really like this project. Great work.
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on May 12, 2014, 04:52:24 pm
Looks great! Very nice job with the painting! Looking forward to more!
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Macupar on May 13, 2014, 08:15:12 am
Thanks all! sadly I am calling it done as is. Due to budget issues (taking a 25% pay cut at work) I am not going to get the base done before the end of the month. I had a blast working on this model. I know a few followers said they had thought about getting this kit before and I would say to go and get it because it was just an interesting build.

https://plus.google.com/photos/106167212221119251958/albums/5985549459904575937
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: billski on May 14, 2014, 08:47:40 am
The ship looks great Mike, I am sure you can solve the base problem
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Baabaa214 on May 29, 2014, 06:01:38 am
Very cool looks done to me
Title: Re: SMA Big Spring Build Eagle Lunar Explorer (Modified Category)
Post by: Kitguy3 on May 29, 2014, 06:00:47 pm
Very nice job!