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Title: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on October 18, 2017, 07:49:58 pm
I bought this model soon after it's re-release in 2002 and it's been sitting up high on my garage shelf ever since begging me to build her.  But first I needed to buy some accessory resin parts, aftermarket decals, and an engine grill/rear wall flasher kit to really jazz her up and make her look her very best.
So... anyway... I finally got all the add on stuff and worked up the gumption to start working on her some weeks ago but I held off posting any pica until I had enough photos to make it interesting for you guys. 
So, having taken over 40 photos now, I figure it's time to begin my build log of the 2002 Polar Lights Spindrift spaceship which was a re-release of the old 1968 Aurora Models kit.
But first, a quick synopsis of the show from Wikpedia...

"Set fifteen years in the future, in the year 1983, the series tells the tale of the crew and passengers of a sub-orbital transport ship named Spindrift. In the pilot episode, the Spindrift is en route from Los Angeles to London, on an ultra fast sub-orbital flight. Just beyond Earth's boundary with space, the Spindrift encounters a magnetic space storm, and is dragged through a space warp to a mysterious planet where everything is twelve times larger than on Earth, whose inhabitants the Earthlings nickname "the Giants." The Spindrift crash-lands, and the damage renders it inoperable."

Here's the trailer from 1968:

https://youtu.be/aDuNvZw8Gr4

This link takes you to a fan video offering a guided tour of the "real" Spindrift which is stored in a top-secret, high-security storage facility:

http://www.iann.net/giants/media/spindrift_tour/

The tour is a lot of fun. Notice that the interior of the Spindrift is much larger than the exterior would seem to allow for; the same "TARDIS" effect seen in other Irwin Allen productions, like the Jupiter 2 in "Lost in Space", or the Seaview in "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea".

Anyway, enough about the show, time for the model...

First off, the box cover. Very nice. Polar Lights used the same box art as the original Aurora kit. Dig that cool "Land of the Giants" logo:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4465/37733684976_96a9d576da_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoZVs)Box Art (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoZVs) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Kit parts. Two bags of white and light green plastic parts and one bag of clear parts. The Aurora kit had orange parts in place of the white.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4449/37750828192_512cb65f01_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUS19)Kit Parts (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUS19) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Next up, the dome. I bought this more accurate vac-formed teardrop shaped dome for the upper hull some years ago. It was included as part of an accessory parts kit that also included a resin rear passenger cabin wall and engine intake and exhaust grills:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4476/37750831022_b8046d290a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUSQW)Dome (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUSQW) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

This accessory kit featured drilled out holes for lighting the grills along with transparent red and blue styrene sheet panels. There is quite a bit of flash to clean up but overall I'm quite pleased with these parts:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4494/37733684436_1397e26e17_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoZL9)Aftermarket Engine Grills (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoZL9) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Decals! Love-em! JT Graphics sold these accessory decals in 2002 concurrent with the release of the model kit:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4453/37750830492_99f047551a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUSFN)Aftermarket Decals (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUSFN) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Closeup of some of the cockpit console and door operating panels:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4443/37733683916_b895a0e17a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoZBb)Decal Sheet Detail (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoZBb) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Wall and Control Panel Decals:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4461/37750829782_de20713072_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUSty)Decal Details (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUSty) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Instruction sheet-page 1. The instruction sheet is very detailed and even includes steps for making the cockpit steering yokes from scratch using sprue pieces from the kit:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4494/37750829382_8ac6275c0a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUSmE)Decal Instruction Sheet - Page 1 (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUSmE) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Page 2. More instructions on how to modify the kit cockpit walls to accommodate the instrument panel decals:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4486/37733682786_d87274f325_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoZgG)Decal Instruction Sheet - Page 2 (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoZgG) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Time to start the modifications...

The round opening on top would need to be modified to accept the aftermarket teardrop shaped dome:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4503/37733682166_1dbed3bea0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoZ61)Forward Top Hull Section (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoZ61) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

More to come!




Title: Re: Spindrfit by Polar Lights
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on October 19, 2017, 07:13:13 am
Hey, Trekriffic!

This reminds me of the ship from Fantastic Voyage. The organic look of it as well as the dorsal fin! Gotta love the 60's concept of fins! :)

So, are you going to light it, too? Are you gonna detail it up with a paint scheme? Or are you gonna do a OOB type situation?

Just curious. You seem to always take a good model and making it a thing of beauty!

I'll be watching and following along!

Steve
Title: Re: Spindrfit by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on October 19, 2017, 10:33:37 am
So, are you going to light it, too? Are you gonna detail it up with a paint scheme? Or are you gonna do a OOB type situation?

Steve

Yes. The engines grills will glow red and fade up and down. The dome on top will also be lit. The rest of the interior will be lit with warm white LEDs. Still pondering whether or not to light any of the cockpit consoles.
Title: Re: Spindrfit by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on October 19, 2017, 10:53:11 am
Moving right alongl...

A template for modifying the top forward hull section was made from Tamiya tape using the vacuum formed dome as a guide:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4502/37750827512_3b3f6cb315_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvURNq)Template (https://flic.kr/p/ZvURNq) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

My dremel made quick work of this:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4482/37733681486_a6c8a2baa5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoYTh)Plastic Removal (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoYTh) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

After slicing the teardrop dome away from its flange I sanded the edge using a piece of 600 grit sandpaper:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4496/37750826292_88664111e9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvURro)Sanding the Dome (https://flic.kr/p/ZvURro) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The modified opening fits the new dome almost perfectly:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4466/37733681106_a68d13641a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoYLJ)Dome Test Fit (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoYLJ) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

An oval piece was trimmed from an old frypan splatter screen I had in my stash. This will go under the upper dome.:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4443/37750825872_4444c9f482_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvURj9)Mesh Screen for Upper Hull Dome (https://flic.kr/p/ZvURj9) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The screen was glued into the upper hull using Plastic Surgery CA glue:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4482/37733680306_8664dcb5b5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoYwW)Dome with Screen (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoYwW) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I mixed Tamiya white and transparent orange acrylic to paint the inside surface of the upper dome. Holding the dome upside down I poured the paint in and swirled it around the inside of the dome tilting it from front to back and side to side until I had achieved good coverage. Then I poured the remaining paint out, wicking any drips hanging off the rim of the dome with a paper towel. This process was repeated a couple of times until I was satisfied I had no thin spots in the coating:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4489/37733678396_396c82d111_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoXY1)Painting the Inside of the Dome (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoXY1) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Bulkhead walls, seats, and forward instrument panel. All these parts will be heavily modified before painting and decaling:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4505/37750825282_37ba778041_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUR8Y)Bulkhead Walls, Seats, and Forward Instrument Panel (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUR8Y) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Floor, cabin walls, and crew figures. The crew figures are oversized for the scale of the ship. I calculated the crew were close to 1/62 scale while the Spindrift itself works out to somewhere between 1/72 and 1/76 scale:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4499/37733679576_4042cb6856_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoYjm)Floor, Cabin Walls, and Crew Figures (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoYjm) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Puttying the grooves. The incised lines were meant to serve as a painting guide but with the hull decals I had they were rendered superfluous so I filled them in with Perfect Plastic Putty. The decal instructions told me to do so as well:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4470/37750824152_a62e92b87d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUQNu)Puttying the Upper Forward Hull (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUQNu) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Sanding. After the initial sanding was done I could see I will need to repeat the filling and sanding process several times:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4477/37750823582_8e9eb5f482_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUQCE)Sanding Upper Forward Hull (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUQCE) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Mounting a brass tube in the bow for my scratch-built forward antenna to slide into meant adding some reinforcement to hold it in place. I used Tamiya epoxy putty for this purpose. You can also see the molded in oval shapes to either side which I would use as guides for the bow headlight openings:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4448/37733677596_17362ab2a4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoXJd)Tamiya Putty in Bow of Lower Hull (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoXJd) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Bow instrument probe or antenna mount. I drilled out the kit part and extended it a tad using brass tube before gluing it into the lower bow. The tube was then puttied using AVES and sanded to smoothness:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4444/37750823282_1fb2d9094c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUQxu)Bow Instrument Probe or Antenna Mount (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUQxu) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Image of studio model doohicky. We were never told what the exact purpose was for this extended probe/antenna during the series but it almost seems to be intended for use as a towing arm. Note the loop at the tip - possibly to be used for hooking onto?:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4487/37733677176_831911e79e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoXAY)Studio Model Probe or Antenna (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoXAY) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Using styrene sheet and this carbon steel rod coated with white vinyl cladding I made my own bow probe/antenna arm:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4487/37750822962_0db309a3db_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUQrY)Bow Probe (or Antenna) Scratch Build (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUQrY) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I was even able to use a piece of styrene tubing to make the loop at the tip of the probe:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4468/37733676796_dc1802237b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoXuq)Tip of Probe (https://flic.kr/p/ZuoXuq) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Next up... making the passenger seats...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4475/23930433908_62b1c85cac_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CsDJh5)Spindrift Set 02 6-26-4 (https://flic.kr/p/CsDJh5) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4454/23930433708_b859934854_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CsDJdC)Spindrift Set 04 6-26-4 (https://flic.kr/p/CsDJdC) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4459/23930433578_f1b35b8098_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CsDJbo)Spindrift Set 05 6-26-4 (https://flic.kr/p/CsDJbo) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr



Title: Re: Spindrfit by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on October 19, 2017, 11:17:46 am
Passenger seat mods...

Using brass wire and Evergreen styrene strip I started in with mods to acurize the passenger seats:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4511/37750822692_d7c6affec2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUQnj)Passenger Seat Mods (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUQnj) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

It only took me about 2-1/2 hours to complete the first passenger seat. The new base replaces the molded on base molded into the passenger cabin floor which I had to remove:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4456/37750822382_84f4ea7666_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUQgY)Chair on Base (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUQgY) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Five chairs in progress. The lower half of the seat was too short so it was extended using Evergreen strip. The upper backrest was too tall and needed to be shortened before adding a piece of round Evergreen rod for the headrest:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4497/37073114524_51c9a25a98_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2pkJ)Five Chairs in Progress (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2pkJ) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Brass frame. Brass rod had to be bent precisely to shape using some fine tipped needle nose pliers:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4507/37073114104_6c5fed01b8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2pdu)New Seat with Brass Frame (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2pdu) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The armrest support brackets were bent to shape and glued to the underside using CA glue:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4485/37750821672_9d585b4cd2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUQ4J)Passenger Seat Armrest Brackets (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUQ4J) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Two down, four to go. I got each chair down to about an hour to finish with practice:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4509/37073113654_191692db3f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2p5J)Two Down and Four To Go. (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2p5J) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Jumping around... got this in the mail last week from Ralph at Tenacontrols:

The Spindrift's engine grills would fade slowly up and down to signify the atomic reactor was fully charged. This board from Tenacontrols reproduces that effect and can power up to six red LEDs:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4469/37073113264_a2ef4c7c7c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2oY1)Tenacontrols Board for Engine Grills (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2oY1) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Wiring diagram. The only connections I need to solder are the wires for the power supply and the the flashing LEDs:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4443/37750821232_0cd6d1e084_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUPW9)Tenacontrols Wiring Diagram (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUPW9) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Next I worked on the mounting point in the lower hull for the stand tube. Evergreen tubing was glued into a reinforcing plate made from .020 sheet styrene. AVES was then packet around the tubing for added strength:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4481/37073112804_6733cfe7e9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2oQ5)Mounting Point in Lower Hull (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2oQ5) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The aluminum stand tube fit snugly into the plastic tubing mounted in the lower hull.  The aluminum tube is hollow to allow for passage of wires from the base:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4486/37073112674_6733cfe7e9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2oMQ)Stand Tube (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2oMQ) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

DC power plug and jack. The K-sized DC power plug will attach to the bottom of the display arm where it plugs into the DC power jack located in the wooden base. The top of the display arm will be permanently attached to the lower hull of the ship:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4503/37750820902_40798d2df8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUPQs)DC Power Plug and Jack (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUPQs) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Most of my work is done at a drafting table located to the left out of frame in this photo. I use this table to organize parts and set things aside to dry:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4509/37750820272_58e66582f3_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUPDA)My Garage Work Table (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUPDA) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Swerving back to the model...

I have some very tiny LEDs to mount in these openings for the bow lights:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4457/37750819792_33da9f180e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUPvj)Openings for Bow Headlights (https://flic.kr/p/ZvUPvj) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Two tiny 1.8mm cool white LEDs will serve for the headlights in the bow:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4490/37073112344_081aab8f47_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2oG9)1.8 MM LED (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2oG9) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Last pic for now...

A can of Italian Red lacquer spray paint from Model Master for the exterior. Got this at Hobby Lobby with one of their 40% off coupons. This will go on over a coat of MM yellow lacquer:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4490/37073112084_6e1ce17d33_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2oBE)Model Master Italian Red (https://flic.kr/p/Yu2oBE) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Next up... work on the pilot seats and the steering yokes...









Title: Re: Spindrfit by Polar Lights
Post by: Spencer on October 19, 2017, 08:09:27 pm
Nice that you're giving this ship the extra treatment.
I enjoy seeing other's scratch building ...

The show was before my time, but I remember SciFi doing a marathon when I was younger and liking it.
I remember the second season theme song the most, and now it's going to be in my head for the next few days!  ;D

Spencer
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: karve on October 23, 2017, 01:29:54 pm
I absolutely LOVED that show when it was on ...yes I am old enough to have watched it when it was new ..  ::)

Since the vast majority of the time the ship was just sitting on the Giant ground it never really commanded the attention like the ships on the other scifi shows of the time that actually ...well, you know....flew.  ;D

However, from what I see you're really going to do it justice. It's going to look really cool with the lit engines and any interior detail you can do will be a bonus.
Question ... will the interior only be visible through the front window similar to the Jupiter 2, or will there be other ways to see? I know when I did my Jupiter 2 build I spent a lot of time on interior detail that can't be seen unless I take the top off ... something that I just don't want to do!

Looking good so far. Keep 'er going!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on October 23, 2017, 06:28:36 pm
Question ... will the interior only be visible through the front window similar to the Jupiter 2, or will there be other ways to see? I know when I did my Jupiter 2 build I spent a lot of time on interior detail that can't be seen unless I take the top off ... something that I just don't want to do!

Looking good so far. Keep 'er going!

Thanks  Karve. Yes, the interior will be visible thru the windshield and the two passenger cabin windows port and starboard; the hatch will also slide open so you can see the hallway. This assumes I don't make the top removable which I'm still debating. I'd want the top to sit nice and snug with no gaps before I'd go with the removable option. Maybe use some rare earth magnets. You see I don't want any light leaking out around the seam where it shouldn't. So there may need to be some trimming and filing to the height of the interior walls and bulkheads as well as some shimming along the forward window grills. We'll see.



Title: Re: Spindrfit by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on October 23, 2017, 06:30:29 pm
I remember the second season theme song the most, and now it's going to be in my head for the next few days!  ;D

Spencer

Yeah. I have lots of old sci-fi theme songs rattling around in my head too. I think this and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea drowns out most of the others.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: Quarky on November 03, 2017, 04:04:11 am
Really impressed with the intricacy of your work - you must have the patience of an angel and the eyesight of an eagle!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: scottminium on November 06, 2017, 07:22:48 pm
very cool!  And echo the comments on details, quite nice.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on November 09, 2017, 06:55:59 pm
Really impressed with the intricacy of your work - you must have the patience of an angel and the eyesight of an eagle!

Thanks a lot! These builds take time and patience for sure. Luckily my father trained me well by taking me on lots of fishing trips in my youth!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on November 09, 2017, 06:57:04 pm
Been a few weeks since my last post so...  let's get caught up...

Worked on the steering yokes.

The JT Graphics decal instructions said to carve the two steering yokes out of sprue so that's what I did:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4517/38241124356_fbe70e3be5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21geKYh)Steering Yoke In Progress (https://flic.kr/p/21geKYh) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

After final shaping with a very small dremel bit and jeweller's files I drilled a hole straight across to insert a piece of brass rod thru for the handles:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4554/24424944078_fb29bdf97d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DdmdVu)Drilling a Hole thru the Yoke (https://flic.kr/p/DdmdVu) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The brass rod handles were bent to the proper curvature after insertion into the yoke to form the handles. I even filed their tops at an angle like the ones seen on the show. A short length of brass rod was inserted thru a sguare piece of Evergreen rod glued to the underside of the yoke:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4534/38241124096_76330b88ce_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21geKTN)Finished Yoke (https://flic.kr/p/21geKTN) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Finished yokes. I think I pretty much nailed the shape of these little guys:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4545/38241123936_c63f779f89_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21geKR3)Steering Yokes (https://flic.kr/p/21geKR3) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4531/24424943188_d77bfa6c44_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DdmdE9)Closeup of Finished Yokes (https://flic.kr/p/DdmdE9) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The brass rods I'm holding in my fingers will be trimmed before installation in the dashboard:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4564/38241123616_ff96085489_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21geKKw)Steering Yokes Again (https://flic.kr/p/21geKKw) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Jumping around...

The lower hull got a coat of matte black lacquer for light blocking followed by silver lacquer for light reflectance. :

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4536/24424942038_b06d5906a1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ddmdjj)Light Blocking Lower Hull (https://flic.kr/p/Ddmdjj) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4530/24424941708_5812a10509_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DdmddC)Silver Spray Painitng (https://flic.kr/p/DdmddC) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Modifications were made to the cockpit sidewalls and cabin walls...

The dremel made short work of removing the inaccurate kit control panel detailing from the cockpit side walls:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4534/24424942668_8332ea00d4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ddmdvb)Mods to Cockpit Side Walls (https://flic.kr/p/Ddmdvb) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Three sections of thin styrene sheet were cut and trimmed to fit the cockpit side walls per the JT Graphics decal instructions:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4526/38241122666_92146f663b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21geKt9)New Sidewall Control Panel (https://flic.kr/p/21geKt9) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Cockpit walls primed. I also added pieces of styrene sheet to make the monitor screens more three dimensional:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4539/24424938658_7322f99e81_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ddmcj3)Priming of Cockpit Sidewalls (https://flic.kr/p/Ddmcj3) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4559/24424938418_beec67f568_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DdmceU)Port Sidewall Primed (https://flic.kr/p/DdmceU) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Buttons were removed from the panels above and to the right of the door opening on the cockpit rear wall. Also the triangular control panels (you can see one on the left) needed to be removed:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4517/24424939068_88fca7ba19_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ddmcr7)Mods to Cockpit Rear Wall (https://flic.kr/p/Ddmcr7) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Rolling along...

I looked at lots of images of the passenger cabin to try and get the spacing correct for the seats. I think this is pretty close:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4552/24424939848_6b4b56e8ea_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DdmcEy)Passenger Seat Positioning in Cabin Floor (https://flic.kr/p/DdmcEy) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

First coat of prirmer on aft upper hull and floor:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4533/38241121406_68efbedb04_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21geK6q)Primiing (https://flic.kr/p/21geK6q) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I gave the floor a brush of European Dark Green. Afterward I went back and drilled out some more indentations where I had removed the molded chair bases to match the texture of the rest of the carpeting. The I gave the floor another coat of paint:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4564/26520546749_043e0e5904_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GpwJA2)Interior Floor Painted (https://flic.kr/p/GpwJA2) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Whirling all about the garage...

The rear passenger cabin wall and engine intake and exhaust grills were primed, sprayed matte black, and sprayed with Tamiya Bare Metal Silver. The cabin facing side of the rear wall would later be painted white in preparation for the final coat of interior wall paint:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4561/38241120226_9668f2635c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21geJK5)Resin Replacment Parts Primed and Painted (https://flic.kr/p/21geJK5) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The passenger seats were primed before being sprayed with with Tamiya Matte Black lacquer:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4553/38241119666_5380b18d0e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21geJzq)Passenger Seat Priming (https://flic.kr/p/21geJzq) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I made a mix of Testors flat red and yellow enamel to paint the armrests and headrests. Still need to paint the silver chair frames and bases, and the black straps on the headrest and backs of the seats:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4520/26520545859_58a131bcae_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GpwJjF)Painting the Seats (https://flic.kr/p/GpwJjF) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Lastly for now...

Dome redux. I removed the metal screen from the underside of the upper dome opening and replaced it with an oval piece of transparent red styrene sheet. I then packed AVES around it. The metal screen cast a cross-hatched pattern onto the inside of the dome when lit from underneath which I didn't like. Two 2mm red flat top wide angle LEDs will illuminate the dome. They will fit up and thru the holes in the thin oval Evergreen styrene sheet which I covered with adhesive backed aluminum foil to help reflect the light upward into the dome:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4551/26520546209_104ab29b70_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GpwJqH)Dome Work (https://flic.kr/p/GpwJqH) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The finished dome. The inner surface of the dome was painted with Floquil flat base followed by Tamiya transparent orange and yellow acrylic paints mixed with Tamiya white acrylic.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4521/38241117916_7e1953eee4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21geJ4f)Upper Dome Installed (https://flic.kr/p/21geJ4f) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Next up I'll discuss what I did for getting power into the ship and show you some really nice wood removal on the underside of the dispaly base. Fascinating stuff!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: karve on November 12, 2017, 05:16:34 am
Looking great Steve! I love the attention to detail.  ;)
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: manu on November 13, 2017, 04:12:10 am
I have nevere seen that show, but your detail work with the chairs is veryimperssive. Great work!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on November 13, 2017, 10:41:49 am
Thanks Karve. Thanks Manu. Overall, I am quite pleased with how the passenger chairs are turning out. Over the weekend I painted the frames with Model Master aluminum enamel. Still some black bands to paint on back of the seats (straps to hold the seatback to the frame) and straps to hold the red headrest to the top of each seat. Alternatively I may use black decal material. Would make for a neater look so probably will go that route instead of paint. I'll see about posting some more pics today.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on November 13, 2017, 12:07:22 pm
Trekriffic, one day, I'm gonna grow up (however unlikely that will be) and be a real model artist like you!

Outstanding detail work! Your magnifier loops must be set on a bazillion to make the yoke and the seats!

Keep going!

Steve
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on November 13, 2017, 01:05:06 pm
Your magnifier loops must be set on a bazillion to make the yoke and the seats!

You would think that but, to be honest, I just use my naked eyeballs for most of this work. Sometimes there's a benefit to being nearsighted!  ;D
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on December 06, 2017, 10:15:34 am
Time for a Giant update I think...

The cockpit sidewalls were painted. I like the greenish gray tone of Light Sea Gray. It went on nice and smooth with a brush. Gotta love a fresh bottle of paint:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4525/38241117166_bd4e3439c9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21geHQj)Cockpit Sidewalls Painted (https://flic.kr/p/21geHQj) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Jumping about...

I taped the grills and windshield frame in place to see how the fit was:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4579/37974532875_5208bea564_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFpBr)Upper Forward to Lower Hull Test Fit (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFpBr) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

This is how I intend the bow profile to look when I'm done.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4524/38861103241_414e158730_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22d2j6p)Test Fit Bow Profile (https://flic.kr/p/22d2j6p) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Back to the upper dome lighting. Two red LEDs were wired in series. I did a light test to get the spacing just right so the dome is evenly lit then glued the panel in using epoxy:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4526/37974532155_ff6e50c71b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFpp2)Upper Dome LED Wiring (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFpp2) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I covered up the dome wiring using a piece of styrene square tubing cut in half and glued with Plastic Surgery CA:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4551/37974531825_f32ef50c63.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFpik)Cover for Dome Wiring (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFpik) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Main power trunks...

Two black wires and one white wire were fed thru the hole in the underside. One black wire with resistor was soldered to the negative leg of the starboard headlight before being wired in series to the port LED. The white wire was soldered to the positive leg of the port LED and extended to the back of the ship as it is is the common bus for both circuits. One circuit will light the engines and cabin lights while the other will only operate the bow headlights:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4579/24989107998_f449949442_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/E5cHcC)Power Wires (https://flic.kr/p/E5cHcC) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The passenger cabin window shelves were too thin so I thickened them using styrene strip glued to the underside:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4575/37974531585_8373108217_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFpec)Shelf Thickening (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFpec) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I used brown and rust enamels to simulate the wood grain look under the window shelves:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4585/38861100931_1998739ff6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22d2ipz)Painting Wood Grain (https://flic.kr/p/22d2ipz) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Some delicate brushwork was needed to finish up the arms, silver chair frames and bases for the seats:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4553/37974533185_b105280654_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFpGM)Brush Painting the Passenger Seats (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFpGM) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Reddish orange, black, and aluminum enamels were used. Painting the narrow black straps on the headrest and on the backs of the seats took  a steady hand.  After the paint dried the seats got a coat of Future:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4549/38861101961_4b3243737e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22d2iHk)Finished Painting the Seats (https://flic.kr/p/22d2iHk) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4529/37974536405_9b866f97a9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFqEi)Seat Back (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFqEi) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Next up... making the passenger comm stations...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4571/37974530855_f400c926f1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFp1B)Passenger Comm Stations (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFp1B) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on December 06, 2017, 05:41:25 pm
Here we go... on to the passenger comm stations....

I used styrene sheet and round tubing to scratch build the passenger communication stations. The discs are slightly oversized which was fine since I planned to sand them down to match the circumference of the little shrouds:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4529/37974531165_a84c8e25b2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFp6X)Making the Comm Stations (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFp6X) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

All finished...

I used black and reddish-orange enamels to brush paint these tiny comm stations. The white buttons were dotted onto some leftover clear decal material using a pointed toothpick. Once the paint dried the decals were sealed with Future before being soaked in warm water and floated into place on the consoles:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4582/23996496697_b751e9ecca_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CyujrF)Finished Comm Stations (https://flic.kr/p/CyujrF) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

To the right in the above photo you can see the throttle joysticks for the pilot and copilot. These are made from brass rod and a teeny, tiny brick of polystrene. The brass rod is bent at an L angle and brushed with black Tulip fabric paint so they look more like handles.

The comm sttaions after gluing in place with epoxy. Overall I'm pretty happy with how these turned out. Funny, they remind me of ladybugs, the size is about right:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4571/37974527095_cc1d22dffd_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFnTM)Passenger Chairs and Comm Stations (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFnTM) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Mods to cokpit forward wall sections..,

The top of each forward cockpit side wall had to be ground down to allow the upper hull to mate up with the window frame and bow side grills:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4569/38861100631_cecc9b9a19_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22d2ijp)Mods to Cockpit Forward Walls (https://flic.kr/p/22d2ijp) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Cockpit walls installed...

The aft angled walls still need their control panel decals. The brown triangular recessed panels would eventually get painted over with white enamel. I mistakenly went with rust brown at first based on the Lunar Models instruction sheet but in viewing the pilot episode again there was a certain shot where you could just barely see the side panels in the bow and they were either white or a very light gray, certainly not brown:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4549/37974530135_487384fa5b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFoNc)Cockpit Walls installed (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFoNc) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Monitor and control console decals have been trimmed and placed on the sidewalls. The main dashboard shelf is also given a test fit:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4585/38861100081_efe0447422_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22d2i9V)Cockpit Control Panel Decals (https://flic.kr/p/22d2i9V) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Next we have the mysterious object at the rear of the passenger cabin. Is it an air conditioning unit or a storage chest/cabinet?

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4568/38861099471_67edc45933_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22d2hYp)Aft Passenger Cabin Wall  (https://flic.kr/p/22d2hYp)
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on December 07, 2017, 07:36:36 am
Steve (trekriffic), once again I am blown away by your attention to detail and your ability to paint said details; especially in so small of scale! Phenomenal!

The chairs look fabulous. Here again, the detail is astonishing. In case I missed it, how did you make the base of the chairs?

The "ladybugs" look great and your use of the toothpick speaks to an experienced and steady hand.

The Light Sea Grey paint, with it's greenish tint, reminds me of the Light AirCraft Grey I used on my TOS Romulan BoP. Under certain lights it looked green and under others it looked grey. The term "metamerizim" comes to mind, but I may not be using it correctly.

Anyway, keep going and posting. This is a fascinating build!

LLAP!

Steve
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on December 07, 2017, 10:45:20 am
The chairs look fabulous. Here again, the detail is astonishing. In case I missed it, how did you make the base of the chairs?
LLAP!

Steve

Thanks for the comments Steve. The bases were made by punching small discs out of sheet styrene using a hole punch set I got at Harbor Freight.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: pakratt840 on December 07, 2017, 04:55:45 pm
I have this kit, or more precisely the original Aurora kit. I can't imagine doing the extra detail work you have put in on this one. One Giant thumbs up👍 Hope you don't mind if I borrow a few things from your build when I get back to mine.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: ImWolf on December 08, 2017, 04:41:12 pm
You certainly are a master of detail Steve....  as we see in all of your work.

I have a few of these kits in the stash, but the box doesn't state a scale. As I vaguely recall from the original Aurora build though, I think the original kit was quite a bit larger than this kit?

Anyway, this is looking fantastic....   looking forward to seeing it progress.  :b
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: pakratt840 on December 08, 2017, 06:33:53 pm
I have this kit, or more precisely the original Aurora kit. I can't imagine doing the extra detail work you have put in on this one. One Giant thumbs up👍 Hope you don't mind if I borrow a few things from your build when I get back to mine.

I misspoke earlier. Turns out my kit is the Polar Lights release, which wasn't a repop of the Aurora kit, but a reverse engineered kit from a new mold. At least it was new in 2002. The consensus on scale seems to be somewhere between 1/64 and 1/72.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on December 11, 2017, 04:43:49 pm
I have this kit, or more precisely the original Aurora kit. I can't imagine doing the extra detail work you have put in on this one. One Giant thumbs up👍 Hope you don't mind if I borrow a few things from your build when I get back to mine.

I misspoke earlier. Turns out my kit is the Polar Lights release, which wasn't a repop of the Aurora kit, but a reverse engineered kit from a new mold. At least it was new in 2002. The consensus on scale seems to be somewhere between 1/64 and 1/72.

I've heard 1/76 scale for this kit but the figures are closer to 1/72 as the standing figures are about 1.125" tall. The thing that really stood out to me was when I took the seated female figure and seated her in one of the passenger seats. She barely fit and, if you view the pilot episode, the seats are very roomy. So there seems to be a scale mismatch between the crew figures and the ship itself.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on December 11, 2017, 04:44:02 pm
OK. Time for another update...

Not sure what this monitor is useful for but it flashes with a red glow while the engine is operating:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4734/24129531027_8f52726680.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/CLf9V2)lotlg2 (https://flic.kr/p/CLf9V2) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I used strip styrene to make my own replica for installation between the forward window ports:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4524/37974527695_6ec3db46d8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFo58)Main Pilot Engine Monitor (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFo58) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The monitor sits at an angle with a horizontal saddle connecting it to the bow window frames:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4549/37974526215_586f6f89b0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFnCB)Another View of the Forward Engine Monitor (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFnCB) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Not bad. A reasonable facsimile if I do say so myself. I measured carefully to make sure the saddle would slide in underneath the lower rim of the clear bow window insert once installed:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4558/37974526555_91a8749fbf_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFnJt)Scratched Forward Engine Monitor (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFnJt) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Test Fit:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4562/24989105808_be872ae798_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/E5cGxS)Engine Monitor Test Fit (https://flic.kr/p/E5cGxS) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Black and red enamels were used to paint the screen of the engine monitor. The housing itself was sprayed with Tamiya Bare Metal Silver over Tamiya Matte Black lacquer:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4574/38957150672_b3e82a269f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22mvzDA)Engine Monitor Painted (https://flic.kr/p/22mvzDA) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

View of the passenger compartment from aft:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4641/27216474319_38f034abee_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ht2xBe)View of the Passenger Compartment from Aft (https://flic.kr/p/Ht2xBe) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I painted the shelves under the windows using a mix of Testors Light Brown and Rust enamels. Since taking this photo I cleaned up the tiny splatter drops on the chairs:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4591/27216474169_93164490f9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ht2xyD)Shelves Painted Brown (https://flic.kr/p/Ht2xyD) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

To correct an error I made painting the side panels brown I repainted them with Testors white enamel:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4725/38106987195_31556f10e1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/214ogEB)Sidewall Panels Re-Painted White (https://flic.kr/p/214ogEB) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I scratched this center support girder using Evergreen strip. The support was built in place and turned out pretty well I think:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4575/38106986985_4de88cd78f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/214ogAZ)Center Window Support (https://flic.kr/p/214ogAZ) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The center window girder was painted Testors aluminum:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4570/38106986755_f61a25f26e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/214ogx2)Centwer Window Support Painted (https://flic.kr/p/214ogx2) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Jumping over to the other table for some work on the display base...

The base was primed with white lacquer then painted red-orange. Letters were cut from yellow masking tape and stuck down. I'll seal the tape edges with Future then give her an overspray with ModelMaster flat black:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4585/37974525895_a7fb3d2f02_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFnx6)Masking Tape Lettering on Base (https://flic.kr/p/ZRFnx6) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: speedysurfer55 on December 12, 2017, 07:14:27 am
It looks awesome!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on December 13, 2017, 07:46:25 am
This is going very well, Steve!

I am geeking out about your attention to detail - ya know like - "still"! Well done!

Where are you getting your source material? Are these screen grabs from DVD/Blu-ray you have of the series? Or just online images?

Either way, it looks like you are doing a massive amount of research to get the specifics!

Keep going!

Steve - the other one.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on December 13, 2017, 12:14:30 pm
This is going very well, Steve!

I am geeking out about your attention to detail - ya know like - "still"! Well done!

Where are you getting your source material? Are these screen grabs from DVD/Blu-ray you have of the series? Or just online images?

Either way, it looks like you are doing a massive amount of research to get the specifics!

Keep going!

Steve - the other one.

I'm just pulling images off the net.  I got a lot off the Irwin Allen News Network found here: http://www.iann.net/giants/index.htm
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: scottminium on December 14, 2017, 08:01:55 pm
Steve, you are a great example of how I never cease to be amazed at the research, attention to detail and creativity people on this site devote to their craft.  Of course, many named Steve seem to be in the forefront, but the number of ideas I get!

This is a fun one to watch.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on December 18, 2017, 03:27:10 pm
Thanks Scott. Glad you are having fun!

Brief update...

I've noticed in looking at interior stills of the pilots looking out the bow windows that the windows have frames around them. The clear kit window insert ; however, does not have any framing.
So I decided to make a pair of frames myself  from square styrene rod using a jig. The rod was laid into the grooves then gently warmed with a heatgun to set their shape. After cooling, the frames were popped out of the jig:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4592/27362338089_fe334d3f44_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HFV8PP)Jig and Bow Window Frame (https://flic.kr/p/HFV8PP) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The frames were sprayed with Tamiya Bare Metal Silver lacquer over Matte Black then glued in place using 5-minute epoxy. The windows are still masked on the outside in this pic:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4647/38258187625_b310437f77_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21hKdhz)Window Frames Installed (https://flic.kr/p/21hKdhz) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Next up I started in on the pilot seats...

Here's an image of one of the seats used in the series which was actually an ejector seat from a 1960's era fighter jet:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4646/38430925994_2258e155d5_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21y1xoj)Spindrift Pilot's Chair from Land of the Giants (https://flic.kr/p/21y1xoj) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Closeup detail of the area under the armrest:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4681/38430925794_0cecf2172b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21y1xjS)Spindrift Pilot's Chair from Land of the Giants (https://flic.kr/p/21y1xjS) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

So based on these images I began scratch building the pilot seats. You can see I used styrene sheet and strip for the basic structure:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4735/27362337849_b6abc01bd1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HFV8KF)Pilot Seat Components (https://flic.kr/p/HFV8KF) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Coming along pretty well. The seat on the left has had it's armrest brackets glued in place:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4736/38258187915_c82014e701_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21hKdnz)Pilot Seats In Progress (https://flic.kr/p/21hKdnz) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Almost done. Still need to add a few more details like armrests and the base:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4729/27362337369_d69c17f210_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HFV8Bp)Pilot Seat Almost Done (https://flic.kr/p/HFV8Bp) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

You can see how small these seats are. Too small to fit any of the figures included with the kit which are close to 1/64 scale whereas the ship itself is closer to 1/76 scale. Taking some measurements of the passenger and pilot seats a figure between 1/72 and OO (1/75) scale should be just about right. I may go more towards getting some 1/72 scale figures since I may need to remove some material in order to sculp them to the final shape of the cast members.

I'll hold off completing the pilot seats until I can stop by my LHS tomorrow and get some figures. Then I'll do some test fitting and make any adjustments.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: Decoman on December 21, 2017, 05:40:10 am
Oh, that styrene jig looks nice. :) I will want to try out that idea sometime.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on December 21, 2017, 06:09:44 pm
Rolling right along...

Stopped off on Tuesday on the way home from work and bought this box of 42  1/72 scale figures at my LHS.
I selected these "Modern Urban Resisters" since they were wearing civilian clothing (mostly) and they don't have helmets which I would have had to remove to make the Spindrift crew and passengers:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4588/39178170212_1e26128ea9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22G3n4j)Modern Urban Resisters (aka Terrorists) (https://flic.kr/p/22G3n4j) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The kit provided crew figure behind one of the 1/72 scale figures:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4731/39178170862_6fa07b46bc_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22G3nfw)Size Comparison (https://flic.kr/p/22G3nfw) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Note the significant size difference. As I've said previously, The kit figures are oversized when compared to the Spindrift itself. I tried standing this kit crewmember up in one of the open doorways and he was taller than the doorway. Captain Steve Burton would smack his forehead into the top of the doorway every time if he didn't duck.

Working on one of the seated pilots. Unfortunately none of the 1/72 scale figures were in a seated pose but some were kneeling on one knee so just had to cut off one leg and reposition it. Then had to carve and sculpt the clothing to match the pilot's jump suit. The arms will be attached later once I have the pilot in seated position in the cockpit:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4595/38498165744_dd72de6d24_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21DXaqm)Modifications in Progress (https://flic.kr/p/21DXaqm) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Bouncing back to the pilot seats...

Leftover brass PE fret material was trimmed to make these brass mounting plates that the armrests will be glued to. The brass gives the arms added strength:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4590/38498166384_c0d5f57ee9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21DXaBo)Armrest Mounting Plates (https://flic.kr/p/21DXaBo) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

After gluing the styrene armrests on I added some additional detailing to the back of the seats using brass rod and more plastic strip. Here are a few pics of the finished seats. They look pretty decent I think considering they are so small:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4598/39178168842_a46836912d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mDG)Finished Pilot Seat (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mDG) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4589/39178168652_aab0a3a072_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mAq)Finished Pilot Seat (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mAq) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I did a dry run just to see how they looked in the cockpit. I think they look pretty good don't you?

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4687/39178169802_fbe0c690ed_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mWf)Pilot Seat Test Fitting (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mWf) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Test fit with the seated figure. I think I kinda nailed it:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4729/39178169372_3f19bd590b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mNQ)Test Fit with 1/72 Scale Figure (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mNQ) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Gave the seats a shot of Tamiya Fine Surface Primer. They will be painted Titanium and Black:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4635/39178168422_1ebd318c47_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mws)Pilot Seats in Primer (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mws) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4633/39178168062_4c23887559_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mqf)Primed Pilot Seat (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mqf) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4684/39178167922_2f21363ef2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mnQ)Primed Pilot Seat Rear (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mnQ) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Veering off...

Decals were applied to the main control console. After they dried I gave them a second sealing coat of Future clear acrylic floor wax. Next I'll install the steering yokes:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4600/39178167732_751d84b003_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mjy)Main Control Panel Decals (https://flic.kr/p/22G3mjy) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Thanks for reading along. Take care and keep an eye out for any wayward giants stumbling around.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on December 27, 2017, 06:19:37 pm
Okay LOTG fans time for a post Christmas holiday update! 

The main contol panel was sorted out...
Steering yokes were added along with a pair of microphones made from bent 28 AWG black wire.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4727/39311364282_b3c0c727f9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22TP21N)Main Control Panel Finished (https://flic.kr/p/22TP21N) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The pilto serats were sprayed with Tamiya Bare Metal Silver, sprayed with Dullcote, then rubbed with Tamiya Titanium pastel chalk. Afterwards they were sealed with more Dullcote:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4595/39340527941_0b9b93c6ff_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22Woumv)Silver Pilot Seats Getting Pastel Chalk Treatment (https://flic.kr/p/22Woumv) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The cushions were brushed with Testors semi-gloss black:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4592/39311363742_28ea85d5a6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22TP1Ru)Finished Pilot Seat (https://flic.kr/p/22TP1Ru) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The seats were glued in using 5-minute epoxy:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4589/39340527341_86e79b42b9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22Wouba)Seats Installed in Cockpit (https://flic.kr/p/22Wouba) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4725/39311362952_f427f3ce55_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22TP1BS)Pilot Seats in Cockpit from Rear (https://flic.kr/p/22TP1BS) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Looking forward from the passenger cabin into the cockpit. You can see the small panel located under the lip of the main control panel with the red, yellow, and green, indicator lights:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4591/39340527191_6371384888_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22Wou8z)View Forward into Cockpit from Passenger Cabin (https://flic.kr/p/22Wou8z) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Next I started in on making the crew and passengers. Here's a photo of the cast from the show:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4641/25472462308_651edf7dc1.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ENV2AC)LOTG Cast (https://flic.kr/p/ENV2AC) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Captain Steve Burton figure in progress. The figure's arms were pinned in place using music wire to allow them to be moved into final position during test fitting in the pilot's seat. Once in position the arms were cemented with CA:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4732/39311363392_58c90eb589_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22TP1Ks)Steve Burton Figure In Progress (https://flic.kr/p/22TP1Ks) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I also started the Betty Hamilton figure using the "terrorist" figure on  the left. After some mods to thin and shorten them a tad I also used the model kit provided Betty's arms and legs; the hands, though, were sliced off and replaced with hands from the donor figure:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4588/39340527531_0d8502b9d7_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22Wouer)Betty Hamilton Figure in Progress (https://flic.kr/p/22Wouer) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Betty is primed. I'll wait until she's ready for final paint before attaching her arms but before that I'll do a test fit in the rear passenger seat to get them in the right pose on the armrests.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4692/39311363202_de6bc6f016_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22TP1Gb)Betty Hamilton Gets Primed (https://flic.kr/p/22TP1Gb) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Finished Steve Burton and Betty Hamilton figures. Need to coat with Floquil matte varnish to get rid of the glossiness:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4592/38633084914_24f020f6c2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21RSEbW)Finished Steve Burton and Bett Hamilton Figures (https://flic.kr/p/21RSEbW) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Two down and five to go (plus Chipper the dog) assuming my eyes hold out:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4639/38633084234_b484ef3fc6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21RSDZd)Pilot and Stewardess Figures Finished (https://flic.kr/p/21RSDZd) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Next up... Dan Erickson, the ship's copilot. I'm having Dan stand next to his seat looking past Steve's shoulder.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4599/39340526891_b735395a3a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22Wou3p)Dan Erickson Figure Up Next (https://flic.kr/p/22Wou3p) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

After some cleanup the figure is brushed with Tamiya Surface Primer:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4692/39340526621_7c44d0916d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22WotXK)Dan Erickson Figure Primed (https://flic.kr/p/22WotXK) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I dunno, after Dan is painted and these three are cemented into the ship, I may take a break from figures for awhile and work on the Spindrift herself.

Thanks for reading and I hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on January 02, 2018, 07:53:29 am
Steve,

I was scrolling through your post and was once again going to say "This looks fantastic! AGAIN!" when I saw a familiar face in the crew!

Yep! Sure enough it was Lt. Boma from the Star Trek: TOS episode of the "Galileo Seven"! Don Marshall played the first officer and co-pilot Dan Erickson in the LOTG. Wow!

I had never seen him on anything else but this single TOS Episode. Nice!

The pilot's seats and interior look awesome!

Keep going!

Steve.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on January 02, 2018, 05:44:31 pm
Steve,

I was scrolling through your post and was once again going to say "This looks fantastic! AGAIN!" when I saw a familiar face in the crew!

Yep! Sure enough it was Lt. Boma from the Star Trek: TOS episode of the "Galileo Seven"! Don Marshall played the first officer and co-pilot Dan Erickson in the LOTG. Wow!

I had never seen him on anything else but this single TOS Episode. Nice!

The pilot's seats and interior look awesome!

Keep going!

Steve.

Yep. I recognized it was the same actor myself when I watched the Galileo Seven episode during a Trek marathon over the holidays.
Speaking of other actors who appeared in Trek I recognized one the other night in a 1964 movie called "Robin and the 7 Hoods" starring Frank Sinatra and members of his Rat Pack.
One of the mob bosses was played by Reggie Nalder who also played Ambassador Shras in "Journey to Babel":

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4736/39460494321_a1e44fc226_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/237Zmbn)Reggie Nalder (https://flic.kr/p/237Zmbn) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4692/39460489791_d9554090be.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/237ZjQg)Andorian Ambassador Shras (https://flic.kr/p/237ZjQg) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: Snow Goblin on January 03, 2018, 08:16:30 pm
The horror channel here has shown the entire series a couple of times here on it's sci fi block (which now makes up more than the horror block does..). I've noticed that they spend an immense amount of time standing by vents or standing by the legs of a wardrobe. I can't be the only one who wants to see the figures photographed in those mundane settings just for completion sake.

Those seats are some excellent building. Really pushed the boat out on such a small scale.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on January 10, 2018, 04:18:03 pm
Greeting fellow LOTG enthusiasts! Time for a post-holiday update I think...

Glued the aft cockpit wall in place. Ended up having to shave off the top and file a slot to allow the roof to sit level though:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4629/24751890857_021358aab0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DHeUNV)Aft Cockpit Bulkhead Installed (https://flic.kr/p/DHeUNV) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Pretty much finished the Dan Erickson (copilot) figure. Added epaulets to his jacket later on:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4700/24751892497_f279b9a02a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DHeVic)Dan Erickson Front (https://flic.kr/p/DHeVic) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4654/24751892697_665a05cf12_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DHeVmD)Dan Erickson Rear (https://flic.kr/p/DHeVmD) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Mark Wilson, the impatient businessman character...

Like the others, this character needed a lot of modifications made to the Caesar Miniatures figure. I finally gave up and decided to make the arms from scratch using styrene rod. I'll attach hands from the Caesar Miniatures figures though. I'll also remove the beard:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4617/24751893177_13ee8f88cb_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DHeVuV)Mark Wilson (https://flic.kr/p/DHeVuV) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I made a collar for his dress shirt and added his tie:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4706/27842732019_e38f65260f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JqnhcM)Mark Wilson Tie (https://flic.kr/p/JqnhcM) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Using AVES I molded a jacket with lapels:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4694/24751891917_2bd80b8edd_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DHeV8c)Mark Wilson Suit Jacket (https://flic.kr/p/DHeV8c) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I like how Mark Wilson turned out in his business suit. He and Steve Burton have been Future coated; they will both get a shot of Dullcote soon prior to installation in their seats:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4695/27842730979_3d0d6d9919_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JqngTR)Finished Mark Wilson and Steve Burton Figures (https://flic.kr/p/JqngTR) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Dan and Betty. I added a wristwatch to Dan's left hand. They've been sealed with Future gloss acrylic floor wax. Need to give them a shot of Dullcote to get rid of the glossiness:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4665/24751891237_d9ba72e17f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DHeUVt)Dan Erickson and Betty Hamilton Figures (https://flic.kr/p/DHeUVt) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Valerie Scott, the headstrong, jet-set heiress...

Here's Deanna Lund wearing her outfit from the first episode:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4628/38723739395_d2bacddabf_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21ZThBe)Deanna Lund as Valerie Scott (https://flic.kr/p/21ZThBe) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I started working on the Valerie Scott figure using the leftover head and torso from the Betty Hamilton figure included with the kit. Had to file and sand on the kit figure a bit to reduce the size to 1/72 scale. Used parts from the Caesar Miniatures figures for the arms, had to shave off the sleeves as Valerie had bare arms in the first episode. I'm scratch building the legs and boots:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4615/27842730669_a00e480a6c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JqngNv)Valerie Scott (https://flic.kr/p/JqngNv) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

So that's where I'm at so far. Had to take a break for a few days to let my stiff neck get better. Spent too many hours with my head bent down working on these little figures. My wife reminded me that, at 60 years old, I should remember to take a break now and then but, it's hard when you get into "the zone"; you modellers out there will understand what that's like.

More to come as my neck now feels much better!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: ImWolf on January 11, 2018, 05:37:33 am
Eventually I think I'll build one of these again, but if I do figures they will be of the GIANTS!!!  (not these little crew members).

Lookin good Steve...
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on January 11, 2018, 07:41:27 am
Steve,

This is looking very good! Love the figure painting you've done! Superb!

Given your penchant for exacting detail, I REALLY want to see your take on Valerie Scott's plaid, purple dress!

Dis gone be guud!

Keep at it - despite the neck issues! Sympathies.

Steve
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on January 12, 2018, 11:21:57 am
Eventually I think I'll build one of these again, but if I do figures they will be of the GIANTS!!!  (not these little crew members).

Lookin good Steve...

;D Yeah! The giants would be a challenge of an entirely different sort. Funny thing is, if the kit scale is around 1/76 scale the giants would be somewhere around 450 feet tall and yet they were nowhere near that tall on the show. Guess scales don't translate over between different worlds.


Anyway, got some more work done on Valerie today. I'm pretty satisfied with the hair, she sure has a lot of it, as you can see in this photo:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4660/38743251925_552a76639a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/222Bi1a)Deanna Lund with Spindrift Model (https://flic.kr/p/222Bi1a) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Anyway, Miss Lund was definitely well endowed with... hair.

Here's some pics of the figure after attaching the legs and applying some AVES putty to make her lioness-like mane:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4724/27861601009_c4d5bd8625_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Js2Zic)Valerie Scott (https://flic.kr/p/Js2Zic) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4760/27861601189_3ca05c19d1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Js2Zmi)Valerie Scott (https://flic.kr/p/Js2Zmi) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4631/39609933942_2bb11f366a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23mcgny)Valerie Scott (https://flic.kr/p/23mcgny) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4614/39609934052_90ef991e4f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23mcgps)Valerie Scott (https://flic.kr/p/23mcgps) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Once the putty dries I'll do some minor touching up before priming.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: Spencer on January 12, 2018, 10:12:08 pm
Anyway, Miss Lund was definitely well endowed with... hair.

 ;D

But seriously though, I'm amazed at the detail you're putting into this. The putty for the hair looks really good. And scratch-built boots.
I doubt I could do that!

Spencer
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: pakratt840 on January 16, 2018, 09:41:27 pm
Quote
And scratch-built boots.

I must be tired and my mind is in the gutter. At first glance I thought you typed scratch-built...well, you know. ;) 
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on January 24, 2018, 01:34:37 pm
Well RL reached out and slapped me hard in the face last week but I persevered and managed to finish a few things...

The antenna atop the upper hull behind the dome needed some work. The kit part had three arms (two opposite each other on the sides of the ball and one on the top) with round knobs while the remaining two arms on the sides were conical with no round knobs. I assume the conical arms were made that way to allow the antenna to be popped from the mold as round knobs would get stuck.

Anyway, I resolved to replace all the arms with music wire and add round knobs made from glass beads I found at my friendly neighborhood Michael's craft store (40% off with coupon):

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4615/39878099011_b6927899c2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23KTFve)Antenna Modifications (https://flic.kr/p/23KTFve) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The plastic knobs were cut off and holes drilled for inserting short pieces of music wire into the ball:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4707/39878098511_275daaa7df_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23KTFmB)Knob Shaft Replacement (https://flic.kr/p/23KTFmB) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Dividers were used to make sure the knobs would all be the same length:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4612/28097228359_7a5b632c5f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JNRD6H)Measuring (https://flic.kr/p/JNRD6H) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The glass beads were slid onto the ends of the music wires and glued with CA to complete the modifications. The main support shaft was replaced with music wire as well. The only plastic left is the main ball. This makes the antenna much less likely to break off any of it's tiny bits when I'm handling the model:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4628/39878098181_8be09681d5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23KTFfV)Completed Antenna (https://flic.kr/p/23KTFfV) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

After a shot of gray Tamiya primer I gave her a coat of matte black lacquer. She will eventually be brushed with Testors brass enamel prior to installation atop the model:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4768/28097225899_c3b6529f89_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JNRCni)Antenna Painted Black (https://flic.kr/p/JNRCni) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

On to the Valere Scott Figure...

For Valerie I wanted to simulate the lavender with violet plaid pattern of her dress. So I brushed metallic purple enamel onto a section of leftover clear decal film and then brushed a mix of white and purple to make a light lavender over the top. After it dries for 15 minutes or so I'll go back and make stripes by scribing lines thru the top layer to expose the darker layer:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4661/39878099721_8de9f2ec26_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23KTFHt)Dress Material (https://flic.kr/p/23KTFHt) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I gave Valerie a brushing with the same light lavender color paint I'd used for the decals:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4762/28097229649_263960e62f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JNRDtX)Valerie Scott Figure (https://flic.kr/p/JNRDtX) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The decal dress material made a passable version of plaid. The boots even matched her dress. I gave her hair a brushing with dark brown as an undercoat:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4711/39878097661_e19722fcd5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23KTF6X)Valerie Scott with Clothing and Boots (https://flic.kr/p/23KTF6X) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I used a mix of Testors rust, red, and copper to finish painting Valerie's amber red hair:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4719/28097227919_7a74b1591e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JNRCY8)Painting Valerie's Hair (https://flic.kr/p/JNRCY8) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The mix of red, rust, and copper enamel was dry brushed over the dark brown. She looks nice I think:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4652/28097226459_c637d43331_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JNRCwX)Valerie Scott Finished (https://flic.kr/p/JNRCwX) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Her boots are actually the reverse of the dress pattern. The dresss is lavender with purple stripes while the boots are purple with lavender stripes:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4717/28097227159_6fa47bec20_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JNRCK2)Valerie Scott Finished (https://flic.kr/p/JNRCK2) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I left her underside mostly unfinished as I will be applying epoxy to that area to hold her in her seat:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4724/39878097121_0c053b12ca_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23KTEWD)Valerie Scott Finished (https://flic.kr/p/23KTEWD) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I added a matching lavender banded wristwatch to her left arm like Deanna Lund wore on the show. At least, I think it was a wristwatch:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4655/28097226769_a90a798a98_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JNRCCi)Valerie Scott Finished (https://flic.kr/p/JNRCCi) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Painting the eyes and mouth was challenging but I am quite pleased with the outcome. She even has Danna's heart shaped face. I added some subtle blush to her cheeks for a finishing touch:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4677/39878096631_5f695da1ca_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23KTENc)Valerie Scott Finished (https://flic.kr/p/23KTENc) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Next up... foolish, greedy, nervous, on-the-run bank robber Alexander Fitzhugh...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4760/28098710609_f4681694b8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JNZeHK)Fitzhugh (https://flic.kr/p/JNZeHK) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Pull yourself together man! Need to find a head. Will have to make him more portly using AVES Apoxy Sculpt:
 
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4758/39878096351_bd581f09f7_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23KTEHn)Alexander Fitzhugh - Pull Yourself Together Man! (https://flic.kr/p/23KTEHn) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

More to come and thanks for all your comments.
Also, thanks for everyone's support and kindness in this sad time for me. 
Life goes on but I sure miss my little kitty.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on January 25, 2018, 07:33:25 am
trekriffic, sympathies on RL. Sometimes it sucks, but you will recover.

And....you did the plaid dress! SMH. Is there anything you don't do well?! It looks great!

Love the antenna also!

Keep moving forward!

Steve

Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on January 29, 2018, 11:38:01 am
Thanks for the kind words Steve. The antenna is painted brass now and looks great IIDSSM.

Here's this morning's update after putting in a couple of hours on Sunday....

I added the decals to the rear cockpit wall for the speakers, passenger status indicator panel over the door, and the door controls. I also cemented Steve and Dan into position:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4699/39259190214_b38c0e2c7e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22PcBtU)Cockpit with Pilots (https://flic.kr/p/22PcBtU) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I keep thinking Dan is just coming back from the restroom:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4750/39937965292_6a4d91dd9f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23RbvEu)Dan Erickson Standing (https://flic.kr/p/23RbvEu) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I decided to have Dan Erickson standing with his seat at an angle so you could get a good view of the seat thru the bow windows:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4652/39259189924_9b19f9e79c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22PcBoU)Dan and Steve from Above (https://flic.kr/p/22PcBoU) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I positioned Steve Burton's hands as close as I could to the control yoke handles:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4723/39937964652_497c655672_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23Rbvts)Steve Burton at the Controls (https://flic.kr/p/23Rbvts) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I glued the remaining ceiling girders in place with 5-minute expoy:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4620/39259189374_86e1072f82_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22PcBeq)Support Girders (https://flic.kr/p/22PcBeq) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I laid a few strips of matte aluminum bare metal foil along the center of the accordion doors to the closet. In the pilot episode Fitzhugh goes into the closet to check his gun and you can see him grabbing the metal latching strip to close the accordion doors so they were not just curtains:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4657/39259189604_1100edebc8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22PcBio)Closet Accordion Doors (https://flic.kr/p/22PcBio) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The closet wall with the accordion doors was glued in place with epoxy. Still need to clean it up a bit and putty the seams along the sides:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4722/39259189134_f0ae4e8186_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22PcBah)Closet Wall (https://flic.kr/p/22PcBah) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Lastly for the day, I attached Fitzhugh's legs and gave him a potbelly using AVES Apoxy Sculpt. I even added his tie which will be painted black. Need to finish adding his lapels before I glue the briefcase (seen on the right) onto his chest:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4761/39937962992_e3c20c3d56_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23RbuYQ)Fitzhugh and Briefcase in Progress (https://flic.kr/p/23RbuYQ) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Next thing will be attaching Fitzhugh's arms (they will be clutching the briefcase tight) and his head. Then I'll give his shirt a collar. Then more putty for his corpulent face and hair. I'll also start work on the translucent ceiling panels and wiring up the LEDs for interior illumination.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: Spencer on January 29, 2018, 10:34:14 pm
I continue to be amazed at the attention to detail!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on February 07, 2018, 06:15:42 pm
I continue to be amazed at the attention to detail!

Thanks Spencer.

Moving right along...

Finished assembling Alexander Fitzhugh and puttying him with AVES to give him his girth and double chin:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4711/25270354887_3e21263366_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ev4b6V)Fitzhugh WIP (https://flic.kr/p/Ev4b6V) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4624/25270354777_bdf2db1731_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ev4b52)Fitzhugh WIP (https://flic.kr/p/Ev4b52) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr


Finished painting Fitzhugh. Here he is clutching his valise filled with stolen cash just like like in the pilot episode.
His epaulets were done using black decal film over which I painted gold stripes. He's been sealed with Future and sprayed with Dullcote:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4658/39243344955_d303b31746_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22MNpeM)Fitzhugh Finished (https://flic.kr/p/22MNpeM) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4608/25270354617_87cd76697e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ev4b2g)Fitzhugh Clutches His Briefcase (https://flic.kr/p/Ev4b2g) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Next up... a boy and his dog...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4627/26268672848_255ef8a5fc.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G2gPfy)Chipper and Barry (https://flic.kr/p/G2gPfy) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on February 16, 2018, 04:32:54 pm
Not a lot to report for this update. Got sidetracked by RL. Refinishing upstairs and downstairs cabinets this past week.

Anyway, I did manage to get Barry Lockridge (the boy) put together. The main challenge with Barry is his smaller size relative to the other passengers. Every part had to be shaved down a tad, all except for his head. A child's head is proportionally larger than an adult's :

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4711/25435837507_1d20d6b36f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EKFjjx)Barry in Primer (https://flic.kr/p/EKFjjx) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4611/38497337470_82032f0ef1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21DSVcL)Barry Lockridge (https://flic.kr/p/21DSVcL) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

After brushing with Tamiya lacquer primer:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4756/38497337090_bb9223c1c9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21DSV6d)Barry Lockridge (https://flic.kr/p/21DSV6d) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I little rough looking to the DSLR's eye but he'll look fine after painting.

Next up is Chipper, the dog. I think the easiest thing would be to make him out of epoxy putty; I'll probably break out the Tamiya epoxy putty, it's stiffer than AVES and will hold detail better. Found this good profile shot of him:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4745/25435837097_ac7543e31e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EKFjct)Chipper (https://flic.kr/p/EKFjct) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Before I place him in Barry's lap though I'll paint Barry's shirt and tie, jacket, and pants.

Saty tuned!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on February 19, 2018, 05:13:54 pm
Got into a sculpting groove and made some good progress on Chipper.
Still have some tweaking to do which these photos showed me...

Can you see the dog?

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4707/39468505955_28bb308a1c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/238GpKZ)Barry Lockridge and Chipper WIP (https://flic.kr/p/238GpKZ) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4723/40365582921_0cf5c09a52_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uYaue)Barry Lockridge and Chipper WIP (https://flic.kr/p/24uYaue) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

How about now?

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4696/39468505825_14c7c7148d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/238GpHK)Barry Lockridge and Chipper WIP (https://flic.kr/p/238GpHK) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4695/39468505425_be7bd68b41_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/238GpAR)Barry Lockridge and Chipper WIP (https://flic.kr/p/238GpAR) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Certainly by now:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4696/39468505825_14c7c7148d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/238GpHK)Barry Lockridge and Chipper WIP (https://flic.kr/p/238GpHK) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4616/40365581531_2a8d6a6884_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uYa5g)Chipper WIP (https://flic.kr/p/24uYa5g) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I've already done some more sculpting after these images were taken. Removed a fair sized chunk out of Chipper's mid-section (between Barry's knees) and did some more texturing on his hair. I may go back and add a bit more hair above his eyes using Tamiya epoxy putty again.  Best stuff to work with for fine detail and it's still soft enough for me to add texturing even after curing overnight.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on February 21, 2018, 07:18:31 am
I'll say it again, Steve, and probably keep saying it "Your attention to detail if phenomenal!"

And you did all this while working on cabinets?! Outstanding!

I'm not sure I could have sculpted a dog from Aves, epoxy or anything else. Nicely done!

BTW, I went to IPMS Regional Show in San Antonio this past weekend and saw someone selling a Spindrift kit. I thought of you and this build when I saw it!

Keep going! Looking good!

Steve
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on February 21, 2018, 11:10:17 am
Thanks Steve!  I went into highly focused state while working on the dog. Just tuned everything else out and started applying bits of putty until the shapes started materializing.

Here are the other passengers taken with a better lighting setup on my workbench. I've been tweaking them a little adding shadows and highlights to their faces, hands., and arms. Valerie got a subtle mascara added to her cheekbones made by mixing metallic purple and cream with thinner. I also gave her dress and boots a light wash with purple. Fitzhugh got a light 5 o'clock shadow by mixing cream with a tiny bit of black and thinner.  Same with Mark. Betty got a light pink wash and highlighting with cream  mixed with a tiny bit of red on her cheekbones.
She's had a few coats of future so her face has this luminosity to it.
Looking at her and Valerie. their faces have this quality seen in old movies where the beautiful woman has a soft glow about her.
I think that's called a soft filter.
They used it a lot on TOS Trek too.
Anyway, it's a neat effect seeing thru transparent layers on their faces gives their complexions depth...

First up, Valerie Scott, the headstrong jet-setting heiress:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4712/40365581021_3ca11f3e16_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY9Vt)Valerie Scott (https://flic.kr/p/24uY9Vt) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4744/40365580831_66bb6d4532_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY9Sc)Valerie Scott (https://flic.kr/p/24uY9Sc) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4751/40365580541_681f7816c5_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY9Mc)Valerie Scott (https://flic.kr/p/24uY9Mc) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4630/40365580241_ca423cdcea.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY9G2)Valerie Scott (https://flic.kr/p/24uY9G2) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on February 21, 2018, 11:10:44 am
Here's Mark Wilson, the impatient millionaire engineer... Ready to leap up out of his seat...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4722/25493587257_54c0e5e3d8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EQMiiT)Mark Wilson (https://flic.kr/p/EQMiiT) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4610/40365577881_5b06a82696_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8Zk)Mark Wilson (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8Zk) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4770/40365577471_5003d50dc9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8Sg)Mark Wilson (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8Sg) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4616/40365577171_9289c591c7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8M6)Mark Wilson (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8M6) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4708/40365576911_3fda35734b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8GB)Mark Wilson (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8GB) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

He looks rather monkey-like doesn't he? More from the side than from other angles maybe.
I made his arms and legs slightly longer than normal to show his hands gripping the ends of the seat arms and have his feet on the floor; so that contributes a lot to the simian aspect I think.
Well I still like the overall pose and he is sort of like a mixed media "art" sculpture to a minor degree so I think I'll just leave him as is.
The only thing I might do is repaint his sideburns a little.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on February 26, 2018, 08:16:34 am
Nice figure modeling!

Keep this awesome build going!

Steve
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on February 27, 2018, 05:51:53 pm
Here's Alexander Fitzhugh, the nervous bank robber clutching his valise filled with cash...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4770/40365578631_0ca83fae9a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY9dg)Alexander Fitzhugh (https://flic.kr/p/24uY9dg) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4663/39468505055_fd1cda80c4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/238Gput)Alexander Fitzhugh (https://flic.kr/p/238Gput) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4770/25493588297_e5bfd94c7a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EQMiBP)Alexander Fitzhugh (https://flic.kr/p/EQMiBP) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4613/40365579331_8f85cbd0c4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY9qk)Alexander Fitzhugh (https://flic.kr/p/24uY9qk) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4701/40365578911_38ccae42fd_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY9i6)Alexander Fitzhugh (https://flic.kr/p/24uY9i6) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4743/40365578431_1d1c8e67c5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY99P)Alexander Fitzhugh (https://flic.kr/p/24uY99P) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on February 27, 2018, 05:55:53 pm
And last but certainly not least, the nurturing stewardess, Betty Hamilton...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4632/40365576691_bc32211c06_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8CP)Betty Hamilton (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8CP) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4629/40365576361_ba15d561bf_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8x8)Betty Hamilton (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8x8) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4605/40365575851_044a9858c0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8ok)Betty Hamilton (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8ok) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4668/40365575641_941d438d55_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8jH)Betty Hamilton (https://flic.kr/p/24uY8jH) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on March 08, 2018, 08:11:14 pm
So here's the boy and his dog after I reworked Chipper's head a bit more. I added a tiny strip of styrene down the bridge of the dog's nose as he was kind of flat. Then I used Tamiya epoxy putty to add more hair to his bangs and to his muzzle. I also created a little tiny ball of epoxy to make his button nose. Some filing and sculpting with my dental tools and a day later, Chipper was ready for final paint. First he was brush primed,  then he was and painted with mixes of beige, grey, black, white, brown and mixes of all of the above.
Here he is before painting or I think this was the first layer of white and black:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4791/39802230975_0ec1a91bd6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23DbQzD)Barry and Chipper (https://flic.kr/p/23DbQzD) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

 Finally I'm done with figures! Time to jump into wiring and lighting the interior! Yeah!


Here's the LED wiring for the upper hull:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4783/25826189317_e8ed3dc02b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FmaYja)LED Wiring (https://flic.kr/p/FmaYja) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

A couple of light tests:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4780/25826189557_945d693e0d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FmaYoi)Light Test (https://flic.kr/p/FmaYoi) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4774/39802230525_9c3449655d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23DbQrT)Forward Light Test (https://flic.kr/p/23DbQrT) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

More to come!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: ImWolf on March 09, 2018, 02:45:09 pm
If you mentioned it earlier I missed it Steve, but what kind of power source are you planning on for this?

Also....  is that a 12V section of LED strip?

I bet you're glad to be past the figure forming stage!

Wolf
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on March 12, 2018, 12:23:43 pm
If you mentioned it earlier I missed it Steve, but what kind of power source are you planning on for this?

Also....  is that a 12V section of LED strip?

I bet you're glad to be past the figure forming stage!

Wolf

Power is provided by a 12V wall DC adapter.

Yes, that is a 12V LED strip section.

And yes, I am more than gladd to be done with the wee figures!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on March 12, 2018, 04:07:27 pm
Here are the finished pics of Barry and Chipper. I painted Chipper a mix of white, grey, black, and a little tan...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4782/39863466505_8d573e2e38_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23JAFLD)Barry and Chipper Finished (https://flic.kr/p/23JAFLD) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4788/25887683307_f61a39049a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FrB9kn)Barry and Chipper Finished (https://flic.kr/p/FrB9kn) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4798/39863466075_dcaeda4159_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23JAFDe)Barry and Chipper Finished (https://flic.kr/p/23JAFDe) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4799/25887682877_c1ef4c00c8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FrB9cX)Barry and Chipper Finished (https://flic.kr/p/FrB9cX) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4772/40715678982_1454bfab4a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/252UuRd)Barry and Chipper Finished (https://flic.kr/p/252UuRd) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

OK. Back to the Spindrift...

A basic ceiling grid pattern for the cockpit was made from strips of adhesive backed aluminum tape. I watched stills from the show to get the spacing right on the panels closest to the bow:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4802/39802230035_128af11eed_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23DbQir)Roof of pilot's cabin (https://flic.kr/p/23DbQir) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The ceiling fits into a slot in the widow frame in front. The fit is pretty good and test fitting showed no interference with the top of the hull:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4787/39802229915_e1613db2f2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23DbQgn)Ceiling Test Fit (https://flic.kr/p/23DbQgn) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

From watching the pilot episode I knew the corridor had lighting panels I so duplicated that look:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4780/25826188827_6b67e56fcf_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FmaYaH)Light Panels in Corridor (https://flic.kr/p/FmaYaH) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Closeup showing the LEDs that will light up the corridor and pilot's cabin. The single LED is wired in parallel with the 12V LED strip using a 470 ohm resistor. :

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4791/39802229335_83310a9553_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23DbQ6n)Upper Hull Cabin LEDs (https://flic.kr/p/23DbQ6n) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Here's a test of the main LED in the back of the pilot's cabin. With this LED and the two forward the cabin will be well lit:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4793/25826188067_e888792fbc_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FmaXWB)Light Test - Pilot's Cabin (https://flic.kr/p/FmaXWB) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The corridor lights up well to reveal our lovely leopard print accordion closet doors:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4794/39802228635_ba2dccb442_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23DbPTi)Light Test - corridor (https://flic.kr/p/23DbPTi) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Onward to wiring the passenger cabin lights. There will be three LEDs per side wired in series with a 150 ohm resistor:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4798/25826187617_332511bcc5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FmaXNR)Passenger Cabin LEDs (https://flic.kr/p/FmaXNR) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Prior to soldering I protected the styrene plastic using aluminum foil:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4799/39802227155_26dc01f331_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23DbPrM)Strips of Foil (https://flic.kr/p/23DbPrM) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

After soldering, Liquid electrical tape was brushed over the entire assembly.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4793/25826186627_03ec16bec9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FmaXvM)Insulating Solder Joints (https://flic.kr/p/FmaXvM) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

2mm cool white flat head style LEDs were used. These will light up the passengers really well:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4797/25826187927_bbd134bea2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FmaXUc)Passenger Cabin LEDs (https://flic.kr/p/FmaXUc) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4790/39802226805_c0cc9151b8_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23DbPkK)Port Side Passenger Cabin Lights (https://flic.kr/p/23DbPkK) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Fitzhugh light test. Wanted to see how the light shined on one of the passengers:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4774/39802227585_84a9bb7b4d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23DbPzc)Fitzhugh Light Test (https://flic.kr/p/23DbPzc) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4795/25826186917_59642f286e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FmaXAM)Fitzhugh Light Test (https://flic.kr/p/FmaXAM) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

More to come!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on March 13, 2018, 11:52:41 am
Glued the figures to their seats in the passenger cabin...

Mark Wilson, Valerie Scott, and Barry Lockridge. Glued in with 5-minute epoxy:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4777/40715678622_82665b72b1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/252UuK1)Passengers Glued into Seats (https://flic.kr/p/252UuK1) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4773/39863465095_3e86c1344b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23JAFmk)Passengers Overhead from Rear (https://flic.kr/p/23JAFmk) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4773/39863465095_3e86c1344b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23JAFmk)Passengers Overhead from Rear (https://flic.kr/p/23JAFmk) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The observant LOTG fan will note that I switched Barry and Chipper from one side to the other side of the cabin. I did that because I wanted Chipper's face to be visible thru the window.

Betty Hamilton and Alexander Fitzhugh:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4786/40715677852_c6eff18629_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/252UuvJ)Stewardess and Passenger Glued into Seats (https://flic.kr/p/252UuvJ) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4784/25887681527_f607c50d28_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FrB8NF)Betty and Fitzhugh (https://flic.kr/p/FrB8NF) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4772/25887680557_c665427141_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FrB8vX)Betty and Fitzhugh (https://flic.kr/p/FrB8vX) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4775/39863463325_78a36c5b2b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23JAEPP)Window View (https://flic.kr/p/23JAEPP) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Nice overhead shot:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4790/25887680997_e19b65bc42_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FrB8Dx)Barry and Chipper, Valerie, and Mark (https://flic.kr/p/FrB8Dx) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

More window shots:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4780/25887680037_bc83f3139a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FrB8mZ)Another Window View (https://flic.kr/p/FrB8mZ) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4777/38948025210_a38a0e9f7b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22kGNY3)Another Window View (https://flic.kr/p/22kGNY3) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Nice view of Dan's backside:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4780/39863463765_cbf5a43350_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23JAEXp)View from Rear of Cabin (https://flic.kr/p/23JAEXp) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Overhead of the whole lower hull:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4777/38948024750_111f2d89f6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22kGNQ7)Overhead of Spindrift (https://flic.kr/p/22kGNQ7) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Trouble Ahead!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4796/38948024450_93bd9614cf_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22kGNJW)Lit Cabins (https://flic.kr/p/22kGNJW) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4773/25887675367_d2d970f504_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FrB6Yt)Light Test (https://flic.kr/p/FrB6Yt) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on March 13, 2018, 11:53:28 am
Light Test...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4790/38948024230_5fa6580a1e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22kGNF9)Light Test (https://flic.kr/p/22kGNF9) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Ceiling grid panels in place. These will be glued in place with epoxy:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4776/25887674907_15b2036386_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FrB6Qx)Ceiling Grid Panels (https://flic.kr/p/FrB6Qx) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I lit the center ceiling panel by holding it under my worklight but it will not actually be lit once the model is sealed up:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4802/39863473315_dc3c749ac0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23JAHN4)Passenger Cabin (https://flic.kr/p/23JAHN4) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The rear wall and storage cabinet/locker at the back of the passenger cabin were glued in place using epoxy and CA:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4775/25887673047_b319f37e76_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FrB6ht)Rear Wall Installed (https://flic.kr/p/FrB6ht) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4781/25887672477_0e7639d120_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FrB67D)Back of Passenger Cabin Left Side (https://flic.kr/p/FrB67D) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4801/38948017640_b2999e2b82_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22kGLHw)Back of Passenger Cabin Right Side (https://flic.kr/p/22kGLHw) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: pakratt840 on March 13, 2018, 08:59:45 pm
Awesome! 8)
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on March 14, 2018, 07:20:04 am
Awesome! 8)

Agreed, Dan!

Steve, once again you display your fabulous talent as an artist and craftsman!

I love the use of the aluminum tape for the light panels. I will have to use that myself!

Just a clarification on the aluminum foil under the solder joints; is that to keep the solder from dripping on the styrene or is it a heat sink of some sort so only the joint gets hot? Learning about more materials, too - the liquid electrician's tape - inspired. I will have to go and get some for my current project. Does it work for light blocking, too? I'm guessing it has different properties than tulip paint.

Thanks for the tips and for the artistry!

Keep going! Nearing the finish line!

Steve
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on March 14, 2018, 05:50:47 pm
Awesome! 8)

Agreed, Dan!

Steve, once again you display your fabulous talent as an artist and craftsman!

I love the use of the aluminum tape for the light panels. I will have to use that myself!

Just a clarification on the aluminum foil under the solder joints; is that to keep the solder from dripping on the styrene or is it a heat sink of some sort so only the joint gets hot? It was to protect the plastic.

Learning about more materials, too - the liquid electrician's tape - inspired. I will have to go and get some for my current project. Does it work for light blocking, too?
Yes, light blocking is better tham Tulip Paint if you get the black Liquid Electrician's tape.  I've seen it in green too. Liquid Electrician's Tape is the 3M brand name, Harbor Freight has a slightly cheaper generic equivalent.

I'm guessing it has different properties than tulip paint.
The LET is actually rubber and both taste totally different.

Steve

Thanks Steve. Answers in red.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on March 15, 2018, 07:47:16 am
I'm guessing it has different properties than tulip paint.
The LET is actually rubber and both taste totally different.

Uhm...Steve...trekriffic...I don't think you are supposed to "taste" either one. Although it might explain your TOS Episode of "A Balance of Errors."  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Thanks for the clarifications!

The other Steve
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: ImWolf on March 17, 2018, 01:49:44 pm
As with so many of your builds, amazing detail work here Steve....   Looks like you're nearing the finish line   :b
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on April 04, 2018, 11:45:54 am
As with so many of your builds, amazing detail work here Steve....   Looks like you're nearing the finish line   :b

Thanks a lot!

Greetings again fellow LOTG fans. Got a lot done last week while I was off work.
Not everything went so smoothly; I had to tear the top parts of the hull off and the lower half re-glue them after gluing them down.

The first time was because the passenger cabin window insert on the starboard side broke free from the inside of the upper forward hull piece. I'd glued it in with epoxy but with the curvature of the hull and some flexing it experienced while I was gluing it down (with Testors cement and CA) to the lower hull the epoxy broke loose and the insert slid down into the hull. So I ripped the hull apart, found the rogue clear insert and glued both in with more epoxy followed by Gorilla Glue which is polyurethane based. It's their brown glue. That stuff foams up as it dries so you want to be careful and not get carried away with it. Once that dried I had a hard as rock bond and the inserts stayed put without further incident.

The second time I had to rip off the back upper hull after sealing everything up. I did a light test and half the engine flashers were out! Also, the lights at the front of the ship above the pilot's control console didn't work!??? So I pulled her back end apart and totally rewired the Tenacontrols board wires and the circuits for the pilot cabin lights, oh, and the dome on top of the ship would only stay on for about 5 seconds before going out! After re-wiring it stays on for about 30 seconds. Anyway, it always comes back on again when I first turn on the power.  I think the problem is I forgot I had soldered a resistor onto the dome LED circuit early on during this build and mistakenly attached a second resistor further on down the line when I started soldering the wires to power. So the dome LEDs have twice the number of resistors than it should have. Still, 30 seconds gives me enough time to snap photos with the light on so not a total disaster. The pilot cabin circuit was intermittent due to a bad solder joint. It was fixed and the lights stayed on. Now the hull is glued back together and I am engaged with sanding the putty I needed to use to close some rather hideous seams.

Anyway, here are some photos to bring you guys up to date...

The first test fit of the aft upper hull went well...

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/805/40299168795_947829d23a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6LT6)Aft Upper Hull Test Fit (https://flic.kr/p/24p6LT6) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Using .015 clear styrene sheet I cut a bulkhead to run down the center of the aft "engine bay". Holes were drilled in it for LED mounting. I left the anti-scratch film on it to act as a diffuser:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/805/40299168505_8cd8d0a1ac_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6LN6)Center LED Wall (https://flic.kr/p/24p6LN6) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

A rectangle of clear red styrene was trimmed to fit the aft passenger cabin light wall:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/867/40299168085_61cc55f6ea_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6LER)Red Transparent Styrene (https://flic.kr/p/24p6LER) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Placing the clear red panel behind the wall and holding it up to the light makes for a nice red glow:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/873/41150046542_7039fec2ce_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25GhKc5)Passenger Engine Glow Wall Lit (https://flic.kr/p/25GhKc5) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Two Red LEDs will attach to Tenacontrols Board and slowly pulse up and down. Here is the underside of the panel after coating with liquid electical tape. The panel will mount low on the wall behind the long storage cabinet at the back of the passenger cabin:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/810/40299165305_2482f10e65_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6KQV)LEDs for Aft Glow Wall (https://flic.kr/p/24p6KQV) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The panel was covered with aluminum tape and glued between the clear bulkhead and the engine glow wall:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/893/40299163665_b42ae7dd20_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6KmD)Pair of LEDs in Place Behind Wall (https://flic.kr/p/24p6KmD) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Panels were cut from clear red styrene sheet using paper templates. Elmer's clear craft glue works well to glue them in place behind the engine exhaust vents:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/814/40299163405_0281f33aa4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6Kha)Clear Red Panels for Engine Vents (https://flic.kr/p/24p6Kha) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Gorilla glue was used for added strength to hold the passenger cabin windows firmly in place. The glue expands like a foam and dries rock hard. Only a little is needed:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/807/40299162665_efe25a662c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6K4p)Windows Glued Into Upper Forward Hull (https://flic.kr/p/24p6K4p) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The passenger cabin windows were masked and the edges sealed with Future to protect them during the next steps. A fine black enamel paint pen was run along the inside of the frames to look like black weatherstripping:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/865/41150040022_70806a048b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25GhHfE)Window Masking (https://flic.kr/p/25GhHfE) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Lots of wires to be soldered. Here I use "helping hands" to hold an LED up tight to the wire while I solder it to the positive leg:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/787/40299162075_7b24daba64_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6JTe)Soldering (https://flic.kr/p/24p6JTe) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I created a slanted shelf by bending the diffuser panel plastic at an angle. The panel was made from milk jug plastic and sits behind the red clear panel that attaches to the back of the wall at the rear of the passenger compartment:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/877/41150039322_891784630d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25GhH3A)Tenacontrols Board Placement (https://flic.kr/p/25GhH3A) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

This is how the bow looks after you glue the back end of the forward upper hull to the lower hull.  The upper hull needs to be forced down over the top of the window frame in the front to try and cover this large gap:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/803/40299160385_283a64ee4f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6Jo6)Upper Bow Window and Grill Seam (https://flic.kr/p/24p6Jo6) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on April 04, 2018, 11:46:43 am
Engine lights...

Six LEDs wired in parallel - three on each circuit. The black wire is common while the Tencontrols flasher board has two white wires for each of the two circuits. This is actually the second set of 6 LEDs I soldered for the engine glow effect. The first time I used the red LEDs that came from Tenacontrols but a few burned out over the course of soldering all these wires so I ended up replacing all six LEDs using some high brightness clear white LEDs I had gotten at Radio Shack awhile back:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/902/41150036062_569d788e2e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25GhG5o)LEDs Wired for Engine Glow Effect (https://flic.kr/p/25GhG5o) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The LEDs in place in the "glow wall". The white LEDs will glow brighter than the original red LEDs:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/895/41150035332_cfa13f5808_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25GhFRN)LEDs Mounted in Wall (https://flic.kr/p/25GhFRN) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The two forward and two aft facing LEDs got semi-opaque Glide dental floss tubes slipped over them to even out their glow:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/884/40299158105_fd9fc7205b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6HGM)Floss Tubes for Diffusion of White LED light (https://flic.kr/p/24p6HGM) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I wasn't getting enough brightness in the engine compartment which prompted me to add two sections of white LED strip to the upper and lower hull halves at the aft end of the model. I tried to be careful not to overpower the pulsing LEDs with the strips:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/806/40299158075_1050d657f1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6HGg)Supplemental LED Strip (https://flic.kr/p/24p6HGg) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/788/40299157445_3315b99607_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6Hvp)Additional LED Strips (https://flic.kr/p/24p6Hvp) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

After having to tear loose the glued upper hull due to issues with the engine and pilot cabin lights discovered after I had sealed up the hull (before redoing the wiring) then regluing the upper hull halves after the repairs/changes were made was not a pretty sight. I can see hours of puttying and sanding ahead for me:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/902/40299157145_5e3aea0999_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6Hqe)Horendous Seams (https://flic.kr/p/24p6Hqe) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on April 04, 2018, 11:47:47 am
The saga continues...

The gap in the upper hull and window frame was closed about 75% using Plastic Surgery glue and holding for about 1 minute. More glue was then run along the seam for added strength.
The next step is using putty to complete the contours:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/808/40299156825_43a178a40d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6HjH)Bow Under the Hood (https://flic.kr/p/24p6HjH) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Did I say there was putty in my future? Nice holes on view in these shotsght:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/866/40299156635_c331d0d883_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6Hgr)More Ugly Seams (https://flic.kr/p/24p6Hgr) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/872/40299156445_64eece8e91_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6Hda)Another Nice Hole to Fill (https://flic.kr/p/24p6Hda) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Engine exhaust vent masking:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/800/40299156195_5b55fc2f41_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6H8R)Engine Exhaust Vent Masking (https://flic.kr/p/24p6H8R) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I used Tamiya Basic polyester putty to fill and gaps and re-sculpt contours. This dried and was sanded with a medium grit sanding stick:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/786/40299155505_c4a287923f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6GVX)Puttied and Sanded (https://flic.kr/p/24p6GVX) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/813/40299155275_230fcc9967_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6GRZ)More Purrty  and Sannding (https://flic.kr/p/24p6GRZ) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Still more sanding to do but I wanted her tailfin attached so I could putty some gaps at the front tip of it:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/813/40299154975_5d2511e4d2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6GLP)Spindrift Gets Her Tail (https://flic.kr/p/24p6GLP) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

To fill in the area under the nose above the grills and window ports I used AVES. This is the first application of two to cover the seams and give this area the proper contours as seen in profile images of the Spindrift model and the blueprints:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/807/39384588620_3dcc103291_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/231hj4o)First AVES Putty (https://flic.kr/p/231hj4o) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/870/40299154335_73508f273a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24p6GzM)Close (https://flic.kr/p/24p6GzM) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

A thin styrene strip was glued to the AVES where it meets the window frames and grills. The last layer of AVES will be laid down over the strip leaving a nice clean edge:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/813/39384588180_13cee7ddd6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/231hiVN)Styrene Strip (https://flic.kr/p/231hiVN) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The second layer of AVES was laid down and feathered into the edge of the strip using dental tools:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/812/40322566785_1763741d1f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24raGhH)Second Layer of AVES (https://flic.kr/p/24raGhH) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

The new nose profile. This closely matches the angle of the nose as seen in photos and some blueprints:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/817/26346387737_5b1efe91ee_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G998br)New Profile (https://flic.kr/p/G998br) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

AVES was also used to bridge the gap between the upper hull halves. The channel the fin slides into had to be bridged by sculpting the putty to match the channel:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/814/40505050474_032b9772a2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24HhYkd)Scupting the Tail (https://flic.kr/p/24HhYkd) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

That's it for now. Just spending time sanding before applying some primer, then a coat of black for light blocking, maybe a shot of white primer then a shot of yellow before applying finishing orange coats.

Stay tuned!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on April 05, 2018, 08:45:00 am
Steve, with all the electronics you have packed in there, it looks like it should be a Tricorder or spectrum analyzer or sumpthin!!

Sorry to read about your troubles with "having to tear loose the glued upper hull due to issues with the engine and pilot cabin lights". Needless to say I have had to do that - unfortunately more than once.

Just a quick question - what are you using to mask your windows? Is it just masking tape or a masking fluid of some sort?

As always, it's great to see your work!

Keep going!

Steve 2
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: RockyD88 on April 05, 2018, 09:52:09 am
 as usual you are knocking it out of the park with this one, the amount of detail is insane.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on April 06, 2018, 05:40:57 pm
Decided to unmask the bow window ports in case any of the tape had come unsealed along the edges. Was planning a quick re-masking with fresh tape before priming when I noticed one of my worst fears.... Both windows had a tiny bit of "crap" on the inside surface??? It was quite clearly visible; and the model was now most truly and assuredly sealed up.
No way to remove it.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on April 09, 2018, 09:09:03 am
Decided to unmask the bow window ports in case any of the tape had come unsealed along the edges. Was planning a quick re-masking with fresh tape before priming when I noticed one of my worst fears.... Both windows had a tiny bit of "crap" on the inside surface??? It was quite clearly visible; and the model was now most truly and assuredly sealed up.
No way to remove it.

(http://i.imgur.com/NNsoP9Ol.png) (https://imgur.com/NNsoP9O)

Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: pakratt840 on April 09, 2018, 09:48:03 pm
What Steve said! That's really too bad about the window crap. But don't let it detract from the outstanding and inspirational work you have done on this less than perfect kit. I still say Bravo!!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: ImWolf on April 11, 2018, 12:04:53 pm
Decided to unmask the bow window ports in case any of the tape had come unsealed along the edges. Was planning a quick re-masking with fresh tape before priming when I noticed one of my worst fears.... Both windows had a tiny bit of "crap" on the inside surface??? It was quite clearly visible; and the model was now most truly and assuredly sealed up.
No way to remove it.

:*(

That's a shame Steve.....   sorry to hear it. No way to push the windows through and replace them?
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on April 12, 2018, 05:33:24 pm
Thanks for the encouraging words guys. Much appreciated.

Soooooo.... anyway, here's a photo of the funk on the windows:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/789/27546890938_713cd557f4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HYe1Xu)Junk (https://flic.kr/p/HYe1Xu) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

I was not going to stand for that so...

I removed the clear window plastic using a scribing tool and Tamiya mini-photo-etch saws:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/799/27546890348_fc009b6ba3_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HYe1Mj)Window Removal (https://flic.kr/p/HYe1Mj) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

With the windows out I decided to take some photos of the cabin with the lights on:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/805/27546890168_eee1a94c86_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HYe1Jd)Pilot's cabin roof (https://flic.kr/p/HYe1Jd) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/863/27546890058_b132932666_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HYe1Gj)Pilot's Cabin Lit without Windows (https://flic.kr/p/HYe1Gj) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Making replacement windows using Evergreen .015 clear styrene sheet. Have to be careful not to scratch them during installation:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/891/27546889668_fbd4fd6b74_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/HYe1zA)Making New Windows (https://flic.kr/p/HYe1zA) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Stay tuned!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: Spencer on April 12, 2018, 06:52:55 pm
Nerves of steel ...

You'll get there. Looking fantastic so far!
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: ImWolf on April 13, 2018, 05:44:23 am
I was certain you would NOT have dirty windows on this one Steve.....   We're very proud of you young man!

"So say we all"
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on April 13, 2018, 10:51:15 am
Thanks for the vote of  confidence guys. I used a technique from my Apollo LEM build to make gaskets inside the window frames to prevent the window panels from falling thru when I glue them in. You take black adhesive-backed vinyl paper and cut thin strips to lay along the inside back edge of the frame. You can layer the strips to make the gasket as thick as you need. I'll post some pics later but the panels seem to fit really well, at least at the test fit stage.
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: trekriffic on April 14, 2018, 12:16:07 pm
Update for today...

I used this technique in my Apollo 11 Eagle build to separate the two glass (?) panels in the upper docking window port of the LEM. Only that time I used red adhesive backed vinyl strips. I cut thin strips of black sticky backed vinyl thin enough to fit along the back edge of the bow window rims, leaving enough room for the clear styrene window plastic to fit inside the rim up against the vinyl gasket:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/790/39644616860_115c80eb4c_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23pg2oU)Adhesive Backed Vinyl Paper Makes Gaskets (https://flic.kr/p/23pg2oU) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Starboard window install...

The inside of the frame was coated with Elmer's clear craft glue. Then I removed the tape on the backside of the clear plastic pane and cleaned it with alcohol and a clean cotton shirt. I left the masking tape in place on the outside of the window to protect during installation:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/796/39644614490_1eb190d4b5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23pg1G3)Starboard Window Installed (https://flic.kr/p/23pg1G3) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Satisfied it was clean I gently placed the window pane into the frame; then over a few minutes I adjusted its position inside the rim. I also gently held down the edges as the glue dried:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/815/40739132524_48d747175a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/254YGLC)Starboard Window In Place (https://flic.kr/p/254YGLC) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Both bow windows glued in place:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/795/40739132014_e105ce0e36_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/254YGBQ)Both Bow Windows Glued In Place (https://flic.kr/p/254YGBQ) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Masks removed...

I'll lay in some more of the clear craft glue. That stuff is great for windows being water based and clear:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/790/40739131474_ef97019fc2_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/254YGsw)Mask Removal (https://flic.kr/p/254YGsw) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Need to remask the bow windows after the putty dries around the frames then she'll get a shot of black to hide any remaining light leaks., then grey primer, followed by white primer, followed by yellow, followed by orange. Think I'll airbrush all of these layers to avoid many thick layers from a rattle can:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/807/40739130694_433b77aa18_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/254YGe5)Spindrift So Far (https://flic.kr/p/254YGe5) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Dorsal fin detail...

I was happy with how this turned out; extending the sidewalls of the channel the fin slides into so it continues on in a smooth line where the hull breaks:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/885/39644614930_3ec81af974_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23pg1PC)Dorsal Fin Detail (https://flic.kr/p/23pg1PC) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

One more gratuitous profile shot...

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/878/39644614080_4103271eb4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23pg1yY)Spindrift So Far (https://flic.kr/p/23pg1yY) by trekriffic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/29607470@N08/), on Flickr

Oh God... I still, need to finish the stand...
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: ImWolf on April 18, 2018, 04:41:58 am
Nice save on those front windows....  I'll remember that trick!    :b
Title: Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
Post by: MSgtUSAFRet on April 18, 2018, 07:21:51 am
Nice technique with the gaskets, Steve!

After you cleaned them, I was surprised you didn't use Future on the windows to make them even more clear; or did I miss something?!

Excellent build!

Keep going! And don't forget the stand! :)

Steve