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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