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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #30 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.
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #31 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:

Jig and Bow Window Frame by trekriffic, 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:

Window Frames Installed by trekriffic, 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:

Spindrift Pilot's Chair from Land of the Giants by trekriffic, on Flickr

Closeup detail of the area under the armrest:

Spindrift Pilot's Chair from Land of the Giants by trekriffic, 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:

Pilot Seat Components by trekriffic, on Flickr

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

Pilot Seats In Progress by trekriffic, on Flickr

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

Pilot Seat Almost Done by trekriffic, 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.
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #32 on: December 21, 2017, 05:40:10 am »
Oh, that styrene jig looks nice. :) I will want to try out that idea sometime.
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #33 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:

Modern Urban Resisters (aka Terrorists) by trekriffic, on Flickr

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

Size Comparison by trekriffic, 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:

Modifications in Progress by trekriffic, 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:

Armrest Mounting Plates by trekriffic, 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:

Finished Pilot Seat by trekriffic, on Flickr

Finished Pilot Seat by trekriffic, 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?

Pilot Seat Test Fitting by trekriffic, on Flickr

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

Test Fit with 1/72 Scale Figure by trekriffic, on Flickr

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

Pilot Seats in Primer by trekriffic, on Flickr

Primed Pilot Seat by trekriffic, on Flickr

Primed Pilot Seat Rear by trekriffic, 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:

Main Control Panel Decals by trekriffic, on Flickr

Thanks for reading along. Take care and keep an eye out for any wayward giants stumbling around.
Steve

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #34 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.

Main Control Panel Finished by trekriffic, 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:

Silver Pilot Seats Getting Pastel Chalk Treatment by trekriffic, on Flickr

The cushions were brushed with Testors semi-gloss black:

Finished Pilot Seat by trekriffic, on Flickr

The seats were glued in using 5-minute epoxy:

Seats Installed in Cockpit by trekriffic, on Flickr

Pilot Seats in Cockpit from Rear by trekriffic, 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:

View Forward into Cockpit from Passenger Cabin by trekriffic, on Flickr

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

LOTG Cast by trekriffic, 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:

Steve Burton Figure In Progress by trekriffic, 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:

Betty Hamilton Figure in Progress by trekriffic, 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.

Betty Hamilton Gets Primed by trekriffic, on Flickr

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

Finished Steve Burton and Bett Hamilton Figures by trekriffic, on Flickr

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

Pilot and Stewardess Figures Finished by trekriffic, on Flickr

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

Dan Erickson Figure Up Next by trekriffic, on Flickr

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

Dan Erickson Figure Primed by trekriffic, 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.
« Last Edit: December 27, 2017, 06:23:45 pm by trekriffic »
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #35 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!

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #36 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":

Reggie Nalder by trekriffic, on Flickr

Andorian Ambassador Shras by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #37 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.

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #38 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:

Aft Cockpit Bulkhead Installed by trekriffic, on Flickr

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

Dan Erickson Front by trekriffic, on Flickr

Dan Erickson Rear by trekriffic, 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:

Mark Wilson by trekriffic, on Flickr

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

Mark Wilson Tie by trekriffic, on Flickr

Using AVES I molded a jacket with lapels:

Mark Wilson Suit Jacket by trekriffic, 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:

Finished Mark Wilson and Steve Burton Figures by trekriffic, 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:

Dan Erickson and Betty Hamilton Figures by trekriffic, on Flickr

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

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

Deanna Lund as Valerie Scott by trekriffic, 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:

Valerie Scott by trekriffic, 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!
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #39 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...
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #40 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.

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #41 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:

Deanna Lund with Spindrift Model by trekriffic, 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:

Valerie Scott by trekriffic, on Flickr

Valerie Scott by trekriffic, on Flickr

Valerie Scott by trekriffic, on Flickr

Valerie Scott by trekriffic, on Flickr

Once the putty dries I'll do some minor touching up before priming.
Steve

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #42 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!

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights
« Reply #43 on: January 16, 2018, 09:41:27 pm »
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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. ;) 
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