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Author Topic: Moebius 1:4105 TOS Battlestar Galactica buddy build  (Read 645 times)

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Moebius 1:4105 TOS Battlestar Galactica buddy build
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:34:21 pm »
I've begun a YouTube buddy build with my imaginary friend Steve, aka SMKR. He's only done a teaser on his channel so far. We'll be building this kit together this year. Here is my first build video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOJwQzq9RNE

I will be using the Paragrafix photoetch set and its corresponding decals by HDA, the replacement nose and bridge from Shapeways, warm white LED tape and SMDs from HDA, as well as some shuttles from JT Graphics.

I think on the original studio model of the Galactica, there were fibers sticking out of the bridge for lights. Then those fibers were cut, leaving protrusions. The Paragrafix photoetch set is made to lay on top of the kit's stock bridge part and then drill through the holes in the brass for sticking fiber optics through. However, I am using the Shapeways accurized bridge, and it provides no help as far as lighting goes. It replicates those protrusions but I can't really drill through them in hopes of threading fibers through. I think I will just have to light block the piece, then scratch off the surfaces of those protrusions to allow the light to shine through. The Shapeways material is transluscent, which is good for refracting light, however I am not sure if it will allow the bridge lights be bright enough. The kit has two holes in which the standard bridge fits into. I think I shall use those holes to feed the SMD wires into since not cutting a hole will provide a surface for the SMDs to mount onto. I'll use epoxy glue to secure them into place. I have some 0402 warm white SMDs, but I think I will order some larger ones. I want to have one facing forward, and the other two facing port and starboard.

Interstellar Modeler did a build video series of this kit and he used fiber optics to light it up. I saw Trek Works Boyd's build of the old Monogram and he just used light tape and filled in the drilled holes with canopy glue. That is what I plan to do.

I've recently started a Russian Flanker YouTube group build that will be kicking off in March, and I've also entered a Yugoslavia group build too. Gosh, and I also have that Star Wars group build on Scale Model Addict's forum I need to finish as well. Nuts. I'm too busy.

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Re: Moebius 1:4105 TOS Battlestar Galactica buddy build
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2018, 12:04:01 am »
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Re: Moebius 1:4105 TOS Battlestar Galactica buddy build
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2018, 11:02:52 pm »
Yeah, I have not touched this build since January, unfortunately. I'm doing a few group builds, and I also want to finish a car model for my father before Father's Day. I'm hoping to get back to this Galactica build sometime in June.

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Re: Moebius 1:4105 TOS Battlestar Galactica buddy build
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2018, 11:38:56 pm »
It's been a long stretch of months, but I am finally getting back into this build. There's no progress as far as lighting goes in this update, but here I use photoetch for the first time to detail up my Galactica. Sorry I have no pictures; it's only video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNREnCwRSEk

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Re: Moebius 1:4105 TOS Battlestar Galactica buddy build
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2018, 11:29:21 am »
Looking very nice, so far. Looking forward to your next update.
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Re: Moebius 1:4105 TOS Battlestar Galactica buddy build
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2018, 02:29:31 am »
Holy crap. I love this man. Here's a video of a circuit for an LED chaser using a 555 and a 4017IC chip!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sSQuf6JXhk
I was thinking that I'd need an Arduino to pull something like this off, however it is big and bulky. I think something like this can fit inside of the landing bays. I can then hopefully drill tiny holes into the photoetch and use fiber optics to light them!

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Re: Moebius 1:4105 TOS Battlestar Galactica buddy build
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2018, 07:56:28 pm »
I ordered a few 4017 chips and received them a few evenings ago. I really haven't touched a breadboard for a very long time. I'll want to figure out how to adjust the resistance to slow down the chase rate.

I was just watching some BSG recently and noticed that the chase rate is faster on the filming model than when you see the hangar interior when the ships come in for a landing. The default rate we see in the YouTube video I mentioned above matches the quick chase rate of the Galactica's runway as seen externally, but I would like to match it with the internal shots instead. The slower chase sequence just looks better and gives more scale, I think. I've yet to build the hangar box, so I do not yet know how much space I will have underneath it for lighting. Perhaps it would be too narrow for fiber optics and I'd instead need to go all-out with SMDs for each light.

Question though... Do the landing strip lights do a chase sequence only when a craft is coming in for a landing? I am thinking that I could have the port side landing bay going with the chase sequence and leave the other one alone. Maybe the starboard hangar is where I'll put those resin shuttles I got from JT Graphics.

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Re: Moebius 1:4105 TOS Battlestar Galactica buddy build
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2018, 08:28:41 am »
Question though... Do the landing strip lights do a chase sequence only when a craft is coming in for a landing? I am thinking that I could have the port side landing bay going with the chase sequence and leave the other one alone. Maybe the starboard hangar is where I'll put those resin shuttles I got from JT Graphics.

I do believe there was a sequence of Galactica doing a long turn, with no expectation of taking on craft, and the landing lights were sequencing.

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Re: Moebius 1:4105 TOS Battlestar Galactica buddy build
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2018, 07:00:18 pm »
Thanks. I think I might re-watch the series and look for details like that I may have missed before.

 




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