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Author Topic: 1/350 S.S. Botany Bay Build  (Read 267 times)

Offline Mark2000

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1/350 S.S. Botany Bay Build
« on: October 24, 2018, 01:41:46 pm »
Fantastic Plastics Botany Bay kit is a pretty great rendition of the ship and I thought it would be a great test bed for some of the techniques Id like to use on big models like another 1/350 Enterprise build or Nice-N's Klingon D7 - both of which I have on hand. While really well made, the model has some inaccuracies that need to be dealt with. Many of them are well pointed out by Trekriffics professional build. Ill be following him as a guide on these points and diverging shortly after.

My first task was creating the solar panel struts. I used three sewing pins and soldered them together in the middle.






Along with the three rear humps not being in the correct direction, the four greebles on the back of the engine section were completely unlike the details on the actual model. To solve this I recreated them in 3D and had them printed by Shapeways. You can pick up your own set here.





Heres a shot of the ribbed details from the studio model that I added back on the ship. They include the conning tower front and the panels on the nose cone that surround it.



One of the things Spock mentions when the Botany Bay is first picked up is that its surface is pockmarked with meteor hits. While I plan to reproduce the weather patterns on the hull in a similar way to the filming model, I wanted to add some physical marring of the surface as well. This was done with a drill bit in my dremel. I also added the clamps on the top of the cargo units but constructing them from styrene sheet. the piping on the neck of the engine section was done with the same sewing pins as the solar struts.




Heres the final priming of the main hull before the paint work starts.



Offline manu

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Re: 1/350 S.S. Botany Bay Build
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2018, 01:06:34 am »
Looking good. It's the perfect model to test some painting techniques.

Offline Shawn McClure

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Re: 1/350 S.S. Botany Bay Build
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2018, 08:59:41 am »
That looks really cool so far.

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Offline Merrittk54

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Re: 1/350 S.S. Botany Bay Build
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2018, 11:27:25 am »
I like it!  Can't wait to see the finished model poised next to a 1/350 TOS Enterprise!

Offline scottminium

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Re: 1/350 S.S. Botany Bay Build
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2018, 08:02:33 pm »
I have a Botany Bay in 1/1000 and am looking forward to your color scheme!
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Offline Mark2000

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Re: 1/350 S.S. Botany Bay Build
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2018, 03:55:49 pm »
A lot of painting this past two days. As you may know there are three levels of distressed paint on the Botany Bay. The first level is a black bare metal. The second is a beige primer. The last is an orange red top coat. Jefferies then sanded down the layers to get the distressed effect seen on the final model. My first task was to create a realistic bare metal hull. I started with dark brown, and then wet down the model and sprinkled salt on it to create a mottled effect for the next color. I then sprayed on a mist of reddish brown, salted, misted on black, salted, and then added a satin finish. Im pretty happy with the effect.




Offline modelerdave

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Re: 1/350 S.S. Botany Bay Build
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2018, 04:17:11 pm »
I love that paint scheme!

Offline Mark2000

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Re: 1/350 S.S. Botany Bay Build
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2018, 06:31:13 pm »
Thanks. Im not sure Im happy with the satin coat, though. It's not as  shiny as I hoped. But I dont want it really glossy either.

Offline scottminium

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Re: 1/350 S.S. Botany Bay Build
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2018, 09:24:15 pm »
Love your take on the distressed paint.  You mentioned three levels, can you give some more details?
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Offline Mark2000

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Re: 1/350 S.S. Botany Bay Build
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2018, 02:09:25 pm »
When Matt Jefferies painted and weathered the filming model he first painted it black, then beige, and then red orange. He then sanded it down so different layers would show through. Im going to do the same layering, but I'm going to mask instead of sanding. What Ive done so far is just the black layer. Hopefully Ill put down the beige one sometime this week. Im still experimenting with how to do it best.

 




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