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  • #39326
    Trencher
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    Since I am more a modeller than a gamer, I’d like to build myself a model spaceship with a fuselage length of 18″ by 6″ . Designwise, I’d like it to look less like your expected standard spaceship, as I prefer a rather pulpy setting with some floating islands, sky fortresses and some diesel-punk elements.

    3mm would make for a big one, measuring some 270m (if my maths is right…), turning the ship into a cruiser sized vessel.

    6mm would be a bit smaller, measuring some 135m (provided again that my maths is right…) and would allow me to use PT Dockyards 1/300 Lockheed L-133 jets as fighters, turning the ship into some kind of a small escort carrier for a small Squadron of escort fighters or bombers.

    In both cases, it is rather a scenery piece or a mission objective than a vehicle you would move around on the gaming table. Unless you’ve got a sports hall for a large fleet engagement.

    Anyway, here’s a rough sketch of the shape I’ve envisioned:

    It shows the ship in a rather civilian livery. If I’d go with the military variant (with launch bays and blended-in gun turrets), I would sport a colourful 1930s U.S. Navy plane paintjob with the typical pre-1942 U.S. insignia or a rather unconspicious WWII Coastal Command camouflage with British roundels. Another option would be a WWI-style camouflage.

    The fuselage will be made of plywood, whereas the fins and the stubby canard wings will be made of PVC-sheets. This would be a lot heavier than a foamcore fuselage, but on the other hand a lot more sturdier…

    Now, what do you think?

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    #39327
    Angel Barracks
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    6mm as something that size needs good looking figures, and with the best will in the world, you won’t get that with 3mm people.

    #39347
    Stroezie
    Participant

    6mm, but I may be biased.

    Imo. 6mm would allow for a lot more detail, adding more character to the model.

    Also, I’d love to see you paint those jets in a similar civilian paint scheme or the 1930 blue and yellow even.

    If you like small scale skirmish, check out http://planetares6.blogspot.be/?m=0

    #39367
    Trencher
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    @Angel Barracks: You mean certainly some competent groundcrew/bridge personnel like these?


    @Stroezie
    : Bold and brazen …err …blue and yellow like these?

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    #39368
    Angel Barracks
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    #39413
    Gaz045
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    Great looking project……my only ‘concern’ would be the large ‘tailplanes’, not their shape but rather the vertical alignment, this would make it difficult to incorporate it on a dock or landing scenario……maybe re-align them X wing style, or shorten the vertical ones to leave an aeroplane look to the horizontal……?

    Just my 5 Eurocents!  The planned colour schemes are great…….I have gone for US Navy blue/grey combos…….I have some plastic kits from Japan that fit as ‘patrol boat/corvette/destroyer’ size………

     

     

     

     

     

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    #39421
    irishserb
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    Love the design, but Gary has a good point about the “wings”.  You could make them fold or pivot  though.  I really like the vertical orientation, and would hate to lose that.  Looks like a really cool project, please keep us updated.

    #39425
    Trencher
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    I certainly keep the vertical wings:

    • While being in space, it doesn’t matter.
    • While operating in the atmospheres of the planets (gas giants – think of Bespins Cloud City), it wouldn’t matter as well, although navigating through an achipelago of floating islands could be quite tricky.

    On the other hand, they’ll make a close terrain-following mode upon an Earth-like or Martian surface very difficult to say the least. However, docking could be realised by special buildings – think of skyscrapers or mooring towers for the zeppelins.

    Uh oh, it seems there would be cubic ton of possibilities…

    Size matters, they say…

    The hull, which is already at a 50mm width, has to be a little bit wider for 6mm, considering the planned launch bay(s).

    The width should be o.k. with 3mm, but as some 6mm folks would say: “Move on, there’s nothing to see here!” 

     

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    #41273
    Angel Barracks
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    ugghh how did I miss the update, any further news?

    #43134
    Trencher
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    No updates so far. I’m afraid.

    But I’m going to start a little bit smaller first. With some fighters.

     

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