- 09/03/2016 at 23:07 #39326
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?
Tank Polo? God, how our gardener hated that game!09/03/2016 at 23:38 #39327
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.10/03/2016 at 08:33 #39347StroezieParticipant
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=010/03/2016 at 19:37 #3936710/03/2016 at 19:39 #3936812/03/2016 at 08:43 #39413Gaz045Participant
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………
"Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"12/03/2016 at 13:29 #39421irishserbParticipant
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.12/03/2016 at 16:32 #39425
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!”
Tank Polo? God, how our gardener hated that game!26/04/2016 at 13:55 #4127309/06/2016 at 19:08 #43134
No updates so far. I’m afraid.
But I’m going to start a little bit smaller first. With some fighters.
Tank Polo? God, how our gardener hated that game!
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