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  1. Richard Baker

    Have you noticed that plastic scale models are a rather expensive hobby these days?

    I have a very limited budget for my hobbies. I have to choose between one large kit I want or several smaller ones, between buying a kit or replace some of my aging collection of paints. I do have a fair amount of unbuilt kits in my closet of doom so it's hard to justify getting new ones, even...
  2. Richard Baker

    Borsjtj

    Wonderful painting, they really look natural
  3. Richard Baker

    Have you noticed that plastic scale models are a rather expensive hobby these days?

    When I first started building I paid $2.50 for the AMT Enterprise kit (which included lighting). That seemed expensive in the early sixties but jeeze, what the newest edition of that kit costs now... Model building is an expensive hobby, especially if you start adding aftermarket pieces into...
  4. Richard Baker

    Wedge's Boosted T-65 Recon Project

    Some construction photos- I do not take these often, I get into the zone and documenting things is my last thought during this. These two focus on adding the new aft engines: As you can see- they fit back there like an original Bandai part- no glue needed. I did trim the back of the joined...
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    Wedge's Boosted T-65 Recon Project

    The one thing I really love about Star Wars is that it is such a big universe, we only see a small slice around what the heroes are doing.
  6. Richard Baker

    Wedge's Boosted T-65 Recon Project

    Thanks! I have only read a couple Rogue Squadron books when they first came out, no idea even which ones now... This build is just from my head, started off with some parts left over from the Lando Falcon project, I liked the unused engines from the escape pod and they looked about right for the...
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    Wedge's Boosted T-65 Recon Project

    The Story: Wedge Antillies was tasked by the Rebellion to come up with innovative ideas to help overcome the numerical superiority of the Empire. One of his special projects was to find a way to obtain reconnaissance data about Imperial forces in heavily fortified areas. Stealth probes and...
  8. Richard Baker

    AMT/ERTL 1/72 Eagle Transporter WIP.

    Fantastic build!- it is amazing once you realize the scale you are working with, well done!
  9. Richard Baker

    Lando's Falcon- One Year Before 'Solo'

    Here are some final photos of my Lando's Falcon project. I have added some tiny markings decals and redid some of the weathering. My goal is to show used parts with different histories but all were the source ships were mostly taken care of- these were passenger ships and not junk freighters...
  10. Richard Baker

    Lando's Falcon- One Year Before 'Solo'

    The Story: This build is a different take on the Falcon as we saw it in the film 'Solo', this is the unfinished state the ship was in a year before we saw it. A lot of this is based on how I understand the character Lando Calrissian. Lando has two obsessions, gambling and appearance. When he got...
  11. Richard Baker

    Glue to use for joining styrene to carboard former anyone?

    I used a simple technique for years- a 50-50 mix of Testers styrene tube glue and Elmer's white glue, stirred together like epoxy. I glued styrene to balsa, cardboard and paper with zero problems. My first scratch builds in the sixties were mixed media like this to save costs and allow large...
  12. Richard Baker

    Bandai Special Forces TIE Build

    Here is my build of that wonderful Bandai kit- pretty much straight out of the box. A couple of things to note- being all black plastic I painted each panel a different type of black, from flat & gloss to reflective (this does not show up very well in the photos). This is the first build where...
  13. Richard Baker

    USS Enterprise E from Star Trek Nemesis

    Not sure which version I like better http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/schematics/sovereign-oldnew.jpg
  14. Richard Baker

    USS Enterprise E from Star Trek Nemesis

    Quite a wonderful project! Are you going to add the additional phasers and torp launchers? I think thrre was an aftermarket kit out with new pylons to reposition the nacelles up higher and more forward to match the stance of the Nemesis version...
  15. Richard Baker

    1:350 Survey Cruiser (Original Design)

    I was digging around looking for some old files and found this old design sketch for this build-
  16. Richard Baker

    Ian McQue Inspired Flying Rig

    Very nice build- I love the industrial design and pragmatic engineering detailing!
  17. Richard Baker

    1:350 Survey Cruiser (Original Design)

    OK, last set of pictures, then I am moving on to another build. This past weekend I altered my lighting setup and tried to show the hull textures better. The hull is built up from thin layers of sheet styrene. most as thing as card stock. It is really weird, but this model looks better with the...
  18. Richard Baker

    1:350 Survey Cruiser (Original Design)

    Still working of getting some better photos- While the inch grid Background is helpful, this one shows it's true size a bit better I think
  19. Richard Baker

    1:350 Survey Cruiser (Original Design)

    This is a larger model of a capital ship in 1:350 scale. It is about 16 1/2" long, all sheet styrene with some detailing bits, no landing gear or mounting point this time. I wanted to create a ship which was devoted to planetary surveys- most sensors and support equipment is on it's underside...
  20. Richard Baker

    Ground Attack Heavy Fighter (Original Design)

    OK, this one is a strange one but the odd design has a reason behind it. Lots of space fighters out there, I wanted to make something different- a fighter created to attack ground targets in any planetary atmosphere. I got to thinking and decided that multiple drive systems would be in order...
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