the SS Rabid Empanada -- a spontaneous scritash

urumomo

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Greetings ;D


So - for those not following the Giraffe thread - Jason Abbadon has Jedi mind swayed me into building this ...

I'm calling it a Scritash because though it's technically a scratch-build , the major elements are from a 1/72 Revell Space Shuttle with ISS payload .

The starting point for this is nowhere -- Just so it has something to do with NASA and it's got some color . For the holidaze . ... and so Jason can get his NASA fix ;D . ::)
- and all material must come from the pile . except glue and paint of course ;)

at first I was thinking some kinda wheeled vehicle , but then I figured I'd be nicer to Mr Abbadon . ;D


I dumped out a random parts bin :



Turned out to be a lot more than it first looked :




This needs to be a rapid build -- so I glued the Shuttle bay doors together to get some-kinda form going :
and then played around with layouts .
I have the entire build in my head and it would be assembled already but for the need to do a LOT of seam work FIRST .

Out of all that ' stuff ' , I'm using what's below .
Not all the little stuff at the rear . Only what's needed :




More tonight ;D



P S

Every time I see these ( halves for the ISS module ) I think of the Hoth power generators :eek:





The Empanada is being 1/620 scale if that helps 8)

Uru
 

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Lot of putty work .

Very much reminding me why I avoid Revell . .


All I did for prep on the " tanks " was sand off the equators where they were too nasty .



First of 4 coats , white primer :



Closed off the port end of the hull



I'm leaving the other end open until I have the windows in .

The plan is to take slices from the edge of this lighter -( 2 mm wide X 6 mm tall = ~4' X 12' @ scale ) -
to fit the openings .
.. so they'll "bulge" out since the profile is different but I think it will work .




The support for a base is installed :

Nutted and epoxied in




She'll start taking shape tomorrow

Night !
 

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Definitely going to be interesting to watch this one
 

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Very Cool ;D

Nice to have an eager audience .

Be posting some more pics in a couple hours .


Uru
 

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All right all right 8)


Not as far as I was hoping to get but I'm happy .

Finished the base connection :
( pieces from 1/72 U-boat ??? )



ISS module from 1/200 Shuttle by Hasegawa , chunk of PVC fall-off , pellet-gun pellet and a bead



More 1/72 Uboat parts and the remaining pellets .
There were JUST enough pellets to do what I wanted ;D ...



... building directional maneuvering thrusters to mount at the port end ..




.. and the lifeboat to be mounted @ the starboard end ..



The thrusters are mounted in Aves , so I'll need to finish 'em up tomorrow .



Slowly solvent welding this conning tower spray shield to the port end :



I really like the shape produced by these doors . quite serendipitous :eek:





I haven't decided what I'll do with the 'divided' windows .
It's from the hinge sections .
I'll probably just make them like the others - but I'm leaving them alone for now , since half the steering wheel is in the Empanada's hand as well ;)
I like the contrast -- it going to depend on how this lighter dissection goes ;D :p




I was hoping to have all the fuel and oxidizer tanks attached , but ,

You can see where this is headed ;)





I've decided that she's a luxury sightseer .
Like 4 giant sky-boxes with a SPECTACULAR view .


Ciao
 

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She becomes a submersible upon crash-landing 8)






then she becomes a reef
 

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Definitely an interesting flow as she comes together
 

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Thanks , Quaralane ;D


Time to add some interest ..

Pipes and greeblies for around the engine assembly .




Plenty of molecules in the pile :
-- I think I'll experiment on stiffening the bootlace and bending some sprue .
I can use some of that wire , but it needs some heavier piping ...



I think it will be cool to have the sleekness of the hull offset with the busy textures on the engine


there's these greebles too :



.. already some wire-wrapped-wire there @ upper right :D -- some unused MaK construction ...

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So cool! It's a joy watching you bring this to life from bits and pieces


I was just thinking that you could scratch a big electromagnet on a boom and make this for clearing space junk- you could have whatever scraps left over "magnitized" to the magnet as space debris- wasting nothing in the build!
You could even chop up the used back of the decal sheet, spray it gold or silver for cast off foil debris!
 

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LOL ;D

Well , we still have the Orbiter's arm :



I'm sure now that I'm not using it ( almost heated up and started bending it for piping :p ) So it will be available for the next one of these . . all the unused got dumped back into another bin .

Shake-N-Bake ! ;D :eek:

more pics late tonight ;)

Uru
 

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Actually , both the 1/72 and 1/200 arms ;D

 

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Quick Empanada Update !

Better late than later ;D


Added some plumbing to the forward face of the engine .

I used the long length of wire and the small bits of coat-hanger wire . Both species are way too tough to bend for this small work -- but what are ya gonna do ? :p
( sorry - I accidentally erased the pre-primer pics ) : I blobbed down some 5 min epoxy where the wire connected to blend it together - - you know ; cheating :eek:



BTW , that intermediate section is from this :



.... might be using the remainder in the bridge . ??? ::)


Be adding more plumbing to the tail-end of the engine after it's attached to the hull .
I'm attempting to stiffen these pieces of string with Future - then maybe surface primer :



.. Those , with help from some greebles , should suffice ..

Here's the hull currently :




Next pics this tonight of the assembled whole ;D


Merry Monday !

Uru
 

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Thanks , Quaralane ;D
I'm really enjoying the build and appreciate ya'lls input for sure 8)


I decided to add the bootlaces to the mix .
It's going to take repeated Dunk-&-DryZ TM to get them stiff enough to hold their shape , but we have time ;)




assembled some parts in a quest for some top-side sumthin :






Decided to spray the life-boat with tinted Future ;D
Orange and yellow dyes .. straight atop the flat white primer ..

first orange




then yellow



I started increasing the dye concentration --- I'll continue back&forth till it looks right .


I started thinking : " why not do the entire model that way " --just Future for the future 8) ;D

I have Yellow , Orange , Blue , Green and Black dyes on hand :)

I like the added layer of constraint . :D

-- She'll be known around the solar system as " The Tie-Dye Cruiser " ;D ;D



Here's how she'll be configured :
I decided to leave the engine detached until it and the hull are painted just to make it easier -- so it's all just sitting on the stands here - - and not quite aligned




So I started sitting the " bridge " around :

Center Right Left



But I wasn't liking any of it :p :p :p


Then I tried it on the bow -- where I currently have a couple possibilities using the MiracleGrow spoon or some thingy from the pile made in Germany ..

,... but I kinda liked this setup :



It can of course be rotated any which-way axially ..


Tell me what ya think -- or feel ;D


U M
 

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