11 Responses to Scratchbuilding Starbug

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  1. Now that’s nice. Looks very good.

    Well I’ll just have to make do with my Starbug play set.

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    That’s incredible.

    Everyone with artistic talent can fuck off, though, the talented cunts.

  3. That rocks muchly, maybe time for me to get back into replica prop building again!

  4. Wow! He did that in 1994. Is this the first other people have heard of it?

  5. He clearly missed a really important stage out…

    – study photographs of original model
    – research magazine interview with original model builder
    – decide on build size
    – order parts from EMA catalouge
    – make fiberglass parts from plaster moulds
    – dust with moulding powder
    – seal surface to stop resin binds with gloss paint and wax
    – superglue hemispheres together
    – strengthen join with p38 filler
    – build up engine fairings
    – add rear leg supports with brass tubing
    – add surface detail from assorted kit parts.
    – solder and attach legs
    – fix Perspex feet
    – add space shuttle tank kit engines.
    – add cast cock pit photo detail
    – rubb down with wet and dry paper for smooth finish and paint
    – airbrush with thinned down black enamel paint to mess it up,
    – final detail made with little chips and scuff marks
    – Smash finished model into your gravel driveway, garden rockery or some nearby snow.

  6. Actually, even with my rather limited experience with crafts I saw several steps missing. Allow me…

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    – Review personal lexicon of swear words/foul language. This is important.
    – study photographs of original model
    – curse as you realize the only decent photos of Starbug online are on some godsforsaken Geocities site with stupid graphics plastered everywhere and a crappy MIDI playing on every single fucking page
    – research magazine interview with original model builder
    – swear as you realize you can’t find said interview
    – decide on build size
    – order parts from EMA catalouge
    – wait six months for parts, then call up the company that makes the catalogue and hurl abuse at some poor telephone operator
    – make fiberglass parts from plaster moulds
    – dust with moulding powder
    – seal surface to stop resin binds with gloss paint and wax
    – superglue hemispheres together
    – superglue fingers together
    – superglue bottle of superglue shut
    – Swear
    – strengthen join with p38 filler
    – build up engine fairings
    – add rear leg supports with brass tubing
    – add surface detail from assorted kit parts.
    – Lose assorted kit parts
    – solder and attach legs
    – burn self soldering
    – Swear a bit more
    – fix Perspex feet
    – add space shuttle tank kit engines.
    – add cast cock pit photo detail
    – Turn air blue with foul language as you discover that cast cock pit photo detail cuts off top of important character’s head
    – rubb down with wet and dry paper for smooth finish and paint
    – airbrush with thinned down black enamel paint to mess it up,
    – airbrush surroundings, including favorite shirt you’ve had for years
    – break airbrush
    – Swear some more
    – May as well get in some more swearing
    – final detail made with little chips and scuff marks
    – Smash finished model into your gravel driveway, garden rockery or some nearby snow.
    – Cry. It’s okay. Even strong men need to cry sometimes.

  7. Actually, while I’m usually pretty good at arty-farty crafts stuff, every single time I use superglue–I mean, almost without fail–I end up gluing the bottle shut. And then I don’t find out until I need the glue again, and then not only has the top been fused to the tube but the tube is now so dry it makes crackly noises when I try to bend it. We go through rather a lot of superglue this way at my house…

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