1/350 TOS era Abbe-Class

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1/350 TOS era Abbe-Class

Postby The Mad Klingon » Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:53 pm

Hi Gang:

During Wonderfest 2015 I decided to throw my hat into the 1/350 ring. I knew right away what I was going to build; a TOS version of the Abbe-Class Destroyer.

An actual size print of the 1/350 TOS era Abbe-class. To wrap my brain around the project I felt I needed to get an idea of the scale of the model.

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The torp pod takes shape. Let's see how this goes.

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I was not going to include a saucer mounted shuttle pad. I changed my mind.

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It's a hard thing cutting into a $100 model. The landing pad graphic is based on the actual Sammy B helicopyer landing pad.

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Re: 1/350 TOS era Abbe-Class

Postby Kylwell » Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:30 pm

Coolness.
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Re: 1/350 TOS era Abbe-Class

Postby The Mad Klingon » Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:21 pm

After "planking" (I don't know what else to call it) the pod in styrene stripes, I wrapped it in two layers of masking tape and drilled four holes into the bottom.

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Into the holes I poured a little resin to fill in the gaps and add some strength to the pod. Here are the results.

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The resin lined pod after some sanding.

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The pod, covered in lots o' putty.

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Re: 1/350 TOS era Abbe-Class

Postby JonintheRedZ28 » Mon Nov 09, 2015 1:53 pm

It's called "ship-building," tom.
Read a coffee table book or something
I'm curious to see how it comes out.
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Re: 1/350 TOS era Abbe-Class

Postby Mark Yungblut » Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:47 pm

Hey Tommy,

I have a question... Why the choice of Bondo glazing instead of epoxy putty?
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Re: 1/350 TOS era Abbe-Class

Postby The Mad Klingon » Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:47 pm

Habit I guess.

It didn't occur to me to use something like Apoxie putty...
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Re: 1/350 TOS era Abbe-Class

Postby Mark Yungblut » Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:09 pm

I say that because of the building that will need to be done once you get it to shape. The glazing putty is a REALLY unstable surface upon which to glue. You might want to consider giving the pod a "skin" of epoxy sheet to give you a stable surface.

Just a thought...

Looks good so far!
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Re: 1/350 TOS era Abbe-Class

Postby The Mad Klingon » Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:58 am

Hey Gang:

Here a few images of my progress on the Abbe.

The saucer-mounted shuttle bay is fabricated. I designed a sort of duplex hanger. A set of doors will be open so you will be able to see into the adjoining section.

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I began work on a new extended bridge. The master is complete, I'll cast it and work on adding rear windows. Maybe there's an observation lounge back there.

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Work on the launchers has started. I don't have a lathe (yet), instead I used my tabletop drill press.

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The opening for the deflector assembly was cut today. I was going to trim the kit's deflector to fit but now I think I will fabricate a new, custom shaped dish.

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Re: 1/350 TOS era Abbe-Class

Postby The Mad Klingon » Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:28 pm

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Working on a new design for the saucer-mounter deflector dish. I like the look and feel of "Option G" - a smaller, more streamlined version for a sleeker ship. How am I going fabricate this thing? Not sure at the moment. Vacuforming may be required.
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Re: 1/350 TOS era Abbe-Class

Postby Kylwell » Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:04 am

E & F look too happy. G I like.
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