1/120 Nu-Class Attack Shuttle

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1/120 Nu-Class Attack Shuttle

Post by Anyad911 » May 19th, 2014, 4:24 pm

Greetings, all!
As I have posted ealier, my choice of enrty is Revell's snap kit, the Republic Attack Shuttle. Lacking everything but enthusiasm, let me show you some images of the progress I had made so far.
(Pics were taken with phone for easier handling, hopefully, for the final shots I'm going to use a normal camera)
AfaIr the kit was snapped together last summer by my daughter (10) but I was careful enough not to let her use any glue. I took it all apart and started as a new project.
Until now, the following work was done:
- Original bulky tubing removed from outside of hull, partially rebuilt with sheet styrene.
- Horroristic amount of digging and carving to make room for the custom lighting (LEDs, optics and wires and supports)
- Main engines (6) got opaque grill with special "shine-through" blue vinyl to dissipate light evenly
- Secondary engines (4) got acrylic tubing for the same reason (and to make the strength of each as equal as possible)
- All 16 blue LEDs were filed back to have less pointed light / spotlessed :-) /
- All cannon barrels were drilled open
- Top sensor customized - the original was terribly thick
- Most of the "snap features" were removed for easier dry-fitting and in order to paint sub-assemblies separately later on
- Cockpit painting partially removed to allow two orange leds' light shine through.
As the (surprisingly accurate) front panels are too small for me to replace with clear parts and almost impossible to carve along the pattern, I decided to weaken the plastic from behind and install backlight beneath them.
- Several more holes were drilled to house some optic fibres representing instruments.
- Pilots butts were re-configured a bit in order to be able to close the canopy without harming their helmets.

Last night I managed to complete about half of the soldering... the result isn't as nice as I wanted to, but there was no option to print circuits for it. Lighting test seemed satisfying, I hope to finish in time.

Thanx for reading, Peter.
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Opaque main engine grills
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Soldering :-)
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From the outside without the grills and power
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Test shot with flash ON
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Test shot with flash OFF
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Re: 1/120 Nu-Class Attack Shuttle

Post by Anyad911 » May 19th, 2014, 4:28 pm

And a last test shot, I forgot, with the engine cover and the grills installed.
Not much difference, I know, but I'll try to take better pictures at the end.
Thank you.
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Re: 1/120 Nu-Class Attack Shuttle

Post by nicholassagan » May 19th, 2014, 4:31 pm

Mighty fine bit of upgrading! Looking forward to more!

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Re: 1/120 Nu-Class Attack Shuttle

Post by dupes » May 19th, 2014, 8:38 pm

Man, don't I wish that Revell would crank out stuff in one of the "regular" scales...would be a ton of awesome to have this in 1/72.

Nice mods, man! :idea:
Need to build 30 models per year until I'm 90 to clean out the stash. Time to get cracking!

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Re: 1/120 Nu-Class Attack Shuttle

Post by dano985 » May 19th, 2014, 9:18 pm

Very Nice!

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Re: 1/120 Nu-Class Attack Shuttle

Post by merseajohn » May 19th, 2014, 9:25 pm

Great stuff!!!

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Re: 1/120 Nu-Class Attack Shuttle

Post by blakeh1 » May 20th, 2014, 7:45 pm

Looks great so far!

I don't think I've ever seen one of these built up before. It's been on my wish list
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Re: 1/120 Nu-Class Attack Shuttle

Post by Anyad911 » May 21st, 2014, 10:23 am

Thank You, folks, for the kind words... I'm trying to keep the pace with You, pros. :-)

Some notes on the kit:
The vehicle itself appeared only in the animated series so far, so there is no actual SS model of it, only the CG one. Strangely enough, Revell somehow managed to design the kit about 95% accurate. The remaining 5% include "toy and snap" features: rotating wings, opening canopy, moveable chin guns, folding and extending boarding hatch and optional landing gears. Fortunately if you plan to build a static model, none of the above stand in the way too much.
As far as I could check the ship in the reference episodes, all the surface details and panel lines are in place, proportions are correct, even cockpit detailing can be accepted.
For what purpose it was designed, the size is OK, but I was dead certain that some of You would wanted it much bigger. I prefer smaller scale so I hope Revell will re-release the kit in the pocket series as well.

There's not much time left to finish her, so I really have to schedule my job, family and so on.

Thx for reading...

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