… custom models inspired by classic and re-imagined science fiction …
The models I have created are the result of many hours of reviewing videos and still photos from the source TV shows and movies. I also use internet references to help fill in gaps. In all cases, model design is based upon the actual on-screen presentation of the items, not on models created by others. In cases where there is inconsistency in the presentation, I use my best judgment to create a representative item. For example, the Battlestar Galactica Raptor shown in the mini-series (landed on Caprica) is different than the same type of vessel that landed on Kobol late in the TV series (The Re-imagined Series – 2000’s). Likewise, the Skyfighter from V (the Visitors) had at least three slightly different designs through the two mini-series and TV series (The Old Series – 1980’s).
Many of my models could be used for different dioramas or scene re-creations, so I tend to design optional versions for my shapeways store, usually:
- Landed: as seen landed on a planet, moon, or the deck of a capital or mother ship with landing gear down (these models are free standing and have no movable components)
- In Flight: as shown in both a sky and the blackness of space, landing gear stowed and bay doors closed (these models have no moving parts and usually will require a stand or other bracket for display)
- Door Open: as shown in the landed configuration only (described above) with one or more the access door or doors open (the doors are in a fixed position and cannot be moved)
Choosing the scale of the models is a balancing act – attempting to preserve detail while achieving a reasonable price point. In some cases, I offer a “HiRez” version that is more expensive but preserves more detail. The additional concern is making sure the models might have application for buyers – modelers, collectors, etc. Due to the great disparity in relative sizes of the capital and mother ships, I have often chosen to incorporate their design into the display base and stand options. Stand-alone versions of these larger ships are obviously in a much different scale range. Because my ships models are solid, they would require a small hole to be drilled in the bottom in order to be mounted (permanently or removable) on the peg of some of the display bases or stands.
I have decided on 4 “core” scales for the majority of my items you can find on shapeways:
- 1:87.1 HO Scale: obviously for potential use with other available HO scale model accessories
- 1:72 Aircraft Scale: this is a common scale for many Scifi models – such as the Space 1999 Eagle from AMT/ERTL – or many BSG models from Moebius
- 1:64 Matchbox Scale: a much larger basic size – it is the nominal “Hot Wheels” car scale and seemed like a logical choice for diorama construction of street scenes
- 1:270 X-Wing Scale: useful for both table top gamers and collectors, these models are both petite and popular
- 1:1 Full Scale: we normally refer to this as reality – “full scale” or “life size” – I only use this scale for items of a “prop” nature – handheld objects
The models I have created are intended to be finished and displayed – they have not been designed as toys and should not be used in that way. My experience to date indicates that these models should be handily completed by a moderate to advanced model maker. The printing software adds some materials at thin edges in order to ensure that the edges do not fracture during printing. These areas are easily finished with light sanding. My models are solid and freestanding. There are no moving parts unless specifically stated in the description text. For example, the engine hoist and pallet jack have wheels, but they are fixed – the models do not literally “roll”.
Hangar and Flight Deck Accessories that I currently have available at my shapeways store (that could be used for any ships in the proper scale) are:
- Access Ladders: scaled to fit the models to the greatest extent possible – I have chosen to re-create ladders I can find in the programs only – no “generic” ladders (no moving parts)
- Lifting and Moving: engine hoists and stands, pallet movers, and high lifts (no moving parts)
- Toolboxes and Carts: differing sizes and shapes – low tech with just drawers and higher tech like PCs or OBD-like scanners (no moving parts)
- Containers: differing types of miscellaneous containers as seen on the decks with the ships (no moving parts, but some are stackable)