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Triak Starfighter Build, Part 2 Saturday September 24th, 2016 03:15:22 PM KenMcConnell
The build continues, this time focusing on the engine intake areas. Lots of putty, and sanding occurred. Sometimes you go old school and just screw it together. Test fitting the engine nacelles and intakes to the fuselage. The inside area gets some detail attention. She even has a radiator! The engines glued on and some putty applied to even [...]

Triak Starfighter Build, Part 1 Friday September 23rd, 2016 08:59:12 PM KenMcConnell
            This design was originally named the Terror Diver and was first drawn by me in the late 1980’s. Below is the scrap of paper I doodled on that also included the Spieron starfighter. The above drawing was done by an artist on DeviantArt I can no longer recall his name. For this 1/32 scale design I [...]

K’nat Starfighter Build, Part 3 Thursday September 22nd, 2016 10:20:53 PM KenMcConnell
For the top deck detailing on the fighter I wanted a mixture of model parts and styrene. I ended up doing more styrene and less parts. Hopefully it looks good when I’m done. I know the model will be painted a matte black color, so texture will be important on this one. The canopy is frames [...]

K’nat Starfighter Build, Part 2 Thursday September 22nd, 2016 09:17:12 PM KenMcConnell
All the electronics are inside, tucked away and safe. Each LED gets a resister and the whole lot gets a slider switch that will be accessible behind hidden panels on the model’s bottom. The head lamps were installed in the nose and wired up through holes in the bulkhead. I tested all the lights and then glued the [...]

K’nat Starfighter Build, Part 1 Thursday September 22nd, 2016 08:37:09 PM KenMcConnell
The K’nat fighter is featured in an upcoming novella set after Starstrikers, Book 4 of the Star Saga. It was mentioned briefly in Starstrikers as being one of the fighters based on the Eclipse starship. The novella that features this starfighter is called K’nat Trap and my plan was to build one in 1/32 scale [...]

SS Weippe Build, Part 3 Tuesday September 20th, 2016 04:16:43 PM KenMcConnell
Primer on and now she’s looking like a proper starship. After primer you can usually spot the places that need more attention. The base coat of gray was a bit darker than the Sokol for contrast in age. I wanted the Weippe to be older and worn down a bit so weathering should reflect this. I used mostly [...]

SS Weippe Build, Part 2 Tuesday September 20th, 2016 04:04:40 PM KenMcConnell
The top deck of the head was scored for panel lines using the Tamiya panel scoring tool. I really like that tool. More bridge details are added. The side details went on pretty fast. Again, keeping the style as similar to the Sokol as possible to show the lineage. You can see the Sokol model in [...]

SS Weippe Build, Part 1 Tuesday September 20th, 2016 03:50:42 PM KenMcConnell
The SS Weippe is an old corvette class starship featured in my novel, Corvette. Corvette takes place about 30 years before Starforgers, Book 1 of the Star Saga. The design is similar to the SS Sokol but smaller. This ship is already close to fifty years old when the novel takes place and by the [...]

Scrambler Build, Part 2 Monday September 19th, 2016 09:10:45 PM KenMcConnell
Putty, sanding, primer and repeat. This model has become a lesson on how to putty a model. Or perhaps how not to. I’ve purchased and used just about every kind of modeling putty made. I much prefer the water based putties mostly because they don’t stink nearly as badly. The first attempt is splotchy and rough. Sanding [...]

Scrambler Build, Part 1 Monday September 19th, 2016 08:51:56 PM KenMcConnell
  Before Devon Ardel became a hot shot pilot for the Federation Alliance, she was a pretty good Stellar Ranger pilot. The fighter she flew for the Rangers was the Scrambler. When I initially started writing the Ranger short stories I drew this picture of the Scrambler. The design was a bit of a throwback to [...]

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