Science Fiction

Sci-Fi Writer and Modeler

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K’nat Starfighter Build, Part 4 Saturday October 15th, 2016 02:30:05 AM KenMcConnell
Detailing the model continues with a mixture of sheet styrene and model parts. I used a stack of tank wheels for the cylinder beside the space time engines. I also put plating down on the inside bottom of the stern. Close up of the right side to show off the scratch build details. Not a ton [...]

GCU Sherman Build, Part 1 Saturday October 15th, 2016 02:12:53 AM KenMcConnell
The GCU Sherman is featured in my novella, K’nat Trap. It’s a smaller frigate that uses three Class C stardrives. Here is my original drawing of it that I made probably in the nineties. I’ll attempt to build it from just one side view. Call me crazy. As with all of my studio scale model builds, [...]

Betweos Origins Friday October 14th, 2016 03:53:19 PM KenMcConnell
My latest WIP is called Betweos. It’s an original Sci-Fi story that dates back to the eighties when my brother, Byron, told me an idea he had for a science fiction tale. We tweaked the idea off and on for the next thirty years. While I was in college, I wrote the story as a [...]

Completed K’nat Fighter Wednesday October 12th, 2016 02:53:28 PM KenMcConnell
From the model shop this week comes the completed K’nat fighter in 1/32 scale. The finishing touches were done with artist’s pastels in white, gray and black. I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out and it will be featured on the K’nat Trap book cover early next year. I’ll try and postup the [...]

Something Different Tuesday October 11th, 2016 02:32:46 PM KenMcConnell
Having finished the first draft of my novella, Corvette and moving into the editing phase for my novella, K’nat Trap, I’m ready to start moving on to the next novel. This one is a stand alone SF novel not set in the Star Saga. It’s called Betweos and the story originated with my brother, Byron [...]

Corvette Draft One Complete Monday October 3rd, 2016 03:04:09 PM KenMcConnell
Yesterday morning the house was quiet with everyone asleep, so I wrote the final two scenes in my latest novella, Corvette. It feels good to have that behind me. I was thinking it might stretch out to be a novel, but at under 50K words and about 215 pages, its a decent sized novella. Corvette [...]

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 [...]

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