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Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

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Hi everyone

Well, time to bite the bullet and start on the "smaller" of the 2 Star Destroyers I have in my stash (well really, the Bandai mini SD's are the smallest I have but they are not ones I am going to detail). The bigger one is the Korbanth Super Star Destroyer which measures out to be about a meter or so long! The Bandai ones are to go with the SSD. I will build the monster one day but I want to tackle the one that requires the least amount of work first. I'll have to clear some room on my display shelf even for the standard SD but I think this will be worth it.

This kit needs no introduction as there have been a multitude of these built online. I bought this ages ago but just haven't had the mojo to put in the effort it deserves.

I will be adding details and of course lighting (which goes without saying really). To go with this kit, I have the Falcon 3D printed hangar bay, rubbish chute, shield generators and engine bells - all of which are beautifully made and smooth as a babies behind. I might even go to Shapeways and order a set of gun turrets too.

No pictures as yet as I have only just started but I'll add some soon enough.

As always, your feedback will be welcomed throughout the build - good or bad. If something looks wrong, say something. As nice as it is, I don't always need a "good job" and constructive critique is a good way to learn and be a better modeller. 

I will be starting with the engine block and have already removed the smaller molded on piping as they don't connect to the parts that they're meant to. It just looks weird

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See you all again soon

Si

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You should buy it if you like SD's- -- its a very nice kit and heads and tails above previous offerings in styrene

I have to say, it's a bit light on in foot traffic here. :wtf:where is everyone?  I'll keep posting for now but wow it feels lonely down here.

Update #1 - playing with the back end

So this is what Zvezda give you in terms of detail OOB

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Nothing wrong with that at all. Once those bells go on, you don't see much unless you're looking

I removed the molded on pipes in the middle here because they don't even meet up to the parts at the end. They seem pointless and half done, which on a ship this size is noticeable

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Now here's what I've added to the surfaces (bear in mind I have only just started and there is a LOT more to do yet! I am just winging these details BTW)

The white bits are all cast resin pieces of bits I use a lot of

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As you can see in those last 2 pics, I've gone outside what is on the filming model and added an insert to make things a little more interesting. I'll be adding some pipes going in later

Anyways, I'll update again once I've finished the other sides which will be a while away as I only build 3 nights a week

Thanks for stopping in and having a look

Si

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Wow so thats impressive nice work 

I'm thinking that August has a lot of people on holiday and caught up here there and everywhere, please keep posting. 

Darren 

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Your work will make all the difference.

For a time I didn’t realise why one kit would stand out from another. It was because the differences seen were numerous and very subtle. Your changes to date are a perfect example of that process. Good stuff

Cant help on the feeling of loneliness, other than saying, the people viewing appreciate the time you have taken to post the pictures and the writing up on your methods and thoughts. At the moment you have double the ratio of comments to views as my current build which makes you a winner already 👍🏼Yay!

Thanks

Paul

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6 hours ago, Madhatter Mk2 said:

Oh I will keep on posting - I was being silly and melodramatic with the lonely statement.

We will be here mate 

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Should look good with all the extra detail that you're adding,especially under a coat of paint. Nice work, makes all the difference.

Regards

Richard

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Update #2 - almost done with the back end

So, most of the piping has been added and I am happy with how it's coming along. I am still going to add a few more closer to the central leading edge just to busy that up a little more but it won't be a lot.

I drilled out the ends of the engines ready for the lighting to go in. I won't add that until after painting.

I won't talk much and let the pictures tell you what I've done

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Well, that's all I have for now. The next update should hopefully be the finished back end

Till next time, thanks for looking

Si

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Well, I've done all the detailing that I'm going to do to the back end. I'll be base painting it all black etc shortly and then onto getting the lighting sorted out. I'm not sure which colours I should go for. Ice blue or white for the main thrusters? Warm white for the smaller ones as well.

 

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Next update should be the final pics of the back end

Thanks for stopping in and having a look

Si

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Is it me Si, or are those thrusters designed for lighting? Looking at the back of them. 

Great work for my tuppences worth ice blue would look great 

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On 27/08/2018 at 02:53, Madhatter Mk2 said:

Well, I've done all the detailing that I'm going to do to the back end. I'll be base painting it all black etc shortly and then onto getting the lighting sorted out. I'm not sure which colours I should go for. Ice blue or white for the main thrusters? Warm white for the smaller ones as well

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Next update should be the final pics of the back end

Thanks for stopping in and having a look

Si

Cracking work Sir! I'm in awe of your patience. Looking forward to the next steps.

As for lights, I'd go for the ice blue on the main and white on the smaller engines, at least that's how I recall from the films. The blue making them look a lot more powerful 

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That's exactly what I've gone for - Ice Blue for the main 3 thrusters and standard White for the 4 smaller ones

I've been asked a couple of times on another forum if I could take some shots with something recognisable for scale, so I just took a couple of pictures with a Tamiya Glue Bottle in front. It's not a small ship like usual - this one's definitely bigger than the Yunagi!! I can lay 2 of them, 1 over each side of that back end alone

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As you can see, it's got some paint on it and it looks much more tied together now. I think I got the colour right too!

Anyways, I've started on the bridge and I shall have pics of that hopefully this weekend
I hope the pictures give you a better sense of scale.?

Si

 
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Time for an update

I've started the bridge and have pretty much finished the face. I may yet go back and add a couple more bits on for good measure.

I have most of the holes drilled ready for fibers to go in.

 

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I've also made a start on the roof section. It's a little bland for my taste so I've started adding details there to. Again, all made up stuff - no references. It just makes it look more interesting

 

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The back end is also now painted and ready to go on. I still have to install the lights but that won't take long. I'll take some lit shots when it's all done

 

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Well, that's it for now. I'll update again once I've done something worth showing with the bridge

Thanks for stopping in and having a look

Si

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hi all

 

Work continues with the completion of the roof. I'll have the big X thingy standing up I think. I need to start detailing that part and then add it to the roof. The shield generators have been added since these pictures but I need to fix up a few things  before I can show you.

 

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That's it for now. Thanks for looking

Si

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