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1/9350 scale 24" Spacedock

Post by novahobbies » Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:40 pm

So this is a thing now! 16" diameter, almost 24" tall when done....the mushroom Spacedock from STIII has finally gotten the large scale treatment it deserves. It's a 3D printed model from Replica Forge. There.....ARE some printing issues that I'll have to fix, including some really bad filament bits. But if you've been waiting for a big model to do the spacedock justice, then this is it.
I owned the old resin model that Federation Models sells. It's nice, but just a little small. And I understand that the Eaglemoss one is well detailed and has a great paintjob. Again, awesome, but.....small!
The Replica Forge kit is no such thing.
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It comes to you in 14 pieces - the top city structure, 4 quarters for the top of the dock, 2 halves for the bottom of the mushroom, the connecting cylinder, the middle dome, lower dome, and them 2 bottom cylinders, the lower sphere, and bottom cap. Replica Forge does not include parts to make the upper or lower antennae farms; they expect the modeler to be advanced enough to build these for his or her self.

MOST of the kit is really well printed. Print lines are reasonably small and will practically disappear under a coat of XTC
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But there are definite print problems that will need to be addressed. Each of the 4 quarters has this gap on one side:
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...and this dread-inspiring Cthulhu filament monster underneath each piece:
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Along with yet another gap, this time under the hull:
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You can see in the above pictures how the mushroom ribs start out fine every time, then sorta degenerate as the print progresses. I'm not yet sure how I'm going to fix the bad ribs, but I imagine an answer will present itself eventually.

The model is built mostly hollow, so I'm going to do my damndest to light it. I suspect this is going to be a long term project, but I couldnt let the weekend pass without assembling the upper and lower dock parts.
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And, how it's sitting right now.
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Despite the flaws in the print, I am OVERJOYED that we have the opportunity to build a proper sized Spacedock. This one will be a slow build*, to make sure I do justice to what for me was absolutely a grail model, practically a dream. Good job Replica Forge for making this available!

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Re: 1/9350 scale 24" Spacedock

Post by novahobbies » Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:42 pm

*slow build. LMAO. If you've seen any of my build threads, you know that ALL of them are slow. So if I'm warning you ahead of time? Well let's just say that hopefully this will be finished before the REAL one is commissioned in the 23rd century....

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Re: 1/9350 scale 24" Spacedock

Post by MEATLOAFr » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:50 pm

ribs would be best fixed it the printed was removes and new stock places in there - could even use a sliver of stock to smooth out the edges and putty over to blend in
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Re: 1/9350 scale 24" Spacedock

Post by kobayashimaru » Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:09 am

perfect! I too have the Warp Models Stardock,
but its teeny compared to this awesome stardock!
this will do nicely for tabletop scale.
I look forward to seeing how this is completed.

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Re: 1/9350 scale 24" Spacedock

Post by novahobbies » Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:53 am

kobayashimaru wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:09 am
perfect! I too have the Warp Models Stardock,
but its teeny compared to this awesome stardock!
this will do nicely for tabletop scale.
I look forward to seeing how this is completed.
Hey KYM, i the Warp Models stardock the same as the Federation Models one? I dont remember Warp ever making one, so I'm curious.
There apparently WAS a slightly larger (than the FM version) kit of the Spacedock made by a company called Anubis Productions in the late 80's, but details confirming even the existence of said kit are hard to come by, beyond a couple pics of the kit from an old Ebay auction.

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Re: 1/9350 scale 24" Spacedock

Post by mcb359 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:05 pm

Nice, I love the Spacedock design, buts it’s been sorely underrepresented in model form. I saw a Spacedock model by “Bobmat343”, which looked pretty good, not heard of the them before so wasn’t sure though.

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Re: 1/9350 scale 24" Spacedock

Post by novahobbies » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:10 am

I have a Shapeways buddy who is adding some tiny models to his repertoire in 1/9359 scale....just ordered the E-A and the Excelsior! I'd like to get some TNG bigger birds in this scale eventually as well, maybe show off the docked E-D the way Probert originally planned to have the D meet up with the station.....
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Re: 1/9350 scale 24" Spacedock

Post by Tesral » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:44 am

Instead of using the Heisenberg sizer on it?
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Re: 1/9350 scale 24" Spacedock

Post by novahobbies » Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:42 pm

Tesral wrote:
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Instead of using the Heisenberg sizer on it?
Gods yes. Lol.

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Re: 1/9350 scale 24" Spacedock

Post by novahobbies » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:08 pm

As it so happens, the door wouldn't have to be enlarged by TOO much for a Galaxy class to fit inside....the door is 360m wide at its narrowest (top) point. Meanwhile the D is 463m in beam. 60 scale meters to either side of the door (roughly a quarter-inch in 9350 scale) would solve the problem.

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