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Re: 50x50=2500, 7 Scratch (pic heavy)

Post by slawton » Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:23 pm

On a side note, I have been/will build many small models and debating about ideas to display them.

Most of you build separate stands for each model and place them on some sort of shelf. While this works for a relatively small number of relatively large models, this would not appear to be an ideal solution for my plans -- requires a large number of stands that may distract from the models themselves.

You could just lay them out on the shelf in a layer of small models, but this could get overly busy, waste a lot of shelf space and is a tempting target for the cats!. A space saving option is to use bins/containers, but this is not very visible for display. Going vertical helps with space savings, but custom stands (like my bird's nest here) can be time consuming to create.

So I'm leaning towards a group of mini-dioramas. One idea is to have them as a grid that can be hung/mounted to a wall. A drawback to a grid is the varying sizes of the models - small like 1 cm max dimension to ones several inches long. An equally spaced grid would have to have abnormally large displays for the tiny models so that they can support the larger ones. So I'm thinking about something like multiple layers of a 12-sided circle which can be spun on a roundtable:
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This would leave a window area of ~4 x 1 1/2 inches with a possible depth of ~6 inches (most would be ~1-2 inches deep).

This way, I can display a large number of varying sized models from various "universes" in a relatively small area and enhance the model with background images.
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Re: 50x50=2500, 7 Scratch (pic heavy)

Post by Tesral » Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:55 pm

It needs a 1/2500 Orion docking.
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Re: 50x50=2500, 7 Scratch (pic heavy)

Post by slawton » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:48 pm

Tesral wrote:
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It needs a 1/2500 Orion docking.
You wouldn't happen to mean the Orion III Pan American World Airways spaceplane, would you?
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Post by Tesral » Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:34 pm

Yes, yes I would. I see you are ahead of me.
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Re: 50x50=2500, 7 Scratch (pic heavy)

Post by slawton » Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:54 pm

I am starting some quick scratch builds. Here are 5 underway (the top is most of the starting materials, the second row is after some initial work):
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They are mostly wood (initially various shapes from Michael's and toothpicks), soda lid buttons and stryrofoam.

In this thread, I plan to make some pretty obscure models. I suspect all of this group will be recognizable by at least 1 of you. Can you guess what these 5 are destined to become?
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Re: 50x50=2500, 7 Scratch (pic heavy)

Post by jkb-1 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:24 pm

Hey, the fifth one, izzat the Metaluna ship from This Island Earth?

Along those lines, is the third the C57-D, with 3 ramps and a landing pedestal, the second a single stem mushroom from Earth vs. The Flying Saucers?

Um... the first a Mysterion craft from Toho's The Mysterions and Battle in Outer Space?

The fourth has me stumped. I'm thinking of a giant fin on a saucer, and can't come up with one.

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Re: 50x50=2500, 7 Scratch (pic heavy)

Post by slawton » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:18 pm

jkb-1 wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:24 pm
Hey, the fifth one, izzat the Metaluna ship from This Island Earth?
Ding, ding, ding!

I obviously made it far too easy!

Here's some reference pics:
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Here's what it looks like now:
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Does anyone else think that this influenced the design of the TOS E's saucer?

"This Island Earth" (1955) follows Dr. Meacham (super scientist, ace pilot & hero type) as he is first mysteriously saved from crashing his jet, is introduced to fantastic technology and is offered an opportunity to work in a research project with other scientists (here we find the Professor from Gilligan's Island). More suspicious activities indicate that it is really aliens who even resort to mind control for help in producing uranium, which they need for energy. Upon traveling to Metaluna, we find out that they are under relentless attack by Zagons and need energy for a defense shield, but it is too late. So he is returned to Earth, but not without an encounter with a creepy insectoid servant:
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All good 50's era fun!
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Re: 50x50=2500, 7 Scratch (pic heavy)

Post by slawton » Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:03 pm

jkb-1 wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:24 pm
Along those lines, is the third the C57-D, with 3 ramps and a landing pedestal, the second a single stem mushroom from Earth vs. The Flying Saucers?

Um... the first a Mysterion craft from Toho's The Mysterions and Battle in Outer Space?

The fourth has me stumped. I'm thinking of a giant fin on a saucer, and can't come up with one.
For those of you wondering, the C57-D (not 1701-D mind you) was an Earth saucer seen in the well-made (for its time) "Forbidden Planet". It had your egghead scientist, damsel in distress, robots (THE Robbie the Robot!), mystery, advanced alien civilization and fantastic monsters (from the id!). We see Leslie Nielson (from Airplane, Naked Gun, etc. but as a serious hero captain), Oscar Goldman from "Six Million Dollar Man" and Rojan from Star Trek "By Any Other Name".

I can't say I've seen "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers", "The Mysterions" or "Battle in Outer Space". Didn't Toho make those giant monster movies, the ones in the rubber suits destroying (blasphemy!) model cities, tanks & planes?

All good guesses, but X.

But you can bet that you haven't seen the last of aliens, robots, saucers, monsters, mind control, mysteries, foreign films or fins for that matter!

I'll post an progress update soon...
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Re: 50x50=2500, 7 Scratch (pic heavy)

Post by Tesral » Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:56 pm

slawton wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:03 pm
For those of you wondering, the C57-D (not 1701-D mind you) was an Earth saucer seen in the well-made (for its time) "Forbidden Planet". It had your egghead scientist, damsel in distress, robots (THE Robbie the Robot!), mystery, advanced alien civilization and fantastic monsters (from the id!). We see Leslie Nielson (from Airplane, Naked Gun, etc. but as a serious hero captain), Oscar Goldman from "Six Million Dollar Man" and Rojan from Star Trek "By Any Other Name".
My son is a child of the 80's. I handed him the case for Forbidden Planet and he had a laughing fit. The very idea of Leslie Nielson as the romantic lead.

I consider Star Trek to be Forbidden Planet the series. The first several episodes while the show was finding it's legs are very Forbidden Planetish. The Jackets worn in The Cage, the hat on Pike's table, never seen on a head. The look morphed away somewhat between The Cage, and Where No Man has Gone Before. The feel took several more episodes to become itself.
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Re: 50x50=2500, 7 Scratch (pic heavy)

Post by jkb-1 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:12 pm

slawton wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:03 pm
For those of you wondering, the C57-D (not 1701-D mind you) was an Earth saucer seen in the well-made (for its time) "Forbidden Planet". It had your egghead scientist, damsel in distress, robots (THE Robbie the Robot!), mystery, advanced alien civilization and fantastic monsters (from the id!).
Oh, yeah, should have mentioned the name of the movie. It alternates with "My Fair Lady" for my favorite movie with a mad scientist from the field of linguistics.
slawton wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:03 pm
I can't say I've seen "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers", "The Mysterions" or "Battle in Outer Space". Didn't Toho make those giant monster movies, the ones in the rubber suits destroying (blasphemy!) model cities, tanks & planes?
That's the studio. Word is executives insisted on a giant monster in "Mysterians", so the alien arsenal included a giant robot drilling machine, seen for a few minutes. They say the Mogura was based on a mole, but when it stood on two legs it looked more like a penguin to me. "Battle in Outer Space" escaped without one.

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