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Title: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: dijit on January 19, 2012, 06:53:52 PM
Well every good pulp story needs a tramp freighter, or a ex-military cargo plane to carry the heroes to who knows where; the same must be true for every good space opera. So in that effort it's taken me almosts a year and half to get this far.

The Hercules class light freighter.
Know for it's robust construction, ease of maintenance and cheap parts the Hercules class is a popular ship with many seeking a light interplanetry freighter. It's short take off and landing abilites also make it very useful in a wide range of different environments and can be seen used both smugglers and those seeking to catch them.
The model seen below is the short hulled version, which has an exceptional short take off and landing distance, but is still able to haul a good deal of freight. An up-armoured version is used by some armed forces as a light dropship where funds prohibit the use of speacialised military spec dropships.

(http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/dijit80/WIP/IMG_0009.jpg)

(http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/dijit80/WIP/IMG_0005-1.jpg)

(http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/dijit80/WIP/IMG_0007.jpg)

(http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/dijit80/WIP/IMG_0008.jpg)

It still needs a little finished, particularly around the rear loading ramp, but it's pretty much done. Not pretty, but it will suffice for my purposes.
The minis are 28mm from Zombiesmith.
Hope you like it,
Duncan
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: supervike on January 19, 2012, 07:18:00 PM
That's really great!  I always wanted to build something about this size as well, very inspiring!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Modhail on January 19, 2012, 08:29:59 PM
Looks cool!
How are you planning to paint it?
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: dijit on January 19, 2012, 08:51:49 PM
I'm thinking a pale grey with plenty of weathering. But that said if anyones got better ideas, I'm open eyes  ;)
Duncan
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: commissarmoody on January 19, 2012, 10:51:04 PM
looks great! I cant wait to see it painted up
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Oliver on January 20, 2012, 12:32:29 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c1/Futurama_Planet_Express_spaceship.jpg/250px-Futurama_Planet_Express_spaceship.jpg)
MAybe light green? :p
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Parriah on January 20, 2012, 01:59:56 PM
Nice! I love all the niggling little details all over the hull. Are you thinking of adding more?

BTW, what are those orange cones you used for the engine housings?
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: dijit on January 20, 2012, 06:18:55 PM
A jade green probably wouldn't be too bad, I'm trying to avoid camouflage like colours, but not wanting it flashy. If it's a smuggling ships they don't exactly want to draw attention to themselves.

I'm thinking of adding a few more they help breakup the surface area a bit and add a sense of depth, just need more brass strip, might try it with some left over overhead actetates I've got. And the orange/red things I've no idea I scavenged them out of the bin, I've a feeling they're used for when electrical cables run into junction boxes, but could be totally off the mark. Pity I only had the two of them, they've been sat in my bits box for years now. Finding random and useful looking bits and shapes seems to be half the job of scratchbuilding.
Duncan
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Marine0846 on January 21, 2012, 02:15:25 AM
Looking good.
I look forward to seeing it painted.
Well done.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Parriah on February 09, 2012, 05:58:22 PM
So, any progress on the paint job? 8)
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Silent Invader on February 09, 2012, 08:31:29 PM
Missed this before.  Very cool.  Makes me want to finish my own.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Dr. The Viking on February 09, 2012, 08:35:43 PM
Duncan, you are my hero!  :o
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: dijit on February 10, 2012, 01:26:50 PM
I've base coated it, though unfortunately the paint bound the hinges of the rear door. So I've had to peal them off and am currently rebuilding them. I'll show more pictures when they're done.
Duncan
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Sangennaru on February 11, 2012, 08:32:53 PM
aww, so bad! =(

Wanna see it painted, that's very cute! :P
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: oldskoolrebel on February 13, 2012, 09:59:38 PM
Excellent!

Looks really really good. I love scratchbuilds like this. Can't wait to see the rest.

Cheers
Andy
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Christian on February 14, 2012, 10:24:08 AM
That's awesome!!! Can't wait to see the final result!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Dr. The Viking on February 14, 2012, 04:45:02 PM
How do you freight light anyway!?
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: mpennock on February 14, 2012, 04:50:45 PM
Quote
How do you freight light anyway!?

In refrigerators. You've got to keep the doors closed, though.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: dijit on February 14, 2012, 04:52:02 PM
In refrigerators. You've got to keep the doors closed, though.
Damn you beat me to it!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Parriah on February 15, 2012, 04:13:29 PM
I've base coated it, though unfortunately the paint bound the hinges of the rear door. So I've had to peal them off and am currently rebuilding them. I'll show more pictures when they're done.
Duncan


That's cool too, we wanna see it in progress, don't we fellas?
Post pix soonest!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Mason on February 15, 2012, 04:49:00 PM

That's cool too, we wanna see it in progress, don't we fellas?
Post pix soonest!

We do, we do......... ;D
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Parriah on February 24, 2012, 03:40:00 PM
See?
Look at all those responses! We are all panting and foaming at the mouth to see more pix!!! ;D :D ;)
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: dijit on February 25, 2012, 10:37:55 AM
I'd love to show more pictures unfortunately the hinges on the rear door are causing me a real headache and I've had to remake them at least 6 times already. The solvent in the spray painting coupled with the plastic bag which I sprayed it on (dumb idea btw) has damaged part of it, so that needs remodelling.
To say a headache not the least and I've almost abandoned it several times and would  have done again of you hadnt been clamouring for an update - so Thankyou.
Duncan
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Red Orc on February 25, 2012, 01:34:40 PM
Can I add my voice to the clamour? Just in case there's a ratio of clamour-to-frustration that needs to be kept in positive balance?

Honestly you've no idea how many plastic bottles, tubes, caps, widgets, air-fresheners, dispensers of various medicines, parts of fans and smoke alarms and other stuff my girlfriend insists on referring to as 'bits of old crap'  ::) I have lying around. Demonstrating to her that it is possible to turn such items into works of art such as your frieghter is the only way I can get away with it!

Please please persevere, it's a gorgeous construction and I'd love to see it completed.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: dijit on February 26, 2012, 08:49:58 AM
Well seventh time lucky. The hinges finally work, plus I think they look better than any of the other attempts so that's nice. I've also repaired that broken bit of the hull that got damaged by the spray painting. Any here it is primed and ready for the first coat of 'proper' paint.
Duncan

Door open:
(http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/dijit80/IMG_0018-1.jpg)

Door closed and a view of the hinge. Made from plastic rod through a plastic tube, some parts glues to the door others to the hull.
(http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/dijit80/IMG_0019.jpg)

And a view from the front in all it's primed glory:
(http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/dijit80/IMG_0020-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: mattblackgod on February 26, 2012, 09:19:02 AM
Brilliant work.  :-* Very inspiring.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Galland on February 27, 2012, 09:36:51 AM
What a great project, and I am so glad, as I belive many others are, that you managed to find inspiration enough to continue with this beuty of a lady. Keep it up!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Parriah on February 27, 2012, 03:59:48 PM
Cudos!
Hurrah!
HIP HIP!!
Very nice, can't wait to see the final product too! Keep at it my man!

Thanx for the update!
You have inspired me and I am looking around for rubbish, grot, crap and general junk to help me build a 28mm scale Assault Scout to go with my Star Frontiers figs.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: MrHarold on February 27, 2012, 05:02:11 PM
Very cool!  Now I have to make my own...
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: HerbyF on February 27, 2012, 05:12:42 PM
Are those big windsheild wipers on the front?
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: dijit on February 27, 2012, 07:25:21 PM
Thanks guys. The first layers of paint will be going on later this week. It feels good to have got this far, my hobby room is littered with past half finished creations that I grew frustrated with or lost interest in, so it'll be good to add to the few finished projects.
And yes they are big windscreen wipers - landing or taking of in methane rain isn't that fun ;)
Duncan
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: dijit on March 03, 2012, 10:29:32 AM
Well as promised here's a WIP of the paintwork. I'm glad a perceived now that's it's starting to look like I imagined it.
(http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/dijit80/IMG_0021-1.jpg)
More weathering, scorch marks (from re-entry) and decals to be added along with the windscreen and further detail painting
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Dr. The Viking on March 03, 2012, 01:46:36 PM
Brill!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: mattblackgod on March 03, 2012, 02:12:31 PM
Looking good! I can't wait to see it finished.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: dijit on March 19, 2012, 06:33:49 PM
I've had it finished for a while now, but first now been able to get my fingers on our camera.

Here it is landed just outside a small settlement on Amman IV - who knows what it's captain is up to?
(http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/dijit80/IMG_0025_2-1.jpg)

Ah, he's supervising the unloading of a stolen EMW Z4000 hover car. It doesn't look in good condition, but favoured amongst provincial 'big men' and still fetching a good price; so it's more than likely stolen.
(http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/dijit80/IMG_0030-1.jpg)

Here comes a truck with a precious shipment of pure H20, a valuable commodity on Amman IV, where natural aquifers are rare and jealously gaurded, most drinking water as a result comes from condensation farms. This shipment in contrast to the first is likely to be 'legal'.
(http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/dijit80/IMG_0028.jpg)

Finally the crew and guards loading the shipment.
(http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/dijit80/IMG_0027-1.jpg)

Hope you like, C&C as always welcome.
Duncan
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: MrHarold on March 19, 2012, 06:47:12 PM
Awesome pictures! I love the little back story too... good stuff!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Dr. The Viking on March 19, 2012, 07:24:08 PM
Fantastic work Duncan!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Mason on March 20, 2012, 06:22:28 AM
 :o

Great jo, Dijit!

Really glad that you persevered with this, it has turned out splendidly well.
 :-*

Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Ironworker on March 20, 2012, 08:17:58 AM
Looks great man!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Blackwolf on March 20, 2012, 08:59:28 AM
Duncan that is fantastic !!! Brilliant work,love it :-* :-* :-* The concept,the painting. I always love it when people such as your good self, create models that one could imagine really exist. Impressive!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Curaitis on July 12, 2013, 11:33:18 AM
@Duncan Thanks for the great pics and the Inspiration. Great looking Paintjob by the way. I hope your work will give some new impulses for my scrathbuild spaceship.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: dijit on July 12, 2013, 02:47:35 PM
You're welcome, just be sure to post pictures of it when it's done!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: former user on July 12, 2013, 03:00:03 PM
cool stuff!

who makes the crew miniatures? can we have a closer look?
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: dijit on July 12, 2013, 06:18:14 PM
The crew are various miniatures, but mostly from Zombiesmith:
http://www.zombiesmith.com/products/a7d12-january-travelers (http://www.zombiesmith.com/products/a7d12-january-travelers)

A few of them can be seen here:
(http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1189/4227336/22374626/384510972.jpg)
I don't currently have a picture with them all though.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: grant on July 12, 2013, 06:26:43 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c1/Futurama_Planet_Express_spaceship.jpg/250px-Futurama_Planet_Express_spaceship.jpg)
MAybe light green? :p

I endorse this option!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: former user on July 12, 2013, 06:57:34 PM
THX @dijit

cool PJs
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: Elbows on July 14, 2013, 08:17:54 AM
I like it, but as a long-time Eldar player the Falcon accessory bit strikes me...that can't be helped I suppose.

I do think it'd look a bit better with a small bubble canopy or something of the sort.  Nice build though!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Interplanetry Light Freighter
Post by: dijit on July 14, 2013, 10:00:44 AM
A bubble canopy would've been nice, but too much hard work. Though if you've got a simple idea on how to do one I'd love to hear it, it could be the start of a new freighter ;)