There was a rough “glittery” finish that needed to be sanded down before anything else could be done. It took six hours (off and on), working with a Dremel, sandpaper, and files, to get a smooth finish on one piece. (My girlfriend told me, as I was Dremeling and coating myself in glitter, that I starting to look like Edward Cullen. I still need to figure out how to get rid of the glitter that now covers my workbench.)
This took so much time, I decided to only use ½ of the star. I glued the top half of the star to a sheet of plastic, then carefully trimmed around the edges. (I’ll have to bring the other half of the star to the Wonderfest Parts Dump.)
I made plating out of sign vinyl, and created minor detail greeblies from styrene stock and miscellaneous model parts from various kits. (The final model has bits from the MPC X-Wing and Slave 1, the AMT/Ertl Pod Racer, a Monogram Cylon Base Star, some Russian bomber of unknown type- thanks, Wonderfest parts dump!- and the Glencoe Explorer 1, along with a few well-chosen Kotobukiya detail parts.)
The engine/missile launcher underneath was made from sheet and tube styrene and putty, and comes from an abortive attempt to make a SSM logo ship, from a contest back in… 2003? 2002? I guess it pays to not throw stuff away- sometimes, at least.
A few rounds of PSR later, and she was ready for a coat of Rust-oleum Auto Primer. The first coat (Testors Aluminum Plate on the top; Testors Titanium on the bottom- Testors Gunmetal for the exhaust) went on at around 9 PM Sunday night- approximately 8 hours after I started.
The decals came from various sheets I’ve collected over the years. The cockpit “glass” is actually a 1997-vintage Cylon Raider “stripe”, after my first cockpit made from my formerly-trusty sheet of black decal material disintegrated coming off the paper. (I also discovered how many of my old decals were no longer good- I had plans for some specific decals, only to have them shatter as soon as they came off the paper.) I’m not even sure where some of these decals came from.
I made a simple base from an old MPC “Pilgrim Observer” base that I’ve had since 1978, some Aves, and a piece of brass rod. The final model depicts a FS-80 “Shooting Star” in orbit above one of the small asteroids in the Foss System.
I’m glad I was able to finish this, in time (barely!) to make the contest deadline. I’m also glad that I decided to participate- it’s more fun to compete than stand by. The other entries? Well, there’s always Wonderfest… or the next contest.
(And, by the way, this ship has EXCELLENT “vroom factor”/flight characteristics. I leave the engine sounds up to your imagination…)
Image: Actual start time!
Image: Separation of the two halves
Image: Flyby, showing underside
Image: Before and after
Image: Top view without stand