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Upgraded - the Revell Venator

Republic or Emperial  

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  1. 1. Which in your opinion is the better scheme?

    • Republician Red Stripe
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Thanks for your interest guys :) Its going to be a while until its finished, but I'll keep the updates coming - I'll try to keep it to once a month. :wave:

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A bit belated, but welcome aboard!

The work you've done here is superb. I have the same kit so I'll be watching this thread intently for ideas for my build. I only hope I can do it justice after seeing this. :thumbsup:

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A bit belated, but welcome aboard!

The work you've done here is superb. I have the same kit so I'll be watching this thread intently for ideas for my build. I only hope I can do it justice after seeing this. :thumbsup:

Thanks Jason! If you want to see more photos, I have some more on photobucket - just search for Revell Venator and you'll find 3 pages so far. My photography skills aren't the best in the shack, so don't go expecting world class photographs if you decide to take a look :rolleyes:

I'm absolutely positive you'll do a brilliant job on your kit!!

the hardest thing about doing it this way is that you need to devote a huge amount of time and patience for cutting the tiniest slivers of plastic and making sure you have a good magnifying glass :blink:

still, it will be worth it in the long run :pray:

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Hi everyone

Work is slow but am still retaining a level of fun :)

Thought you may like to see a couple of pics:

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As always, thankyou for looking and have a great weekend! :blink:

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Very nice work!! I know how to recycle my spare box now :thumbsup:

thanks man....my spares box isn't really equipped for sci-fi so am a little short of decent looking parts that are relatively in-scale.

Am struggling to find cool looking odd bobs things to add to it to give it more texture

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hi again everyone

well, the bottom section of the hull is pretty much done, just have to finish off the hangar and add a few bits and bobs here and there

next, it's onto the side walls and then finally the main super structure.

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I'm still struggling to decide on which scheme I like and have even entertained the thought of painting it in some kind of splinter camo but done in different shades of gray.

I mean, this kit is so far from being movie-accurate already do you reckon it would make too much difference at this point? I don't know - I'm in two minds about it - so the question is -

Should I risk it and go for a bit of a radical scheme or should I stay conservative/safe and go with a regular scheme?

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Hoi, mate this is an impressive built, great skills in detailing, this Venator Class is gonna be a jewel, keep up the good work amigo.

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look nice, bottom finished?

Hi Tanis

no - not yet bro - I still have to add more detail and have to of course paint it etc etc

I just wanted to add primer to give me a better perspective

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Hoi, mate this is an impressive built, great skills in detailing, this Venator Class is gonna be a jewel, keep up the good work amigo.

Hi Jochemp

Thankyou for your kind words of encouragement! - means a lot :thumbsup:

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Hey-

Wow, that's terrific! Please keep posting pics, I have one of these on the shelf and your build is very inspiring!

Regards,

Phil

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Oy, George Lucas should give you a call if he ever makes another Star Wars film. Absolutely phenomenal work. If I had half your skill and patience......

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I'm still struggling to decide on which scheme I like and have even entertained the thought of painting it in some kind of splinter camo but done in different shades of gray.

I mean, this kit is so far from being movie-accurate already do you reckon it would make too much difference at this point? I don't know - I'm in two minds about it - so the question is -

Should I risk it and go for a bit of a radical scheme or should I stay conservative/safe and go with a regular scheme?

My thoughts are to make it whatever you want. It is sci-fi so by it's very nature is open to whatever you wish it to be. I think you live a little and paint it whatever you think looks good. In the past I've used sci-fi stuff as an outlet to maybe do something unusual that you wouldn't normally do when building your average run-of-the-mill aircraft. It is a good opportunity to let loose and have fun.

whatever you do, I'm sure it will look outstanding.

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Hey-

Wow, that's terrific! Please keep posting pics, I have one of these on the shelf and your build is very inspiring!

Regards,

Phil

hey Phil

Thanks man - most appreciated :cheers:

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My thoughts are to make it whatever you want. It is sci-fi so by it's very nature is open to whatever you wish it to be. I think you live a little and paint it whatever you think looks good. In the past I've used sci-fi stuff as an outlet to maybe do something unusual that you wouldn't normally do when building your average run-of-the-mill aircraft. It is a good opportunity to let loose and have fun.

whatever you do, I'm sure it will look outstanding.

Hey Jason

Thankyou for your kind words on this and your previous post - I don't think I'll be hearing from George just yet :cheers:

especially when I am yet to paint it and that's where I'll either end up with a showcase or a suitcase

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Great work so far!

I have a question about optic fibres. How do you install them? do you leave longer parts out and cut them after all the painting is done? Seems to me like that on one of the pics but would just like to be sure?

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I just love all the extra work you're doing on this! And it's all so well done too ... the piping looks perfect, the cuts of the million little pieces of styrene look perpendicular. It's just too bad most viewers will just look at it and not even realize, or appreciate, all the extra detailing you've done to it.

But we do! Thanx for posting, and don't feel like you have limit your posts to just once a month ... post often!

Nice job!

Pete

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Great work so far!

I have a question about optic fibres. How do you install them? do you leave longer parts out and cut them after all the painting is done? Seems to me like that on one of the pics but would just like to be sure?

Hi Sebastijan

This is my first attempt at modeling with F.O's so for me its just a case of have a go and then pray for good results. I have done a lot of research and read and re-read articles on installing them and each article pretty much tells you the same method

You're right about leaving a bit of the fibers sticking out from the edge - I'll trim the protruding ends off flush with the surface after I've sprayed on the last coat of matte.

To anchor the fibers in place, I've just used plain modeling glue.

I've been using a Dremel Stylus to drill out the holes for better accuracy and speed of drilling - plus you don't break so many bits using it. To make the 1/36 Collette bite and hold the bit, I wrap the non sharp end of the bit in masking tape

have a look at this link for more info - its where I got a lot of my info from: http://www.starshipmodeler.net/talk/viewtopic.php?t=82731&sid=5f7e97821e9d5d06f4df2be695f5e38e

Thankyou for looking and enjoy the rest of your weekend! :thumbsup:

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I just love all the extra work you're doing on this! And it's all so well done too ... the piping looks perfect, the cuts of the million little pieces of styrene look perpendicular. It's just too bad most viewers will just look at it and not even realize, or appreciate, all the extra detailing you've done to it.

But we do! Thanx for posting, and don't feel like you have limit your posts to just once a month ... post often!

Nice job!

Pete

wow - thanks Pete. I've seen the work that you've done on your cut-away shuttle, so your comments are a great compliment

Unfortunately, I can really only post about once a month because that's how long it takes me to get anything done on it! :D

:pray: I'm hoping to have this finished for the Melbourne Model Exhibition in June but it's not looking to promising. However, I have the house for 2 weeks to myself, so I intend on pushing forward with this build a bit more and not have any distractions aside from work so fingers crossed, I'll get more done and post more pics

Thanks again for looking and posting Pete! :)

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thanks for the explanation! I have a Venator in the stash and old AMT I think, Star Destroyer waiting to be rebuild and adding FOs adds a lot to this big models.

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ok - seeing as you asked so nicely..... :whistle:

a couple more pics:

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still needs tidying up and some minor filling here and there but its coming along nicely.

I've started back on the smaller engines again in an attempt to get that part finished

see you again soon and once again - thanks for looking :wave:

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