Using Photoshop to cut out the background and isolate the ship.
Plan drawings. One of the easier ship shapes to figure out.
Plans printed onto thin card to make a test model.
All the parts required to make the paper card mock-up.
Pretty much got it in one this time.
Markings have been copied onto the model to scale up easily for when it comes to painting the finished ship.
My Photoshop visual of what the finished replica will look like...
Following Tony's comment about a detachable nose, this is how I see it working.
ABS tubing to make the side engine tubes, and aluminium pipes to make the pistons to extend the opening nose section.
Engine tubes have small recessed rectangles peppered about the surface, here cut from very thin plastic and laminated to the tubes.
Slotted skin being attached to the side tubes.
Showing framework on underside of the top deck to give it rigidity.
Main side panels have tiny recesses, too small to cut out accurately. Instead I stamped them in with a screwdriver head and hammer.
Rivets reproduced by punching through from reverse side of plastic with a needle file.
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In standard fashion I begin with cutting out the ship from its background and making plan drawings. It is quite a simple shape compared to other ships, so I was able to hit the right note with the first paper test model.
Photos were sent to Tony Roberts for approval and comment, then straight into the full scale build.
Tony made the observation that the nose section was designed to swing away or slide out to reveal the insides. I've yet to decide what to put in there, but am making it with pistons to slide the bow section out.