Tail fin has rivets and scribe lines, which are punched into thin card either side then laminated onto thicker plastic card (in black) to give it thickness.
Tail fin slotted into rear of ship.
Bow section in paper card to test fit and shape before recreating in plastic.
Tubing added with ABS plastic to house the pistons that extend the bow section.
Parts fashioned from 2mm plastic to make the front support leg.
Detailed support leg fixed in place. Box frame added for further support and to keep the bow section in line with the rest of the ship.
I bought a cheap drill press to cut large circles in 2mm plastic support brace.
Support details from underneath.
Still deciding on details for interior of ship. Some kind of weaponry I expect.
Another close up of the riveting and stamped recesses in the hull plating.
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Adding the detachable nose pistons and the forward display support leg.
The ship will be supported on two heavy wooden dowels set into the display base. One descends from the rear conning tower, the second hidden under the front nose section.