NORMAN CONQUEST 2066
Basic frame in place, and it's now looking like a schnapper fish! 2mm plastic card for the main inner frame for glueing hull panels to.
Inside you can see the mounting tube that will hold the ship at an upward angle on the display base. Have to add ballast to the nose as it's very tail heavy.
Frame wrapped in paper card to make templates for cutting plastic hull panels.
This is where I found the nose section couldn't work as in the picture.
I experimented with a curved inlet hole for the air intake. It looked quite good, but too much a departure from the original square shape.
So I removed the curved sides and replaced with flat ones. I will fit a grille of sorts to the inside of this.
Hull frame complete, and adding slots so that the side wings can be removed for transport. The rear fin and underside fin are part of the main structure to add strength.
Inside the hull I made flat boxes for the wings to slot into through the skin of the hull.
Similar slots built into the tail section for rear wings.
Mounting for an engine in rear. Think I will add three more smaller rocket exhausts, two above and one below main engine.
Main engine exhaust added, and will put lots of tubing and pipes around the engine bay.
Hull panelling almost complete. Needs quite a bit of filling and sanding.
The dome on top will be made as a flat frame filled with Isopon car filler and sanded to shape. And it will add that ballast I was looking for earlier!
Still not sure exactly how the top deck will be detailed, but cut out a recess to accommodate something...
Now to much filling / sanding / filling / sanding...
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Stage two is transforming the plans into the full scale model.
This ship has proved to be deceptively tricky in nailing down the shapes. At first glance it looks like a collection of basically flat panels. but I think MC Escher had a hand in designing the nose of this one! It took three attempts to get the air intake opening looking close to the original, but I just couldn't make the angles work as depicted in Chris's illustration. His appears to be a square shape when viewed front on, but I could only make the angles work by having it wider at top than bottom.