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thedrake Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member31 May 2015 5:36 a.m. PST

Am looking at getting a large size spaceship to use as a super-ship for my solo Full Thrust games.

Am looking at the various Diamond Select/Starship Legends Trek ships but have read mixed reviews about them--what do folks here think of them???

I have a Revell Cylon basestar and B5 station model and a Perry Rhodan ship but am shying away from those as they are models that need to be primed/painted/assembled so am looking for something I can use right out of the box.

Wish I had the Kenner Collector Fleet Super Star Destroyer but not willing to pay the ebay prices for one.

Any other suggestions on this would be appreciated.

Thx,
Mark

Coelacanth31 May 2015 5:55 a.m. PST

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I don't know if the aesthetic will suit your project, but wouldn't Yamato (Star Blazers) toys be fairly easy to find?

Ron

Dave Crowell31 May 2015 7:52 a.m. PST

I have seen a number of people take battleship models in various scales and convert them to space battleships.

Captain Gideon31 May 2015 8:02 a.m. PST

I have a friend who made some for me a while back.

I'm very big into the Star Blazers miniature game to which I have around 500 or so spaceship miniatures made by Musashi Enterprises.

One day while my friends and I were doing a StarBlazers game my friend found one of my 1/3000 scale WWII US Battleships I had laying around which happened to be one of the South Dakota class Battleships so he asked me if I was doing anything with it and I said no.

Anyway he started working on it(not knowing what he was doing to it)and within an hour he converted it to a Space Battleship and now I have the Space Battleship Alabama in my Earth Defense Fleet.

Afterwards he converted 2 other ships first the German Carrier Graf Zepplin and the German Battleship Bismarck and eventhough they might not be the correct size they work for me.

thedrake Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member31 May 2015 8:41 a.m. PST

Thanks for the ideas on converting ships to spacecraft.

Allen5731 May 2015 10:10 a.m. PST

Big model of ship from the Firely show. About $30 USD through various Amazon sellers. link

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SBminisguy31 May 2015 12:11 p.m. PST

You can also get a lot of paper spaceship free model downloads from here: ss42.com/pt-scifiction.html

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian31 May 2015 1:32 p.m. PST

I highly recommend the 1/1000 scale kits from Yamato 2199, as more than a few of them will get the job done and given the current exchange rates of yen to the dollar they're rather a bargain to say the least:


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And so on… well worth searching through all the kit sets on HobbyLink Japan, as the variety of the ships at the current price points is a real bargain…

Oh, and if you want a really MASSIVE starship model for your centerpiece, there's always this monstrosity:

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This thing is truly a BEAST:

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Hope all this helps feed yer need for a truly heinous Planet Killer starship…evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
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LordNth Inactive Member31 May 2015 2:51 p.m. PST

My wallet says curses to you, Leland.
In a good friendly way

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2015 4:45 p.m. PST

Squirt guns (unless you're a finicky Brit, then 'water pistol') can work.

Find one with lots of bright colours (Brit again) and weird futuristic shape, wrap the grip with masking tape, and saw off the grip.

Doug

tkdguy31 May 2015 6:15 p.m. PST

Some of the Firestorm Armada miniatures are pretty large.

thedrake Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member31 May 2015 6:47 p.m. PST

Like the large Star Blazer+ FA ships,but wish they were already assembled….thinking of getting a pre-assembled Moebius Galactica for my super ship but not sure yet.Next possibility is one of the Kenner Collector Fleet star destroyer ships off ebay……

Thylacine DF Inactive Member08 Jun 2015 9:26 p.m. PST

@ BlackWidowPilot: DAAAAAMMMMMMN YOUUUUUU !!!!!!!!!!!!!

I spent as least 10 minutes eyeing the Domelaze off in at Hobbyco in Sydney (NSW) on Sunday. Even with Beth (partner in crime) whispering in my ear that I could buy it, I managed to resist and walk out the store.

Then I read this thread this morning waiting for the plane home and Beth is still saying "well….. you can if want to"

Well it's ordered, in the post and on it's way.

And I blame you ;)

Cheers

Derek

Brother Jim10 Jun 2015 6:56 a.m. PST

These aren't cheap, but how would you feel about a large not-Andromeda Ascendant ?

This one is 186mm long (1/7000), that's 7.28inches.
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This one is even bigger at 250mm/10.143in long (1/5200).
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MacrossMartin Inactive Member11 Jun 2015 12:49 a.m. PST

Derek – Yep, Leland does that to people… the blame is entirely upon him. :D

I have to admit, I do feel the temptation to do a large-scale ship fight with the new 1/1000 Yamato kits.

…But not a SPACE ship fight…

Thylacine DF Inactive Member11 Jun 2015 4:48 p.m. PST

@ MacrossMartin Yes, gaming with those kits is a temptation, I have already picked up the first Comso Navy set and as soon as it arrived my son wanted to know when I was going to buy the rest and use them in a game. As if I really needed him to put that idea in my head.

Well now that I have the flagship on it's way I suppose I really should consider getting the rest of the fleet. I can't have have it get lonely …… But it's still Leland's fault ;)

Cheers

Derek

Mako11 Inactive Member11 Jun 2015 4:59 p.m. PST

Yea, was going to suggest those nice, big, BSG models.

Don't forget about Star Trek as well.

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 Jun 2015 9:17 a.m. PST

@ BlackWidowPilot: DAAAAAMMMMMMN YOUUUUUU !!!!!!!!!!!!!


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My work is done here… Bwaaahahahahahaaaa!!!evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
metal-express.net

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 Jun 2015 9:19 a.m. PST

Derek Yep, Leland does that to people… the blame is entirely upon him. :D

Well now that I have the flagship on it's way I suppose I really should consider getting the rest of the fleet. I can't have have it get lonely …… But it's still Leland's fault ;)


Ain't I speeeeccialll?!!evil grin

Special Ed, anyway… evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
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"Is it time to weave baskets again?! Oh, GOODY!!!"evil grin

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 Jun 2015 9:19 a.m. PST

Speaking of handy kits from Yamato 2199 for cheap, here's one I am drooling over right now as a heavy gunboat proxy for Silent Death:


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At less than $3 USD a pop at HLJ right now, IMHO they're too tempting for my own good!evil grin


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
metal-express.net

Sargonarhes13 Jun 2015 9:43 a.m. PST

Aw yeah, that reboot Yamato series is something else. I've been getting some of the smaller scale models from this, and found a website that has the series so I'm finally able to watch it.

The interdimensional submarine, firing torpedoes from sub-space. Why does something like this sound like it would own the field?

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BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian13 Jun 2015 8:08 p.m. PST

The interdimensional submarine, firing torpedoes from sub-space. Why does something like this sound like it would own the field?


IIRC it very nearly did! It took human ingenuity and seat-of-the-ass flying of an unarmed shuttle dropping the equivalent of sonobuoys to flush the nasty lil' cuss out into the open long enough for the Yamato to essentially poke the thing's electronic eye (interdimensional periscope) out with a well-timed salvo from the main guns (but that's Anime for you!evil grin)…


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
metal-express.net

thedrake Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member13 Jun 2015 9:31 p.m. PST

Leland,after seeing your posts about Yamato 2199 ships all I can say is I hate you.

Just kidding--thanks for posting those links as the Garmillas 3-ship set may work (only because the 2 foot long Astro DN is on backorder!)

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian15 Jun 2015 9:00 a.m. PST

Drake,

LOL!! I *am* incorrigible, yes… evil grin

I may have outsmarted myself on promoting these ship sets, as my own intended purchase of the Garmillas Battlecruiser/Hyperspace Sub/two fighters set has been on backorder for months now, getting pushed back every month probably because of the sheer size of the backorder queue… ah, well, good things come to those who wait… and meanwhile I need to put the finishing touches on that damned Garmillas dreadnought of mine and get 'er broken in as a more appropriately scaled Silent Death DD… evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
metal-express.net

thedrake Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member16 Jun 2015 3:58 a.m. PST

Leland,

Really wanted to get the Astro DN but like you said,seems HLJ has a lot of stuff on backorder a good bit of the time.

Decided to go with a finished Galactica as got one for $39 USD off ebay.Will post a pic of it here when I get home from vacation and look at it myself.

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian16 Jun 2015 11:05 a.m. PST

Drake,

a very good score that Galactica. I still have a large Titanium series die cast model of the Galactica that I keep handy. Thing's a real beast yet I managed to get her to sit nice and purdy on a Litko two hex flight base.

Are you going to keep your Galactica stock or will you be customizing her for your own needs?


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
metal-express.net

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2015 11:51 a.m. PST

Thing's a real beast yet I managed to get her to sit nice and purdy on a Litko two hex flight base.

I've one of those 'bricks'.

That IS mighty testimony for Litko!

Doug

thedrake Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member16 Jun 2015 6:28 p.m. PST

Leland,

Have two of the 7" Galacticas and they are pretty hefty--great job mounting them onto hex bases.

Probably will leave it stock but may add a couple extra BSG gun turrets I got from Rob Tovar awhile back--not sure yet.

Thylacine DF Inactive Member18 Jun 2015 6:22 a.m. PST

G'Day

My order turned up today

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I still say it's Leland's fault, my complete lack of willpower and resolve have nothing to do with it.

And once assembled it's 730mm long.

Cheers

Derek

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2015 12:47 p.m. PST

@Thylacine DF Be sure to tell Beth I'm alive and, oh, getting by, in Nebraska.

She won't be pleased to hear the OU ship has never seen battle, though.

You can claim to blame Leland all you want, but I'm pretty sure she was doing more than saying you COULD buy it…

Doug

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian18 Jun 2015 3:58 p.m. PST

Oooh!, SHINEY! Did I mention that I've got a preliminary set of rules and design stats for cruiser class warships for SD:TNM?evil grin


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
metal-express.net

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian18 Jun 2015 4:00 p.m. PST

I don't know what I like more, the ship, the giant dinosaur model, or that wall chart of Australian marine life… all those crustaceans and cephalopods is making me crave sushi…evil grin


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
metal-express.net

Thylacine DF Inactive Member18 Jun 2015 8:12 p.m. PST

Well it's obvious, don't choose. Like them all equally :)

Cheers

Derek

thedrake Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member19 Jun 2015 7:05 a.m. PST

Derek,

How long did it take for you to get the DN to you?
HLJ still has it backordered.
Hope to see pics when you get it done.

Thx,
Mark

Thylacine DF Inactive Member19 Jun 2015 8:51 p.m. PST

G'Day Mark

It took 11 Days from ordering, that's about average for run of the mill Australia post, I brought mine locally from a Sydney based shop "Hobbyco" and I know there's one more in the Sydney store.

I'll certainly try to comply :)

Cheers

Derek

thedrake Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member20 Jun 2015 9:33 a.m. PST

Derek,

Thanks for the info--hope your DN turns out well and that we get to see the pics.

Here is my finished Galactica:

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tkdguy20 Jun 2015 11:39 a.m. PST

Very nice! thumbs up

Covert Walrus20 Jun 2015 4:16 p.m. PST

Can't go wrong with Spartan Games ships or Ravenstar Studios either, IMHO.

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian20 Jun 2015 7:25 p.m. PST

That is one purdy Battlestar ya got there, Derek. Now it just needs swarms of Night Hawks and Thunderbirds to come roaring out of those flight bays…evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
metal-express.net

Thylacine DF Inactive Member21 Jun 2015 2:49 a.m. PST

Not mine, it's drakes and it looks nice

Cheers

Derek

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian25 Jun 2015 10:26 a.m. PST

I'm kicking myself for not remembering the best bargain basement priced kit currently available of a very menacing looking space battleship! Gah! Old Age!! Here she be, the EDF Flagship Andromeda:


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At the current exchange rate the Andromeda is $10.35 USD plus shipping:


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She's 37 cm long once built, and is quite a brute. Despite the older tooling the model is fairly easy to build and VERY easy to detail up with extra guns, etc.:


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Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
metal-express.net

Thylacine DF Inactive Member26 Jun 2015 5:21 a.m. PST

Well you won't get me this time. Mostly because I already have one. You won't catch me spending any money ……………DAMNIT!!!!!!

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian27 Jun 2015 7:31 p.m. PST

Well you won't get me this time. Mostly because I already have one. You won't catch me spending any money ……………DAMNIT!!!!!!


Did I mention that I was incorrigible?evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
metal-express.net

Thylacine DF Inactive Member29 Jun 2015 3:51 a.m. PST

G'Day

That's one description ;)

Cheers

Derek

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2015 9:59 a.m. PST

…that doesn't get a 'bleep.' ;->=

Doug

Mako11 Inactive Member29 Jun 2015 12:01 p.m. PST

If you really want to impress, you could scratch-build a six foot long, or so, Star Destroyer.

Those certainly qualify as "large".

Perfect for a backdrop to those dramatic space-fighter battles, or chase scenes. Probably decent for subduing whole worlds by planetary bombardment, and drop-trooper assault too.

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian29 Jun 2015 2:36 p.m. PST

Mako,

you mean like this glorious behemoth:

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Or these fabulous space fighters suitable for dogfighting across the parking lot:


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Now THIS is a collection:


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So don't just sit there! Get to buildin'!evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
metal-express.net

BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian29 Jun 2015 2:56 p.m. PST

Doug, yer just jealous!evil grin

looks like some enterprising souls got busy:


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As for large models as backdrops, why not go for the gold and use large models when the weather's good and you can procure a large, flat and level open courtyard or such?


Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
metal-express.net

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2015 4:54 a.m. PST

If you really want to impress, you could scratch-build a six foot long, or so, Star Destroyer.

Been there, played that.

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Of course, it's not quite six foot…

Note: The title of the piccie mentions Mega-Con, and I saw it at a GenCon.

Doug

Thylacine DF Inactive Member07 Jul 2015 3:28 p.m. PST

And so it begins:

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Cheers

Derek

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