After a long wait, the Davies Spacex Shipyards have revealed the latest in the series of reimagined models based on the original Triang Spacex line.
Having completed the smaller standard toys, Kevin has moved on to Spacex Major in the form of Earth Base Mobile Launch Pad. To ensure we all get the full benefit of Kevins modelmaking expertise, I asked him to document the main steps in the construction. The first shot shows the main plasticard base unit and some of the model parts and plastic fencing used to decorate the bulky unit.
A little weathering and some surface detail brings the crane to life, before moving on to the star of the show, the Interplantetary 1.
Using a photograph of the toy, Kevin scaled up a print and cut out a template for the plasticard core of the rocket. This was then filled with body putty and then laboriously hand sanded down to the template shape. With the core polished and shaped, detail and exterior parts are added.
To top off the model a quick shuttle made from aircraft kit parts from the spares box.
Further painting and weathering on the whole model and its ready for lift off!
Kevin went for a more realistic NASA style livery, bridging the gap between the toy and the white Golden Astronaut version of the toy.