Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Here are some photos of one of my works-in-progress.  It is intended to be the 4th ship in the Corellian Freighters series, and like the Quagmire and Arrogant Magistrate, it was designed by one of my brothers decades ago.  So long ago, in fact, that none of them remember drawing it.  I have my suspicions that it was Robb...
The original drawing was done on a standard letter envelope, so I expanded it to the size I wanted to facilitate the construction.
So, here's a photocopy of the drawing;

And here's what it currently looks like.  The interior is about 75% complete.  All that's left in that category are the dorsal gunner's station, some ceiling work for the cockpit, and a lot of work in the engine space.  There's about 2 inches for the engine space that is still under construction elsewhere, and hasn't been attached.

Here's a size comparison with the 150th scale Falcon.  The similarities are evident, especially at the mandibles and gunport.  However, I like the structural transitions to another well-known Corellian ship.

A view from starboard forward. There isn't as much asymetrical detail as on the Falcon.

Belly view, showing the battery and its future storage compartment.  A few of the exterior lights are faintly visible.

Closeup view of the cockpit.  The seats aren't yet installed.  I should have put one in to show scale, but you can judge it somewhat by the size of the door.  The design is for a single pilot at the main console forward.  Maybe you noticed the LED above the door, and the fiber optics...

Here it is illuminated.  I covered the LED with a scrap part, to prevent it from washing out the image.  As it is, it does cause a significant glare on the floor below.  But that's just so you can see that there's a hallway back there that runs the full length of the cargo section of the ship.

A lower view looking down the mandibles and showing more of the hallway.  I gave it a tubing-style, like the Falcon, with similar white padding sections.

A view looking into the port side cargo bay.  A workbench is visible through the forward door.  The aft door is larger to facilitate loading and unloading.  Of course, the fact that it offers a better view is only secondary.  Note that some detailing in each bay is only visible when viewed from the other side of the ship.

The same location, but now looking almost straight across and out the starboard loading door.  You can see the difference in the interior bulkhead detailing between these two shoots.  The aft section shows a newer, modular design.  That's because the ship is undergoing some renovations.
Why renovations?  As the ship was in its early phases of construction its character was beginning to come out; old, rugged, reliable of course, but also recently punished more than the crew could patch up at a quiet spaceport.  At least, that's what she told me.  However, she hasn't yet told me her name.

So, that's what's on the table, although, to be honest, I've kept back a few surprises for later.