Author Archive for Steve Neill
Today, Saturday I spent the day alone at the studio and made UltraCal 30 stone negative molds off the Stargazers nacelle parts to create forms to vacuum form the clear parts the kit didn’t come with.
Then I light blocked one nacelle half and did a test with the clear part. They fit perfectly to the inside. A bit of frosting and Modelman Tom’s strip lights and I can see I’m on the right path.
This entire build is being covered in one long video for our new Video On Demand series.
I’m still at the studio helping my friend Carl Soto make a mold. But I got pretty far on the frame up of the Stargazer today. It’s just taped together and all the sub assemblies come apart still.
Next to put on the last of the remaining surface parts, light block and start drilling windows.
For the clear parts for the nacelles I’m going to make stone castings of the clear areas and vacuum form clear parts, cut out the holes and put then in from behind.
This model is a dream to build goes together so well and the parts fit great!
Lou Dalmaso was kind enough to send me the Aztecs for this baby. Thanks Lou!
Spent half the day editing our regular free show. Another half on “Star Voyager”. Things are really moving on the new film and lots of great folks on the team already. Andy Probert is being quite the producer. Tomas Martin just sent us the scores theme which knocked my socks off. Mary got the website started.
I spent a few hours working on the Stargazer too. Made bulk heads for it to support the vacuum form saucer section. I used a contour gauge to do it and it turned out quite well. I am documenting every single step and product used on video which will be available when I finish the model for a small fee to watch.
Battle Star Galactica is finished, except for the 4 missing pieces of armor on the engine. I talked to Kip Hart today and he’s sending me the missing armor. Thanks Kip!
I can’t say enough good things about this kit. It is cannon and accurate completely. Doug Drexler saw the kit when I first got it and told me so.
It had not one bubble in all the cast parts. That’s because they use a vacuum chamber and pressure pot I would guess.
The parts fit prefect. The instructions are very good. The orthos provided are huge and in color for both the versions. Clean and battle damaged.
It is the largest Battle Star Galactica on the market.
So if you want a really good BSG this is the kit to get! It’s not cheap, and that’s why it cost more than other garage and injected massed produced kits. You get what you pay for and sure do with this model.
Here are a few pictures. It’s now proudly displayed in our show room. I need to get a plague made for it.
Kip and all the Bad Azz team…thank you so much for this wonderful model and experience. I never loved a TV show more than BSG. And the ship has a soft spot in my heart.