Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby trekriffic » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:15 am

Well shucks guys y'all gonna make me blush! :oops:

Got some more work done on Valerie today. I'm pretty satisfied with the hair, she sure has a lot of it, as you can see in this photo:

ImageDeanna Lund with Spindrift Model by trekriffic, on Flickr

Anyway, Miss Lund was definitely well endowed with... hair.

Here's some pics of the figure after attaching the legs and applying some AVES putty to make her lioness-like mane:

ImageValerie Scott by trekriffic, on Flickr

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ImageValerie Scott by trekriffic, on Flickr

Once the putty dries I'll do some minor touching up before priming.
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby slawton » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:21 pm

trekriffic wrote:ImageDeanna Lund with Spindrift Model by trekriffic, on Flickr

Anyway, Miss Lund was definitely well endowed with... hair.

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby Tesral » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:45 pm

trekriffic wrote:Anyway, Miss Lund was definitely well endowed with... hair.


And an amazing ability to maintain that do without a salon.

And it must be said. The Spindrift is a terribly unrealistic aircraft. There is no way passengers would be given that much arm and leg room.
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby trekriffic » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:55 pm

Tesral wrote: The Spindrift is a terribly unrealistic aircraft. There is no way passengers would be given that much arm and leg room.


My thought exactly! The seats are way oversized, the passengers are swallowed up in them. They actually seem to be slumping down so far they could just slide ride off onto the floor. And they are not particularly well fastened to the floor either as Fitzhugh's chair even falls over sideways during the first episode. Poor maintenance I guess.
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby trekriffic » Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:29 pm

Well RL reached out and slapped me hard in the face last week but I persevered and managed to finish a few things...

The antenna atop the upper hull behind the dome needed some work. The kit part had three arms (two opposite each other on the sides of the ball and one on the top) with round knobs while the remaining two arms on the sides were conical with no round knobs. I assume the conical arms were made that way to allow the antenna to be popped from the mold as round knobs would get stuck.

Anyway, I resolved to replace all the arms with music wire and add round knobs made from glass beads I found at my friendly neighborhood Michael's craft store (40% off with coupon):

ImageAntenna Modifications by trekriffic, on Flickr

The plastic knobs were cut off and holes drilled for inserting short pieces of music wire into the ball:

ImageKnob Shaft Replacement by trekriffic, on Flickr

Dividers were used to make sure the knobs would all be the same length:

ImageMeasuring by trekriffic, on Flickr

The glass beads were slid onto the ends of the music wires and glued with CA to complete the modifications. The main support shaft was replaced with music wire as well. The only plastic left is the main ball. This makes the antenna much less likely to break off any of it's tiny bits when I'm handling the model:

ImageCompleted Antenna by trekriffic, on Flickr

After a shot of gray Tamiya primer I gave her a coat of matte black lacquer. She will eventually be brushed with Testors brass enamel prior to installation atop the model:

ImageAntenna Painted Black by trekriffic, on Flickr

On to the Valere Scott Figure...

For Valerie I wanted to simulate the lavender with violet plaid pattern of her dress. So I brushed metallic purple enamel onto a section of leftover clear decal film and then brushed a mix of white and purple to make a light lavender over the top. After it dries for 15 minutes or so I'll go back and make stripes by scribing lines thru the top layer to expose the darker layer:

ImageDress Material by trekriffic, on Flickr

I gave Valerie a brushing with the same light lavender color paint I'd used for the decals:

ImageValerie Scott Figure by trekriffic, on Flickr

The decal dress material made a passable version of plaid. The boots even matched her dress. I gave her hair a brushing with dark brown as an undercoat:

ImageValerie Scott with Clothing and Boots by trekriffic, on Flickr

I used a mix of Testors rust, red, and copper to finish painting Valerie's amber red hair:

ImagePainting Valerie's Hair by trekriffic, on Flickr

The mix of red, rust, and copper enamel was dry brushed over the dark brown. She looks nice I think:

ImageValerie Scott Finished by trekriffic, on Flickr

Her boots are actually the reverse of the dress pattern. The dresss is lavender with purple stripes while the boots are purple with lavender stripes:

ImageValerie Scott Finished by trekriffic, on Flickr

I left her underside mostly unfinished as I will be applying epoxy to that area to hold her in her seat:

ImageValerie Scott Finished by trekriffic, on Flickr

I added a matching lavender banded wristwatch to her left arm like Deanna Lund wore on the show. At least, I think it was a wristwatch:

ImageValerie Scott Finished by trekriffic, on Flickr

Painting the eyes and mouth was challenging but I am quite pleased with the outcome. She even has Danna's heart shaped face. I added some subtle blush to her cheeks for a finishing touch:

ImageValerie Scott Finished by trekriffic, on Flickr

Next up... foolish, greedy, nervous, on-the-run bank robber Alexander Fitzhugh...

ImageFitzhugh by trekriffic, on Flickr

Pull yourself together man! Need to find a head. Will have to make him more portly using AVES Apoxy Sculpt:

ImageAlexander Fitzhugh - Pull Yourself Together Man! by trekriffic, on Flickr

More to come and thanks for all your comments.
Also, thanks for everyone's support and kindness in this sad time for me.
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby trekriffic » Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:36 pm

Here's this morning's update after putting in a couple of hours on Sunday....

I added the decals to the rear cockpit wall for the speakers, passenger status indicator panel over the door, and the door controls. I also cemented Steve and Dan into position:

ImageCockpit with Pilots by trekriffic, on Flickr

I keep thinking Dan is just coming back from the restroom:

ImageDan Erickson Standing by trekriffic, on Flickr

I decided to have Dan Erickson standing with his seat at an angle so you could get a good view of the seat thru the bow windows:

ImageDan and Steve from Above by trekriffic, on Flickr

I positioned Steve Burton's hands as close as I could to the control yoke handles:

ImageSteve Burton at the Controls by trekriffic, on Flickr

I glued the remaining ceiling girders in place with 5-minute expoy:

ImageSupport Girders by trekriffic, on Flickr

I laid a few strips of matte aluminum bare metal foil along the center of the accordion doors to the closet. In the pilot episode Fitzhugh goes into the closet to check his gun and you can see him grabbing the metal latching strip to close the accordion doors so they were not just curtains:

ImageCloset Accordion Doors by trekriffic, on Flickr

The closet wall with the accordion doors was glued in place with epoxy. Still need to clean it up a bit and putty the seams along the sides:

ImageCloset Wall by trekriffic, on Flickr

Lastly for the day, I attached Fitzhugh's legs and gave him a potbelly using AVES Apoxy Sculpt. I even added his tie which will be painted black. Need to finish adding his lapels before I glue the briefcase (seen on the right) onto his chest:

ImageFitzhugh and Briefcase in Progress by trekriffic, on Flickr

Next thing will be attaching Fitzhugh's arms (they will be clutching the briefcase tight) and his head. Then I'll give his shirt a collar. Then more putty for his corpulent face and hair. I'll also start work on the translucent ceiling panels and wiring up the LEDs for interior illumination.
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby mophius » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:48 pm

That cockpit is the bee's knee's. The detailing is insanely great.
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby kobayashimaru » Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:11 am

precisely!
the leopard-print is to distract from the airlock-concertina
(which, concertina buses seemed so much cooler hehe).
those doors are 'spot' on :lol:

I hope you magnetize the topside, so as you can remove the 'lid',
and see inside the final model too -
much like the Jupiter LiS model allows you to see all 4 decks :D

dang, thanks for sharing,
its awesome to see the level of detail for this!

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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby trekriffic » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:05 am

kobayashimaru wrote:I hope you magnetize the topside, so as you can remove the 'lid',
and see inside the final model too - much like the Jupiter LiS model allows you to see all 4 decks :D


Honestly, if I can I will, but if I can't get the lid to fit tight enough to the fuselage to eliminate any light bleed I am probably going to cement the lid in place and putty the seams before spraying the ship with an overall black basecoat. This will guarantee no light leakage. This is one of the reasons I am taking so many shots of the passengers and crew. Once I have all the figures completed and have installed the LEDs along the margins of the passenger cabin I'll take some more pictures with the lights on. Once the lid is in place you will still be able to view the passengers and crew thru the windows. At least you'll be able to see their heads and shoulders.
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Re: Spindrift from Land of the Giants by Polar Lights

Postby trekriffic » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:12 am

Moving right along...

Finished assembling Alexander Fitzhugh and puttying him with AVES to give him his girth and double chin:

ImageFitzhugh WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageFitzhugh WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr


Finished painting Fitzhugh. Here he is clutching his valise filled with stolen cash just like like in the pilot episode.
His epaulets were done using black decal film over which I painted gold stripes. He's been sealed with Future and sprayed with Dullcote:

ImageFitzhugh Finished by trekriffic, on Flickr

ImageFitzhugh Clutches His Briefcase by trekriffic, on Flickr

Next up... a boy and his dog...

ImageChipper and Barry by trekriffic, on Flickr
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