Homecast Spacecraft and Flightstands

I love the science fiction spacecraft that were painted by the likes of Chris Foss in the 1970s and in particular the sort of colourful ships inside the Terran Trade Authority books.


So, inspired by seeing some modern naval ships sculpted out of clay, I thought yeah, I could do something like that. So down to the local ironmonger and back home armed with some super-fine Milliput I set to making my ships. Milliput is great for making models with straight lines. It sets rock-hard and can be sanded easily. Just perfect for making some really interesting spaceship shapes. I then made moulds from RTV silicone rubber and was very pleased with the results. I have made 5 different kinds of fighters they are about 15-20mm long and I am thinking of them as about 1/1200 scale.

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I have also been making variable height flightstands so that the ships can scoot about and change “altitude”, not that space really has altitude, just relative position and vector.Here are a couple of pictures of battles.

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This was how the flightstands were made. They were insanely cheap to produce and are quite hard-wearing. The metal washer that they are based upon gives a good degree of stability even at extended height.

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All in all not bad for a project that was started in September. The next thing will be to produce some Corvettes, then Frigates, Destroyers, Cruisers, Battleships. Vikes!!! Things could get out of hand.   Hope you like them. Comments and crits welcome.


~ by kropotkin303 on December 23, 2014.

2 Responses to “Homecast Spacecraft and Flightstands”

  1. Most excellent! Very Old School in their inspiration and execution, a real tribute to the fact that one doesn’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy the hobby of tabletop wargaming. Starships and space fighters are the easiest entry point into this wonderful hobby of ours, and your ships look as worthy as any I’ve seen in a lifetime of model building and figure painting.

    Very nice indeed, Sir! 🙂

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