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There are plenty of websites and Facebook groups that cover all aspects of model building. Here, I showcase some of my favorite props and model builds. I've always liked building props and models. I just don't have as much time to do so on a regular basis.

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Forbidden Planet C57D Star Cruiser

Movie | TV Series: Forbidden Planet
Model Manufacturer: Polarlights
Scale: 1/72
Built: 2018
Electronic Circuits: 1
Power Source: 1x 9-volt battery


The original kit box from the iconic SciFi movie - Forbidden Planet.


An illistration of the interior of the C57D space cruiser.


The model is relatively simple and have a minimum number of parts. Basically 4 main parts (e.g. upper dome, upper and lower shells, and the engine dome.).
This is a view of the painted top of the saucer. I went with a titanium colored paint for the entire exterior.


The bottom of the model has the landing struts, which are more for providing entry to the spacecraft (e.g. stairs and conveyor belts) rather than support. The main support is a cylinder that extends from the drive core. In this picture, you can see the original engine core parts inside, which were warped, that was later fixed in place and a fully electronic kit used to provide the engine core effects.


This particular model is the deluxe edition that includes some electronics. This includes some LEDs to provide the engine core lighting and a motor that spins an internal ring to simulate the engine rotating. This internal ring was warped on this model and I saw no way to true it up so that it would spin properly. So I ditched the provided electronics all together.


Testing the engine effects. In this photo, you can also see the landing strut LED lights that I custom made for this kit installed and working.


More testing the engine effects.


This is the model photographed in low light to enhance the engine core and landing strut lights.


The final model with a poster from the movie promotional advertisements.

There are 5 videos above. Some are the testing of the mechanical and electronic engines as well as the final product.

The Invaders Space Saucer

Movie | TV Series: The Invaders
Model Manufacturer: Monogram
Scale: 1/72
Built: 2018
Electronic Circuits: 3
Power Source: 11.4vdc lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack (14500 cells)


The Invaders is an American science fiction television program created by Larry Cohen that aired on ABC for two seasons, from 1967 to 1968. Roy Thinnes stars as David Vincent, who tries to thwart an in-progress alien invasion with doubting officials and public. The series was a Quinn Martin Production.


The TV series featured a saucer shaped spacecraft. The Monogram model is well made and features an interior with various rooms and aliens.
For the purposes of this build, the interior space was omitted.


The exterior is pretty straight forward with an upper and lower hull, landing struts, and various engines.


In this picture, I was thinking about using a diffuser along with a plastic cover for the main engines. I abandoned this once I switched to wide angle LEDs (known as poka-dots) that emit light at a 60 degree angle. This allowed for using no diffuser at all.


In this picture, I'm testing the primary engine core (yellow) and antigravity orbs (purple). This was tested with the original 5mm LEDs. I later switched to wide angle LEDs for both to eliminate the spotlight effect. To provide the pulsating engine effects, I used a $7 2-LED fading eye electronics kit that I modified to drive six LEDs. This kit actually has three electronics circuits inside. 1- Engine pulsating circuit; 2- Anti-gravity LED circuit; and 3- a sensor array LED circuit. After some trial and error, it was determined that a single 9-volt battery was insufficient to drive all three circuits. So I built an 11.4vdc rechargeable lithium ion battery pack to power everything.


This is the final product with everything running at once.


This picture was taken after the chrome paint was applied but before the sensor windows were cut into the top cover..

There are 5 videos above. Some are the testing of the mechanical and electronic engines as well as the final product.

Battlestar Galactica TOS Cylon Raider

Movie | TV Series: Battlestar Galactica (Original Series)
Model Manufacturer: Monogram
Scale: 1/72
Built: 2018
Electronic Circuits: 3
Power Source: 11.4vdc lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack (14500 cells)


Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, created by Glen A. Larson, that began the Battlestar Galactica franchise. Starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict, it ran for the 1978–79 season before being canceled. Afterward, a write-in campaign revived the show as Galactica 1980 with 10 episodes in 1980.


The TV series featured a number of different fighter craft that were capable of operating in both space and atmosphere; along with capital ships (e.g. the Battlestar), shuttles, freighters, colony ship, agricultural ships, and luxury liners. There were several model manufacturers (e.g. Monogram and Revell, possibly others).
This project was built using the Monogram model. I found this model to have some shortcomings where Monogram either didn't see a need for a highly detailed and finished model or was just plain cheap. This version of the model also had spring loaded torpedos, which were lame. Fitment of the parts is also somewhat shotty.


This picture shows (Front View) the upper and lower shells being fitted together. Although the mold details are pretty good, you can see that the fitment is lacking.


This picture shows (Rear View) the primered upper and lower shells and some outer accessories together. If you looked hard enough, you could see straight through the rear to the front of the model. All these areas had to be sealed off and painted to keep light from bleeding through the plastic from the LEDs installed.


This picture shows a comparison between a pre-built Monogram Colonial Viper and the Cylon Raider model.


Some paint detailing has been added to the Raider. I saw this online and liked the way it looked.


This picture shows some of the problems with this model. Various holes for the torpedos that I had to fill and paint. The center hole worked out find for a metal base stand.


The primary engines proved to be a challenge. Using 1-watt Cree LEDs with aluminum housings did not work very well because the model was not molded perfectly equal on both sides. I ended up getting new LEDs with plastic housings from China that allowed for more room to move stuff around.


Here I am filling the torpedo holes with poka-dot LEDs.


This build was predicated on a new hybrid Cylon Raider that did not require three Centurions to operate the craft. That being the case, Raiders were fitted with a new single Cylon brain that controlled all fighter functions. This later became the organic brained Raider versions seen in the reimaged version of Battlestar Galactica. Here, the scanning eye is being installed.


This picture shows a comparison between a pre-built Monogram Colonial Viper and the Cylon Raider model.


Testing the electronics before closing everything up.


Stripes painted on.


The finished build with painted stripes and talking Cylon Centurion.

There are 5 videos above. Some are the testing of the mechanical and electronic engines as well as the final product.

Lost in Space TOS Jupiter 2

Movie | TV Series: Lost in Space
Model Manufacturer: Polarlights
Scale: 1/144 ?
Built: 2018
Electronic Circuits: 3
Power Source: 11.4vdc lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack (14500 cells)


Lost in Space was an American science fiction television series, created and produced by Irwin Allen, which originally aired between 1965 and 1968.[1] The series is loosely based on the 1812 novel The Swiss Family Robinson, and on a comic book published by Gold Key Comics titled The Space Family Robinson. The series follows the adventures of the Robinsons, a pioneering family of space colonists who struggle to survive in the depths of space. The show ran for 83 episodes over three seasons, the first of which was filmed in black and white.


As you can see from the size, this model is huge. 18 inches to be exact.


Test fitting the main parts.

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