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==BATTLESTAR GALACTICA == . . The Ralph McQuarrie Concept with a touch of an over artistic license. THE MAGESTIC. I will say for now this is the final installment of my tribute series of the magnificent mind and artistry of Mr McQuarrie’s visionary concept for the models for the greatest tv sci-fi series, Battlestar Galactica. Now the Galactica has been built in a similar style to his design. “Ok I did try even if it is not close”. Emulating his design was to say hard in many ways and a lot of fun giving me challenge after challenge. Where I was unable to replicate his concept. I attempted to make it look the part. In the 3 images I found on-line they varied in style, shape and perspective. So I compromised. The engines have a simple looking style, straight lines and nothing overly difficult in construction. So it seemed, never the less I had three attempts to get it to look right. The head of the craft is of similar design to the filmed model but is not as stream lined as the images I found. I felt it had to be strong and bulky to support itself. I was right !. Placing a slightly arched strap form stem to stern gave it some strength to the model allowed to be mostly self-supported. The overall appearance is happily influenced by my need for detail. The massive landing bays attached to the main hull are very heavy. When I flipped the beast over as carefully as I could, the landing bays decided to pull the top hull off. I had to re-build it before taking more photos. The landing bays on this model do not have the advantage of a lower side corridor attaching the bays to the underside main hull. SO WHAT IS NEW ABOUT THAT. The same happened to my Valkyrie just before “KAPLOWIE “!!!!!. Not to worry they are short lived models anyway, I require the space and blocks for the next build. With this model I have placed 120 high yield canons all around the hull, top, bottom, both sides, on the landing bays, main engines. 66 low yield canons everywhere else. The dimensions of the Battlestar are as follows LENGTH … 1920mm, 75.50 inches, 240 studs X WIDTH … 730mm, 28.74 inches, 93 studs X HEIGHT … 265mm, 10.43 inches, 34 studs. WEIGHT … 22.574 kilograms, 49.77 pounds Dare I say 19,958 elements. Currently this build is on the bench in my way while I am constructing my next large build. I may dismantle the Battlestar over the next few weeks between times of editing all the images I like. CLOSE UP IMAGES Well as a foot note to all of the above, my dog decided that the model was in his way and kindly pushed this wagon over, apart from scaring the crap out of himself and running off it made me jump a little then I had to make sure my boy was alright and then dismantle the remains. I hope you had a good laugh, I did. Hope you enjoyed all these images.


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