This is my latest sci-fi model. I finished it a month or two ago, but we had a series of home-related repairs that distracted me from sharing it here.
The little sci-fi model club I belong to is having a challenge: “Build a land or water vehicle propelled by a reaction engine (but not an airplane or spaceship)”, simplified for sanity’s sake to Jet Car Challenge. This is my entry, Ice Cruiser Norlandia.
It started out as a submarine hull, part of an estate purchased by my local hobby shop, with an inch spliced into its height, and jet engines from a Hustler bolted on:
I took it to a model exhibition, and every person who saw it at my table asked, “Submarine?” Um, no. So I resolved to make it look less submarine-y. I cut off the conning tower and slid it waaaaay aft, then built a bridge from sheet styrene:
It needed suspension, so I built some. The springs are styrene rod wrapped around a screw, then dunked in boiling water:
Some wise guy on a model message board thought it needed a way to stop, so I built some thrust reversers from florist’s test tubes:
A friend with a mill helped me make a jig to drill tons of portholes:
I cast a resin copy of a bit of scrollwork I got from eBay, and before the resin was fully cured, I draped it over the nose:
I decided it needed a recreation deck, under glass; an eyeliner package provided the dome:
This slide-in box, filled with LEDs and later fitted with a diffuser, lights up the portholes:
A base, plywood and foamcore and lots of drywall mud:
A “dinghy”, based in a 1/350 tank kit:
And a link to my Flickr album: