|02-28-2017, 07:58 PM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2010
I usually don't post WIP's as I go, much less before I start the project, but I'm still brainstorming and open to suggestions. Any ideas, let me know! I probably won't start any actual work on this until mid April.
These are photoshop workups for some of what I want to accomplish.
My plan is to put back together my USS Flagg, but to modestly improve its overall size.
Right now it's a three part plan:
1. Expand the flight deck by creating new custom deckplates. The bow deckplate will get moved forward. The empty space will be filled in by the new custom deckplates, which will also grow the flight deck to around 12 feet. Yesterday I was thinking 14 feet, but my display space options might hamper that a bit. This image is an updated one from the one I posted yesterday on joecustom.com. This one shows where the new deckplates would be cut and also shows texture on them. The longshot image also now shows the taller island.
2. Make the tower/island taller. One of my friends gifted me the remnants of his Flagg, so I have a few spare parts to utilize. Cutting the lower level from one tower and repeating it under another tower would make it a three story structure instead of a two story one.
3. The trusses will be heightened using the "GI Joburg" technique. Check out his youtube video. It's the best idea since grilled cheese sandwiches. It makes the dead space area under the flight deck large enough to use as a hanger (or whatever else you want to turn it into).
Other ideas include:
* making some of the new deckplates hinged, as to flip up for access to the ship innards.
* add interior lighting
*a display table with sculpted water/waves
*adding a Tactical Battle Platform to the display table
What materials would you use? Any concepts you would like to see?
The original base images are from eBay and google, so if one of them came from one of you, my thanks. My Flagg parts are pretty discolored, not sure if they can be used as they are or if I'll have to paint them.
Last edited by Clockwise; 02-28-2017 at 08:04 PM.. Reason: clarification
|03-06-2017, 02:34 PM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2013
So is that an actual customized tower, or a mock-up? If it's an actual customized tower can you give a pic of the other side? I think I'd be interested in customizing mine that way. It could give the tower an extra bridge like on an actual air craft carrier.
|03-11-2017, 02:59 AM||#3|
Join Date: Feb 2010
It's a mock-up.
When I try to fit the parts together, it looks like a mess. One tower is in pretty good shape, but the other one is very yellowed. I'm reluctant to cut apart a tower, even though I've almost talked myself into it.
Now I'm considering trying to add a layer built of styrene between the roof and the top/bridge floor of the tower.
As far as the "real world" movement, we've made the template for the expansion deckplates. It's cardboard, but it took about 5 hours. The Storm Eagles are underscaled, so they actually look pretty good to give a sense of size.
There's some perspective distortion in the photograph. The stern of the ship isn't as wide as it appears.
The overall length will be 13'1" up from 7'6". I was planning on 14", but there are size limitations for where I can display it.
This would be much easier if Hasbro had considered making the Flagg with repeating square or rectangle segments instead of 5 uniquely shaped deckplates.
The next step will be to cut the deckplates (still not sure about a material) and see if they can fit together well enough to look right.
Last edited by Clockwise; 03-11-2017 at 03:05 AM.. Reason: added information.
|03-11-2017, 08:53 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jan 2014
Definitely cut and stack the towers. That keeps the look consistent.
If I were attempting this project I'd lose the original deck plates. It would make it more difficult to fit to them leaving tons of seams. I'd go with some type of MDF product, 1/4 or so. Rough cut it and set up guides to finish with a router.
If I ever get my hands on a tower, this is the direction I would go.
Keep us posted.
|03-16-2017, 03:17 PM||#5|
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Wow, this is goo to be amazing. Looking forward to the big reveal.
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|03-17-2017, 09:52 AM||#6|
Join Date: Dec 2008
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|03-17-2017, 06:50 PM||#7|
Join Date: May 2015
Great Idea! If you can pull off a large flight deck like that it would be epic. I wish I had a small percentage of the talent that so many of you that do customs have.
I have been doing work in my basement building out a room and when I was cutting the 2x4s I was constantly looking over the scrap wood pile and thinking if using wood for some structures, bridges etc. would be a feasible idea. After looking at your mock up of the deck it just hit me that perhaps cutting out a piece of plywood in the shape of a carrier deck could work. Have you considered that as an option?
I am looking forward to seeing how your project turns out.
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