Building a Scale Model of the Original Battlestar Galactica

BattlestarGalacticaI know this model is not really an “aircraft”, but I thought it was a good idea to showcase it on this page. It was a lot of fun building the Revell Monogram Battlestar Galactica Model from the original TV series. This is my first Science Fiction Model and I used many of my weathering techniques to add some effects that will make the model look more realistic. I feel I learned a lot building this model.

I modified this model by adding interior lightning that shows through the tiny windows I drilled in the plastic model of the spacecraft. I also added a flashing blue light with red surrounding lights for the engines. They look really cool. I also added a miniature fan within the structure of the model that generates a sound.
The decals that came with this old model are of really bad quality. I am already planning to remove them and painting them instead.

Here are a few pictures I took of the model with some space and earth backgrounds:

Battlestar Galactica

A Revell Monogram Battlestar Galactica Model from the original TV series. This is my first Science Fiction Model. I modified this model by adding interior lightning that shows through the tiny windows I drilled in the plastic model of the spacecraft. I also added a flashing blue light with red surrounding lights for the engines. They look really cool. I also added a miniature fan within the structure of the model that generates a sound. The decals that came with this old model are of really bad quality. I am already planning to remove them and painting them instead.


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Applying decals to a Plastic Model Airplane

Here is a short tutorial that shows you the basic steps necessary to apply decals to a plastic model airplane:


Step-by-step guide:

  1. To apply decals to a plastic model airplane you will need:
    • Decal Setting Solution
    • Scissors
    • A brush
    • Tissue Paper
    • Water
  2. Pre-cut the decals using scissors or a hobby knife.
  3. One at a time, dip a decal in water for a few seconds until you feel the decal move slightly from the backing paper.
  4. Using a brush apply some setting solution to the area of the model where you are planning to put a decal.
  5. Slide off the decal from the backing paper as you position it on the model.
  6. Using a brush apply more setting solution on top of the decal. Be very careful not to move it while you apply it. Allow the decal to dry. Carefully remove excess setting solution and water from the surface of the model using a tissue paper.
  7. If the surface has many irregularities, like panel lines; you may need to add additional applications of setting solution.
  8. If you see bubbles appear on the decal, you can pick them with a needle or with the point of a hobby knife and then apply setting solution with a brush until the bubble is flattened.
  9. Your model is now ready to showcase.
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Boeing B-29 Superfortress

This Monogram 1:48 scale model kit of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress was modified to include 4 electric motors, internal lights, navigation lights on the wings, blinking tail light, front tire light and a light under the fuselage.
The surface of the model was painted to resemble a metallic surface. Some areas were covered with aluminum foil.

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Douglas TBD-1 Devastator

This is a surround view of a 1/72 scale model of the Douglas TBD-1 Devastator:


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Tracing Panel Lines With a Pencil

Tracing panel lines with a pencil


I developed this technique a few years ago when I was trying to find an easy way to delineate panel lines on my plastic model airplanes. The results of using a pencil are quite good. It works best with a flat/dull surface. You need to use a well sharpened #2 pencil (or a different grade, depending on your taste). Carefully and slowly trace the panel lines of your model, blowing air with your mouth as you trace the lines to help remove the excess graphite from the surface of the model.

Applying a coat of dull or glossy clear lacquer

When you are finished delineating your model, apply a coat of dull or glossy clear lacquer to help seal the graphite to the surface of the model plane.The results are fantastic.

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