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Product: Catwalk, Repair Bay 72.BN.DN.CR.RR
Series or Genre: Battlestar Galactica (TRS)
Scale: 1:72 Aircraft Scale
Accessory Set: BSG Hangar 1:72
Product Specific Notes: stretches the length of the repair bay - notched for the open frame mid-bay
This series of models - the BSG Hangar Deck - is designed to create a diorama environment for the display of all BSG 1:72 scale models from myself or other suppliers. I designed the models using the dimensions shown on an original set of blueprints from stage design. After prototyping, I upsized the parts just slightly to better accomodate the dimensions of the Moebius 1:72 Vipers. I also added two options: (1) an open version of the airlock door and (2) a closed bulkhead wall for the furthest deck frame.
The system is designed to be moduar so that you can build more or less as you desire. For example, you could extend the deck to be longer with more and more launch bays OR a combination of launch bays and repair bays. This modular design also allows the deck to be disassembled and reassembled as desired. The rear walls "hang" on the deck frames. The deck frames have all been adjusted so that they are free-standing without the back walls. The catwalks are slotted to fit into the frames. Because individual components can be removed and replaced, the options for taking photos of your models in the environment expand exponentially.
The models available here are the result of many hours of reviewing videos and still photos from the source TV shows and movies. I also use internet references to help fill in gaps. In all cases, model design is based upon the actual on-screen presentation of the items, not on models created by others. In cases where there is inconsistency in the presentation, I use my best judgment to create a representative item. For example, the Battlestar Galactica Raptor shown in the mini-series (landed on Caprica) is different than the same type of vessel that landed on Kobol late in the TV series (The Re-imagined Series - 2000's
). Likewise, the Skyfighter from V (the Visitors) had at least three slightly different designs through the two mini-series and TV series (The Old Series - 1980's
These models are intended to be finished and displayed - they have not been designed as toys and should not be used in that way. My experience to date indicates that these models should be handily completed by a moderate to advanced model maker. The printing software adds some materials at thin edges in order to ensure that the edges do not fracture during printing. These areas are easily finished with light sanding. My models are solid and freestanding. There are no moving parts unless specifically stated in the description text. For example, the engine hoist and pallet jack have wheels, but they are fixed - the models do not literally "roll".
models I currently have available from the 2000's mini-series and TV show (the re-imagined series, TRS), include:
- Blackbird Stealth Viper: Built by Chief Tyrol, this one of a kind craft was similar to a Viper but invisible on DRADIS and it allowed the Colonial fleet to destroy the resurrection ship
- Colonial Raptor: the stock Colonial reconnaissance vessel for making short Faster than Light (FTL) scouting hops in support of the larger capital ships and Viper squadrons
Hangar and Flight Deck Accessories that I currently have available (that could be used for any ships in the proper scale) are:
- Access Ladders: scaled to fit the models to the greatest extent possible - I have chosen to re-create ladders I can find in the programs only - no "generic" ladders (no moving parts)
- Lifting and Moving: engine hoists and stands, pallet movers, and high lifts (no moving parts)
- Toolboxes and Carts: differing sizes and shapes - low tech with just drawers and higher tech like PCs or OBD-like scanners (no moving parts)
- Containers: differing types of miscellaneous containers as seen on the decks with the ships (no moving parts, but some are stackable)
While the prices on my models appear high compared to many other items on Shapeways, I would note that my models are much larger than most of the others. I am designing for model makers and collectors, so scales I work with, like 1:72, produce items that are 3 to 5 inches long - rather than models that are less than an inch and thus much cheaper.
I am a self-taught, hobby 3D designer and printer. During the summer of 2014, I started with a DaVinci 1.0 printer
(the first version - 1 print head, ABS) and all freeware (Sketchup Make, 123D Design, Meshmixer, Meshlab, and a few others). Being a serious science fiction fanatic, I immediately began designing and printing science fiction related objects. It didn't take long before I realized I could make things I couldn't buy from others (things that were either never made or are very rare). Today, I continue to utilize the same freeware tools, but I now have a DaVinci 1.0 Jr.
that prints PLA and an iBox Nano
liquid resin printer that uses MakerJuice.
Most of my models are printed iteratively on my printer here until I am pleased with the design. I then upload them to Shapeways. I have had prints made of many of my items and I have found that the quality of each order fulfilled from Shapeways has exceeded my expectations. As I have time, I update the pictures of the items in my store with pictures of the items printed by Shapeways. I also post some graphics and pictures that illustrate multiple models in use together - for example, models paired with the display bases or other accessories I have available (to illustrate diorama creation). I almost always have items in draft (not uploaded or released) and I'm always looking for the next good thing to make. Favorite or bookmark my store and check back to see new items.
I always appreciate feedback, so please send me suggestions, requests, whatever!