If you have imagination and basic modelling skills, you can design and build your own model spaceship. In fact, there is no wrong or right way to design a ship, and if you think about it, movie franchise spaceships were dreamed up by some artist at a drawing board, not NASA engineers, so the sky is the limit. The detail and complexity of the build up is up to you, but the basics will remain the same no matter how large or small you choose to make your model.
- Skill level:
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Things you need
- Drawing paper or design program
- Plastic sheeting, tubing, strips and blocks
- Scrap clear plastic sheeting from blister packs
- Modelling putty
- Small cardboard boxes
- Household odds and ends like wires, bottle caps, buttons, etc.
- Cyanoacrylate glue
- CA glue accelerator
- LED lights
- AA battery pack with batteries
- Soldering gun and solder
- Spray primer
- Assortment of acrylic paints
Draw out a plan for your spacecraft. You may find that you modify it greatly as you build, but it is best to start with a plan.
Cut sheets of plastic, tubing, and blocks for the major hull assembly. Leave holes for any lighting or clear plastic you wish to apply.
Cut strips of clear plastic from scrap sources like blister packs and glue in place from the interior to disguise glue marks.
Insert LED lights if desired and test them with the battery pack before soldering wires into place.
Glue the parts together with cyanoacrylate glue and CA glue accelerator. Use small cardboard boxes on the inside of the structure for stabilising right angles and trim as necessary.
Mold curved parts with modelling putty.
Glue on external details made from household items like bottle caps and wires or old spare model parts.
Mask the portholes and lights with masking tape.
Spray light grey primer from a can onto the model at a distance of about 8 inches.
Paint as desired.
Tips and warnings
- Start simple. It is easier to add on then try to strip down a model.
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