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Martin Bower's World of Models 2020.02.22



Best kind of book; over 310 pages ... full of pictures :)

If you've ever seen Space 1999, Blake's 7, Alien, Outland or Terrahawks, then this is the book for you.

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Star Fleet Saturday 21 2020.02.21

Somewhere in the world, it's already Star Fleet Saturday … :)
Here is Matsu Kami's astonishing model of the Alliance Battlecruiser.

This project was started in October 2016 and completed this year.  You can find out more about the process on the SFXB Forum:
http://www.xbomber.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1317

I pulled together all the images here:
http://www.xbomber.co.uk/?dir=Star+Fleet%2FFan+Work+-+Models%2FMatsukami+-+Battlecruiser

The model is huge and features a mirror on its base to display the details on its underside.
I really liked what Matsukami said about how he overcame the difficulties in making it:
"Many hours spent in this hobby, many going back because the result did not suit me. But at no time did I discourage myself, I had faith."

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Star Fleet Saturday 20 2020.02.15

Star Fleet Saturday ...

I saw some more images on twitter of rgm79kunio's Dai-X figure, converted from 1/144 scale Gundam kits.
The only other image that I'd seen before was a bit dimly-lit.

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Star Fleet Saturday 19 2020.02.08

Star Fleet Saturday comes around again (albeit intermittently)...
I received this X Bomber sketchbook from Japan a while ago and I did promise that I would do a nice big scan of it once it arrived.

This sketchbook is a little smaller than I expected.  The blue one that I have is nearly A3 and this one is a tiny bit bigger than A4.
It took a bit of scanning; meaning that I scanned all four corners and photomerged them to capture the entire area without the ring binding.

The cover illustration has retained its colours very well, considering that it's 40 years old but still seemed to have faded slightly.
I created three outputs with varying levels of colour restoration, ranging from full, partial and none-whatsoever (apart from what the V750 may have taken upon itself to do based on the preview scan), in the order that you see below.

You can find the original JPEG outputs here, along with all the rest of my much-beloved Showa stuff:
http://www.xbomber.co.uk/?dir=Star+Fleet%2FPublications+-+Showa+Books

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Sketchbook - Black Widow v1 2020.01.19



This is an experimental little ship that has the emphasis on speed, durability, firepower, in that order, (and nothing else).

I had this old drawing that was done with one of those soft graphite sticks but it was lacking a bit in detail.
So I added some panel lines with the sharpie and used one of the blue Staedler plastic erasers to clear away the graphite and create some highlights.

When I scanned it, it created an accurate rendering of the illustration but it looked a lot lighter on the screen than what I had in mind when I drew it, so there was quite a lot of faffing about with the levels in Photoshop needed.

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Star Fleet Saturday 18 2020.01.18



Star Fleet Saturday comes around again...

This is 'Lamia and Makara' from the deviantArtist; hardbodies.
I like it that, even in 2019, people have been working away on fan illustrations based on Star Fleet.

Only question in my mind... In the words of Commander Riker: "One, or both?" 🤔

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Star Fleet Saturday 17 2020.01.11

Star Fleet Saturday comes around again ...
Twitter user; rgm79kunio has a Dai-X, converted from 1:144 HGUC Gundam kits ...
While toytonyleung has a cool lineup of Star Fleet sofubi or vinyl characters.

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Terrahawks - Blueprints 2020.01.06

Well, as you can see, this set of blueprints cost £4.95 back in 1983, but to get a set now costs you quite a bit more.

Thanks Dominique for getting me these.

Before someone asks, I'm not scanning all 6x ~A2 images.  Think how long that'd take to stitch in Photoshop.

Anyway, the accompanying materials are uploaded here:
http://xbomber.co.uk/?dir=Other%2FTV+Shows+-+Terrahawks%2FBlueprints

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Infinity Magazine Article 2020.01.05

Infinity Magazine - SFXB Forum

I learned from SFXB's Andy T that Infinity Magazine have quite a few pages on Star Fleet in their current issue (24).
It also has a cool double-page poster of the battlecruiser and X-Bomber.

You don't have to go out looking for it at the newsagents.  You can just order it from their site, or do what I did, which was: download the electronic version.
infinitymagazine.co.uk/product/infinity-24-kapow/

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Star Fleet Saturday 16 2020.01.04

Here comes Star Fleet Saturday again ...
I came across a few images of the French comic books that I (at least) hadn't seen before.

They raised two questions in my mind:
1. why the owner decided to photograph them on top of a pile of wood
2. what those magenta enemy ships are - They never appeared in the series.

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