Colonial "Sphinx" Fighter

Started by Atlantis, October 02, 2010, 08:50:47 PM

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The Sphinx originally began as an  effort to design a long range heavy aerospace fighter bomber  for the Colonial space-based forces (Navy and Marines) based on the Gryphon platform. However, as the craft moved forward in development, it began to look nothing at all like the original design,  which looked like a more faceted Gryphon mk. II with variable-sweep wings. Eventually, the design came to incorporate the DRADIS array like the one in use on the Viper mk.II following Colonial Dynamics' merger with  Graystone Aerospace; the final product resembled in several ways the Tauron War era  Viper. The Sphinx first saw combat action towards the middle of the first Cylon War. It later saw action in peacekeeping operations on Tauron and Sagittaron following the war. Also, the Sphinx was immortalized in the cult sci-fi classic "Zero Hour" where due to a spacial anomaly, the Battlestar Nimrod is sent back to the time just before the Tauron attack on a Caprican luxury liner which led to involvement in the conflict. It also gained mainstream fame in the film "Gunslinger" which followed exploits of young aviators at the elite Colonial  Fighter Weapons School (Gunslinger program) .

          This particular aircraft is  a member of the 76th Colonial Space Fighter Wing "Knights of Cydonia" based off of the Battlestar Nimrod during the CW 1. It's wearing the early war gray and red "High Vis" paint scheme.

The model is a combination of the Lindbergh F-8 crusader and a Revell Snaptite Tomcat that I hacked up and rearranged.

False Canopy ( Actually the nose gear bay)
I still need to add decals


Very Cool & Well Done :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :cheers:Dan



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Some "Action" shots I did this afternoon.


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Brilliant!  I love those in action shots - how did you do those?


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Quote from: deathjester on October 17, 2010, 12:30:38 PM
Brilliant!  I love those in action shots - how did you do those?

I used one of my dad's microphone  stands and sewing thread to suspend the model in the air. After taking the photos, I used GIMP to edit out the strings  and add jet exhaust and lens flares.


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Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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