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1/72 Cobra Mk III

Started by MartG, June 15, 2017, 09:04:44 AM

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MartG

Last of my recent SF builds

Last September I started working on a 1/72 Cobra Mk III from the PC game Elite Dangerous. The model was intended to be my son't Christmas present, but it took a bit longer than expected to make, and it was after Easter before he finally got his hands on it :D

For those unfamiliar with the game, here's a couple of screenshots of the Cobra





A few pics of the finished model







Welcome mat in airlock :)






Did I mention it lights up ? Six individually switched lighting circuits









The proud owner


Yes, those engines are quite bright - 12x high power LEDs in each :)


Pics of it being built below :)
Murphy's 1st Law - An object at rest will be in the wrong place
Murphy's 2nd Law - An object in motion will be going in the wrong direction
Murphy's 3rd Law - For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction


Old Wombat

Has a life outside of What-If & wishes it would stop interfering!

"The purpose of all War is Peace" - St. Augustine

veritas ad mortus veritas est

Captain Canada

Very cool ! Love the paint and markings. Can we get a better look at the squid ? The cockpit looks great and super cool when she's all lit up. The new owner sure seems happy !
CANADA KICKS arse !!!!

Long Live the Commonwealth !!!
Vive les Canadiens !
Where's my beer ?

MartG

How it started - cardboard mockup of the upper hull, based on screenshots and online blueprint pictures



Aft bulkhead


Engine lightbox


Upper hull


Inside upper hull, with cockpit box

Murphy's 1st Law - An object at rest will be in the wrong place
Murphy's 2nd Law - An object in motion will be going in the wrong direction
Murphy's 3rd Law - For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction


MartG

Quote from: Captain Canada on June 15, 2017, 09:11:15 AM
Can we get a better look at the squid ?

It was some clipart my son found online

Murphy's 1st Law - An object at rest will be in the wrong place
Murphy's 2nd Law - An object in motion will be going in the wrong direction
Murphy's 3rd Law - For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction


MartG

Cockpit





Primarily homemade decals - includes a couple of 'easter eggs' - the 'video screens' are photos of my son and his partner Samantha ( who the model is named after ) :)
Murphy's 1st Law - An object at rest will be in the wrong place
Murphy's 2nd Law - An object in motion will be going in the wrong direction
Murphy's 3rd Law - For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction


MartG

After using simple flashing LEDs on a previous model, I decided to try something a bit more complex on this one. Real strobes have a brief flash followed by a longer dark period, whereas flashing LEDs have equal on and off times. I therefore built my own flasher units ( two, so upper and lower strobes would flash at different rates ) using 555 timer chips.


Murphy's 1st Law - An object at rest will be in the wrong place
Murphy's 2nd Law - An object in motion will be going in the wrong direction
Murphy's 3rd Law - For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction


MartG

#7
I did mention six independent lighting circuits didn't I...

Electric spaghetti !



At left is the lower hull, with battery box built into it ( 4x D cells ) and the block of 6 switches

Where the circuits all come together

Murphy's 1st Law - An object at rest will be in the wrong place
Murphy's 2nd Law - An object in motion will be going in the wrong direction
Murphy's 3rd Law - For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction


Steel Penguin

whew that's impressive looking spaghetti  :thumbsup:
nice job on the Cobra, I can here the blue Danube starting up in my head already  :o
the things you learn, give your mind the wings to fly, and the chains to hold yourself steady
take off and nuke the site form orbit, nope, time for the real thing, CAM and gridfire, call special circumstances. 
wow, its like freefalling into the Geofront
Not a member of the Hufflepuff conspiracy!

Mossie

Wow very impressive!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I've had a thought to do a Krait from the earlier games,  one of several ideas for the forthcoming Sci-Fi GB.  This might just help kick the Krait a few rungs higher, not sure about lighting though!

Quote from: Steel Penguin on June 15, 2017, 11:04:40 AM
whew that's impressive looking spaghetti  :thumbsup:
nice job on the Cobra, I can here the blue Danube starting up in my head already  :o

Frontier player too???   I've got Baba Yaga going around in mine!
I don't think it's nice, you laughin'. You see, my mule don't like people laughin'. He gets the crazy idea you're laughin' at him. Now if you apologize, like I know you're going to, I might convince him that you really didn't mean it.

NARSES2

Some fantastic work there  :thumbsup:
Decals my @r$e!

Steel Penguin

nope used to play Elite on the BBC micro when it was 1st out, haven't played much since then, so I still have problems of ships not in wire frame graphics  :banghead:
I may look at the latest version, but I need another MMO to suck my time away like I need an extra hole in the head, the one I play ( guild wars 2 ) takes enough time as is.
the things you learn, give your mind the wings to fly, and the chains to hold yourself steady
take off and nuke the site form orbit, nope, time for the real thing, CAM and gridfire, call special circumstances. 
wow, its like freefalling into the Geofront
Not a member of the Hufflepuff conspiracy!

Snowtrooper

Darn. I'm this close to reinstalling Oolite (open-source clone of the original Elite with modern graphics and endless amount of community-made expansions) because of this.

Somehow, I always imagined Cobra Mk3 to be smaller, but then again, it is an interstellar starship with a cargo capacity of 18 tons, so yeah, it has to be at least that big.

Captain Canada

Wow ! Thanks for the build pics, that's amazing work ! Looks like something fun to try, a big Star Wars ship hanging from my ceiling all lit up would be wicked.

:bow:
CANADA KICKS arse !!!!

Long Live the Commonwealth !!!
Vive les Canadiens !
Where's my beer ?