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Old March 3 2014, 02:41 AM   #1
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Question for Rick Sternbach re: Mars Defense Perimeter drones

Hello Mr. Sternbach, if you're reading this...

I know that you built the Mars Defense Perimeter ship seen in "BoBW" from a Typhoon-class submarine kit and two smaller-scale Los Angeles-class subs for the nacelles. My question is, what was the piece used for the nacelle pylons and dorsal structure? I'm thinking of building a replica of the ship, but I haven't got a clue what you used.

Thanks for any info you can provide.
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Old March 3 2014, 03:17 PM   #2
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Do you have a clear photo of the final model?
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Old March 3 2014, 03:28 PM   #3
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Here you go:

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Old March 3 2014, 05:28 PM   #4
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Those are wings, or at least the ends of them. From what, I've no idea...but those are wings.
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Old March 3 2014, 08:51 PM   #5
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Re: Question for Rick Sternbach re: Mars Defense Perimeter drones

Boris Skrbic wrote: View Post
Do you have a clear photo of the final model?
Are you asking me or Rick? Because I certainly don't have photos except for screencaps.

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Here you go:
Thanks, but that diagram is extremely inaccurate to the actual model. Here's the best screencap of the model, when it was used as the soliton wave rider:

http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb2...wave_rider.jpg

As you can see, the nacelles and the dorsal structure don't look anything like that diagram.

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Those are wings, or at least the ends of them. From what, I've no idea...but those are wings.
Yeah, but what bugs me is that they curve downward into those humps that top the Los Angeles subs. Those parts don't look familiar to me at all.
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Old March 4 2014, 01:01 AM   #6
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Did they have a Warbird model available then? Maybe a part of the Warbirds wings on the top middle hacked a bit?
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Old March 4 2014, 01:26 AM   #7
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I think the lines are too straight to be from the warbird. My best guess is paired Excelsior pylons with styrene sheeting in between to make them look like one piece.
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Old March 4 2014, 01:37 AM   #8
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I think the lines are too straight to be from the warbird. My best guess is paired Excelsior pylons with styrene sheeting in between to make them look like one piece.
There wasn't an Excelsior model kit in existence at the time of BoBW.
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Old March 4 2014, 02:27 AM   #9
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No? When did the first one come out?
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Old March 4 2014, 03:23 AM   #10
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No? When did the first one come out?
BoBW was filmed in 1990; the vinyl kit of the Excelsior wasn't produced until 1993, and the AMT Excelsior model kit wasn't produced until 1994.
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Old March 4 2014, 07:28 PM   #11
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Yeah, I'm guessing it's styrene or some other form of molded plastic.
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Old March 5 2014, 01:27 AM   #12
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Hello Mr. Sternbach, if you're reading this...

I know that you built the Mars Defense Perimeter ship seen in "BoBW" from a Typhoon-class submarine kit and two smaller-scale Los Angeles-class subs for the nacelles. My question is, what was the piece used for the nacelle pylons and dorsal structure? I'm thinking of building a replica of the ship, but I haven't got a clue what you used.

Thanks for any info you can provide.
Aside from the sub hulls, everything else was scratch-built from sheet styrene and spares-box fiddly bits. It's amazing what you can do with some Evergreen sheet and an X-acto. And a lot of 180 to 600 grit emery paper.

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Old March 5 2014, 03:00 AM   #13
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^ So true. I made a Nebula class pod from the outer rim of a scrap Enterprise E saucer, flat stock, HO scale boxcar doors, an N scale locomotive shell and other fiddly bits.

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Old March 5 2014, 03:18 AM   #14
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Re: Question for Rick Sternbach re: Mars Defense Perimeter drones

I've always wanted to see good pics of this one. What I've wondered, is if the flat pylons turn down to get to the Los Angeles sub nacelles, or if the flat pylons attach to the subs conning towers?

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Old March 5 2014, 08:08 PM   #15
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Thanks for answering my question, Mr. Sternbach! Unfortunately that doesn't help me with building the model, as I'm afraid I'm not as adept a modelmaker that I'd be able to replicate the parts just with sheet styrene. Oh well.
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