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Roland
post Apr 12 2009, 10:01 PM
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I've decided to try my hand at shipbuilding with sheet styrene. I figure a Z-95 should be fairly simple to start with, so I'm in the planning stages.
If I build it to scale, then it would be just over 2 feet long, which is a bit much (longer than the current X-wings). So, I've decided to scale it based on the current X-wing mold, which is 18" long (and wide, coincidentally). According to canon, the X-wing is 12.5 m. Based on that, the Z-95 (at 11.8 m) should be just at 17" long.

As for other parts, I'm thinking about cannibalizing a new A-wing for the cockpit (and possibly the canopy too). I want to make the Mark I version with the triple blasters instead of the X-wing style cannons, but I haven't located anything yet that I really like (the new Dagger Sqaudron B-wing cannons are cool, however).

For now, I'm going to draw the design out on Photoshop and work with cardboard (tip from FFURG's site...very smart) until I get the hull just right. Also read a tip about using ABS pipe for an internal skeleton, which I also like. Still reading some other posts and such to gain more wisdom before moving ahead (Delaton's thread is very interesting so far...and part of the inspiration to get started).

Anyone got any other suggestions? I've never tried building a ship from scratch, but I've wanted to for a long time. I'm really looking forward to working on this biggrin.gif !
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Delaton
post Apr 13 2009, 05:54 AM
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I'm interested to see how this comes along. I have a spare Xwing that may end up being a z95 someday. Will you be curving the rear of the fuselage like the titanium model? Or keep it more rectilinear? I was actually thinking about using a phase I jedi starfighter for the cockpit in lieu of an Awing. They should be much more common as parts on ebay or flea markets, the cockpit has some detail that can be used, and the rest of the ship can be used for miscellaneous details and parts.







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