SMT 1/144 "The Betty" (Alien:Resurrection)

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SMT 1/144 "The Betty" (Alien:Resurrection)

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 23:42

Not much screen time, but enough to catch the attention of those of us who still appreciate real models in sci-fi films.
Fortunately, Mr. Alfred Wong was also impressed.

This isn't a small model and comes with a lot of resin;

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Re: SMT 1/144 "The Betty" (Alien:Resurrection)

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 23:43

Whilst the standard of casting is very high, there is some work for the modeller to do, with regards cleaning up parts. NOTE that the resin parts themselves are of a harder material than any surplus stuff, clogging up details.
A pouring stub;

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A seam;

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Some refinement, with something sharp and pointy, methinks;

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Re: SMT 1/144 "The Betty" (Alien:Resurrection)

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 23:43

Flash removal;

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Of course, getting to glue bits together was a joy;

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Besides a main hull, there are two large...erm...engines, either side;

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Re: SMT 1/144 "The Betty" (Alien:Resurrection)

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 23:44

At this point, I ran and inserted the DVD into the player and watched again the opening sequence, where the Betty approaches the Auriga spaceship/station. I noticed a lot of moving parts and realised that the good Mr.Wong had cast his model with this in mind.
I decided that mine would have Working Features!
Some simple Dremel work to begin with;

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The round plug fitted very, very tightly into it's shallow hole...facilitating more action;

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Re: SMT 1/144 "The Betty" (Alien:Resurrection)

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 23:44

At this stage, I didn't fully understand what the pistons could do, or how they worked. I decided that there was only one way to find out and, using the originals as templates, I scratched my own, moveable replacements;

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Whilst the glue was curing, I returned to the main hull, for some more cleaning up;

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Re: SMT 1/144 "The Betty" (Alien:Resurrection)

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 23:44

The next two pieces should've been 'handed', but they weren't. I knew I could ask for and receive, a replacement, but a bit of modelling never hurt anyone and besides, I wanted it and I wanted it NOW!

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Re: SMT 1/144 "The Betty" (Alien:Resurrection)

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 23:45

Hull, with rotating arms;

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Hull, with rotating arms, powered by hydraulic pistons;

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A lot of the parts are, at this point, only dry-fitted.
A closer look;

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Re: SMT 1/144 "The Betty" (Alien:Resurrection)

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 23:45

Two smaller engine-type things are to be attached to the lower hull. I've opened up the 'intake' of one;

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Whilst other greeblies abound on the ship, especially in the darker, more intricate corners, this is, undoubtedly, a General Dynamics F-16 fin;

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Re: SMT 1/144 "The Betty" (Alien:Resurrection)

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 23:45

Whilst superglued 'butt joints' are usually strong enough, I didn't want to chance it and decided to make a stronger bond, between the main hull and the smaller engine pods.
I drilled some holes and inserted lengths of tube, (I didn't have rod as thick as I wanted it);

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I put coloured marker pen onto the ends of the tubes and then pressed the piece where I wanted it to go. The coloured pen left dots, showing me I needed to drill my locating holes;

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Re: SMT 1/144 "The Betty" (Alien:Resurrection)

Postby MerlinJones » Sun Jan 04, 2015 23:46

Some more details, cleaned up and applied;

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