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Firefly model kit in the works

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Friday, January 27, 2006 10:42 AM

CABRIDGES


Thomas Models, a company known for its excellent line of Trek-type resin kits, model conversion kits, and accessories, is working on a model of our favorite ship. After working up a plan for "114 resin parts, 4 clear resin, 4 clear vac form, 185 photo-etched brass parts, plug nā€™ play animated drive lighting, and color decals in glorious 1/87 HO scale," plans were later scaled back to 1/120 scale to make casting easier and the price more reasonable.

More details at http://www.serenitystuff.com/2006/01/27/serenity-model-in-the-works/

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Friday, January 27, 2006 11:27 AM

CYBERSNARK


Shiny!

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Friday, January 27, 2006 12:04 PM

RUXTON


Something is wrong in the numbers given on the link. If the original was 150 feet long, that's 1800 inches. And if the FINAL model is 20" long, that's about 1/90 scale. But the text sez the final scale will be 1/120, which makes for a model only 15" long.

I suspect a skilled modeler could scratch-build one of these from balsa (non-flying, that is), though it would be a huge project. It took me about a year to scratch-build a flying RC Fokker DVII. I suspect the non-flying aspect of this one would take less time. Cost would be much less than a C-note -- but one must have the skills.

Personally, I'd like to build a quarter-scale model, but don't really have the room for it.

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Friday, January 27, 2006 12:43 PM

DONCOAT


Quote:

Originally posted by Ruxton:
Something is wrong in the numbers given on the link. If the original was 150 feet long, that's 1800 inches. And if the FINAL model is 20" long, that's about 1/90 scale. But the text sez the final scale will be 1/120, which makes for a model only 15" long.

I think the problem is with the full-scale length. I've seen this given elsewhere as 190 feet, which works out to 19" at 1/120 scale.

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Friday, January 27, 2006 3:21 PM

MICHAELANGELO


Serenity is 191'L x 128'W x 53'H.

I'd LOVE to get this model, but $200-300?! Da shiong la se la ch'wohn tian!

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Friday, January 27, 2006 9:20 PM

RUXTON


MichaelAngelo,
Er...!? How the Deuce do you know that?!

Thanks to you and DonCoat for the length. Seems like I saw it yester at 150, but have NO idea where.

Addenda: The Wikipedia CUTAWAY has the overall length as 190 ft, 0 inches.

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Saturday, January 28, 2006 8:45 AM

HALFBREEDINKC


You wouldn't happen to have a link to the "cut-away" on wikipedia you referenced would you?

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Saturday, January 28, 2006 9:50 AM

MISBEHAVIN


Quote:

Originally posted by HalfbreedinKC:
You wouldn't happen to have a link to the "cut-away" on wikipedia you referenced would you?...B]



http://www.fireflywiki.org/Firefly/FireflyTransport

This drawing can also be seen in the Firefly DVD's special feature "Serenity: The 10th Character."

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Saturday, January 28, 2006 9:50 AM

MISBEHAVIN


Quote:

Originally posted by HalfbreedinKC:
You wouldn't happen to have a link to the "cut-away" on wikipedia you referenced would you?...B]



http://www.fireflywiki.org/Firefly/FireflyTransport

This drawing can also be seen in the Firefly DVD's special feature "Serenity: The 10th Character."

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Saturday, January 28, 2006 10:20 AM

HALFBREEDINKC


Thanks for the link - was jsut thinkin' how shiny it'd be if some skilled architect out there, who happens to be a browncoat his/her self, would do a set of blueprints - sorta like the old Enterprise sets that were floatin' round when the the Star Trek movies renewed the that franchise...

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Saturday, January 28, 2006 4:29 PM

TVCHICK


Quote:

Originally posted by MichaelAngelo:
I'd LOVE to get this model, but $200-300?

Ditto. :(

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Sunday, January 29, 2006 1:03 PM

DARTHVEGAS


$300? I'd get it! The idea of Serenity all shiny and glowing on my bookcase has been a desire of mine for close to 2 years!

'Might have been on the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.

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Sunday, January 29, 2006 1:21 PM

CAPTBAGGYTROUSERS


Yeah, I'd get this.

Yup. I'm in. $200- $300 for something like this, limited edition, is a good deal, believe it or not.

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Sunday, January 29, 2006 9:31 PM

AEGIS


Brilliant! time to dust-off that old airbrush!
there hasnt been a sci-fi model kit worth having since the old millenium falcon (or maybe the space battleship yamato)

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Monday, January 30, 2006 8:11 AM

MITHEL


Well, if they are going to make a $200 to $300 model forget any economizing on the price and make it shiny good. We'll buy it. (some of us anyway)

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Monday, January 30, 2006 11:06 AM

STORYMARK


$200-$300 bucks for a resin model that size, with so many parts, that even lights up -- pricey as it may sound, is actually a bit of a steal.

I've done a few resin figure models that were only around 9' tall, and only 3-4 parts, and they ran close to $100.

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Monday, January 30, 2006 11:48 AM

MER


O_o uhh $200 tell me that that's not the price. For the love of cheese I hope it's not.

I mean, I'm being received something I really want (again-action figs, comics, novel)!


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Monday, January 30, 2006 12:36 PM

RUXTON


"... actually a bit of a steal."

I agree. About ten years ago I saw a quarter-scale balsa model of a Dalotel aerobatic R/C aircraft selling for about $250, and you had to have immense skill to put it together. So this prospective price of $200-300 isn't exactly bad, I think, if all the lights and extras come with it. Presumably the legs come down, the nacelles rotate, and the rear opens/closes.

I have a "Precision" 1/16th scale model of my John Deere 720 diesel tractor by Ertl, and its list price was about $150. The front wheels turn with the steering wheel, stuff like that, which we'd expect to see on the Serenity model. So yes, it could well be a "steal."

I wonder if it'll have the Reaver camouflage as optional equipment.

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Monday, January 30, 2006 12:41 PM

SPINLAND


Quote:

Originally posted by Ruxton:
I wonder if it'll have the Reaver camouflage as optional equipment.


And my drooling turns into laughing out loud!

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Monday, January 30, 2006 1:14 PM

TMURRIE


Perhaps it should say "Reaver camouflage sold seperatly" underneath.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006 12:11 PM

MICHAELANGELO


Good deal or no, try telling my wife that i'd rather buy a plastic model than make a car payment or pick up a months worth of groceries... That'll fly *almost* as well as Serenity did after the EMP hit it...
... in case you somehow forgot, she was dropping like a rock...


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Wednesday, February 1, 2006 7:36 AM

STYROFOAMGUY


In the world of limied run kits the costs can be very high. For those not used to it the price is shocking.

I know people who will build a model car for others. The kit will cost around $15. Then there is glue, paint and labour. It can take 20-40 hours on a decently built model. I know my friend will charge something between $200-300 for something out of the box. At 40 hours that would work out to around $7 an hour.

Of course some people think they can get a custom car for $25 since that is what a diecast car costs.

They do not realize the skills, labour and tools involved. I am not putting those people down. I am just saying they have not had the experience to realize what is involved in putting together a limited run kit.

For those who can not afford it there is at least the ornament they can purchase.


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Saturday, February 4, 2006 7:15 AM

HALFBREEDINKC


It's been a LONGGGG time since I built a model kit, and being truthsome...I really haven't seen anything I'd care to - but this? Yeah I'd go ahead and spend the money for this particular kit.

HalfBreedinKC

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Thursday, January 3, 2008 10:57 AM

POWEROFTHEVERSE


GET ON IT!

I've been waiting years for one of these things!

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