Direct from Gerry Anderson's 1970 UFO Series.. A project to craft a UFO interceptor. These spacecrafts were based on the moon and were the first line of defense against "the aliens" - humanoids that extract body parts from abducted earthlings.
Dedicated to craftsmen around the world (specially followers of the popsicle mini-models series), the project was a little more difficult due to the less angular design of the spacecraft, not to mention tiny struts for the landing gear....
Step 1: Materials
Step 2: Tools
Dremel minimite with the following really usefule bits:
- Drum sander (course & medium grade)
- Disc Sander (fine grade)
- #125 High Speed Cutter
- Grinding Stone (Cone shaped & drum-shaped)
- Olfa Handsaver art knife (w standard blade/s)
- Elmers multi-purpose white glue
- handy clamps
- fine tweezers
- ruler and mechanical pencil
Step 3: Schematics
I would like to thank the foundation3d.com folks for the attached schematics. You guys render it and I'll try to craft it!!!
Here is the link for the image: URL: http://www.foundation3d.com/forums/showthread.php?p=221436
Step 4: Fuselage
The basic shape of the fuselage was cut using an Olfa Cutter. You'll need to cut and glue together 5 separate pieces to form the basic 3D shape of the fuselage. A smaller piece (you'll need to craft two of them) was glued to the bottom side to complete the basic shape of the fuselage. A lot of sanding and grinding (using the Dremel Mini-mite with the drum sander attachment) was done to 'round off the edges' and form the shape of the fuselage to conform with the design schematics.
Smaller scrap materials make up the housing for the maneuvering thrusters. The 'tiny' maneuvering thrusters were installed at a later stage...
Step 5: Main Thrusters and Tail Fin mount
The secondary thrusters were carved out from a toothpick and sliced carefully to achieve a 'cone' shape.
The Tail fin mount was formed similar to the main thrusters albeit a trapezoid shape (instead of a cylinder).
Two (2) tiny maneuvering thrusters were cut from a thinly shaped (and rounded!) toothpick.
The thrusters (main, secondary and maneuvering) and tail fin mount were positioned and glued to the main fuselage and set aside to dry.
A triangular tail fin was cut using the olfa cutter and sanded into shape with a disc sander. The tailfin will be installed in the next step.
Step 6: Tail Fin and Wings
To craft the wings that shall support the landing gear, scraps of popsicle sticks were used, cut and sanded into shape.
The 'skeletal' rudder, tail fin and wings were then glued in place using the schematics downloaded from the internet and used as a guide..
Step 7: Landing Gear
The skids were carved from a much 'larger' toothpick and set aside while the tiny struts were shaped and glued into place. I used scrap popsicle sticks to prop up the fuselage while waiting for the white glue to bind the struts to the wing and fuselage. Again, you can always refer to the available illustration(s) and specifications on where to position the individual struts and skids.
Step 8: Main Armament - Single Missile
Step 9: And finally... mounting the Missile
And ......... A lunar-based UFO interceptor ready to take on aliens!!