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By Marc Potts (Patrolcorvette) on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 10:44 am: Edit

Sorry, all I'm getting 'Page not found' I'm afraid.

By John C. Barnes (Nitehawke) on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 12:24 pm: Edit

Copy the link and paste it in the address bar

By Mark Hutton (Trynda1701) on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 01:02 pm: Edit

Nope, that's not working either.

By William Stec (Billstec2) on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 01:24 pm: Edit

I also get a page not found error. Pasting it same thing.

By Scott Iles (Smrl) on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 06:39 pm: Edit

Edit: Didn't work.

By Scott Iles (Smrl) on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 06:42 pm: Edit

Not sure what's wrong. It works for me when I paste it in. When I pasted the link into the text box, it put the end bracket in the middle for some reason. I moved it to the end, but it still doesn't work.

Let's try this. CVA

Ok. That one works for me. Anyone else?

By Tony L Thomas (Scoutdad) on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 06:56 pm: Edit

That one worked fine for me, although the previous version didn't.

Nice ship, though.

By Thomas Mathews (Turtle) on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 07:10 pm: Edit

That link worked for me as well. The one from this morning/last night didnt' work. So your good now.

By Mark Hutton (Trynda1701) on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 09:35 pm: Edit

Worked for me as well this time. Nice mini, Scott. :)

By Scott Iles (Smrl) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 12:07 am: Edit

I imagined the external bays as a bunch of individual "sheds" attached to the outer hull. They're just short pieces of square styrene with one end angled slightly.

It conveys the idea, I guess.

By Marc Potts (Patrolcorvette) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 06:57 am: Edit

The new link works for me too. Thanks for the alternative idea on how to do the external hanger bays.

By Jack Bohn (Jackbohn) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 02:39 pm: Edit

To the second part of the question: cargo packs for the CPC and others. There is a drawing of one in CL #33, part of the PC deckplans. It's an irregular hexagon tube, as wide as the spine where it connects, increasing to a bit less than 50% wider in the middle, lower half a mirror image of the upper half; about as tall as the top width.

Now to the starship labs to test construction techniques: I took a plastic sheet and cut several narrow strips. I was able to stack 5 of these along the channel between the wings of a Tholian mini, so that's the width of my top and bottom panel. I chose 7 for the width at the middle. Clamped a straight edge on my cutting surface and pushed the edge of a strip against it, then used my 5-deep stack as the measure and the guide for cutting. Did that four times, the best two become the top and bottom panels. Increased the stack to 7 to cut a strip the width of the middle. Centered on this middle strip, glue one of the ugly strips, then the top panel, flip over, repeat. Filled the stairsteps with putty and smoothed to form the sides of the hexagon. Here's a picture of the first attempt, with the putty too thick. Oddly, here it looks like the slope of my pack is going to match that of the wings, it should be steeper, and pull away from the wings. Also, it needs a hole drilled/gouged in it so it will fit over the disruptor it blocks on the C or D. I'll do that after I decide which side looks best after priming and re-sanding. Then I'll cut the front and back at a rakish angle for fashion -- and to match the art in Module R10 that shows a disruptor or photon "pack" welded to the bottom of a CW to turn it into a New Heavy Cruiser.

By Marc Potts (Patrolcorvette) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 06:02 pm: Edit

CL 33? That's the one I've got waiting for me to pick up at my FLGS because of those very deckplans! That's brilliant.

Oh, and thanks for the advice and images as well, and that's not just you, I really do appreciate all the advice that everyone's given me so far on this topic.

By David Young (Semperatis) on Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 11:33 am: Edit

A couple of recent conversions.

USS Virgil prototype NCL

[img]http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l4/xuihpilli/DSCN0104_zps00b6c884.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l4/xuihpilli/USSVirgilExperimentalNCL002_zpsa28249e4.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l4/xuihpilli/002_zpsc2a2cdd0.jpg[/img]

Prototype Fast Destroyer.

[img]http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l4/xuihpilli/004_zps96264804.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l4/xuihpilli/005_zps55138631.jpg[/img]

Deckhouse Destroyer.

[img]http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l4/xuihpilli/001_zps260a3bb2.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l4/xuihpilli/002_zps52a35e1e.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l4/xuihpilli/003_zps178e4476.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l4/xuihpilli/004_zpsc9a35729.jpg[/img]

By Norman Dizon (Normandizon) on Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 12:18 pm: Edit

Very nice work! I like the look of the Deckhouse Destroyer.

By Gary Carney (Nerroth) on Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 11:28 pm: Edit

David,

The BBCode tags from the FC forums won't work here on the BBS. The Disqus formatting is a little different, but the board isn't set up to allow non-authorized posters to show images directly.

(You could use the newurl tag to link to the images in a new tab, like this.)

Also, where did that version of a fast destroyer come from? The only DDF which I'm only aware of is the Two Moons-class from SFB Module R12 and FC: Reinforcements Attack.

By David Young (Semperatis) on Monday, May 19, 2014 - 07:15 am: Edit

Hi Gary,the fast destroyer is in reality one of SWO-Daddy's,though he was calling it an HDD,a design running in direct competition to the NCL. He had envisioned the two FF engines being mounted above the saucer NCL style,but I felt that it looked better this way round and that a DDF prototype was a better choice for it. Jeremy had submitted this design back in 2002,though everyone seems to have forgotten it.

By David Young (Semperatis) on Monday, May 19, 2014 - 07:18 am: Edit

Here's a pic of all three DD mods together.

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l4/xuihpilli/004_zps341c1764.jpg

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 07:55 pm: Edit

HALF-POUND SCRAPYARD SACKS: Today we sacked up 18 of these half-pound scrapyard sacks. These contain ships that were not good enough for factory seconds. The includes missing parts, broken parts, and other serious problems.

Jean doesn't want me to provide a list of contents, since they vary widely. I can say that we went through the nine pounds of stuff we had (almost ten, actually) and divided it up into types. For example, all of the leftover Fed HDW engine sleds went into one cup, all of the tugs we didn't have pods for went into another, all of the Fed NCAs and NCFs that we didn't have lower engines for into another, all of the defective Fed DN rear hull/engine, all of the leftover fed engines, all of the ... you get the point.

Then we got 18 plastic cups and I would count out 18 of something (say, leftover Fed saucers) and hand it to Jean, who put one in each cup. Things that we only had a few of (those tugs) went into a final cup and were used to make all of the bags weight 8.4 to 8.6 ounces.

You could find anything in your bag. A fed FFB with a dinged engine, a Kzinti something with a broken boom, and so forth. You could even find a complete ship that you don't know what's wrong with.

When we were done I had a few small broken parts left that were of absolutely no use to anyone. I was going to drop them into the melt bucket but pity stayed my hand and I threw them into a few random cups. So if you get the broken off bridge boom of a Fed D5, you didn't pay for it, and I don't care if you throw it away or glue it to the freighter that is probably also in the bag.

Jean will put these on the cart sometime, maybe this week or next or maybe she waits for Christmas eve. Who knows what marketing will do?


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