3 Foot Colonial Viper Mk II


With the full scale Viper build taking a break in lieu of home renovations, I still need a creative outlet.

This is a rather unconventional method of model-building, Baz style.

The aim is to create a pattern that will be cast in solid aluminium, then detailed with brass and copper. No paint – solid metal with a high-polish finish. The finished product is in my head, now to get it out and into the real world.




Work begins.

I am using the same formers, scaled down – that I am using for the full scale build. Also breaking up the ship into modules the same way.

A practice cannon in wood, before spending $$$ on brass.


One brass cannon turned. Nice warm shed, cuppa soup, comfy chair and some tunes. It’s good to have machines that do the work while you watch. I’m in no condition to strain and stress at the moment. Keeps my bugs away from others too. Still pretty drained though. I’ll do the other one on another day.
I came up with an inventive way to slot the cannon sections by clamping my Dremel with an end mill bit in it. Indexing achieved by working out circumference of chuck and dividing by the number of slots. Glued on an indicator needle point.
One cannon completed, slots all indexed in and finished to a high polish.
Started the second cannon tonight.
In between everything else, I have slowly been building form and detail on the wings. They look a bit rough at this stage, but they get better with every session I spend on them.
Some pics showing various parts of the three footer at different stages. because I am using a variety of scrap material and fillers, the sanded finish is difficult to get consistent. Some of it sands very easily, leaving convex depressions in the surface, while the harder materials leave lumps and bumps. To try to solve this, I’ve sealed some parts with a lacquer, akin to resin hardening. At least after a few coats of that, I can apply a single putty, then sand it down to the hardened surface.
Cannons finished and given some protection while they wait for the rest of the ship to be completed.

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