Moebius Models Seaview With Upgrades & Lighting
1/128th Scale Or Thereabouts
Well what can I say...
Can't Go Wrong With A Detailing Pile Up.
Howdo troops and troopettes!
Right then, this is not a blow by blow buildup, I feel sure there are more than a few out there on the net dealing with this beastie.
This is more a show and tell kinda thing dealing in some small way with lighting and the Paragrafix upgrade stuff.
There may be some folks wondering what it could look like with a bit of extra spit and polish well here we be.
Aswell as the lighting, i'll be chucking in some stuff of my own making and bought in gear lord save us all.
In the Beginning...
The basic parts of the control room are straightforward.
The assembly and painting are more likely covered better elsewhere but here's the deal from me.
Standard paintjob, nothing spectacular and assembly.
Now the photo-etch upgrades for the control room are available from Paragrafix Modeling Systems.
You can go see the goodies they have by clicking this here link which will open in a new window.
Here is a piccie of said fret.
Piccie used with kind permission of Paul Bodensiek as a certain muppet who shall remain nameles didn't take a bloody photo before laying about the fret with the blowtorch and cutters.
And this is the somewhat indepth 6 page instructions, dead tree edition that comes with the fret.
You can get a downloadable .pdf version from the Paragrafix site.
Some of the bits off the fairly large fret are as follows:
The railings around the hatch to the flying sub.
The railings around the pedestal in the main control room area.
Overhead structural crossbeams.
Table and chairs.
Drawing thingy on the map table.
Wall TV and tiny Seaview model.
The instructions are fairly extensive and clear in the construction and placing of items.
The construction is familiar to anyone who has delt with PE sets and there are more than a few tutorials out there so go google my modeling muckas!
For those of you still here, on with the pics...
First the control room with the main details installed.
Extra holes in the forward framework drilled out by yours truly.
The map on the wall in the observation part is just one lifted off the net, reduced and printed on a paper self adhesive lable, trimmed and applied.
Likewise for the map on the table.
The control panels have been drilled out to take fiberoptic and we'll be dealing with that later.
One thing to mention, the rails around the pedestal where Mr Morton is standing.
The instructions say to just bend the ends in slightly and they will fit into the holes moulded in the kit part floor.
Me being me decided to curve them a bit to more correctly look like they should and all of a sudden they didn't fit.
Nothing to do woth the PE parts, just me being picky about details to a degree so if you decide to do this, take heed now..
The figures are the stock kit ones with additional figures from a bag of 1/125th achitectural modeling spares.
Just a very basic paintjob really.
Of course it was a neccesity to have two officer types discussing summat at the map table...
And not forgetting the female lieutentant talking to the slightly shifty civillian scientist
with the dodgy east European accent who will probably turn out to be working for 'the other side'...
and will doubtless die at the end of the episode by...
A) Being blown up in the reactor room.
B) Getting electrocuted by his own sabotage in the misslie room.
C) Getting shot in the running gun battle with Capt Crane and Kowalski from one end of the sub to the other.
D) Getting eaten by the 50ft tall plankton monster...
Or giant squid...
Or giant octopus...
Or by being blown up in a underwater minefield...
as he tries to make his escape in the mini-sub.
The other figures just placed as per instructions or as I wished to.
One seated figure was held over for the flying sub, more on that later.
As you can see the PE parts certainly add to the deal and very nicely too I might add.
Speaking of which, time to add the cross beams.
Simply removed from the fret, trimmed, cleaned with alcohol, primed and painted with enamel gunmetal.
Fitted as per instructions.
One piece of additional stuff by me.
The ladder that I think is supposed to lead to the sail goes up through a ring so that was added quite simply by some plastic tube and squarestock, painted gunmetal where needed.
So overall the Seaview enhancments are pretty good.
There are plenty for the exterior aswell, namely the doors on the sail, limberholes, handholds and so on but that's for later so I will see you next time around.
Go easy gang!