Shortly after publishing an article of a first version of this magnificent fantasy ship model, which is nearly one meter long, on the Starship Modeler Forum, I received a new commission to carry out a new version on a smaller size.
The idea did not convince me too much from the model-making point of view, because once you know the model and you mostly solved the potential challenges, it stops being a challenge.
However the idea of it in smaller dimensions presented more drawbacks than expected, especially in solving the most thorny issue of both versions, which was the illumination system for the model.
In fact in this case I had to rethink it in more than 60%, particularly for the trust disks, that I built in the first version with a variant of incandescent bulbs known as “neon's”, which were be impossible to use in this new scale because of their size.
Having had several setbacks in the previous version, a new approach to start modeling of the ship was needed, so I decided to start from a solid original sculpt of the ship, that I molded then, to get separate halves as "shells", to finally get a hollow structure able to house all the lighting circuitry.
The primary advantage against first version was that I already obtained both halves ready to assemble without major detailing work (except of assembling and sanding).