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Old 03-08-2018, 04:51 AM
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Tachi build

I've encountered very few models I wanted to build more than once, but Michael Grosberg's excellent Rocinante/Tachi is one of them. It's a ship from the sci-fi show "The Expanse."

A brief bit of history for those unfamiliar with the show or the books by James S.A. Corey upon which the show is based: The Tachi is a Corvette-class fast attack ship operated by the Martian Congressional Republic Navy (MCRN). It was berthed on the Donnager as a fleet escort vessel, and when that ship came under attack by unknown ships, Jim Holden and his crew escape in the Tachi, which they rechristen Rocinante.

Michael first offered the Rocinante, in 1/100th scale. When he repainted it as the Tachi, I figured it would be cool to build it, but since I am short of display space, I shrunk the ship to 1/200th scale. Because Michael did an excellent job of engineering the ship's complex shapes, it goes together just as easily in the smaller scale, although my aging eyes were glad when I was done.

I added some detail to the nozzle for the Epstein Drive, added some panels as appliqué detail, added handholds and other small bits.

One note: There are some cool-looking renderings of Tachi online, and the markings are different from what is on the model. I was all ready to send Michael a lengthy email pointing out his "errors," but then I headed over to YouTube and watched a couple of clips of the ship in action on the show and, sure enough, Michael's markings are correct and the online renderings are incorrect.
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Old 03-08-2018, 05:22 AM
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Michael's kit is very nice.
And your build is a fine work.
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Old 03-08-2018, 06:46 AM
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Excellent work!!
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:46 PM
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When I saw the orange parts I was worried. I now see I worried about nothing. Beautiful model. Thank you for sharing. wc
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Old 03-09-2018, 01:52 AM
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Fashioned a simple stand out of black cardstock and foam-core board:
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Old 03-12-2018, 03:13 PM
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Man, you're *fast*. And an amazing builder. I could just barely form those small parts in 1:100. Granted, it was my second paper model in the last, oh, 25 years... I might be a bit rusty.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:49 PM
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Man, you're *fast*. And an amazing builder. I could just barely form those small parts in 1:100. Granted, it was my second paper model in the last, oh, 25 years... I might be a bit rusty.
Thanks for the kind words. The second build of a model always seems to go faster.

Actually, I'm contemplating a third build, this time in 1/144th scale. I'm three episodes into season 2, when Rocinante has small dark squares -- battle-damage patches -- all over it. Also, some of the light gray paint is wearing off some panels, revealing the dark gray and orange MCRN colors underneath. If I can figure some way to replicate that, I might do it. I'd also want to inset the doors of the PDC housings, as well as the two hatchways and other details. And the forward RCS housings could be cut out, too.

The bottom line is, it is a well-designed (and robust) model that lends itself to detailing if that is the route you want to go. But it builds into a great replica straight off the page.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:07 AM
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Looks great for such a small vessel.
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