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Kitbashed shipyard with movable construction assemblies

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Guys, I built a shipyard using a Dindrenzi Bastion station, and I thought you all might want to see it.

This is my latest creation. Its a shipyard that has movable lower construction assemblies. It can accommodate the largest ships, up to super dreadnought class. I am using the SSD for a large shipyard in my Fortress Command fleet book to represent it.  It was intended for Full Thrust, but I see no reason one couldn't use it for other games as well.

It was constructed with 1/8" square styrene strips, some 3/16" styrene strips, some 3/16 styrene flat strips, and a station miniature from Spartan Games (Dindrenzi Bastion class).

Construction information is also included in later pictures.

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Rear view:
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Underside with construction assemblies fully extended:
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Underside with construction assemblies halfway closed:
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Underside with construction assemblies fully closed:
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NAC super dreadnaught under construction, rear view:
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NAC super dreadnaught under construction, front view:
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ESU super dreadnaught under construction, rear view:
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ESU super dreadnaught under construction, front view:
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2 NAC battleships under construction, rear view:
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2 NAC battleships under construction, front view:
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Federation Galaxy class under construction, rear view:
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Federation Galaxy class under construction, front view:
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2 Federation Excelsior class under construction, rear view:
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2 Federation Excelsior class under construction, front view:
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SSD from my Fortress Command fleet book:
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Construction pics and details:

Plans: (made minor changes along the way)

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Basic frame constructed from 1/8" square styrene strips:

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Side assemblies to hold rods for movable construction assemblies, made from 3/16 x 1/8 strip styrene:
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Side assembly from a Firestorm Armada Dindrenzi Bastion station, with a 3/16 x 1/8 styrene strip attached via pins:
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Frame with some added bracing to accommodate the solar panel assemblies:
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Some parts from Combatzone-scenery (4 fuel tanks, 2 misc):
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Parts added to the rear of the construction assemblies:
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4 PDS mounts added to the corners of the frame. I used 4 British missile batteries, sold by Brigade Models.  I also put some square pieces at the corners to allow mounting of the PDS batteries.
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4 NSL small gun assemblies from Brigade Models, to be cut down and used as thruster assemblies and attached to the frame:
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6 freighter clamp down assemblies, made from the rear of some earring clasps:
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4 pieces of 1/32" x 1/32" brass square stock attached to the frame to serve as a screen grid:
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Center assembly and earring clasps attached. The center assembly is the main body of a Firestorm Armada Dindrenzi Bastion station:
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Earring clasps mounted to allow freighters to dock:
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Top view.

The black assemblies (solar panels) are from a set of motion detector lights - they are used to block certain areas from view to prevent false alarms:
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Side view.

The black assemblies (solar panels) are from a set of motion detector lights - they are used to block certain areas from view to prevent false alarms):
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Beam-1 (360 arcs) mounts, consisting of a stem and ball from a ball and socket mount (ship stem):
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Solar panels and beam-1 batteries installed:
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The construction assembly with center piece and rods to allow them to slide back and forth. I used ship mounting stems and 30mm round bases to support the shipyard:
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The assemblies attached to the long strip running the length of the underside. There were 4 of them that came with the Brigade Models freighter, and I only used 2.
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Underside, primed:
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Top view, primed:
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Finished view of the interior of construction assembly prior to installation:
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Outside of construction assembly:
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Installing the first of 2 construction assemblies. I used 1/16" aluminum rod - brass would be stronger, but the brass shininess detracted from the overall look.  I had to use 1/16" hollow rod due to not being able to get any solid rod. I would recommend using solid rod if you can get it.
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Second construction assembly installed, prior to adding the second outside piece that holds the rod. I had covered up the mounting area with some blue construction tape so it would not be painted/primed:
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Second side piece added to hold the rods, shipyard is completed:
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