|UFO control room - this is the wall screen mounted opposite the control consoles (below).|
|White and green LEDs flash on the craft's underside, while the aqua-green power core in the control room flashes through the |
portholes. Interestingly, the kit has preset holes for all the LED positions, but the instructions make no mention of what the
lighting should look like, nor of how to connect LEDs to a power source.
|SUBJECT: ADAMSKI FLYING SAUCER / UFO|
KIT MAKER: HEAD HAND (I never heard of 'em either, lol). SCALE: 1/48
SPECIAL FEATURES: Fully detailed flight cabin. Removable top for viewing the interior. Detailed underside.
ADDED: Modified control consoles with back-lit screens created in Photoshop to replace the kit's flimsy decals.
Electronic LED lighting inside & in the engine pods.
|Original 'art work' I created in Photoshop, showing |
my UFO entering Earth's atmosphere.
|SUBJECT: AREA-51 UFO |
KIT MAKER: PEGASUS SCALE: ??
SPECIAL FEATURES: Clear green upper dome & 'windows'. Well detailed landing gear.
ADDED: Electronic LED lighting
|SUBJECT: UFO - EARTH vs THE FLYING SAUCERS |
KIT MAKER: ATLANTIS SCALE: ??
SPECIAL FEATURES: Landing column can be set in raised or lowered position.
ADDED: Electronic LED lighting display base.
|This iconic UFO appeared in the classic sci-fi movie, EARTH vs THE FLYING SAUCERS. The UFO was designed & built by |
the great stop-motion effects specialist, Ray Harryhausen (it was his only 'non-living' stop motion creation). The recessed
lines along the upper saucer helped show that the UFOs were spinning as they moved along - to give that effect to my model,
I mounted it on a rotating base. The base also lights up, with changing colors, and serves to light the UFO through its hollow
landing column. This is a small (5" diameter) & very simple kit. Painting the ship and adding metal-foil to the landing column
took more time than assembling the UFO.
|Careful masking and multiple layers of spray paint enabled me to restrict the 'light up' effect to the upper dome of the UFO. |
The light on the underside of the UFO is simply being reflected from the display base. Shiny metal tape around the landing
column helps reflect the light from the base.
|The model's multi-hued paint|
scheme adds considerable
Note the underside is actually
two different shades of metallic
gray / silver.
|Electronic lighting on this model is simply, since only the green 'windows' and upper dome had to be lit.|