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post #1 of 712 (permalink) Old 06-25-2008, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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The Invaders Saucer

The DVD set for the Roy Thinnes series "The Invaders" has been out for a couple of weeks now and I've just gotten about half way through it; this was a surprisingly better show than I remembered it being! While definatly formulaic television, the scripts are very well written, acted and directed, and especially with the alien "immolation" scenes, the special effects are still quite effective.
This is a series well worth getting, and IMHO, I would love to see an Invaders Saucer get the "Moebius" treatment and be made available as a kit in about a 12"-15" diameter size, perfect for either an interior or even a very nice lighting set-up.

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I too would like to see an Invaders saucer in a larger size
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I'd go for that. Although the old kit is still nice. Its simple but one of the cleaner Aurora kits. A standard scale version would be cool.
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I've also been watching the DVDs and I share your opinion of them.

And that has rekindled my interest in the saucer from the show also. I have a couple of the recent re-issues and I was thinking of building and lighting one. My quandry is powering the lights while retaining the interior for display. I don't want to have a big battery visible in there. So maybe I'll build it without lights.

But a Moebius saucer would certainly be welcome!!

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My quandry is powering the lights while retaining the interior for display. I don't want to have a big battery visible in there. So maybe I'll build it without lights.
I was wondering about that. Of course it has lights around the top lid of the saucer, which pretty much means no interior...

For the bottom lights I want to look at some of those push button on/off drawer lights they advertize on tv... or something similar. If I found some small enough I would just use one in/under each of the red domes on the bottom.
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Invaders ship

Here is mine. It's 15" and made from sheet plastic and acrylic.
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How did you make that out of sheet plastic??

15" diamater? Awesome!!! It really looks great!!!

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Guys the old Monogram kit is hard to beat. All it needs is someone to reissue that kit with the top moulded in clear plastic so you can either put it on as it is and see the interior, or the windows can be masked off and the top sprayed/painted silver and once the masking tape is pulled off the windows will actually look like proper windows. I'm sure when Monogram first issued that kit the top was moulded in clear plastic but subsequent reissues all had the top moulded in opaque plastic (which is stupid).


The underneath where the main circular engine is should be moulded in clear plastic too (even the appropriately coloured clear plastic of the tv saucer) so it could be lit up from inside.

Nice scratchbuild btw maucutt!

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DjNick - I wasn't going to bother with the top lights.

One possibility for lighting would be to not cement the bottom plate in place but secure it with button magnets. That way, the entire top of the saucer could be lifted off (including the flight deck) to reveal the electronics and battery area. But that means that the seam around the leading edge of the saucer would remain.

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I cn still remember seeing my invaders saucer model sitting on top of the trash pile... my grandmother had thrown it away, and so much of the landing gear was broken, I just left it there....>>sob<<
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Guys the old Monogram kit is hard to beat. All it needs is someone to reissue that kit with the top moulded in clear plastic so you can either put it on as it is and see the interior, or the windows can be masked off and the top sprayed/painted silver and once the masking tape is pulled off the windows will actually look like proper windows.

Another improvement over the Aurora/Monogram kit would be to make it twice the size.
If I remember correctly, the mold for the clear roof part was destroyed in the legendary "Great Aurora Train Wreck".

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I agree with Sungod that the original would be hard to beat.

But in the hands of Moebius, I'm sure they would find a way to make improvements.

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If I remember correctly, the mold for the clear roof part was destroyed in the legendary "Great Aurora Train Wreck".
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The clear and opaque parts were identical.

The only problem with the original kit was the cylinder section was a different proportion to the main hull. I would also love to see a bigger updated versiuon of it.
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Correct; they were identical in measurements, but the only difference was that they were on different trees; the clear roof was on the tree with the clear dome parts.
I've also noticed in viewing the DVD that the "window slits" around the upper hull are closer together, and that there are more of them, than are represented on the Aurora/Monogram kit.

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