USCSS Nostromo

It Starts...

Have you ever had one of those days when you are just sitting there. You get inspired to tackle a modeling project. Then you discover that the subject you have chosen happens to be one of the most un-photographed, hard to see, objects in the universe. Welcome to my adventure into building the USCSS Nostromo!
I found out about 12 years ago, that the Halcyon kit of this ship was going to be discontinued. Also that one of my model suppliers (I was running a hobby shop at the time) was selling off all of their stock at a really good price. Many of you reading this probably have this kit in your collection, or have built it. Now, I got a hold of my people, ordered two of these ships....NEVER GOT THEM. This really set me off. So I decided, "Well if I can build all of these other models...why not put my money where my mouth is." So I decided to attempt my first scratch building project, that actually existed on film. Most, if not all, of my scratch building projects before that came from my twisted little mind. Build this, put that there, that looks good...that didn't. You know!!!!!



SO... The decision was made. The sheet plastic was purchased. Glue and bits acquired...

No information! I checked everywhere.  The book shops. My model suppliers, the comic stores, nothing!!!! So now in walks a friend of mine who has the Halcyon kit of the USCSS Nostromo.  He is very willing to LEND me this kit, for as long as I wish, to do my project and he really wants to see if I can pull this off. Just over a year later the first Nostromo was completed.

Now please understand, I'm still to this day really proud of this ship. It was my first. It is unmistakable what ship it is (to those who know her), but it has always bothered me over the past few years ALL the technical mistakes I had made in building it. Engines being a bit small, The engines being to low to the main body, and the biggest mistake of all.....not being able to build the right engine exhausts (I used disposable plastic drinking glasses) So now comes the inspiration for the second ship....

The first NOSTROMO I scratch built is about 3 feet long and weighs in at about 10 lbs.




I'm currently starting work on my second Nostromo. This model will be four feet long (the same size as one filmed) and will probably tip the scales at about 40 lbs when complete.

Special thanks to my "net-friend" Roman, without whose poking this project would be on the back burner.....

If you want to see how the ship looks Today...check out the Nostromo II Sections of the web page!