Friend's kid has trouble sleeping, needs a night light. Since I was a nipper I have always fancied building a Space Base. The plan is to build one with 'night light' mode (anto-collision lights on buildings, runway lights and control tower staff illuminated from below by green 'screens' (holes punched in plastic strip with green LEDs recovered from old keyboards). If I get it done there will also be some stories to be read to him about life on the base where there is *always* someone on watch.
Plan to mod some kits to produce the aircraft and space craft, starting with three Airfix Orion shuttles from my bits box to be fitted with a dorsal intake and landing gear to represent atomic powered air-breather transports. Three Heller Cadet Frelon's to have rotor-tip jets added and some kind of H tail. Ground vehicles will probably be tracked (always liked the T34 chassis for that, good excuse to see if I can still form clear plastic to make some 'Lost In Space' type vehicles). May have a go at 'hovercraft' sitting on ball-bearings (he is only 9, there are to be played with).
Would like to kit everything out with some kind of consistent logo/markings. UN Space Administration or some such.
Have had a look at what I can get locally and nothing fits the bill, hence considering using the inkjet transfer sheets. Has anyone any thoughts and/or recommendations on using these. I have been meaning to give them a go for ages and just haven't yet done so.