How to build a Zoom Rabbit style BSG civilian fleet spaceship.
1. Buy a dozen random model kits, put the pieces all in a giant box and mix them all together. Throw away the directions, but keep the decals as they might come in handy. (One can organize the pieces by size and shape the way I have, in removable clear plastic drawers, to keep things organized.)
2. Take apart a few random things like electic razors, lighters, cassette players and the like in your quest for parts. For example, in the forward view of my ship, there is a squarish module under the flight deck, directly above the number 20, which was the connector plug off the end of an old telephone line.
3. Smoke a phat one. If you're unsure about what this means, proceed to step 4.
4. Just start putting pieces together, using your imagination and superglue (gel.) Use exacto knives and emery boards to cut things to fit when necessary. Keep in mind a few basic principles about spacecraft design; everyone expects to see a flight deck or some other kind of place from which to control the ship, engines (duh,) a landing bay or docking hatch of some kind, and if your ship is intended to land on a planet, there should be landing gear. My sanitation ship is too large to land, so no landing gear.
5. Build in sections, so you will be able to handle the model while painting. Using spraypaint, give the whole thing its base coat. For space ships, I usually choose some shade of gray. Allow to dry overnight. Note the second photo.
6. Paint with a fine brush, and some appropriate colors. I've chosen only two other colors for this project. When dry (about 8 hours) you may apply decals. Whether using wet or dry transfer decals, just follow the directions and your imagination. If the decals were applied wet, you must wait an additional 8 hours before you spray with a good lacquer. I use a flat finish, but satin or glossy finishes are available. Note: don't skip the lacquer, but don't overdo it, also. A single protective coat of lacquer will protect the decals and paint from handling.
7. Let dry overnight. If impatient, use of a fan can cut drying times in half. At this point, I go and add my metallic colors because they stand out better unlacquered. To cheat, I use metallic sharpie markers like the silver and bronze ones visible in the third photo. Quick-drying and handling durable.
8. Now, glue the sections together, take photos and hang from the ceiling. Ta-daa! You're a spacecraft engineer.