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ClaytonFromEllijay
#454
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Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 05:32 AM UTC

Quoted Text

@Alex-He is one bad-lookinig dude. Can't wait to see more.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"



Yep, I don't like the odds of those Ruskies getting away from him....
Lakota
#123
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New Mexico, United States
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Posted: Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 05:14 AM UTC
@Alex-He is one bad-lookinig dude. Can't wait to see more.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
Bluestab
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South Carolina, United States
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Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017 - 05:55 PM UTC
Back with an update.

The base kit really doesn't have much in the way of weapons. This one just has the nebelwerfer looking weapon for its right hand. Other versions of this kit have rocket pods or large versions of laser rifles for them to carry. The latter always seems impractical but it's an anime based mech.
I had two armored radio boxes from a couple of old Dragon StuG kits. They fit perfect where I wanted to place them. So that's the housing. For the guns I had two options. The first was a pair of optional 75mm guns from an Academy Hetzer kit. The other option was a pair of optional guns from a couple of Heller R35 tanks. After some posing, I went with the Heller guns. The 75mm guns were too big. The Heller guns looked better.
I mixed the two kits' gun halves (tan & gray). I cut off the rear of the guns, behind the mantlet. I scratched some mounting bits. The squares with the X-ribbing came from the spares and will serve as access panels to the guns.

sci-fi-3_27

Assembled and mounted. The smaller guns shouldn't be broken as easily if the mech falls over. I originally thought these would be small caliber antitank weapon...better tech makes for better weapon efficiency. Smaller rounds mean more ammunition carrying capacity. Being a sci-fi subject, I might just go with a partical weapon and not worry about ammunition.

sci-fi-3_28

So now the arms. The right arm has the nebelwerfer looking thing. I figure missiles for this, even though the tubes are rifled. I'm debating adding a cannon to the center tube and ammunition magazine to the opening on the side. I probably won't use it, just because it sticks out so far. Plus, I have the dual waist guns.
The left arm I gave a laser assembly. Two pulse lasers flanking a larger laser in the middle. I figure the pulse lasers would fill the same role as a coax MG. For energy use, the smaller lasers could not be used at the same time as the center laser. I kept the barrels short. I figured if they were too long they'd interfere with or be damaged when trying to use the hand.
Both arms has some added detail added to the flat sections of the upper arm casings.

sci-fi-3_29

I decided to remove the foot spike things. I didn't see a real use for them. I didn't want them on there and risk them being mistaken as foot rockets or something.
The circular things on the feet line up where axles would be for themoving parts of the feet. I added some bits to the feet for added detail to represent the mount ends for these axles. Some are center wheel hubs from an Italeri LAV-25. I had to mix them just due to the number of them.

sci-fi-3_30

Basic assembly done and ready for paint. I decided to leave off the big scope lense assembly on the visor. And I'll decide against using the claw...I actually decided on that while I was masking off the joints for paint. I also left off the antenna array...opting for a more normal looking one to be mounted on the backpack looking thing. I also removed the laser barrels for paint.

sci-fi-3_31

Ready to paint. I wanted to keep the inner mechanical bits dark gray so I masked them off. I disassembled the limbs. I used plastic cling wrap, wrapping them around the inner parts. I then re-attached the armored casings. The only tape I had to use was around the knees to keep the plastic wrap from bucling when bent.
I shot the base coat as a primer coat. I went with a rattle-can of Rustoleum gray auto primer. The original plan was to go with a tan/green or tan/darker gray camo schemes. I kind of like the overall gray. I might go with a secondary color. I'm still debating that.

sci-fi-3_32

Paint dried...but still stinking. The inner bits are still masked off so articulation is a bit stiff. I did pose it with a 1/35 Tamiya T34 to show how big this thing is.

sci-fi-3_33

I'll give it a couple of days to fully dry and the smell to go away. I still have to make the pilot figure. And I'm thinking about adding a gun and/or a rocket pod to the backpack. I'd liek to re-furbish those Terminator figures I used last campaign for infantry. I'd like to do a diorama...either a street scene or a mech bay scene...but I don't want to get ahead myself again. And of course the background story.
Back with an update.

The base kit really doesn't have much in the way of weapons. This one just has the nebelwerfer looking weapon for its right hand. Other versions of this kit have rocket pods or large versions of laser rifles for them to carry. The latter always seems impractical but it's an anime based mech.
I had two armored radio boxes from a couple of old Dragon StuG kits. They fit perfect where I wanted to place them. So that's the housing. For the guns I had two options. The first was a pair of optional 75mm guns from an Academy Hetzer kit. The other option was a pair of optional guns from a couple of Heller R35 tanks. After some posing, I went with the Heller guns. The 75mm guns were too big. The Heller guns looked better.
I mixed the two kits' gun halves (tan & gray). I cut off the rear of the guns, behind the mantlet. I scratched some mounting bits. The squares with the X-ribbing came from the spares and will serve as access panels to the guns.

sci-fi-3_27

Assembled and mounted. The smaller guns shouldn't be broken as easily if the mech falls over. I originally thought these would be small caliber antitank weapon...better tech makes for better weapon efficiency. Smaller rounds mean more ammunition carrying capacity. Being a sci-fi subject, I might just go with a partical weapon and not worry about ammunition.

sci-fi-3_28

So now the arms. The right arm has the nebelwerfer looking thing. I figure missiles for this, even though the tubes are rifled. I'm debating adding a cannon to the center tube and ammunition magazine to the opening on the side. I probably won't use it, just because it sticks out so far. Plus, I have the dual waist guns.
The left arm I gave a laser assembly. Two pulse lasers flanking a larger laser in the middle. I figure the pulse lasers would fill the same role as a coax MG. For energy use, the smaller lasers could not be used at the same time as the center laser. I kept the barrels short. I figured if they were too long they'd interfere with or be damaged when trying to use the hand.
Both arms has some added detail added to the flat sections of the upper arm casings.

sci-fi-3_29

I decided to remove the foot spike things. I didn't see a real use for them. I didn't want them on there and risk them being mistaken as foot rockets or something.
The circular things on the feet line up where axles would be for themoving parts of the feet. I added some bits to the feet for added detail to represent the mount ends for these axles. Some are center wheel hubs from an Italeri LAV-25. I had to mix them just due to the number of them.

sci-fi-3_30

Basic assembly done and ready for paint. I decided to leave off the big scope lense assembly on the visor. And I'll decide against using the claw...I actually decided on that while I was masking off the joints for paint. I also left off the antenna array...opting for a more normal looking one to be mounted on the backpack looking thing. I also removed the laser barrels for paint.

sci-fi-3_31

Ready to paint. I wanted to keep the inner mechanical bits dark gray so I masked them off. I disassembled the limbs. I used plastic cling wrap, wrapping them around the inner parts. I then re-attached the armored casings. The only tape I had to use was around the knees to keep the plastic wrap from bucling when bent.
I shot the base coat as a primer coat. I went with a rattle-can of Rustoleum gray auto primer. The original plan was to go with a tan/green or tan/darker gray camo schemes. I kind of like the overall gray. I might go with a secondary color. I'm still debating that.

sci-fi-3_32

Paint dried...but still stinking. The inner bits are still masked off so articulation is a bit stiff. I did pose it with a 1/35 Tamiya T34 to show how big this thing is.

sci-fi-3_33

I'll give it a couple of days to fully dry and the smell to go away. I still have to make the pilot figure. And I'm thinking about adding a gun and/or a rocket pod to the backpack. I'd like to re-furbish those Terminator figures I used last campaign for infantry. I have to find 5 identical parts to make the heads like I want. I'd like to do a diorama...either a street scene or a mech bay scene...but I don't want to get ahead myself again. I have a neat idea for the former. And of course the background story.
SGTJKJ
#041
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 02:51 PM UTC
Shawn, I have the same kit in my stash. When I looked through the parts I got the same thoughts as you.
The joints needs to be fixed to look realistic. It seems like green stuff might fix it if applied when the joint is made.

Looking forward to see more
Scipio2010
#401
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Georgia, United States
Joined: December 08, 2013
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Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 - 10:56 AM UTC
I will be building the 1/12 Bandai Shoretrooper from Rogue One. I built a Phase II Clone Trooper from Bandai not too long ago and found its joints to be problematic. I will be gluing the joints this time around and using putty to mask the areas where the joints would be. Anyone that's built one of these knows it ends up looking more like an action figure than anything.

I plan on adding the kama and as many of the provided pouches as I can. I plan on painting the trooper in some mottled camouflage representing an elite recon unit within the Imperial Army.



Klaus-Adler
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MODELGEEK
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Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 11:48 PM UTC
I think that the gonk droids only appear in ANH on tatooine and in jabba's palace...it was getting turned up side down and having it's feet tortured
ClaytonFromEllijay
#454
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Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 11:55 AM UTC

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Gonk!!

What a great Star Wars beverage consumption game.
Every time its on screen the one who spots it decides who consumes... good times...



I guess I'm showing my age!!
MLD
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Vermont, United States
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Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 06:01 AM UTC
Gonk!!

What a great Star Wars beverage consumption game.
Every time its on screen the one who spots it decides who consumes... good times...
Klaus-Adler
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MODELGEEK
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Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 03:48 AM UTC

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And David, I have to ask what a Gonk is....looks like a pet travel case...



It's a power droids. A sort of mobile generator if you will
ClaytonFromEllijay
#454
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 02:18 AM UTC
And David, I have to ask what a Gonk is....looks like a pet travel case...
ClaytonFromEllijay
#454
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Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 02:17 AM UTC
Iain- how big are those models? Can you give a photo to show relation?
ClaytonFromEllijay
#454
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Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 02:14 AM UTC
It's "Perfect" putty,by Deluxe, and I swear by it too, super stuff. https://www.deluxematerials.co.uk/en/scale-plastics/87-perfect-plastic-putty-5060243901095.html
SGTJKJ
#041
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 12:00 AM UTC
Water based plastic putty - what brand is that?
Klaus-Adler
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MODELGEEK
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Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 11:11 PM UTC
just a quick update, the main part of the body has now been assembled and i have used perfect plastic putty to fill the gaps around the edges... this stuff is fantastic btw and i would recommend it to everyone as it's water based so it's easy to thin it or wipe away any excess with a wet cotton bud

SGTJKJ
#041
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Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 07:09 PM UTC
Welcome onboard, David!
Klaus-Adler
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MODELGEEK
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Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 08:43 AM UTC
I'm a little late to the start to this party but here is my opening shots of the kit i plan to build which is the JPG Productions 1/6 Gonk Droid:



Pave-Hawk
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Western Australia, Australia
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Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 - 08:57 PM UTC
They kind of make me think of the old WW2 identification models, but a bit more detailed.
SGTJKJ
#041
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Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 - 07:18 PM UTC
Nice looking X-wing. These kits look very unique when finished.

Thanks for participating:)
Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 - 02:07 PM UTC
X-Wing is now done too





Will try to get some decent photos of all three together to upload to the gallery.
SGTJKJ
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Posted: Friday, August 04, 2017 - 09:12 AM UTC
Great Looking Tie fighter!
Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 10:33 PM UTC
Tie Fighter done!



X-Wing Begins!





Little bit of an Astromech



Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 12:21 AM UTC

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Iain, the Tie Fighter looks great, specially the surface detail. Not sure if I missed this, but what scale it is? And how complex the build was compared to assembling "normal" PE details on plastic models?



The metal earth kits are all "box scale". Each fret is the same size regardless of kit and they usually have 2 frets per kit.

The tie fighter and x-wing seem reasonably close to their relative sizes so should look good side by side.

Difficulty compared to normal PE varies. Fold lines are either normal looking etch lines for small bits, or perforations for long pieces. The hardness of the stainless steel means that you need to bend carefully, as having to rebend a part can break it, and rolling perfect tubes is an art. Trying to anneal it would probably discolour the steel, and would be obvious without paint.

The tab and slot construction is mostly robust, but long parts that are only secured at one end with two tabs, like the snow speeder gun tubes, really need a dab of glue on the tabs to help hold them securely. My AT-AT has one leg at risk of falling off because I didn't use glue and one of the two tabs has snapped.

I really like these kits as they are a bit different and actually build into really nice little models with a bit of care and patience.
The first one I ever built was the tiger tank, and the tracks did give me some problems, but it's currently the only German armour adorning my display area.
PasiAhopelto
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Uusimaa, Finland
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 08:23 PM UTC
Iain, the Tie Fighter looks great, specially the surface detail. Not sure if I missed this, but what scale it is? And how complex the build was compared to assembling "normal" PE details on plastic models?
SGTJKJ
#041
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 07:40 PM UTC
Ha, ha, good pictures, Alex.

Looking good!
Bluestab
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 01:09 PM UTC
Iain, nice metal work.

Top hatch assembly added. I think it came out pretty good. I'm going to build a pilot. For the time-being, I'm using an old Dragon Vietnam era Chopper pilot as a stand-in. I'm probably going to use the chopper pilot's helmet and dress it up a bit....homage to Mechwarrior.
sci-fi-3_22

Buttoned up and standing. To be honest, I'm using this as a "before" picture before I start adding to the limbs and adding more weaponry.
sci-fi-3_23

To show its articulation, we'll start with a bit of "dabbing".
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She was young and needed the money.
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Working the pole....get those dollar bills ready guys.
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No roller skating though. And I tried getting it to teabag one of Stalin's teapots. It looked like it was mooning the tank though.

That's it for now.