Since editing and delete are activated due to the Photobucket thing, I deleted my busted posts.
I've been putting off posting an update because I'm now using Flickr and am figuring it out. And on that note...let's get this build started with a big update.
Time to get started on the 1/20 BanDai Brutish Dog.
As mentioned, I'm building this as a 1/35 vehicle and adding a new cockpit. I used a pilot's seat from an old Revell 1/32 scale Apache as a stand-in while I mock things up. I added a sheet styrene floor, laying it over where the 1/20 scale seat would sit. It became quickly apparent that the body is too small for a 1/20 scale pilot. There's no room for any reasonable drive and powersource bits....or whatever the backpack thing is supposed to be.
Assembled cockpit wall inserts. I included both to show both sides. The one on the left shows the detail facing out. This will be covered by the body panels and not seen. The detail is quite nice and can be dressed up even more. Even the hidden details could come into play if you wanted to open this thing up.
I had planned on scratching a pilot's seat but decided to use the Apache seat instead. It would just take up space in the spares for another couple of decades. I removed the side armor panels. I made a new base out of styrene. I added shocks using a mirrored set I found in the spares...maybe from a Trumpy BMP-1. The control sticks were odd bits from a Tamiya 75mm anttank gun.
The kit's cockpit wall inserts were given new buttons and some knobs from the spares...I really don't know what the latter were from.
I decided to use a medium/light gray for the interior. Components would be painted gunship gray for contrast. The second part is the cockpit lid. I added a dashboard. I'd have to modify it a bit later to fit with the seat and controls. BUt we'll get to that later.
I decided to go ahead and paint the interior metal parts med/light gray. I then dry-brushed them with Testors Interior Metallic Blue. I figured an alien mech would use an alien alloy...so something a bit different. If it had the interior detail, it got painted. Alot of it won't be seen but it's there.
Cockpit coming together. The buttons will be redone and some other bits added to the rear wall and pilot's seat.
Hopefully I've finished seat and cockpit tub. I added control panels to the sides of the seat. I reworked the buttons some to make them smaller. I added some bits from the spares to the rear wall to fill up dead space and cover the mounts for the powerpack/backpack unit. I raised the seat up using styrene strips. I ground down the molded on seatbelts...they show alot more in these pictures than they do in real life. I painted them khaki because even alien seat covers are khaki. I might go back and try to cleanup the seat seat a bit...that glob is going to drive me nuts.
I put the cockpit to the side and started on the arms, legs, and the pelvis. This is the mech's right arm. This version comes with a weapon that looks alot like a nebelwerfer. As a example of the detail, the insides of the tubes are grooved. The forearm has an ammunition magazine but there's no way it is large enough to hold the rounds for these. I probably will modify the center tube to be a autocannon.
All the joints are moveable. BanDai has you use poly type inserts for joint sockets. Each is sandwiched between two parts. There are five on this arm. I went ahead and assembled them before the picture was taken to avoid mixups.
I debated on leaving the claw off...but decided to use it at the 11th hour.
The arms (as well as legs) have a good deal of molded on detail. Most will be covered with armored panels. I don't care for the boxiness of these light gray sections. I may modify them a bit later. All of this is snap-together so it's not difficult to go back and redo stuff. I'll disassemble most of this to paint later.
And now its left arm. This one has a hand. The thumb and index finger are seperately molded. The other fingers are molded as a unit. The hand is pose-able and can grip a figure. I'm probably going to add a MG or two to the wrist.
Both arms assembled. Both arms are highly articulated. Even snapped together, they feel solid
See what I mean about the light gray panels for the upper-arms. I'm thinking of adding something to break up the flatness of the surfaces or make them look more like the panels on the legs.
Arms attached to the upper-body. It's starting to take shape. As an aside, the compartment on the front of the cockpit is where the 1/20 scale figure's feet sit. That's just gives you an idea of the scale difference and just how cramped the kit's pilot would be in this thing.
Time for the legs....but first the feet. Lots of parts for the feet. Parts, parts, parts.
The foot is articulated. It has rollerskates. On the outside of each foot is a retractable spike. I'm sure this is some important detail from the anime series this kit comes from. I may keep them, I may not. The foot insides are kind of sparse looking. It looks like something is missing. The three sockets look like they are placed where some foot joints would be at. I may dress those up a bit.
Time for the legs. Again, lots of parts.
The legs assembled and feet attached. They are fully articulated and pose-able. The fit on the thigh plates are a bit off...probably the only real fit issue I've had with the kit so far. You can do this funky forward crouch for the mech to park and the driver to mount and dismount. To do that, the ankle joints are a bit odd and can be a bit fiddly.
Next, the pelvis. A couple pieces and some armor plating is basically it.
Assembled to show some of the detail. The crotch area has molded detail for drive joints and armored plating to cover it. There's armor plating like a skirt and they actually have add-on plating to most of these.
Legs attached to the pelvis. There's a couple things I want to get finished before I show the mech assembled.
At this point the basic assembly is done. I'm still working on the cockpit detail for the driver's hatch underside....basically the dash and vision blocks. I'm adding some more weaponry.
This is a snap-type kit so everything is snapped together at this point. I'll break it all down for painting and probably cement stuff later.
I still have the pilot to build, rework the Terminator figures for cyborg infantry, and work up the backstory.
I'm really enjoying this build. This is my first BanDai kit and I look forward to building more.