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Scratch building Mech Legs
diseasedspawn
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Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 04:06 PM UTC
Hey guys!

I'm an experienced modeler in military kits but very little in terms of sci-fi and nothing in terms of mechs, yet I am making my first kit-bash into a mech. I am using parts from a Hind kit, 88mm gun kit, and an old Bradley kit I took apart, but I do not have parts for the legs. I plan to scratch build them. I want the knees to bend backwards but that is as detailed as I have gotten. Any advice on scratch building mech legs?

Thanks for any help!

Mark
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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 12:40 PM UTC
Interesting project idea, Mark.

If the legs need to articulate, discount stores have products like LED lamps with clamps and ball joints. Also check out the aisle with mechanical pens and compasses (circle maker type compasses)

If legs do not need to articulate, the above mentioned will work then glue the joint at the final posed position. Also keep your disposable razors for the plastic handles and disposable lighters for joint parts

hope that was helpful




diseasedspawn
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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 12:56 PM UTC
Yes, interesting is often how my ideas are described haha

Hmmm interesting tips. Never would have thought that. The mech is in 1/48. Will the parts look right in that scale?

Thx for the help!

Oh and the legs do not have to articulate. The scene is it stepping over a log, one foot on the log, the other foot off. So will glue the parts in position.
KoSprueOne
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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 02:20 PM UTC
Is the 'Mech' from the Gundam world or the MaK world or your own sic-fi world?
The parts may or may not work for your project in 1/48 depending on the sic-fi realm you are working in




diseasedspawn
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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 02:34 PM UTC
My own so lots of leeway in terms of aesthetics. It just has to look like it belongs.

I don't follow any mech universe. I've watched a couple of the gundam series but thats all.lol

What r ur concerns Sprue?
KoSprueOne
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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 03:06 PM UTC
Your own, excellent. Yes, the door is wide open then for mech legs.

At 1/48, is there a human pilot in the head of this mech which can then be 100 scale feet tall or is this an untethered autonomous robot which can be 4.5 scale feet tall?

This can help determine how to make the legs




diseasedspawn
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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 05:09 PM UTC
a plethora of humanity. Actually I am sculpting my own figures. I am annoyed by the lack of females so a handful of my female friends volunteered to serve as models. Currently working on the Commander. I am designing the mech operation like that of a mobile gun from WW2. There is the Commander, Pilot, Gunner, Loader, and Fuze-setter. In the diorama there is also a mech calvary unit leading a war horse as a dog runs along near by, and a sniper unit lying in wait to attack. I am also making all of the figures to scale of the real females. The sizes will range from 1.23 inches to over 1.5 inches with varying body shapes. Yes, interesting was the proper adjective lol.

So how does this affect the legs?
hofpig
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Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 05:30 AM UTC
I was just looking at something on Facebook that might be of help to you.

https://www.facebook.com/stefano.marchetti.104/media_set?set=a.4306372629368.162334.1588370470&type=1

Hope that helps, just a shame there is little help to go along.

Paul
diseasedspawn
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Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:50 PM UTC
Thx Paul. Liked the process but I can't tell what the parts were before he used them. Do you know?

Sprue: here are the compasses I got for the legs. I plan on cutting a lot off of course. My idea is that these would be the internal parts and I will hide them beneath styrene? What you think?

KoSprueOne
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Posted: Monday, February 23, 2015 - 07:56 AM UTC
Hi Mark,

Wow, sorry for the delayed reply. I forgot to subscribe to the thread so I was never alerted.

Anyway, if you're still wondering about legs. Yes, those compass parts can be useful as interior or exterior, examples:
http://www.beastsofwar.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/MiG-KVII-Walking-Tank.jpg
http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/4f/02/99/4f0299c269cbbe4f6f531bc3a52e1091.jpg
http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/17/bf/51/17bf51381850f7f361d723d858201402.jpg

I just web searched 'mech legs'
hope that helps




diseasedspawn
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Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 09:00 PM UTC
Yes, I am, thanks. This project got pushed back by others (dammmit ) but it remains in the cue. Will get picture here when (I know not) I make progress on the legs. Glad you stayed interested!