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Model In-Progress / Re: Ultimate WIP: 3 figures at once!
« on: May 04, 2009, 06:46:21 PM »
I actually almost didn't buy her after reading through your WIP on her. Once I opened the package, I was relieved to see that everything looked pretty good. E2046 did a really good job on her. Hobbyfan's got nothing on E2046's quality. I have a little bit of puttying and resculpting to do, but all of that is pretty much centralized into the gun holsters.

I may have some more to post in a few hours if I can finish up my some more math review so let the fun begin!

Model In-Progress / Ultimate WIP: 3 figures at once!
« on: May 04, 2009, 06:35:28 PM »
Yes, you read the title right. School's is almost out and now that I don't really have anymore classes, I've got to get all the pent up building energy out of my system.

I will be building 3 figures simultaneously. Alucard and Alexander Anderson from Hellsing along with Deunan Knute from Appleseed.

These are going to be fairly straightforward builds with fairly simple dioramas. I intend to make a side table for Alucard though if I can find some wine glasses that fit the scale. I'm also considering cobblestone for both Hellsing figures if I can figure out how to make it.

I originally bought Deunan with the intent to modernize the head, but now that I actually see it up close, I kinda like it.

I have a Brief Cal test to study for and these kits smell like Bondo so while they sit in the purple power, I'm going to study.

More to come!:wacko:

Model Gallery / Re: Planet Gunsmoke: The $$60 Billion Man
« on: April 27, 2009, 02:40:18 PM »
Yeah, the hair is one of the things I could have done differently. I don't think I added enough brown to the yellow mix, but I'm still happy with him.

I forgot to mention that I didn't finish the glasses. Once I painted them and added them to his head, they just didn't do anything for me so I left him as is. If you ask me, it's adds a certain cool factor to him.

Capitalism Corner* / Re: Wanted: Alucard and Kenshin resin kits
« on: April 26, 2009, 08:51:58 AM »
That would be another problem. The one friend that I would trust with ordering them for me is the one friend who is so busy that he'd forget to finish the order once preorders are processed. He goes to school almost nonstop and he doesn't remember too much apart from what homework assignments he needs to turn in.

Capitalism Corner* / Re: Wanted: Alucard and Kenshin resin kits
« on: April 25, 2009, 09:16:49 PM »
Why not just pre-order them from E2046? On average anything I've pre-ordered from them takes about a month to come in. Their casting is pretty top-notch too.

Isaac at E2046 told me they're looking at about 3 months for both of them to be in stock. I may not be around to finish processing my order when they arrive. I'll be on a mission on my church for 2 years so I don't want to risk not being here when they arrive. I was hoping to get them before I leave so even if I don't get to build them in time, I'll have them for when I get back.

And yes, they're casting is awesome.

Model Gallery / Planet Gunsmoke: The $$60 Billion Man
« on: April 25, 2009, 10:03:10 AM »
Here's my second resin kit. This is also part of a friendly buildoff between NickM and I. I did Vash while he does Wolfwood. NickM is still working on his at the moment so keep an eye out for Wolfwood as well. The layout and graphics for Vash came courtesy of Nick and I think he did a great job!

The following links are a complete WIP with the finished gallery images being in the last 4 pages. Also, be sure to check out page 1. It's awesome!


Capitalism Corner* / Wanted: Alucard and Kenshin resin kits
« on: April 23, 2009, 05:37:59 PM »
Hey everyone,

I'm looking for the following kits and was hoping that if anyone had either of these, they'd be willing to make a deal. Here's what I'm looking for:


Kenshin Himura:

They can be either originals or recasts. I only ask that if they are recasts, that the casting be of good quality.

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Re: Putty
« on: April 18, 2009, 09:43:36 PM »
Why would you want to use putty in large quantities? I think it's safer to slowly build up the layers as they dry. Most putties contain lacquer thinner I think so it's a given that too much putty will melt it. I'm not sure if it's lacquer thinner, but that's what I smell whenever I open the tube. :sick:

I have used that putty and it's safe to use on Gunpla. I've just never used large quantities at once like what I think you're wanting.

If you want something that won't melt the kit, I'd recommend Aves Apoxy Sculpt. It has zero shrinkage and is super strong. I also haven't heard of anything getting melted from it. Also most of the 2 part hobby putties won't melt kits. Like the Citadel and Tamiya 2 parts. Citadel is expensive though.

Painting/Priming / Re: GUNDAM MSN-06S .. need help!
« on: April 14, 2009, 04:42:38 PM »
Now, first you paint the part gold. Simple enough. Then you can do one of two things. First take a Technical pen (koh-i-nor rapidograph) and fill in the black. Or just carefully fill that in with thin paint or black ink. I'll be doing the first method for mine. Using ink instead of a pen will let you buff off the ink with a damp paper towl if you get it too far up on the gold.

That's alot better than what I would have done. I would have painted it gold. Spent 3 hours masking all the gold areas and then paint the black. I'm going to keep this in mind so I can save myself a lot of uneccessary tedious work when I finally get around to this kit.

Model Gallery / Re: Hasegawa VF-1S Super Battroid (DYRL version)
« on: April 11, 2009, 07:40:10 PM »
I'll keep that in mind if I ever get around to building one of these. I've used to using fine tipped pens, but have been needing a reason to try out a oil wash.

Jetfire fans unite! The one I have, I had to customize into a Decepticon. The yellowing was so bad that I had to do something to keep it presentable.

Model Gallery / Re: Hasegawa VF-1S Super Battroid (DYRL version)
« on: April 10, 2009, 04:16:26 PM »
The VF-1s is one of my favorites. I think that's because Jetfire from Trasnformers is one of my favorite figures.

I love the paint job and all the little details you put into the kit. All those panel lines would drive me insane.

Model Gallery / Re: Belldandy
« on: April 10, 2009, 04:07:47 PM »
Sorry, I completely missed you comment FF.

Sorry about the photos. I'm still working on assembling a good photography area and I need to find a good light source. That's one of the reasons why I can't get my camera to get closer without making the image blurry. Once I get a better set up, I'll post close-ups if you wish.

There are flaws. Most of which are areas that suffered from the recasting process. e2046 did a good job, but something always get lost during the recasting process. I'm not trying to hide the flaws either. The flaws are really just rough areas that needed more sanding work than what I felt comfortable doing. I was afraid of ruining the other details on the kit.

I've got a couple more GK's I'm working on and those will hopefully be posted when I can test out my photo area.

31 Days / Re: 31 Days Winner! (voting over)
« on: April 06, 2009, 07:34:04 PM »
I've fallen into the world of GKs hard. How about a "Garage Kit Mayhem" build? I need a reason to test and try out some new techniques and materials I've been gathering. I don't have any creature kits really unless vampires count.

Congrats to Tidalwave and everyone who actually finished. My project is still only half finished. :(

Model Gallery / Re: Belldandy
« on: April 04, 2009, 03:47:31 PM »
Yes, the dress was preshaded. I knew I had to preshade when I primed the dress white and noticed there were no shadows in the light. Blue seemed like an appropriate color to use for the preshade so that's what I used. ^_^

I'm glad you guys like her. Wait until you see what I'm currently working on.

Model Gallery / Re: Belldandy
« on: April 03, 2009, 10:29:34 PM »
Thanks! That flesh tone was a pain to get right. I started with Tamiya flesh and mixed in white (a lot more than you'd think), orange, and yellow with trace amounts of red to get the tone right.

Model Gallery / Re: Belldandy
« on: April 02, 2009, 06:20:34 PM »
Here you go. That's about as close up as I can get them even with macro on. Everything else is too blurry.

I received a tip from a user on GK Japan about using an aluminum can to create the bangs, so I have added them. They came out all right.

Model Gallery / Re: Belldandy
« on: April 02, 2009, 08:15:28 AM »
Yes there are. I'll get them posted in a few hours. I have to go to work right now, but I'll get those images posted once I get back.

Model Gallery / Belldandy
« on: April 01, 2009, 08:35:30 PM »
Well, I got a little burned out on mecha and Warhammer so I thought I'd try something new. I got a recast of Belldandy on e2046 which may not have been my brightest idea for a first time resin kit. I've been told that e2046's stuff is generally good quality so I thought they'd be worth a shot. The kit did fit well overall, but the dress required a lot of work in order to get the part to fit properly. I think I used 3 different putties and a ton of sanding to get the parts to fit. There are still a few rough patches, mostly in the hair, but I'm pleased with it for my first time at figure modeling.

I also learned a lot from this like working with pastels and sculpting with Aves. Another thing that's strange is that this is the first kit I've made in which every color used was custom mixed.

For her colors, I chose to stick with what I saw in the TV series compared to the movie and OVA's mostly because I liked the purple for her hat thing better.

Comments, critiques and advice is welcome and greatly appreciated. :-)

Painting/Priming / Re: Airbrush, Airbrushing, and Compressor Questions
« on: March 28, 2009, 07:20:34 PM »
Thank you for telling me how to reassemble it, but now I have another problem. :pirate:

The gold tube assembly contains a spring which allows all the trigger functions to work properly. Since this AB is based on the 155, I'm assuming you have a similar set up. The spring and the entire assembly are not working at all. I can still use the trigger and adjust the amount of spray, but it's become a lot more frustrating to use.

It looks like I'll be going to Harbor Freight on Tuesday for a new one. :(

EDIT: I solved the problem. It works great now and it's nice and clean! :D

Painting/Priming / Re: Airbrush, Airbrushing, and Compressor Questions
« on: March 28, 2009, 05:26:42 PM »
I'm sorry about that! I took the pic, but I forgot to post it. :doh:

Here's the problem. The needle keeps everything stable so it need to into the rear brass area first. From there, It's a matter of putting the trigger together properly. I also notice that there's another part of the brass assembly inside the AB, but it's difficult to remove.

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