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31 Days / Re: '31 Days' Contest Rules, Info, and Questions
« on: February 24, 2009, 03:16:35 PM »
Sure thing. Just thought I'd ask.  :-)

As for motivation: I'm motivated as hell when starting something new, it's just that I get bored easily so that bright idea I had for the first few build sessions suddenly isn't as interesting as that other idea I got for that other build.

I have ADD when it comes to model building.

I guess I'll try and finish it within a month anyway, even though it wasn't eligible for the GB / competition.

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31 Days / Re: '31 Days' Contest Rules, Info, and Questions
« on: February 24, 2009, 10:05:45 AM »
Michael, would it be alright if I entered my 1/6 Mona figure that I started a bit on in the In Progress section to this group build / competition? Might help me get motivated and actually finish it.

Fully understand if I can't though since I did a couple hours of work on it already (prior to start date).

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I seriously started laughing like a maniac when I saw this.

This is crazy. In a good way of course. Looks awsome so far, can't wait to see more details on that buddah statue with the vines and stuff.

I demand more pictures!  :evil:

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Model In-Progress / Re: 1/6 Mona
« on: February 07, 2009, 05:34:07 AM »
...and here are the rest of the pictures.





DAT ASS!  :ninja:

Ok, time to deal with some more pressing issues with the kit - fitting of the arms. The gap between the arm and body when joined together isn't huge but big enough to bother you (.5-.8mm wide) so out comes the putty and vaseline...





The arm joint is smeared lightly with vaseline so it doesn't stick to the putty, old trick but very simple and useful. Not to mention good for your hands.



Imprint complete. Leave to dry until tomorrow and clean off the excess putty plus some sanding and it should look beautiful.

The torso had some pretty bad fitting issues as well (none that could be resolved by heating and bending) so out came the putty and vaseline once more...





Also pinned together her weapon / sword and puttied the seam up. A bit of primer to cover it up then ready for a nice coat of gloss black.



That's it for now folks. Stay tuned for more.  :)

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Model In-Progress / 1/6 Mona
« on: February 07, 2009, 05:33:21 AM »
Got this kit from a friend the other day, I just couldn't help breaking it out and start working on it. Aiming to get this one done fast (Wednesday or towards the weekend is my aim) then resume work on my commission builds.



Here it is as a whole, pretty impressive size.  :)

There were some ugly mold lines running along the side of the legs all the way from the feet up to her hips, these were carved down with the blunt side of a knife blade and then sanded smooth, resulting in a more or less perfect surface.







I then hit up the legs and the sword with some primer to spot any errors and such. Noting major, a few small fixes here and there.







More to follow...

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Model In-Progress / Re: Einöde Aufklärungs-Androïde
« on: January 15, 2009, 04:38:20 PM »
Looks really cool. Would love to see more work on the actual figure.  :-)

But I think the most stressing question is this: HOW THE HELL IS THAT THING SUSPENDED IN THE AIR!?  :twitch:

(I can't find any threads)

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Model In-Progress / Re: GN-X custom scratchbuild
« on: January 08, 2009, 05:00:23 PM »
haaa, no sorry it should have been "100 casted pieces" i am only making two models now. i hope not anyone got their hopes up

Haha, alright. Be sure to let us know if you decide to sell a few.

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Model In-Progress / Re: GN-X custom scratchbuild
« on: January 08, 2009, 04:30:51 PM »
100 casts? Does that mean it's up for sale soon?  :-)

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Model In-Progress / Re: Fusion Models: Kodiak Heavy Gear
« on: December 30, 2008, 03:26:11 PM »
Very cool. Really gives off some Votom-vibes, but at the same time it reminds you of something from Armored Core.

Keep up the good work, can't wait to see some paint and weathering.

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Model In-Progress / Re: GN-X custom scratchbuild
« on: December 12, 2008, 01:05:46 AM »
Very nice progress. Really dig that pose.

Keep it up!  :-)

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Model In-Progress / Re: MG Hi-Nu Gundam
« on: December 11, 2008, 03:10:26 PM »
Minor update.



Skirts widened / filled in a bit and pretty much done with the shape of one of the funnel racks.

More to come.

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Model In-Progress / Re: MG Hi-Nu Gundam
« on: December 01, 2008, 01:46:37 AM »
Update on the Hi-Nagano gundam.





I did some rapid "prototyping" of the right leg calves. I made the molds out of chemical metal which is basically a metal putty and simply casted the calves with epoxy putty.





Needs some refinement now but the shape is the same as the left leg.

More to come.

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Model In-Progress / Re: MG Hi-Nu Gundam
« on: November 27, 2008, 02:00:45 PM »
I love this.  Going to blow my own Hi-Nu away when it's done, that's for sure. :)  Are you planning on recasting the modded calves or just trying to putty them all uniformly?

Thanks.  :-)

I actually wish I had a bit of resin (well I do, but no mold material) to cast them and just use those for the right leg, but I'll probably end up doing the same procedure (putty) for that leg too, but who knows, I may end up doing some molds out of putty. Would definitely save time.

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Model In-Progress / Re: MG Hi-Nu Gundam
« on: November 27, 2008, 01:37:10 PM »
Got the basic shape of the shoulder finished, now I just got to mirror the same thing on the right shoulder.



And I'm pretty much finished with the calves now as well. Quite tough to get them symmetrical but it's getting there.



(comparison between stock and new)



Current state of the build:



Also started working loosely on the shield a bit, removing the ugly separation between blue and white and making a new mount for it.

More to come during the weekend.

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Model In-Progress / Re: 1/35 AMX-84
« on: November 27, 2008, 02:16:17 AM »
Looks great as always Eze. Keep up the good work.

What kind of weapons are you thinking of putting on it? Rifle and shield? Bazooka? A cannon on the crotch (Briegel esque) could look pretty cool I think.

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Model In-Progress / Re: MG Hi-Nu Gundam
« on: November 26, 2008, 03:46:57 AM »
Update.





Lengthened the thigh to fit the longer parts from the MG Nu (better proportions, and looks more similar to Vicious Projects Hi-Nu, which I like) and started working on beefing up the calves a bit. Shame the putty takes so long to cure.  :meh2:

Also started working on widening / broadening the shoulders a bit so they don't look to small in contrast to the larger chest, skirts, legs and feet.





More to come.

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Model In-Progress / Re: MG Hi-Nu Gundam
« on: November 23, 2008, 12:18:50 PM »
I like the slender silhouette/huge funnel racks contrast.
The chest is really cool too.

From these pictures, the feet look too big to me.

The feet are indeed quite big but I think that bulking up the lower leg (which I intend to do) as well as the calves will "fatten" up the legs enough to make the feet look a bit smaller in contrast to the rest of the kit.

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Model In-Progress / MG Hi-Nu Gundam
« on: November 23, 2008, 06:37:04 AM »
I bought this MG Hi-Nu back when it was first released and intended to make it how it should have been from the start. But I'm the type that quickly looses interest after that initial building frenzy so the kit was quickly re-introduced to the box and confined in the depths of the stash.

I brought it out a couple of weeks ago to tinker with it a bit, resulting in this:



However, it didn't feel right using a half of a perfectly good kit for a kitbash. Then I realized I still had that crappy B-Club Hi-Nu recast with 50% of the parts missing (which I intended to use from the start on the kit).

So, I started tinkering with it...



After a while I ended up here. One thing with the MG kit I absolutely hated was the head so it definitely had to be fixed.



Said and done, a bit of styrene and epoxy putty later and this is what I had.

Next up was getting the chest and backpack ready so i started to build a "base" for them using the funnel holders from the MG kit and the conversion kit.



Chest base finished (detailing and such will come later).



Here's the current state of the backpack.

Some may or may not have noticed that the left shin / lower leg has been replaced (or rather covered) using parts from the MG Nu kit. I think the shape of it fits much better than the original part (will fit better after some putty) given the boxier / more angular look that I'm giving it.



I embedded a polycap in the back of the torso and glued together the resin parts from the B-Club kit with the funnel holders and the blue part that goes over the neck area to get some stability. The resin funnel holders and funnels are pretty heavy so they need quite a bit of "contact area" in order to stay in place. Not to mention the fuel pods. I'll still need to support it with an acrylic rod in the back due to the weight.

That's all for now I think.

Comments / critique / questions are much welcome.

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Model Gallery / Re: MG 1/100 RX-0 Gundam Unicorn
« on: November 08, 2008, 02:53:34 PM »
Looks great, I wasn't really sure at first about the gold on this particular kit (or any gundam for that matter, except Hyaku Shiki) but I think it turned out great.

As for the rest: Gray - it's the only way.  ;)

(so much better than white!)

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Model Gallery / Re: Duch from Black Lagoon (220mm resin bust)
« on: November 06, 2008, 02:02:45 AM »
I really like it, especially the shading on the arms.  8) It's not typical and it looks painted with a brush in big strokes, but in a good way. It's realistic at a glance, but looking closer, it looks like a 3-D version of some really good cover art from a graphic novel. Realistic but stylistic at the same time. Maybe somebody artsier can say what I'm trying to say better.

How do you get that effect?

Thanks Funaka. :)

I don't know myself really. Since I painted it with my airbrush that's what it looks like to me, but I do agree that the actual sculpt is stylistic but realistic at the same time, that's probably why the paint looks the same way. The kit doesn't have very refined parts, they are quite simple with big cuts so you can really see the tooling of the master. The "skin parts" of  the kit are very smooth and well sculpted but the jacket is quite "rough" or so to say, giving it a more stylish look, rather than a real look.

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