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Model Gallery / Queen's Blade - Menace 1/6
« on: July 01, 2010, 11:51:29 AM »
I am finally finished with the model, I painted the clear resin flame on the hand, and painted the Jewel on the Scepter. The Base is all painted and the parts are all glued together.

Yes, the paint job did not turn out perfect, there are a few spots where the paint pulled off after I applied the future and flat base.





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Model In-Progress / 1/6 Menace
« on: June 22, 2010, 09:25:50 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I have been very silent in terms of building models since I have been busy learning Joomla and porting over my weblog to Joomla. I always wanted to learn the CMS, but never found the time to do it, now that I am out of work, I have the time as well as the motivation to learn.
I am now done with that project and I am on to a new one; I am going to build the 1/6 Menace figure from Queen's Blade, the kit arrived on my doorstep a few days ago. If you have ever wondered how a package looks like after US Customs has gone through the package, have a look. On the plus side, nothing was damaged or destroyed, the whole package was covered in green tape.


After letting the parts soak in dish washing liquid over night, I cut and sanded down all of the flashes and resin casting blocks. Over all, the casting job on the parts were fine, but the two ribbons of cloth were not in good shape, both of which were extremely warped. I spent most of the afternoon correcting the shape of the ribbons and making them line up; on the plus side, I am getting great at heat forming parts.


At this point, I have finished pinning all of the parts that will hold weight, since the arms are going to support lots of weight, I had to add two extra large pins to the shoulder sockets. The two arms will support both of the ribbons, so I wanted to be sure that they would hold up.




The other big issue was the two identical parts for the scepter, I had to take the duplicate part and scratch build the other part of the scepter shaft, I sanded down the resin part to shape and use some milliput putty to make it look like the part that is missing. I took a aluminum tube and cut it to size.


Originally I was going to build another 1/35 Mobile Suit instead of a 1/6 scale figure kit, but the G-System 1/72 Kshatriya changed all of that. Depending on how much the model will cost, I might just shelve the 1/35 scale kit for the G-system kit.
Otherwise, things are progressing well.

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Model Gallery / Hazel/Owsla TR-1 -Primrose Unit
« on: December 14, 2009, 08:26:10 PM »
Well, Everyone, I am for the most part done, after over 2 years of on and mostly off work, I have finished the model, he is painted and mostly decaled.  ;) :yucky: :owned: :beatdown: :number1 :drool: :sweat:

It rained a lot over the weekend, so I spent the time finishing the model. I glued the Beam Pistol and attached the shield to the Hazel, and applied onto one of the shoulders the bunny logo. I tried to apply a white paint undercoat to the decals,, but it did not work out as I planned, especially the TTT logos, it looks funny and kind of cheep. So I left it off, until another time when I have more patience to deal with this issue.

Eventually I will build a base for the model, I am thinking of a docking bay scene for this model. But I am done with this thing for now...


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31 Days / FINISHED 1/6 Queen's Blade Mercenary Echidna
« on: March 21, 2009, 01:03:54 PM »
I am finished with the figure everyone, after the post last night, I airbrushed the red tip and painted the base. I am happy with the results, but of course if I had time I would have done more with the base to make it more interesting. I did not use any special metalizer paints, I just used Tamiya Acrylics for the figure, and artist acrylics for the base.


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31 Days / 1/6 Queens Blade Mercenary Echidna
« on: February 01, 2009, 03:17:53 PM »
Hi All, I am going to build the 1/6 Mercenary Echidna figure for this contest, I ordered her a while back. I got both Echidna and several other kits at the same time, so I have not had the chance to build her until now. I will have to start thinking of how I am going to buid the base for the model.


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Model In-Progress / TR-1 Hazel Owsla/Primrose - From AOZ Unlimited...
« on: January 22, 2009, 09:00:59 PM »
This thread is a continuation of the 1/35 Tr-1 Hazel project for the AOZ Unlimited Competition, since the contest is long over, I am moving all future post to the Model In-Progress section of the forum. The contest is long over, and I still working on this project, so it is time to move on.

I have included the below link to the previous post to the old thread for this project in the AOZ Unlimited Contest Section.

Click here to go to the old TR-1 Hazel Owsla/Primrose thread

Now on to the update...  :D

After making and breaking many promises about working on the sub-arm, I finally keeping this promise to myself. I have made some good progress on the sub-arm parts. The bulk of my work has been on building the connecting joints for each of the sub-arms, the upper third of the sub-arm connects the rest of the sub-arm to the abdomen. I laminated and glued together pieces of styrene to created the two joints on each of the arms. I realized that If the joint that I created was suppose to support all of the weight that it is suppose to, I need to provide some support, so I inserted 2 brass rods into each of the two joint halves so that there is enough strength for the sub-arm joints.


sub-arm joint

On the other half of the joint, I used some tank parts to create the spacers for the Sub-arms. After some puttying and sanding I glued the parts to joint. On the otherside of the joint, I drilled out the hole for the brass rod and inserted a aluminum tube so that the Joint will provide some extra support so as to provide some stiffness for the subarm.


sub-arm joint 2

I did a test assemble of the sub-arm unit once I completed the work on the joints.


sub-arm complete unit

Later, I completed the 6 subarm fingers, I used scrap parts from some old tank kits for the detail on the fingers. The fingers themselves are laminated pieces of styrene that were heat formed before they were glued together.


sub-arm fingers

Later in the week, I started work on the other part of the slide mount that attaches to the abdomen. All I did was cut and glue scraps of styrene that I had left over to create the part, eventually I will add some detail to the part. But I am not certain if this is necessary since it is not all that visible.


abdomen - slide rails

I still have to create the control rods and cables for the sub-arms, after that I have a few joints and other connectors, then I can think about a test build.

I am getting closer to the glorious moment!!!  :-)

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Model Gallery / Saori Otokawa - Discipline: The Record of a Crusade
« on: November 23, 2008, 12:38:22 PM »
After spending so much time on the Hazel, I needed a nice change of pace, I just needed to walk away from it for a while. I had completely forgotten about this kit, while I have been taking a break from my 1/35 Hazel, I built the Saori Otokawa model from Discipline: The Record of a Crusade. I got the game and played the Eroge all the way through, and saw all of the endings, so I decided to build the model that I ordered it ages ago it only just recently arrived at my home.



Over all, the model was very easy to build, the caster added some extra nubs in the hair for extra support during the casting process which was a very big pain in the ass!!! I did break one of the strands of hair while filing and sanding. The skirt also had lots of flashing and resin nubs; there were also lots of thin spots in the shirt and skirt. I had to use some Milliput to fill in these thin spots in the resin.

Another issue that I ran into is that the limbs and the hair were all warped, I had to soak the joints in hot water for a few minutes so that I can straighten out the limbs. Now the hair and the hands are even enough so that the model does not wobble around, but I should have done a better job with the legs, the knees don't touch the ground.

I drew a red rectangle around one of the knees in the photo below to show you what I am talking about.



The painting process was very easy, I did not have any problems except for painting the yellow lines on the school uniform. I painted the lines on the skirt with my airbrush, the rest of the lines were done by hand.  :embarrased: But I did make one major boo boo, after I finished painting the face, put pure flat base on the face by brush, I ended up repainting the skin color on the face and redoing the lips. :sick: :wacko: I applied future and Tamiya Flat Base to the clothes and the hair, the face hands and the other skin parts are left as is. 

At this point in time, I have not found a base for the model yet.


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**Warning - this thread contains nudity, please be advised**

I did censor some of the photos, but please remember, you have been warned.
So please don't click on the links to the photos unless you really want to the images.

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I built this figure all the way back in spring/early summer time, but because of various family issues and work, I am finally able to find time to post the build photos for this figure. It has been a while since I had built a resin figure kit, so after searching through the internet for the various figure kits available, I settled on the Heat Blade figure by Tsukasa Bullet. I enjoyed building this it, and in the middle of building the model, I decide to make her anatomically correct, so to speak, hense the warning about nudity in the subject line.

Completed Heat Blade Figure
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Figure Build Article
After getting the figure kit from Hobby Fan by mail, I did not receive a box for the figure kit itself, I got a one sheet diagram for the kit, a color photo, the clear parts and the resin parts. Over all, the kit was very well casted, the only complaint I have is the hands, the fingers did not come out very clean on my kit, so there was a lot of sanding and filing to make the fingers half way decent.

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After I unpacked all of the parts, I cut the resin keys off of the parts, and sanded off all of the seams and resin keys. Since the resin keys are very small, this was not to hard of a job, I used multiput putty to fill in the seams and areas that needed it.

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Once I finished sanding the parts, I had the screws and tubes from Fulcy for another kit that I was going to build. I decided to drill out the existing resin screws and substitue them with Fulcy's parts. 

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When I finished test fitting and cleaning all of the parts with dish washing detergent and water, I soaked them over night, and cleaned them off with a sponge under water. I did not use super clean for the resin kit, after the parts are let to air dry, I coated the parts with white automotive primer from the auto parts store.

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I settled on the black paint scheme for the figure, and blue colored hair, I decided not too use a different color. I decided to paint the metal blades on the boots, the metal connectors and the other metal parts silver. But masking the model was a lot of work, I used 1/4” masking tape to cover the different parts  of the model. Since the paint go through some of the tape, I had to touch up the model several times, I dropped my airbrush several times, so the needle is not very straight any more. I am going to buy a air compressor, I sent way to much money on can propellant.

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After the parts are properly painted, I coated the parts with Future Floor Sealant, I waited for about 3-4 days between paint jobs to let the paint and Future cure. Once the paint job is all done, I ink washed the model, even though I used flat black for the clothing, it turned dark grey after I finished coating the model with Future, so I washed the joints and crevices with black ink, I used diluted burnt sienna ink with water for the skin.

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Once this is all done, I dry brushed the flesh and hair, all I did was add a little red and white to the base flesh color, and some white to the blue colored hair. When all of the parts are done, I coated the parts with Future and Tamiya Flat mixed together, after all of the parts are dried, I assembled the figure with super glue.

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I found the base at Michaels, I painted the base with clear polyurethane, and sanded the base down after the polyurethane had a chance to set.

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AoZ Unlimited Competition! / TR-1 Hazel Owsla/Primrose
« on: November 17, 2007, 11:34:25 PM »
I know that I have not posted a major in-progress thread in a while, my previous project before was the Tsukasa Bullet  1/6 Heat Blade Resin Figure, I finished that model all the way back in August, but I have not posted any photos of the model on this forum. Sorry everyone, I am not going to post any photos on this forum, I may put some thing up on my weblog in the future, not sure yet.

I went a head and posted a thread for the 1/6 Heat Blade, you can check it out. Click here.


It has been a while since I did a major scratchbuild project, so after much deliberation I decided to build a TR-1 Hazel Owsla/Primrose for the AoZ Unlimited Competition. I like the whole modular aspect of the Owsla and the Primrose Unit, there are a large number of possible configurations that are possible. I had already started drawing the plans and looking for photos and information in September, and started to build in mid October after a lot of planning, I am constructing the model now.

Before the contest was announced, I had already been playing with the idea of building a Hazel, I spent time drawing out the plans for the various parts of the Hazel. Below is a plan for the parts of the Primrose unit, I have made lots of progress on the Primrose Escape Unit, as of now.


I have completed the construction of the basic shapes of the various parts of the Hazel.

I have decided to start with the Primrose unit first, the past month I have made stead progress on the primrose unit, I started out with large 12”x24” sheets of Styrene from Walthers Inc. model railroad. I am using .100 to provide support and rigidity, .040 for the outer surfaces, and .010 thickness for all of the exterior details. So, now I am busy cutting, sanding to shape various pieces of styrene into the different parts of the Primrose Unit, right now,  I am using 150 grit sandpaper, a exacto knife, pliers and a wire cutter for the construction work.


I have been glueing and lamenating the various pieces of scrap styrene from the construction process to ad thick ness and support for the individual parts of the model.


After lots of sanding, filling and covering the floor of my dinning room with white styrene dust, I am done with one the construction of the basic shape of one of the parts.


I have finished construction of the rough shapes.


Here are the various parts of the Primrose Unit, this is my progress so far.




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Model In-Progress / 1/35 Kampfer!!!
« on: November 16, 2006, 11:55:08 PM »
Since we are discussing Kämpfers in this section, I thought this would be the best place to post this topic.

After reading through the KKKKK section, I have ordered my Kampfer kit... I want to enter the contest, but I am uncertain if I would be able to spare the time to such a ambitious project by the deadline given. I will do the project, but time is a issue. :cry:  :cry:

So what do you think? Should I give it a try? :?

So I decided would try to make a 1/35 Kämpfer, I need the actual MG Kampfer kit to get the measurements, and have a reference as I slowly construct the model. I am seriously considering building a Zeon Remnant Kämpfer, which means the MS will be highly modified, and much more fun to make. Building the 1/60 Hazel that I want is not cost effective for me at this time, the amount of money I would spend, I could buy 10 MG kits. So I am shelving this idea, in favor of the 1/35 Kämpfer  :nerd:

I also have boxes and boxes of WWII German 1/35 figures, this will give me a chance to put them to good use.

Yes, I like the Zeon Stutzer unit fist forearm and all, used by the Zeon Remnant in AOZ and Z Gundam,  they way Zeon upgraded their Mobile Suits by adding extra boosters, armor, modules and weapon pods to a MS has really intrigued me, I am still thinking and planning things out in my mind.

But what I am having trouble finding are drawings of the internals of the Kämpfer, especially the internals of the Kämpfer's head. The reference thread in this section has helped a lot, but I need more information.

Any Advice on where I can get more information on the internals of the Kämpfer.  

Am I really Krazy to think that I can pull this project off??? :shock:  :shock:  :whacko:

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Model Gallery / 1/72 gundam MK-III
« on: October 29, 2006, 11:46:37 AM »
I am finished with the G-System 1/72 Gundam MK-III, after all of the work, I am sort of pleased... :(

I like the way the Gundam turned out, it looks very nice, the parts are a nice fit; now for the bad part, all of the parts for the rear wings make the gundam top-back heavy, which makes it hard for the Gundam to stand up properly with out falling backwards. :x

The polycaps that hold the lower arms into the sockets of the upper arms and the shoulders are horrible. The shield is a bit to heavy for the caps to properly hold the arm together, the lower half of the arm has already fallen off a few times. :x

I have not put on the clear sensor covers, but I think I will leave them off for  now, I have had enough trouble with the model staying up right. If you notice that the shoulders look hunched forward, this is because there is not enough space between the thruster pack and the shoulder armor.

Over all I spend more time than I liked on this model, I spent most of the time sanding and test fitting all of the parts. I enjoyed working on it, but the model could have turned out better, but hey, it's a resin kit.










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Model In-Progress / 1/72 G-System Gundam Mk-III
« on: October 19, 2006, 10:45:15 PM »
At the beginning of the year, I decided to start building a Gundam MS kit, I had not decided what era, or which Gundam to build. I came across the Gundam MK-III from Zeta Gundam, so i decided to build the G-System Resin Kit. It has been a while since I have build a resin kit, so I decided to give the Gundam MK-III a try.

The below, the top photos are the most recent progress photos.

Right how, I am finished painting, all of the parts have been sprayed with Future, the panel lines are being inked, and the next step is to decal the parts. I have very little glueing at this point in the construction process, found that it is easier to paint the parts this way.

Chest and Torso
Leg


In the above link, I took a photo of the partially painted Gundam Parts, I have put the different parts in to different plastic containers. This is the best way to keep track of all the parts after they have been cut from the trees or in the case of a Resin Kit, the parts are all removed from the bags.

Parts storage
Another shot of Parts Storage

I used a airbrush to paint all of the parts, I used Tamiya Acrylic Paints to paint the parts, I decided to pick a WW2 Luftwaffe color scheme for the Gundam. I am a big WW2 Luftwaffe fan, so I decided to give the Gundam MS a late WW2 German Luftwaffe color scheme.

The below photos show some of the parts in various states fo painting

Painted Parts
partially painted parts
rifle
red feet, and thruster shieds
black parts
RLM Grey Parts

I have finished priming all of the parts with Tamiya White primer, next time I will not use as much white primer. I have never used Tamiya White Primer until now, so I decided to try it out.

the below photos are of a few of the primed and painted parts.

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Rifle Parts

After I received the kit in the mail from HobbyFan, I unpacked the kit to check out the content of the box.

Here is the photo of the box content.
Kit parts

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I have to say that over all I am very pleased with the kit, the parts are very well made, and organized. I did have to scratch build two parts, I lost one piece, and one part was missing, it is no big deal. I did not want to go through the trouble of asking for a replacement part, so I created the missing pieces from styrene and metal tubing.

I started this kit in April, stopped in July because I spent 3 weeks traveling to Toronto, Stockholm, and Prague. I started work again in August and have been working on it until now.

I spent most of the time sanding of the small resin keys, and test fitting all of the parts to fit. I found this is the most time consuming part of building a G-System kit.

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