Author Topic: Industria Mechanika / Kallamity 1/35 "Kastor" W.I.P.  (Read 4594 times)

May 13, 2012, 03:22:05 PM
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Francesco Benedettini

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I was waiting for this model impatiently, since the first time I hold the master model in my hands during one of my visits at Kallamity's lab many months ago.

Last week, Luca (Kallamity) was so kind to give me one of the test shots Michael (Industria Mechanika) send him before production run.
Waiting mine coming from US, I'm starting working on this one.

One distinctive feature of the Kastor is the big "Rail Gun" on the right side, but Luca was so kind to include an optional "Round Sensor" piece that could be use instead of the Rail gun.
It is perfect as an hatch too!!



The casting was good and pieces quite thick and big, so cleaning parts for matching was a matter of minutes.
During past months I started collecting pieces with the possible idea of building an interior.
Luca gave me the other one PC speaker he used making the master model, so I had something to play with.
Floor comes from an M113 Academy while all the rest from a BMP-3 Trumpeter.
Although Luca did a sketch about Kastor interiors, mine layout is different, considering I will substitute the commander cupola on the port side with a remote weapon station, too.




I know very little of my interiors will be seen peeping thorough the side hatch, so I didn't loose my mind about them.
Joust the minimum so they will look "busy" considering the Commander Figure will stand right in front of the opening, probably.





Luca chose quite thick walls for simplify casting, so the most relevant parts of this phase was a brutal sanding of resin.




There is still enough space to accommodate all the LEDs set up!




More about this, on the next update!

Bye^^
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May 14, 2012, 02:13:47 AM
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I love so much when you "destroy" my models  :P
I didn't expect it's already at this state.
It's awesome!
Looking forward for next update!
Mine will be started as soon as I finish a work

z

May 14, 2012, 10:30:49 AM
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I really like your approach - wanna bet there'll be not that much w/o that gun?!
Like already said: Niiiiiice interior!

May 21, 2012, 02:23:17 AM
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The Kastor is my Sunday afternoon build.
I enlarged the side bulge for a wider turret:



Now I have to choose an appropriate turret ???

  • simple shaped


  • Periscope type with a large laser beam


  • Basic Nutrocker turret (will be modified a bit)



The turret won't be a real problem.. the fact is that I'm seriously considering the possibility to lengthen the hull by 5cm! ;)
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May 21, 2012, 02:45:54 AM
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Great idea to use the Nut-Turret!
Lengthening for what?
Cause you can or for aestetethic purpose?

May 21, 2012, 09:03:41 AM
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I like the progress you have made so far, I like the way you built the interior of the model. Is everything going to be closed up or are we going to be able to see the interior from the outside?

Keep up the great work, I look forward to seeing more progress photos.  8)  :-)
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May 21, 2012, 10:48:42 AM
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Quote from: struschie
Lengthening for what?
Cause you can or for aesthetic purpose?
Both! :P

Quote from: clee-cm
Is everything going to be closed up or are we going to be able to see the interior from the outside?
Jump to the top of this thread:  I substituted the Rail gun with a side round hatch ;)
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May 21, 2012, 01:16:22 PM
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Lengthening for what?
Cause you can or for aestetethic purpose?

He just wants something like that, but with Kastor......:D





z

May 21, 2012, 01:43:28 PM
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Lengthening for what?
Cause you can or for aestetethic purpose?

He just wants something like that, but with Kastor......:D





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A kind of, my friend!
I would like to enhance the "streamlined" look the Kastor has in photos from some points of view.

At the end of the day, I choose a completely different turret: commander cupola from an M-60 MBT



Its pancake shape fits well with Kastor style :-)
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May 22, 2012, 11:06:09 AM
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How did I miss this? Looks great! I love that you added an interior and it looks great. I was confused for a second since the production casts are dark gray resin. I do like the shorter turret as well... looks less MaK.

June 07, 2012, 06:48:15 AM
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..I will follow with interest! Surely the scratchbuilt interior will be a positive plus.

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June 21, 2012, 10:33:42 PM
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In progress..

Added 20mm to the hull.
You can see my preproduction sample (Cream) compared with the standard one (Dark Grey)



Now starts the boring phase of putty&sanding..




Basic turret shape.. more putty&sanding




This is the production model hull you will find you Kastor box.
A quick cleaning of moulding lines and you're ready for paint!
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June 21, 2012, 10:51:36 PM
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June 21, 2012, 11:21:17 PM
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PS: check Kallamity's Facebook page
You will see some nice Kastors painted!
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June 21, 2012, 11:27:47 PM
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Of course discovered - I love Alessandro's version!