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Not A Contest: Creature Feature / Re: Parasaurolophus Bust
« on: May 31, 2010, 11:47:01 PM »
Finished it up a little while ago and finally found the time to post it on my site :

Completed Page :

In-Progress Page :

And the Gallery :

Model Gallery / Re: ZGMF-1000 Zaku Warrior 1/100 Custom Paint
« on: May 18, 2010, 01:42:44 PM »
Very nice painting work there. The only thing that lets it down is the visible seam lines on the knees. Apart from that it's great.

Painting/Priming / Re: Clear Purple?
« on: May 18, 2010, 01:38:24 PM »
What's the durability like? Is the paint strong enough to not chip or scratch easily now the ink has been added to it?

It's a nice purple too. If the ink method works as well as any other paint, then I'll have to make up some different clear colours to use on some of my Dino kits.

Not A Contest: Creature Feature / Re: Parasaurolophus Bust
« on: May 15, 2010, 03:16:05 PM »
Not a bad idea. I had the idea of making a wall mount style backing for it, you know, like they have to mount deer heads and stuff, but I wasn't sure how I could display it. I still have a spare head from another Parasaurolophus kit so I might do something along those lines later on.

Not A Contest: Creature Feature / Parasaurolophus Bust *COMPLETE*
« on: May 14, 2010, 08:42:08 PM »
Something a little different, the Tamiya Parasaurolophus kit has two heads (one for male and the other for female) so with the spare head I have left over, I have made it into a bust :

Not A Contest: Creature Feature / Re: Finished Minotaur
« on: May 04, 2010, 01:41:15 PM »
Very nice work! That video is a great idea (I've actually been wanting to do that for a long time now but never had the time or equipment to do it myself). Love the painting, it really makes a wonderful sculpt look a lot better.

Try Dalong : Search for the kit you have and see if there is an instruction manual included in the review.

Model In-Progress / MG Zaku II Ver 2.0
« on: April 24, 2010, 03:04:09 PM »
A return to Master Grade Gundam finally with the Zaku Ver 2.0 :

Link :

Added styrene detail, cut out areas, added mesh etc. I'm up to painting and weathering using the hairspray method. The overall theme of the kit is steampunk meets medieval.

Try using a flat thin needle file to sand the inside of the slots - you will get a better finish than using sanding sticks.

Finishes, Decals, and Weathering / Cast Iron Effects Tutorial
« on: April 14, 2010, 12:09:00 AM »
Here's a tutorial I have written on achieving a realistic cast iron look using solvent glue :

Link :

It is a great technique to use when making heavily weathered Gundam and armour.

Exactly. Just run the knife a few times along where you want the cut and then use your hands to snap it off.

Don't cut styrene sheeting with a saw - it will make a huge mess!

Best thing to do is to scribe where you want the cut to be with a hobby knife. Now re-scribe the line again and again until there is a deep line in the styrene. Now take your fingers and apply pressure to the bit you want removed and gently snap it off the main piece.

Tamiya thin cement is good for sticking it all together. I use Plastruct welding glue as well - this glue will in fact melt the plastic together creating a sort of 'weld'.

If you want to cut pieces of the kit apart, then a hobby saw is a good idea. Electric rotary tools spin too fast and melt the plastic while they cut it, making a huge mess and a long clean up.

Not A Contest: Creature Feature / Re: General Contest Theme Discussion
« on: March 20, 2010, 02:08:37 PM »
True, the best way to paint dinos in my opinion, is to start with a white base coat and use different transparents to get the look you want. The article on painting Shane Foulke's Spinosaurus kit in Amazing Figure Modeler shows what sort of effect can be achieved from painting this way.

I have yet to try this method as the only transparents I can get locally are Tamiya or Gunze and they are pretty stock standard colours that are not really ideal for a dino kit.

Not A Contest: Creature Feature / Re: General Contest Theme Discussion
« on: March 20, 2010, 02:37:25 AM »
I've been practicing using the airbrush for some mottled effects after seeing Rick's Alien builds. He gave me a few great tips (really thin paint, really close with the ab, and spray in figure 8s) and I've been practicing the past few days. Here's my pics and a link to a phenomenal Alien bust he did. Been practicing on scrap balls and pingpong scraps.

Tonight's turned out much better than last nights. Primed with Flat Black spraypaint, then base-coated in Super Iron. (initially was going to try a metal look) Then mottled in order: (all alcohol-thinned tamiya) rust, med. gray, white, black, white again, transparent rust, transparent blue. I am really starting to feel confident now, but a real model will be the actual test!

RickDTM's build:

I might try to do that myself. The mottled effect would look great on a dinosaur.

Horst Bruckmanns Dinosaurs - one of the best Dino painters out there.
The Clubhouse forums - ideal for classic figure modellers and Dinosaurs.
Dan Perez

When I find some more, I'll post them up.

Not A Contest: Creature Feature / Re: Where to buy creature kits?
« on: March 14, 2010, 06:43:36 PM »
I'll kick it off with some of the best Dinosaur sculptors and retailers :

Rader Studios
Cretaceous Creations of America
Creative Beast
Cliff Green Studios
Charlie McGrady Studios
The Alchemy Works
Link and Pin Hobbies
Dans Dinosaurs

The first 3 are by far the best of them all but you can also get a lot of older, rarer stuff from Link and Pin. Dans Dinosaurs also has a lot of everything so they are also worth a look.

And for taxidermy eyes, try Van Dykes

Model Talk / Re: New Contest?
« on: March 11, 2010, 12:52:39 PM »
Excellent news! I'll be doing a pair of Parasaurolophus dinosaurs for it then!

I assume that you will be doing an Edmontosaurus build 'Foo??  ;)

Model Talk / Re: What's your current backlog?
« on: March 11, 2010, 12:47:36 PM »
I've got 20 various kits in the pile and by various I mean not just Gundam. Some have been there 4 years now  :twitch:

What's the 1/48 actually like? Is it really like a huge HG kit?

I'd imagine that they've taken the 1/144 kit and re-scaled it to 1/48?  ;)

For a static pose type of build, this would be great and modding for LEDs and stuff would be much easier on this scale.

Still, I'd much prefer a 1/35 kit with the same detail as the UCHG line of kits (such as the Gundam Arm and Zaku Head for example).

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