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Model Talk / Modesl4U back online!
« on: February 01, 2016, 04:43:49 PM »
Hello folks! Long time no see (do I still know anyone here??)

I just wanted to pop in and let folks know that Modesl4U 2.0 is now online, finally. A new marriage and a couple babies slowed me down but such is life. :) I still don't have a lot of time for hanging out in forums but I'll make an effort to be around a bit more.  My focus has changed a bit and it's not all Mecha, I'm on a big Star Wars kick right now, and have some prop and costuming stuff going as well.  But I have pretty much all of the old content (minus decal stuff) and a bunch of new models too.  Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!

http://models4you.whoadude.com

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Model In-Progress / Revell Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: June 03, 2011, 03:32:36 PM »
Hi folks.  It's been forever since I posted anything here! I thought I'd post up some in progress pictures of my current project, the Revell Republic Attack Shuttle from The Clone Wars.  I dig this design a lot, being a huge Star Wars fan and lover of the timeless Tydirium from Jedi. 

The kit is a great starting point, but sports a pretty severe lack of detail.  I bought it on a whim at the local hobby shop, intending to slap it together, but of course got sucked into detailing it.  So greebles galore and a lot of scribing!  Almost no kit-bash greebling here, the scale is too small and I didn't have any good stuff around.  Pretty much is fabricated from sheet or rod styrene, with some brass rods for good measure.  Had fun on the cockpit especially! (anyone know where to find 1/87 scale Stormtroopers?)

The kit is pre-painted with some really durable stuff, so I did a lot of sanding to remove paint. I eventually ended up stripping it completely as the Tamiya paints I primed with crazed the paint underneath.  Paint you see here is factory applied.
 
Cockpit


Nose section underside


Guns rebuilt from brass (or copper?) tubing



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Model Gallery / Hasegawa VF-1S Super Battroid (DYRL version)
« on: April 04, 2009, 01:17:54 AM »
So I'm posting up pics of kits I built in the couple years I was absent from modeling forums, here's another!  This is the Hasegawa DYRL VF-1S Supper Battroid.  These Hasegawa Macross kits are just beautiful, they put Bandai to shame!  I wish they weren't so time consuming, I'd love to build more, there are so manny classic paint schemes.  They're darn near perfect out of the box, so I didn't do many modifications.  I couldn't resist a few though:

-Scratchbuilt front foot section for slightly better proportion (the original is too "skinny" looking)
-Scratchbuilt hip intake covers for a more "louvered" look
-A few custom decals to give it a more 80's Macross model feel (VF on the legs, new shoulder decals, etc, my usual retro stuff)

I had some fun with the alclad chrome and some clear colors on the jets...I wish it photographed better, it always looks too "sparkly" in photos.  Anyway, here are the pics, comments welcome as always...
























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Model In-Progress / Old school 1/144 Jamru-Fin
« on: March 24, 2009, 09:33:25 PM »
Yeah baby, 1986 Bandai goodness!  Man, I really get off on those old Z and ZZ kits...  :twitch:

Anyway, I'm starting work on the old 1/144 Jamru-Fin kit.  I've always loved this evil little bug, so wierd looking (and incidentally they kick much ass in the sucky ZZ Gundam show).  I really like the 1/100 version in the Gundam Weapons ZZ book, and since I've officially decided 1/144 is ok, a world of modifiable kits is now open to me!  So I started hacking...then hacked some more, and as usual I'll probably end up rebuilding half of this guy to make it presentable.  So far I've started replacing the fin/fuel tank housings on the side, opened up the MA monoeye slots, and have a general plan for detailing it up like crazy.  Here are a few pics, not a whole lot done so far.  The new wing/fin/white thing is vacuformed over a reshaped easter egg piece (since the egg plastic is not really workable), and thickened with some bondo.

Comparison with the unacceptable kit piece




Temporary fit with the main body parts (I hollowed out the main wing, with details to be replaced from scratch)





Maybe finishing this will inspire me to get back to work on Gaz-R/L, since the 3 of them had a role in a rediculous song I wrote when I was 13. ;)

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Model Gallery / 1/6 Christina Mackenzie
« on: March 24, 2009, 08:42:41 PM »
I dunno, is is "on topic" to post figures in Fooland?  Hope so...I really should spend more time hanging out here. :)  So here's my 1/6 Christina Mackenzie, from a Hobbyfan recast.  This is only the second figure I've done, I find them very relaxing when compared to the endless greebly engineering and precision of mecha kits, and painting the eyes is a blast too.  Still learning how to deal with flesh tones and some stuff, and I probably should have done something about that seam on the hair part, but I was ready to be finished, and I'm practicing not being such a tweaker.  Overall I'm pretty happy with her.  She's cute too. ;) 


















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Model Gallery / 1/144 FAZZ
« on: March 18, 2009, 10:17:54 AM »
Hey guys, long time no see.  I decided I should spend some more time talking with my fellow model geeks, so  to that end here's my 1/144 FAZZ from the late 80's Sentinel model series.  I drooled over this one back when it came out and I was about 13, and spent the last 2 years on and off making heavy modifications to the kit.  I wanted to build it in the style of the 1/100 version from the Gundam Wars Sentinel book.  I also went out of my way to make the little details accurate to the lineart, if you compare with this kit almost all of the greeblies from Katoki's old drawings are there.  It's about 30% scratchbuilt, including:

-Forearms/hands
-Shoulder armor
-Head
-Power cable for the big gun
-Backpack
-Thrusters (milled from ballpoint pen tips)
-Some other stuff I can't think of ;)

The armor is all removable thanks to magnets and a few parts swaps, but I didn't take any pictures of it "naked" yet.  A big improvement on the original kit I think!  Anyhoo, enjoy the pics. :)











Here are some detail pics:
Chest missiles
BFG greebles
Dual beam gun
Scratchbuilt fist
Head detail
More BFG greebles
Even more greebles
Verniers from pens
Even MORE greebles!
Backpack

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Model Talk / Grrrr...recasters and rip-off types...
« on: August 02, 2005, 03:38:39 PM »
And who here doesn't hate people who rip off other people's creative work?  Recasters and now logo thieves.  It looks like my "surfing bunny" TTT logo is no officially official, as the 2nd commercial rip-off is now for sale at hobbyfan.com.  At least G-System merely included the decal with their kit, rather than actually selling decals by themselves! Check it out:
http://www.hobbyfan.com/product_info.php?products_id=3024

And they probably think they're ripping of G-System!  I suppose I should be flattered, 10 years from now it'll just be part of Gundam lore, but...Grrr... :mad:

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