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Model News Feed / Re: MG Gouf Version 2.0
« on: April 06, 2009, 08:23:06 PM »
I'm very much looking forward to this Gouf 2.0 rendition.  While many may dislike it's "retro" design, I would have to imagine that much of the body would look the same except for the head if Bandai were to do a more 1.0 stylized upgrade.  As for the Dom kit, other then putting a few more details here and there, I can't see them really updating the design much.  The Dom, from what I know, was never meant to kneel and hell, the hands are already pretty much that of what the 2.0 kits are now.  While I'd like to see a more detailed interior to the Dom, I'd hope to see different variations of it such as the Dom Tropen or Dom II before a 2.0 kit comes out.

And dude, how about a Dowadge??  Where's my ZZ love?

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Model Gallery / Re: Hasegawa VF-1S Super Battroid (DYRL version)
« on: April 06, 2009, 05:21:24 PM »
Dang, man, when you build something like this you gotta let people know about it!  :D

Heheheh...it's been sitting on the shelf waiting to be photographed for almost 2 years now!  I thought you might get a kick out of it Tet, as one of the only true Macross people around here (I think).  I only wish there was more I could have done to make it more "old school"....filled in most of the awesome detail and put some huge fists on it I guess!

Im sure some B Club Zaku hands would work.

This is a pretty kit. You did great work here. I noticed you said you made it 2 years ago. Have you build anything recently? It has been years since I have seen anything of yours.

Thanks for the kind words.  About the hands, I was actually just making a jab about the old ARII and IMAI kits, what with their insanely huge fists!  I stuck with the square fingers on this one, since the movie Valks had them, but I'd replace with round fingers on a TV version. (probably from scratch anymore, why give B-Club all my money??)

Other recent stuff?  Yeah, there's my FAZZ, a Christina Mackenzie figure, and I'm working on a Jamru Fin right now...I'd post links but my browser is acting totally crappy right now.  Scroll down the model gallery page and you'll see 'em. :)

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Model Gallery / Re: Hasegawa VF-1S Super Battroid (DYRL version)
« on: April 06, 2009, 12:40:59 PM »
Dang, man, when you build something like this you gotta let people know about it!  :D

Heheheh...it's been sitting on the shelf waiting to be photographed for almost 2 years now!  I thought you might get a kick out of it Tet, as one of the only true Macross people around here (I think).  I only wish there was more I could have done to make it more "old school"....filled in most of the awesome detail and put some huge fists on it I guess!

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Model Gallery / Re: Banpresto Non Scale RX-93 Nu Gundam Head display
« on: April 06, 2009, 10:36:30 AM »
I've been following this WIP since the beginning and am really impressed at how well this turned out.  It's made me start looking around for some of these heads to work on (the ZZ one tempts me  :) )

The ZZ head is really nice, it's the best proportion on a ZZ head of any scale that I've seen - very authentic to the curvy original design.  It's waiting on my shelf... ;)

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Model Gallery / Re: Hasegawa VF-1S Super Battroid (DYRL version)
« on: April 06, 2009, 10:35:09 AM »
These Hasegawa Macross kits are just beautiful, they put Bandai to shame! 

I'm surprised to hear this from you.  You should be modifying the Bandai sock-monkey kits to beat the Hase!  :lol:

Great work as usual, and old school subject matter to boot.  The details are indeed pretty amazing on these kits.  I guess the aircraft modeling community is more picky about this sort of stuff and thus they have better technology to achieve that.  What's with the wings?  Seems like one of them is a little bit misplaced. 

Surprised huh?  Yeah, I do normally prefer the kits that are kind of crappy...in some ways it's a bummer that the Hasegawa Valkyries are so nice, takes some of the fun out of it!  But it's hard to argue with quality like that...plus they don't condescend the way the current Bandai kits do.  They just "feel" more authentic than most of the MG kits, which are so homogenized they irritate me.  Now if Bandai went to down with the detail like this on newer kits I might be able to overlook the bland look they usually have...but then I'm not sure this type of detail is really my style on Gundam stuff anyway.

The wings are hinged, and this is the only fit problem I found in the whole kit, they don't really stay closed properly.  I should probably have glued them, but then you guys would have nothing to nitpick! ;)

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Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Re: Puttying disaster!
« on: April 04, 2009, 05:52:06 PM »
So the holes in the top of the chest piece are the problem?  Pretty easy fix - cut some plastic sheet to approximate size to fill the hole, glue in place with CA (superglue).  You can buy garage sale or simlar signs if you can't find "hobby" plastic sheet.  Glue some thin slices around the edges from behind for support.  Then use the filler of your choice to smooth things out.  In this case I'd probably go with superglue/corn starch mixture, but with your limited experience the Tamiya putty is going to be easier to sand and smooth out.

Another alternative if you have plastic sheet that's thin enough, is to cover the entire upper surface with a piece cut to shape (one for each side).  This woud be easier to get a smooth surface.  You can probably trace the shape on paper and transfer to the plastic.

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Model In-Progress / Re: YT-1380f Corellian Light Freighter
« on: April 04, 2009, 11:25:59 AM »
Mr. Foofoo - you've been modeling for what, 5 or 6 years?  I remember your first kits, gundam marker panel lines and all.  Pretty nice work out of the gate, but you have developed mad skills very quickly!  I've been doing this for 25 years and have trouble keeping up with you!

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Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Re: Puttying disaster!
« on: April 04, 2009, 11:22:38 AM »
I try to use hardware store or commonly available products as much as I can, partly because I'm cheap and stubborn, and partly because I live in a small town.  There's lots of good stuff out there!

I do use hardware store plumbers epoxy putty a lot, but make sure to test whatever you buy before putting it on your model!  There are a lot of varieties sold at hardware stores, and they're not all suitable for modeling.  Some cure sort of rubbery, others cure VERY hard and are impossible to work after curing without power tools.  The kind I use is dark blue with white center.  I've tried various brands, and the ones with this coloring all seem to be the same.  I actually like it better than "modeling" epoxies for most applications.  I have tried some that was grey (cures slow and hard), light blue (rubbery), copper colored (rediculously hard), and silver (hard).  The dark blue is the only one I can use for modeling.  I'm not sure if the same will be true for what you find wherever you are.

Another great filler (hard to know what you need without seeing a pic) is superglue mixed with corn starch.  Just mix it on a piece of wax paper or an old yogurt container lid, in approximately equal parts (the ratio depends a little on what you're doing and the viscosity of the glue you use).  It cures up pretty hard and fast, but sands and carves well.  If you're trying to back-fill a part that was eaten by the Tamiya putty, this might be a good choice.  Once again, play with some tests before you put it on your important project.

Or there's polyester putties, 2 part autobody fillers at a hardware or auto parts store (Bondo here in the states).  This stuff cures a little softer than the above options. 

If you post a pic of the damage I can be more specific about suggested fixes...

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Model Gallery / Re: Hasegawa VF-1S Super Battroid (DYRL version)
« on: April 04, 2009, 10:51:03 AM »
Thanks...I like to use the lighter preshade color on darker parts sometimes, particularly if I want the color to be more "saturated", using black or darker preshades tends to make things a little grey-er. 

The visor is just backpainted silver with clear green brushed on the front.  I got some great clears that are actually for making suncatchers from the kids crafts section.  They brush on and level very nicely for little details!  I'm proudest of the effect on the yellow/orange lights near the shoulders.  I backed these with some foil, clear paint on the front, and a decal on the back for the little lines.  The effect is really cool in person, very "light-like".

All the panel lines are stock on the kit.  Like I said, Hasegawa kits are amazing.  The detail is really crisp on the kit.  I was nervous about doing black wash over white with so much detail, but the lines and rivets are so well molded they practically washed themselves!

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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 News Feed / Re: MG Gouf Version 2.0
« on: April 03, 2009, 07:54:22 PM »
Hey, it actually looks like a Gouf!  I'm not a big fan, but I'm very glad to see it's more faithful to the original.

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Model Gallery / Re: Banpresto Non Scale RX-93 Nu Gundam Head display
« on: April 03, 2009, 01:55:28 PM »
Cool, I'll have to play with that on my ZZ head...

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Model Gallery / Re: Banpresto Non Scale RX-93 Nu Gundam Head display
« on: April 03, 2009, 10:24:22 AM »
Dude, that looks so kickass!! Frankly much better than the everpopular G-System version IMO.  Beautiful!  I need to go check out your in progress thread again...

Ok, so how did you deal with lighting the clear parts.  Did you strip the silver back painting and just light them that way, or...?

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Model Gallery / Re: 1/144 FAZZ
« on: March 31, 2009, 09:28:38 AM »
Cool, thanks. :)

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Model Gallery / Re: A Grunge pair of Hardboiled
« on: March 31, 2009, 09:06:47 AM »
Wow, the weathering is mind blowing on these!

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Model Gallery / Re: MG 1/100 MK II version C - code name : THOR
« on: March 30, 2009, 06:07:32 PM »
Nice detailing and an interesting color scheme.  The little details have kind of an old Hobby Japan feel, which I like (not really into the current fad of slicing everything up into wierd panels).  It seems like the paint could be a little smoother though, is it airbrush, or rattle can maybe?

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Model Gallery / Re: 1/6 Christina Mackenzie
« on: March 30, 2009, 06:04:59 PM »
Hey, I like Rei! ;)  Yeah, the hair was a bitch, and I left some obvious flaws, there simply wasn't any good way I could find to fix the funk in the grooves (get funky) without spending an inordinate amount of time which would be best dedicated to some old Gundam kits instead!  Thanks for the comments...

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Model In-Progress / Re: Old school 1/144 Jamru-Fin
« on: March 26, 2009, 03:44:47 PM »
Hey, quit it.  :P

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Model In-Progress / Re: Old school 1/144 Jamru-Fin
« on: March 26, 2009, 01:43:07 PM »
Yeah, it's always the old kits that make me happy. :)  And ultimately I think it's easier to get more unique result, since there's so little obvious work to be done on the newer stuff.  Besides, there's less engineering to chopping stuff up, as you don't have to deal with all the inner frame bs.

Anyway, don't tempt me with the booster!  I've considered it, but I don't think I'll go that far this time...the design isn't appealing enough to me to dedicate that much time to...

I did get a bunch more work done on this last night, I'll try to post up some more pics soon.

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Model In-Progress / Re: YT-1380f Corellian Light Freighter
« on: March 25, 2009, 03:27:41 PM »
Looking really good man, this will be a fun one to see finished!  I'm wondering though, why not go with some actual screen in the radiators?  This was the greeble on the Falcon studio model that really gave it a great sense of scale, with the screen torn open a little bit...

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