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Old FFForums Archive => Model In-Progress => Topic started by: NickM on October 28, 2013, 01:25:30 AM

Title: This Old Terminator
Post by: NickM on October 28, 2013, 01:25:30 AM
A friend of mine was selling kits and couldn't get rid of this Tsukuda Hobby Terminator because it was started and parts were missing. He gave it to me so I am trying to build the hell out of it. Just because it's an old kit and a couple parts are missing doesn't mean it's worthless!

(http://imageshack.us/a/img856/4030/nfid.jpg)

The chromed version and the regular release have different box designs.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img703/2056/dxtv.jpg)

This very kit was the cover for the coveted December 1991 Hobby Japan. The diorama was built by the famous modeller Takuji Yamada, who has built a ton of critically acclaimed stuff. I scanned the relevant pages.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img15/1824/xzg4.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img833/4561/ampk.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img203/419/oe7c.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img401/8954/0jbx.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img34/6637/nncc.jpg)

With my research complete I stripped all the chrome from the kit with Super Clean. Next I built the kit with Tamiya Extra Thin cement. It went together similarly to a Wave FSS plastic kit. Pretty difficult, but it looks very good, and luckily fewer parts. The left forearm parts are the ones that are missing. Rather than do a battle damaged T-800 missing an arm, I opted to rip off Robocop 3:

(http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/2/Open/20th%20Century%20Fox/Robocop%203/_derived_jpg_q90_600x800_m0/Robocop3-Still3.jpg?partner=allmovie_soap)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img542/3261/udti.jpg)

I built a small hinge on the back of the pulse rifle and connected it to the elbow joint. It was a simple job and looks relatively good. The kit was primed with Mr Surfacer and an airbrush. A black basecoat of Mr Color was laid down next, followed by a gloss clear.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img841/6261/hqgg.jpg)

The first round of Alclad metallics down.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img850/476/j18l.jpg)

More Alclad in an attempt to even out the dark spots. The centre torso became too highlighted, and takes away from the head I think. But not so much I am willing to repaint it. A Humbrol black wash went over the entire kit.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img833/9655/n1j6.jpg)

The teeth and eyes were painted with Vallejo acrylics.
Title: Re: This Old Terminator
Post by: Sharkdog on October 28, 2013, 07:16:05 AM
Nice! The hinge on the rifle looks like it was always there, excellent work. Fun to see an old kit like this :)
Title: Re: This Old Terminator
Post by: joewhite on October 29, 2013, 05:25:44 PM
The Tsukuda kits were very nice. I have an ABC Droid that I plan on modifying one day. The details are beautiful but I disliked the pose. The Terminator, on the other hand, was simply standing straight which I actually prefer. I like the paint!

Joe
Title: Re: This Old Terminator
Post by: Hunter Rose on October 30, 2013, 12:03:53 AM
Nice! Great start on this, the arm mod looks very authentic. I like the tsukuda kits the detail's are great, I've also got an ABC droid by them for my next project
Title: Re: This Old Terminator
Post by: nico on October 31, 2013, 12:49:29 AM
Nice kit for the age. I have a Horizon hobby vinyl one. All is warp but the head and chest are very accurate.
Title: Re: This Old Terminator
Post by: Beork on October 31, 2013, 10:32:53 PM
nice save, I love the terminator, it oozes evil
The gun attachment works pretty well, smart thinking.
Title: Re: This Old Terminator
Post by: NickM on December 14, 2013, 10:18:07 PM
Thank you for the comments. I have not worked on the kit much due to moving and a death in the family. Now I have my new workshop almost set up I can start to pick away at projects again.

The base was too boring, and I want to add some skulls. You can get resin piles of skulls, but the casting looks pretty bad one the ones I have seen. So might as well sculpt my own, except I am lazy.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img5/4736/2pv7.jpg)

I got a box of vinyl skull pencil toppers from Halloween.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img27/32/ok0u.jpg)

They were cut individually to get a variety of broken skulls.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img46/672/9cos.jpg)

The black base is the stock one that comes with the kit. The white one is the replacement, which is stolen from a Core Fighter gashapon.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img850/2919/lqlf.jpg)

I am too cheap to waste expensive putty needlessly, so I used the much cheaper drywall spackle to fasten the skulls to the base. I am really happy with how it looks for a $1.49 box of pencil toppers. The noses are pretty bad, but I will try to hide it with my pro laziness in the painting stage.
Title: Re: This Old Terminator
Post by: Hunter Rose on December 15, 2013, 03:36:46 AM
Really neat idea using pencil toppers they look great on the base
Title: Re: This Old Terminator
Post by: NickM on January 08, 2014, 04:23:31 PM
Thanks Hunter, I am really surprised how well they turned out for something so cheap. I have been busy lately building a new spraybooth, which is now complete. This is the first kit I've worked on with the new booth and it is a great improvement.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img20/7453/uvlc.jpg)

I resprayed the kit with Mr Color black lacquer, and followed with Alclad Chrome. I didn't like how the finish was looking before because it was a mix of Chrome and Aluminum.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img545/3232/7m9r.jpg)

The eyes and teeth were repainted with Vallejo acrylics. The rifle was also painted with flat black Vallejo.

The base has a black basecoat now. This kit is almost complete, I just need to paint the skulls and do an enamel wash on the Terminator.
Title: Re: This Old Terminator
Post by: Hunter Rose on January 11, 2014, 11:03:53 AM
Nice looks like a much more even colour now, looking forward to seeing it on the base once painted!