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Build-Offs & Duels / Re: Build-Off Ideas and Sign-ups
« on: August 15, 2007, 09:41:37 PM »
I'm all for guns and stuff although I'd rather not make it a requirement, but how does one "pirate" from/with an aircraft? He downloads MP3s through his cockpit radio? I'm serious here. You can't exactly land an aircraft to plunder ye vast riches while expecting to get away with it.

Build-Offs & Duels / Re: Build-Off Ideas and Sign-ups
« on: August 14, 2007, 09:41:20 PM »
"Propeller Aircraft That Never Were"
I like this. Anything goes (flies?) as long as it has props.

Build-Offs & Duels / Re: Build-Off Ideas and Sign-ups
« on: August 14, 2007, 06:26:29 PM »
It would appear that there may be some interest in a "Crimson Skies" Build-Off.

Interested? Post a reply here.
A lot of Crimson Skies aircraft are based off of Luftwaffe WWII secret project aircraft, so it's basically our own "Luftwaffe 1946" build-off? I've got quite a collection of unbuilt L46 models but I'm sure what you had in mind was for us to build our own version. I think I'd be interested in this.

GB4: Sci-Fi GPX / Re: GB4 References
« on: August 13, 2007, 04:27:36 PM »

Now I've got the references I need to start a 1:72 WipEout-esque ag racer!  :pirate:
I already have a 1/24 scale version in the works. We should draw up some rules and build around them so the vehicles would be somewhat similar. Our very own AG League!

GB4: Sci-Fi GPX / Re: FichtenFoo Monoracer
« on: August 03, 2007, 07:30:05 PM »
The largest resin chunk I currently have is a hair under 2.5". I pour the leftovers into old shampoo bottles of various sizes so I eventually end up with round stock. There's enough to make a wheel but not a tire.

Anyway how about using a circle cutter to cut circular sheets, then laminating/layering them width-wise instead of trying to get them to lay flat around a can? Cut the wheel profiles, and in between them are spacers of set lengths e.g. 1.75" long styrene rods, set along the inside circumference.

The PVC pipe section at your local Lowes/Home Depot might have something you can use, too.

GB4: Sci-Fi GPX / Re: I think it's a start.....I think
« on: June 23, 2007, 04:38:34 PM »
I like the shape but I don't think the old-style slicks go too well with it. I actually had a spare Mustang fuselage I was going to use as an entry but you beat me to it!

Model Talk / Re: Interesting vegetation for dioramas
« on: June 14, 2007, 08:40:01 AM »
Sadly the machine only outputs the designs you bought from quickutz themselves..
If you read this you'll see it only uses the designs you bought, or a truetype font.. :[ Anyone know of any machines that do cut whatever you want them to?

Read Quickutz's FAQ page. The link you posted is a vendor site so of course they want to sell you the pre-made stuff.

What types of things can I cut?

        * QuicKutz Digital Designs
          - 50 are included with the Silhouette software
          - Download additional designs through the software
        * TrueType Fonts (.ttf extension)
        * Images that you create*
        * Clip-art and other images not restricted by copyright
        * .GSD files
        * .GST files
        * DXF loaded images

    *in Silhouette software or other compatible graphic program

Model Talk / Re: Interesting vegetation for dioramas
« on: June 13, 2007, 04:43:10 PM »
Sorry I was running out the door when I typed that. The machines are the Craft Robo, which is the European/Japanese release and the US version is the Quickutz Silhouette. If you do a YouTube search the Craft Robo brings up more results.

My wife saw it at a trade show before it was released in the US and based on her description I was already interested. It'll do anything up to cardstock so yes, you'd be able to do stencils, stickers, adhesive patterns, masks, you name it. The cutting head can be replaced with a pen and engraving tip, and probably other things. The only problem is the $350-ish price tag.

My daughter likes building those paper models that you can download. The demo I saw, the guy made a cutting pattern for one of those models, and cut the pattern out of sticker paper after printing the model onto it. To assemble, you simply peel it off and stick the seams together. No glue or scissors needed. Too easy!

Model Talk / Re: Interesting vegetation for dioramas
« on: June 13, 2007, 11:24:27 AM »
I'm *this* close into talking my wife into the machine that can do that. She can use it for scrapbooking too, so I have to push that sale a little better. ;) It's basically a plotter with a blade instead of a pen although you can still use a pen in it if you just wish to draw.

As for vegetation use, that wasn't what I had planned for it but it's a great idea if you seal your paper correctly. Otherwise you get droopy leaves once moisture gets into the paper. Ultra-thin vinyl could be an option.

Model In-Progress / Re: Project "Linebacker"
« on: June 10, 2007, 12:32:23 PM »
So there was a slight mishap and the torso literally exploded. Rearranging a room, moving two fish tanks and model projects sitting around don't mix too well.

I thought of making a reverse-jointed walker before buying the kit but not having built an MG kit before I wasn't sure if it was something I could do. Plus cutting up a $30 kit didn't sit well with me. Now I have no choice.

Only one pic so far. The head is the athletic supporter from a dead Orguss. The head has a lot of articulation and can look straight and level through the legs' and torso's range of motion.

If the Kampfer weapons were in human scale, what scale would you say they were? 1/6? I'm looking into making this a small remote-controlled security / anti-riot sort of robot. The Kampfer shotgun will be used but in scale. Going to add some cameras, sensors, etc. Maybe give it a "charging base" mini-dio when I have the time.

GB4: Sci-Fi GPX / Re: Van Ship
« on: June 08, 2007, 07:33:07 PM »

But if anyone has 2 1/25 scale pilots or people sitting I would be willing to buy them off you.

The 1990s AMT and Monogram Indycar kits have drivers in them, sitting in a recumbent seat. The AMT kits are 1/25 and Monogram's 1/24. I'm actually using a driver from a Monogram kit for my racer project. The main difference is that the Monogram drivers have a hollow back and the AMT guys are detailed front and back.

Both kits can be found fairly cheap these days. Search for "indy car" on eBay's automotive model section. There's a two-fer of AMTs on there now for $5, for example.

I looked at mine last night, mocked up the head, then put it back in the bin. I think that's progress.

Model Talk / Re: What's going on?
« on: May 31, 2007, 03:27:51 PM »
I'm here a lot but hardly post as I don't have much time to build anything post-worthy. 2 kids, 7 and 9 years old, and I work around their schedule so it's drive them, go to work, pick them up, etc.. My wife's cooking makes me, uh, want to cook everything myself so my whole day is pretty much family time.

I will share some in-progress "kits" that eat up my free time:

High-school car, in-progress since 1989:

Like my models, I can't stick to just one project. That's my ultimate spray booth which is unfortunately 40 miles from home. Gotta make the most of it since dad is really close to retiring.

At least I have lots of rust weathering reference. :sarcasm:

GB4: Sci-Fi GPX / Re: FichtenFoo Monoracer
« on: May 22, 2007, 04:45:38 PM »
Heh, well he did ask if it would work. The "anime fix" would negate any problems it has, with the added bonus of a "racing suit" that consists of a small piece of leather covering nothing but the lady driver's essentials. I'd add some thrusters and stuff to help it lean and steer. It looks great all sleek as he designed it, but imagine it with thrust bells, louvers, and other "hard core racing parts" added to it.

GB4: Sci-Fi GPX / Re: FichtenFoo Monoracer
« on: May 22, 2007, 09:36:00 AM »
I have some thoughts, if you don't mind. In deceleration the torque would pitch the whole thing forward regardless of counterweight. Small front wheels could be fitted to take the hits. Being a monowheel and assuming it is traction-propelled rather than thrust, the acceleration rate would be limited by the torque required to flip the body over backwards. There would also be very large gyroscopic forces at work with such a huge wheel; how would it steer?

It'd be cool if you manage to balance the model on its rotating wheel.

GB4: Sci-Fi GPX / Re: GB#4 Sign-up
« on: May 22, 2007, 05:59:29 AM »
Count me in...

GB4: Sci-Fi GPX / Re: Group Build #4: WHAT TO DO!?
« on: May 15, 2007, 08:57:26 AM »
Man, I've always wanted to scratchbuild an AG/Wipeout-type racer. I just need a little "push".

I'm lost on the Mars thing. Seems like almost any space/sci-fi dio sprinkled with red sand would fit the rules.

Build-Offs & Duels / Re: Build-Off Ideas and Sign-ups
« on: May 13, 2007, 06:13:33 PM »
I recently picked up an OTB built Gouf custom from eBay and I'm planning to take apart. Would be fun to do after the Kampfer group build.

Model In-Progress / Project "Linebacker"
« on: May 05, 2007, 07:40:40 PM »
The whole German name thing got old on me so I chose "Linebacker", and I'm building it to suit its name. I always thought the Kampfer design was a bit too, uhm, "curvy" as if it needed a skirt and tube top so I'm changing that. Nothing you see is final as I change ideas everytime I stick something on. It is going to be human-sized or slightly larger so I will need to find/create parts to show that scale. Diorama is out of the question. Any ideas on what can make it look about 6 to 7 feet tall? Maybe a cell phone or iPod. Anyway.. onto the pics.

Here the body is widened using 5-minute epoxy putty. I shaped the shoulder mounts, pressed the female poly cap socket into it and wrapped the putty around it. The shoulder ball snaps so nicely into it that I'm afraid of taking it back out. This epoxy is stronger than anything on the model. On the torso you can make out the two holes I drilled with the matching pins on the armor below.

Armor pins. I am using the top torso armor for the front, and the bottom torso armor for the rear.

Looks much better than the old girly shoulders, but something's missing. Okay, time to add more meat. I also thought the head was cool but 2 minutes later I didn't.

Shoulder armor from the mecha graveyard, widened with styrene the filled with putty.

How it stands tonight, at least until I touch it again.

Assembly/Scratchbuilding / Re: Putty Questions
« on: May 05, 2007, 08:41:59 AM »
Finally while cruising through the local hardware store I remembered to pick up a tube of epoxy in the plumbing section. It comes in a tube with the two parts already stuck together so all you need to do is cut off what you need and start mixing.

For the impatient type such as myself this stuff is amazing. It'll start to heat up after a few minutes as the chemical reaction occurs. In about 5 to 7 minutes you have a piece about as hard and dense as a rock of the same size. Once hardened it is very easy to file/dremel to shape and also takes sandpaper quite well. As suggested by the instructions I wear gloves, and while kneading it I wet my fingertips to keep the putty from sticking to me. The water also helps add pliability and seems to prolong the hardening action by a few minutes. I'll eventually experiment in thinning it with various solvents.

So basically it's like Milliput, except it's under $5 and 5 minutes.

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