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Build-Offs & Duels / Re: Build-Off and Duel Guidelines
« on: April 05, 2007, 08:22:50 PM »
I propose a build-off of the FG zaku II! I've got acouple stashed away, there excelent little kits for paint and other practice. Plus, there only like three bucks! Anyone want to duel? :evil:
Is that the same one that came in the "RX 78(?) vs. Zaku" kit?

Model Gallery / Re: futuristic robots
« on: April 05, 2007, 08:18:24 PM »
Is the spine/torso articulated too?

Tools / Reccomendations\Opinions on routers\dremels
« on: March 05, 2007, 11:13:25 PM »
Browse the Dremel section and you will find many bits you didn't think existed. Many of them are perfect for smoothing plastic at high speed without melting. The "Scotch brite" pads are a good example. For lots of cutting and fast shaping, the "normal" bits are fine if you work slowly and let the bit do the work. Jamming a sanding drum at high speed against plastic is sure to cause melting.

As far as the flex shaft, I find it clumsy and don't use it much. It's like tying your pencil to a fishing pole then trying to write.

K is for Krazy Kustom Kampfer Kompetition / KKKKK Progress Report
« on: February 24, 2007, 10:23:08 PM »
I've changed plans a few times, then finally got some courage and took the razor saw to it. Just haven't had the chance to photograph it.

Model Talk / Name this action frame
« on: February 20, 2007, 10:23:50 PM »
After barely two days of my kids playing with Rei her torso joint is a bit loose already. She'll actually lean forward and backward without effort when tilted. Are the other figures like this too? I know it's using a special "anime" shape that isn't like the "blanks", so I was wondering if it's an exclusive problem to the Evangelion figures. I also noticed it has no visible screws and I don't know if they're hidden or the joints are simply glued/pressed together and are working loose.

Model Talk / Name this action frame
« on: February 17, 2007, 12:48:52 AM »
In the mail today I recieved the Rei plug suit version. My excitement was held back by a serious migraine episode therefore I couldn't open it until about 9pm. My 8 year old daughter and I have been fighting over it since I took it out of the package.

I also wanted the Asuka one from the same seller but someone outbid me. There are plenty of non-suit versions but they look very odd, like they have man-arms, so I didn't get those.

It's in the midst of a garage clean up, but you get the idea. It's a kitchen range hood mounted upside-down onto a shelf. The opening is in the front bottom, which is actually a more efficient way of venting as opposed to a top- or back-draft setup. It prevents dirt and dust from being sucked into the booth and across your model. The top portion is made from foam core board and hot glue.

Since someone always asks, the Pampers box is full of Castrol Super Clean for stripping paint. The outlet is made of standard 6-inch duct parts. On that note there are duct fans available for those wanting to mount the fan away from the workspace, such as this one.

Keep in mind a too-powerful fan may do more harm than good. If you're in a sealed room it can draw air through any opening, such as a water heater's gas vent for example, and let in dangerous CO. Seems obvious but just make sure you open a window or door when running a fan.

Model Talk / Name this action frame
« on: February 08, 2007, 12:37:21 PM »
Wow, these are exactly what I've been looking for to do a couple of scratchbuilding projects. At 9.5 CM, it looks like they're about 1/20 scale? $7 + $7 shipping from Japan doesn't seem bad.

Currently it looks like eBay is loaded with female versions but no males.

EDIT - According to the Scopedog page they are 1/18 scale.

Model Talk / Group Build Suggestions
« on: February 06, 2007, 08:00:10 PM »
Today I was cruising through the toy isles at Target with the kids and noticed there were a lot of nice figures/vehicles from sci-fi land. I was thinking "If these were detailed model kits these would be awesome" then I got thinking about a "modified toy" build. You take an off-the-shelf toy and modify it to your desire until it no longer looks toy-like.

Example. Yes I already bought one for, uh, the kids. Yeah that's it.

K is for Krazy Kustom Kampfer Kompetition / Kontest Sign-Up Sheet
« on: February 06, 2007, 07:24:38 PM »
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Mine finally came in the mail and I'd like to join as well. It'll be my first HG kit so this should be entertaining.

You mean MG right? This comp is just for MGs. :wink:

Sorry, I did mean MG. While typing the previous sentence I typed "HG" again. Must be programmed in me somehow. An HG Kampfer would've saved me a lot of money. :D

K is for Krazy Kustom Kampfer Kompetition / Kontest Sign-Up Sheet
« on: February 06, 2007, 02:36:48 PM »
Mine finally came in the mail and I'd like to join as well. It'll be my first HG kit so this should be entertaining.

GB3: Minimal G / Mechanical Design Discussion
« on: January 31, 2007, 08:24:01 PM »
Hey guys I wasn't sure if I should post an idea here or start a new thread. I have this abandoned project vehicle that was destined for a post-apocalyptic theme. The original plan was some sort of pirate-hunter/mercenary vehicle. Three seat arrangement puts the driver in the middle with a gunner or what have you on either side. You can see I already have the gun platforms built.

Yes the vehicle is a little naked at this point as I am barely into it. The frame is a mix of big rig, NASCAR, and scratchbuilt components. I had some strange ideas on powertrains and weaponry which unfortunately didn't fit the previous theme I was originally entering. Some sort of gas turbine/generator/hybrid powertrain and pneumatic guns. If it's close to fitting the Junker theme, I'll make it fit even more and start a new thread on it.


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